That was kinda stinky for fans, wasn’t it? A blown 16-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, a couple of blown defensive assignments on the game-winning possession and some ominous clouds hovering.
And, of course there was this.
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Well, that was a rather cryptic post-game session with Kyl Lowry, wasn’t it?
A couple of the telling quotes are in here and the angst is real. And not unexpected.
This is a team that had – and still has – grandiose expectations for itself and things are off the rails at the moment and the anger and disappointment that was kept in-house for the last couple of weeks gurgled over into the open last night.
Do I know at who Lowry is mad or what his solution is? No, and neither do you or you or you or you. No one does for sure and to speculate is a bit irresponsible.
Maybe it’s changing who’s on the court at the end of games, maybe it’s changing some play calls late in games, maybe it’s not being selfish and having more trust in teammates that we’ve seen some nights.
But how they channel that anger, and how the Tall Foreheads react to that anger, will be telling and fun to watch over the next 27 games.
On the good side
That was good and they need more of it because he has to be more varied offensively than standing on the perimeter taking jump shots.
Yeah, like that
In that game story, Dwane alluded to better shot selection and more awareness of time, score, situation in the fourth quarter of games and, yeah, it’s an issue.
But it’s not like they can’t do it or don’t every now and then, they just have to do it more often.
There was one play late in the game when DeMar had the ball right in front of the Pistons bench and you could see the centre – I believe it was Drummond at the time – creeping over to double him and a third defender was cheating on that side of the court, too.
Instead of forcing a quick, ill-advised shot or dribbling into traffic, he found Nogueira on the foul line, Nogueira found Valanciunas wide open under the basket and two quick passes later, they had a dunk and a nine-point lead.
More? A bit because why not?
So The Grammys were on the TV over my shoulder and aside from not knowing who half the performers were – and not really caring now that I think of it – two quick things came to mind.
Griff and our new baseball scribe – known to you all as She Who Supports Arsenal – are off to Delightfully Different Dunedin this week to chronicle spring training and while I’m all for “smell of the grass” and “life begins on Opening Day” and all that stuff, the romanticism can be overdone at times.
It’s not as bad as The Masters in its sappiness and I trust my colleagues to dial it back; I hope everyone does.
But I do wonder what the feeling is among fans as this season begins. I sense trepidation and far more “show-me” than there’s been in the last couple of springs when there was all kinds of promise left over from the finish of the season before.
Seems it’s gonna be a busy week. Wish me luck.