Heading to Orange County for dinner with a few college friends. Of course, going to OC also gives us a chance to check in on #1 son, Andy, and see how our 25 year old is doing. The fact he lives with a couple roommates, a block from the ocean in Newport Beach, is a pretty big hint that all is well. He’s working for Booker, a company that sells software - mainly to health clubs, spas and salons. I’ve been privy to a demo presentation and, while I’m from another century, even a novice like me can see what Booker is selling will result in increased income for businesses. It’s easy to see why Andy, who is extremely tech savvy, loves the field he’s in and, for parents, that’s really comforting.
This blog will return Sunday, April 20.
The last game of the NBA season meant nothing to nearly everybody so, naturally, KD still went off for 42 - half of them in the fourth quarter - when you thought he’d be resting. Sure, Oklahoma City needed to win to lock up the #2 seed in the West (or have the Clippers lose) but did they get what they really wanted? Now, because of the other game out West that had playoff implications (Dallas-Memphis), OKC gets the Grizzlies (who beat Dallas for the #7 seed, sending the Mavs to San Antonio for round one). Also, it means the Clippers host the Warriors who 1) they have a mutual “hate” affair with and 2) they get to play without Andrew Bogut. The two teams split their four contests this season.
The Mavs and Grizzlies were both assured a playoff series (and the playoff shares they get for it), yet the game was hotly contested, in fact, not being decided until OT. It came down to the final second when Dallas ran a great OB play to get a open look for Monta Ellis. His jumper fell off the rim, sending the Mavs to San Antonio and a formidable challenge (the Spurs swept the four games with them this season). The Griz, meanwhile, go to OKC which will be no slice of heaven but more of a do-able goal than playing the Spurs.
Had OKC lost and the Clips won, however, the Thunder would have played depleted Golden State and Memphis would have traveled to LA, a team they’d certainly be underdogs to, yet one they’ve played well against in the past, beating them two of out three this year. Recall, last year, the Grizzlies knocked out the Clippers, coming from a 0-2 game deficit to win four in a row.
Maybe the Thunder will dispose of the Grizzlies in short order and all of this will be moot. It just seems like OKC would have had an easier go of it against the Andrew Bogut-less Warriors than they will against Memphis. Additionally, wouldn’t it have been much tougher for the Clippers to get past Memphis than Golden State? It might never have happened even if the Thunder lost because the Clippers followed that game. Had they lost it (like they did), the playoff picture would be just as it is.
The Eastern version of the NBA playoffs will be interesting because of how the top two teams, clearly better than the others early on, struggled during the second half of the season. The West, on the other hand, will have its intrigue because of how good all its teams are. The goal, as always, is to win the last game of the year - although don’t mention that to the Lakers who actually did it.
Maybe the moral for them this year should have been:
“Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.”