The mental part of the game is as big as any part
Well, these guys sure give us entertainment, don’t they?
Gut-wrenching for many, I presume, but fun games to watch at least. And I’ll take that every day.
Too much space
Of course Alan Anderson played too far off Kyrie Irving on that last possession, I think everyone connected with the team would think that, regardless of the fact it was about a 28-footer that Irving hit.
I can see waiting at the three-point line for a couple of seconds, maybe, to take away the drive but once the clock got down to five or six seconds – and it was in plain sight of everyone on the floor – it was to get up in him and force the issue.
But no, they let the only thing that could beat them, beat them and that’s one of those Basketball IQ things or “winning play moments” that they’ve been harping on all season.
It’s a crushing blow to lose a game that way, when it could have gone the other way.
Sure, maybe Irving drives and makes a runner in the lane or kicks it to someone for an open shot; they needed to take that gamble, perhaps get into overtime, rather than let him take the one shot that could lose them the game.
A Learning Opportunity, for sure. A harsh loss, no doubt.
Think it’s easy coaching?
So Amir Johnson picks up his fifth foul with about 5 1-2 minutes left and they’re up one and everyone wonders what Dwane’s going to do.
Either way is a gamble.
If he sticks with him and Johnson gets a silly foul in 30 seconds – and the way they were calling illegal screens it certainly could have happened – you lose him for the rest of the night and, possibly, overtime.
But if you sit him, you’re too small up front and the 10 offensive rebounds the Cavs got showed just how active they could be on the glass. Maybe the game gets away from you then.
He gave Johnson a rest, sits him for about three minutes and the game goes from up one to down two. Not critical, it was escaping more than anything.
But you know what Dwane needed to do?
He needed to look down the bench and see a legitimate big man he could use. What he had to do was look down the bench and see two 7-footers in suits.
Speaking of …
Dwane told us before the game that both Bargnani and Valanciunas as ramping up their work on the court and a return is much closer.
There was no timeline but he did say he thought Bargnani was closer to getting back and 10 days was the only phrase he used. Both need to get some further examination but with practiced days today, Tuesday and Thursday, there’ll be a much clearer picture mid-week.
More? Sure. There’s always more.
This comes on the shuffle this morning as I’m typing and it’s a wonderful tune for a lazy Sunday, no?
And who among us didn’t have a wee crush on Margo Timmins?
Yep, the big fella was in town, I’m sure you saw him on the broadcast and it took some hunting – and thankfully Dwane was a couple of minutes delayed for his post-game chat – but I did run into him.
Garbo, as you may recall from the Olympic visits with him, is working with the Spanish federation getting ready for the 2014 world championships.
The conversation, parsed a little bit:
“What’s up, big man? Why are you here?
“I don’t know. Guess I’m lost.”
“Federation visits, see all the guys. Two nights in all the other cities; four nights here.”
Nice. Dude always did like a night or two on the town.
Bit later, after he kind of shakes his head at the plight of the team (“can’t finish games”) it’s almost time to go.
“So, things are good for you in Spain?”
“Of course. Always. How is your family?”
“They’re doing great, thanks. My son’s grown up, taller than I am now.”
“So what, that’s not too hard.”
I miss that guy to liven up the locker room conversation.
There was no way I was getting up – or staying up – to watch the Australian Open men’s tennis final; my interest in that sport peeks at the Grand Slams but I do have my limits.
But is it wrong of me to have the level of interest drop considerably if Federer’s not in the final?
I was pretty glued to one of several TVs I could see from my stool on Friday afternoon to see some of Federer-Muray but once the big Swiss dude lost, I kind of lost some interest because Djokvoic (who does look a bit like Jason Kapono, doesn’t he?) against Federer is about the only thing I want to see these days.
I wish I didn’t have to say this – and perhaps some day I won’t – but the fact the delegates to the Liberal leadership convention in Ontario chose an openly gay woman to lead them makes me very proud to be an Ontarian.
Almost makes a guy want to sing.
Proud of Super Wife for working hard to make it happen in some small way and proud at the level of tolerance many have shown.
I don’t know enough about the specifics of the politics of Kathleen Wynne to have a serious discussion on those matters but her becoming Premier is a step forward. A big step.
And to those who wonder how we got a Premier without them voting for her, I’ll mention this:
It’s freaking Canada. It’s our freaking system. It works. And if want to whine about it, you better be first in line at the polling booths at the next election.
So we’re off to the big Red Party Remix tonight thanks to a generous invitation from the Team Up Foundation people and because they seem to have lost their minds and think I’m somebody, they asked whether I’d take part in some of the games that’ll be going on, either ping pong, bowling or pool.
And I immediately say I’ll shoot pool for sure.
Why, they ask? Are you any good?
“No, but I know my way around a table. After all, you think I wasted seven years of high school going to class?”