A rather impressive performance all around
Well, don’t imagine that could have gone any better.
New guy plays great.
Fans in full throat all night.
Dominating victory over what has to be considered a quality opponent.
And even in the third quarter when they were up 20 or so and I turned to someone and said “this is going to make the inevitable collapse even harder to take than normal” I didn’t really mean it.
Just one of those nights and I’m sure it made everyone happy.
Don’t know if any of you even heard about it but both teams were in trouble even before the game began.
In a first for Toronto at least, both teams were given delay of game warnings because they weren’t ready for the opening tip. I’m all for cracking down on the hugs, high-fives and choreographed greetings that precede every game.
Teams have 90 seconds from the end of introductions to get ready, that’s plenty of time for the June Taylor Dancers to gyrate and perform and plenty of time for all the stuff they need to do to get ready.
The Raptors have been pretty good about it all season, I wasn’t paying too much attention to what they did last night but since a second warning results in a technical foul and this team plays its share of super-close games, wasting one such a silly thing is tempting fate.
Got the message
Can’t remember what game it was the end of but it was one they let slip away and Dwane was miffed – just a bit – when Terrence Ross took a three when he had at least a chance to drive the ball.
The kid learns.
It was late in the third quarter – the game was pretty much in hand – when he had what looked like a wide open look in the far corner from where we sit.
His mind must have been working because he hesitated a second, saw what was in front of him, drove the ball and made a nice runner in the lane.
The kid is without question going to be an above-average shooter, I believe, but the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim is going to enhance his game greatly.
And it seems like that’s hitting home with him.
Sometimes, gambling works
Second quarter, Clippers have the ball and dump it into the post.
Because Aaron Gray had been doing such a good job on Blake Griffin, the Raptors hadn’t been sending a second defender, which made it tougher on the perimeter for L.A.
Well, this time Kyle Lowry decides to dig a little and take a chance; he darts across the lane, swipes at the ball on a dribble, gets a steal that leads to a break that ends with a Gay to DeRozan shovel pass and a DeRozan bucket and free throw.
Dwane’s not been a fan of such gambles, and isn’t a big fan of Kyle hanging around after a Raptors miss instead of getting back in transition, but on cases like last night’s he’ll live with it.
And since it’s a big part of Lowry’s game, if you want him to be himself, you’re going to have to put up with the odd gamble, even if you get burned a few times.
Of course there’s a little more.
I see my good friends The Tall Foreheads have added an easy way to send a question to the mailbag. Check over to the right under the big picture.
Got a bunch already, there’s always room for more.
And having to wait through a Raptors practice and then possibly a Heat practice (unless they get the day off), there’ll be time to get some questions answered.
Hey, did you know today is National Ukulele Day?
And you know what that means, right?
Yes, we all know I’m a bit of a hard-ass when it comes to Halls of Fame. Too easy for too many to get into them and it takes away from the whole aura of being a Hall of Famer.
And because I may need a note later on this fall about the latest batch of quasi-deserving inductees into one, all you knowledgeable hoopheads should know that Canada Basketball has started the nomination process for this year.
Right, the Super Bowl.
Yes, the hype is over the top, the wait for the game in interminable and the actual game is rarely worth all the time and energy wasted in talking about it incessantly for a fortnight.
Oh, and you’d think with all the silly and inappropriate things that get said and done by players that the league would probably like one day between conference championship.
I’m all over the San Franciscos in this one. Go Niners!
Those Of A Certain Vintage will undoubtedly remember the olden days of the NFL (and AFL) on TV, right?
Well, in southern Ontario at least, we’d rarely get a double-header (yeah, there were times when there was only ONE GAME ON TV EVERY SUNDAY, kids) and when we did, the nightcap was invariably the 49ers vs. someone at home from venerable Kezar Stadium.
The wind would be howling, it might be foggy, the grass was real and the Niners were the second favourite team (the favourite was the Cleveland Browns because we saw pretty much every game they played at 1 p.m. on Sundays) and for that, and that alone, I shall root for them tomorrow, if I find a stool on which to sit and watch the contest.
You’re welcome, Raven fans.