Practice was interesting today. A few guys had some team events they had to go to when they were finished and the rest were ready to slip out of the gym without talking to media, but one guy who always has to talk with us is Jay Triano.
After speaking with us and leaving the arena, Triano had to head over to The Score’s studio to appear on Tim and Sid: Uncut. If you missed him on there, you can check out Scott Carefoot’s recap right here. Notice how happy he sounds with those guys? He wasn’t as thrilled with me when I asked about Leandro Barbosa’s shot selection in the game against the Bobcats.
One game after scoring a season-high 29 points, Barbosa scored 15 points off of the bench, but shot just 6-for-18 from the floor in 23 minutes of action. On a night when everyone seemed to be struggling, I get why he took the shots, but I wanted to see if Triano felt as though Barbosa puts pressure on himself to score when guys like DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani are struggling.
- Here’s Triano on the shots Barbosa took in the game on Sunday against the Bobcats:
“They were the same shots that he took when we won against Indiana. If you look at them, two of his three-pointers went rattle-rattle-rattle out, rattle-rattle-rattle out. If those go in it’s a different story and he’s shooting a different percentage. He is a shooter. He’s got to shoot the basketball.”
- Here’s Triano after I asked whether he thinks Barbosa puts pressure on himself to score when other guys are struggling, since he’s always been that scoring boost off of the bench:
“I think that’s who he’s always been. His ability to get to the basket and get past people. We needed to share the ball a little bit better and we showed some clips of that today, but listen: We’re the seventh or eighth best shooting team in the NBA without being able to make a 3-point shot. We have one game where we don’t really get it going for a variety of guys, so let’s just f–king relax a little bit, alright?”
After talking to Triano, I spoke solo to James Johnson for a few minutes to ask him about his adjustment to his new team and opportunity here in Toronto. Funny moment: while his coach unabashedly dropped the f-bomb during his media scrum, during my time speaking with Johnson, he said the word “ass” then covered his mouth in surprise, raised his eyebrows and apologized. Look for more with James Johnson to be posted on Raptorblog tomorrow.