Tuesday November 10 2009 – 2:25pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
There’s no disguising the fact that last night’s loss in San Antonio was ugly. Shooting 59% as a team … but losing … is inexcusable. Offensive rebounding and second chance points hammered the Raptors.But as Toronto sits at 3-4 now … getting set to host the Bulls tomorrow … I caught up with 4-time All Star and franchise leader, Chris Bosh, about the back to back defeats against the Mavericks and Spurs.
“I forget about every loss,” he said. “Anytime we lose a basketball game, I might be mad at the moment, but I leave it where it is and move on. That’s all you can really do. I don’t really dwell too much on the losses. You can learn from them but as far as emotion and feeling ‘that feeling’ … I just let it go. I just focus on winning (the next) basketball game. You can’t get too caught up in the losing ’cause you’ll lose more.”
Jonesy and I were chatting last week about the recent game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Detroit Pistons … featuring 6 players from UCONN (Thabeet, Williams, Gay, Gordon, Hamilton, Villanueva). Well, I did some digging and found this interesting stat …
Based on the opening night rosters, here are the league leaders in collegiate representation:
Duke – 14 NBA players
UCLA – 14 NBA players
North Carolina – 13 NBA players
UCONN – 13 NBA players
Arizona – 10 NBA players
That’s nearly 15% of the league coming from only 5 schools. Impressive.
HISTORIC DAY YESTERDAY
No, I’m not talking about Manu Ginobili’s record-setting 36 points against the Raptors (the most for a Toronto opponent – off the bench – in franchise history) …
November 9TH marked the 5-year anniversary of Gary Payton recording his 20,000TH career point (against Portland), making him the ONLY player in NBA history to record 20,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 2,000 steals.
This might get ya primed for tomorrow’s tilt against the Chicago Bulls at the ACC …
Through 6 games, Chicago’s Joakim Noah has grabbed 10 or more boards 5 times, and he has posted 3 double-doubles. He’s averaging 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds.
BIG BOSH MAN
We started with Chris Bosh so let’s end with Chris Bosh …
CB4 has recorded 14 consecutive games of at least 20 points or more dating back to last season. That is the longest active streak in the NBA.