Toronto's inside help defence has been, in a word, atrocious
And by that I mean guys like JV and Amir, when a Dallas guard penetrates and draws a second defender have been waaaaay to slow filling the space; the Mavs bigs have free passage to the rim
Happened on a Blair dunk earlier and just on a Marion layup a few seconds ago
Mavs 33, Raptors 22 after one
Funny how that is, isn't it?
I will boldly predict that if the Mavs keep shooting 68 per cent, they will win
That's years of experience coming to that conclusion
Vasquez decides to stop and double Dirk, leaving Larkin alone under basket, easy layup, Dwane's head just about explodes, and not in a good way, and timeout
Is it wrong that with 34 minutes left in this game I'm thinking about where I might have dinner in OKC tomorrow?
With a Hansbrough-Patterson frontcourt, this is about as small as the Raps can get
Hmm, Mavs throwing a shutout this quarter; Raps haven't scored in almost four minutes
And, proving I still got it, Vasquez scores seconds after I typed that
Knowing Dwane, I wouldn't be surprised
Mavs 41, Raps 28 with 7;16 until halftime
Chuck Hayes debut! Sumo time with DuJuan Blair
I actually don't think you quite understand anything. No, but of the five guys on the court now, the most that will be here next year are two; of the 10 or so who've played, I imagine four or five stay.
But don't let that ruin your cliched narrative. Or that of people who say things wiithout, you know, thinking
Do you see the idiots I have to deal with? Thank goodness we get IP addresses
But it fits the dopey "tank" narrative
Sam Dalembert sighting; he had been starting, now a true bit player
Somehow, Raps have kind of crept back in, they've managed to get a stop here and there
If they cut the league to 24, I'd be overjoyed, I'd be happy at 26 but I fear in five, six years we'll be at 32
Mavericks 47, Raptors 41 with 2:15 until the half
Not as a writer, but as a fan of the game, I would. But it's moot, no pro league anywhere in NA is contracting; ain't happening
Not to worry, I'll get that stopped
It's a 19-6 Raps run we're watching; starting with them actually playing defence
Mike Callahan, the shortish older ref may not be the best in the league -- and he's not -- but he is demonstrative
And we're tied; game of runs, right?
Amir dribbling on the break is not good, him stopping the dribbling is good, him stopping the dribbling and passing to JV 35 feet from the basket is not good