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Good execution, good hustle mark latest Raptors win

That was a pretty entertaining afternoon of basketball, wasn’t it?

Four in row for the lads, they play a pleasurable style to watch and it’s a good time of the year.

And, think, only 66 more to go!

There was this off the game and these little items left over from it.

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Making it work

There were about three seconds left on the shot clock in the second quarter, if my chicken scratch is to be believed, when the ball goes out of bounds; the Raptors call timeout and it was going to be interesting to see what they could come up with.

Well, the run about three different screens right off the bat, Lowry pops open for a three, they get him the ball, he passes it up and hits a little floater.

Well-designed, well-executed OOB action that’s one of the little things they did well for most of the game.

Now, if Lowry misses the shot it shouldn’t take away from the fact they got a good look in a really short clock and those kinds of things always add up as games go on.

More to come

We’ll delve a bit more into The Pascal Siakam Phenomenon later on today – it’s a natural off-day story and we thank him for that – and Dwane made specific mention of the track-down block he had of Mike Scott in the fourth quarter during the coach’s post-game chinwag.

But the first thing that caught the eye came earlier, when he raced back down the floor on defence to hunt down Bradley Beal and cause a turnover.

That was totally impressive and coming as it did when the Raptors were in a bit a lull to start the second half.

The kid didn’t stuff the stats sheet but his impact on the game was tremendous just because of the constant effort plays he made.

Which dovetails nicely into the story I have to write later.

Tough day, one glimpse

No question that OG Anunoby had one of those days that rookies will have, Bradley Beal was a really tough first-half cover for him and his 20 minutes weren’t nearly as impactful as most nights.

But …

He did have one play, a driving basket that put Toronto up 64-61 in the third quarter that was a look at what might be.

Chatting with Masai at the G League game on Saturday (yep, totally took in the 905ers getting slaughtered by Lakeland), the word is that Anunoby, when he’s fully healthy and fully confident in his knee and conditioning, is far more a driver and attacker in the Norm Powell mode than he is a defender and a catch-and-shoot three-point point in the corner.

That play yesterday was a quick look at what might come if folks around the team are to be believed, and I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be.

As the man used to say …

Now, the rest of the story.

Two things

First, I cannot believe this was more than 14 years ago.

Second, this could very well be the greatest “stole the show” performance in these parts maybe ever.

RIP, Malcolm.

You know how you watch the Olympics and see sports you’ve never paid attention to and learn about athletes you’ve never heard of before?

Well, I imagine of few of you will like to know that Pocket Hercules died on the weekend.

And if he wasn’t one of those Olympians who caught your eye every four years, I don’t know who would have been.

Remember way back in the spring when we kind of mocked the Argos because they didn’t have a coach, didn’t have  GM, had missed out on most of the free agency period and Ricky Ray was probably done?

How’d that turn out?

Pretty well given the antics of yesterday and the dramatic Eastern Final win over Saskatchewan.

(Yeah. East. Saskatchewan. Still takes some getting used to in this world of crossover playoffs, doesn’t it?)

I did more than my share of the Argos a couple of summers ago and said many times back then that Ray was one of the steadiest and best quarterbacks I’d ever seen and when he threw an incompletion, you were shocked.

Well, the pass he threw on the third-and-five on that final drive might go down as one of the most important he’s thrown in his Argo years.

It was a little lob pass over a defender and in traffic and when we were watching on the monitors up in our seat it was the first “holy crap” moment of the day.

It’s really a shame that this song was co-opted by one of the most evil people to ever walk the Earth and I’m actually quite glad that Charles Manson is dead.

Good riddance.

Okay, I have my usual haunts in Halifax and will stop by them at some time later in the week. But if I’m out wandering a couple of late afternoons or evenings, anyone got any out-of-the way new places I should see?

Preferably with wireless and stool to sit and knock off some early work.