OKLAHOMA CITY —
So, the Raptors lose a game and Andrea Bargnani. Again. It’s not clear how long Bargnani will be out this time – he said his calf was hurting before the game and it got worse as it went on. He told the training staff and they told him to come off. It was too bad, since he was the best Raptor on the floor, aggressively taking the ball to the hoop as well as playing strong defence.
- I like what I see from Alan Anderson, he’s giving them a lot more than Rasual Butler did and they could do worse than making him a minimum guy at the end of the bench next season. He did a nice job on Kevin Durant, particularly early and blocked one of his shots. That said Casey was mad at everybody – including Anderson, who was on the court during that brutal 24-0 run, which was one off the franchise low, set twice.
“The end score isn’t important, I’m looking for the defensive toughness.
For the most part we’ve done that, we just don’t want to lose that down the stretch,” Casey said..
“DeMar can’t play 48 minutes and Jose can’t play 48 minutes. No matter who is on the court, you still need to have an attention to detail. Those breakdowns, they can’t happen.”
OLD KENTUCKY HOME
Former Kentucky Wildcats Casey and Jamaal Magloire were understandably pleased when shown a picture of the Superdome scoreboard taken just after the Wildcats won the NCAA title last Monday. Sunday’s backup centres, Magloire and the Thunder’s Nazr Mohammed teamed up to help Kentucky win its previous championship, back in 1998.
- Casey said he thinks there are “two teams playing at a different level, Miami and this team. Really explosive team, athletic, talented, not only on the offensive end but the defensive end as well. Present many challenges.”
- James Johnson isn’t going to get himself out of the doghouse by making poor shooting decisions.
- Toronto played very well early and forced a ton of turnovers, which kept the team in the game, but that all disappeared later on.
- You can tell from my game story, I think James Harden is a heck of a player. At one point he had only five points, but had arguably been the best player on the floor. Then he scored eight straight as Oklahoma City went on its run. Anywhere else, he’d be the top dog, or, at worst, second banana. I wonder if at some point he’ll go somewhere else either because he wants to be the man or, more likely, because the Thunder won’t be able to afford to keep so much talent?