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Getting and going
Dwane Casey lauded OG Anunoby for his defence after the game (“I thought he did a great job busting through screens, and trying to get back in front and really challenging,” was how he put it) but a couple of offensive plays caught the eye early.
On about the third possession for the Raptors, he got the ball in the corner right in front of the bench. Instead of looking for a shot, he drove it hard, made the smart pass from under the basket to Valanciunas in the corner and JV knocked down a three for the first bucket.
I’ve been hearing all season about the kid’s explosiveness and ability to get to the rim and have been told when he’s 100 per cent comfortable with his knee, we’ll see all kinds of facets of his game that are hidden right now.
I think those two plays were what the people were talking about.
Time for a rest
To ream ‘em, right?
Nope. To let ‘em catch their breath.
Was much appreciated, VanVleet told us.
“That was a long stretch there with no timeouts, no deadballs, just kinda pick-up basketball at some point, right? They were small-ball, everybody switching, and I think we got a little gassed there for a stretch, but were able to get it back and turn it around and close it out, so that was good for us.”
A rare appearance
Serge Ibaka had himself a pretty good night, all told. The nine rebounds and 11 points were good but so, too, was his level of activity.
Not, driving the ball isn’t really his gig so he probably won’t get fouled too, too often but I think you’d like your power forward and sometimes centre to put up numbers at least a little bit bigger than that.
Sadly, I missed every second of the Grammys last night; sadly, I missed every second of the Royal Rumble, too.
I bet it was the Grey Cup gig that got her over the top.
So we’re waiting for the game to start and one of the TVs in the work room is on the Pro Bowl for some strange reason and a couple of the TVs in the work room are on the NHL all-star game because, well, because Canada and I can only think of one thing.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
More than any basketball player or baseball player or puckster or gridiron guy, Federer will go down as the absolute gold standard for athletes who combine sporting brilliance with a personality beyond the game that is top-notch.
It’s been well documented that the last thing I’d like to cover before my days in the gig are done is a Super Bowl. A total circus, a late game, it’s seldom a memorable one, no access and such a structured week being shuttled hither and yon there’s no sense of where you are.
And the biggest reason?
One, I cannot believe so many of my colleague are forced to trot out on the Monday night to be a de facto studio audience for the palaver of interview sessions; I cannot believe fans sit at home and watch it and I am absolutely stunned that a single soul would pay real money to buy a ticket to go watch it.
Some of us have simply given up, folks. Simply given up.