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A pretty constantly loud and raucous crowd of about 20,000 at Game 1 — I didn’t get a chance to run into Rihanna but she seems to be someone that many were interested in seeing so I take it she’s popular? – but there were at least two guys in the building who were dispassionate about the outcome.
Dwane Casey and Norm Powell took in the game, a little birdie told me, mostly to see the atmosphere, a bit to catch up with some other folks who were around and to wrap up the final day of a bit of a workout/team building session that began the first of the week in Los Angeles.
I’m told by rather unimpeachable sources that Casey was out in L.A. with a group that included Norm, DeMar DeRozan, Delon Wright, Bruno Caboclo and Kyle Lowry to get some work in the gym and hang out; couple of practice sessions, at least one dinner and just some time to catch up after some much-needed decompression time following the Cleveland series.
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There’s probably not an awful lot to read into it because it’s not out of the ordinary and Casey and Norm took flight on a red-eyes after the game so I didn’t get a chance to talk to them but a little update’s worth it, right?
So, the game.
There was this about it, and there was this earlier in the day and this off the Adam Silver chinwag, just to make sure everyone sees everything.
Can’t say I was very surprised at the outcome – and if the Warriors could have made a layup they might have won by 35 – and today’s offering later on is going to have to be on whether Cleveland can adapt and what they might need to do.
But one thing is for sure: Tristan Thompson is at least going to have to score a little bit and he’s got to get more than four rebound rebounds. That might have been the most surprising stat line of the night and he’s got to be more active and effective.
Yeah, Kevin Love getting 21 boards might have made up a bit for it and had some impact on Thompson’s numbers but his activity in the paint on the offensive glass and protecting the rim defensively are vital to Cleveland’s success.
Oh yeah, if Kyle Korver could score a point it’d probably help, too, and I had more than one e-mail or text last night that said, in so many words, “where was this Cleveland team when we played them?”
Of course, this may change if I get energetic or can’t sleep but that’s what we’re looking at.
But what a wonderful day, right?
Light, traditional, perfect.
Heavier but, yeah, double chocolate!
A bit sticky but has to be on the list, right?
At some point we need to have the discussion of just what a donut is (do you put a chocolate éclair on the list, I think not) but this should make it.
Back to the tradition, right?
Now, I have been known to stop by Voodoo Donuts out in Portland every year when we get out there to see what kind of fanciful treats they’ve got cooked up but all this truly exotic stuff – bacon on donuts, donut cheeseburgers, that kind of nonsense – is just trickery and we should go back to the days of traditional fare.
Who’s with me on that?
Sun’s shining, could be an early writing day, no plans for the evening at the moment so this could turn into an afternoon that includes a visit to the Buena Vista Coffee House to reprise our regular season tradition and we’ll raise a glass to Jack Armstrong, with whom I’ve spent many an hour in that joint swapping tales and making friends.