We awake to discover no fewer than 3 of our players were injured yesterday – in an intrasquad “game”! Yes, let’s all hump off to Casino Rama (a 2 hour bus ride north of the Big Smoke, for our friends from around the globe), play against ourselves, & return looking like a MASH unit. Calderon got a knee in his thigh, Quincy Acy crunched John Lucas III, & DeMar DeRozan got a poke in the eye, which seems like an appropriate metaphor for what just happened to our team. It’s truly ironic that we can play 7 pre-season games against genuine opponents without damage, then endure a train wreck of an internal exhibition just before the season is due to tip off.
Let’s dust ourselves off, & see where we’re at. Lucas claims he’s OK, and will be ready to go for Wednesday night. That seems far-fetched, but we live in hope. DeRozan’s eye-poke is irksome, at least, but should heal. Calderon’s thigh injury is probably the most serious, as he had to be helped off the court. There’s been no official word from the Raps on any of these aches & pains.
Don’t be surprised if the Raps demote Dominic McGuire to the D-League, & bring up a Point Guard on a 10-day contract. I can’t see starting the season with 1 healthy PG.