Friday Thoughts and Ponderings
Friday, 06.10.2011 / 12:54 PM
Just for a moment, I’m going to talk NBA. Don’t worry, I’ll be brief.
I think like most people I’m not pulling for Dallas so much as against Miami. Sorry Josh Cooper (who is a huge – and legit – Dallas fan). The mocking coughs of LeBron and Dwayne Wade as they arrived at the arena clearly aimed at Dirk Nowitzki are just a symptom of something that will kill any team: arrogance and entitlement.
This Miami team clearly reads its own clips and thinks they are going to win. How can they not with that all-star cast? A team of destiny some might say. Well, if Dallas wins one of the next two games, destiny gets to a fork in the road and takes it. (Thanks Yogi)
I’ve heard that very same phrase talked about in regards to the Vancouver Canucks… that they are a “team of destiny”. Well, through the first two games of the series I would heartily agree with you. They seemed better than Boston in many little areas, despite having a long layoff coming into the Final. Did they begin to read those clips that said “this team is IT!” and buy into it? I’m not ready to fully convict them on that charge. However, I do feel that specifically after Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton the foot definitely came off the gas pedal for the Canucks. And the chance to figure out what needs to change is slipping away.
The fact that Roberto Luongo is starting for Vancouver tonight is hardly news. I would be completely shocked if he wasn’t playing. Alain Vigneault has brought the Canucks this far and he’s not going to suddenly lose his marbles. Aside from the obvious defensive issues, the Canucks are once again not scoring. THAT is what they need to focus on right now.
To that end Alex Burrows needs to find a way to be more effective while continuing to be annoying. Ryan Kesler may indeed be playing hurt, and the Canucks miss his contributions from the last two series wins. Plus the spotlight will be on Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who must find a way to be effective in physical games. It hasn’t really been a hallmark of theirs over the course of their careers, so don’t expect it to change. But just one dominant performance could put Vancouver over the hump. It just has to happen tonight.
A quick note on Lane Lambert joining the Predators as an assistant coach, announced earlier this week:
If you preach the message of growth up the system and climbing the ladder, the hiring of Lambert certainly reinforces that for players coming in to this summer’s prospect camp. There will be many players who will eventually wear a Predators uniform, but they must remain patient and go through the system. Head coach Barry Trotz is often fond of saying it’s easier to make the NHL than remain here, and the message there is you must continue to work and improve and learn once you reach this level. Lambert shows that not only do players move up the system but coaches as well, and he’ll be able to provide the example of “I’ve done it, and so can you” along with many players.
The other element here is that there won’t be a big learning curve for Lambert, who having been in the system knows what to expect and will have very little problem acclimating. That will also allow the coaching staff to continue to move ahead at full speed.
Well, enjoy Game Five tonight everyone. And don’t forget – keep your stick on the ice!