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But a win’s a win’s a win, right? And I bet you all prefer that to the alternative.
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It was the story of the night, obviously. A brutal start to the third quarter – although they did get things calmed down for a large chunk of the final eight minutes – and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dwane after a win as he was in his 81-second post-game chinwag.
Now, I don’t think Dwane’s suggestion about finding five new starters for third quarters is worth, um, pursuing. Think how it would screw up second half rotations, it certainly isn’t guaranteed to work and if it costs them a game it’s not worth it.
I don’t know but it’s now been three of four games – and Atlanta’s awful so that might not even count – and you know all us scribblers are going to be waiting to put fingers to keyboards until the third quarter’s at least half over on Friday night.
Tough night but a good one
He had one early – his first of four baskets, I believe – when he wanted to kick it to C.J. Miles in the corner but found not only a defender in the passing lane but the rim right there so you could see him calmly change tacks, lay the ball in and he seemed a bit surprised by it all.
I know there’s been a bit of competition at times this year but I like his presence an awful lot and when Dwane comes around to eventually paring the rotation, Yak’s gotta be the backup centre on a permanent basis.
Overall, though, Poeltl gave ‘em just what they needed.
Playing to their strengths
For a while there late in the fourth quarter, when the game was still not completely decided, the Raptors had a predictable finishing lineup of Lowry, DeRozan, Powell, Ibaka and Valanciunas on the court.
(I say predictable because of the opponent and Dwight Howard; other nights I’m fine with Miles and Ibaka up front)
The Hornets had a big lineup on the floor and while Dwane usually tries to match in those circumstances, he went to Fred VanVleet over Powell for the final four minutes and it worked out as well as anyone could have hoped.
A wee bit more before we get into a typically long Thursday, what with Nothing But Net, a practice and, perchance, an opportunity to solve the problems of the world with Baseball Steve on an end-of-evening stool.
Had some video issues the past couple of days, I think I got it worked out, and who doesn’t like a little Lighthouse?
I’m just gonna toss this out there.
I think Drake is cool.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of his music but I don’t think that matters. Those of us Of A Certain Vintage certainly aren’t the target audience and I am quite fine with it, as I’m sure he is, too.
But you’ve got to hand it to a guy who is a kazillionaire and beloved all over the world who shows up at random games in his hometown – a Charlotte game on a Wednesday night in December (what the heck is with that?) – sits where everyone can see him, does his schtick with the local broadcasters and, I’m told, did the walk-off bit post-game last night.
That’s not ordinary behaviour for a guy of that stature and I think it speaks volumes about him. So, go Drake!
This group was in the crosshairs all year, highest-paid players, loaded with perhaps the best designated players in the league, all of the expectations that go with that and they handled better than most could imagine.
A job well done.