I’m not going to lie to you guys. I totally, 100% zoned out at the end there, looked up right before Westbrook took the foul shot that put the Thunder up three, thought “Uhh, let’s see, 98 minus 95, that’s three, so this is a one possession game, which is pretty weird, because weren’t the Thunder up ten with like two minutes to go before I started getting distracted by this comic book?” Then, I watched Lillard hit that three which, while not REALLY being like the Houston three, felt as if it was A KIN TO THE SPIRIT of that three. Mike Prada made a Vine where he lined the audio of the Houston three up with tonght’s three. I found it very disassociating, because it wasn’t a buzzer beater or a game winner, and it was a good shot but would anyone really be like OH MY GOD the way Tirico was? One time I watched the CSNNW call of that game, and Rice complained about the ref on the other end. Biggest Blazer shot in like, 20 years at least, and he moaned about the officials!
So I have gone back and looked at the play-by play of the last minute and a half. I will try to assign blame or credit for every step in the comeback, without really knowing much about what was going on. Guys, I did a terrible, terrible job of watching this game. I could only think about my Christmas presents. I hope I get everything my heart craves, and I hope you do too. I hope Santa comes into your house and stocks all of the shelves with Blazer victories, then you eat them until you turn fat and shit out Blazer defeats.
I didn’t see this foul, so maybe t was a real bullshit foul. But, c’mon, can’t go getting techs like that for no good reason. Then again, pretty big deficit, you can USUALLY take one just because cussin’ at the refs is fun dare. Gonna call this one 60% Russ’s fault, 20% Lillard’s initiative, 20% referee malfeasance.
100% good idea by Scott Brooks, Kendrick Perkins is very bad, and you should play him as little as possible. This loss was AT LEAST not 100% Scott Brooks’s fault.
Probably a good foul by Blake to stop a Westbrook drive. Heady play. 100% credit to Steve Blake.
Gonna go 65/35 Morrow/Matthews. Did Morrow try to dribble or something? Don’t dribble, Anthony!
That’s a good shot by Lillard. It was unassisted, which means he gets extra credit. I dont know if someone set a screen to free him up. If they did, they can be afforded 5% credit, and the person who got screened can be assigned 10% blame. If not, Lillard gets 100% of the credit.
50/50 Blame/Credit to Westbrook, because he made the shot but a 16-Footer is not really a very good shot.
10% Lillard, for making the drive, then like 30% credit to Ibaka, then 10% Blame to Ibaka for not getting the rebound, but then 20% more blame to his teammates for not getting the rebound, then 55% credit to LMA for getting the rebound and scoring.
Uhh, 45% Blame to Ibaka, 10% Credit to Dorell. The remaining percentage is the Divinity of Randor, the God of Randomness.
100% Scott Brooks’s fault. Don’t play Perkins! He is bad! Scott Brooks lost them this game when he put Perkins in to box out for that rebound! Also his glasses look very silly!
Good foul by Steve Blake, that’s a solid 60% credit for him. Westbrook missed one of the foul shots which kept the game in one possessions territory, I will only assign 5% blame. He is a very good foul shooter, but no one is a 100% foul shooter. This was probably the biggest break the Blazers got.
Lillard said in the postgame that Westbrook was sagging off him, so he altered his approach and managed to outrun him to the spot where he shot from. Still, awesome shot. Gonna go 65% Lillard credit, 30% Westbrook Blame, 5% Steve Blake credit and an unassigned amount of extra blame to other Thunder players for not switching on the play.
-There was a dust up! IBAKA STARTED IT!
-Lillard straight flopped in the first half to stop a fast break. It was amazing. I wish everyone on the Blazers had the sort of commitment that made them into full time floppers. Four flying limbs to victory!
-Feels good to see the Thunder get beat. A sunny day in my own heart.