I got tickets to the Houston – San Antonio game on Wednesday.
Actually, they weren’t just tickets, they were prime seats along with access to a suite. My wife won them at her job. That means, BSP got to see a prime time game on Christmas Day and eat for no charge. It was a great time.
Except for the Spurs who lost by double-digits. Who cares? I was stuffing my face with steak fajitas and watching Spike TV, courtesy of my wife’s firm while James Harden was the Man for Houston. Here’s a few things I noted:
– The Spurs don’t like getting away from the routine: They awakened for the game at 7:30 PM. Unfortunately, the game started at 7:00 PM, and Houston rolled to a 32-16 lead. They scored 40 points in the first quarter.
– Christmas Day is a big day for the NBA. Frankly, these games are meaningless.
– Dwight Howard: How do you say beeotch? The guy is crying to the refs behind the play nonstop. Shut your mouth and play the game.
– Tony Parker is horribly bothered by teams that pack the middle with their effective-shot blocking bigs. Houston continuously funneled him into the middle towards Howard and Smith. Parker was forced to kick the ball out so his teammates could blow open jump shots.
– James Harden plays basketball. A lot. Kevin McHale’s going to run him into the ground. The one stat I couldn’t find here was “minutes played”. Harden was terrific after he got about 3 minutes of rest in the 4th quarter. I believe he played at least 44 minutes in that game, including the entire 1st half (that may not be borne out from the official stats, but he was clearly playing while both teams had their second units out there. That makes no sense. December, ok. April and May? That’s going to add up.
– You see a lot more when you are at the games: I always thought the Wilbons watched games on TV and then ran their shrill cut-and-paste “its his team” nonsense afterwards. Now there’s little doubt: You never see NBA players bitching after every play on television, like you do during a game. A friend of mine who is a season ticket holder for San Antonio told me Dwayne Wade is one of the biggest whiners in the league. Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan talk a lot to officials. I already knew that, which is why BSP … whenever we talk basketball and the Heat are not the subject… always throws an elbow at Wade’s phony, make-believe good-guy image.
Like that one.