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10 Thoughts I Had While Watching Game 5 of The Eastern Conference Finals

I had plans to write this epic post about something amazing. It was going to change the game. The way you saw tomorrow wasn’t going to be like the way you saw today because of the words I was going to drop. It was going to make you feel like many people felt after reading 16,000 words by Ta-Nehisi Coates about reparations. People instagrammed themselves reading said article. What I was going to write was going to make you do it for the Vine, even if you didn’t want to do it.

Then I got caught up in the rapture of Game 5 between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. I stepped into a world and pretty much said f*ck it. I couldn’t focus. I was a

It's basically summer. Why does Wade have on a turtleneck?

It’s basically summer. Why does Wade have on a turtleneck?

Polaroid. Then I realized that during the watching of said game – in which the Pacers of Indiana bested the Heat of Miami, 93-90, by putting a spherical ball into a cup like apparatus with a hole in it in a most gripping fashion – that I’d had a lot of thoughts; thoughts that I might as well share since sharing is caring and you can’t let thots run rampant or there will be consequences and repercussions. Do you see what I did there?

1. Lance Stephenson might actually be insane. And yet, despite hating the Pacers, I root for him.

He’s a student of the Ron Artest School of What The F*ck Were You Thinking, or RASWTFWYT for short. My man literally was blowing at Lebron’s face and ear. If that isn’t out of the Ron Artest playbook I don’t know what it is. You can live and die with Lance. He can tank your game or elevate it all the way to the top. He isn’t scared of anybody. He’s one of the best/worst floppers in the league which says something when you shine at flopping while competing against the Heat. Either way, At this point, if Lance strips in the middle of game 6 and humps the floor I wouldn’t even be surprised.

2. Paul George went straight murder.

Thirty-seven points? He couldn’t miss down the stretch. He wanted the ball and was ready to go to battle….

3. …and the Heat STILL should have won the game.

4. I’ve said it before but it stands repeating….Chris Bosh speaks so well.

They interviewed him at halftime and I was reminded just how…well…he speaks. He’s always been a different dude. In a league full of non-speaking individuals like Paul George, Derrick Rose, etc, you can tell that Chris Bosh was going to make it no matter what in life…he just happened to be really tall and look like a gazelle. And I don’t mean articulate like RG3 who is, like, clear speaking, but not really eloquent. Chris Bosh really does speak well.

5. If you can’t get caught up in a game like this one you just might hate love.

Like most sports fans, I’m glad I’m seeing close games and all that even though this game was ugly as hell for the first 40 minutes. The end had me pacing in my living room and jumping up and down. Lead changes. Both teams making crazy runs. Paul George reminding us all why Indiana was so okay letting Danny Grainger go. Who is Danny Grainger? Exactly.

6. I do not like Roy Hibbert at all. I’m not even sure why.

7. Lebron catching 5 fouls before the 4th quarter?

At least 2 of them were mad questionable. But it was interesting seeing the Heat rally so well. And where the hell did Rashard Lewis come from? He thought it was 2004. Wow, do you realize that 2004 was 10 years ago? Speaking of a long time ago…

8. Ray Allen has been playing for 18 years.

Literally, for more than half of my life, Ray Allen has been in the league. To put this in perspective, when Ray Allen was drafted (June 26, 1996), Tupac was still alive. Go on ahead and marinate on that for a moment. The same could be said for Kobe, Steve Nash, and Jermaine O’Neal who were all drafted the same night. Sheesh.

9. NBA players struggle with the word “extra-curricular”.

I’m watching the post-game right now and Lebron really struggled to say that word. So much so that he started to go down that road a second time and just decided to go the smart route and say, “extra…stuff”. These guys read to kids by the way.

10. Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook should have a fashion off. I don’t mean a competition, I mean they should take some days off of fashion.

Wade is a risk taker with his fashion choices. This is not a compliment.

The NBA…it’s faaaaaaan-tastic!

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

 

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Previously

Thank You, Maya

  • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

    Like someone else said on the internets… I’mma need that young Lance ear-blow set to Ying Yang Twins’ Whisper Song. Do THAT for the vine. *Sonic foot tap*

  • PaddyfotePrincess

    “It’s basically summer. Why does Wade have on a turtleneck?”
    Aaaaannnd I’m done.

