It is late, but here's what's on the brain from Brian after Orlando game:
I don't want to say Z was in the zone tonight or anything, but dude threw three no-look passes, setting a career-high in that catagory, and all of them actually were caught.
Mike Brown has learned quickly, no matter who's fault a defensive breakdown is, he almost always yells at Drew Gooden. Or at least that what it seems like.
They never play Usher's Yeah song anymore at Q, wonder why? Last season they belted it out like six times a night and would always used canned footage of the few games Usher came too.
After the game, Pistons-Rockets game is on huge TVs in Cavs locker room. Yao Ming dunks on Ben Wallace. Quoth LeBron: "Yeah, Yao, dunk on his (backside), somebody beat them, we're trying to catch them."
Damon Jones, who still isn't talking to the media, practices his preposterous high leg kick during warm-ups.
Mike Wilks can throw down some of the nastiest dunks on the team. He can get up.
Steve Francis has to lead the league in complaining to the officials. Tonight, however, I thought he was right at least twice.
I think Dwight Howard can jump higher than LeBron, the only guy in the league I thought could do that was Josh Smith. He's going to be crazy good.
Speaking of Dwight Howard, it looked to me like he twice fouled LeBron hard on purpose within a few minutes of each other in the third quarter. One wonders if it was a message from Aaron Goodwin, Howard's agent who LeBron fired last spring.
I've been on a huge Warren Zevon kick lately. He has some of the best lyrics of all time. "I'm hiding in Honduras, I'm a desperate man; send lawyers, guns and money, the s--- has hit the fan!" That and The Killers, especially Smile Like You Mean It.
I find covering a team on a winning streak is sometimes no fun, there is no controversy to write about.
I will be interested to see if Damon Jones or Eric Snow can keep Allen Iverson in front of them in Philly tomorrow (or, actually, tonight, since it is nearly 2 a.m.). Let's just say their tactics didn't work in the two preseason games with the Sixers. He averaged 33 points in those two games.
I find it mildly comical to refer to Hedo Turkoglu as Hedo Turkey-glue.