Besides being surrounded by the Elderly(I mean, I love the old school fans, but they are SO quiet), and losing to those pukes, great game.
The first thing that struck me in this game was the amount of bad calls.
The 4 missed "out of bounds/travel" calls (AT LEAST) in this game were HUGE. There were also many hacks that weren't called in the paint, a few on both sides. Seemingly, and I must admit I may be biased, more happened to our players than theirs.
Please note, I hate just blaming the refs, but some of these calls and no calls were atrocious. The crowd spent 20% of the game booing the refs.
Late in the game, we seemed to lose all of our steam. Whether that was becoming comfortable or just lacking overall energy is debatable. I feel like there wasn't the same hand-in-the-face pressure as there was in the first half. No fresh legs.
The crowd seemed a LOT bigger than what was reported. (26,000 and some change).
I must note, that, out of the 12 or so shots (haven't surveyed the box score yet) I saw Austin Freeman take, I was surely screaming that he sucked, and hence I only saw 2 of his shots fall. I may not have affected his shot directly, but certain forces in our universe worked with my intent. Or so it seemed.
The amount of fouls we seemed to be forcing made me feel we needed to curtail the jumpers, and hit the inside harder. Rick got in some COMPLETE TOTAL BS foul trouble WAY too early, and that hurt this strategy. But I feel early on we weren't as aggressive as we could have been against their seemingly weak defense down low.
Let's get ready for the next one.
P.S. Hoya Suxa, if I thought you less of a man, I would think it were necessary to assist in your end of the bet, and therefore offer my services. Instead, I will say, Godspeed.