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Can’t foul what you can’t catch
Yes, the Raptors probably should have fouled down the stretch – especially with less than three seconds to go – because they had one to give and creating another inbounds situation would have been the right thing to do.
Now, Casey wasn’t pointing fingers because that’s not his style and the players weren’t about to publicly rip a teammate because that’s not what you do but it wasn’t hard to see that Pascal Siakam was involved in it and it was OG Anunoby who was flying at Ellington at the rim and, well, kids.
It’d have been a big one, sure, but he didn’t make it and sometimes that happens.
He’s still going to be the odd man out in the main backcourt/wing rotation when Lowry gets back but at least he showed Casey a little bit in his 24 minutes. The six rebounds and two blocked shots are representative of defensive work and that’s what they need from him whenever he gets on the court.
Silly, silly man
Basketball’s a physical game and I am sure James Johnson can get on your nerves and his strong and maybe he gets a bit too close and leans a bit too hard and maybe he delivers a subtle shove with an elbow, like about a hundred guys in the NBA have done at some point.
So, yeah, brain cramp in the heat of the battle? Maybe. Irresponsible move by a veteran who should know better? Undoubtedly and all he did was hurt his team – you think his presence at the rim might have changed a couple of Heat layups or offensive boards in the fourth quarter more than Pascal Siakam did? – for last night and for Thursday.
I’m sure he was contrite after but he’s got to be better than that.
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To answer the question of how NBA players and teams feel about Toronto, know that the Cleveland Cavaliers played in Milwaukee on Monday and don’t play again until here on Thursday and instead of flying home, they came here to hang out and practice.
So, they’ll be well rested and well acquainted with the charms of the city by the time the game rolls around.
Not sure if you’ve heard the story but Fritsch found out he’d been taking a banned substance in some diet supplement, told on himself and is fully accepting of the three-month suspension set down by the PGA Tour.
It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to athletes of all ilk deny, deny, deny when they get nailed for performance-enhancing substances, even if it was an inadvertent ingestion through some over-the-counter supplement.
A lesson to be learned and emulated for sure.