Do you folks know how to act these days?
I’m not entirely sure what to do now.
They win, a lot. There’s no angst. Lots of people are happy.
It’s a weird world, isn’t it?
Anyway, sorry I’m late; one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get more rest, waking up at 5 a.m. after a game is counter-productive to that goal. Not to worry, I’ll blow that resolution out of the water inside of a couple of weeks but until then …
Okay, so maybe Landry Fields won't turn into some ball handling wizard but he was able to exploit the Blazers a couple of times last night that showed what he was talking about the other day when he said one of the advantages he would have in a small lineup was to take his man off the dribble.
I think the first time was in the first half right in front of the Raptors bench when he easily beat Joel Freeland to the rim and the second time came against the same defender at the other end of the court against the same guy if my chicken scratch note-taking is to be believed.
Now, I don't for a second think Fields is destined to be a power forward the rest of his life -- neither does he or Dwane Casey-- but in short spurts in some matchups it works well.
And if he continues rebounding that well from that spot -- nine in Orlando, seven last night -- it's a bonus.
Imagine that, eight rebounds a night from a guy at the four!
An expensive career
Was standing in the back hallway of the locker room after the game catching up with some people while the colleagues scribbled and Dwane comes over to join the conversation.
“Hey, coach. Quincy’s going to be the first NBA rookie to tell the coach not to play him.”
It’s costing the kid a lot of money to learn what it takes to play in the NBA.
With the technical foul he picked up late last night, he’s now got three for the year and at $2,000 a pop, that’s starting to add up.
And if you want an odd stat, the rookie now has as many technicals as field goals in his career.
Reminds me of another Raptors rookie and weird numbers:
There was a time in his career that Alec Radojevic had more surgeries than made baskets.
More odd numbers
Yes, that was a very strange statistical game for the lads, wasn’t it?
The two main point guards wind up with 23 assists, two turnovers and zero points in a combined 45 minutes, as odd a stat as I can remember.
But it speaks to what’s really turned things around offensively for this group.
Sharing the ball does seem to work, the 34 assists they had as a team was a new season high, the previous was 33, set last Saturday in Orlando.
I don’t know what’s gotten into them – maybe it’s as simple as everyone’s just having fun playing – but it’s something to see.
A wee bit more, as usual:
So I’m driving home – a bit of a white-knuckler with some snow falling – and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird comes on the radio.
Pretty sure we’ve had this discussion before but there might be some new Irregulars who haven’t given it much thought and you know we’re all about though-provoking here, aren’t we?
So, you Of A Certain Vintage:
If you had your choice, how does the high school dance (do they still have high school dances?) end best. With Free Bird, Stairway To Heaven or …
I’m kind of partial to Color My World, actually.
Still lots of room for mail, folks.
You know the drill, would love to hear from you but I’ll tell you right now, I’ve got more than my fill of Andrea Bargnani questions so we can let that subject go, right?
Oh yeah, one more from the stat pack last night, which was as odd a numerical game as I can recall:
Toronto won despite having three members of the starting lineup (Calderon, Pietrus and Gray) not score a single point.
According to the folks at the Elias Sports Bureau and passed on by the good people at Raptors media relations, that’s only the second time that’s happened since boxscores started differentiating the starters from the rest of the team way back in the 1970-71 season.
The other time was Dec. 12, 1994 when Phoenix did it.
Bored of numbers yet?
Boy, that’s a tough pucks 10 hours, wasn’t it?
No settlement (I believe we should all issue Disclaimer of Interests until they blow the season up or not) and then the teens get their heads handed to them by the dastardly Yankees in the semi (how’d Popeye’s kid look?)
Thank goodness for some that the HOTH are rolling. Puts a little sunshine in everyone’s life.
So it’s about 8 a.m. here, I look out the front window to banks of snow about two feet high running up and down the driveway, there’s a dusting of the white stuff on the cars and roads and the Super Dog walk was a tad chilly an hour or so ago.
(And she’s not taking to this sleep in plan very well today, thanks for asking).
It’s gloomy and it’s winter and we need something to warm the cockles of our hearts, don’t we?
LESS THAN THREE MONTHS UNTIL OPENING DAY!
Yeah, saw a note to that effect somewhere yesterday: TOD opens April 2 and that’s less than three months.
That’ll get you through some of this snow nonsense, won’t it?