Game #64: Game of the Season??

 

98 to 94 LOSS to the historically ascendant Miami Heat.

Holiday dunk of the year

So here’s the question, can your best game of year be a frustrating loss? Can the play of the season be a phyrric (and beautiful) dribble drive and dunk? Even when the same player (Holiday) makes the game losing turnover on the the next possession?

When your record stands 24 – 40 , I propose that it can.

With the Heat poised to become just the 4th team in the entire history of NBA basketball to win 20 consecutive games. Tied with a minute to go, a nail-biting, forehead slapping loss is probably as good as it gets.

Let’s conduct a completely arbitray ranking of the other best game contenders….

#4: A 103 to 99 win over the LA Lakers

Pros:

1) Beating Kobe Bryant

2) Holiday and Turner, in the midst of their mutually strongest stretch, looking like a for-real NBA backcourt. combined for 48pts/15rebs/15asts. How bittersweet this brief, brief, moment….

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Lakers

3) This dunk

4) beating Kobe Bryant

kobe white suit

Cons: Lakers were playing horribly. This started a stretch of 6 straight losses and 10 losses in 12 games (in which they also lost to the Toronto Raptors), there bleakest stretch of the season.

#3: A 95 to 94 OVERTIME WIN against the Boston Celtics

Pros:

1) Beating Boston

2) Evan Turner leading the team to victory in place of a fouled-out Jrue Holiday

turner game winner

3) resucitatation the Sam Cassell big balls dance.

sam-cassell-testicle-dance-animated

 

4)The gut punch/counter-gut punch/counter-counter-gut punch finish

Cons: 1) Boston wasn’t that good 2) Total brick fight (37%shooting, 19% from three) 3) a gajillion missed game winners by both sides.

#2 A 103 to 100 LOSS to the Memphis Grizzlies

Pros:

1)A wildly entertaining game between 2 teams playing good basketball. Both teams shoot over 54% from the field

2) the amazingly dissonant fat guy/skinny guy battle between Zach Randolph and Thad Young (Thad won)

thad zach fat guy skinny guy

 

3) Kwame Brown recieves a standing ovation (what!) after his 11 minutes of banging, salald-tongs-for-handsb basketball gets the Sixers back in the game

Cons: They lost.

Those are the contenders. But I, for one, am taking this.

#1 A 98 to 94 LOSS to the Miami Heat

jrue dunk animated gif

Jrue Holiday’s triple crossover drive past three defenders and dunk past a contesting Lebron James to tie the game with a minute to play.

(Though we would be remiss not to mention Lebron James first half dunk-a-thon, culminating with this double pump reverse…)

But, to re-iterate, Miami was going for it’s 20th win in a row, had taken a 10 point lead in the 4th, before a Jrue Holiday/Dorell WRight onslaught turned the game into last minute gut check.

That the game was sealed when Spencer Hawes blew a last second bunny, (when he opted not to dunk the basketball while standing alone beneath the rim, but instead try an awkward banked lay-in caromed 4 feet up the backboard), somehow made the loss more familiar and comforting.

like an old, well loved, pair of shoes.

hawes headless

18 more to go.

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