Good games, a dance recital and a day that will live forever
Couple of entertaining games on a Sunday, no?
Good basketball, finally a football game that kind of lived up to the hype and the fact that it did has to make the NFL happy because if it had been a dog of a game, we’d all be talking about the half hour blackout.
How ridiculous was that?
It was about the first couple of minutes of the fourth quarter when my mind was wandering a bit and Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan were piling up the minutes.
And I got to thinking about rotations and who should play and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
It came to this:
I understand that Dwane likes Alan Anderson and all that but shouldn’t the bulk of the backup minutes between those two guys go to Terrence Ross?
Good three point shooter, kid needs to play even through his inevitable struggles and it’s time to take whatever constraints there on him off.
They can still use Anderson a bit when Gay moves to the four but Ross would benefit greatly, I think, from the space created on the floor with Gay, DeRozan and even both of them.
I don’t know how good the kid is going to be but I suspect he’s going to be quite an effective player and now is the time for everyone to find that out.
Here’s one for you, and I have no idea if it’s doable or any names or anything but if there is a true backup point guard out there that you could get for Anderson, I’d pull the trigger on that deal yesterday.
Time for Andrea Bargnani to come back, that is; every indication is that it’ll be Wednesday and they need him. A lot.
Forget this notion of “showcasing” him right off the bat simply to move him, I think they need to spend two weeks finding out how effective he can be in what is a brand new team since he last played.
It’s wonderful that Aaron Gray is on this scoring binge of late but a lot of it is because teams don’t particularly guard him all that closely and the big that’s barely paying attention to him generally makes life difficult for either Gay or DeRozan.
When Bargnani’s back, he comes back as an experienced and legitimate stretch four who defences have to pay close attention to and that has to make life even easier for the two wings.
So forget the notion of a trade for a little bit, let’s see what he does to help the team in other ways.
Other aspects of his game
Amir Johnson didn’t have a particularly good game Sunday – and he’s allowed to have an off-night every now and then because he’s been so consistently good – but one part of his game is improving immensely every day.
He has started catching passes in traffic as well as anyone in the league.
All those little shovel passes in the paint, where big guys are looming and little guys are sneaking around with hands waving, are hard to collar, it takes co-ordination, knowledge of where the ball is coming from and when and Johnson is exponentially better at it today that he was even six weeks ago.
More? Just a bit, some football related.
So, if I’m watching the ballyhooed halftime show of the big game, I’d rather it not be more dance than music. Wouldn’t you?
Yes, Beyonce is hot and that’s all well and good that the Destiny’s Child reunion happened in front of millions of TV viewers but it’s going to dance, use a holograph of Fred and Ginger or something.
But it was nice to see Kelly and Michelle and Beyonce back together, saw ‘em one night at halftime of an NBA all-star game in Philly back in the day and wondered if they’d ever do a show again. That was the game where they got booed by those warm-hearted Philly fans because one of ‘em had the temerity to wear a Kobe Bryant jersey the February after the Lakers beat the Sixers in the NBA Finals.
Not a great career move.
Not sure how I missed this yesterday but Sunday was The Day The Music Died.
And while I’m sure I know all the words to this epic (I must, I vaguely recall singing it late, late one night in full throat with Jack Armstrong and Matt Devlin in some Irish place in Charlotte around the corner from Ri-Ra) I’m also sure no one knows them in the right order.
And I’m sure you’ll be singing in a second.
So I’m telling my man Bobby as were chatting when I leaned back from my stool (Hello, Jack Astor’s at Square One) that San Francisco would win. Made his Niner fan friends pretty happy.
Until they didn’t win, that is.
I still got it, don’t I?
And now you know why predictions aren’t my bag.
That’s pretty cool about the Davis Cup lads, no?
Not that there was any doubt seeing how there was a Niagara Falls dude playing and we all know that means certain victory but even beating Spain’s B or C or D team is a pretty good thing.
But isn’t that one event that falls far below the radar?
Yes, it’s a team representing Canada and that always gets some of the juices flowing but it’s also an individual sport and I’m not sure how that translates into a team game.
It’s like the Ryder Cup or the President’s Cup, something along those lines, where we are curious but not caught up in the patriotic nature of it all.
I’m proud of those guys and it’ll be a nice story whenever they play whoever they play whenever they play them in the next round but I wonder if it’ll ever truly catch on with even casual sports fans.
Wind chill minus-18 today?
Yeah, guess it’s that time of year up here but isn’t that what winter in Canada is supposed to be?
Now I’m off to find the parka.