Friday, May 12, 2017

Your conspiracy theory for today

Because, you know, conspiracy kooks and various other wackadoodles kinda run the country now.

And so the Blob will saddle right up with the zeitgeist, and offer one of its own. No, it doesn't have anything to do with Hillary's e-mails or shadowy plots by evil purveyors of Fake News to bring down our Glorious Leader. This being generally a sports Blob, it is of a sportsy nature.

To wit: Was the fix in for Game 6 of the Spurs-Rockets series last night?

This being the NBA, an enterprise run by at least marginally competent people, I would say no. But it's not completely crazy to think something smelled mildly fishy. I mean, if that wasn't a blatant laydown by the Rockets, it sure could pass for one in a photo array.

Losing by 39 at home in an elimination game? Seriously? To a Spurs team that was playing without Kawhi Leonard, its one transcendent talent, and that had already been beaten in this series by 21 and 27 with Leonard?

And then there was this: What are we to make of the complete disappearance of James Harden -- your NBA MVP any other year except this one, when Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the entire season?

Harden took 11 shots in this one. He made two. He scored 10 points.

This from a man who'd scored 33, 28, 43 and 20 in four previous games of the series.

This from a man who'd taken no fewer than 13 shots in any previous game -- Game 1 of the series, when the Rockets won big and didn't need him to take any more shots than that.

Last night they did. And he was a no-show.

At home.

In an elimination game.

One might be inclined to say "Hmmm." And also, "Interesting."

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