I enjoyed a couple glasses of red wine with dinner last night and nearly fell asleep at the table. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at things, I had a crying infant to remind me that my night was far from over which was a good thing because it allowed me to watch the final minutes of the Grizzlies/Hawks game but a bad thing because by 10PM I was so tired that I was nearly the one in need of a diaper change.
NBA Watchability Index for Thursday January 8, 2015
5 Baby Bottles (until those little eyes glaze over)
4 Baby Bottles (make sure to tilt the head upright)
3 Baby Bottles (a quick swaddle and rock)
Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM)
Thursday night is a light night in the NBA and this game is on paper perhaps the best of the bunch. Even though the Blazers will probably run away with this thing you never now when Dwyane Wade will unleash one of those retro-performances that make us all remember what a dominant basketball player he use to be. And speaking of shooting guards from Marquette, how about Wesley Matthews? If I gave you a choice between building around Matthews, Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard who would you choose? (Answer: Butler)
Charlotte Hornets @ Toronto Raptors (7:30 PM)
The fact that the Raptors continue on this run of remarkable basketball without their second best player DeMar DeRozan is a testament to the depth of their roster especially key role players like Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez, the latter being my favorite University of Maryland basketball player since Juan Dixon and before that Exree Hipp.
The Hornets beat the Pelicans last night thanks to 31 points, including the game winner, from Kemba Walker while backcourt mate Lance Stephenson sits out while recovering from a pelvic sprain which if I’m not mistaken is also a common injury for couples attempting to get pregnant.
2 Baby Bottles (in between burps)
Houston Rockets @ New York Knicks (8:00 PM)
Knicks fans need to stop hating on reserve center Cole Aldrich, who is admittedly not the world’s greatest athlete, and start giving the stiff some credit for at least trying. I’m sure Knicks fans would rather their team win a game instead of lose 13 in a row but it still must be refreshing to watch players who are actually giving their best effort as opposed to a bunch of overpaid bums who look like they don’t give a crap.
Which reminds me, how long before this J.R. Smith in Cleveland experiment blows up all over Lake Erie?
1 Baby Bottle (only during an emergency diaper change)