I admit it. When the Warriors were down 47-36 at home to the 6-18 Minnesota Timberwolves (let that sink in, for a second…) 6-18, and 1-12 on the road Timberwolves, down 11 in the 2nd quarter, I thought, “Ok, that’s it. I’m done. Time to jump ship on another 60-loss season. “ I mean it’s one thing to lose to San Antonio, New York, or even Phoenix at home. But this was where I was going to draw the line. A blowout loss at home to the Minnesota T’Wolves.
Just when I reached for the remote to close off the tube and the 2010-11 season, Louis Asmundson puts one in from close range to cut it to nine. Monta Ellis hits a free throw. Reggie Williams hits two. Dorell Wright grabs an offensive board and bucket. Then Wright from deep, followed by a couple more from the line. 12-0 run for the Warriors and a 54-51 lead at the half.
Now, I live in Boston. So these Warrior games usually end just after 1:00 am for me. Sometimes I get delirious I’m so tired. Like I could have sworn at 12:34 local time I just saw Acie Law actually make a basket. That’s what happens when you stay up this late, you start seeing things.
Had the Warriors gone on to not only lose, but lose badly at home, I was ready to get some zzzzz’s tonight and for the rest of winter. It was time to hibernate. I mean, if the Warriors can play like they’re sleep-walking, then I can certainly oblige them by doing the same.
But no. I have to stay up late and dream of things nobody has ever seen, like Amundson hitting a 20-footer on an assist from Law. You know, that old John Stockton-to-Karl Malone-like combo the Warriors now possess. Law-to-Amundson and the Warriors are up six. Someone pinch me, I’m sleeping. No really, pinch me.
Law finds David Lee down low for a dunk and the lead is eight. Pamela Anderson is now in the front row, and she’s taking off her… and there is Tommy Lee. What is she doing? She’s giving him …Oracle Sex!
Ok, I’m awake. Was dozing off there for a second. Sorry about that. Monta with a jumper. Williams with a dunk and the lead is now 12. Oh my, the 7-game losing skid is over. It’s not quite Freddy Mercury singing “We are the Champions” but it’s a start. It’s more like Alvin and the Chipmunks singing “We are the Weasels.” But hey at least for one night we’re singing about being something other than on the wrong end of the score. Final score 108-99, Golden State. The nightmare is over. Time for some sleep.
“Acie Law for threeeeeeee”
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!