The time is now, indeed.
No in-game tweets last night, and I apologize for that, but I’d gotten a bucket list invite that there was no chance I was going to turn down.
There’s something about this Mavericks run that brings back memories from eight months ago, aside from the obvious connection of having had both the Rangers and Mavs get to a place nobody expected and earn the chance to play for a ring.
The Blazers series reminded me of the Rays series, especially the way it sequenced out.
The Lakers series reminded me of the Yankees series, and those two teams remind me of each other, too.
I’m not sure the Thunder or the Heat remind me much of the Giants, and neither have either of those series gone the way the World Series did.
The two sports aren’t much alike, either. The tempo, the nature of the one-on-one battles, the absence in basketball of a different guy to beat every night, and a hundred other things, including the way in which the two sports are officiated, which some nights nearly drives me away from basketball.
But no calls in the AAC last night were as crucial to the outcome as the one Paul Nauert made at second base in the fifth inning in Minnesota or the one Doug Eddings made along the third base line in the decisive ninth. Those two calls were far from the only reason the Twins walked off with a win over Texas, but when you’re winless in the other team’s ballpark, as the Rangers are in Target Field, they stand out.
Still, the Mariners and A’s lost again, and the Angels were idle. The Rangers won’t admit to scoreboard-watching, but I will.
I didn’t see Rangers-Twins last night, so I was spared having to watch Alexi Casilla beat Arthur Rhodes, as did Nets guard Deron Williams, who was wearing a Rangers cap as he hugged it out after the game with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd.
Dallas 112, Miami 103 was an amazing sports experience for me but didn’t come close to Game Six against the Yankees, Game Three in Yankee Stadium, or Game One in Tampa Bay, probably in that order. But I do have room for basketball in June when it involves my team, just as a playoff-frenzied town has plenty of room for Rangers baseball, as Texas has averaged a home crowd of 39,856 since that weekend when the Mavericks eliminated the Lakers. That includes five dates on which both the Rangers and Mavericks played.
There’s something special going on in Texas these days, and as frustrating as the losses in Target Field and the unforced turnovers and the bullpen work and the Shawn Marion isolations and the hitting with runners in scoring position are, it’s easy to take for granted that, especially those of us for whom the Rangers take precedence, runs like the one the Rangers gave us eight months ago and might be on the verge of giving us again, coincident with the one the Mavericks are on, not only haven’t ever happened here before but also may never happen again.
And if there’s one thing that Mavericks-Heat is teaching us in common with what the Rangers taught us in 2010 and are still reminding us this season, it’s that it’s never easy to win, especially at the highest level, and truth be told, in looking back at things, even if not in the instant moment, I’m pretty sure we really wouldn’t want it any other way.