Why not make history?
It’s a number retired by the whole Major League Baseball association across the board in honor of the first African-American to play and dominate the league in the legendary Jackie Robinson. It’s the title of a legacy making biopic movie based on his life and career by Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Get On Up’s’ James Brown, Chadwick Boseman. In basketball terms it’s the number of the Lakers ‘Big Game’ James, Showtime legend raised to the rafters with all those banners from the 80’s.
And in the NBA last night it made Oklahoma City Thunder dynamite dynamo Russell Westbrook worthy of passing Oscar Robertson with the all-time number of triple-doubles in the regular season with 42.
Speaking of big game James’. The Cavalier King LeBron became the first rookie to record a triple-double on his opening night season debut since Oscar Robertson, way back when for the wine and gold. Before Miami and both decisions. But as the mighty 0 went from zero to hero and passed the Big O he also went one further and stilted the great 100 point numbers man Wilt Chamberlain aswell. Notching his 10th assist and passing the late Laker legend for 4th on the all-time triple-double record list with 79. And we know he can make it to number one before his career comes to a close.
Here’s to his where amazing happens nightly 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. All astonishingly capped off by a buzzer beating three pointer that won the game for OKC 106-105 over Denver.
How do you like them Nuggets?
D’Angelo Russell’s epic and emotional clock beater from downtown for his Los Angeles Lakers against the Minnesota Timberwolves on the day of his grandmothers passing was real special and bittersweet too, as he refused to tap the ice in his veins as per and like his teammates as he ran into the stands and fell exhaustedly and emotionally into his brothers arms as he made the shot for his nan. But this was something special too.
The record was history book making legendary…the win was even better.
Against all the odds Russ did it. In a season that began with former friend and teammate Kevin Durant making throne like decisions to join Steph Curry and his band of Warriors out in Cleveland leaving ‘brook with not much else. With all due respect to new big three finishing Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams. But now Russell is the West. And if you don’t think the Thunder striking, lightning quick guard has weathered the storm to reign as one of the best players in the league then how do you like him now? He’s just gone down as one of the all-time greats in a season where he’s been on pace to actually average a triple-double as he looks like he’s about to share co-MVP honors with former OK teammate and fellow triple-double Point Guard machine, Houston Rocket James Harden (who in other news notched his 21st trip-dub of the season in a crowning win against the Kings).
But last night he might just have shaved a few of the beards votes.
Like his Jordan Brand Nike says ‘Big Games Make Big Names’ and last night for one of the G.O.A.T’s it didn’t get any bigger than busting a record that has stood since the first years of the sixties. Over half a century later and everyone who loves this game left screaming like Elvis fans with a Beatle-mania sense of fainting euphoria. Westbrook played Ed Sullivan. And this was his ticker tape, confetti show. Whilst all the haters acted as upset as children letting go of their amusement park balloons. But like the Celtics upsetting the Lakers on the Forum floor 60 years ago, let ’em fall, let ’em fall. Even the King had to recognise the brodie.
Watching from his Golden State, even Warrior Kevin Durant has got to love it.
The Warriors Came Out To Play This Series
Even without the fantasy Basketball of Kevin Durant in this series, the Golden State Warriors still brought out the brooms like ‘Fantasia’.
And swept out of Game 4 like Thanos click finger dust, the Portland Trailblazers may have only lost by a bucket (119-117)…and in overtime at that. But with all the Splash they had to contend with this series from brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, they were left dealing with more leaks and holes in all of their own ones like Mickey Mouse in said Disney epic.
This was meant to be the showdown between Dell Curry’s boys Steph and Seth which divided a household. And although the youngest gun stepped up to the plate, swung big in this carnival and knocked them down, big brother was always watching.
Steph Curry averaged over 36 points a game this series. Just read that again. 36 points. Right now we don’t need to talk about Kevin.
The Warriors are a dynasty for the ages even without their best player (although this writer thinks he wasn’t missing this entire series). The first team to make it to five straight finals since the Boston Celtics. The 1960’s Bill Russell Celtics. That’s King James crowning legendary. And Steph Curry with the shot and that facet of the game is just as iconic and dominant as a Bill block.
