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While recovering from a non-stop drinking binge from the after effects of Game 6 of the WCF as a Spurs fan, I completely fell out of the loop with posting updates. While this season has been up and down for us with the new posts I apologize because I know we've never been this slow on the uptake.
For those of you that are still keeping up with the blog, we really appreciate your patience and will be sure to keep the updates coming the rest of the season.
Even if at this point that may last just one more game.
Westbrook was late to the pregame warmups. He thought he had 24 seconds before they started instead of 5.
One of the Joker's henchman finds himself with nowhere to go
If Mike Miller literally did this the entire game he would have had the same number of points as when he was actually on the court.
Scott Brooks draws up a map for his summer vacation plans.
"Eureka! I might still be employed next year!"
OKC Blunder: Well, it was fun while it lasted. Apparently the NBA was 90% done with their championship DVD after Game 1, only to have to start again from scratch. They don't make runner up DVD's, do they? Maybe Reggie Miller has a couple
hundred lying around.
Game after game in this series the Thunder found themselves in a hole in the opening minutes. Finally, they thought "Screw it, let's pretend the first quarter is the fourth quarter!" and proceeded to build a 17 point lead.
Things were looking good, Westbrook was on fire, KD's mom was all happy, and Scott Brooks was looking like a real NBA coach.
And then the second quarter happened.
And then the third.
And then the fourth.
Getting outscored 62-40 in the second and third quarters alone, OKC's slogan went from Thunder Up! to THUNDER DOWN MAYDAY MAYDAY!! in the blink of an eye.
First off, we have to give credit where credit is due. LeBron James absolutely killed it last night. Posting a monstrous 26, 12 and 9 and showing a real semblance of a post up game, James had his way with the Thunder virtually the entire time. For a guy who has taken so much criticism for his Finals performances, the true master of the Crab Dribble looks to get ringed in another 48 hours.
Which means Dan Gilbert has till Thursday for the Cavs to win the championship before the Heat do and make all of his comic sans dreams come true.
As for the Thunder, letting this guy, the most chewed out player in the league, go off for 25 points on 9-15 shooting is just asking for trouble:
James Harden: 2-10 from the floor, with twice as many turnovers than field goals. Oh, and he pulled it off in 37 minutes of play. I don't know if James lost his game somewhere in his beard, but the only thing saving him from being public enemy #1 from this contest was....
Russell Westbrook: While he's been great for a lot of 'Bawful laughs, it actually hurts to put him here since he had such a great game.
For about 46 minutes anyway.
Seemingly unstoppable in Game 4, Westbrook managed 43 points, on 63% shooting (only MJ and Shaq have matched that playoff feat in the past 25 years) and spear headed yet another OKC comeback in these playoffs.
Maybe Spoelstra should have picked up where his defense left off in Game 3:
I mean, that's got to be annoying as hell right? Probably more effective than face guarding.
After demolishing the Heat for most of the game, Westbrook snapped back to reality and all but sealed the Thunder's fate with the worst foul in a crucial playoff game since Ginobili fouled Dirk in Game 7 of the 2006 WCSF:
So, with 5 seconds on the shot clock, Westbrook was probably too busy thinking about his post game wardrobe
and immediately fouled Mario Chalmers, putting the Thunder's championship hopes in dire straits:
"I thought Russell was terrific tonight," Scott Brooks said. "The guy played
relentless. He was aggressive. He kept us in this game and he gave us a
chance to win. Instead, he solidified our chance to lose. And for that, I commend him."
I think we can best sum up the Durant/Westbrook relationship with this lovely short story:
Want to know why Kevin Durant is so skinny? Because Westbrook never feeds him the ball.
NBA on ABC: As much as I miss the NBA on NBC, I guess the one positive is that we don't have to hear from Shaq anymore at halftime.
Last I heard, he was getting harassed from the powers that be:
It looks like our 2011/12 NBA Season should be coming to a close, with the draft right around the corner. Gotta love the fact that the new face of the league will look like this:
Oh well, that's still better than this I suppose:
While I think that's going a bit overboard, I thought hell if that's racist then so is this guy:
Thanks for everyone's support, and once again, we apologize for the lack of updates. Consider it an asterisk year for us!
Labels: Lebron James, Life's not fair, NBA Finals 2012, Raza, Russell Westbrook