Ready for some late-night greatness?
Guess we’re all going to have to change the sleeping patterns if the only good games in the NBA playoffs are going to be the last ones of the night.
For a fella who generally ends the evenings prone on a couch with heavy eyes and drifting off, that’s going to be a wee bit of a challenge.
So how’s this for here for now? We do some stuff that happened, look at some stuff that might happen and touch on a few other things? Works for me right now.
I’m not sure a guy with three NBA titles to his credit and one Finals MVP to his name can be in the least bit under-rated but, my goodness, I don’t know that we give Tony Parker his full due.
His ability to get to the rim, contort himself and finish, might be the best in the game, he is not an overly large man by any stretch of the imagination yet he can get in there, twist and turn and take the hit and score.
It is delightful to watch, we in the East don’t see him nearly enough to fully appreciate his immense skills and if he’s playing like that? The Spurs are even more heavily-favoured to win a fifth championship – 13 years after they won their first – and if that happens, we have to start talking about them as one of the greatest organizations and dynasties of all time in any sport.
The NFL draft, which should have been hosted by Jerry Lewis, took about eleventy days to finish and was broadcast from start to finish; the CFL draft is in the middle of a weekday afternoon.
I kind of like the Canadian way, to tell you the truth.
Big game for TOD down at the ballyard tonight, and it’s going to require some deft work with the clicker to stay on top of Rangers-Jays as well as Knicks-Heat, Magic-Pacers and Mavs-Thunder.
That’s because it’s Yu Darvish for Texas and as much as anything, the curiosity comes from wanting too just how good he is.
We all know the story: Sublimely gifted Japanese player goes through convoluted posting process on way to majors, Blue Jays allegedly have some interest in a winter where they might have needed to make a big splash but they lose out because they either weren’t willing to spend what it took to get him or to spend what it was going to take to sign him on top of that.
Maybe Alex and the boys were right; maybe they were wrong. It’s way too early to tell.
The one thing that intrigues me a lot about Darvish, though, is that we want to see how good a pitcher he is, pure and simple.
Think back to the other few big pitching phenoms of the last couple of decades, the guys who really created the buzz:
Diaskuke Matsusaka: Gyro-ball.
Fernando Valezuela: Eye-roll wind-up.
Mark Fydrich: Talking to himself behind the mound.
All had schticks as wells an abundance of talent.
Darvish? He’s just good, or at least we think he could be good, and the other huge draw of it is he might have been a Blue Jay.
Griff lays out part of the process here and that curiosity – Darvish may turn out to be the best pitching free agent the Jays might have missed on last summer – is what’s going to drive the audience tonight.
I’ll be tuning in a little bit, just to see what he’s got.
We all know playoffs – in any sport – ratchet up the intensity and the emotion of everyone involved.
But it’s also a time when the very best are able to channel that intensity and emotion into greatness. Not so Rajon Rondo yesterday and it’s could very well cost the Boston Celtics dearly.
Forget that referee blew the call – it had to be a jump ball – it was up to Rondo to control himself and he didn’t.
No one in their right mind can consider his bump of ref Marc Davis an accident; don’t let anyone even try to convince you Rondo stumbled into him. Yes, he took a bit of mis-step but he balanced himself and the chest bump was clear and deliberate and stupid.
Ask any player anywhere about the one final limit to anger and he’s going to tell you it has stop with physically hitting an official, in any sport at any time anywhere.
Rondo has to get suspended – he’ll probably get one game, I’d give him two since he’s been sat down once already this year for throwing a ball at an official – and I don’t know that the Celtics can come back from down 0-2 to Atlanta.
You know, if you live in a back split with nine steps up to the bedrooms and five steps down to the TV room and six steps down from the front porch to the lawn, having a surgically repaired Super Dog who can’t do steps has to be carried to bed and for walks and to just hang out, it’s a bit of a pain.
It is without doubt a fact that the NBA season was an abomination: Too many games in too few nights with no time to rest or practice and product, in many cases on many nights, sucked.
But, that said, I am not believing for a second the compressed season was the reason that both Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert blew out knees on the weekend.
They were what they were: Freak accidents that can happen at any time; they didn’t come with either guy was fatigued from a week with five games or the culmination of a tortuous month for either.
We know what the loss will cost each team – Rose is by far the best player on the Bulls and his absence may cost them a legitimate shot a title and Shumpert is New York’s best perimeter defender – and that cost is tremendous.
But it is the breaks of the game that they got hurt when and how they did; sometimes those breaks are just bad.
And, no, I have no problem whatsoever with Rose being on the floor when he was in that game. Anyone who’s ever watched Tom Thibodeau coach knows that’s how he rolls, he rides his stars hard and never feels a game is under control.
He’s blameless in this, as is the schedule and the lockout season.
They were tough, bad breaks. Sometimes crap happens.