More from the NBA playoffs. Here's an astute exchange during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Spurs-Mavs series.
Reggie Miller: "Well, I hate to be very cliche, but this is an old-fashioned shootout by two Texas rivals, going at it."
Dick Stockton: "What else would you expect in the Lone Star State."
Incidentally, this was another dead crowd tonight. Not as bad as Atlanta, but weak. Have all the passionate fans been priced out of these arenas? At least the San Antonio PA guy didn't cue the fans what to chant like the guy in Atlanta. It's better not to have a "DEEE-FENSE" chant, which is pretty lame anyway, than to have it be forced. Why don't NBA crowds do what college crowds do and just yell at the top of their lungs when their team's on D?
The Mavs are starting to remind me of the Philadelphia Eagles. There was a graphic showing the Mavericks are one of four teams in history to have reached 50 wins in 10 straight seasons, but they don't have any championships to show for it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that their best player takes fallaway jump shots every time he gets the ball in the clutch rather than drive to the basket? Or maybe it's just that they were robbed in 2006 by the officials. (Linked here is the foul call that forever tainted my already low opinion of the NBA, the play where Dwyane Wade, with the Heat up by one with 25 seconds left in the deciding Game 6, reached out and elbowed Dirk Nowitski, yet Nowitski got whistled for the foul. This was the last of numerous horrible calls that led me -- and many others -- to conclude that, if the series hadn't been fixed outright, there was something undeniably corrupt going on. It was really the only rational explanation. The officials couldn't actually be that incompetent. )