Anger, frustration bubble over; what will it all mean?
No, that was not a pimptastic night by any stretch of the imagination, was it?
Worst one of the year, popped up kind of out of nowhere and very, very difficult to watch if you were a fan, I imagine.
The good news?
There’s another one tomorrow! And then Monday again. Sweet.
A natural reaction
Yes, there was an awful lot of angst around the team after the game last night, entirely predictable and, in some odd ways, a good thing.
Guys were pissed, at each other, at the coaches, at the circumstances, at the constant losing.
Isn’t that the way things are supposed to be?
They probably stayed in the locker room for an extra 20 minutes or so after the game for a ‘clearing of the soul’ session or, given the season, some airing of grievances.
Of course it was; the season’s in the toilet at the moment, no one can possibly be happy and if they chewed each other out, good on them.
I don’t think the anger will last for too long, it was a reaction to circumstances and those circumstances could change. But a good, honest exchange of ideas and thoughts can’t hurt.
(And since the gamer was written it didn’t bother my deadline so that was cool, too).
But just see it for what it was: An emotional reaction to some terrible times. Nice to see the emotion, don’t imagine there’ll be long-lasting aftershocks.
A case in point
You know that I’m impressed with the way DeMar DeRozan is playing this season because his game is evolving quite nicely.
But all this “we don’t get calls” stuff is starting to get tiring.
And last night, sometime in the third quarter, I think it was, it boiled over too far.
DeRozan was hit – maybe fouled, maybe not; the whistle didn’t blow so it wasn’t – and he hit the deck. Not sure if he was shook up or what but he laid on the court looking askance at the officials while the Jazz went down the court and the guy DeRozan was guarding hit a wide-open three in the corner.
So what’s next?
I can understand Dwane’s reasoning for not making lineup changes last night (I think it’s explained in here in case you missed it) but something has to give.
He told us after the game he’s back on a search for eight or nine guys who’ll bring it every night and I wonder who he’ll settle on.
As for the starters?
Well, no one can suggest the first quarter was the issue last night, and it wasn’t the issue the other night in Sacramento either so maybe that’s not the major problem.
But if they are going to go with something stark, why not do Lowry, DeRozan and Ross? Small, sure, but it’s not like they’re getting brilliance out of that three spot anyway.
All I know is that the feeling from everyone involved that something has to happen and has to happen soon.
Just a little bit more, I have a plane to catch.
What do you think the world of music would be like if the tragedy that occurred on this day in 1980 hadn't happened?
And I cannot for the life of me believe it was 1980 when John Lennon was killed. Where'd the time go?
I don’t know but this has to be the safest city around for pedestrians. And if it’s not, it’s because there are some less-than-bright people wandering the streets.
First off, there are signs painted at every corner of every intersection telling people what to do.
And if you come to a crosswalk in the middle of the block, they leave those bright orange flags that you’re supposed to use to cross. Take one on one side, deposit it on the other.
Now, that’s protecting the walkers.
No clue what tonight’s going to turn out like after we get to L.A. and attend a practice but I owe you mail Sunday morning and there’s time to get in on the fun.
Of course, I write “airing of grievances” and, like me, you all think of …
It’s almost FESTIVUS!
Seriously, if you ever get to Salt Lake City, go to Lumpy’s, an excellent sports bar, and do yourself a favour and order a bottle of Epic Brewing’s Brainless Belgian-style golden ale. You will not be disappointed.
Okay, far shorter than usual but I have to run; check in with you from L.A. sometime later.