May 1, 2016: I wasn't the only one who noticed game 1 of round 2, the San Antonio Spurs vs the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yahoo!Sports suggests a San Antonio Spur blowout could have a huge impact on the Thunder.
What happened in this 124-92 Spurs victory on Saturday night in the AT&T Center was downright jarring to the Thunder, promising to test the foundation, the fabric, of this franchise. Oklahoma City had come to these Western Conference semifinals finally healthy and strong and believing the partnership of Durant and Westbrook could sustain itself in a long series against the Spurs.
Later, 10:29 p.m. Central Time: the Spurs win by 32; up as much as 43 points. Final 124 - 92.Only the Thunder were an embarrassment. They let the Spurs take one open shot after another and lost them in transition and sometimes didn’t even run back on defense. They let the Spurs humiliate them and made more real the fear that the possibility of San Antonio taking them apart in this series could be the push that Durant needs to walk away for good, to believe everything has run its course here.
Later, 8:48 p.m. Central Time: wow! making it look easy. Some NBA teams are still playing the 7th game in Round 1. San Antonio swept the first round, winning four games, losing none. Tonight they are playing Oklahoma City Thunder. It look like the Thunder is phoning it in. San Antonio leads 70 - 43 at the half. Are you kidding? 70 at the half? SA is the #2 team; OKC is ranked #3. 70 - 43. Hmmm. For OKC, Kevin Durant 4 of 13 field goals; Russell Westbrook, 3 of 13; and those two are the super-stars for OKC. SA's Tim Duncan? 2 for 2; and Tony Parker, 1 for 3. For SA, it's all LeMarcus Aldridge, 13 for 18. LeMarcus: two years at UT; nine seasons with the Portland Blazers, and signed with the Spurs in 2015. Wow. And Kahwi Leonard, 9 for 12. Two years with San Diego State. Selected by Indiana Pacers in 2011 but traded to the Spurs that night. Won the NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014. And SA still has the "old guard': Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili.
Original Post"Fast and furious."
There is some incredible news yet to be posted today but I have to take a break. I will be back to blogging later.
There may be some big things in the works if one believes what the tea leaves are telling us.
But last night I noted that our local grocer has lamb chops for sale. My wife just sent me the list of herbs and spices we need to marinade lamb.
Several years ago we came across the best marinade for lamb in Weber's Big Book of Grilling. I truly believe that one needs only two "cookbooks": 1) Webers for grilling; and, 2) Betty Crocker's (the 1950 edition) for everything else. I'm not joking. I prefer the older Betty Crocker handed down from previous generations; I do not like the new one.
I use all fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme, for example) for the marinade, and we've found that 12 hours is the minimum amount of time necessary to properly marinade lamb. We prefer 24 hours and generally go with 18 hours simply because we get a late start -- which will happen if I don't get moving.
Have a great day. Back later.
Lamb Marinade Preparation
Rosemary and Thyme
Trimmed Lamb Chops
To Begin Marinading For 24 Hours