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Missing the late-night NBA action

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm •  Published: April 24, 2009

The NBA playoffs finally got me. Fighting sleep, I clicked off the Lakers-Jazz game around 11:30 p.m. — and missed a great finish.

These playoffs have had their share of great games — the two Celtics-Bulls showdowns in Boston, the Orlando-Philly opener — but also have had a bunch of duds. So any chance to see a great game I’ll take.

But Thursday was a long day. I got up early to go to Duncan for a funeral, then on the way home I ran out of gas. I was driving my wife’s car, and for some reason I never checked the gauge. While I’m certainly capable of running out of gas because I think I can make it a little bit farther, this wasn’t the case. I just never looked.

Anyway, I also had a Big Brothers banquet Thursday night, went by to see my granddaughter, we ended up bringing her home with us to spend the night and by the time the Lakers had a nice lead in the third quarter, I had lost faith in Utah.

I missed a great finish. From 80-80, both teams kept scoring in the final two minutes. Utah would retake the lead, then the Lakers would tie it. Finally, at 86-86, Deron Williams’ short jumper with two seconds left gave Utah the lead, then Kobe missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The NBA playoffs are much like the NCAA Tournament in terms of late-game drama. You need a large pool of games to get a decent amount of great finishes. I hated to miss this one. But sometimes, lack of sleep trumps the unlikelihood of a rally.

For the most part, no complaints about the NBA television schedule. While some of the games start really late — Denver-New Orleans tipped off at like 9:50 p.m. Oklahoma time Wednesday night — it’s always to accommodate earlier games. And while I don’t have NBATV and miss a few playoff games there, I understand that the league can’t get every playoff game on ESPN or TNT, and that’s a good way to market its cable network.

So no complaints. Other than being too tired to give Utah the benefit of the doubt.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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