Tue Jul 29 04:30pm EDT
I have a large and poorly-organized collection of NBA games on DVD. As the summer moves along, we here at BDL thought it a good idea to perhaps go through a game or 12 as if it were a live blog, throwing out some insight while never passing on a chance to act a right smart aleck.
Yeah, Kenny G did the national anthem before the game. Kind of set the tone for Seattle.
Apparently this game took place on the same day as Game 3 of the league changing Magic/Hornets matchup, the one that saw Baron Davis nail a game-winning three (with a bad back) that was waived off, initiating the league's use of late-game instant replay. Tracy McGrady led Orlando to overtime before losing, with 37 points on a bad back. Both of these players were 19 and a half years old at the time, with a bad back.
Earlier that afternoon, the Jazz also lost at home to Sacramento when Rusty LaRue missed two potential game-tying three-pointers in the last three seconds. Rusty LaRue took important shots at the end of a playoff game. Two of them, in fact. Rusty LaRue. I've got it on tape.
Also, Tom Tolbert is not funny today. And he's kind of a [rhymes with stick] today.
During the commercial break, Verizon introduces us to "mobile messaging," where you can type out words and phrases on your cell phone and send that "text" within a "message" over the airwaves. Unless you're in Indiana.
Bill Walton is wearing a tie-dye shirt. No tie, no collar. Tie-dye shirt.
11:10: Rashard Lewis gets caught up with Malik Rose under the basket, and appears to have hurt his elbow, necessitating a Seattle timeout. Somewhere in North Carolina, Otis Smith was just startled by something, and he's not sure why.
Commercial break. Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan. Not the brightest move.
11:09: Walton: "So now, Seattle counters with Yabba-Dabba Drobnjak."
(Oh, one of the trillion things to hate about the SuperSonics moving from Seattle? This page, as of last week, doesn't work anymore. [Cuss word]ing [Cuss words].)
8:20: Every time Seattle scores and the crowd gets a little anxious, San Antonio responds. The Spurs really were a Manu Ginobili away.
7:05: Case in point: Peja Drobnjak hits a nice shot to pull Seattle within 16, the crowd is going nuts, and Malik Rose (!) answers with a turnaround jumper.
6:23: Speaking of Manu, there is a press row ad for that summer's World Championships in Indianapolis. That turned out well.
Team USA didn't exactly seem invincible following a shaky turn in the 2000 Olympics, but thinking of the difference between what we thought of the team in April 2002, and how we regard them today (after three straight non-Gold runs on the international, non-Americas, stage) is a bit of a mind-melter.
5:48: Drobnjak has firmly decided that Malik Rose's skills smell of rotten soup.
5:25: Walton: "It appears to me that Vin Baker is trying to foul out of this game."
4:00: Parker has been so impressive, though. 19 points, nine assists, three rebounds in very few minutes.
3:26: San Antonio turns it over for the first time in 29 minutes.
2:30: Antonio Daniels used to be so amazing in the open court. No Statue of Liberty dunk, here, just a nice reverse.
1:01: Parker is going nuts, and the Spurs are up 25.
Walton: "How come they don't criticize the international players for not going to college?"
0:32.09: Shammond Williams is in! And, because he's Shammond Williams, he drives and shoots (for the score!) the first time he gets the ball.
79-54, San Antonio, after three.
9:00: Steve Jones: "We could play until next season, and Seattle is not coming back in this game."
6:24: Walton: "Is there a mercy rule in basketball?"
6:11: Malik Rose dribbles 20 feet, untouched, for a layup, and the crowd decides to boo. Spurs up 29.
6:00: I think Nate McMillan is one of the best coaches in the NBA, and should have gotten more respect as a Coach of the Year candidate last year (I definitely should have taken him ahead of Byron Scott, who I picked, and behind Phil Jackson), but that timeout speech was less than inspired.
NBC cameras caught him essentially telling his team to "keep playing the game" three times. Then again, I don't really know what he could have said to this lot.
4:58: Malik Rose with the jump hook. Spurs back up 29.
4:06: Cherokee Parks and his scary tattoos have checked in. This allows me to remind you that Cherokee's sister was once a bass player in this band.
2:31: Parks has come out shooting, making 1-2. Tom Hammond, because he's Tom Hammond, reminds people that the Kentucky Derby is next weekend.
And here's where my DVD cuts out, switching to a Bulls/Bullets game from April 1996, one that actually sees Jack Haley score some court time. But you don't want to hear about that one, do you? Johnny "Red" Kerr has already introduced a "the Butler did it" joke after Mitchell Butler gets called for a hold. And Robin Ficker sure is loud.
The Spurs went on to win this game 102-75, and though Seattle would rebound to win Game 4 at home, San Antonio took the series in five. Rookie Tony Parker may have had the most electric output in Game 3, with 23 points in 28 minutes, but Tim Duncan was at his understated best: 27 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks.
Keep throwing your suggestions in the comment section, I'll see what I can wrangle together.
Also, in the meantime, I think we can come up with a new variation on the "one room, two bullets" joke: