Told you I’d get here eventually.
Hello from the under-renovation O’Hare Marriott; can’t find check-in (it’s on the third floor), concierge lounge closed (dang Saturday games) and lobby bar closes at midnight (game better be quick).
Livin’ the dream.
My fault; no my fault
Gotta love a guy who’ll admit a mistake.
Look, in hindsight, everyone around the game knows Jamaal Magloire should never have caught an inbounds pass with less than 15 seconds left in a three-point game.
Of course the Pacers fouled him, of course he missed the two free throws, of course the game was lost.
And Dwane Casey took the hit.
“I take the full blame for that. I don’t think they were intentionally trying to foul but I should not have had (Magloire) handling the ball. He was the last big after (Amir Johnson) fouled out and I should have had it flip flopped. I should have had Ed Davis at the top (taking the inbounds) so it’s on me.”
Magloire was equally contrite, he knows he’s a professional athlete who is handsomely rewarded to make the requisite plays and he didn’t.
So, everyone learns.
Casey had a mental blip and Magloire isn’t likely to be on the court in that situation again. Actually, I have no problem with him being on the floor; Casey said they were looking for a quick two with the intention of extending the game and Magloire was the best rebounder available, it’s just where on the court he was that was the issue and that can’t happen again.
A lesson; a tough lesson, indeed.
End of AC?
I don’t know that last night spelled the absolute of Anthony Carter’s run as backup point guard in Jerryd Bayless’s absence but the rotation was kind of telling.
Needing size, quickness and offence, they when seven minutes with Gary Forbes in the backcourt with Leandro Barbosa while Carter, who wasn’t hurt and available, got a DNP-CD.
As we’ve mentioned, they’ve been working hard with Forbes in practice and at shootaround, trying to turn a two-guard/small forward into a point guard (he’s never played the position) and he acquitted himself pretty well. Nothing flashy, no horrible decisions, no egregious turnovers and in the right matchup, I’d run him out there again.
But until Bayless gets back (maybe on this trip) and to save some wear and tear on Calderon, why not let Jose play the first 10 minutes of the half, Forbes and Carter go for maybe four minutes each and bring Jose back for the final six.
Then in the second half, use Calderon for another 10 minutes or so, get four or five minutes out of whichever Forbes or Carter are playing better and then finish with Jose.
That’d be about what? Thirty-five minutes for Jose? Works for me.
Where’s it gone?
Know what we haven’t seen much of lately?
A zone defence.
Don’t think they played in for one possession against Indy, don’t remember it all against Sacramento and all I can chalk it up to is lack of practice time and personnel.
I know Dwane’s a bit of fan – it was tremendously effective for him in Dallas – and I’d presume as soon as he can get ‘em in a gym for a while, he’ll get more work on it.
Good way to “hide” guys and a good way to change up the flow of a game for a couple of possessions. It worked earlier in the year, I suspect we’ll see it again.
Don’t imagine you’ll mind.
Could be the theme of the day.
It’s only 10 a.m. here, don’t have to be at arena ‘til 4, nap can’t take longer than a couple of hours so where’s the mail?
Oh, and the Atlanta suggestions have been few and far between; guess a lot of you feel the same way about the city as I do. And Sam hasn’t called.
Anyway, short and sweet ‘cause you’ve got all that mail to deal with; will be back tomorrow with another couple of offerings.