|RUBBER-NECKING AT KOBE AND THE MAVS|
|by Mike Fisher||Wed, Dec 21, 2005, 03:13 PM|
My sense is that Dallas fans weren't so much "watching'' Lakers 112, Mavs 90 on Tuesday as they were "rubber-necking.''
"It was a feeling of willfulness,'' Kobe said modestly.
Oh, J-Ho got mad, alright; this game featured a hot-blooded sequence during which Kobe elbowed Dirk in the face. ("I stripped him clean, and he threw his arms up," a black-eyed Nowitzki said in review. "I got elbowed in the face and I get the foul. That was typical.") And then Howard gets whistled for a flagrant for bashing Kobe in the head. (Howard, to his credit, didn't back down when Kobe challenged him chest-to-chest.) And somewhere in there, coach Avery Johnson earned an ejection.
As Avery exited the court, he turned back to Steve Javie and crew and yelped, "You owe us one!''
Maybe so. But the Mavs didn't need one. They needed, like, sixty-one.
The Mavs are upset enough. We've got Mark Cuban calling the league. We've got Avery Johnson getting kicked out. We've got Josh Howard pushing back. That enough for now.
They insist not, though.
Jason Terry swore "We didn’t get rattled.'' And Josh, when asked if he'd ever seen a performance like that one, answered, “I haven’t seen a performance like that unless you’re talking about me in high school. Other than that, no.''
I'll take their word for it, I guess. Luckily, the Lakers still suck. So come springtime, we won't have to worry about Kobe scoring 43 or 62 or 101. Because come playoff time, he'll hopefully be vacationing in the Colorado mountains, rehabbing his knee. ... and stuff. ...
So they didn't. Brown was 0-of-2 and scored one point.
So one of the Mavs' missions was accomplished.
But maybe the Dallas sports gods got back at DA here. The Cowboys lost by giving up 35. The Mavs were down by. ... yes, 35.
But of course, there was the rubber-necking factor, the meteor shower/natural disaster/multi-car pileup factor. You know when the tsunami hits, and you wonder how some amateur cameraman acquired the footage that you're watching? And then you realize that he acquired it by being unable to take his lens off the tsunami, just like you can't take your eyes off of it?
That's why you didn't flip the channel. You were the cameraman, frozen as the wave was coming at you.
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