Idle chatter, bold bench moves and a fine burger
Oh, man, how about those Mavs?
Jason Terry’s standing at a podium with a gaggle of media types hanging on his every word and he makes the somewhat ridiculous assertion that Portland’s the best defensive team Dallas has faced in the playoffs.
DeShawn Stevenson’s about a half court away and he’s telling anyone who’ll listen that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are “great actors” who get away with selling calls (as if everyone in the NBA doesn’t try that).
And it makes a fellow think two things:
One, it’s great fodder for off-day stories for some people and as a guy who often has to come up with those off-day pieces I can say I’m quite thankful for that, even if yesterday was a Dwane Casey day for me.
Two, shouldn’t someone in the organization try to get to these guys and tell them, ‘um, boys, shut up, let sleeping dogs lie.’ Really, the last thing anyone closely connected with a team wants is someone who’s playing like crap – and Terry and Stevenson have hardly distinguished themselves through three games – to say something inflammatory.
I don’t imagine either of the comments will resonate too much with the Heat but I do know James and Wade will be apprised of them and I’ve got 16 as the over-and-under number for combined points for Terry and Stevenson tonight.
Well, the alert reader who gave us Twisted Root Burger here in Dallas is owed a large measure of thanks.
It’s been on Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives (and that’s one of those Food Network shows you don’t pass up when you flip through the dial and see it) and it didn’t disappoint.
Now, I’d probably still rather have a Five Guys burger but the atmosphere was entirely dive-y and the burger with bacon, pepperjack cheese, fried onion strings, tomato and mustard was solid, if not spectacular.
But I’d never been, it was dark, absolutely unpretentious and relatively cheap (which keeps the money folks happy back home), folksy with a couple of TVs and cold Shiner Bocks and what more do you want?
Oh, you wanted the list of kids working out for the HOTH today?
Well, depending on whether they all got to town (and that’s never a sure thing at this time of year), the first session has Kemba Walker and guard Jacob Pullen of Kansas State and four small forwards: Will Graves, North Carolina; Marcus Simmons, USC; Dallas Lauderdale (most conflicted geographical name ever?), Ohio State; and Curtis Kelly, Kansas State.
The second session has Brandon Knight, guard Isaiah Thomas of Washington and forwards Alex Stephenson of USC and Frank Hassell of Old Dominion.
As I mentioned yesterday, and reiterated in this story that went up yesterday afternoon, it’s a bit of a shame that the two kids who are legit hopefuls for the No. 5 pick, won’t work out against each other.
Agents are evil.
Oh, this is a freaking hoot.
See this story about our friends at Pearson vowing to improve the “experience” and turn the airport into a “destination.”
What’d the wise man once say?
Seriously, the airport, particularly Terminal 3, is lame. Not enough services, not enough space, not enough common sense shown by many who work for the companies that the airport authority hires (you can hide those people who administer lines in whatever colour jackets you like, they still don’t know what they’re doing) and unless you make some structural changes, it’s still going to be lame.
Three pet peeves:
Customs Hall at Terminal 3 is a closet.
There is so much wasted space it’s shameful.
There are so many pedestrian bottlenecks they should tear it down and start again.
Okay, that’s a bit of a soliloquy since I have no hope whatsoever that the folks at the GTAA or whatever the heck it’s called will pay attention but they’ve got soooooooooo far to go to make a “destination” or an “experience” it’s not even funny.
So, what do the Mavs have to do to get back into this series?
Well, apart from the obvious – get some offensive production fro someone not named Dirk – it’s not get themselves into holes.
Really, being down eight, 10, 12, whatever it is, is too much to keep coming back from, as we saw in Game 3.
And if that doesn’t happen, maybe the game doesn’t get down to a final possession.
Rick Carlisle hit on it yesterday when he pointed out the Mavs actually won the final three quarters of Game 3 but lost.
“At the end of the first quarter was a period that really hurt us because they scored seven points in under a minute … Really, the remainder of the game we played well enough to win. We won each quarter by one or two points and those were positives.
“But it’s a good example of how the first quarter carries over to the fourth quarter.”
Guess you don’t just have to tune into the final two minutes.
I hear the pucks people covered themselves in glory up in Boston last night.
Saw the dude get laid out on the late, stupid, dangerous hit; the highlight shows down here are full of the fights; a 7-1 rout sounds like a wildly entertaining game.
That’ll build support for it down here. Maybe the folks in Atlanta will want a team back.
Told you someone would do something bold with one of the coaching vacancies and there go the Golden State Warriors finally giving Mark Jackson a gig.
The additional addition of Michael Malone as Jackson’s lead assistant tells me that Mark knows that he’s in tough and need some help and definitely takes the edge off the fact he’s got squat in the way of coaching experience. Whether it’s enough? I don’t know but it’s a smart move by Jackson, or whoever suggested he do it.
So that leaves two gigs – Toronto and Detroit – and a handful of guys like Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank, Bill Laimbeer (I keep hearing his name associated with the Pistons job) and Mike Woodson to fill them.
And I still promise you there will be other, surprising names that pop up for at least one of those jobs because that’s the way things happen.
All right, first call for mail; I imagine we’re on the same schedule this week as last, a Friday of answering questions and a Saturday mailbag so we better get cracking.
Oh yeah, we're here tonight about 9 for an IGBT, by the way.