Some interesting numbers, both good and bad
Don’t think I’ve ever posted a game-story or anything to the blog while riding some kind of mass transit but we’re on the BART coming back from Oakland to San Francisco, it was getting late and sleep beckoned and there you have it, a gamer from a subway car.
Ain’t technology grand?
A big change
You probably noticed, because you’re all astute observers of the game when you’re not chatting with me at the IGBT, that the Raptors spent a large part of the game playing with a traditional two-bigs lineup.
Whether it was Bargnani-Johnson or Johnson-Valanciunas or Bargnani-Valanciunas or the few minutes it was Bargnani-Gray, there wasn’t a whole lot of “small” ball with either Fields or Anderson at the four.
And, funnily enough, last night was the first game in 10 games that the Raptors out-rebounded an opponent.
Now, I can see times when small works but sometimes I think they might rely on it too much.
And last night it helped them to stay big, even it didn’t help them enough to win the game. No, the lax defence was mostly wing- and guard-related; having a couple of bigs out there didn’t kill them.
Too little help
Oh yeah, 118 points is nice and a lot of guys had big scoring nights but still …
The Raptors only had 16 assists in the entire game and that’s not nearly good enough.
Too few of the basket were the “easy” kind you get when you swing the ball and make the extra pass and get a layup or some totally uncontested shots and it’s a dangerous precedent and speaks to the “ball sticking” tendencies of this offence.
Dwane was talking early in day about how well the ball swung on Saturday; he had to be dismayed when he looked at the number after the game.
They need to figure that out with this group because there will be nights when shots aren’t falling and they’ll need ball and person movement and right now, they don’t get nearly enough of it.
A big, big night
Without doing a lot of video or statistical research (it’s about 5:30 in the morning out here, gimme a break) I’d say that was Amir Johnson’s best game in a very long time.
Check this out, thanks to some tweeter stuff I saw late last night:
Johnson had 12 offensive rebounds and it’s the first time since 1995 and only the eighth time in NBA history that someone’s put up those offensive rebounding numbers while coming off the bench.
What I liked most is how active and strong he was; the Raptors really can’t afford to send more than one, maybe two, guys to the offensive boards because they’re transition defence is suspect and they need everyone to get back.
For Johnson to stick around basically on his own and in traffic and put up those numbers is pretty impressive.
Of course there’s more.
And this seems apropos, no?
(I have no idea how I think of these things. Really. Glen Campbell?
This is kind of troubling, the news that some hotel chains are going to make it a bit tougher to use “points” for free stays.
As you may know, I’m a Marriott guy pretty much through and their points program is like a renewable resource.
I build them up, Super Son and Super Wife use ‘em up (you think I want to fly or drive somewhere and stay in a hotel on vacation?) and we repeat the process annually.
Now, I’m not about to give up my points/rewards gig with the chain and their service is exemplary and consistent and that’s great because you don’t want a lot of hotel surprises when you get on the road.
Funnily enough, neither in Milwaukee nor San Francisco have I been able to keep up on the Brier.
And if you’re talking about white noise television, doesn’t curling absolutely take the cake? You have to pay attention for, what, about four minutes an end? And even then, you don’t really have to because you’ll hear the volume of the voices go up when things get good or important.
Another hotel question.
How come you can stand at a bathroom sink, turn on a tap and water comes pouring out like nobody’s business and then you step back three feet and the shower has zero water pressure?
I need some engineering help here.
Okay, on this list of old-time dramas, where’s this one rank?
I’m saying behind Cannon and Kojak and maybe ahead of Mannix but no one’s ever going to top the Rockford Files but Karl Malden was pretty cool.
I have a bone to pick with someone.
You know on these trips with days off between games we’re always trying to figure out how we’ll spend those days, especially in nice weather where there’s something like, say, SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL to watch?
Well, we get the first look at this week’s schedule and the HOTH are suppose to work from 11 a.m. to about 1 p.m. in Phoenix and since we don’t land until after noon we’re thinking: “Good, get the stuff written off post-game stuff in San Francisco, miss practice due to time and we’ll find some cool way to kill the afternoon.”
The brainiacs switch practice from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Phoenix, we can get there to hang out at it, it’ll take a couple of hours after to write and, boom, there goes a day.