Okay, Let’s Talk NBA (& Other Thursday Sports Stuff)

reporter1I’ve been chastised by several loyal readers for my failure to track every moment of the NBA playoffs.

So, as a tease, I was going to start today’s blog with something like: “Did you see the big game last night? How about Samoa’s boffo start against Fiji in the Rugby 7s Las Vegas consolation game?”

But I won’t for several reasons. One, I know less about rugby than cricket. Which exercise in somnambulism I kind of understand. Two . . . well . . . one is enough.

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Actually I’d be commenting more on the NBA playoffs, were I able to stay awake to watch whole games.

Take the second battle of the Spurs/ Grizzlies series the other night. I turned it off and headed to bed when it seemed apparent that San Antonio had the game in hand. Entered slumber. Awoke the next day to discover that Memphis forced OT. Sounds like it was pretty exciting.

So, last night, I was determined to watch the entirety of the Miami/ Indiana opener. Especially after watching a bit and realizing it was destined to be close throughout.

So I did, save for a few clicks over to that rugby match during timeouts. (Teams get 5 points if they touch  it down in the endzone, or whatever they call it. Two more, it they kick it through the uprights afterward.)

Then I nodded out. You know those moments that come around 10:00, 10:30 when you try like hell to keep your eyes open so you can watch the game, but lose the ability to focus, then eventually kick back the recliner and give in to the Sandman? That’s what happened.

But I did awake with about 11 clicks to play in regulation, just before Paul George nailed that forty footer to send the tilt to extra time. (George matriculated at Fresno State, FYI. Remember back in the day, when we knew where all the pros played in college?) Then stayed with the game, in which George drained three FTs for a one point advantage with :02.2 left in OT.

You knew Miami was going to win, right? I did. (Here’s a thumbs up, for the great NBA rule, which makes these end of game situations so exciting. The Heat got the ball in side front court.)

(The down side, of course, is that, in this “player’s sport,” coaches call about 15 timeouts each when games are close in the last minute.)

Anyhow, LeBron James (St. Vincent – St. Mary HS) did what superstars do. Paul George overplayed him. LBJ took the pass, moving to his left in the key. One unimpeded step later — Pacer pivotman Roy Hibbert (Georgetown) was watching from the bench — the MVP laid it in, while subs Sam Young (Pittsburgh) and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) got a great view of the winner, watching from the court.

To his credit, Indy coach Frank Vogel took the blame for the L, for calling timeout and taking Hibbert’s imposing presence in the paint out of the game, allowing James to soar in for the winning score.

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It seems to me that the casual NBA fan, meaning any college hoops lover without a pro team to faithfully root for, would come to understand that San Antonio plays the “most collegiate” type game in the league.

The Spurs pass, cut, screen, move, the whole schmear. They are a joy to watch. Without ego. “Star” Tim Duncan (Wake Forest) was on the bench the other night — without pouting for a nanosecond — because Mastermind Greg Popovich had other plans.

Memphis has shown resilience in the playoffs this year. But I’d be surprised if the Grizzlies can come back from two down and make it to the Finals.

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Turns out that Rugby 7s match was played in February. Who knew?

Samoa prevailed in OT.

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I stand by my previous admonition to you, the sporting public, that far and away the biggest event of the week is this Saturday’s School Figure 8s at Jeffersonville Sportsdrome.

But there’s another intriguing scenario, I realized this morning.

Tonight is Gildan Underwear Night at Slugger Field. Be sure to get to the ballyard early to take advantage of the u-trou giveaway. There’s only a limited supply.

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U of L’s top seeded Cardinal nine lost their Big East tourney opener to UConn in 12.

Not a good thing.

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The Cleveland Indians’ Nick Swisher is on Paternity Leave.

Does MLB know something I don’t know?

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You gotta feel bad for Rakeem Buckles. Kept getting hurt at U of L. Transferred close to home to Florida International to heal and play for Pitino the Younger.

Now what?

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One of Kevin Stallings Vandy Commodore hoopsters wants to transfer to Pitt, so he can be closer to home. And, maybe he doesn’t like playing for Stallings. The coach is prohibiting that move.

Former Okie State QB Wes Lunt wants to transfer. Cowboy coach Mike Gundy listed about a hundred schools where he won’t allow a release.

Of all the idiotic NCAA rules, the one that allows a school to dictate where a “student athlete” can’t transfer without penalty (other than having to sit out a year) is among the most heinous.

Later.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. david
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Well, once again I agree. Not only do I not know where NBA players played collegiately, I couldn’t name you fifteen players in the whole league. I also agree about San Antonio. I hope they win because what little of the playoffs I’ve seen of them, they actually do basketball things like run plays, set screens and pass impeccably. Not surprising that they are an old ABA team. Ah, the ABA–now that was fun to watch.

  2. fred
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    The transfer rules for the coaches should be the same as for the players and vice versa.

  3. mark
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    David, and friends. You couldn’t name 15? If you watched the Olympics last summer, I bet you could. BUT, in the interest in helping my fellow hoops fans, may I offer 15, please?

    Kobe Bryant and LeBron James
    (high schoolers)
    Kevin Durant (Texas)
    Derrick Rose (Memphis)
    Dwayne Wade (Marquette)
    Francisco Garcia (Louisville)
    John Wall (UK)
    Rajon Rondo (UK)
    Anthony Davis (UK)
    DeMarcus Cousins (UK)
    Eric Bledsoe (UK)
    Tim Duncan (Wake Forest)
    David West (Xavier)
    Roy Hibbert (Georgetown)
    Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
    Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse)
    Joakim Noah (Florida)

  4. david
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m most impressed. I’ve never heard of half that list!

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