One return and one all too familiar ending
Well, that was some game, no?
They get done, they get up, they lose in the end.
Never saw that coming, did you?
Giving him a chance
Yes, I thought Andrea Bargnani was far better coming back after missing 26 games than I had anticipated; sure he was winded quickly and a bit slow but he was engaged, didn’t stop the ball, didn’t take quick, bad shots and was communicative on defence.
Kind of just what they needed and, no, I have no idea if he can keep it up or if that was all adrenaline.
But I will give Dwane credit for getting desireable matchups for him; he kept Bargnani away from an aggressive defender like Kevin Garnett and let the young fell ease his way back into action.
I probably would have given Bargnani even more time in the fourth quarter but you could see up close that he was dead worn out and I don’t know how effective he would have been.
But I don’t think anyone who watched him or the game closely could have any serious complaints on how he played.
I’d keep him coming off the bench for a bit but he plays like that, he’s going to help. And he’s going to stick around for the rest of the season to open up more trade possibilities and discussions in the summer.
(And, no, Bargnani should not have heard a single boo. It was despicable, uncalled for, unfair and those who did it should be ashamed of themselves. And don’t tell me those clowns were booing for past indiscretions because if they had been, they should have been voicing displeasure in November or last year or the year before that).
Free the kids
Yes, I think Dwane needs to loosen the reins a little bit on Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas but I don’t know that it should have been in the fourth quarter of one possession game like last night.
Look, regardless of what you or I think, Dwane and the players went into that game, like they’ll go into Friday’s game, convinced they are still in the playoff race and the coach is going to do what he thinks gives his team the best chance to win; he owes that to himself and the players.
That said, at 17-32, it’s time to give the kids a bit of an extended run; I know Dwane really dislikes a defensive combination of Valanciunas and Bargnani and wants to stay away from that but if they’re going to laud Amir Johnson as the rock and anchor of the defence, wouldn’t be it just as easy to start Valanciunas next to him now and figure out a rotation that keeps the rookie and Bargnani apart?
Well, Ross needs to play a bit more and, yes, he will cost them a handful of possessions every game with defensive lapses but he can give them far more on some nights than Alan Anderson ever will.
Anderson is a useful piece on a 17-32 team but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Ross is the future.
Same old, same old
They get the one stop they need in a close game and commit a turnover trying to outlet the ball.
They get it to a two possession game in the dying seconds and need a basket, a stop and a timeout and can’t get the ball inbounds and are forced to call their last timeout to save a five-second violation.
They blow a fourth-quarter lead for the 12th time this season.
If that’s not the season in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.
More? Quickly because it’s late (sleep needed) and it’s snowy and there’s stuff to do.
So, she’s been in ER (good show), a lot Homicide Life On The Street (great, great show), some Law and Order SVU (weakest of the three franchises) and was born in Toronto.
She can warble with the best of ‘em and, yeah, I’m quite okay with Gloria Reuben singing O Canada at the all-star game next week.
And while I usually venture somewhere at halftime to schmooze and grab some fresh air, no way I’m missing the part of the show where Alicia Keys performs.
The rest of ‘em? Barely heard of them so there’ll be time to loaf.
Seems to be working; it’s firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t want to click the link over there.
So a guy wakes up (late) to see a headline that says: “It might be the biggest storm since 2011” and it gets one wondering:
How is Air Canada going to screw me up with the flight this afternoon?
And since I have a sitdown interview schedule for right after the HOTH land and a plan for St. Elmo’s for a bit and then his cousin Harry and Izzy right after, that’s a question I don’t want to hear the answer to.
But if I can get to the airport by noon is the plan, we’ll be here at noon for an hour to answer some questions. Come on by, we’ll whine about the airline together.
This might be enough to make even the nicest people on Prince Edward Island – as good and easy going a group of Canadians as I’ve ever met – rise up in protest.
Anne of Green Gables a blond?
Seriously, of all things Canadian, where would you rank Anne? She’d have to be near the top of many lists, right; something distinctly ours that is loved and appreciated all over the world.