If you tuned into the NBA playoff games last night, you are probably feeling the same way I did last night. I saw the “ying” and the “yang” of playoff baseketball.
First, the worst…Cleveland vs. Boston….boy, I hope the advertisers get some kind of refund or credit. That was one of THE WORST PLAYOFF GAMES EVER!!! I actually got more enjoyment sorting my socks out of the laundry while watching that garbage they called a game last night.
Now…for the Best!!!…New Orleans vs. San Antonio.
Thank God for Tivo!!! I wasn’t able to watch the game when it started, due to getting the kids to bed for the night and other things that needed to be done. But when I sat down to watch the game, everything else in my universe ceased to exist (except for that halftime snack that had to be made and consumed.)
I can not remember the last time that I saw so many elements in one game that caught my attention.
Tony Parker and Chris “CP3” Paul – both had comparable offensive numbers. Chris Paul had 35 points and 9 assists. Tony Parker went for 31 points and 11 assists. Now there stats pretty much offset each other, but the matchup could be considered one of the best of all time. Tony Parker played at the same level that garnished him the MVP award for the finals last year. Jon Barry said it best that Chris Paul “plays with the mind of Magic Johnson and the body of Isiah Thomas”.
The energy level of this game by both teams was one for the ages. What I mean by that is watching both teams not only on the fastbreak, but when they were in their half court offense. Neither team never stopped moving, constantly running their offensive play without ever getting flat-footed. New Orleans ran more give and go’s than I could count.
The Spurs winning came down to a couple of issues. One, the Spurs were able to hit their open shots, something they had problems with in the first two games of the series. Second, out side of Chris Paul and D-west (23 points, 12 rebounds) they were able to contain the rest of the team. Bruce Bowen did what he does best…he shut down Peja Stojakovic. Peja had only 8 points in 35 minutes, way below his norm. Bonzi Wells was his usual self, a waste of space and a waste of money.
The Spurs are the oldest team in the league, but they are also the defending chanps, and they showed that last night. The old crew did what they were brought in to do. Michael Finley was hitting his 3 pointers, Bowen was a defensive monster with HIS 3 pointer on target, and Kurt Thomas providing valuable minutes and rebounds.
Oh yeah, a couple of guys Duncan and Manu pitched in also.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Those Hornets are no joke. They are for real!!! Chris Paul is the real deal. D-West has turned into a basketball monster this playoff year; a defensive power forward body, with the skills of an offensive small forward. the Spurs still haven’t figured out how to slow him down. The rest of the team, save Bonzi Wells, compliments those two with knowing what their rolls are.
Three games down, and I hope there are four to go. Next game is Sunday evening, on TNT. I’ll be there.