Everything seems to be working out just as they planned
Kicks the hell out of his holiday sax playing ideas – to say nothing of the assistance he needs for the mundane every day chores you use a shoulder for -- but I’m still glad they still make gym classes available to students.
So I saw enough of the game while paying attention for …
A solid contribution
You know who’s been kind of impressive in this little run the lads are on?
John Lucas III.
Yes, he’s still out of control a bit too much offensively (Dwane told us last week he need Lucas to throttle it back one gear) but he’s been making shots and doing admirable job defensively and the trickle down effect is that Jose doesn’t have to play 40 minutes a night, which is a very good thing.
Lucas is proving to be just what you want in a third point guard – dependability, skills good enough that the team can at least tread water while he’s in there and a lack of ego that allows him to do what he does without trying or wanting to do more.
He had, what, six straight points to pretty much break open the game late Tuesday night? A huge bonus.
Just feeling good
Now, I wasn’t courtside Tuesday night, of course, but the sense I’ve got over the two games I did see up close and the third win is that this team’s level of confidence has never been higher.
I’m not sure if it’s a feeling of validation in what the coaches have been preaching – as opposed the incessant beatings they took previously that had to have them questioning everything – but you can just sense they believe now.
Not sure they did fully before and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that confidence in huge. The talent disparity among teams isn’t all the big, to tell you the truth, everyone can make shots and plays. It’s when you have in your mind that you’re going to win and play well that makes the difference.
And that’s what we’re seeing now.
Making others pay
There’s been a couple of subtle things that Dwane has done the last little while they have really paid off and turned out just as he planned.
We know about the solid inbounds play the other day that was new and worked to perfection.
But how about his use of a smallish lineup the last couple of games, a move that’s been pre-emptive rather than reactive.
He’s had Kleiza at the four a little bit, there were times when Anderson has played the four some and even Pietrus has had a minute or two there.
And because he’s initiated it, opponents have had to react. Last night, at least in the parts where I was paying rapt attention, it pretty much took Tristan Thompson out of the game.
It did the same against Houston on Sunday and the Rockets couldn’t match Toronto’s version of small ball.
I’m not suggesting it’ll work every night and it was kind of forced on him by the absence of one of his four bigs but instead of just rotating Valanciunas, Davis and Johnson through the frontcourt or even giving Aaron Gray some time, Casey’s forced other teams to react to him. And it’s worked.
Let’s wrap this up, shall we?
Okay, nothing may say Christmas like Twisted Sister.
But nothing really says Christmas like The Ramones.
(And how would they have fit in at that 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief?)
Hang on a sec.
Air Canada, which can barely run its own airline, let alone its own airline along with Jazz, is now opening a third airline?
And Porter’s doing a new one, too?
And you wonder why so many of them are in dire financial straits.
I’d rather they get things running consistently smoothly on their primary carriers before doing anything silly.
Of course, the only complaint I have about Porter is that it doesn’t fly to enough U.S. cities for me – I swear, I’d fly it everywhere if I could – but Air Canada?
Interminable delays, usually 20 minutes at a time with no real explanation, and far too often unco-operative gate agents.
I like the TV screens in the seatbacks, though. Be nice if they changed the shows up weekly instead of monthly but that’s just me.
Yes, the IGBT thing returns tonight about 7 and, yes, we’ll start looking for mail. You folks did great last week but without Andrea to bust on this week, I wonder what you can come up with that’s interesting.
Say hello here, if you feel like it. There’s no shootaround today so if you’re quick like bunnies and have something to say, I might get a leg up on the weekend later this morning.
I knew it was sometime around now (how I knew that I will never know, the stuff rattling around in this head sometimes troubles me greatly) but a quick check and it turns out today is the day, in 1843 so I wasn’t there to get a first edition, that the original A Christmas Carol was published.
Best Christmas movie? Have to be on the short list, wouldn’t it?
(And yes, a list of personal favourites will get here sometime between now and next Tuesday and it’ll open the floodgates for discussion)
But wasn’t Alastair Sim the best? Yeah, thought so.
And that Dickens fellow could write a wee bit, couldn’t he?
Does anyone really miss the pucks?
Gonna flock to the TVs and arenas when they come back, if they come back?
Just wondering because in my circle of friends there is absolutely no chatter about it, no one seems to miss it too much, life goes on and while we have seen fans flock back to sports that have gone through a work stoppage before, I am getting the sense this might be the sea change to boredom and apathy and disinterest everyone connected with the game fears more than anything.