A Saturday decision pays dividends on a Sunday
You can’t get too high after a win and can’t get too down after a loss so, congrats, good game Sunday, let’s move on to the next one.
After this, of course.
Saturday’s call worked out
I’m pretty sure Dwane didn’t want to ride Jose for about 43 minutes – including the entire second half without a break – or to use DeMar for 38 or Andrea for nearly 40, especially on a back-to-back.
But at leas they were fresh because none of them played even 40 after the coach pretty much waved the white towel Saturday afternoon in Boston
Sometimes, he told us after the game, the bigger picture needs to be in focus.
“When I took those guys out (In Boston), it was a two-point game, the game was in the balance but I knew DeMar needed a blow, I knew our guys needed a blow to go back in in the fourth quarter. Hell, before I could get them back in, Terry hits three threes and it was over so I went ahead and left the young guys in.
“For our young players to learn, they have to get minutes on the court but today we needed a win. Nothing against Terrence, I should have probably got him more today but he had his day yesterday. Today was about coming through with a ‘W.’”
That’s playing to your strengths and knowing when to take a shot.
Amir Johnson’s no Ray Allen … yet
Sure, there was some cringing when Amir hoisted that corner three on a key possession late in a close game and no one was holding his breath more than Dwane Casey.
He had one of those “no, no, no; okay, great shot” when Johnson made just the fifth three-pointer of his career (I’d imagine a lot of the earlier ones were mostly buzzer-beating halfcourt heaves) at a vital point in the fourth quarter.
It was one of those shots that in theory makes some sense, Johnson’s been working on his shooting range for years, he’s got a much smoother delivery and he was wide open.
“Jose is probably the only one who would pass me the ball at the three-point line. The one thing about the shot is, I didn’t hesitate, I just caught and shot the ball.”
But I’m thinking it’s a cold day in Hade before he jacks up another one.
The kid’s going to be all right
Andrew Nicholson, that is.
Some guys just have a knack for the ball and for scoring and if there’s one thing to take away from the first time I’ve seen Nicholson play, it’s that he’s always going to be able to get baskets.
He’s still quite slight – and that’s going to work against him until he grows into his body or extends his shooting range to the three-point line – but there’s an awful lot to like about his game.
And on that atrocious Magic roster, he’s going to get some playing time for sure and that’s only going to help hasten his development.
A little bit.
Been saying for a while I hoped that team got some support and what it got paid off with that big win in the Eastern Final yesterday.
It’s sure to make this week a bit better and since The Tall Foreheads asked to me to write some hoopla and scene stuff on Friday and Saturday it’s going to make my life a tad earlier.
We’ll get into more Grey Cup as the week goes on – this will be about the seventh I’ve been involved in at least on the periphery – but I don’t think I’m going to hear this week about how the city isn’t turned on by the event.
Sure, there will be pockets that don’t care a whit about the football game and ancillary party but don’t tell that to people who are right around the game and the scene downtown.
They’ll have fun, it’ll be a gas and it’s going to be a fair bit better because the home team’s involved.
Plus, Beebs is coming!!!
But this guy is going to perform as well so that’s going to be very cool; it’s too bad I can’t see Gordon Lightfoot at the game, I’ll be scribbling post-basketball and hopefully finding some cool house party to go to.
I’m sure the hundreds of thousands of people who were on the route loved Sunday’s Santa Claus parade here.
But, really, it’s mid-freaking-November!
Far too early.
Speaking of over-reaction or doing things that don’t make a lot sense, wasn’t the firing off of confetti after a Sunday afternoon win over the Orlando Magic a bit much.
Yeah, I thought so, too.
If they persist, they should turn the cannons or whatever they are around and shoot it into the crowd. That’s far better than littering the court, I’d suggest.
Do I do The Palm tonight to run into some old friends across the bar or do I listen to whatever you give me for Philly?
And yes, I’ll search out some joint in the Reading Market for cheesesteaks at some point.
I don’t think there’s a person connected with the NBA who didn’t hope Brandon Roy would come back and at least be something close to his former self.
He was never going to be the Brandon Roy we came to know in Portland – although he always controlled a game with guile more than athleticism – but his comeback was something we were all watching with great interest and cheering for at some level.
Now? Now he’s going to have another scope on one of his knees and you have to wonder if this is the final cut.
Hope not and it’s too bad the story has to end this way, or at least be derailed for a few weeks.