Give some credit to a blazing Portland side who never gave up despite the box score. They can hold their heads in the PDX. Even in their Moda Center home-stand City Of Roses end in RIP City. Their season eulogy should read as a celebration and commiseration, not a trolling condescension from critically entitled fans who have done nothing to determine the outcome of these games and could never make it this far in their wildest memes. They call themselves “influencers”? Well no one’s going to remember them in 50 years.
The NBA will remember one of their Top 100 greatest of all-time in a half century though. As after hitting the biggest buzzer beater in playoff history against Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, Damian Lillard played through the pain of separated ribs this series and still made the Basketball God’s look down from the hoop heavens with praise. Like New York singer St. Vincent tweeted, “Damian Lillard is my hero”. Even his backcourt brother of splash CJ McCollum in the only small man set up to rival Curry and Klay came out to play against the Warriors after midrange mining the Nuggets into submission in Denver just over a week ago.
But Curry’s red hot triple double, starter, mains and dessert dish of 37, 13 and 11, to go along with a playing not crying, Draymond Green’s day of 18, 14 and 11 assists also was just too much in the clutch. As Stephen and Dray became the first teammates in NBA history to have a triple double in the same playoff game. Forget how much this team can unbelievably keep winning, how does this ball manage to get shared this much?
Well that just may be the secret of success?
The real test is dubbed next however in the Warriors last season in Golden State before they move across that Golden bridge to the Silicon Valley of a digital age in San Francisco. They will play the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks (probably…Giannis…MVP. Sorry Toronto but come on!) and Raptors series. But by then they should have some guy called Kevin back.
I mean come on. This has been getting crazy. This is just out of hand like said ball in Splash City.
Now Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics’ record of eight straight finals and wins doesn’t look far out of reach for Steph Curry and the player and team with the biggest range in the association over the gate of the Pacific.
Welcome to the Toronto Raptors’ Jurassic Park
“In Jurassic Park, Raptor fans wait until after dark. Even if the cold might eat them!”
Fans find a way.
An ace serve or two away from being as legendary as Wimbledon’s ‘Murray Mound’ or ‘Henman Hill’ outside the Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors Maple Leaf Square’s “Jurassic Park” may just be the ticket for this sold out crowd.
Raptor Klaw, Kawhi Leonard ruled the earth last night. He and the T-Dot at the final tick beat the Sixers in The Six, as his shot bobbled like a beach ball on the surface of a swimming pool before making the biggest splash of these postseason playoffs. Taking longer to fall than Leonardo DiCaprio’s spinning top in ‘Inception’. But this was no dream.
And if you thought the Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto erupted last night, then outside in Maple Leaf Square it was like the volcanoes that killed the dinosaurs after that big ball dropped. An Armageddon even Bruce Willis couldn’t save like he wish he could his career.
Welcome to Jurassic World.
With all due respect to the Linsanity of Jeremy Lin, or pick your poison whoever is your flash card pick of the bench mob pack, but the Jurassic Park crowd fenced in outside of Scotia is the
Forget rain or shine. You see the slickers. These faithful fans will pitch a spot waiting for game time like the ball to drop in Times Square for New Year in New York, sleeping bag lining up all day in their hordes huddled for warmth. These beautiful fans will brave the harshest, most frigid temperatures to be the coldest fans in the game in more ways than one. Part of the ‘We The North’ community in the 6 that the Basketball God’s look down on with pride, whilst other armchair fans watch this game for the throne from home. Or leave early like those suit and tie corporate seats trying to catch that last red eye Matt Bonner home.
Can you imagine of they called game early before Kawhi last night?
I could imagine Drake taking in the CN Tower looking up views of the Jurassic
Well those in the park for recreation stayed until the beautiful end to a game Butler almost delivered bitter. And you could could phantom cam see every emotion in slow motion last night as Leonard’s buzzer beating ball toyed with the rim like three dots on messenger, or Damien Lillard even further downtown in Oklahoma City.
This is the spirit of the stadium and the soul of the squad, expanding the capacity arena and the Canadian ballclubs worldwide fanbase watching on their own Jumbotrons.
And the Toronto Raptors are going to need all the north they can get if they’re going to stop the Bucks in Milwaukee.
But this club has the claws to do it. And if you don’t think they can win in Wisconsin on their own road to being the first franchise outside of the United States to be NBA finalists and who knows what next against the Warriors(?), then just watch this Canadian cornerstone from the Jurassic era.
Extinct in six? Nah! Get ready to hear the North roar.