Dull night, dull game and a crooked cabbie story
That was a rather dull night, wasn’t it?
Game had very little oomph, it seemed to drag on forever and outside of the Aaron Gray dunk, not sure there’s a memorable moment.
Yet, still …
Too fancy, schmancy
Look at the numbers:
Jose Calderon plays 29 minutes with zero turnovers.
Kyle Lowry plays 15 minutes with zero turnovers.
Yet the story of the game was the 14 turnovers Toronto committed and the 24 points the Nets got off them.
So where was the screw up?
Well, it was in trying to do too much with too many players unfamiliar with each other trying to make the picture-perfect play.
It’s trying to throw bounce passes in traffic in the paint; trying to throw lobs from bad angles; it’s, as Dwane said, simply trying to do too much.
“It’s admirable that we’re trying to move the ball but see the great play but make the easy play. We’re trying to just squeeze it and it’s not there; we have to make better decisions with the basketball.”
It’s not that there was any one player worse than the others. Gray, who hasn’t played in a week, had three of them; Amir Johnson, Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan had two each.
All of them have to be a bit more careful with the ball.
It’s what they do
So, I’m watching Terrence Ross miss about seven jump shots and Alan Anderson miss the four shots he took in his eight minutes of play and only one thing comes to mind:
Shoot ‘til you miss; shoot ‘til you make.
Actually, two things, that and:
You’re either hot or you’re due.
Seems Dwane is of the same mindset because when the subject of Ross’s tough shooting night came up, he quickly dismissed it.
“He’s a shooter, he’s got to keep shooting it, he and Alan both are shooters, I expect the next one to go in and they have to believe that, too. That’s what they’re on our roster for, to shoot the basketball. I believe in them, that’s the shots they work on every day in practice and they’re going to fall.”
A minor criticism
We all know DeMar DeRozan is having a pretty good year, his game is expanding, he’s defending a bit better and even if the natural progression is a bit slower than some want, it’s still there.
Still I’d like one night – and I know people in the organization feel this way too – for him to say, “screw it, we’re hurt, we need this game and I’m getting it for us.”
And he needs to go off for 30 or 35 points, take and make the big shots and put his team on his back.
Maybe it’s just not in his nature quite yet but it’d sure be nice if he could find that will, wouldn’t it be?
I guess it’s nice that he’s had a 37-point game this year – it took him 60 minutes of a triple-overtime game to get it – and the 30 he had at the win in New Orleans was nice.
And, yes, I am fully aware this is picking a nit but there are some nights when he just needs to grab a game by the throat and take it.
So, I’m looking through the list of Brooklynites and there’s all kinds of famous ones but this dude’s got to be near the top of list for his genre, right?
And if you ran a loop of Henny Youngman and Rodney Dangerfield, that’d be pretty cool, right?
Now, that’s just of that era; the likes of George Carlin, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld might be on more contemporary list.
Yeah, we may as well start the weekly process.
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Now this is paying the price for not being from here. And a telling tale about some the crooks driving cabs in the New York City area.
I’m standing outside the hotel making idle chitchat with the doorman and I ask him what the fare to LaGuardia would be. He tells me (boss, you’ll find out when I do the paperwork) and he suggests that if I’m leaving the hotel around 8 a.m., I’m probably better off taking a Town Car on a flat rate than pay the meter rate in a Yellow Cab. Traffic won’t hike the price, it’ll be more comfortable and besides, he says, a Yellow Cab might take me the scenic route.
Seems three Japanese businessmen, new to the country, arrive one day in a cab and the meter reads $47.50. The bandit driver charges each of them the meter fare, they tell my guy later on, because he says it’s like an airplane, each passenger pays for a seat.
Wonder what took so long?
Saw the story yesterday that some guy is suing the San Antonio Spurs because they rested those four guys in the game at Miami.
Yes, America is a litigious society with too many lawyers with too much time on their hands, it has been affirmed again.
Anyway, I figure this case gets laughed out of court, right? I know it was a tough break to show up and not see the key players on one team and you can debate Gregg Popovich’s merits forever but it’s a caveat emptor world out there; sometimes people get hurt, sometimes people get sick and it goes for sports events and theatre performances and all kinds of things.
But a lawsuit? Seems a stretch. And very American.
Okay, not entirely sure about Dino-bytes today and what time they might be done; it’s pouring rain here, my flight’s not supposed to be back until after noon so we’ll give it our best.
But, yeah, I’ll get to the game for an IGBT.