Great game ends a quiet day
Not much going on; was quite the slow Thursday and today’s going to be pretty much the same, I fear. And with some shenanigans to get up to this afternoon and tonight, I have a feeling tomorrow might be a wee bit sluggish as well.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do – there’s always at least a little bit to write about – and if you get bored, don’t forget to come up with a question for the mailbag, which could use some filling up.
And so …
About last night
Should be 2-0?
That was pretty darn good execution at both ends by the Nuggets down the stretch and that horrific pass by Anthony Carter notwithstanding, this thing could be 2-0 Denver.
The one biggest surprise in the final few frantic possessions was what a great job Denver did on Kobe, who remains the most dangerous closer in the game.
With the outcome on the line, the Lakers had to settle for a bad Fisher miss, a costly Bryant turnover and a last-gasp Fisher airball.
No shots for Kobe? No chance.
And the Nuggets – who used to be mocked for their defence – put that one away with stops. Go figure.
Don’t think they haven’t noticed in L.A., either. Check out Mr. Heisler’s take on it right here.
Jumping for joy (or not)
Find it kind of interesting that the first two games in the conference final have had at their pivotal moments jump balls, one of the most contentious and difficult plays to conduct fairly in the game.
Not only is tossing the ball one of the things referees do worst in the league – it’s never close to the same, some of them have a hard time throwing it up straight – the jostling for position makes it look like a rugby scrum or – egads! – a hockey faceoff.
And watching last night when JR Smith blatantly cut across the circle to try to steal the tip – while to two other refs were, perhaps, napping – was quite something.
I still hate the alternate possession rule that the NCAA uses because it denies one team even a chance at getting possession but NBA officials really have to work on conducting jump balls.
Best thing about the two games so far?
Every team’s bee in the 100s. Still lots of good defence but some great offence; I’m going to take a 107-106 game over an 85-84 game every day of the week and I think the offensive skills on display have made these games even better.
I was wondering how long it would take either Denver or Orlando to play the “league doesn’t want us in the final because it’s not Kobe and LeBron” card.
Kenyon Martin trotted it out last night it seems in this piece.
If there’s any word of enhanced relationships between the United States and Korea these days, two words to explain: Jason Kapono.
Am told JK’s over in Korea doing some clinics as part of his gig with a shoe company and I’m pretty sure he can reach people at a level far, far above anything any politician could do.
And I’m also pretty sure there are some nifty golf courses over there and I’d expect he’s taken a chance to check some of them out.
Other Raptors news? Um, none.
Bush league move of the conference finals so far? Read somewhere that at the practice between Games 1 and 2 of the Western final, Denver’s Anthony Carter showed up, blew off the media and wouldn’t talk about Game 1.
Seeing how he’d made the one big mistake that perhaps cost his team the game, standing up and explaining what happened was something he should have done.
I think it should be hugely interesting to see how the Cavaliers respond tonight.
First time they’ve been behind in a series, of course; first time they’ve even been remotely challenged in the playoffs; will they respond with a great game or try to press?
There’s an inordinate amount of pressure on the Cavs to win – because everyone thinks they should, because of having the best record in the league, because they were 43-2 at home before Wednesday, because if they don’t win the whole LeBron-is-leaving-in-2010 becomes an issue.
Are they mature enough to react the right way?
And from the“duh!” school of headlines, check out this story in the local rag.
Anyway, rather short and sweet today; have things to go do, including stopping by a Canada Basketball bun toss this morning where they’ll lay out the plans for the summer.
Most of the plans are rather ambitious, which is a good thing, and hopefully we can introduce you to a group of under-19 gals and girls who’ll be at the world championships later this summer.
Then? Some R and R and another night off; I’ll be back for Game 3 of Denver-LA tomorrow night though; hopefully we’ll see some of you around then.