1. Sifting through the many “those who should know” opinions about Chicago’s 103-82 win over Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Final match-up Sunday night, I found a pattern in their observations. See if you can read the code also:
a) The Heat celebrated too much after closing out the Celtics and they were not ready to play.
b) The Heat celebrated too much after closing out the Celtics and Chicago took it personally.
c) The Heat celebrated too much after closing out the Celtics and Chicago took advantage of the opportunity.
d) The Heat celebrated too much after closing out the Celtics but Chicago is the better team so it did not matter.
What did not matter was how Miami lost Game 1, they were going to get universally panned for celebrating too much.
The team that celebrated too much was so not ready to play the game was tied at the half. Game 1 of a Conference Final in the # 1 seed’s building. Am I missing something here?
Give credit to Chicago for playing two halves and getting 19 offensive rebounds. Remember who Miami just got done playing? One strength Boston did not possess was the ability to get a second chance. The Bulls certainly out hustled the Heat for those extra balls and they deserved to win the game. But too much celebrating as a reason – that is unfair to both teams, yes? Until one of the experts we rely on demonstrate to me their unique ability to actually, collectively read minds, let’s just leave it as Chicago kept the heat on the Heat all night long and played a better basketball game.
2. Isn’t the Oklahoma City-Dallas series fascinating to map out, including the fact the cities are but a couple hundred miles apart? One team advancing into uncharted territory, another who many feel should have been plowing through it annually. OKC’s Russell Westbrook indicated “age is kind of out the window now” during the post-game news conference after the Thunder dispatched Memphis on Sunday. He was referring to the fact most of their top players are mere babes in comparison to the Mavs’ stars. It remains to be seen if he will be trying to convince himself and his teammates of that…or their minds are already set…or he is trying to put doubt in the Mavs’ minds.
“Stat” of the day from USA Today/Gannett’s Mike Lopresti…when Dallas’ Jason Kidd played in his first NBA game OKC’s Kevin Durant was 6 years old. 6. Mind boggling.
I am sure we’ll hear a lot about age…just keep in your mind sometimes age also brings valuable experience with it, agreed?
This evening’s Lottery is a missed opportunity for the league not expanding its content. They should have sold tickets to all of us where we would be able to play the number of days we predict it will be before any of the players drafted play in a regular-season game. If everyone who reports on such things is correct – even though you must keep in mind they can’t read minds – there is going to be a long time between the last game played in the NBA Finals and the first game of next year’s season…assuming there is a season.
Mind you, that is something I don’t want to think about.