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A couple of leftover points in a short and sweet offering because while it was nice of Air Canada to put on a direct Toronto-San Antonio flight, I’m off from here to LAX on the way to San Francisco and it’s stupid early here.
Usually that’s not a bad idea at all but DeRozan tried a bounce pass that was deflected and Nogueira wasn’t ready for it.
Saw some odd things
About four minutes into the second quarter – right after OG picked up his third personal foul – Casey trotted out Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright for what I’m pretty certain was their season debut.
I don’t have a lot of specifics but they did look quite discombobulated and my notes simply say: “Not working particularly well.”
I don’t think there’s enough shooting and too much ball-handling for those three guys to ever share the floor. Maybe for a possession or two down the stretch of close game when they’re protecting a lead and need ball-handlers and free throw shooters on the floor; as a routine matter of course, it’s not going to work.
A bit of truculence
I was talking to a couple of Henchmen and Tall Foreheads around the arena one day about the team’s toughness level and the willingness of players to be, well, instigators and knock a few heads around, if necessary.
It’s not that he’s a fighter or a thug but there’s no question Ibaka brings a level of “I don’t give a crap, I’m coming after you” to his defence and he might be the guy to get in opponents’ faces before anyone else on the team.
He went right at LaMarcus Aldridge during a rebound scuffle last might that ended with double technical and we all remember the haymaker he tried to throw at Robin Lopez in the Chicago game last season.
I’m not saying Ibaka’s got to go out and bounce people around every night but he at least shows a willingness to do it and that’s got to be an overall help to the roster.
Who doesn’t love Altuve?
And how about Verlander as a guy to root for?
So, good games, please.
And Houston in five.