With about seven minutes left in the second quarter, the ball got swung to him in the corner and where he usually waits a beat or two while deciding whether to shoot or unload the ball, he fired up a three-pointer with no hesitation.
He missed, but that’s not really the point; that he shot fast is what he needs to do more often.
Something to track
I’m sure somewhere in the deep analytical world this stat is exists and can be proven and if someone finds it, let me know.
But I can say anecdotally that it seemseverytime the Raptors come out of a timeout, they run a play for DeMar DeRozan, if he’s on the floor, of course.
Makes sense since he’s a prolific scorer and something of a secondary playmaker thesedays. The first time I noticed it last night was when the Raptors came out of a break and scored to make it 45-41 and I have a couple of other checkmarks in the notebook to denote other times.
And while it makes sense, it also, I presume, makes ‘em easy to scout.
More? Just a little and then I gotta go.
There was the night when we were here in Halifax for Raptors training camp and it was Alexander Keith’s birthday and they and this big bash and Alan Doyle played the party we were at, so …
Was a great evening.
You know, just like the NBA is diminishing its Christmas Day games by having too many of them, so has the NFL and it’s American Thanksgiving Day games. There should be two, one in Dallas and one in Detroit and that’s it. The night game is overkill.
And what’s it tell you about the NBA and its thoughts on holidays that it overloads the Christmas Day schedule and takes tonight entirely off?
I stopped for one at a saloon near my hotel before I headed out for dinner and the game last night. Sat down, asked if there was wireless so I could get some work done and the lass says, yeah.
Was cool to be in the gym watching the national team work yesterday before scribbling this little item.
I will say again that I am surprised at the team they were able to put together given the odd circumstances of the process.
That said I have no clue how they’ll do when they actually play and given that no one knows what the Bahamas has, I bet there’s a bit of trepidation going into Friday’s game.
That’s often the best part about covering these games, discovering what the other team has got. We don’t know any names usually or any of the skills and it’s always like “hey, that lefty kid’s pretty good” or “they’ll run something for the funny looking guy on the wing” or “that No. 12 can shoot it.”
Not great for running game copy but a way to track who’s who.