Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Playoff Hustle: Too Good to be True...

WARRIORS 112-118 DALLAS (GSW leads series 3-2)
Yes, it was too good to be true. We thought Dallas was all but shamed for the year. And not to overstate it, but the Mavs by winning, saved the franchise as it currently stands, like it or leave it. If Dallas gets eliminated by the Warriors at home in 5, then only indiscriminate upheaval would have followed... the whole roster gets dumped with no intention of any workable return, those nifty locker rooms get torn down and Cuban puts the team on the market. Yes, like Major League. Jerry Jones then moves in to buy the team and he'll in turn move the franchise to Vegas just to piss off the Super Malouf Bros. 'Cause it's
like that between them. Actually, it isn't. Just made that up. But let it be known, Dirk "previously clutch, then strangely unclutch, now clutch again" Diggler saved the Mavericks franchise... at least, until Game 6.

NETS 98-96 RAPTORS (NJN leads series 3-2)
The Raps just can't get a boost. As moral victories go, this one was phenomenal... for the Nets. It just let the young Raps know that they'll always be there--you're gonna have to play that well every game just to scrape by with a victory. Toronto held a 20-point lead after the 1st quarter. But the Nets, as old men typically do to high school kids in the rec. league, just let the Raps play themselves tired and exhaust their adrenaline high.

This brings us to Vince Carter. With everyone in the arena from the ticket takers to security chanting VC sucks and booing the hell out of him every time he touched the ball, the man played more lackadaisical then Tracy McGrady with a 2-0 series lead. We thought, he's just biding his time to make his move, to go on a scoring barrage and shut up all the haters once and for all, or at least, for the rest of the season. But he didn't. It was the most half-assed 30 points I'd ever seen--except for the last 3. Points 28-29-30 made me stand up. A three-pointer to bring the Nets within 1-point in the final minute. The entire arena gasped at once as if to say Holy shit, not this motherfucker! And right then, I thought it was the Nets game to lose. With no point guard (Calderon's sprain was a result of his extra minutes--freak injuries come from being tired, and he was exhausted from extended minutes he's rarely had to play all season) the Raptors looked done. Chris Bosh, though, hit enough free throws to keep the Raps up two in the final possession, but the ball was in the Nets' hands. Vince Carter's hands.

This is it, we thought. VC's redemption. His chance to do that "shush" thing with the index finger to the lips the players seem to love so much. Instead, he drove to the basket (first mistake) and then kicked it out to Bostjan Nachbar (second and final mistake). Of course, Nachbar missed it, but even if he made it, you have a man in Vince Carter that has no imagination. No flair for the dramatic. No appreciation for
the finer (petty) things in basketball like showing up your former team or being personally responsible making tens of thousands of hostile fans cry. If he takes the three at the buzzer, it was win-win. If he makes it, it's legendary status, if he misses it, the Raptors fans still hate him, but game 6 is back in Jersey. Believe that Kobe would have taken that shot if he had to rip the from Bokie Nachbar's cold dead hands.

Is this man a Zen god or is this exactly the reason Raptors fans hate him so much? Good enough to reach into the pocket, but not great enough to pay the bill.


dukehogwild said...

indeed, check out the 2nd comment on the daily dime from this morning on espn..

train said...

im hoping the GSW loss doesnt change the tide of the series. And i think that is precisely why the fans in Toronto hate VD.

train said...
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train said...

i meant VC not VD but i dont think they're too fond of VD as well

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