    Paul George is that dude though.

    • panamajackson

      He definitely was last night. When they needed him to step up, he did.

  • Sahel

    Roy Hibbert and Paul George may be the stars of the Pacers team but Lance is the one guy who gives them character. I hope this goes to a game 7. Ray Allen must go to the same guy who powers Kobe and Pharrell

    • PaddyfotePrincess

      I’m here for game seven and I agree with you about Lance Stephenson. The Pacers might want to re-sign him before they end up like OKC. I like the Thunder, but I’m slightly confused as to how things fell apart with Harden.

      Ray Allen = ageless wonder.

      • Sahel

        Ray just stuns me,he still moves the same albeit fewer minutes. His release is still as quick as ever. Between him,Kobe,Nash,Duncan and Manu it’s just hard to believe they are all over 34

        • PaddyfotePrincess

          Duncan is playing like he’s just a few years removed from Wake Forest. He’s definitely holding it down – solid and fundamentally sound.

          • Sahel

            I think he will call it a wrap if he gets number 5 this year unless Popavitch convinces him to go for number 6

            • PaddyfotePrincess

              You think so? He’s quietly getting it done and I think he has a couple of seasons left. I’m not a big fan of the Spurs, but Duncan/Parker/Ginobili are that deal.

              • Sahel

                NBA players vie for the historical aspect more than any other sport. If he gets 5 his spot in the top ten is set in stone.

                • PaddyfotePrincess

                  Kobe got his fifth ring a few years ago, and well…

                  • Sahel

                    Kobe is trying to get to Jordan territory

                    • PaddyfotePrincess

                      And therein lies the problem, lol. The Lakers seem to be somewhat in disarray and he’s struggling with injuries, so it may be time to let it go and not be like Mike. One-upping Jordan at this stage of his career? Nah.

                    • Sahel

                      Well,the Lakers will refit during the off season. Lets wait and see how it goes but i give him the benefit of doubt. Alot of people thought Ray will end up like Reggie,look at him now

                    • PaddyfotePrincess

                      We discussed this on VSB yesterday, lol. It’s ok to give it up and turn it loose. Kobe’s legacy will remain intact. We’ll have to wait and see how the Lakers look as we ramp up for the fall season.

                    • Craig and Dem

                      So I’m guessing I pick the wrong day to make my comeback? (grabs ball and take it home)

                    • PaddyfotePrincess

                      If Kobe gets healthy and the Lakers pull it together, it will be interesting to watch. Do I think it will happen? Ummmm no.

                    • PaddyfotePrincess

                      Awwww. Don’t leave. I’m pretty objective when it comes to the NBA – even the Lakers as they were formerly my home team.

                    • IcePrincess

                      Good to see you! Where you been bruh?

                    • LMNOP

                      Hey Craig and Dem!
                      The thing about opinions on basketball teams and players is they profoundly do not matter at all, so don’t worry about this too much.

                    • Kobe’s legacy is already set in stone. People who irrationally think he’s top 5 all time will think that regardless of what he does in these last few years.

                    • Rawtid

                      truth

                    • Kobe is doing what I call “Cal Ripkening” he’s not the man anymore but people treat him that way.

                    • Medium Meech

                      I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone get so much leeway off reputation alone. Not respect, people respect winners, but leeway. Numbers wise, what’s the difference between Kobe and Allen Iverson? Not much, and AI actually has better playoff numbers. But public opinion says one is selfish and represented all that was wrong with basketball post Jordan, and the other is everything that’s missing in basketball today, just an old school competitor that only cares about winning.

                    • Both A.I. and Kobe are selfish but A.I’s selfish image is shaped by the public and the media and Kobe’s is shaped by his peers to an extent. Both narratives are a tad off. I liked to watch Iverson but he frustrated me. The era of the 6 foot shooting guard is what made me stop caring about basketball but that’s another conversation for another time.

                    • Rawtid

                      for the time i was a hug fan of NBA, Iverson was hands down my FAV player. I’ve never heard him to have a reputation for being selfish. Or seen any selfishness from him on the court. He has a rep for being a bad boy absolutely.

