It's Thursday. It's TNT game night. It's Jersey Shore night. But most importantly, it's time for Bawful After Dark! But first, a little video game talk. A few of my co-authors will be familiar with the rest of this, but I feel everyone else might learn something too...
I'm sure everyone remembers my NBA 2K10 review. I've been playing the hell out of the game since then, because My Player mode is stupidly addicting. Since I've been playing it so often, I'm discovering more and more problems with the game (oh, how I can't wait for the patch that's supposedly due in January...). For example, does anybody here have an explanation as to why Chauncey Billups is un-friggin-stoppable in this game? He's the single hardest person to guard in that game, and shoots roughly 80% from three point land even with a hand in his face. Chauncey Goddamn Billups! The Nuggets absolutely ruin my shit, and it's all because of Chauncey Billups. And that, my friends, is just sad.
However, my biggest problem so far is the way my teammates act. I'm playing for the Spurs right now. Coach has me coming off the bench as point guard, and Tony Parker usually plays shooting guard while I'm on the floor. However, in the fourth quarter, Virtual Gregg Popovich likes to switch things up sometimes and put me at the 2-guard spot, and lets Tony Parker run the offense. This is not good because Parker's virtual doppleganger has no sense at all of clock management. He's an AI drone, but if he could actually think, I would imagine it'd be something like this: "Okay, we're down by 5 points with 30 seconds left, what play should I run...? Got it! I'll stand in place at the top of the key and dribble out the shot clock, and jack up a horrible, double-covered jumper with nobody under the basket to get my rebound! Brilliant!" It's like watching that horrendous Rajon Rondo possession from a few weeks ago over and over and over again. It's only slightly less painful than the worst possession ever by Zach Randolph. (Starting to understand why I hate my team?)
If I somehow manage to get the ball out of Parker's hands late in the game, it doesn't really help us any. I'll have to pass the ball at some point, because my jump shot isn't good yet, and I can't just drive the lane at will. However, if the ball so much as touches Manu Ginobili's hands, it's pretty much a lock that he will instantly put up a three pointer, no matter what. During the first three quarters, this is tolerable, since he usually hits them. Unfortunately, I don't think I've seen Virtual Ginobili hit a crunch time three pointer yet, and I'm already almost to the All Star break in this season. So yeah, we've lost a lot of close games so far this season.
But I did recently beat the Lakers by swatting down Kobe's shot attempt with four seconds left in the game, then forcing a five-second call on their final possession. So that makes it all worth it, even if I spend entirely too much time yelling at the screen for Ginobili to pass inside to Duncan.
Nationally Televised Games:
Wizards Generals: Boston's road game record this year is 9-1. Washington's home game record is 4-5. Why is this on TNT again? (Per the Stats LLC preview, "The Wizards, though, have trouble shutting teams down." ...Insightful.)
Magic at Jazz: Anyone else not really in the mood to watch the Jazz stumble through the second night of a back-to-back after being thoroughly humiliated in the 4th quarter by the Lakers last night? Oh, and the Magic are on an eight game road winning streak. Just sayin'...
All The Other Games:
Nuggets at Pistons: The Pistons beat the lowly 76ers last night. ...Hurray? I don't think they'll be celebrating anymore after tonight. Just a hunch.