Breathing comes a bit easier; and a non-news event
The Compton Worm?
That probably doesn’t stick but if DeMar DeRozan keeps getting seven rebounds every now and then, someone’s going to sit up and take notice, aren’t they?
Dwane has, as he mentioned after the game last night.
“DeMar’s rebounding, I thought that was huge. When we get that type of rebounding from our guards, those guys out-rebounded our frontcourt so … that’s huge.
“We knew Kyle was a big-time rebounder from the guard position, he’s tough, but that’s two big-time games from DeMar and I’m really happy to see him take that next step.”
Now, I don’t think we can put too much stock into DeRozan’s rebounding until it’s a 10-game thing but he has looked more assertive going to the glass, especially defensively, of late. He’s not looking to leak out as he did far too often in the past, he’s finding his man, wrestling him if has to and going to get the ball.
And – and I know how this is going to sound – the bigs must be doing their jobs unseen because there’s room for DeRozan and Lowry to get to the loose balls. It’s not translating into stats, it never will, but if the bigs engage their guys, DeRozan and Lowry should have the strength and quickness to get to loose balls and that should ignite some of the transition stuff Dwane wants to see.
I have to mock, at least a bit; it’s what I do
I know, first win, celebration, other teams do it, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Here’s what they should do instead of firing off confetti cannons after a win over Minnesota in Game 3 of a long season.
Fire off pizza slice coupons.
Now, that I could get behind.
A glimpse, perhaps
No, Landry Fields has yet to have an obvious impact on any game and I don’t know that he’ll ever be a guy who’ll score a lot of points or make a lot of noticeable plays and listening to Dwane before the game, I don’t think the team figures that’ll happen too often.
But there were a couple of moments Sunday night that showed what he can do, as long as he does it consistently.
One was a nice backcut along the baseline, he took a pass and finished with a dunk and that’s the kind of off-the-ball play he needs to make until his shot either comes around or is repaired, neither of which is likely to happen really soon.
The other was Dwane trying to get Fields more involved by calling post-ups for him and even though they didn’t work great against Minnesota – Fields held the ball too long before making a move – if he uses some of his basketball smarts to get the ball to open shooters quickly, it’ll make him a bit more dangerous.
Casey and the staff aren’t anywhere near ready to give up on him yet and more stuff like the few glimpses Sunday show why.
Sure, a little.
This came up on the iTunes shuffle the other day and since I see it’s Art’s birthday today, why not a little Simon and Garfunkel.
For a Grunt Of A Certain Vintage, this is part of the Music Of My Life and I have to say, I used to be able to croon almost every word to every song.
I know, it might be a tad soft but I really liked these guys when I was a young ‘un.
Remind me the next time I’m running through lists of the worst airports in the NBA to put the terminal at LaGuardia that houses Air Canada right near the top.
Few services, nothing approximating a good coffee place, gloomy, hot, cramped.
The place sucks.
Lakers 108, Pistons 79.
I have a feeling that says as much about Detroit as it does about Los Angeles.
So by all means continue with your Lakers angst.
Okay, I find Mickey Mantle’s a tad pretentious at times (although you can have fresh air in the separately-vented bar) and Blix is an excellent spot for a burger, a beer and a game and Beerwerks (hope I got the spelling correct) has a great, great selection, but if anyone with an OKC connection has another suggestion, I could be all ears.
After an eight-hour travel day between airport arrival and a layover in Chicago, may need a night to unwind.
I guess this is news because it’s not news and that’s a pretty good thing.
The NBA has added two female officials to the staff this season, bringing the complement of women referees to three.
They are Brenda Pantoja (she’s the one in the picture) and Lauren Holtkamp and they join Violet Palmer to give the NBA more femaie referees than its ever had at one time.
There was never really an issue with women doing the job in my opinion, they were no different than their male counterparts – they may some good calls, some bad calls and went about their business as professionals, trying to do their best every time they stepped on the floor.
But I do think it says something about fans, and reporters, that now it’s not an oddity to be explained or even noticed. The three women are just part of the staff.
That’s a good thing; we’ve taken another step on the road.