Can't make a shot, can't stop fouling; things have been better
Man, did I ever pick two good ones to miss on the road, eh?
Figure Cathal’s in with the Tall Foreheads today asking to do more soccer and less basketball because there’s more scoring from the Toronto team.
A curious case
No, I have no real idea what’s going on with DeMar DeRozan, who has dropped about four stinkbombs in a row.
He’s getting good shots, working hard on the offensive end, can’t buy a basket or an explosive scoring night.
But the alarmists out there need to take a pill when it comes to the level of over-reaction.
The kid’ll score again, he’ll make shots and get to the basket and things will be back to normal.
Yeah, 12-for-46 from the floor in four games is awful, no question; but it’s not like he’s all of a sudden lost the ability to play.
The young fella’s in his third season, there are going to be ups and downs. He’s in a down; the ups will come back.
And listen to Dwane after last night’s game, he gets it:
“He shot 4-for-16 and like most young players it carried over to the defensive end. We can’t let that happen. There are going to be nights when you’re not going to shoot the ball well and you have to continue to attack the basket and go from there. But again, he’s a young player, he’s going to be up and down and I expect this. That’s who he is right now.”
If there is one thing that’s a bit of a concern it’s the propensity of this team to foul and all the problems that creates.
They foul more than any other team in league – 23.6 per game through the first 10 games – and that slows down games and keeps them from getting anything consistently in transition, obviously gives opponents a chance to score easy points and takes a lot of flow away from the game.
And the funny thing is, it’s not one guy.
In 10 games, only one Raptor has fouled out so it’s not as if there are one or two guys getting themselves in foul trouble every night.
Sure, it’s nice that they are playing aggressive defence and trying to get up into people but it’s got to stop. Maybe they’ll figure it out, maybe they’ll find a way to defend the way they want without the unnecessary fouls – and here’s hoping they learn to set better screens so they don’t get four or five offensive fouls per game – but it better happen soon.
Time to change?
All kinds of calls for Rasual Butler’s removal from the starting lineup given his recent shooting woes.
(Guess the New York game was too long ago for anyone to remember)
Sure, he’s going bad right now but he’s got to play and try to play through it, at least for the next little while. They aren’t nearly deep enough at the three and I’d rather have him start and play eight or nine minutes each half while James Johnson gets the bulk of the minutes than vice-versa.
Maybe when Kleiza’s back and fully up to game speed you might consider a change but for now you live with what you got and hope, like DeRozan, Butler comes out of whatever funk he’s in.
Leaves have won four straight (or so I’m told), HOTH have dropped three of four (two roadies in a rather alarming manner) and it gets a guy thinking:
Maybe the Pro Sports Gods have decreed that only one of the Maple Leaf Sports teams can be good at one time?
Kinda sucks for the soccer and the minor pucks, neither of whom may ever be going well under my theory, but it makes as much sense as anything, right?
Gives one group of fans a chance to crow; gives another group of fans a chance to practice their angst and what’s better for a city than one up and one down? Covers all emotions and makes sure guys and gals in the media have both good and bad to talk about daily.
Works for me.
Speaking of …
(Just haven’t done it in a couple of days, that’s all).
Yeah, it’s that time again.
And, again, with games Friday and Saturday, not sure when the mail’s actually going to get done this weekend but it will.
So send stuff here, okay?
Every month I curse Rogers when I have to give them so much money but credit where it’s due.
You know me and the Oshawas of the National Basketball League: I think they’re in tough in a difficult market with a good product not enough people are taking the chance to see.
Well, if you read this, you’ll see they're getting some help from Rogers to get people in the building later this month and it’s a good thing.
I still say you people in those NBL cities should give your teams a chance and the way to build awareness of the league isn’t through guys like me; it’s through local deals that speak to local fans through the local media and give Oshawa some credit for a unique idea.
Get tickets, folks out there; I bet you go back a second time.
Yes. IGBT tonight. Be here about 7; come for the hoops, stay for the surprise appearance by The Most Beautiful Woman Ever.