                    • Dude was a gunner. A very talented gunner at that. His game wasn’t built around giving up the ball or actually listening to the coaches. In his defense he never had ultra-talented teammates but I don’t know if that was a product of other cats not wanting to play with him.

                    • Not very talented? The best player he every played with at Philly was a past-his-prime Chris Webber. It wasn’t like he had Pippen or Jerome Kersey as a 2nd option.

                    • I said he never had an ultra-talented teammate. Aaron McKie wasn’t taking any pressure off of him. I understood why he played why he did but I said I never knew if that’s why big time dudes never went to Philly because of that or not.

                    • Rawtid

                      he had Snow (who like himself was always injured), and lazy ass mutumbo when the 76ers were barely making it. Towards the end they got a few promising young guys but they (iverson etc) were already beat up

                      if your team cant win without you or without you scoring 30-40 pts every night is that really selfish?

                    • Rawtid

                      IDK i gotta disagree with you. Iverson had to put the 76ers on his back bc for so long they didn’t have any help or they were battling severe injuries. Who was he gonna give the ball to?

                      to me selfish is when you have a team/players who can execute but u looking
                      for and taking opportunities for yourself all the time

                      other situations you have no choice but to put the team on ur back if you want a chance to win

                      i dont see that as selfish

                      Kobe and Iverson arent comparable in that regard IMO cuz on had tools and the other didnt. I think the stat was something like if Iverson scored less than ~30 in a game they could forget it.

                    • AI was a fool and a volume scorer, but you notice that everyone who has played with him has a lot of respect for him. As crazy as he was off the court, once the game started, he was scary. And remember, this was a 5’10” dude who was giving up 4-7 inches and 50-70 lbs. every night…and beat them regularly. For all of AI’s multitude of issues, he played his a$$ off.

                    • No doubt. He may have had more heart pound for pound than any other player ever. A.I. in kill mode was entertaining.

                    • Rawtid

                      exactly Todd! off the court he was a bad boy–and been that way since Gtown. Surely wreckless in his personal life. But selfish on the court? I have to disagree. That dude literally bust his ass every game, help or no help. and like you said to be 5 ’10 ballin like that in the NBA—all reasons why i spent so much of my childhood looking up to him as a player.

                    • God Shammgod

                      Yo. Why Lakers fans refuse to admit that his career is on a decline is beyond me. He is disciplined but not a superhero.

                      It’s almost as funny as watching non-LA Lakers fans defend their Lakers fandom. You can’t ALL have the same cousin Pookie from Watts that you visited in the summers.

                    • Yeah, after a certain point you have to admit that your dude isn’t “That” dude anymore.

                      Being from the south I never give anyone grief about whom they pull for since the only two professional teams I pull for are 3000 miles away from me. Television and availability have transformed fandom for those who pull for teams that aren’t local.

                    • Craig and Dem

                      One can only pray that this happens. The Clippers out here trying to run LA and that needs to stop

                    • Sahel

                      Hehehe,such animosity for the Clips. They are a young team,they just end up running L.A

                    • C’mon! You all know you like Lob City. Or maybe the Clippers can claim the San Fernando Valley or Englewood the same way the Nets claim Brooklyn. That way the Clippers will have an organic fan base separate and distinct from its home city.

                    • Craig and Dem

                      He might not make that happen but folk is going at it or die tryin. Believe that Jack!

                    • PaddyfotePrincess

                      Yep. Kobe will go down swinging.

                    • Craig and Dem

                      Kobe wants to be in his own territory. Hopefully The Mamba can make that come back so I can see my Purple and Gold in the playoffs again

                    • Sahel

                      Well i hope they give him enough horse placenta because his yard stick in the GOAT talk is Jordan

                    • panamajackson

                      The rest of that team around him needs work. The Lake Show is more like a pond right now.

                • panamajackson

                  I think Duncan is already there.

                  • Sahel

                    He jumps ahead of Magic with 6

          • The thing is that Tim Duncan had an old man game when he was 19. He was taught an efficient way of playing the game that doesn’t require incredible athleticism, but requires great fundamentals and the head to keep them up. I remember him back at Wake Forest, and I wondered if he was really young enough for college.

