Just what the doctor ordered. DRose is busy listening to his docs, getting ready to rehab, and the rest of his team, “and then there were 10” get just what the doctor ordered.
A win. And, against the hated Heat.
No superstar? No shooting guard? Backup point guard (Mike James) with bum knee. No problem.
However, don’t think that we don’t know your little tricks, Miami.
The whole, Birdman is out due to personal reasons (aka infected tattoo or hair wouldn’t stand up). And DWade is “ill” back at team hotel. When you start giving your teammates a bad salad to induce illness as a way to even the playing field, you know you’ve stooped to new all-time lows.
The Friday night fights used to take place in the NYC area last season, primarily at MSG. There’s no fight to be had there this year, although the Knicks did manage to emerge victorious, by 30 against the Brooklyn Nets, with their $55 zillion salary and every former All-Star except Kobe.
But the fights have moved to the midwest, Thursday nights, and they’re at the UC. Kirk Hinrich vs. Norris Cole. Thibodeau vs. Udonis Haslem. FIGHT!
“The people in the city, there’s something when Miami comes to town,” said Noah. “You wake up in the morning you feel it, the people in the city they don’t like the Miami Heat. We don’t like the Miami Heat. It always feels good to beat them.”
And he brought the finger guns back out!
“To see a win like this is good for the team moving forward, helps everyone’s confidence,” said Thibs (oops, Deng). “Tonight was a great 48 minutes. It reminds everyone to believe in what we are doing.”
“For me it’s really hard to play without Derrick,” Noah conceded. “I want to win with Derrick Rose. What Derrick represents to this city; there’s not a lot of players who have that. He brings a lot of hope to the city. I feel really privileged to play in that position. Him going down, it was really hard for me, hard for us. We have to move on and it’s not easy. I think we’re capable. We’ve just got to keep it up.”
So I realize that I’m no basketball expert. I’m certainly not Stephen A. Smith or Marv Alpert or any of those guys. But I was just wondering, how does a team like Miami, where all the players are too busy primping at the three point-line, and don’t want to break a nail trying to get a rebound – manage to win two championships?
So Jo took down more rebounds than the entire Heat starting lineup. Boozer had 27 points to some guy named LeBron’s 21. Rookie Tony Snell (who?) had two three pointers and a total of 8 points. Luol Deng, the glue, with 20. And that was while guarding last season’s MVP.
In a strange turn of events, I managed to stay awake for the entire game, quite enjoyed the booing (especially for LeBron), and really didn’t mind the cold. If that’s what it takes to beat the Heat, bring it on. And I guess watching tape of the UConn women really paid off too. I like this being ahead by 25 and winning by 20 concept!