Great entertainment and great topics for discussion
What a great game, no?
Exciting, Kobe’s brilliance, a big Nash three in the overtime and enough HOTH mistakes for you to chew on for a week or so.
Big night, indeed.
Make or miss, one of those nights
There will be – and has been – all kinds of dogging of Rudy Gay for the 7-for-26 night and the desultory fourth quarter and overtime that he had.
But as the game story points out, it wasn’t as if they could have gone to DeRozan – that Bryant fellow made sure of that – and it’s funny how many people who had slagged Alan Anderson figured he’d have been a better option.
But Dwane made it clear post-game that in those circumstances, it’s going to be Gay.
“He’s our go-to guy. He’s our closer. He and DeMar both … We were trying to get him looks that he normally hits but he had a tough night. We still have to depend him and have him put us on his back.”
Sometimes the back’s a bit wonky.
Now, the only thing you might want is a bit more pick and roll but that’s not this team’s specialty and the presence of Dwight Howard dissuades that, too.
Maybe some 3-2 screen roll or even 1-3 screen roll might have worked and when they come to getting more creativity in the offence, I’m sure that’s what they’ll work on.
But for now? It is what it is.
Oh, yeah, Andrea
Kind of got lost in the night but Bargnani leaving after just about nine minutes was troubling.
Ran into him in the hallway outside the locker room while waiting post-game for Dwane and got a really brief word:
“I don’t know what happened. I got caught up in a pick and roll. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
Now, it’s not like he’s integral to any late playoff run but it was, I thought, important for him to finish well. For his own psyche, for the team’s and for Bryan to have a bigger body of work to peddle on the market this summer.
Of course, we don’t know how long, or even if, he’ll be out – I won’t go guessing until there’s some legitimate report – but it kind of sucks that he suffered any kind of setback.
A great place
I can watch Laker games at Staples forever.
Not sure if you noticed on TV but there’s no inane “in-game host” screaming, the scoreboard doesn’t tell anyone when to cheer and how loudly to cheer and, with the exception of a bit of that Gangnam Style stupidity for a wee bit in the second half, they kind of let basketball be the story and the show.
Shocking, I know.
And they gave us a little of this in one timeout and not sure you can get enough Cotton Eye Joe during a break in a game.
Quickly because it’s late and I have to get up, write and fly all day.
Yeah, we missed on Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood for sure on the Cool Canadians thing yesterday. But that’s about all I’m going to give you, despite the overwhelming, and much appreciated comments we got yesterday.
Lots of okay names but in too many cases, I think we might have forgotten that there’s a distinction between famous, rich, accomplished and cool.
Cool is relatively undefineable as my man Potter Stewart would say.
(Google him and pornography and you’ll see my point)
What is it about Italy and Canada in the baseball?
No, I didn’t find a place to see it at lunch out in L.A. so I have to try to follow it on the tweeter and it was a tad disheartening.
And wasn’t it last time, when they were in Toronto that the Italians beat Canada out as well?
Déjà vu all over again as the man once said.
But I think the entire format of the event is so messed up that it makes me wonder if it will ever take off.
I’d love to see a bigger first round – where one upset loss isn’t debilitating – of maybe six teams with the top four moving on to a single elimination medal round (I believe that’s how they did it in the Olympics, if I’m not mistaken) but the limits on pitch counts and time of year probably make that impossible.
Too bad because a global tournament should probably be a bit bigger and differently run.
That said …
They lost to Italy!!!
You know, I had to look back at my boxscore for what might become something of a regular happenstance here given how halftime arrived in Phoenix the other night.
But John Lucas made a shot to make it 52-40 with about six minutes to go in the second quarter and the Raptors couldn’t get a stop and a bucket.
But in honour of the other night …
Okay, I’ve got a whole whack of mail done (I think you’ll get an omnibus mail bag Sunday morning unless enough people think breaking it into two makes more sense) and since the flight is going to eat up most the day, you’ve got until about noon to get your questions in.
And – be warned – I’m only taking one on the decision, right that it was, to use Gray in the OT over Valanciunas in the overtime.