So we decided to try a new routine last week, and played indoor ball on Thursday night. It’s a pretty good deal to be honest; cheap ($5 per person), our own court with no one else to interrupt, and having an indoor court beats outdoor any day. The only snag’s getting home after that, because we sort of have to count on the compassion of fellow basketball mates to get us back in one piece; the night train’s not exactly what I’d call safe.
Putting that aside, Thursday night was a pretty good night for learning. I’m still trying to figure out how to make an pass (that can’t be easily blocked) down to the low post, and to improve on my situational instincts. Like when I should be shooting, driving, passing etc. There were a few games when I should’ve attacked instead of sharing the ball, or taken a jumper instead of driving. More as experience is gained, nothing much to do about it. And I still have the urge to finish with my left hand, regardless of which side of the rim I’m on, zzz. Need. To. Be. Flexible. Andy was simply madness that night, all pumped up and ready to score from wherever, whenever. I figured out later the easiest way to make him miss was to block his face; worked pretty good if I might say so.
And what else has been going on? The Celtics finally cleaned the Magic off 4-2, despite a crap performance in Game 5 with Davis and Marquis being concussed out of action (courtesy of the un-T-able Superman elbows), crap T’s and ejection being called on Perk and an amazing 60+% in 3P% from the Magic.
Game 6: They bounced back with an impressive boost by Nate Robinson in the second quarter. The plays I enjoyed most from Nate were:
- The finely-threaded pass from Nate to a KG rolling towards the basket for the finish, and
- Nate making Jameer Nelson stumble into a back court violation.
Much, much better than seeing Nate hit those explosive threes.
Pierce was phenomenal with his timely steals, rebounds and dagger threes, and Ray Allen with his back-to-back threes that pumped the lead to 19. Rondo, for his guts in persistently going to the basket despite the lurking threat of Dwight Howard. Have I mentioned how he almost always makes those threes when the shot clock is winding down? No complaints about that at all.
The Lakers also finished Game 6 this morning with 4-2, despite the Suns doing their very best to hang on for a Game 7. Nothing much to say, except that Kobe did what he was supposed to do and made two of those WTF-did-he-just-do jumpers in the last quarter to put the lead out of reach. Very, very contested ones in fact. Just look at the clip below from 3:15.
The good old sportscaster quote comes in handy here: “Good defense, better offense.”
Nothing else to be said, but to await Game 1! Dammit all games will be on weekdays, how the heck am I supposed to be using League Pass Broadband?!