Thursday, May 30, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
The Memphis Grizzlies, in a history-making run to the Western Conference finals, added a couple of more accolades.
Memphis’ big man, “Big Spain” (Marc Gasol), had already been tapped as the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. This sparked much discussion when the first and second teams of the NBA’s All Defensive Teams were identified. Gasol was on the second team. Tony Allen and Mike Conley both placed higher in the voting. How does this make sense?
Still, the Grizz are making good use of their sixth trip to the NBA playoff field.
And while yours truly has no depth gauge in which to measure the degree of “healing” the team has brought to the city, an economic boon is being felt by the entire community, especially the business community.
It would appear that most of Memphis was gathered and poised at the corner of “Believe and Achieve” Friday as the Grizz prepared for their third, and first home game, of the current series. The fan base was keyed with enthusiasm when the Grizz forced overtime in game two on the Spurs’ court. It didn’t exactly turn out as hoped, but it showed that Memphis could play at this level in this league.
Meanwhile, the Heat and the Pacers were, well, heating up the Eastern horizon. Indiana is a young team but it exhibited little or no fear in taking on the king (LeBron James) and all his men. One has to marvel at the caliber of play from both teams in this series.
At times, watching the aerobatics’ and acrobatics’ styles of performances, one could easily think he was looking at an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters. Add the colorful, literally, persona of Miami’s “Bird Man” (Chris Anderson), and you could almost have a carnival.
With James coming off of a triple double in game one and a 30-point-plus output in game two, at a press conference later, James apologized for letting the team down. How does this make sense?
Well, you know how the third installment in the Grizz’ bid turned out. At one juncture, Memphis led by 19 points. I won’t repeat the question a third time, however, history has it that no NBA team has ever recovered from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series.
Do you know what does make perfect sense? The magnanimous gesture by the Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, pledging $1 million for the victims of the tornado which destroyed Moore, Okla. A super magnanimous gesture would be a hefty pledge from all the players in the NBA.
We hope you remembered to thank a “vet” on Memorial Day weekend and think about loved ones who are no longer in our midst.
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