Friday, October 30, 2009
Whistle Mania, Melo Dominance
Contrary to what the TBS studio crew was saying after this game, I'm not sure I would say that a game that includes 60 fouls and 90 free throws counts as a 'great NBA game' in my book. Sure, it was close down the stretch, featured each team's super stars dueling it out (albeit mostly at the foul line), and fairly compelling to watch (mostly due to my rooting interest). Still, the influence of the refs on this game (which was very physical I grant you) was over the top.
However, I do agree with what the TBS crew and Melo were saying about it being a very 'gritty' victory for the 2-0 Nuggets last night on back-to-back games against their primary NW Division rivals. While I admit I was watching Game 2 of the Fall Classic while enjoying a Hot Toddy in hopes of getting over recent illness (helped, but I'm still at home today, hence the late Fri morning post) and only monitoring this game up until the 4th, but I can say with certainty that Melo flat out put this team on back down thee stretch and 'willed' his team to victory. Some very questionable calls go against the road team down the stretch (per NBA policy), but the Blaze graciously missed unearned free throws (out of guilt?) that could have otherwise changed the outcome of the game. There was even a lot of talk from the TBS studio crew post-game about Melo as a front-running MVP candidate this year. Shit, you've come along way Sir Charles...
DT - Where's the Dino J post?