So, hey, enough of all the rumor & innuendo, FBI investigations, coaching moves gossip, Coach Cal vs. The Rick message board smackdowns, guys who can’t dribble straight declaring for the draft, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah.
Let’s talk about basketball. Like, you know, the actual game.
Actually I would have done this Saturday, and I’m sorry I missed Derrick Rose’s performance for the Bulls when they upset the Celtics in the first game of that series. (I heard that Rondo kid wasn’t bad himself in defeat.) Buuuuuut, it was mighty pretty on Thunder Day, and the ladies were out walking their sweater puppies and I simply wasn’t going to sit inside and watch hoops.
But I did just catch the end of the Philly/Orlando game. The Magic blew it. Ahead by 18 in the 3d period at home, they, well, choked.
The 76ers won it even though Andre Iguodala missed two free throws with less than a minute to play that would have given his team the lead. But then Donyell Marshall hit a big three. They got the ball back and could hold it until the end with no worries about the shot clock.
And Coach Tony DiLeo did one of those inexplicable things that pro coaches do all too often. He called timeout, thereby losing the advantage. I mean, the game was tied. The worse they do is go to overtime. Instead they give Orlando a chance to collect themselves defensively. Why????
Fortunately for the Philly CheeseSteaks, Igoudala hit a contested jumper and they pulled it out.
Pretty compelling stuff.
So I’ll have none of this I-just-like-college-ball-the-pro-game-sucks stuff. Yeah, it’s a different game, but at NBA playoff time it’s the best of the best playing their best. Ye hoopaholics who don’t tune in be the fools.
Sure the Lakers vs. Cavs is an inevitable final. That’s the way the muckety mucks in charge will see that it happens. But there will be some mighty ballin’ before we get there. Then we can only hope Kobe goes down.
– Seedy K