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If any of you have any other brighter ideas, I’m more than willing to listen to them but, otherwise, we’ll stick with what works.
A surprise showing
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I didn’t expect OG Anunoby to play – he’d been practicing full tilt but leaving Victoria they told us he was a long way away – and I don’t think anyone expected to get the 24 minutes out of him that he did.
Handling with care
I think I counted four baskets that Jonas Valanciunas got simply because he correctly read plays, got into the right spot – the “dunker’s spot” is what it’s called – and took little dump off passes for easy buckets, either dunks or six-foot jump shots.
I don’t recall more than a couple of post-ups, one in the second quarter that ended with a nifty up-and-under move that befuddled Andre Drummond and if there are only two or three a game and they come in the flow of the offence, Dwane and his teammates are going to just fine.
Dwane was not going to go there when he was pressed on whether or not he was closer on deciding whether Powell or Miles would fill in the fifth spot in the starting Iineup.
“No. If I did, I couldn’t tell you right now,” was the running joke post-game.
I remain unconvinced they can have a five backups on the floor at the same time when real games start because of their inexperience but at least having an old head like Miles out there with them brings a little sense of calm.
And he doesn’t seem to mind.
“That’s above my pay grade. Doesn’t matter. I’m too old to worry about that. I’m just playing basketball. I’m worried about winning. Wherever they see fit is where I’m going to go and I’ll make the best of it.”
And even with the expectation that the game encroaches on the five-hour mark – it is Joe Girardi after all and he could go through a dozen pitchers – you have to try to stay up and watch it, don’t you?
Deciding games truly are special and not to be missed.
Toss in the fact we got a rainout in Chicago last night and now have a Game 4-Game 5 doubleheader this afternoon over the dinner hour is just about perfect. Maybe a game on a stool and a game on the couch and the day is shaping up quite nicely, if I don’t say.
It’s a lot of fun and you’ll likely see the fruits of your labour on Sunday morning.
Well, that hasn’t wavered but, my goodness, the fact they were key members of a United States team that will now miss the 2018 World Cup after losing to Trinidad and Tobago last night is stunning, isn’t it?
It’s the first time since 1986 that the Americans won’t be competing in the World Cup and last night’s loss is being described as the most embarrassing, worst moment in soccer history in that country.
I don’t imagine too many people in Canada care an awful lot because the passion of soccer fans here lies mainly with their homelands and the World Cup will still be a month-long party not to be missed.
But the hand-wringing and vitriol in the States today is like it would be here if, say, Bahamas knocked Canada out of an Olympic hockey tournament.