Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Learning from Red Auerbach 101

Are you ready for a little 101?

Right before tip off in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the arena lights went out for a split second. But since this is Hollywood, they know a thing or two about lights and backups. The Los Angeles Lakers then proceeded to knock the living daylights out of the San Antonio Spurs with a 101-71 demolition.

Shades of the fire delay in New Orleans when arena staff had trouble putting out a ring of fire used in a mascot stunt that caused a 19-minute delay between the first and second quarters. The delay didn't derail the Spurs as they led 49-45 at the half over the Hornets. But a 13-0 run to start the third quarter saw the Hornets take the lead; one they would not relinquish until the buzzer sounded on a 101-82 win.

In their Game 7 match-up with the Hornets, ice cubes on the court caused a short delay, but the Spurs had enough of that nonsense to win going away.

If that were Boston, the Garden faithful would make a case for the ghosts of Celtics/Gardens past. But this is the West where it's Hollywood meets the new millennium's version of Last Stands means visitors are on their last legs against the NBA's latest dynasty.

Now we'll see if are anymore arena tricks on either team's sleeves.

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