Last night was a night that was supposed to go differently. The seemingly-inevitable outcomes were ignored in favor of sheer determination. It's nights like last night that remind us why we still watch the games. Because no matter what logic tells you will happen, there's the x factor that every NBA team is still primarily comprised of human beings (with the exceptions of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Rasheed Wallace). Sometimes the narrative will be disrupted, sometimes things just come together, and sometimes amazing things happen. For me, it began as I was covering last night's Nuggets/Celtics game. The Nuggets were in the second night of a back to back, having played in Cleveland the night before. Back to backs are always difficult, but a short turnaround on the East coast, slogging through Boston's snowdrifts and slush, there was every reason to think the Nuggets would be sluggish and pencil in the game as a schedule loss. The Celtics, meanwhile, were riding an unexpected wave of success in the wake of losing Rajon Rondo for the season. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had both been pushing themselves to do more, in true veteran fashion. Doc Rivers had been finding ways to win against expectations. Boston had lost 6 straight games when Rondo went down, but entered last night having won 6 straight without him. It was perfectly reasonable to be wondering when Boston's run would end. Despite the back to back, the Nuggets are a very good team and a perfectly reasonable candidate to end Boston's win streak. Throughout the game it seemed as though Boston was ready to pull away, but the Nuggets refused to stop fighting. Every time it seemed Boston was ready to gain some breathing room, Denver would claw it's way back in. And about the time the Nuggets forced the first overtime in Boston, the Kings and Rockets tipped off a game between a team jockeying for playoff position and a team dwelling near the bottom of the conference.
Do Not Go Gentle
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