Not all the things we're learning are going to be good
That was a big of a dog of a game, no?
Glad I kind of napped a bit during that third quarter; hope some of you did, too.
Hardly a strong finish
While I do think there is some promise there, I think everyone has to be a wee bit disappointed in how Terrence Ross is finishing this season, no?
Five missed shots last night and no impact on the game and he’s been so wildly up and down – and the ups have hardly reached the heights of the depths of the downs – that it has to be a bit troubling to the staff and management.
This is supposed to be the time he’s learning more about the game and what he can and can’t do; learning what are good decisions and what are bad ones and I know they organization has been looking for a bit more consistency from him.
Maybe they’ll get it in the final nine games, maybe not. But right now, I don’t think they know what they’ve got in the kid and that’s too bad.
Talk is cheap
Saw this quote from DeMar after the game:
"To be honest, we just got to be focused, man. We got to understand we only have so many games left. We have to put our mind to it and play hard every game. It's as simple as that. We can't look at it like we're not playing for something."
He is, of course, bang on but while it’s as simple as that, it hasn’t translated into every game; we said we’d probably learn something about these guys in how they finished the season, we never said what we’d learn would be good.
What’ll be the mood?
We’ve seen it all in the area of “returns” to Toronto, haven’t we?
We know the Venom of Vince, the Booing of Bosh and the treatment Damon Stoudamire and Tracy McGrady got was shocking for its vitriol.
But we’ve seen Mo Pete absolutely loved and Matt Bonner got more love when he came back than he did when he was hear; Oak was middle-of-the-road and the rest were basically uneventful.
Well, if there aren’t heartfelt cheers tonight, I simply won’t understand.
I’m right, aren’t I?
It will not be an indictment of the current team but rather an appreciation for a guy who loved the city and the franchise, gave it 7 1-2 years of his career, did everything asked of him and comported himself with class and dignity the entire way.
I think Jose Calderon deserves a long and pronounced standing ovation.
I’m right, aren’t I?
So the best I get out of the Super Family’s weekend journey to Nashville and Memphis is that the Grand Ole Opry is something to be seen.
But they didn’t see this guy.
Oh yeah, you can add the waiting room at the Canadian Tire in Ancaster, Ont., to the list of strange places I’ve had to write at.
The tire blowout on Hwy. 403 between Brantford and Hamilton on Saturday during the drive back from Auburn Hills kind of put a damper on the day – not to mention the pocketbook – but the story on Lisa Thomaidis got written at least.
So the HOTH are done, I figure it’s time for TV white noise, click on to a baseball game, it’s Houston vs. Texas and, I swear, my immediate reaction for a second or two was:
Thought spring training was over.
Oops. Yeah, the Houston are in the American League now, that had gone out of my mind for a second, and it was really nice to see real ball games.
We’ll do a bit more – maybe a lot more – on Opening Day tomorrow because that’s actually Opening Day here and I’m thinking this might be a heckuva summer around these parts.
After this winter, it’ll be a welcome change, won’t it?
How cool was it that Miami sat LeBron and Wade in San Antonio last night and the game turned into a doozy that Bosh won with a three-pointer with a couple of seconds left?
Not sure it was totally tit-for-tat that the Heat rested two stars against a team that gave its best players off the last time the two sides met (remember Pop and the organization swallowing a big fine for that one?) but I bet it had a little bit to do with it.
But it gets us to the usual problem at this time of year; two problems, actually.
Good teams with post season spots and position sewn up – and I’m thinking primarily Miami in that regard – are going to give key players nights off over the next three weeks or so and I guess given their ultimate goal, that’s probably not a bad idea.
Sucks for the fans, of course, but fans seldom figure into the equation and, besides, when you purchase a ticket it’s Buyer Beware anyway. Players get hurt, players play poorly some nights and it’s basically a crapshoot. Too bad, but that’s just the reality of the situation; there are no guarantees when you plunk your money down.
The other problem that arises in these final few weeks – tanking – seems to be on the wane this year; the draft doesn’t hold it’s usual allure and since the local team isn’t likely to be involved, I’m not hearing hue and cry to throw games from the gathered hordes here.
Yeah, this is an annual thing here but perhaps one or two of you have never read this or heard of it and, given the day, it’s worth re-visiting.
Irregulars who know the tale and have been around a year might want to give it a pass but Sidd Finch never gets old, does he?
Yes, we’re back with an IGBT tonight just before 7 p.m. – we won’t miss a game the rest of the way – but I have to tell you, these Monday night games have a way of screwing up the rhythm of the week.
No, I didn’t see the kid break his leg in the college game yesterday, thankfully; and no, I haven’t look at the video or see a picture and I don’t imagine I will.
I hear they’re gruesome and ugly and, frankly, I don’t need to see anything. Feel bad for the kid and his teammates but I guess I just don’t have that voyeur gene that so many have.