*Pelicans fans don’t take their seats after the anthem and remain standing after the ball is tipped*
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me and every other Celtic fan in the building: hey down in front!
Don’t say that! Fans in the big ease don’t SIT DOWN (Al Pacino voice) until the first Pelicans basket. Sometimes…that can take awhile. But that’s just the New Orleans way. So we better recognize as Basketball Buzz was in the French Quarter to start this week and continue our road trip across the United States from New York to New Orleans and beyond Louisiana.
And the Celtics didn’t take it easy on the Pelicans in the Big Easy like this writer nodding to every Celtic green fan he saw in Crescent City on the way to the Smoothie King Center. Jokes on you guys, I’m a Lakers fan. I am literally messing with you. But the Celtics had the last laugh against a team that was trolling them with the ‘Cheers’ theme on the jumbotron for the pregame introductions. You could almost see the “this again” look on Gordon Hayward’s face (you could also see that if he was almost 100% back to his all cylinder level he would have gone off on them for that). Sure it’s a classic show. But it’s there show. As this writer can attest. I literally went to that bar the other day for a drink and nobody knew my name…pr###s! Ah well the joke really is on me. Shouldn’t have hung my LeBron jersey out my hotel room. The LeBron Lakers jersey that is, just to confirm. Still seems like he’s not a Laker when you see his name on the jumbotron. Like he’s his own player. His own franchise and entity.
The C’s made their way to the N.O. around the same day as this writer. But I’m a fool for thinking they may have been on the same flight. Like they’d take a “is it late night? Or early morning” red eye that connects via a long wait in Atlanta the day before. Yeah there’s more chance of them flying coach like my economy class. Still it seems like as this writer leaves for San Diego and Boston continues road tripping like Anthony Kiedis’ two favourite allies there is one guy who wants to join all this. And we aren’t talking about him leaving for California with and like LeBron next Summer. No matter how many want that true warriors takeover. No, it’s more like the rumor having it that the ‘brow of Anthony Davis wants to get down with the green machine in Beantown for every hoops fan coffee shop corner conversation. This one’s for all the lucky charms.
The Celtics already have their next chapter in storied history with a team we’ve already said could take the Warriors in less than the seven games Kyrie thinks they can. But if the Boston boys of Irving, still superstar Gordon Hayward’, biggest of big-men Al Horford and the young future of Jaylen Brown (M.I.A. in this game due to injury like opposing future of this game, Pelican Payton) and next elite great, Jayson Tatum can stay together like Al Green. Then this historical franchise could reboot their Lakers rivalry for the fourth installment after their trilogy of logos, Magic’s and Mamba’s. Or should we say Russell, Bird and Kevin? For the real Kyrie vs the King contest of champions.
But it’ll all be over if they get A.D. before L.A. from NOLA, LA. Especially if they don’t have to give up much to get him like the services of a Jimmy Butler trade. Davis and Irving on the same team…and Tatum?! Durant, Curry, Draymond, Klay and Boogie Cousins wouldn’t be enough for that. They wouldn’t be able to match them. And as for the clipped Pelicans they’d only have one ‘cat left with the U.K.’s Julius Randle (the one bruiser the Lakers should have kept in purple with the gold of the King). Sure the Pels would still have European big Nikola and Jrue but it would be no holiday. And they know it. You could even see it in the way they couldn’t get it going tonight. Like Morris getting under Mitotic’s skin, figuratively and literally. Or for every big-play being one-upped by the NBA’s most successful team ever. Like Randle’s clutch block to end the first leading to a buzzer beating three from Rozier.
Even Davis didn’t look like himself despite a legendary line of 27 and 15 he couldn’t draw one under it all. At one point he even fell under Boston’s Marcus Smart on a play for the closest he’ll get to a Celtic uniform before the trade deadline…dumb I know. Sure it wasn’t like he was coasting for a move to the East, but it didn’t look like a stepped up the spotlight audition either. Whereas Boston showed balance behind Kyrie’s 26 with 20 from both vet Horford and the kid Tatum on poster dunking display. And all that all in all helped tip the scales for a 124-107 slaughter in the French Quarter.
But will that translate to an “au revoir” for Anthony like Carmelo in Houston?
Will the Pelican fly, Pelican fly?
No or no more for N.O.?
Either way for the big it ain’t going to be easy.
Dame Time Forever. What Are Those New Adidas ‘Black Panther’s’?
Adidas are in the Endgame now.
Before we get started, Havlicek would have stole that ball. Just saying Paul George. Stop acting like Paul Pierce. It wasn’t a “bad shot”. And R.I.P. to a Boston Celtic and storied NBA great. Dear John will be stealing every ball in hoop heaven. Rest peacefully.
Like a cat toying with a mouse. That’s how we described Lillard’s Dame Time winning clutch three from Mt. Hood as Portland gave Oklahoma City roses in the first round this week. Damian had more clock than grandfather’s and still took his time. Because it is his after all.
And now as timely as ever in the same week as one of the greatest playoff game and series winning shots in basketball for all time and one of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history coming out with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, this cat is building a superhero legendary legacy.
You better check a comic-book or something.
T’Challa may have been Thanos snapped to cat litter in the Avengers ‘Infinity War’, but the King of Wakanda has a regal gift by royal appointment to Damian Lillard like he did Victor Oladipo in a victorious Slam Dunk Contest for testament tributes last season.
The cat has something out the bag.
