Gilbert Makes a Big Shot. Weird.
I watched yesterday's heroics from home. Big mistake. When Gilbert got the ball off the inbounds, I briefly considered jumping in my car and speeding downtown. As soon as the ball went through and I finished grabbing at my head in anguish and he started strutting and all that, I got a text message.
"Are you kidding me...amazing!" former D.C. United GK Nick Rimando wrote me.
[Edit: DCist, whose Wiz beat writer somehow manages to cover all these games despite purporting to have a real job, quotes Gilbert thus: That was a quality shot. I hibachied all through the game and that was a quality shot."]
One of the under-discussed points of the final shot was this: what was Antonio Daniels doing? Did you notice this? He crossed his arms behind his back and then bent over forward. He did that before the shot went up, and he didn't flinch after the ball went through. Was he praying? Stretching? Playing charades? No. 1 on my list of questions for this morning.
Anyhow, hasn't this possibly sort of reached the point where if you're playing the Wizards, maybe you try to pick a different guy to have beat you? Like, anyone else? Like in the playoffs last year, maybe if you're the Wiz you decide that you've seen LeBron James kick you in the gut enough times, and maybe it'd be nice if someone else had to take the money shot? So fine, Damon Jones gets an open jumper in Game 6 and ends the series. That's life. But make Jarvis Hayes win the game. Make the praying A.D. win the game. Anyhow, the word out of the Jazz locker room was baffling:
After Boozer tied it back up at 111, Arenas -- who is averaging 30.2 points, second among NBA scoring leaders only to the 31.6 of Denver's Carmelo Anthony -- went right back to work.
He wound up with only [Deron] Williams on him, not that Sloan did not weigh other options....Others perhaps should have been pondered longer.
"I considered a lot of things," the Jazz coach said when asked if he thought about double-teaming Arenas. "Probably should have done that."
"We could have doubled him and gotten it out of his hands," Williams added. "But that's about it."
Yeah, that's about it. I mean, really, what would that have done, taking the ball out of the hands of the guy who hit the game-winning shot, the guy who hits every game-winning shot?
(Also, if you haven't yet listened to Gilbert's interview with John Thompson from last week (Part I, Part II), it's worth it. Gilbert advances the theory, which I hadn't previously heard, that the reason he hasn't been considered a superstar prior to this year is because his name doesn't sound quite as awe-inspiring as LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. John Thompson doesn't much know what to make of this. In fact, great portions of the conversation seem to befuddle John Thompson.)
Anyhow, here's yesterday's video. Someone got a little excited.
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