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Sometime in our dotage, we’ll be sitting around before a dinner, nibbling on Gouda and sipping on a robust red, and we’ll harken back to last night as the end of an era, I’m sure.
A short era – four years is hardly a Ming Dynasty – but for all the talk about the Celtics wanting to come back and take one more run, with Doc Rivers surprising many with his unequivocal (for now) desire to return, that team in that form has to be done.
It was amazing, and in some parts sad, to watch them fumble and stumble down the stretch of the last two games, throwing the ball away, missing shots, giving up easy ones and looking like a team that had never been there before rather than one with a championship to its credit and another appearance in the final under its belt.
Give the Heat full credit for performing when it most mattered, that finish by LeBron last night was one for ages, just as Dwyane Wade’s first half was.
But that series was as much about Boston as it was Miami and it was stunning how poorly they finished. I don’t know if it was solely age catching up to them, or Rondo being a shadow of himself or their lack of depth finally being an issue but from the time they started playing Game 1, I don’t think there were many who felt secure that the Celtics had what it would take. Turned out they didn’t.
Now, I can see them having another good regular season – those veterans know how to play and Doc knows how to get the most out of them over the long grind – but as legitimate title contenders? Unless they find some youth and big men and athleticism, they are going to go farther downhill more quickly.
I would think that what has transpired since 2007 will have been worth it to the team’s fans and the franchise’s bottom line but I wonder how people will feel if a championship drought kicks in.
Know what made me laugh?
When I was listening to the live steam of the post-game stuff from Miami and I heard Chris lauding the fans for being great and thanking the city for being into the game.
Hope he wasn’t addressing the many, many empty seats we all saw at the start.
I know they mostly got filled and the audience was loud in the final couple of minutes but I guarantee that nowhere else – okay, perhaps Atlanta – would fans be that late getting to games.
Not sure how many of you remember or experienced, but there’s a greater “buzz” around an arena in the minute leading up to a basketball playoff game than there is for almost any other court.
It’s probably the size of the playing surface and proximity of the fans who stand around and watch warm-ups but it’s just more exciting than, say, hockey or baseball, the two other sports I have first-hand experience at.
Okay, confession time, don’t tell anyone.
Was glancing at the front page of our website sometime yesterday afternoon and in he “must reads” part this story about the daytime Emmys was featured prominently.
Now, these days my white-noise-afternoon-TV tends to focus on Criminal Minds (highly recommended) and CSI (highly over-acted in the Miami end of things) but there was a day way back in another universe that …
Well, let’s just say I wonder if the Dastardly and Dysfunctional Quartermains are still around and I don’t know that Kate and whatshisname have much on Luke and Laura when it comes to weddings.
So, they did the all-rookie teams yesterday (the official release is here) and I guess the coaches got it right.
I do know this, though: Ed Davis will use it for fuel someone.
He’s always been about the snub, somehow driven by slights real and perceived, and I bet when he gets wind of the fact he was left off even the second team, it’ll make that day’s workout just a little bit more intense.
Can’t imagine it’ll mean much once the season starts but it’ll bug him now.
Okay, if this works and you see what you want me to see, I’ve made giant strides figuring out this interweb thingy and who knows where we go from here.
I don’t do a lot of movies, this one I probably will.
Here’s one from the mail:
Q: Hi Dent is oug. Some high finance here. Just wanted to ask: when a team suspends a player, I assume it's to their discretion whether it is with or without pay, and in that case they would likely pocket the money (there's a whole rant here about why they don't suspend players like Alonzo Mourning who refuse to show up... but that's for another mail). But what happens when the league suspends a player? I know that fines go towards charity, but will Bynum's close to $700K that he will forego in salary be "savings” for the Lake-show or does it get paid out to the same league charity fund?
David T, Ottawa
A: Oh, no. The Lakers still have to fork out the money (it, like all fine money goes into a pot for charity administered by the league and the union) and it counts against all cap and tax calculations. They just write a cheque to a different spot.
Oh yeah, night off tonight; there are other pursuits to be taken care of here. Not sure about tomorrow, think that might be dead, too, but we’re on board for most, if not all, of the Eastern Conference final since I think I may actually be live in arenas.
Have a nice peaceful evening.
Is that it for the Grizzlies, who gave us a pretty good story for a round and a couple of games? (And, yes, the eyes were open for the entirety, although no real reason they were).
I think so.
I know they were tired after the triple-overtime Game 4 and they didn’t get the boost of energy from the home crowd that the Thunder did but I think we’re seeing what we thought all along: The team with the better talent is going to win.
I like the Thunder a lot, they defend, they’re great in transition, Kevin Durant can score in myriad ways if Russell Westbrook remembers he’s on the same team and I’m not sure even the Memphis crowd can make a difference on Friday night.
Zach Randolph (and I believe they stopped construction of the statue they were going to put up next to Elvis’s) looked old and beaten down last night, Marc Gasol was lumbering and labouring and I believe that one’s over.
RIP Robert Traylor.
Never knew him but people I know who did spoke well of him and no one should die at such a young age.
I guess the threat of heart issues goes hand-in-hand with the sheer enormity of these men and those who tend to let the weight go late in their careers or after they’re done would seemingly be more susceptible and it’s a very sad tale we hear too often.