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Monday, April 27, 2009

Nuggets v/ Hornets: Tying a Record

The Nuggets didn’t like their performance in the last playoff game in New Orleans, and they proved the point tonight with a big win. A really big win. In fact, it was the biggest win in a playoff game since 1956. The Nuggets beat the Hornets 121-63, a record-tying effort that matched a playoff game more than five decades old.

The Nuggets didn’t see much of their starters in the last period of the game and, aside from a few easy threes, worked more to eat up time than they did to score points through that stretch.

The Nuggets were fabulous tonight, but they were helped along by a Hornets team that grew lethargic as the game went on. You’d be hard pressed to say that the home crowd got their money’s worth in that last period with a New Orleans team that was hardly even trying. Given how scrappy they were early, how aggressive they were through the first half, I’m sure it was a disappointing end of the game for their home fans.

Basketball doesn’t get much uglier, but it was fun for Nuggets fans to see the team claim a 3-1 lead in the series. It’s even better when folks realize that the Nuggets are flirting with progressing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

But here’s the really funny bit: when I went to my Yahoo page to check the box score with something like five and a half minutes left in the game, they had already listed the score as a final. When I clicked form my page to the box score a few minutes later, they updated the score but still had it listed as a final. Apparently, while the NBA doesn’t have a mercy rule, the Yahoo sports page does.

Ouch.

I wouldn’t count on seeing the Hornets quitting in Denver for game five the same way they did tonight. In fact, I’m guessing they’ll play a vigorous and aggressive game just to reclaim a shred of dignity, because this game absolutely had to hurt.

Congratulations to the Nuggets on a big win where the entire team played brilliantly.

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So, it’s a sports blog now. HMMM. Miss your help with 80s music at trivia. I can’t see them winning two more rounds. But if everyone gets hot...who knows?

on May 02 2009 @ 02:29 PM

I wouldn’t call it a sports blog. In fact, I’d mostly call it a nearly-non-blog since I’m trying to decide what to do with this domain name.

As for the Nuggs, I have no idea how far they can go. I think the Lakers are a more talented team, I think Dallas has great talent, but I also think that no one outworks the Nuggets on their best days. I’m mostly just planning to enjoy the ride as long as they keep going.

Today was a good start.

But now I’m thinking about 80’s music which will probably drive Darling Girl (and very nearly Wife) crazy over the next few days. I’ll let her know that it’s your fault. Suggestions?

on May 03 2009 @ 06:26 PM
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