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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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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.
I bet he’s mad at the world, like everyone is, no one person more than another, and, like everyone else, he’s searching for answers.
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.
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.
The fact he missed three of the four foul shots was not so good at all but the original plays were solid.
Yeah, like that
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.
They need more of that consistently as a way to protect, or extend, late-game leads.
More? A bit because why not?
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.
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.