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Up Your Wake

We love sports because there is no telling what will happen. Yes, we are cynical and jaded but the element of surprise is what keeps us riveted.

Last night I went to bed with the Oklahoma City Thunder trailing by 15 points early in the first half of Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzles. The young Thunder team blew Game 3 on Saturday night and I didn’t know if they’d be able to regroup. Russell Westbrook, their wonderful point guard, seems to have trouble recognizing that he’s the second-best player on the team, next to Kevin Durant. Now losing by double digits against a tough Memphis team, well, it was time to go to bed.

I was delighted when I woke up this morning and learned that the Thunder won the game in triple overtime. Triple OT?!

Here’s John Hollinger at ESPN:

You know it’s a classic when fans of the losing team give a standing ovation at the end of it.

Few people who were in FedEx Forum on Monday will forget it anytime soon. One can safely say Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Thunder series will become a staple of future NBA TV daytime programming, after the two sides slogged through three overtimes, two miraculous game-tying 3-pointers, and three missed buzzer-beaters for the win before Oklahoma City finally won the war of attrition 133-123.

We can also safely call this series “evenly matched.” Through four games and four overtimes, we’re tied at two games apiece with a composite score of 440-438. Each side has stolen a win on the other’s home court, and each has stormed back from a huge deficit to win — with Oklahoma City’s rally from 18 down Monday offsetting Memphis’ comeback from a 16-point deficit two days earlier.

The sun is out this morning, the leaves of the trees now pea green, cool in the morning, and a gentle breeze in the evening. It’s a precious time of year. And the day started with a smile. Triple OT win, and the series is even at two.


[Photo Credit: Melisaki]


1 Just Fair   ~  May 10, 2011 9:47 am

I enjoyed the triple ot highlights this morning. Wow. When I went to bed close to midnight last night and turned on the radio the local Red Wings broadcast was still on. I figured they were on the west coast somewhere. Wrong. Not quite their recond setting game vs. Pawtucket years ago but still a doozy.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  May 10, 2011 10:02 am

The Thunder are a cool team. I watched them a lot because they had my favorite player. But the fans scapegoated him as the reason they weren't an elite team, the team traded him away and immediately became an elite team. And now he's scapegoated on his new team as the reason they suddenly suck. I guess they were right, but I think that makes me hate them even more now.

I'd root for the Grizz, but they figure prominently in the decline of my former favorite player. So Mavs vs Heat/Bulls for me.

3 Alex Belth   ~  May 10, 2011 10:07 am

How about the Mavs over the Heat? That'd be poetic.

4 Chyll Will   ~  May 10, 2011 11:50 am

I knew this was gonna be a helluva series. This will probably be the best one this year though; Heat/Mavs is gonna be a letdown, not that I'll put any money on that.

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