Small but hard hits are part of the game
Okay, all together now …
Four. Eight. Sixteen.
Tiny collisions between big fellas
It’s hard to explain unless you’ve been right up close to a game – like front row or second row close – but the speed and physical nature of these guys is something to behold.
The way they hit and bang doesn’t really translate to television, I don’t think; these are thick, strong, fit young men who are unprotected by any padding and when they slam into each other, you notice it.
And then there’s the subtle kind of collisions like the one that Jonas Valanciunas and Rudy Gay were involved in last night that ended up with Valanciunas spending the night in a Chicago hospital.
Subtle but you’re talking about a 7-foot, 250-pound guy hitting a 6-8 and 230 and even if it wasn’t at full speed, that’s two rather gigantic men colliding.
I’m surprised, a bit, that there aren’t more injuries because these guys are huge and go at a pretty high speed.
And, no, we have no update on Valanciunas other than it was going to take too long to get test results last night to hold the team charter so he stayed behind and will likely get home to Toronto today.
And with the team off, it’s going to be late this afternoon, at the earliest, before we get any update.
Good move out of necessity
So it’s a two-point game in the final 30 seconds or so after a Bulls basket and I’m kind of thankful because a timeout as to be coming and it’ll give me a chance to catch my breath and chat with the people.
For the first time I can remember they didn’t call a timeout, they got the ball up the court, DeMar was fouled and the game played out.
And then I check and, yep, they only had one timeout left and Dwane needed to keep it in case they needed a last-second shot or something like that so the move was made out of necessity more than anything.
Too bad because I’m all in favour of letting them play, in part because it doesn’t allow the defence to get rested and set and a bit of helter-skelter play isn’t all that bad sometimes.
In the right hands
Yes, Kyle didn’t have a bad game at all (he’s actually finishing the season strongly) but there were far too many times as they were spitting up that 16-point lead that someone other than the point guard had the ball in his hands to get it up the court.
Gay at least twice, DeRozan once and at those times, Lowry has to demand the ball, bring some calm to the team, get things organized and settle everyone down.
It’s one of his failings and something he has to work on.
There’s always more.
When I rule the travel world – which cannot come soon enough – here’s what I’d have, besides more wall outlets in every hotel room so I could find a place to plug in an iron.
Every hotel room needs to have one of those little guides that tells you what station is where on the TV dial, I hate having to shuffle through 50 stations to find something I want.
If I know TNT is here and USA is there and ESPN is over there, I can move around the cable system; if I have to go station to station, who knows what I’ll miss because there are commercials on.
Sure, we did this at the start of the IGBT last night but what the heck, lots of you wouldn’t have seen it and if you did, there’s never too much Francis Albert.
So how about those Lakers, eh?
The league’s longest-running soap opera is lurching to its dramatic end – at least for the regular season – and now I’m of two entirely different minds about the fate I hope befalls them.
Yes, it would be nice to see them get into the playoffs so we can hear about how dangerous they are as a No. 8 seed and I guess that’d be fun.
(Although they have done nothing at all to suggest they’d be anything other than an easy out for either the Spurs or Thunder and those who think otherwise haven’t been paying much attention to the teams L.A. is beating)
But I think in some strange way it’d be better if they faded and didn’t make it, that would seem to be a fitting end to the sorry saga of The Super Team That Wasn’t.
Rain and ice pellets back home? Weather warning? What in tarnation is going on back there, people? But while you’ve got some time because there’s no reason to go out, start your visit to the mail bag: It’s email@example.com and you don’t have to have any secret codes or passwords to get involved.
So, it’s getting to be decision time around here. The e-mail arrived from the league last week with the ballots for the annual regular season awards and I have a vote in all seven of the categories.
And aside from LeBron James being the MVP – and if it’s not unanimous or almost unanimous we’re going to have some issues with my voting confreres – I think this might be the toughest year to make the calls.
And, yes, I’ll share them but it’s going to be more difficult than it’s been in a long time.
Okay, I hear the weather back home is crap, it’s foggy and gloomy here so wish me luck on the Air Canada flight back home.
I think I’ll need it.