One is in the books for whatever that's worth
Well, the first road trip’s over, ended with a big bang and a short night and if they are all this easy and nice, this might not be a bad season after all. A bit too long but there aren’t too many with two practice days thrown in.
Anyway, I guess we’ll stick with the usual format unless anyone’s got anything better. If you do, I’m all ears.
(I will preface this by pointing out, again, that it was Game 1 of the pretend season, any resemblance to regular season action is purely coincidental)
Mr. Inside-Mr. Outside
That’s what Dwane’s been telling us he wants from DeMar DeRozan this year and Game 1 provided steady proof of that.
Can’t think how many times DeRozan was on the block to make things happen, he showed a few good moves – one up-and-under in the first half was outstanding – and since he’s bright kid on the court, I’m sure he’ll see the passing lanes as they develop.
As Casey put it:
“He’s got to remember what he’s No. 1 in. Catching in the post, getting into the paint, creating a shot or if they double team, being ready to kick it out.”
He is, however, going to need to be surrounded by guys who can make shots since he’s been one of their shooters.
The 26 turnovers were atrocious, even for a first pre-season game, and there was an even more alarming aspect to it.
They came from all over the court in all manner of mistake and everyone made them.
Check out the boxscore and see how they were distributed to get my point.
That’s troubling because that means a lot of guys have a lot of work to do to be better; if it was just one or two or three it could be an area of intense focus for the coaching staff.
Now? Now everyone has to sharpen up and be more conscientious.
Time will tell
I will remain – as you all should – solidly skeptical about Terrence Ross because he’s really done little to inspire a lot of long-term confidence.
Yes, he can dunk and he can finish on the break but his penchant for mentally drifting is irritating to the coaches.
Last night though, he was excellent at both ends. He got over or through screens without losing his man or giving up on the play.
Dwane lauded him for his effort, now we have to see it every game.
“Terrence played with playoff intensity, that’s the intensity that we have to build and continue to work with.”
Yes, they absolutely did play this song during a timeout and it was perhaps the most un-NBA-like music I’ve ever heard at a game.
(Side note: Only had two or three cracks about whether or not Drake was there and that’s going to get old in an awful hurry)
Let me get this straight?
The TOD couldn’t pitch to save their souls in what was, yes, the most disappointing season ever so they whack one hitting coach and let the other one retire and keep the same guys allegedly responsible for a horrible year on the mound?
No, I don’t get it either; hope Griff can explain it to me somehow.
A question for the ages.
You get to the elevator, push the button to go up and about 30 seconds later some guy shows up, sees the light on and goes up and pushes the same button.
Is that supposed to make it come faster?
Happened to me half a dozen times on this trip and I’m perplexed. Maybe I should try it the next time I’m the second person there.
Can’t get to the Boston Globe site because of its paywall but here’s what the Herald had on last night’s game.
Full-on tank mode after one pre-season game? Yikes!
One game means nothing, right?
But there were flashes last night from Kelly Olynyk that made you think the young Canadian kid’s got a good chance to be okay.
Most impressive to me was his passing abilities. I think he had five or six assists and a couple of them were nicely threaded passes in traffic that show a sizeable Basketball IQ and ability to read the game and his teammates.
Talked to him a bit before the game, he’s a confident young man who will not be rattled by his surroundings or responsibilities.
And, yes, he paid rapt attention to Canada at the World Cup qualifier and will be back in the fold, fully expecting the team to live up to its long-term potential.
So the Rays win on a walk-off homer to breath life into my Bucs-Rays dream and L.A. wins dramatically in the final inning to finally give the MLB post-season a day of drama.
I haven’t had a chance to watch a lot of the games so far but it would appear I haven’t missed a lot except some one-sided results and boring games.
Yesterday there was some juice – and I saw the highlights of the contretemps in the Oakland-Detroit game – and it finally felt like fall baseball.
Okay, the guy sitting four feet away from me at this table in the ugly, horrible, boring, ill-suited, dull Air Canada waiting area at Logan needs to go invest in some headphones if he’s going to play videos on his laptop.
Common courtesy is entirely dead, isn’t it?
So I hear from someone who goes there a lot that the IGBT looked a bit different with some new bells and whistles? Everything work okay for everyone else? We'll be back at it Wednesday night from home.