Rookie moments, visitors from France and Hump in a fight
They didn’t beat the team with the best record in the NBA on the second night of a road back-to-back?
Damn you, Andrea Bargnani!
Back to earth
Yes, Terrence Ross struggled a little bit – just 4-for-13 from the field and six missed three-pointers on six attempts – but there’s something about the kid in the last couple of games that you have to like.
He looked like a deer caught in some headlights early in the season but you can see him attacking the paint far more often and his confidence seems to be growing every minute.
At one point in, I believe, the third quarter, he got the ball in the far corner and could have hoisted a three. He knew he wasn’t shooting it particularly well and instead of hesitating and thinking about another here, he immediately went into the lane.
He didn’t make the shot but his coach and teammates noticed his aggressive move – it was mentioned in the post-game period – and they’re coming to like the way he’s playing an awful lot these days.
A hectic few minutes
Well, it was nice to see Quincy Acy get some time and he sure can liven up the end of a blowout, no?
A flagrant foul after he inadvertently smacked Kyle Lowry in the eye in about his first minute was kind of cool.
And then in the dying seconds he somehow got tangled up with Josh Selby of the Grizzlies under the far basket and was bumped out of bounds.
As Acy’s walking back in, he gave Selby a nice little shove in the back – totally missed by the three officials – and Selby ends up with a technical foul when he goes back at Acy.
Love the kid’s spirit, was kind of nice of him to put some juice in the last minutes of a boring game.
(And it didn’t have a huge impact on my filing at the buzzer so that’s okay).
What’s up with Pietrus
Wish I knew for certain but there is no question there’s a lot of legitimate interest and it wouldn’t surprise me if something happened quickly.
(An aside: Pietrus is going to have to pass a physical and it was a year ago now that they flunked him on one because of a knee issue so take that into consideration).
Anyway, here’s the thing: He could very well be the best small forward on the roster the second he signs but to think he’s going to come in and all of a sudden turn things totally around is silly.
He’s good – solid shooter, good athlete, can defend – and he’s an upgrade but don’t get your hopes up that all of a sudden the problems at that position are going away.
Here’s something to think about: If Bryan is going to pull off some deal where he divests himself of a significant player out of the rotation – and he shouldn’t right now – I think you need to put the fantasy of Pau Gasol out of your mind and go looking for a small forward to plug into your trade machine.
That’s the gaping hole in this roster, that’s what has to get fixed first.
And we move on …
Things you hear in airports because people don’t have the common courtesy to either speak quietly or find a private location for their telephone conversations:
A dude, obviously bit peeved, uses the phrases “dad-gum job” and “cotton-pickin’ business” in a three-minute conversation.
Gotta love the south.
I have to use “dad-gum” in some game story sometime.
No, you don’t often see a couple of guys from France – one wearing a cowboy hat and one who looked a lot like Harpo Marx (and didn’t speak, either) – sit in with The Memphis Blues Masters at the Juke Joint on Beale Street and knock off a passable rendition of Route 66.
But, then again, you folks don’t hang with me too often.
They weren’t as good as this guy but who is?
A random cabbie conversation on the way to the FedEx Forum
“How’s your team? You gonna win?”
“Why not? You’ve got that guy 7-feet and he’s shooting the three-ball like hell.”
(If he only knew)
A minute later.
“Yeah, your team might win, Conley’s sick.”
“Sure, but you’ve got Jerryd Bayless.”
“He’s no good. Can’t dribble. Shoots too much. He’s a shooting guard.”
Who knew scouts moonlighted as Memphis cabbies.
How about that little fracas in Boston?
Tell you what, if I’m the Celtics, I’m quite worried that my starting point guard is going to get hit with at least a five-game suspension – and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was seven or even 10 – after taking a couple of shots at Kris Humphries in a brouhaha that spilled into stands.
First, the league rightfully frowns on its players interacting with fans that way – I think it was Nate Robinson and JR Smith who got 10 games for a fight that put fans in danger – but the big factor is going to be Rondo’s history.
He got a two-game suspension last year for tossing a ball at an official and got one game in the playoffs for pushing a ref; he’s a repeat offender and that’s not going to sit well in the office.
Five games? Ten games? Neither would surprise me at all.
I think we’re going to do mail a couple of times on the weekend because it’ll help me with my travel plans so help a fellow out, will you?