We're kind of all over the map here today
We’re talking strategy, discipline and, of course, some DWTS.
Seriously, how hard can it be to foul a guy?
Dude catches the ball, someone wraps him up, foul committed, case closed.
Take, for instance, the strange case of Andrew Bogut, who could very well lay waste to the Raptors tonight.
He’s among the worst free throw shooters in the NBA – 44 per cent coming into this game – yet he shoots only about 3 1-2 per game, which means that while every team in the league knows his weakness, none seem capable of truly exploiting it.
So why can’t the Raptors – or anyone – foul him, Jay?
“I’m not sure. I just think he’s very crafty and you think you might have him one way and he finds ways to avoid you blocking his shot or getting a good hard foul in on him.”
I have no idea what will unfold tonight – remember the game here earlier this season when the Raptors really tried to foul in the overtime period but couldn’t? – but know going in that it’s part of the game plan, it’s just a matter of making it work.
But, like every other team in the league, what’s good in theory may not work in reality.
Oh yeah, one more Jay on the fouls:
“We don’t have a hard time fouling other guys when we don’t want to.”
On, he’s a sneaky little fellow, as my Grandma used to say.
I’m standing in the doorway out of the practice facility yesterday as the players are filing out and perhaps I’m blocking the exit just a little bit.
Reggie Evans, he being a joker and all, kind of bumps into me on the way out and gives me one of those joking “excuse me, pardon me, didn’t see you there” lines as he goes by.
No big deal, kind of funny, and as he gets in the alcove leading to the outer door, he stops, turns around and comes back. He’s got in his hand my notebook, which he’d pilfered unbeknownst to me from my back pocket.
“Just because I’m in the NBA doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten things.”
Oh, he can be a sneaky fellow.
For about half an hour or so last night, wasn’t the whole basketball world filled with Cavs fans?
Here’s one to chew on:
The Milwaukee Bucks have the most impotent offence in the NBA, averaging a paltry 91.45 points per game.
In two games against the Raptors this year, they’ve averaged 104 points per game.
Speaking of practice, they can be a bit drab these days finding things to write about as the time dwindles towards the end of the season.
The good news?
There aren’t too many left.
By our estimation – and, trust me, we’ve probably got it right – there might only be about two left before the season gets over.
They don’t usually work on the day after back-to-backs (and there are three of them left between now and the April 13 end of thing) so that leaves us with tomorrow, Friday and, perhaps, April 9 to get through.
Not bad, eh?
The Bucks actually worked out here yesterday since they were in Charlotte on Monday and didn’t want to go home.
And here’s what Charles F. saw when he was there.
(We let them practice in peace).
So the talking heard no one’s ever heard of is going home and the ex-boxer survives the cut on DWTS?
All’s right in the world.
A last word on an old issue:
Q: Hi Doug. I'm curious as to your take of the comments made by Bryan Colangelo relating to the Julian Wright story. To me as an everyday working man, it seems like management pulled the rug out from under Jay. Not the first time, Bryan has done that...If one of my co workers pulled that kind of stunt, I'd want to see them held accountable. It's not about making a big deal out of it, but rather getting all the crew marching to the same drumbeat. Send a message to the rest of the league, that this is a professional franchise and a certain level of professionalism is expected. It's not about the next 10 games, Bryan should be looking to set the tone for the future. Coach tells you to get in the game and your role is to play, then you're expected to enthusiastically jump in and try your best; anything short of that, they should be held accountable...not internally.
Claude B, St. Catharines
A: I don’t really have a problem with how things transpired in the aftermath, actually.
I’ve spoken to executives, coaches and players, there was discipline meted out, everyone within the team knows it and that’s really all that matters, isn’t it?
We know he was fined, he served a de facto suspension on Saturday with a DNP-CD (one of the big reasons he even dressed was that Bargnani and Evans were out and no one knew what Calderon or Barbosa could give them and the last thing anyone wanted was to force an injured player to play just to make a point to Julian) and everybody’s moving on.
Can someone please explain to me how the major league baseball season starts tomorrow?
A Thursday night in March?
Doesn’t that strike you – pardon the pun – as a bit early and odd?
Anyway, guess I better check in with my seamhead buddies today and find out what’s going on out there in the big old world of MLB, spring training seems to have been a blur.
We’re back with the IGBT, right?
Just before 7 p.m. tonight?
See you then.