OK, Lin fans/non-fans, I purposely delayed my report on the recent Nuggets game in order to make my first post that much more memorable…
So I went to the game and recorded almost the whole game on my smart phone. Before I forget, here are the links to the first half.
The third and fourth quarters will come later. I still need to complete the video editing and upload the videos to Youtube. And in case you are impatient, here is the (unpublished) longest highlight of the game by wilsc:
I arrived at Toyota Center in time to watch the pre game warmup but not early enough to get a free Jeremy Lin bobble head! 🙁 Lin looked real relaxed out there, making quite a few treys from various angles. Check this out:
I’d like to see Lin practice mid-range shots more. Listen to Larry Bird and Red Auerbach on this video:
Yeah, it seems perfectly logical to go from short range to long range, don’t ya think? 🙂
Anyway, I digress… Back to the game. It started out really well in the first two minutes of the first quarter: TJ’s easy layup, Lin’s mid range jumper, Harden’s dunk (assisted by Lin’s trade mark long bomb)! I said to myself, ‘looking good, Lin’. But then suddenly things went stale on the Rockets. I think it started with Lin missing a 3 ptr heat check, followed by a missed wide open trey. The Rockets started missing everything: layups, mid range shots, long range shots, free throws, you name it, not to forget careless TOs. Meanwhile, good ole AB just played loose, moving the ball, dishing out assists, and the Nuggs made baskets after baskets. If it wasn’t for Canaan who scored three consecutive treys, the Rox would have been in deeper doodoo. Be sure to check out Canaan last trey at the end of the first quarter that did not count! Rox down by 5 after the first quarter.
The Rockets bench started the second quarter, played decently well and wiped out the deficit. At the around the six minutes mark, Lin came back in for Canaan. Rockets were up by two: 42-40. Then Lin, Harden and Asik went to work. And before you know it, the score was Rockets 62, Nuggets 52 with 41 seconds left. And then before the Nuggets knew what happened, Lin scored 7 straight points, including a Linsane 28-ft trey at the buzzer! Shade of Linsanity! The crowd went wild! I thought to myself, ‘the Nuggs are dead now; it’s all over’. How wrong I was!
Well it’s almost time for the Lakers game tonight. I gotta to go and try to catch the game on the radio while driving. I may as well post this half baked report now. You know the rest of the story, right? 🙂
Reporting from the ground up, this is MrPingPong!
Letzz GOOOO, JL7! Beat the Lakers!
OK, back to the Nuggets game at Toyota Center, in Houston… Here is quarter #3:
I had some camera malfunction and missed the first minute of the 3rd quarter (arghhh… I missed Lin’s mid range jump shot). Bad omen? Well, the Rockets somehow let the Nuggs come back and tied the game at the end of the third. Things got worse in the fourth: with about 4 and a half minutes to go in the game, the Rockets were down by 14: 112-98. The crowd started leaving. Next to me, a young couple with two very young kids stood up and made their way out. Jeez, 4 and half minutes is an eternity in the NBA, folks! Don’t Rockets fans have any faith in JL7, Mr. 4th Quarter? Here is the video for the 4th quarter:
Sorry, my camera battery ran out before the 4th quarter ended, before I could tape Harden’s clutch trey to tie the game and send it to OT. But at least, you get to see how Lin stole the ball from AB and made his two clutch FTs, right? Ah, AB got carried away and thought he could outmaneuver the whole Rockets team with his dribbling. AB played a great game but was exhausted at that point. When you are tired, you slow down and make mental mistakes.
Oh, the young couple who left earlier, came back to watch the OT! 🙂 I slipped down to near court side and sat in one of the many empty seats vacated by non-believers who quitted on the team. Sorry I could not video anything at that point because my camera had run out of juice. I could see clearly on Lin’s face that he was not going to let the Nuggs have the game. Shade of Linsanity, folks! Everybody chipped in! Team ball! Team defense! Team everything! The crowd was screaming. The Nuggs were completely shaken. Their minds were gone. They lost!
Aside: I have since ordered a pair of spare batteries for my Samsung S3. I’m not gonna be caught short again, especially for playoffs games!
Have a great day/evening/night wherever you are on this WEB!