The “playing the role of Hawkeye in tonights performance is……” edition:

Alabi: when Joey Dorsey starts and you still get a DNP-CD, you have to re-evaluate your life.

Barbosa: there are off shooting nights, then there are Barbosa-In-Memphis type shooting nights. I’m pretty sure when he tossed his gum at the end of the night it ended up stuck to the wall.

Bargnani: back in Toronto probably at Real Sports watching MNF.

Bayless: at least he wasn’t throwing up this time, but the effort he did give was poorer than Tiny Tim’s family. He looked out of sorts and unsure of how to get his team involved and together. Not good when you are the backup quarterback.

Calderon: an average Jose-type game tonight. Turnovers are still a bit high for him (4) but he did try and stir the pot a bit and get his guys going. But with few hot hands to feed, it wasn’t in the cards.

Davis: I’m concerned he is pulling a DeMar. He’s blending into the background a bit too much. He has to realize he has the ability to change the game for the second unit and bring that to the surface. Become that intimidating factor in the lane. Right now he is no more than a sticky turnstile.

DeRozan: rest did him good and I guess the money from that commercial will buy him some groovy 3D glasses for his television. Give me this effort 3 out of every 5 games and I’ll be beside myself. Good game, strong presence and very alert.

Dorsey: no complaints here. Came in and Dwight Howard’d his ass off. A double double from a guy who rarely sees the floor and is playing with guys that should be embarrassed at their own efforts after seeing Joey play.

Dupree: Merry Christmas.

Evans: up walking around now, which is a positive sign. Need him back to the form he showed early this season and soon, otherwise the playoffs will be out of reach by the break.

Johnson: he’s hurting, but not as much as it hurts watching him play the game of basketball lately. Credit for going out there knowing the rest of the team is hurting, but he’s about as helpful as a tour guide with no sense of direction.

Kleiza: turnovers hurt but the man has never seen a shooting opportunity he doesn’t like. He must go nutso at Pop-A-Shot. Overall a good game from Linas who, unfortunately, has to be a leader right now. Save us.

Stojakovic: second opinion? How’s this: you don’t wear jeans well.

Weems: still a no-go. Shame, really. Okay, not really. He’s useless when healthy.

Wright: As the Grizzlies were running drills on us in the 2nd and 3rd, why not throw in Wright to see if he could stop the surge? It would make sense? Right. Got it.

Driving The Bus: Joey Dorsey

Under The Bus: Amir Johnson

Game Theme:

  • Adrian

    “otherwise the playoffs will be out of reach by the break.”

    Wow, aren’t you optimistic.

    I think they were out of reach about 5 games ago.

    • Aren

      we’re 2.5 games behind, not really like its not a possibility.

      • Nilanka15

        If we made the playoffs, we’d be the 1st team ever to be eliminated in 2 games…

        • John_P

          Amir looked great last night. 29 minutes, 0 points and 4 rebounds.

          • Nilanka15

            It’s funny how you assume I’m an Amir fan.

            • John_P

              Who are you kidding? You always talk him up and how “efficient” he is. Typical young ones fanboy you are.

              • Nilanka15

                Because I said that Amir is a better rebounder and defender than Bargnani, that makes me a fanboy? To the sane portion of the population, what I said was as obvious as the sky being blue. Get your head outta your ass you infatuated, extremist, fanatic.

  • Jperrin7

    Good Morning

    Now here is a questions Doug would never answer. And I’m sure no one has the complete answer but just for arguements sake I will throw it out there. How long does a NBA player have to hurt before the team’s insurance starts to kick in? In the last month (and it’s still only December) almost half of the payroll has not been playing. And they guys not playing are the ones making the most money. So besides tanking out right is this another way to make money and build for the future ?

    • Arsenalist

      41 games. After that the insurance company will cover 80% of the guaranteed portion of the base salary.

  • Patrick

    Sportsnet has to stop showing those Alabi D-League spots.

    The one where he wanders around a motel? He… doesn’t move well. It doesn’t inspire confidence.

  • Nilanka15

    Speaking of Alabi, I don’t understand why’s he’s been glued to the bench. I seriously hope Triano isn’t hoping for a miracle playoff run.

    Give this guy some meaningful minutes, let him learn through his mistakes, and see if he can be a legitimate piece of the rebuild, already! I swear, we have a team of monkeys running this team.

    • Arsenalist

      Dude, Alabi is useless right now. I had the misfortune of seeing him in D-League, it wasn’t pretty. In what he’s shown in garbage time, he looks to be a quite a while away. I’m sure late in the season he’s going to get a lot of run and get people excited by having a couple double-doubles, that’s about it. He’s a project as per the definition of the word.

      • Nilanka15

        If he’s this raw, how was he labeled a 1st rounder before people found out about his health condition?

        • Arsenalist

          Good question. He’s going to be 23 in March, not exactly that young. I don’t think anybody had any delusions of stardom with him, just a serviceable center. He can still become that, just not this year.

  • Dookielover

    Amir looked great last night. 29 minutes, 0 points and 4 rebounds…IMAGINE BARGS PUT UP THAT STATLINE…THERE WOULD BE RIOTS OF HATE.

    wheres all the idiots claiming amir is the teams best player and that were 15 pts better without bargs?

    every messageboard is dead silent and posting at an all time low because this teams whipping boy is sidelined….we lose with bargs its all his fault and messageboards are ablaze,we win with bargs and hes discredited and the stat jerkoffs come out with the every other player is better and amir is goat.


    • Nilanka15

      Gotta love the simple reasoning of the fanboys.

      1. You assume Bargnani is the ONLY problem on this team.
      2. You assume stats showing Amir’s effeciency implies he’s a “better” player than Bargnani.
      3. You assume that Amir isn’t playing injured.
      4. You assume that the “haters” suggest that removing Bargnani from the lineup is all it takes to turn this team into a winning franchise.
      5. You assume that low Bargnani comments are because he didn’t play, as opposed to this being holiday season, and a lot of people simply being too busy to visit the site.

      • John_P

        You assume that we don’t know how simple minded you really are. If Bargnani did put up that stat line he would have been crucified. Funny how you make no mention of it when Amir or any of the other young ones shit the bead. Typical young ones fanboy.

        • Nilanka15

          There’s a difference between a “fan” and a “fanboy”. Fans, like myself, have allegiances to the team. Fanboys, like youself, put individual players above all else.

          Fanboys are like hardcore religious folks who still believe the Earth is 2000 years old, despite countless scientific evidence that proves otherwise.

          Fanboys, like religious folks, simply ignore the stats…and have an innate inability to reason.

        • Nilanka15

          BTW, if Bargnani put up a scoreless statline in 29 minutes, he SHOULD be crucified. Scoring is the absolute ONLY thing he does well…and even that on occasion.