I used to have a problem with sleepwalking. I’m serious. It was pretty bad. I would wake up in different parts of the house not knowing how I got there, with all kinds of strange things lying around me and people would often tell me about conversations they had with me while I was in some sort of “out of being” state. It would always freak me out when I would wake up or when somebody would tell me about it, because I had no idea how I had arrived somewhere and I always felt like I had people worrying about me.
Well, now it only happens once in a while, so I wouldn’t call it a problem anymore, but when I watch games like tonight’s against the Knicks, I equate it with sleepwalking. From the opening tip, the Raptors sleepwalked through the whole game, just moving around on the floor with no real purpose and seemingly ignoring those around them. The number of times we saw people go by Calderon was almost embarrassing. If his leg is that bad that he has no lateral movement whatsoever, then just shut him down. Even Steve Nash can play better D than that.
But there’s plenty of blame to go around. When you give up 42 points in the first quarter, there have to be more than a few mistakes. For instance, with D’Antoni now running things in New York (pun completely intended), you would think that the Raptors would make transition D a high priority, knowing that off any misses, they were going to have to get back quickly as the Knicks would have somebody heading upcourt right away. Well, it certainly looked like the Raptors were just walking down the court, while the Knicks were running. I’m sorry, I love David Lee’s game, but there’s no way he should be outrunning guys down the court. I mean, REALLY?
Shawn Marion must have taken a look at tonight’s game and said, “What the hell is this? I love Bryan and all, but it would take a king’s ransom to get me to resign here.” You have to appreciate the double-double effort that we saw from Marion tonight, bringing essentially what you would expect from him. Even though the Raptors were getting outhustled all over the court, Marion was one of the few who were playing like the game actually mattered. I don’t care if he is in a contract year or not, that’s just the kind of game he plays. He’s no saviour, so don’t even think I’m going there with this, but when things are so bad, it’s nice to see somebody try to step up.
Chris Bosh…wow. That mystery knee ailment must be worse than we thought, because dude, you just didn’t look game ready tonight. Sure, you managed to pull down 9 boards, but I was watching, a lot of those were gimmies. You even got swatted by Nate. If your knee is that bad, then maybe you should join Jose and just shut things down. We are going to need you as healthy as possible when you are eventually traded.
Well, honestly, there’s not a whole lot more I can say about this game. Put this one up there with the Denver game that ended up getting Smitch fired as far as stinkers go. The one thing the Raptors can be happy about? At least they didn’t sleepwalk this game at home, because if they did, the Raptor fans would have given them a rude awakening…and then possibly buried them six feet under.