Well, look it here. The NBA Finals start tonight. I just watched Jimmy Kimmel’s hot shot basketball assassin beat Blake Griffin blindfolded. Pretty beastly. Not beastly? Cliff Lee’s start tonight. Once again, I’m just saying. That ERA is creeping toward four again. Phillies in dire need of some more of their late magic, but not sure it is coming tonight. So, with that being the case, I thought I’d watch/blog the Finals. Game 1. For as long as I can stand it, anyway. At some point, I may have to switch over to The Voice. Is tip-off actually at 9? I won’t hold my breath.
–Pregame Upsets: The Erudite Heat fans actually remember they are supposed to boo the Mavericks. Also, Michael McDonald (last seen in the 40-Year Old Virgin) sings the National Anthem, begging the question, where was Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine?
–In the court of public opinion, has there been a coach that had less to do with his team getting to the finals than Eric Spoelstra?
–Line is Heat (-4.5). Feels like a Miami line, right? Great.
–I wish I knew more about the reffing controversies, and who hated the Mavs, and how they screw them over. That might be the most exciting storyline. 4-0 Miami. If this was Beirut, It’d be a rout.
–This whole handing out the same color t-shirt thing has to end. It’s an insult to fan bases like, I don’t know, the Chiefs, who just show in up red every single time. Feels a little Euro and Soccer-ish to me too. Violation.
–Anyone have the Under? We’re on pace for about 140 points.
–Danys Baez really needs to be releaseds. Effortlessly eliminates any shred of hope for the Phils. That 19-inning game really was a miracle. In related news, this is not an exciting basketball game.
–Scoring Update: We’re on Pace for 132. Things can only get better. And, when did Jason Kidd start hitting shots?
–If someone asked me why I wasn’t a huge fan of the NBA, I’d show a tape of the first 15 minutes of this game. Are they tight? Is the defense too good?
–If there’s an “I don’t care how short JJ Barea is,” club, I’d be willing to join it. I’m also not interested in how great a scorer he was in Puerto Rico. The fact he is apparently dating a former Miss Universe is…mildly interesting.
–Starting to hit some shots. Someone may get to 40 points by halftime. I don’t have much luck blogging basketball games. I believe the National Title game was similarly ugly to watch. I’ll do real basketball fans a favor and bail at halftime.
–The last few minutes of the half were certainly better than anything else I saw, but at 44-43 at halftime, I’m going to once again pass on the NBA. Someone nudge me if it gets to game 7.