A good night not to stick around all night
I sure know the nights to take off, don’t I?
That was a mutt of a game even from the comfort of the house for the most part; can only imagine what it felt like to sit through it in its entirety.
Anyway, on to the next one, and Delta Airlines willing, I’ll talk to you from Milwaukee much later this morning.
An odd and intersting sight
Not sure if was out of necessity or just something that happened in the course of play, but we saw an intriguing play happen a couple of times early.
A 2-3, or 3-2 screen and roll with DeRozan and Gay and that’s something I think they should explore a little bit more.
Neither of them are great ball-handlers so I’m not thinking the guy with the ball gets all the way to the rim ever but to get the defence moving, and to get the screen guy a chance to be moving when he gets the ball should make an effectve play.
It should allow the point guard or stretch four to set up outside the three-point line and when their guys cheats a bit to stop the forward who got the screen from getting in the paint, it has to be a usable set, no?
Now, neither Kyle Lowry or, these days, Andrea Bargnani or Alan Anderson, are particularly good at hitting three-pointers but if they get open looks they eventually have to knock some of them down, don’t they?
And with the isolation-dominated offence they run now, with the ball seldom swinging side-to-side, anything that gets the defence moving and has the least bit of a chance of moving the ball for the Raptors is something they have to try more often.
That’ll teach me
I go all off on DeMar DeRozan and he has his worst night of the month when they could least afford it.
Not blaming him, the Pacers are one of the very best defensive teams in the league and there was scant space for him, or anyone else to operate.
It was too bad, though; not sure there’s anybody else on the team who wants it as bad as that kid does.
And I’m expecting a big one out of him tonight.
So what’s next?
Well, we saw Terrence Ross as the first wing off the bench and it was pretty much just foul trouble that kept Valanciunas out of the game so maybe there are a few more minutes ahead for some of the kids. But it’s not going to be tonight – Dwane pulled the chute with about five minutes to go Friday so he could rest some guys for this evening in Milwaukee – but if things keep going like this, I’d say the end of next week is the time to go all in with Ross and Valanciunas and, maybe to a much smaller degree, the smaller Acy.
Again, until there is nothing left in the dream for these guys – and they don’t ever share the same feeling that the season’s over that many of you do becasue they are not wired that way – you’re going to see them make every effort to win every game with the lineups and rotations that Dwane figures makes those chances the best.
It’s just the way it is.
A quick little bit, sure.
First off, this might be the last call for mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) since the trip has begun and time’s at a premium and, yes, we’ll be here tonight for an IGBT right around the 8:30 p..m. tipoff.
Okay, true confessions time for the boy Irregulars of A Certain Vintage.
Was sent the news yesterday that Bonnie Franklin had died at the age of 69. Way too soon.
Did anyone join me in having a wee crush on her in the glory years of One Day At A Time?
You remember that one? Schneider the Super, single mom and two daughters?
Come on, there was something about her, no? Or am I just remembering teenage times?
And, as someone whose level of cynicism and snark rivals mine points out (no names, sorry)
"Who would have thought she'd die before the daughter on the show?"
The daughter, of course, was Mackenzie Phillips, who courageous fought some battles and demons, to her ever-lasting credit.
And she was, of course, the daughter of John Phillips and he was in the Mamas and Papas so ...
And, now that I think of it, as a teenager with too much TV time on his hands, a show with those two and Valerie Bertinelli would have been almost too much.
Did you see this one about the possibility of a poisoning scandal at the Westminster Dog Show?
Now, we know I watch a lot of mindless TV that's more white noise than anything but of all the "annual" events I see, that's a favourite.
Seems I'm on the road and watching silly day TV when the Little League World Series is on (won’t watch it), when the NCAA men’s baseball tournament is on (might check it out), the NCAA softball champiosnhips (same as baseball) and March Madness, which is the ultimate white noise for fhe first three weeks until there’s some buzzer beater because I hate the game and don’t know the players.
You’ve got to watch Westminster on the road and flip to it at home becasue the sight of Super Dog charging the TV barking like crazy is hilarious.
(Yes, she can be a dopey little dog every now and then and is probably miffed that the Boston Terriers never win).
But allegations of doping? Or poisoning? Yikes.
How low do you have to be to poison a mutt to better your chances to win a contest?