Nice. Hoping this would happen. Well… at least with regards to the Houston/Utah series. Given the Lakers play the Utah Jazz winner after the series concludes, the longer that series takes the better.
In today’s games:
- Who would’ve picked the Rockets to win in Utah (94-92), after they couldn’t come close in their own house? And who would’ve picked T-Mac to play like a winner after his whining post game 2? Certainly not me. I pretty much had this penciled in as a 4-0 sweep before the series began. Carl Landry had 11 points and blocked a Deron Williams shot that would’ve been key for the Jazz on the buzzer… sorry, who’s Carl Landry? I kid, I kid… but everyone stepped up for the Rockets tonight, who didn’t quite look as hapless as they’d been the past two games. Although his 20 points/5 assists don’t ring up as well as a Chris Paul statline, count me as thinking that Rafer Alston’s 1st game back was perhaps even more important than T-Mac’s performance.
- Finally… the Wiz look like they’d been telling us they would. A 108-72 point thrashing of the Cleveland LeBrons.
At one point, the Wiz crowd were chanting ‘Over-rated’ – after DeShawn Stevenson called him that prior to the series beginning.
It’s getting interesting tho’: James answered with “responding to that remark would be like Jay-Z responding to Soulja Boy”… so who turned up to the game in support of the Wiz?
LeBron good-naturedly laughed the whole situation off. When asked, he responded “There’s no DeShawn-LeBron rivalry…” Still, I’m looking forward to game 4. If the Wiz can give another loss out, the fragile mob that surrounds LeBron might just cascade inwards.
- TJ Ford & Jose Calderon handed Orlando a loss – the Rap-pack get a win at home, 108-94. Dwight Howard still got his double/double (19/12), and finally Hedo Turkeyglueoglu finally found some range, but all for naught. Only the Dwightmare’s dominance inside kept the Magic within striking distance.
In games tomorrow:
- Detroit at Philadelphia – time for a reality check. Are the Pistons going to make this into a series and lose another one?
- New Orleans at Dallas – ok. Are we down-and-done-in-Dallas, or are there a few miles on those old legs yet? Been thoroughly unimpressed with the Mavs thus far, hoping they don’t just roll over and expose the underbelly in this game.
- San Antonio at Phoenix – Phoenix are saying all the right things, but really wondering if the Spurs sense the blood in the water. Whatever, should be one helluva game – both 1 & 2 were. This one should be no different. I like the Suns for this one.