Now you may be screaming “what are those” like Shuri at these royal sandals, but try these sneakers on. They embody everything about the next gen, nano tech Black Panther suit she developed for this emperor’s clothes. All the way down to the texture and trim which straps “Wakanda Forever” over the laces. The titan mad purple that runs like veins through Chadwick Boseman’s superhero suit absorbs all the blows he takes and turns it into a recharged deflecting energy pulse. Kind of like all the rock the baby and wrist tapping crap Damian Lillard was taking off Russell Westbrook before he absorbed it all and gave it back in a half century energy that exploded with a game winning fireball.
Never delete that footage.
Marvel have also gifted Dame with his own Black Panther mask like Oladipo, but this time canvas created from his super sneakers. Part of the ‘Heroes Among Us’ series from the three stripes, a comic-strip advertising campaign has been crafted. Featuring Lillard standing in front of the downtown RIP City, PDX skyline looking Wakandan in artwork akin to the ‘Nation Under Our Feet’ graphic novel redux series that rebooted this classic character before his feature film debut.
Damian may have played Killmonger villain to the Oklahoma Thunder, going G.O.A.T. like Michael Jordan B. But he’s a hero to us now blazing a trail like a human torch possessed with a fire and the heart of a lion inside all that panther power.
The Dame 5 will assemble with the arc of the bolted up ‘Iron Man’ Harden Vol. 3 for James and the patch of the ‘Nick Fury’ TMac 1 for Tracy McGrady. As well as the ‘Captain America’ Adidas N3XT L3V3L, and a ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Pro Vision for all those who could take the lead all day, with us ’till the end of the line. HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
But we know which ones will be clawed off the stores shelf throne come it’s big blockbuster release with ‘Endgame’ right now.
It’s a drip fit for a King.
RIP OKC. Dame Time Clocks Thunder’s Reign From Way Downtown PDX
Even two games down the Thunder bolt boys joked like the last laugh that was yet to be delivered, like this what’s the 4-1 punchline. Zero to zero for the best series of these NBA Playoffs so far, Russell Westbrook rocked the baby at Damian Lillard, before mocking his wrist watch celebration like he did Laker meme Lance Stephenson’s air guitar strumming one with D’Angelo Russell ice in his veins. All before Paul George double pumped a dunk as time expired on a game that was already decided way before the horn blared.
“It is the unemotional, reserved, calm, detached warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.”
But then last night before posting that Sun Tzu quote on Instagram in this art of war. In the face of P.G. the PDX P.G. beat the buzzer as Dame Time struck from way downtown RIP City. With an Austin 3:16 bottom line to give OKC the history engraved tombstone and the Portland Trail Blazers a legendary storied, legacy making championship belt for this classic series in hardwood history.
Reminding us of that time Charles Barkley responded to a Nike barbershop ad featuring former Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell joking about dunking on him by putting all the points on them in the following game and running past them on the bench draped in dejected towels shouting, “put that in a f###### commercial!”
Colder than February. More ruthless than a convertible in Summer.
37 feet high and rising from deep. Deep as the halfcourt abyss. With the this time of season cherry blossoms blooming outside Portlandia’s Moda Center, the City of Roses was handing everyone from basketballs Oklahoma home funeral flowers. And leading the precession, hearse wrapping it up like his killer bars, Dame D.O.L.L.A was right on the money like exact change only please, waving goodbye. Even if Paul George walking off in defeat like LeBron James and getting his Vlade Divac on in a press conference more awkward than a blind date with an ex called it a “bad shot”. To which the great Dame simply replied with a tweeted “lol” (see also, laugh and last). He better Big Shot Bobby Horry check a newspaper or something. Dame Time didn’t just beat the buzzer. He took baby powder to it. As Dame had all the Louis Armstrong time in the world with ten on the clock and the last shot in this final frame to dribble drive or dish. But instead, toying with George like a cat does a mouse, as David beat Goliath like Jerry did Tom, Lillard had the sand to set up shop, his spot and his shot from what looked like a bunker. A hole in one, with the cocksure confidence of Tiger Woods putting for Masters glory in Augusta and embracing his kids, two decades after doing the same with his pops all for the green jacket.
From this master, like a tap in putt with no Mulligan to carry, this was always going in. Nothing but net. All water like those Thunder tears. O.K. now that was a 3.
And to think I swore I wouldn’t go back on social media until after the new Avengers movie came out, but DAMN Dame Time! Spoiler alert, this is the new ‘Endgame’ now.
Cousy. Pettit. Sam Jones. Wilt. Chuck Barkley. M.J. And now the Dame train as the legendary Lillard goes hard to join this lineage as the only players to hit 50 in a playoff clinching game. And what a way to do it, fading away to clock out of the game and series 118-115 for the greatest Portland playoff moment since the G.O.A.T’s shrug. As mobbed by teammates on the floor he sank into, telling Russ to ‘Get Out’ his house. Peeling off like Jordan, Damian all on his own like a devil, GIF turned into an instant meme, as he turned the Thunder into a memory (you know the one were everyone loses their mind around that smirking kid with glasses in the raincoat? Well now guess which superheroes face is super imposed?). Staring into the camera with that look you know was for Russell Westbrook.
What a whole mood.
Whose left holding the baby now?
Dame didn’t even have to check his watch. Why? Him, her, them. They all knew what time it was. His. As Dame Lillard just did it in the Oregon home of Nike. Shoe dog like Phil Knight, running off victory for the courtside crowd, including legendary comedian Cedric the Entertainer for this last laugh lap. As this Gladiator hit one of the best and biggest shot fired in NBA history. Subliminal and literal.
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