Monday, June 20, 2005

Clutch city

The Monk doesn't watch much NBA hoops in general until it's playoff time -- much of it is dull, same offensive sets, and until the zone was reintroduced a couple of years ago teams ran two plays: pick-and-roll/pop and the swing-around-the-perimeter attempt to find an open man. Yawn.

Playoffs are always different because of how much is on the line. But the 2005 NBA Finals were four-straight stinkbomb games until yesterday. And after watching the fourth quarter and OT yesterday, I have one reaction: can you think of a better clutch player who is not a Hall-of-Famer than Robert Horry? He comes up with big shots, tough rebounds and even as primarily a stand-still shooter this year, he had the resounding drive-and-dunk that brought the Spurs within striking distance before, once again, he struck with the game-winning three-point bomb. Nice.

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