The “we have a new king” edition. Banks – solid game. Shot well from the floor, defended well, took a nice charge. Maybe Jose is coming back too early? Bargnani – his shooting percentage doesn’t show it, but he had a solid game from pillar to post. He logged a lot of minutes, demanded attention… Read more »
The “paging a team with heart to reception, please…a team with heart” edition. Banks – there was probably a 50/50 split when he hoisted that three late in the fourth as it relates to people hoping for the best and others wanting to throw him in a fire as soon as he released it. Forgive… Read more »
The “home crowd advantage” edition. Banks – whole lot of nothing from our man tonight. He had as much impact on the outcome of this game as Richard Peddie has on this team winning a championship. Still a damn sight better than what we had last year from a third string point guard. Here’s hoping… Read more »
Filling in for the vacationing AltRaps and breast-feeding Arsenalist, it’s the “We swept a season series from a good team”edition. Banks – Bynum crossed him over so bad, no one wanted to sit with him on the bench. Bargnani – Hit a few timely shots, a timely block and a few boards. Had some lapses… Read more »
The “phew, that was close” edition. Banks – tell me you weren’t shocked when he hit those 3s early. For a guy who takes a lot of stick in these parts, it was satisfying to see him have a good game. Bargnani – good game from the pasta pusher. Did a great job in making… Read more »
The “where first round matchups come to die” edition. Banks – call me crazy, but the guy could turn into an okay back up. He’ll never be flashy, he’ll never be consistent, he’ll make you want to throw stuff, he has that lost look in his eyes……and he is a perfect representation of this basketball… Read more »
The “to reply to this meeting request, click here” edition. Banks – he may be unfairly ridiculed, given that he never complains about his role and comes ready to play. Problem is, his level of play isn’t at the NBA standard. If you are a PG on a team with only one other healthy PG… Read more »
Raptors 101, Rockets 88 – Box The Raptors gave as close to a full 48 minutes as we’ve ever seen. Yesterday against the Rockets, the Raptors solidified themselves as one of the most interesting teams in the league, since you don’t know which squad you are getting from a game-to-game basis. In a masterful display of… Read more »
The “we just want to show our home fans that we care” edition. Banks – back to the bench. Sadly, probably the right move. Bargnani – offensively, a solid game. Completely different look to his demeanour tonight and it even included the return of the lean-in-for-the-shooting-foul move he perfected on his own teammates in training… Read more »
The “if Roko makes you look silly, you probably are” edition. Banks – at least I now know why his shoulders are so muscular: they have years of having to prop up a flailing career based on broken promise. Sir, Roko Ukic slapped you with his purse tonight. Bargnani – Belinelli – Great game tonight…. Read more »
Changed my mind; I do have something to add: TRoss. I generally doubt that players pay attention to what-all’s being said out there (out here) but I wondered a couple weeks ago when, as the griping-crescendo was building and about to peak towards TRoss, he seemed to break out of whatever low-level of funk he was in, to suddenly play a bit better. So … I’ll throw two cents into the internet-ether to say that TRoss would be a much-much better player and would earn himself many extra-large paycheques come contract time, if he would decide once-and-for-all that he *had* to be better and to start by driving hard to the hoop, and often! I don’t expect to see an ego-maniacal-attitude (can you imagine, tho? Damn, he’d be dangerous). But if he got a little bit angry or impatient (even) at his slow progression, thus far … it couldn’t hurt.
I remember reading a lot of years ago how then-captain Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers was pissed at one of his talented line-mates (Bill Barber, I think) who was sleep-walking, so between periods, he yelled at him loudly and whacked him hard with a stick, across his shin-pads … and it worked. (Next period, the guy scored, the team won, etc, etc.) So … maybe a fellow Rap could … you know, wake him up, just a bit more? A stick probably isn’t necessary, but .. maybe throw a shoe at him? Because he’s too talented to not be on his way (yet) to becoming a big star in this league. So c’mon DeMar. Give him a little Compton-style. Get him angry. Without JJ for a bit, you’re gonna need him.