          • God Shammgod

            Duncan also adjusted his game as his career progressed. He was way more willing to take a secondary role and be a positionary player for less minutes and more impact – something that a lot of folks favorite players could try to learn whose names rhyme with Shmobe Shmyant but I’m zzZZZZzzzzZZZ

            • Val

              Cute avi, Shamira. :-)

              • Sahel

                Smooth

                • Val

                  Why do you keep re-starting your disqus account? More spy stuff?

                  • Sahel

                    I really wish you would stop insinuating am a spy. People i know read this blog and they are taking me to the cleaners because of this

                    • Val

                      So, your spy friends are laughing because you’ve been outed as a spy on VSB?

                    • Sahel

                      They are laughing because you call me a spy which am not at any level.

                    • Val

                      Okay, Mr. Weston.

                    • Sahel

                      One day smh

                    • h.h.h.

                      They are laughing because you call me a spy which am not at any level.

                      so are you G.I. Joe? Roadblock, is that you?

                      http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/4/41/Roadblock.JPG

                    • Sahel

                      Not cool man,not cool.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      It was hilarious!!!

                    • Sahel

                      No it’s not. Am not bald

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      But bald is beautiful…..so I’m told. You can get your U.K. Kojak on

                    • Sahel

                      I will not be represented by a cartoon.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Then how about a human?

                      Who luv’s ya baby!

                    • Val

                      You realize that you’ve admitted that your friends are spies, right? And since spies only hang out with other spies, you’ve finally admitted to being a spy. Good job. It’s about time.

              • God Shammgod

                thanks!!! decided to mix it up for summer, lol

            • Sahel

              Far from me being a lakers fan. I just prefer having lightening rod players in any sport,maybe next season he will reduce his minutes. I just find it fun that laker fans are found in every other arena because of him. You have a very curious instagram page,quite the window

              • God Shammgod

                my IG is mostly food and like…scenic shot of random places im at lmao

                • Sahel

                  The random shots are fun. I noticed alot of bars lmao

                  • God Shammgod

                    lol. I try to document only when im doing interesting things. no one really cares to see a pic of me sitting pantless in my living room eating artichoke pizza, which is like 70% of my life.

                    • Sahel

                      Wait,wait don’t sell yourself short on the pantless thing. I mean whats more appealing than pretty with no make up on

                    • h.h.h.

                      no one really cares to see a pic of me sitting pantless in my living room eating artichoke pizza, which is like 70% of my life.

                      i beg to beg i mean i beg to differ

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Pants-less. Hmmm

            • PaddyfotePrincess

              He’s unselfish and does what’s best for the team. Lol @ Shmobe.

      • Msdebbs

        Ray Allen is a vampire just like Pharrell.

        • Sahel

          Or it could be a Dorian Gray situation

        • PaddyfotePrincess

          Yes ma’am.

        • LMNOP

          At least Pharell’s a happy vampire.

        • Rawtid

          physically yes, but to me ray allen looks old. i actually thought he was older than he is

  • sweetbee

    Meh, not impressed by the ear blowing (even though it was funny) because Lebron James isn’t going to risk not being there for his team. Try that ish on someone who doesn’t care like a Ron Artest.

    • Sahel

      It reminded me when Matt Barnes did that ball fake thing to Kobe and Kobe did not even flinch lmao

      • Msdebbs

        That was funny!

    • panamajackson

      Can you imagine current day Lance vs Ron on some non-sense? They’re like each other’s spirit animals. Ron Artest is either at home pissed or shedding thug tears in tribute to the passing of the torch.

      • Val

        How about either of them vs Dennis Rodman?

        • panamajackson

          Dennis was all antics off the court. He was business on the court. Lance and Artest, and hell JR Smith are like travelling clown shows.

  • Val

    Lol@#9

  • CrayolaGirl

    I watch NBA games via twitter. I haven’t watch 2 seconds but I’m entertained. Tonight the entertainment started it with Jalen Rose, Doug Collins, & bird call. Lebron’s reaction to ear blowing was hilarious. People tweeting like Indiana and Miami ‘s coaching staff were asking for suggestions, pure comedy.

