That must have felt like a breath of fresh air
It’s never rained in a drier place?
That how you felt last night?
Some real quick stuff this morning; Saturday’s my “sleep in until 7:30 a.m. day” so we’re a bit late, too. Hope you don’t mind.
We all wondered how Mickael Pietrus would fit in to is his first game – don’t think anyone saw almost 31 minutes coming – and whether he’d have any clue what he was doing on the court.
Well, he did. And according to Dwane Casey, it was in large part thanks to Jose Calderon.
Without really knowing the half-court sets, Pietrus would look over to the veteran point guard, who’d nod or point or cast a glance at where Pietrus needed to be and the newcomer would go there.
It worked particularly well in the fourth quarter when Pietrus got about three wide open corner threes off dishes from Calderon, who sent him there.
“Just to tell him when to go and where,” was how Jose put it.
Those corner threes are going to be huge because if Pietrus starts making them with regularity, it’s going to force defenders out on him – they left him alone most of the night – and that has to open space in the post for Valanciunas or even Bargnani because they spent most of last night with defenders in front and behind them.
That was a rather ugly roll of the ankle Amir Johnson suffered Wednesday night in Memphis. You’d never know by the way he played Friday night in Toronto.
It was as good a game as he’s come up with in a while – never mind the points and the rebounds, it was the hustle and energy that stood out – and it was just what he needed.
The two baskets late – both off dives to the rim – were crucial; now he needs to do that every single night.
A wise decision
It was one of those late-game Johnson baskets that showed Kyle Lowry’s growth in, perhaps, trust in his teammates.
Lowry’s leading a break but there are a couple of Suns back in front of him. Usually, he’d go head-down to the rim, pretty much oblivious of any Raptor near him, trying to draw a foul or force a play and that’s not always the right decision.
Last night, he slowed about halfway through the lane, dropped the ball off to Johnson, set a nice little illegal moving screen to block one of the defenders and Johnson scored.
A little thing, to be sure, but they thought it was nice to see Lowry look for someone else instead of forcing the issue.
More? A wee bit then I’ve got to go pack for the journey.
Hey, Denver people (Denverites? Denvereres? Denverins?) need some help.
Not sure what I’ll end up doing – there’ll be some work to do – but give me a good spot somewhere near that really cool 16th Avenue promenade, would you? I’m staying there and might want to venture out.
Maybe some place to watch games either tonight or tomorrow. Thanks.
Speaking of …
You had to know this was coming, right?
Is David Stern going soft on his way out the door?
I’m kidding, a bit, but I have to admit the $250,000 fine levied against the Spurs was hardly the “substantial sanctions” I had expected.
I figured a million might be the number, just like I figured four or five or more game would be Rajon Rondo’s punishment.
Does that say more about Stern or me, I wonder.
Hey, remember The Other Dream Team, that very excellent documentary about basketball in Lithuania and the 1992 Olympic bronze medallists?
Well, it’s been nominated for a Producer’s Guild of America award as best documentary of the year.
I’ve had no luck tracking down any more news on a general release in Canada – it’d be a shame if it wasn’t – but if you somehow get a chance to see it somewhere, you should.
Super Wife to me, as she’s walking out the door this morning:
“Can you please get the boxes of Christmas decorations from the basement and bring up the tree?”
Yep, must be December. Hope the place looks all Christmas-y when I get back in 11 days, that way I won’t be involved in any of the decorating.
Long fight, no clue about what’s up tonight so if you’ve got any burning questions or secrets you want to share, I should have time to answer or listen.
Speaking of time, we’re headed west so I’ll endeavour to have this junk up at the usual time each morning but it might be hit and miss. Take it easy on me, will you?