Friday, March 04, 2005

Not A Bad Loss



If ever there was a quality loss, it was the Bulls' near miss in San Antonio last night, 102-99. To be down 17 points in the third quarter while playing at possibly the NBA's biggest heavyweight in the Spurs, and playing without the injured Luol Deng, and coming back to be tied with a minute to go, is nothing to sniff at. It's not often you feel good after a defeat, but the Bulls don't need to lower their heads after this one. They just need to beat the Bucks tonight and everything will be all good.

As for Deng, Bulls fans can take a deep breath. The rookie wonder will be missed, without doubt, but the prognosis of five games is manageable.

Ben Gordon and Eddy Curry continue to be complete opposites in the fourth quarter, Gordon being amazing, Curry nonexistent.

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Seeing fellow Argentinians Andres Nocioni and Manu Ginobli playing each other, I was reminded that Claudio Caniggia recently retired. He may not be remembered as one of the all-time great strikers, but the always crafty Caniggia scored some big goals for Argentina in the '90s, particularly the goal that knocked Brazil out of the '90 World Cup. He also tore it up in the Italian League for several years. The dude definitely deserves his spot.

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It was good to see Shaq back playing against the Kings on Friday night. The Eastern Conference wouldn't be as interesting without him. The trades of Chris Webber and Antoine Walker to the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, have definitely spiced the East up, but we'd all be cheated if Shaq wasn't around to be a factor.

Meanwhile, Tara Reid was at the game, making one of her regularly scheduled sports world sightings. She sure does like to date athletes and show up courtside, which is a good thing. And her abilty to go through athletes is...impressive? Who's she dating mow? Rick Adelman?

7 Comments:

Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

Yeah, Ben Gordon is looking like he's the very real deal. Great draft pick. You really have to be excited with the hoops situation out there. Future looks very bright.

That said, Chandler and Curry really are enigmas. Neither one of 'em really seems able to make the big break through. Kinda strange already. And for all his size, Curry barely boards at all. What's up with that?

Yeah, the East is a lot more fun now. Miami is clearly at the head of the class, but now you have three and maybe even four other squads with a fairly legit shot to come out of the East (Sixers, Pistons, Celts, Pacers). Should be a fun post-season.

Heard Kurt Warner's been working out for the Bears. Must be thrilled about that one. Jeez, if you're gonna bring in his sorry ass, why not just keep Jeff George?

7:06 AM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Gordon is amazing. That guy can score in the fourth quarter like one of the greats. Dude is money.

Don't be fooled by Chandler's relatively small stats. His defense and intensity are phenomenal. He's usually in there in the fourth quarter even though he doesn't start. He's a stud. If he started, his rebounding stats would be much better, possibly huge. Yeah, he has little offensive game right now, but hopefully that'll come.

Curry is the ultimate enigma - still.

The Pacers? I don't understand why so many people believe they can still turn it around and get it done in the playoffs. I just don't see it. Not without Artest.

Warner? Not excited. I'd rather see the Bears sign Jay Fiedler or Jeff Garcia if they're looking for a mediocre, aging QB.

7:56 AM  
Blogger WarriorFive said...

Warner has something to prove, that's for sure. Deeply religious, or not, he's got to have a hot head about all that's been written and said about him since his last Super Bowl. In New York, he had to know that he was only the Center's ass warmer till Manning came around, that's not too motivational. However, in Chicago..... If he plays with spunk and fire, he may see this as his opportunity to be a 'savior'. Jeff George doesn't have the experience/credentials/rings to justify a comparison. Warner has done the unexpected before, if his thumb and arm are strong again, who's to say he can't rise again. Warner in Chicago isn't the worst thing I've heard of...

9:29 AM  
Blogger WarriorFive said...

Oh yeah........Tara Reid..................She's HOT!!!

9:54 AM  
Blogger WarriorFive said...

Well, not in that picture, but in real life.......She's Hot!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

Warner signed with the Cardinals.

3:57 PM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Not a bad move by the Cards, methinks. No, I'm not a big Warner fan, but the Cards have possibly the best young WRs in the league. Maybe they draft a running back, of which there are a few this year, and their offense tears it up. If the line holds up (a big "if"), then Warner might have a little in the tank. He was 5-2 last year before the Giants collapsed. Besides, this doesn't prevent the Cards from going out and drafting/acquiring a young QB. They can still do so. Warner is just a stopgap, and he's working with some talented WRs. He would have been working with less in Chicago, and I can almost guarantee he would have ended up injured waiting for the Bears young WRs to get open, Muhammad notwithstanding.

Also, I kind ok like that McCown kid the Cards were playing at QB last year. Something about him that's...not bad?

I'm telling you, the Cardinals are my darkhorse next year. I likes me some Cards all of a sudden. They got that new stadium coming. Things are looking up.

Of course, they're the Cards, so...

5:37 PM  

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