Time to start over and valuable lessons learned
Idle thoughts from a rambling mind.
Team at the crossroad?
Would that be your San Antonio Spurs, who are on the verge of being just the second No. 1 seed to tumble to a No. 8 since the league went to the best-of-seven first-round format a decade or so ago?
They sure looked old and slow at times last night, didn’t they?
(No, I didn’t see a lot live thanks to the Dallas-Portland IGBT, but I have seen a bunch of stuff this morning).
I don’t know that there’s going to be a call for dramatic change if the Spurs don’t rally (and I don’t think anyone’s too confident they will) but seeing how Tim Duncan turned 35 yesterday, I’m thinking the move to someone else up front has to be made.
Trouble is, who?
Tiago Splitter’s been underwhelming, to say the least; DuJuan Blair is really undersized and I’m not sure where they can get some help.
We’ll delve into the dynastic qualities of the Spurs when they’re finally eliminated this year but, regardless, I still think they’re the gold standard for franchises of this era.
Do you think there were times this season when people in Indy and Philly might have thought:
Why sneak into the final few playoff spots just to get drilled? Why not play the kids, tank the season and build for the future?
The Pacers were 17-27 and fired Jim O’Brien; the Sixers started the season 3-13 and I can imagine more than a few people thought the best thing would be to have a so-so, season get another high draft pick and move on.
But here they are out of the lottery and I’ll tell you this:
The experience they’re getting in the playoffs is invaluable to the development of the team and when people ask me whether it’s worth sneaking into seventh or eighth just to get hammered by better teams, this is why I always say yes.
I fully expect both the Pacers and Sixers to have their seasons end tonight (no way they get road wins down 3-1) but I also think what they will have learned about playoff basketball in five games will serve them so well in the future, the fact they were quickly eliminated doesn’t matter.
Wow, did Canada really play the USA in the gold medal game of the women’s world hockey championships yesterday?
Whoever saw that coming?
Must have taken some monumental upsets for that one to come off, no?
Is there a favourite underdog?
I mean a team you can really root for passionately that you haven’t really thought much about?
I don’t think you can get all warm and fuzzy about Memphis for some reason and I don’t know that there’s a lot of love for Atlanta, to tell you the truth.
Oklahoma City’s a nominal favourite so the Thunder doesn’t count and Sixers and Pacers fighting history to come back from down 3-0 and neither really capture the imagination, do they?
Portland or New Orleans, which do you like better?
Personally, I think New Orleans is a better story, continued reclamation of the city, less overall talent than the Blazers, a tougher opponent to overcome.
But it is kind of nice to have a couple of choices, no?
Best thing about the deluge of rain we’re getting here in Hazelville?
(Besides the flowers and the green grass and the coming spring and yadda, yadda, yadda)
Fewer walks for the wimpy Super Dog, who puts two paws on the front porch and goes, “no way, dude.”
Okay, we had all right attendance for the IGBT on Tuesday night, not a lot of advance warning, I guess.
So we’ll try it again tonight for the Magic-Hawks at 7, shall we?
Tell your friends, it’s a fun time in most regards.
My Man Griff, who made a rare appearance in the office yesterday, tells me to keep an eye on this Morrow fellow with the TOD, that he’s the next big thing.
So we should.
But if they’re going to get six runs a night, I like our chances at a fun summer.
Oh, those irrepressible kids.
Did Kevin Durant really show up at his post-game news conference wearing a book bag or backpack or something?
I tell you, though, if it was a book bag, I hope inside there was a copy of “Hey, Pass Me The Ball Mr. 30 Shots Russell Westbrook!”
Really, I know Westbrook is good, among the better young point guards in the league this is one-on-five, jack-it-up-at-every-moment stuff isn’t going to fly.
Do you think we’ve seen now what we’ll see from Brandon Roy for the rest of his career?
Brilliance one night with a fair amount of rest and little impact the next?
I wonder how creaky those knees really are, he didn’t seem to have the “oomph” last night that he did on the weekend that’s for sure.
But, you know what?
I’m okay with him being dominant one night and so-so the next, it sure beats the alternative and if he can’t bring the same intensity, tenacity and talent every night, I’d be glad to see it every now and then.
Oh, and I am almost certain we’re going to get a Game 7 in that series. As I’ve mentioned, the Portland fans are probably the best in the league and I’m sure their energy will carry the Blazers.
And the more Game 7s we can get, the better, right?
Games Mondays, games Tuesdays, no chance to catch up with DWTS?
But I still have my money on Kirstie Alley, with Hines Ward as a close second.
All you Raptors fans should want that Romeo kid to do well, right?
You know why, of course?
Well, if you can’t figure it out, someone will help you.
Or I’ll let you know tomorrow.