  • ManofMorehouse

    5 fouls on LBJ….in the 3rd quarter…from a guy rarely in foul trouble EVER! Smh The refs did all they could to give the game to Indiana and, despite 37 from George, they still almost lost. Friday will be a blowout. Lebron will be a ring closer to Jordan, and Lance Stevenson wont be a Pacer next year.

    • LadyIbaka

      Nahhhh, Indiana EARNED it. No, ifs or buts on this one.

      • panamajackson

        Indiana won, but earned it? I don’t know. The only time I’ll ever blame refs was game 6 in 2002. We all know that game. But, those were some ridiculous calls tonight on Lebron. Folks were getting mauled out there. Chalmers caught an elbow to the face on that Paul George 3 to end the third and there was nothing. I’m just saying. Inconsistent officiating was alive and well. But sometimes you win sometimes you lose that battle. It’s part of the game.

    • PaddyfotePrincess

      I think Lance will be gone. D*mn shame.

      • A GM tried to make OJ Mayo a franchise player…Lance is bout to get paaaaaaid

        • I never saw what people saw in OJ Mayo. He was a decent player, but his child prodigy status (being 1st team All-State in the 8th grade) blinded people to his actual abilities.

          • OJ had a ten cent head and may have been that dude who peaked a little early…like high school.

            • OJ wasn’t even a bad player. It’s just playing where he was, he never had to work for it. Put OJ Mayo in a more competitive basketball area, and his career would have looked a lot more like Lance Stephenson’s. A lot of his dumb habits would have been destroyed anywhere on the Northeast Corridor.

          • Damon Young

            OJ Mayo was the best high school player I’ve ever seen live. And I saw him play when he was a freshman. Seriously. What you see now is basically the exact same player — same size, game, everything — that he was at 15.

            • That is piss poor coaching then. How does someone manage to learn nothing about basketball in ten years is scary.

        • PaddyfotePrincess

          No doubt.

    • ManofMorehouse

      I feel like a psychic right about now…

    • PaddyfotePrincess

      Lebron’s face though? Lol.

      • He was so done smh

        • PaddyfotePrincess

          Right. Like we’re doing THIS today?

        • panamajackson

          Lance’s face after is so fierce. Like he does this constantly to men in the street.

          • I wonder what other things players do to get into each other’s heads.

            • Sahel

              They mention honey nut cereal

              • So disrespectful. Just…such disrespect

    • LadyIbaka

      I missed this, but can we talk about this piece of chocolate! mmmmmmh, mmmmh, mmmh.

    • Msdebbs

      Why?

    • That look in Lebron’s eyes says it all. LOL

    • Bron: did this aggin just… lol

    • Medium Meech

      If you look close enough you can see Lance wanted to laugh himself but decided just in time go full Heath Ledger Joker crazy look instead.

    • I’ve had this and “What happened to that boy” on loop since last night, LMAOOOO

  • LadyIbaka

    Who is that chocolate wonder that AP has a gif off blowing in Bron Bron’s ears?!?!? Yes LAWD!

    LIIIIIIIISTEN. They did THAT! They played with sooooooooo much passion, it was orgasmic to watch the Heat loooooooooose! YAAAAAAAZ! Now Friday, I may be laid out on a stretcher.

    • Sahel

      Alot going on in this comment ey.

    • Msdebbs

      Just a game you know Miami is going to win the series so enjoy it now while you can….

      • LadyIbaka

        girrrrl, hence why I may be on a stretcher on Friday, because of Indiana. OKC got this!

        • Msdebbs

          “OKC got this!”

          Blasphemy!

          • Hail Satan!

          • miss t-lee

            Total blasphemy.

          • Keisha

            RIght…GO SPURS! :-)

    • Is this African Mami? Lol

      • LadyIbaka

        yaz.

      • Of course only she says things like chocolate wonder

  • Craig and Dem

    Guess who’s bizak!!!! Been a minute since I’ve checked in but that game was the business!!! Had folks over here at work almost messing up they sales yo!!!!

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