Warriors (37-30) at Rockets (36-30)
Toyota Center, Houston, TX, 4:00 pm PST
TV: CSN BA / Radio: KNBR 680
Blogbuddy: The Dream Shake
Man, it's too bad revenge in sports works nothing like revenge in movies. Otherwise, tonight in Houston we could be all like:
To throw out a few examples among thousands. It's fairly remarkable how many of the most memorable stories in film and literature history hinge around revenge. I mean, Quentin Tarantino would be nothing if not for his knack for orchestrating cheap-but-totally-satisfying revenge fantasies (though now that he's his exacted his cinematic revenge on evil Nazis and evil slave owners, one wonders what really bad people are left to get back at). And perhaps no current director does revenge like Korean director Chan-Wook Park, whose brilliant Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy, Lady Vengeance) takes the whole concept in dark, complex new directions.
Of course, sports don't work like movies, mostly because (in most cases, anyway) sports aren't scripted. So instead of ruthlessly, bloodily avenging our initial humiliation in our first game of the season v. Houston — 140-109, for those who've erased it from memory, with the bad guys raining threes down on us long after the game was out of reach, and Patrick freaking Beverley dancing on our graves — all we get is a sad string of intentional fouls, followed a few days later by an utterly lackluster showing against them on our home court (107-116) and, the next month, more of the same (88-94).
Needless to say, I'm not expecting us to serve up a delicious platter of cold revenge tonight. The Ws are playing some of their worst basketball of the season, culminating in Friday's utter debacle against the road-weary Bulls (itself a classic example of "failed revenge," since the Bulls had stomped us on their home court earlier in the season). I mean, I say "culminating" only 'cos that was our last game, and that's the term aliu27 used in his excellent recap, and I can't see into the future. We have no idea if we've actually culminated anything, or if we're just at the midpoint along a more depressing story arc, a collapse tragic even by Warriors standards.
Heck, for all we know, we're now the bad guys in an exquisite Utah Jazz Revenge Fantasy, in which the brave and heroic Mormon Avengers even the score for last year's Warriors Tank Campaign by taking our #8 playoff seed on the last game of the season. With the Lakers only 2 games behind us now and the Jazz (thanks to a gritty win last night v. the Grizz) just 2.5 back, it's certainly not out of the realm of Tarantino's or Park's imagination.
Prediction: Warriors totally shock me and turn in a gutty, heroic performance. 112-106 Rockets.
(Note: consider this the preview and the Open Thread; I never really got the distinction. Plus, I have to run out and do some stuff today before settling down to watch this ongoing tragedy unfold).