Not a great Game 7 but a pretty entertaining one between Dwyane Wade's third quarter, Shaq almost putting Miami and on his back and, of course, Rasheed Wallace yelling, "Don't Leave Me!" to Udonis Haslem.
Miami should have had that game. Shaq was feeling it and hitting his free throws but the Heat guards took two bad shots. Damon Jones should have thrown the ball back in to Shaq on the repost on the first. Jones' turnover was a big time momentum changer. Dwyane Wade then got a little frustrated and forced a bad shot. I'm genuinely looking forward to a Pistons-Spurs NBA Finals but it's not going do alot for the NBA's ratings. Here are some of the night's random thoughts:
- There's alot of people who think that Dale Sveum is the worst third base coach in baseball but Jose Oquendo gets my vote. He costs the Cardinals runs on a regular basis. Tonight was a perfect example: Yadier Molina on second. One out. David Eckstein at bat. St. Louis up 3-1. Eckstein hits a squibber to third. Mueller makes a great play on the ball and barely throws out Eckstein...play's not over though, because Jose Oquendo sends Yadier Molina. That's right. Molina gets thrown out by two feet. Inning over. Oh yeah, Larry Waker (who's hitting .330) was on deck.
- Why do the Red Sox players call Terry Francona "Tito"? Isn't he Italian? I always thought that the "Tito" nickname was reserved for hispanics and blacks? Are we letting the Italians do that now?
-I know that I've mentioned how much I like Tayshaun Prince's game before but I'll do it again. He's freakishly long. Does everything fair to good while excelling as a defender. Plus, he's extremely underrated athletically. He's the perfect 5th guy.
- Miami has a coach named Ron Rothstein. I think that every NBA team should have a coach who is as representative of the community as the Heat do/does...whatever. Think about it, some hippie named "Cherry" in Portland, Leif Garenson for the TWolves, some illegal alien named Ramon in San Antonio. Aren't these kind of guys more fun than Keith Atkins and PJ Carlesimo?
- Eddie Jones' shot right before halftime drew a slight fist pump from me. I have know idea why.
- Mark Grudzielanek made a fantastic play on a grounder hit up the middle by Jay Payton. Seriously...best play of the night.
- I, in no way, understand the phenomenon of watching a team's game on the jumbotron of the team's empty arena. I'll gladly go to a bar and support the guys but there's no chance in hell you're getting me to go to an arena and pay 8 bucks for a Coors Light while watching the game on some screen a hundred feet away.
- The best part of the night was when TNT started showing the shots of all the distraught Heat fans. Sure, you're all torn up over this. These people don't sellout Dolphins games, and the Dolphins are an institution in South Florida. The Marlins don't get any fans until they're contending in September. Even the Hurricanes don't get squat for attendance unless they're playing a ranked team. Yeah, I'm sure you're all going to call in sick to work tomorrow...with a broken heart.
- I'm pretty damn sure that I saw ex-Tarheel forward Pat Sullivan congratulating Pistons players after the game. Don't aks me why I find this interesting.
- Rasheed Wallace came on "Inside the NBA" with his championship belt. In my Mom's words, "That guy's a stitch." Anyway, when the guys on the set started asking him about his upcoming match up with Tim Duncan, Rasheed just smiled and started talking about their old Wake Forest-UNC matchups. Sounds good to me.