The early games were mostly bad again, at least until the fourth quarter where there were some exciting finishes. The penalty flags continue to pollute the action, and by my unofficial (and anecdotal) tally, two out of three of them were either bad calls – where maybe it looked like holding from the ref’s angle, but it wasn’t – or something minor and away from or irrelevant to the action. If you designed a robot to make holding calls at random on players who made contact with opponents, it would likely be no worse.
It was a night of sprained ankles in the NBA on Saturday with David West, Rudy Gay, and Josh Smith all either sitting out or going down with the dreaded tweak of the lower extremity. Thankfully, none of the injuries appear all that serious at this stage, and we can look ahead to the season which is a mere 10 days away. Rejoice!
Nine games, a trade of minimal consequence between the Pistons and Celtics, an unspecified Larry Sanders surgery, and Tristan Thompson smooching a sideline reporter. Is this a regular season Friday or do my eyes deceive me? Trick question, I’m near-sighted. Just eleven more day until the NBA season kicks off.
So, Brook Lopez is out with a foot injury and Steve Nash is forced to miss time with a back complaint. No, this isn’t 2013. Welcome to the reality of professional sports, where some guys’ bodies just can’t handle the rigors inflicted upon them. It’s an unfortunate by-product of this game we love so much, but for fantasy leagues, it’s better to have this clarification now before most drafts, than in the first week of the season. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Here’s Thursday’s Box Score Breakdown.
This was arguably the greatest Thursday night game in NFL history. It was fairly well played, there were zero turnovers, zero reviews (that I caught – I got pulled away for five minutes watching my daughter) and only a normal amount of penalties. The game-winning FG attempt block was disappointing (I’d like to have seen whether Nick Folk could have delivered), but even that wasn’t a random bounce because longer field goals need lower trajectories and are more susceptible to being blocked. All told, it was a game largely decided on the merits and competitive until the very end.