Solid game, too many mistakes and some special cartoon fun
Yeah, sorry I’m late; the 5 1-2 hours of straight sleep on a game night is big.
Did you notice that the Raptors gave up 88 points? That’s three straight games where opponents have scored 88 and my math abilities tells me that’s an average of 88 points a game.
Which, as I mentioned yesterday, is the numbers of keys on a piano but it’s also …
On with the show.
So, what’s up today?
Speaking with a couple of people around the league late, late last night, there was little going trade-wise but, as was pointed out to me, Bryan once got a deal done at 2:55 p.m., beating the deadline by five minutes.
But there has been talk and who knows what happens this morning.
I would say the most realistic guy to be moved would be Alan Anderson; he’s got a cheap contract that’s expiring, he’s shown some ability to hit shots and play defence this year and if he’s the guy that’s got to go out to get a point guard back, well, so be it.
Other than that, I’m hearing there’s precious little interest in Bargnani, the other piece Bryan would probably like to move.
The rest of ‘em?
It’s the core and I cannot see him parting with anyone of them.
But, like we point out every year, things can happen fast which means a lot of sitting around and waiting today.
They call them empty trips or empty possessions and when you hear Dwane talking about “winning basketball plays” this precisely want he doesn’t mean.
The HOTH claw back to tie thanks to other-worldly shooting for about a four minute stretch and you can feel momentum swinging.
But they go through six possessions and get just one free throw out of it, going Gay miss, Gay turnover, Gay miss, Lowry free throw and Lowry turnover, Gray miss and the game’s effectively over.
Now, I didn’t have a problem with a lot of the possessions, you want the ball in Gay’s hands because he’s proven he can make the plays; he just didn’t.
So you move on to the Knicks tomorrow.
That’s what I saw in Andrea Bargnani last night after he came in and missed his first three shots.
He looked nervous, tentative, unsure, you name it and it’s the first time I’ve seen that look from him in a very long time.
He passed up shots, drifted even more on offence and it looked like the last thing he wanted was the ball.
As we know, confidence is the one trait every player has to have, especially a shooter -- you’re either hot or you’re due, shoot ‘til you make, shoot ‘til you miss – and he definitely didn’t have any of that last night.
And since it looks right now that he’s going to be around – and he should be, they need to find out if this is permanent and the rest of the season will give them time to see how he fits as a bench player – he needs to find that confidence. And quickly.
There’s always more!
Seriously, when someone gets around to writing the book on this Oscar Pistorious case, they’ll have to sell it as fiction, won’t they?
It’s incredible and compelling in a sad, tragic way because a woman lost her life but I can’t stop reading about it.
The detective faces attempted murder charges?
The “witness” who heard the screams was 300 metres – at least – away from the house.
You can’t make this stuff up, can you?
I don’t know how it’s going to turn out but I’m going to read about it every day.
Can’t remember a crime that’s turned into such a weird, sad story in a long, long time.
I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of time spent loafing around Case Doug before 3 p.m. and I could get a head start on non-trade, non-game specific chatter if you’ll help a fellow out.
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How about that Steve Nash?
Remember the scrawny kid from the small school who wasn’t all that highly regarded?
Well, he now is fourth on the all-time assists list; he’s got MORE CAREER ASSISTS THAN MAGIC JOHNSON after getting seven last night. He’s got 10,144, behind John Stockton (15,806), Jason Kidd (12,004 right now) and Mark Jackson (10,334 and the guy Nash will end up passing in his career). That’s nuts.
I know it’s got a lot to do with longevity (Nash is at 1,182 games, Magic got his in 906) but isn’t longevity a mark of greatness by itself?
You don’t play 17 seasons without being special and I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the future but when they come to write the history of basketball in Canada, Nash will go down as the country’s greatest player.
Okay, suspense killing you?
That’s 88 Fingers Louie!
From the Flintstones. You remember him, right?
And it start the debate in this cluttered mind, and need some help.
Was the Flintstones the greatest cartoon of that era?
I’d say yes, barely beating out the Jetsons with Rocky and Bullwinkle a close third and Tom and Jerry chasing the medallists.
And how many of you are now singing this
Stevie Boy was at the game, as the IGBT Irregulars will know.