My migraines have been killing me the past two days. They've been so bad that I couldn't see and I think I accidentally hung up on Brian yesterday when he was checking in on me (sorry if I did). This morning I was thinking of how I'm going to write a game three preview for the NBA Finals and then Point Break came on.
Thinking of both and how game two intertwines with the quotes from this movie and how they evolve into game three tonight. A very important game with 82% of the winners going on to win the series.
"Listen you snot-nose little shit, I was takin' shrapnel in Khe Sanh when you were crappin' in your hands and rubbin' it on your face."
The quintessential Gary Busey line and something I feel that after a hard game that Greg Popavich would say to Erik Spoelstra after the beat down in game two. Spoelstra has been in this position twice, Pop has been doing this literally since Spoelstra was a no name player/coach for the not exactly amazing Herten Ruhr Devils in Germany.
I'm not sure how much Pop said after game two about the margin of defeat or that paltry 33-5 run that ended any hope of an actual good ending that we should have gotten, but que sera sera.
"Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true."
12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. No, this is not Boris Diaw's 2013 playoff averages, this is Chris Bosh over the last nine games. Chris Bosh is making $19 million dollars this year, plus playoff bonuses for these -- Omer Asik-ian type numbers. Bosh has basically been non-existant since he got slapped around by Roy Hibbert and David West in game one of the Indiana series. Bosh is playing scared right now. Remember when Bosh played in Toronto he'd actually bang around a bit. That Chris Bosh needs to come back or Miami doesn't have a shot in game three. Bosh is a couple games away from getting a one way ticket to Charlotte and Miami having the number four overall pick in this years draft. There is a young center from Maryland that does love to bang, scores, rebounds and is pretty decent defensively that will probably be sitting there at that spot.
"NO! No no no no no no NO! Let me tell you what you've produced... Over the last two weeks, you two have produced exactly squat! SQUAT! During which time the ex-presidents have robbed two more banks. Now for Christ's sake, does either one of you have anything even remotely interesting to tell me?"
Oh Manu Ginobili, where for art thou have gone? Manu is averaging 11.2 points per game this post season and scored five points in game two. He was completely overwhelmed and he found a guy named LeBron James guarding him on 62% of his time on the floor.
Manu doesn't have it anymore. He's scored in single digits seven of the sixteen games, shooting 38% from the field, 32% from three and 71% from the line. These are well below his 44-38-83 that he has averaged through his playoff career. For those scoring at home, that's 136 games and 4216 minutes before this postseason.
There are even rumblings that this could be Manu's curtain call.
"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love."
Have you ever seen Tim Duncan take a night off? Have you even heard Duncan speak a word about his legacy? He's one of the most humble athletes of our time and your father's time. He loves what he does and then some. Bill Simmons wrote something I've been thinking for a while. Tim Duncan and the Spurs are not boring. They've been involved in some of the greatest series and playoff games in the last 15 years. I love Duncan and his approach to the game. He is a total treat to watch and we should all be blessed that we have been able to watch this guy over the years. Watch for him to feed off the crowd tonight and do big things.
"I hate this Johnny. I really do. I hate violence. That is why I had Rosie do this, I could never do that man, I could never hold a knife to Tyler's throat, she was my woman. We shared time together. But, Rosie, he's like a machine. He's got this gift of blankness. Once you set him in motion, he will not stop. So, when three o'clock comes, he will gut her like a pig, and try not to get any on his shoes and there is nothing I can do."
There is no more of a cold blooded assassin in the league than LeBron James right now. Sadly, he is not getting the support of the guys around him game in and game out. Once the ball is tipped it's game on, he's a machine. You are going to get his absolute best night in and night out. So far in the Finals he's averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists (25-8-7 for playoffs). When LeBron is on his eyes are blank and only explodes when he gets blood on his shoes.
There is nothing anyone can do about James. He's been focused on getting his teammates involved this whole series and showing (unlike Kobe) that he can win big games without scoring. It's great to see him evolve as the greatest player alive. There is no one even close. I expect a big 30-15-11 type game from him tonight.
"People trusted you and they died. You gotta go down."
Dwyane Wade was supposed to be the #2 to LeBron, but I don't think his body is going to let him. Wade is not himself, it's obvious. A lot of teammates have trusted him this post season and he has rewarded them with 14-4-4 and 44-25-71. Wade is only slightly better than Ginobili. Maybe it is best for Ray Allen to get more minutes right now. Him and Wade basically have the same PER36 this post season.
Wade needs a huge game in game three to start to get some confidence back from his teammates. Right now Mario Chalmers is more scary than he is. That's an issue.
As for the game... Give me Spurs by six.