It's early days, a point well worth remembering
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(And I’m open to suggestions)
A fitting finish
As Dwane said after, and we all saw during, the game got away from them in the second quarter and nothing exemplified that more than the final minute or so.
With a lead and a chance to finish strong, the Raptors coughed the ball up for the eighth time that quarter, they committed a foul that cost them a possession and then a little gamble on defence led to a good transition opportunity for the Nets that ended with an open corner three-pointer.
It was one of the key stretches of the game, the kind of momentary lapse of concentration they simply cannot life with.
A bit of perspective, though
Lots of grumbling going on among The People. Got a few notes of condolence from readers for the long season ahead, a few comments suggesting this has been a horrid start the season and more than a few telling me it’s “same old, same old.”
About the only thing missing was a suggesting they start tanking the season.
Man, some of you need some patience.
They play perhaps the third best team in the conference to a buzzer beater.
They go on the road and play perhaps the fourth best team in the conference to a two-point game with about 90 seconds to go.
Sure, the rookie centre struggled Saturday a bit (if you thought he’d be good every game, you haven’t been paying attention at all) and, yes, they need more production out of their starting small forward (that’s a more troubling situation, for sure) but thing really aren’t in the toilet, people.
It’s been two games. Two freaking games.
Sometimes this rush to immediate gratification irks me no end.
Oh, what could be
Andrea Bargnani looked slightly disengaged for most of the night – maybe that flu bug isn’t entirely gone, maybe it’s just the way he is -- except for one moment.
There was an outstanding pass early in the game to Valanciunas for an easy basket and it’s got to be a bit maddening to know that kind of skill is there but only obvious on few occasions.
But the thing is, they might actually get something out of what should be an imposing big man duo because Bargnani’s passing skills are under-rated and Valaciunas is always going to be on the move.
Maybe it takes 10 or 20 games but that possibility is there and you know Dwane will be trying to exploit it. Hopefully the guy with the ball gets more energetic.
They trotted out Ralph Branca to take part in the pre-game ceremonies, and they were so under-stated they verged on boring and all I was hoping for was Bobby Thompson to show up and spoil the show.
In case you don’t get that reference, this stroll down memory lane might help.
So, what was it like here?
We really didn’t see a lot of remnants of Sandy; there was so obvious flooding noticeable on the descent into LaGuardia on Friday but Brooklyn, at least the part I was in, went unscathed.
I do have friends in Yonkers who didn’t have power or heat as of Saturday night and my man Kerber only got his lights back on over in Jersey at about halftime of the game.
Other than that, there wasn’t a lot of impact where I was; I just hope the folks in Jersey and Staten Island get the help the need.
There are still five- or six-hour lineups for gas, there are thousands of disgruntled marathoners in the area because the Mayor and whoever didn’t have the common sense to cancel the race five days ago like they should have. Things aren’t normal for a huge number of people, and it might not be raining or windy but there would seem to be lots and lots of work still to be done.
The Barclay’s Center?
It’s okay; nothing spectacular but it’s nice and new with a huge scoreboard but a muffled PA system and, frankly, it was underwhelming.
I guess $1 billon doesn’t get you what it used to.
The outside is pretty cool, it should help revitalize the area (although the people whose homes they took to build it might not care an awful lot) and that was part of the plan.
The game experience was no different than any other place and the people didn’t really seem overly-enthusiastic.
All in all, very good but I still have others in the league – Indiana, Houston (vastly under-rated) and even the new Orlando one – that I prefer.
But it’s about a hundred zillion kabillion better than either the Meadowlands or Newark.
Okay, we’re two games in and I have to talk to Scribble Live and the Tall Foreheads about the font on the questions/comments because you can’t read it easily enough and an iPad issue, right?
The hotel we’re at is housing what seems like a couple hundred FEMA workers who are out and about dealing with the Sandy fallout.
No, I didn’t seen Brownie and if I had, I wouldn’t have told him he was “doing a heckuva job.”
No, I don’t know where the missing ones went (tee-hee) but if the folks at the Air Canada Centre are reading this, something along these lines would be nice at dinner tonight.