I thought you might enjoy a collection of Putbacks from last night’s victory:
The cover photo is of a clever Raps giveaway, a two-way device made of some toughened plastic(?) which can be waved using the hand cut-outs at the sides, or folded (as I’ve done) and banged noisily into one’s hand. There’s a Raps logo on the flip. While I’m still not sure how I fell about the “We The North” tagline, it’s not the worst, and I’m pleased MLSE has made an effort to unite the fanbase.
Although Terrence Ross has been dreadful to date (one basket per game – not the kind of consistency we’re looking for), I hope coach Dwane Casey doesn’t pull him from the starting lineup. At least TRoss keeps jacking up his shots. Landry Fields, who’s been bruited about on radio chatter as stepping into Ross’s spot, didn’t even pretend to look for his shot last night. If he’s out there, we’re playing 4 on 5. It’s important for TRoss’s development that he be given at least one more chance to redeem himself.
My friend Michael and I had a pleasant chat on the subway with Raps fan Olivia Chow, who’s resigned from Parliament to run for the Mayor’s job. Let’s hope she prevails in October’s election over global punch line Rob Ford. His (Dis)Honour was at the game as well, and when the in-house panned on him and his cronies sitting in the nose-bleeds, the crowd noise was more boo than yay.
Greivis Vasquez deserves a ton more credit than he’s received so far. He led the Raps with 8 assists, despite playing far fewer minutes than Kyle Lowry, and scored 11 points. Greivis’s wonderful in-bounds lead pass to Amir Johnson for the late slam was hugely important. He had a fine game in the loss as well.
The rotation has me confused. There’s minutes for Fields, but none for Nando De Colo or Tyler Hansbrough? Nando has the length to bother either Shaun Livingston or Deron Williams on D, and won’t hurt us if he’s paired with Greivis. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle need a breather on occasion. In DD’s case last night, his departure was forced after he picked up his fifth foul. I’m glad coach sat him, as overtime was looking like a distinct possibility. The thought of playing extra minutes with DD fouled out is distressing. I can only assume Tyler didn’t get the call because Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson were both playing well – but I’d still like to see him out there. Foul counts matter, and no one can goad the opposition like Psycho-T.
I can’t wait for Friday night.