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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wow, What a Game!

The Utah Jazz just defeated the Golden State Warriors in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. This is one of those games that has legend written all over it. Not only did it have intense, end-to-end action (well, at least until the overtime period), but it has so many ongoing subplots. Derek Fisher’s daughter’s cancer diagnosis and surgery. His gameday flight from New York City to Salt Lake City. His Willis Reed-type entry into the game, stellar defense on Baron Davis, and HUGE overtime three pointer. Dee Brown’s injury. (Our best to both young Miss Fisher and Dee Brown–get better soon.) A hobbled Baron Davis continues to astound–yet another flat-footed three pointer from the wing with the shot clock winding down and a defender in his mug; to quote my man Thirst, “king sized water bed, plasma screen, blah blah blah.” Golden State continues to hit an ungodly percentage of their three-point attempts (and grouse about an even higher percentage of foul calls). Andrei Kirilenko wipes away the tears from his disappointing first round performance and channels the great ghosts of point forwards past, right in front of Don Nelson. And, Deron Williams matures right before our eyes.

Discuss.

11 comments on “Wow, What a Game!

  1. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    The officiating was inconsistent and poor. It’s like they switched refs each quarter. But yeah the Warriors complained a little too much.

    Golden State should have had the game won, those missed free throws down the stretch allowed Utah to stay in the game. And to give the Jazz credit, they executed down the stretch and in overtime.

  2. jon abbey

    Nelson needs Ellis to contribute, he’s messed up his head by jerking him around, and the rotation is too short. GS really should have had that one, damn shame. Matt Barnes is the Tim Thomas of this postseason, an ex-Knick probably making himself lots of money now who won’t be worth even close to that next season. hopefully they’ll rebound in GS, but I’m not optimistic now that Fisher’s back.

  3. xduckshoex

    The Kirilenko bandwagon should start filling up again shortly. All of those people who have been criticizing him all year long will be talking about how they never doubted him.

  4. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    I like Barnes, but he’ll only be good in certain systems. He’s like Balkman, but substitute three point shooting for shot blocking and substitute badass tattoos for long hair. Barnes would be a fool to go anywhere other than resign with GS or Phoenix.

  5. Gorky

    Allow me to explain a (crazy) theory I have. The last two champions have had former Knicks on their teams, Knicks that Isiah got rid of. The Spurs had Nazr and Miami had Doleac and Shandon. None of them were really major contributors (Nazr debatably so). So, I have narrowed down the list of potential winners this year to Golden State (Barnes), Spurs (Jackie Butler), Suns (Kurt and Jalen), Pistons (Nazr again, and McDyess I guess), and Chicago (Michael Sweetney). I guess that means no title for Utah, Cleveland, or New Jersey.

  6. Brian Cronin

    Fisher’s defensive stop on Davis has to be one of the best defensive plays by a guard I have ever seen in a big spot during a playoff game.

    It was just amazing.

    You just never see a top-flight player get double-teamed into turning the ball over by ONE PLAYER!

    Fisher double-teamed him all by himself!!!

  7. jon abbey

    Baron got him back tonight, one of the best games I’ve ever seen anyone play in the playoffs. he had about four moves that were just off-the-charts absurd, culminated by throwing it down on Kirilenko, who’s been blocking everything anywhere near him.

    GO GS! GO PHOENIX!

  8. dave crockett

    The spinning reverse layup was a higher degree of difficulty move, but the throw-down of AK47 was… just… wow.

  9. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger)

    What about Baron’s spin to split the hedge on the pick & roll & pass (to Jackson?)

    I’m just stunned at the simplicity of the offense. Centerless, they spread the floor & bring the defense out of the paint to defend against the 3 point shot. Then each man has the option to attempt to beat his man off the dribble, since the paint is open. If that occurs & the defense collapses they just kick it to the outside, that is loaded with guys that can knock down the trey. They don’t even have to beat their own guy off the dribble, but can (and do) use the pick & roll to achieve the same result.

    On defense they rely on the zone to make up for any deficiencies in height, turnovers, & the fear of the fastbreak to keep opposing teams off the glass. Utah can (and did) beat them by grabbing rebounds on the offensive end.

    The prerequisites seem to be:
    * 3 point shooting
    * good vision/passing
    * quickness/ability to beat your man on the dribble
    * good hands on defense

    The lone exception seems to be Biedrins who can’t hit the three.

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