Told you Denver-Golden State would be the best first-round playoff series out there, didn’t I?
With all due respect to the triple-overtime Nets-Bulls game, this Nuggets-Warriors series is giving fans everything they could want and seems headed for an awesome conclusion.
Last night we had Mark Jackson accusing Denver of sending “hit men” out to get Stephen Curry, George Karl wondering if Golden State’s Draymond Green played basketball or football at college, a couple of flagrant fouls, a gaggle of hard fouls and some big shots.
And at the centre of it is Curry, who is emerging as the story of the post-season in a lot of ways.
(Again, it’s way too bad the games have been so late but I’ve seen enough that I can ask you to take my word for it).
Dell’s kid has shot the lights out, played through a bad ankle that might have kept him out of a regular season game and moved the Warriors to within a win of taking the series.
And I think part of what makes Curry so compelling is that his toughness seems to go against his physical grain.
He is slight – and I mean basically tiny slight compared to people he’s going against – and he’s got those youthful features that make you wonder how he’d handle the toughness – borderline dirty – play in the post-season.
Pretty well, it seems.
The kid’s just good, he can give as good as he gets and he’s become one of the more compelling figures in the post-season so far and thank goodness for that because the first bit of the playoffs have actually been quite uneventful.
The Denver-Golden State series – far more than any of others that are droning on – has a level of nastiness and intensity that has, as usually happens – festered over the first five games.
That’s exactly what we want in playoff series, no? A great storyline that develops quickly and at a high level of dislike.
I hate sweeps, I hate series that go 3-0 before the obligatory sweep-saving win that just prolongs agony and I like it when coaches and players start sniping at each other as they did after last night’s games.
Maybe we’ll get more of it as the post-season unfolds – I have a feeling a Heat-Bulls series might have some juice – but for now, all I can say is I’m glad the Warriors and Nuggets are giving us something close to special.
Weather’s going to be nice here, right?
And I have no idea but this feels like summer to me.
So I’m checking out a bit of Madrid-Dortmund yesterday afternoon (it’s not TFC-Red Bulls but, then again, what is?) and all I can think of his how cool the “playoff” format in the Champions League is.
Two games, home and away, most goals on aggregate wins, ties broken first by away goals and eventually by penalties.
And how good would it be to have an NBA – or even NFL – lottery playoff exactly the same way.
Schedule it to start on the Thursday and Friday after the regular season ends, give the teams with the worst records a bye perhaps or at least a seemingly easier schedule and let ‘em go at it with the top picks in the draft at stake.
Everyone would get a least one home game, you might get some drama going from one game to the next and fans of teams who’ve been out of contention for months would have something to look forward to.
Yeah, two game, total points. That’s the way to do it. And if you want to count away points as the deciding factor in event of a tie, I’m all for it. And if there’s still a tie?
And we could make Leo Cahill the honourary commissioner, right?
(That’s going to take an Irregular Of A Certain Vintage to get even more than yesterday’s MD Telethon one did; and many of you were silly slow on the uptake with that one)
A dearth of it over there now and it’s getting to be that time of the week.
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Is there a pucks game tonight or something?
Think I read a bit about one.
But seems there must be because while I’m not nearly as eagle-eyed as some of my more observant friends, I’ve still heard about people with the omnipresent flags on their cars and, for the life of me, I don’t get it.
Guess it’s for support, right?
As you’re driving the streets of, say, Scarborough or downtown in the neighbourhood of the arena, you want everyone to know you’re rooting for the home side and that all the positive energy you can give them, the better.
Is that it?
Or am I missing something?
I ask only because I can’t ever imagine doing it myself and I honestly don’t know what compels people to do it.
Welcome to Birth Month, by the way.
And as I’m looking out over the vast expanse of The Back Forty at Casa Doug I can attest to the utter fallacy of the whole “April showers bring May flowers’ load of crap they try to sell us.
Of course, I don’t have any perennials, or annuals, or tulips or whatever they are (those Green Thumbs among you can help me out, right?) but, still, there should be something other than muck and slightly brown grass and dirt, right?
So TOD gets up, gets down, can’t catch the ball to save their lives and finally pull one out on a late home run.
Yeah, been a bit of a roller coaster, hasn’t it?
But if you’re a fan, take this into consideration, and it’s something we talk about in much shorter pro seasons.
It’s early, silly early; we’re just into the second month of the season and, no, things have not gone well at all but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that things can turn around quickly.
We’ve seen it countless times in other sports, as bad as things seen at one point, you’ve never more than two good weeks away from being right back in it and with five months or so left, there’s all kinds of time.
It’s the joy of baseball, isn’t it? The season plays out daily for months, no sense getting too worked up too early.
You want to know why I like, respect and admire Sam Mitchell?
Watch this from his gig on Off The Record yesterday.