Maybe I’m feeling restless because we didn’t have a normal schedule last October. It has a clock, a rhythm, with which we have spent our whole lives. Hockey and basketball begin during the MLB playoffs. Go a year without it, and suddenly the axis is off, the red light is on, there is a strange clang, and so on.
So they may be trivial this season, but the best of both the NBA and NHL have provided us with reminders of why we called them last night. And it’s important, at a time when there’s so much more to worry about in sports, or to feel completely distracted, to remind ourselves that it’s good to be fascinated. Good to like things. After all, why would we do that?
Steff Curry 45 decreased The Clippers won 115-113 last night in the Clippers. Which is not news in itself, when Curry drops a large number like this it is usually in the most entertaining fashion. Many players put in 40 or 50 and a good portion is in the free throw line or through the economic format with a splash of Midrange JS and Three. You look up and are surprised to see the total in the fourth quarter. When the curry stops, it feels like a firebombing. The foundation of the block is shaken. He continues to expand our understanding of NBA crime. We know what rational scoring should be, and then Curry comes in and looks at the matrix and bends the reality a bit. Still within our perceptions, but enough to make us wonder how.
I mean, he pulls it up like it’s a completely normal distance for a jumper. This is a parking lot that he treats like a corner three, though not a 12-footer:
We’ve been watching Curry do this for almost a decade. It shouldn’t even be a surprise. And yet often you will remember that this is not a normal NBA crime. That range is supposed to be a frustrating heavy or a crazy cravings. It’s just part of Curry’s game. It extends our boundaries. You can easily tell that no one has seen or thought of it before Curry made it part of our basketball dictionary.
For hockey …?
On the ice, Connor McDavid is doing that thing again. He has 11 points from four games to start the season, three more in last night’s 5-1 Oilers win. That would be only 225-point speeds for a full season, so obviously he’s not going to maintain it. But McDavid forces us to think about numbers that we haven’t had in 1988 or so.
Here’s one of his goals tonight:
It’s not his best goal, not even close. But it’s just so effortless. He can do it whenever he wants, or so it seems, watching it. He was skating around Coyotes forward Johan Larson as if he had some old coffee table left on the sidewalk for anyone to pick up, and deposited the puck at a distant post like a check at an ATM. It’s Flippant. Yes, it’s coyotes, and they look helpless most of the time. But this is a different dimension. In this, their lunch money is being taken without any threat. Just a recognition that they were beaten. A normal transaction.
It doesn’t happen every night. It happens a lot at night, but not enough that we should always stop them. Amazing things are happening on the field, courts and rinks, (we got them all last night) and sometimes you have to focus so they don’t get bogged down in the nonsense around them. Do the next one too often, and you’ll lose the ability to see the previous one again. What will happen to that point?