That was something, wasn’t it?
And, as is our tradition it seems, this is being typed and sent from the back seat of a car as we motor home to get to practice so forgive the inevitable typos – American highways are crap and way too bumpy – and we’ll just do game stuff so I can get it up and shut it down.
Out and about
So my good friend Steve Simmons sets the cat among the pigeons with the piece this morning that DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph were out and about in the rather dreadful Cleveland downtown core in the wee hours of Wednesday.
And that’s as far as I’m going to go.
Let me ask you this:
Do you think every other player was fast asleep at that time or do you think some of them might have been (a) in some other place where reporters don’t go or (b) in their rooms on computers goofing around? Yeah, one of the latter two, trust me.
Here’s the simple and undeniable fact and you just have to trust me that it’s true:
It probably wasn’t the wisest decision to be out among the people at that time but if was a bigger city than dumpy downtown Cleveland, they could have been somewhere no one could see them and no one would be the wiser.
Missing the shot
Well, more shots than shots, I suppose.
I’m going to give DeMarre Carroll a bit of a break because I don’t think his elbow is quite right since he’s icing it an awful lot and his ankle’s a bit wonky and he’s not Ray Allen to begin with but his three-point shooting has been borderline atrocious.
The other issue that makes it even worse is that the missed shots tend to yield long rebounds that Toronto has never been good at tracking down, allowing the Cavs to take off with a collective head of steam that Toronto can’t keep up with.
I don’t think Carroll should quit shooting them all together – the threat is something Cleveland has to respect at least a little – but he should probably be thinking about swinging the ball and moving it along more than he has.
The dynamic duo
I figured the Raptors were in flat-footed trouble when Tristan Thompson got two offensive rebounds in, I think, the first 90 seconds of the game and I believe Cleveland’s first eight points came off second possessions.
So don’t ever expect this to be a regular thing – it didn’t work all that well in a short spurt last night and the Cavs don’t have to cover Biyombo more than 10 feet from the basket which causes all kinds of issues for everyone else on the court.
Toronto’s rebounding last night was atrocious – hell, the entire game was atrocious – and Casey was just searching for something that would work.
It didn’t work particularly well and I wouldn’t imagine we’ll see it again.