There was nothing anyone could do…
Appeared on a radio show last night that began during the lottery (What’s up with Kahn?) and ended sometime before the half. Out the corner of my eye I could see Dirk Nowitzki going to the line so much I actually thought ESPN was showing a replay. The sound was turned down obviously…which added to my temporary confusion. Hung up from the show and reached for the remote…
Dirk was killing them.
The shots this cat was making were incredible and the pretty way they were splashing through the net all soft proper like made the performance even more astonishing. Did the net ever move? His line: 12-15, 24-24 from the stripe. The rebounding was nothing short of Dirk with 6 but he did have 4 blocks.
Jason Terry contributed 24. J.J. Barea tossed in 21…in 16 minutes…on 8-12 shooting. The Mavs themselves shot 53% and hit 34 of 36 free throws.
Let’s not forget what Kevin Durant did as well. His game was nearly as efficient as Dirk’s. The young thunder cat put in 40. 12-18 from the field and 18-19 from the line.
Russell Westbrook seemed out of sorts, shot 3-15, but still had 20 points because he hit 14-18 free throws. Could he just be tired? He’ll break out soon if that’s the case.
What the hell was going on? When is the last time you saw three player shoot at least 18 free throws in the same game?
The Thunder tried everything and everyone on Dirk. Look at Serge Ibaka’s face. He looks helpless. When Dirk is hitting that fade, he’s unstoppable, for 7 footers aren’t supposed to have that shooting ability. There was a lot of frustration on OKC faces because it did seem the game was called very tight.
Do the Thunder have to go small and get out on the break? Is this game similar to Game 1 Mia/Chi where you just throw it out because it was Game 1? Did both home teams simply play their cards a little too early and expose themselves or do the same to the competition?
Every single game Russell Westbrook plays during these playoffs is a learning experience. Must be good to be so good so young and on this stage. The NBA as a whole is on to something. With so many stars 22 and younger already playing at such a high level, the league and its fans are in for some great basketball moving forward. Because of “The Decision” and it’s aftermath, in my opinion, every player league wide stepped up, got in shape and refined their focus. The year, as a result, was good if not great and these playoffs are just as entertaining.
Dirk had a great game but as I said on twitter, keep his game in perspective please and definitely remember Durant’s game was not that far off. Don’t get all crazy. Cats were saying Dirk was the greatest white player ever over Bird and West. Quit with the race based comparisons. Also, in an age where everything is seen as the next best this or that, let’s be objective about this game. There were a lot of free throws shot. Did it compromise the performance?
The European GOAT is an interesting one only because Sabonis came in late. My mind says it’s still Sabonis. He was incredibly gifted and dominated Europe from the time he was a kid.
In my eyes the greatest international player was Oscar Daniel Bezerra Schmidt. He averaged somewhere in the vicinity of 28 points in 39 Olympic games? Incredible. He was a beast and actually the first player I saw put up 50 on TV. Too bad he was born in ’58 and never played in the NBA because he wanted to secure his amateur status to rock for the Brazilian national team. Now that’s a patriot.
|Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Kevin Durant, F||41||10-18||18-19||2-5||0||8||8||5||1||2||3||3||40|
|Serge Ibaka, F||31||7-11||3-3||0-0||2||4||6||0||1||0||0||5||17|
|Kendrick Perkins, C||27||3-4||1-2||0-0||2||3||5||2||1||0||0||2||7|
|Russell Westbrook, G||38||3-15||14-18||0-0||1||2||3||3||1||0||4||2||20|
|Thabo Sefolosha, G||19||2-2||0-0||2-2||0||1||1||2||2||0||1||4||6|
|Team Rebounds:||Technicals: 1 Player: Perkins (1)|
|Ejections: 0||DQ’s: 0|
|Points off turnovers:||Team Turnovers: 0|
|Fast Break Points: 22||Points in the Paint: 40|
|Biggest Lead: 9|
|Dirk Nowitzki, F||40||12-15||24-24||0-0||0||6||6||4||0||4||2||3||48|
|Shawn Marion, F||26||5-10||1-1||0-0||3||4||7||3||1||1||2||6||11|
|Tyson Chandler, C||24||1-2||1-2||0-0||2||6||8||0||0||2||1||4||3|
|Jason Kidd, G||35||1-3||0-0||1-3||0||3||3||11||3||0||3||3||3|
|DeShawn Stevenson, G||14||1-4||0-0||1-3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||4||3|
|Team Rebounds:||Technicals: 2 Players: Chandler (1) , Terry (1)|
|Ejections: 0||DQ’s: 1 Player: Marion (1)|
|Points off turnovers:||Team Turnovers: 1|
|Fast Break Points: 14||Points in the Paint: 36|
|Biggest Lead: 16|
Officials: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Zach Zarba
I do think Dallas wins this in 7. Age is a factor of course but if Dirk goes to the line this many times throughout the series, they move on to the Finals.