Game 10 @CHA: motherfrickinridiculous
Have you ever been ecstatic and outraged at the same time? Have you ever wanted to jump for joy and punch the wall at the same time? Welcome to my world.
You can’t go down by double digits any quicker than 10-0, and that’s exactly what the Jazz did. For shame. Our ex-draft pick “Nazzie” Mohammed went all Kevin Love on us and collected 5 points, 9 boards, and 3 blocks in the first quarter while we were barely in the arena. The Jazz needed until 38 seconds left in the first to get into double digits and managed just a paltry 33 for the half.
It took the Jazz until 2:30 left in the game to take their first lead on a Big Al hoop and harm. The game would have been more exciting if it hasn’t been so ugly. I don’t know whether it was because the game was so ugly, or all the heart attacks over the past week had finally caught up to me, but I couldn’t watch the end of the game and instead tuned into the radio stream (Locke’s call was fantastic on the last plays–he was hoarse from screaming and it was just great).
After Al gave the Jazz a 1-point lead, the Bobcats scored the next four points. And then it was STOP–Ninja Time. Deron dished to Big Al for a jumper with 45 seconds left, blocked Augustin at the other end with 24 seconds left, and then hit the game winner with 0.8 seconds left. The Jazz came back from 19 down, and won by one. My hair is all white, my stomach has eaten itself, and my heart is a mere, exhausted shadow of what it once was.
Please go back to being Full Game Ninja. No more Second Half Ninja…
**Another East Coast road game, another sadly desolate empty arena:
**AK only made 1-3 three point attempts tonight (I cannot believe that I just said “only” there), but going into this game he was tied for third in the league in 3PT% at…(drumroll)…61.1%. What the what?!