Let's be honest: While Sunday's series-opening matchup between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks was closer than many expected throughout the first half and early third quarter, it wasn't an especially thrilling game. Sure, LeBron James was looking customarily marvelous and Brandon Jennings had hit a couple of step-back jumpers, but not much had happened to really stir the emotions of the 20,006 white-clad fans in attendance ... or the passions of TNT announcer Kevin Harlan, whom NBA fans know to be a pretty passionate sort.
You got the feeling that the man behind "LeBron James, WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE," "Chris Paul with a three ... good! Right between the eyesssssss," "Arron Afflalo ... is AN ASSASSIN," "Metta ... World ... PEEEEEEAAAAAACCCCCCEEEEEE" and whatever happened after this Russell Westbrook dunk was just itching to let something special fly when the moment called for it. Luckily, as captured by our friends at the Yahoo! Sports Minute, Harlan's voice was allowed to soar late in the third quarter, thanks to — who else? — Heat reserve big man Chris Andersen, a.k.a. "The Birdman."
"Ohhhhhh, and here comes 'The Birdman!' Flappin' his wings and soaring for a sweet flush! When you're aerodynamically designed with that hairdo, you can do those kinds of things! With that SWEET mohawk! It helps him fly!"
I guess we shouldn't be surprised that Harlan loves "The Birdman." After all, Kevin's always had a thing for birds.
Andersen was impressive in his first playoff action in nearly two years, scoring 10 points on perfect 4 for 4 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing an assist in 16 minutes of work as the Heat steamrolled Milwaukee in the second half to cruise to a 110-87 win and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series.
"He brings us a lot of energy and effort plays," said James — who led all scorers with 27 points on 9 for 11 shooting and added 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win — after the game. "He flies above the rim and we're so happy to have him."
And, clearly, so is Mr. Harlan.
If the clip above isn't rocking for you, please feel free to check out the exuberant call elsewhere, thanks to Ben Golliver of The Point Forward.