After the second loss this season a bunch of questions rose up about Syracuse on what the defeat against Louisville really means for the Orange men. Let me tell you; it’s not a big deal.Read More
Both Flip Saunders and Nate McMillan commented on the 1pm start time for today’s game. Saunders, however, decided to go with a tactic that he used in Detroit and Minnesota: Breakfast so his players had fuel for the game.Read More
When I arrived at the Verizon Center for tonight’s game, I realized that any and all traces of Gilbert Arenas had been completely expunged. His pictures weren’t outside the arena, his jerseys weren’t in the store, his image was removed from the pregame videos and clips, and even the few signs that fans tried to hold up with his name on it were quickly whisked awayRead More
I know that the hot topic of the day is Gilbert Arenas, and I cannot lie and say that I am not also curious as to how this will all play out. But I am not in the business of writing speculative articles on things that I cannot verify directly. That being said, I was not one of the 50 or so reporters who descended upon Arenas’ locker after the game. I did hear Arenas say that he and Javaris Crittenton were friends before this incident, and will continue to be friends afterwards.Read More
Chris Bosh did a fantastic job attacking Jermaine O’Neal and Joel Anthony early and often tonight. The Raptors were running a ton of isolation plays for Bosh in the first half and he was attacking both big men off the dribble and pulling up for jumpers. This resulted in Bosh scoring 17 points while snagging 6 boards in the first half before finishing with 29 points and 12 boards.Read More
Gilbert Arenas summed this night up perfectly when he said: “[Jamison] dominated that first quarter, Mike Miller dominated the second, I dominated the third, and Earl Boykins and Caron finished up the fourth. We just had an all balanced performance tonight.”Read More
Coach Saunders raved about Will Bynum during his pregame media session and tonight, all of Bynum’s attributes were on the display. He got into the lane at will, he was a disruptive force on the defensive end of the floor when Boykins and Arenas attempted to bring the ball up, and he even attempted to throw the ball down over Brendan Haywood.Read More
After allowing Chicago to score 60 points in the first half, Toronto came out with a renewed focus on the defensive end and held Chicago to 29 points in the second half.Read More
As I walked towards the press room being set up for today’s game, Suns coach Alvin Gentry started walking along side me. He remarked that he was tired, and wanted to just kick back and watch football. I told him that I wasn’t getting paid to cover the game today, so I would gladly coach the team, take his salary and be happy. He stuck his hand out, and told me I had myself a deal. But I covered the game, he coached it, and no money changed hands.Read More
During the last 44 seconds of the game, the Wizards had two missed free throws (DeShawn Stevenson) and three turnovers. However, when asked about that after his team’s finish after the game, Saunders chose to focus on how the game started instead.Read More
While most of the headlines in Toronto tomorrow will be over Jose Calderon’s struggles or Charles Oakley and his entertaining quotes, the real story tonight was the job Toronto’s bench did in securing a big win. Toronto got a huge boost when Jarrett Jack and Antoine Wright triggered a 24-8 run in the first half to break open the game.Read More
One of the things that caught my attention this afternoon was the growth and maturation of Redick as a complete player rather than being just a shooter. Most basketball fans will be drawn to his career-high 27 points, but what caught my attention was the six rebounds he grabbed and five assists he dished out.Read More
Coming into this game, the Wizards were without Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, which meant that someone had to step up tonight besides Gilbert Arenas, and tonight that person was Andray Blatche. In just 26 minutes of play, Blatche had 30 points, and he shot a blistering 83% (15-18 from the field).Read More
After what I saw from DeMar DeRozan in the preseason I anticipated he would come out a bit nervous tonight but his play was anything but. Early in the game he hit two free throws and got a bit of swagger going. He followed that up with a nice jumper and then he had a steal on Cavs next possession.
DeRozan finished the first quarter with 4 points, 3 boards, 1 block and 1 steal in 9 minutes of burn. While his final numbers won’t jump out at you – 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 23 minutes – it was an impressive debut for the Raptors lottery pick.Read More
Kevin Garnett looks like a ghost of the player I’ve seen the past few seasons.
One play that sticks out came in the first quarter when Garnett was camped under the basket for an easy rebound but Andrea Bargani was able to drop down from the foul line and steal the rebound. Not only that, but in a couple fluid movements Bargnani was able to spin by Garnett and finish the play off with an impressive dunk.
There’s no way either of these things would have happened last season.Read More
Pops Mensah-Bonsu got a warm reception when he entered the game midway through the first quarter. The former fan favourite turned in an inspired performance with 13 points, 7 boards and five blocks in just 23 minutes of burn.Read More
One of the big players today for the Raptors was Amir Johnson with his great hustle. After the game I talked with him about his block on Nick Young, his 12 rebounds and how each time I see him he has a new battle wound somewhere on his face.Read More
After the first preseason game that saw Gilbert Arenas score only five points and dish out ten assists, Flip Saunders mentioned that he wanted him to be a bit more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor. In nearly 10 minutes of play in the first half of tonight’s game, Arenas still did not look to shoot at all, but he did dish out four assists. At one point in the first quarter, he drove the ball two feet from the basket, stopped and turned around in the lane, then kicked it back out to the perimeter. It was a completely different story in the third quarter. Arenas was much more aggressive, as he shot 6-for-6 and scored 12 points to go along with four assists. Unfortunately, he also had four turnovers, and on many occasions he neglected open teammates.Read More
My evening started off with a laugh as I spotted the Raptors preseason media guide. What was so funny? Turns out the PR team has a great sense of humour because the cover of the media guide is a “Hello, My Name Is…” sticker with all the players names due to the team having such a large roster overhaul this summer. Genius.Read More
Alex Garcia has never been the man in the spotlight, especially after his buddies Anderson Varejão, Nenê, and Leandrinho Barbosa went to the NBA, signed multi-million dollar deals, and became world stars. His short stints with the Spurs and the Hornets, consequences of an NBA career filled with injuries didn’t help much, but one can’t disagree that the power guard is one of the most passionate players in the Brazilian national team.Read More