Well, pretty much a lot of what we thought we would see tonight. It started off sloppy, like we thought it would, but there were a lot of good things that we were hoping to see. People will be quick to point out how poorly the Raptors rebounded tonight, but let’s also take some of that with a grain of salt. The Sixers were missing a lot of easy lay-ins and short jumpers and while the Raptors should have been grabbing some of those rebounds, those were also shots that never should have produced an opportunity for a rebound. Either way, if the Raptors want to continue to win games, they certainly can’t start the game getting waxed on the boards like that.
While he didn’t have a great game, I liked what I saw from Andrea tonight. I liked that he put the ball on the floor and tried to cut to the basket, which ended up resulting in misses, but there was a follow up by Joey on one of them and I just like that there was some aggression in his game tonight. He looked a little hesitant sometimes tonight, like he was about to jack up a shot, but then heard Sam in the back of his head, shouting to put the ball on the floor. It’s a work in progress, but I liked that his game is developing.
It was nice to see Bosh and JO work well together on both ends of the court. JO changed a lot of shots on D as his presence was enough to get in the heads of the Sixers. We even saw Brand triple pump, which you almost never see, even though he is a “small” big man. It was also good to see Roko do a good job out there giving Jose a rest, but at times it looked like he was trying to run out the clock in the middle of the game. He would make a nice cut to the basket and then curl back out to the arc, looking to pass right back to the interior that he just escaped from. Hell, once you’re that close, go up. Not a big deal, his major concern is just to get Jose a rest, but I think everybody can be happy with what they saw from him tonight.
Nice game, but I’m not going to make too much of it as it is just the first of the season. So here is your post game 3 in the Key, but one that won’t focus much on the actual playing of the game, just the whole thing itself.
3 In The Key
Key 1: I’m sorry, it’s going to take a while to get used to Matt Devlin. Say what you want about Chuck, but his voice is great (other than that one night a few years ago when he tried to broadcast the game with a serious throat problem…that was painful). Also, some of his catch phrases were…um…not catchy. “Give it to me! Give it to me!” I didn’t know if he was watching the game or if Leo was getting frisky under the table with him.
Key 2: Sam looks like a completely different man without his glasses on. It’s creepy.
Key 3: I sure hope somebody else noticed this, but in the first quarter, when the camera was focusing on Roko while somebody was taking a free throw, there was a seriously hot brunette sitting courtside with some um…enticing cleavage going on. Nice break in the action…it was like watching a Habs game at the Bell Centre (in case you don’t know, the guys working the cameras at the games have a knack for creating fan noise by finding the talent in the crowd).