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Knowing his limits
He knows, his coaches know, his teammates know that his three-point shooting is still very much a work in progress and while they want him to take them, knowing time, score, situation is far more important than him getting some in-game work.
Siakam did get up three three-pointers in his 25 minutes and missed all of them but knowing when to not even think about taking one and getting the ball going rapidly was a sign of at least some growth.
The cumulative effect
It was pretty nice for the starters to get to sit and watch the entire fourth quarter yesterday, just as it was nice for most of the starters (all except OG) to get and sit and watch the entire fourth quarter on Friday night against Portland.
Thought you’d seen it all?
How about Marc Gasol, as smart a player as there is in the NBA and a guy who’s been around, gets sucked into a Jonas Valanciunas pump-fake on a three-pointer and Valanciunas calmly puts the ball on the floor, drives the middle of the lane and dunks.
“We’re watching it kinda live, watching him evolve as a player. It’s still funny every single time. I don’t know when that’ll get old, but it’s still funny to watch no matter what.”
Okay, the more because there is always more.
But, jeezus, this was pretty fantastic, too, wasn’t it?
That was a helluva game of football, wasn’t it?
And, no, I didn’t like the halftime show but that’s my opinion and yours is just as valid.
The gadget play with the reverse and passing to the quarterback for the touchdown, going for it on fourth and one late in the game? Those are bold coaching moves and too many coaches play it too close to the vest too often that a guy makes or okays those calls has to be applauded.
I see all the colleagues have landed in Pyongchang, various instagramming tweeter things telling me so, and, you know, there seems to be a distinct lack of buzz about the Games.
Am sure we’ll do more on it as Friday draws nearer and they get ready to light the flame but at the moment, it’s underwhelming, isn’t it?
I don’t think much is going to happen with the locals – although things do tend to come up quickly so you never really now – but the rest of the league seems primed for this to be a rather adventuresome time.
I know many want to breathlessly wait until 2:45 Thursday afternoon for the floodgates to open but the difficulty in doing any transaction – making the money fit, primarily – means a lot of work is going to get done early.
Might be a fun week.