Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wow Me Wednesday Night

Last night, not a single team I wanted to win actually won, but the games were fun to watch, Phils game excluded. Seriously, why can't the Phillies win at home?

The Red Wings ousted the Blackhawks last night with a 2-1 win to set up a rematch with Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, beat the Nuggets 103-94 to take a 3-2 series lead.

What you need to know about these two games is that Cristobal Huet and Patrick Kane played awesome, but Darren Helm played the awesomest; Kobe ran the show beautifully for the Lakers as Lamar Odom rose from the dead to be the second best player on the floor; and finally, Mr. Big Shot was by far the single worst player on the floor last night. No joke, Chauncey Billups, for a guy who is supposed to be so poised and such a great player, sucked horribly. He made some terrible decisions, none worse than the back-to-back turnovers on horrendous passes right to the Lakers as he jumped in the air, and took some truly horrific shots.

Kudos to Mark Jackson for calling out the double standards set forth by the media after Chauncey took one of the most ill-advised shots I've ever seen from a "true point guard." Jackson said something to the effect of, "If that was Allen Iverson taking that shot, everyone would say how it was a terrible shot. Chauncey is a great player, but he'll take a lot of bad shots himself." Amen, brother. Get off Al's back already everyone.

That's really all I have to say about last night, so check out some of the awesome highlights from those two games.

An incredible shorthanded shift by Darren Helm, but the best shorthanded shift ever? I think Claude Giroux might have something to say about that.

Patrick Kane is filthy.

Ridiculous save by Huet.

The game-winner by Helm.


Birdman, meet Lamar.

Seriously, Helm's shift was sick, but Giroux's was absolutely better.

BallHype: hype it up!

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