Well, that was different outcome than most
We’re just not there yet. And since I’m usually just doing mail on Saturdays, the body clock says it’s hard to find the away-from-sport nuggets, the brain’s a tad disengaged so this is bit shorter than usual.
So, everyone feel a tiny bit better today? No, the big win doesn’t wipe away the stench of the first 23 games by any means but since I keep mentioning each game should be taken on its own as a one-off entertainment event, you have to admit Friday night was run, right?
Where’d that come from?
Wish I could adequately explain it.
Couple of things, though, stood out:
The rotation was a bit tighter thanks to some injuries, although 10 guys played at least 16 minutes so that wasn’t all that much different. Guess the thing was the right 10 were used, there is no question that they played better defence – closing out on shooters, facing a team without a true post presence or a break-down point guard certainly helped – and that’s going to have to be their calling card now.
We’ve seen Dwane hammer home his system to much the same group a year ago and, I say this is all seriousness – at some level Jose is a better defender for this system than Kyle Lowry is. He communicates a bit better, knows where his help is coming from and doesn’t stray from the job at hand with high risk, low reward gambles.
Overall, his skills aren’t as good but sometimes it truly is a matter of horses for courses.
Tempest? Meet teapot
So Andrea Bargnani chats with a paper back in Italy and all of a sudden there’s an eight-hour kerfuffle over here.
The phrase “worst team in the NBA” somehow came through in the translation and too many people took it too literally, in my opinion.
First off, the English words certainly aren’t parsed or offered in any manner in which I’ve heard Andrea speak in the seven or so years I’ve known him, leading me to think the translation was a bit off.
And, truth be told, there are times when Andrea is prone to hyperbole at some level; I would guess he was making a point that given where the Raptors were when he spoke they were pretty awful.
That’s hardly news, is it?
The interesting thing?
Our good friend Paolo, who often joins the IGBT in the middle of the night (you should come by, it’s fun) read the original Gazzetta piece and suggest the nuance is that Andrea thinks a trade may be inevitable. Don’t know if it is, but he’s certainly accepted the possibility, probably willingly.
Big impact, no numbers
Alan Anderson missed all eight field goal attempts he had and got five rebounds in 21 minutes and had one of the best games of anyone, as Dwane nailed in his post-game comments.
“If you want to stay on the floor is the defensive effort and the toughness, that’s one thing I thought Alan Anderson brought to the table, his defensive toughness, his presence.
"He didn’t make a shot but he was felt by their team. He manned up on OJ Mayo.”
More? We’ve got some, sure.
This is a compliment, right?
We’re talking to Dwane about having experienced players (it was the genesis of this story) and the difference between young players and old and he says:
“Just like, say, a rookie writer vs. Doug. It’s the same thing. Grey hair, he knows all the bars to go to and everything else. So that’s the key, the experience.”
Really. That’s good, right?
I’m not saying we all have to love Kevin Garnett all of a sudden or anything like that, but this moment with Kevin McHale last night?
Gold. And my friend Fran Blinbury nailed it with this piece.
Friday was a day of unspeakable horror and incomprehensible sadness; a day when I’m sure we all caught ourselves staring off into space, numb.
There are no words, none, that suffice, none that can explain anything, none that can offer enough solace for those touched by this insanity.
I hope everyone hugged someone last night; and they hug them every day for the rest of their lives.
Do you know that it’s 10 days ‘til Christmas?
How the hell did that happen.
We’ve got about a jillion words of mail to plow through this afternoon or tonight but I think some editing might be in order since more than a few deai with situations that are now passed us.