The True Meaning of Chandlermas – In addition to hitting some insane threes last night, Chandler Parsons sacrificed his greatest asset to honor a 10-year-old cancer patient named Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire. Jason Friedman has the skinny:
But it is Parsons who has formed the tightest bond with Patrick, with each providing the other something neither one could have possibly anticipated or foreseen. For Patrick, the hospital visits and in-game, personal gestures from his real life hero produce the kind of eager anticipation and ear-to-ear smiles that can be the nourishing lifeblood necessary for any person or family that finds themselves locked in a perpetual battle between hope and doubt, life and death. Parsons, meanwhile, has been exposed to a brand of heroism that strikingly transcends anything that can be found on a basketball court. He was so moved after visiting Patrick last week, in fact, that he decided to shave his own head as a sign of solidarity. Parsons’ signature locks were shorn last night.
Professional athletes have the means to brighten the lives of kids in a special way. Because of the way kids idolize stars, a gesture from one of those guys has value in the eyes of a child that money can’t match. Parsons laid it all out there. He let the world know he was playing for the happiness of one little kid. Then he marched out on the court and drilled incredible shots on the way to a win.
LeBron James threw down some amazing dunks yesterday. James Harden had a fourth quarter for the ages. But Chandler Parsons delivered the most this Christmas. [read more…]
Santa came and left a road win under the tree for Rocket fans tonight. Playing one of their best all around games of the year, the Rockets came out of the gate hot and finished the fourth quarter on a roll to beat the Spurs. It was close a couple of times, mainly in the second and third quarters when the Spurs turned up the heat with very physical basketball and some hard fouls. The refs let a lot go in this game and the Rockets met the Spurs challenge. That was playoff style basketball and Howard and Jones held it down in the middle. Jones came to Howard’s defense after one particularly hard foul and showed the league that the second year player would stand and fight.
Howard had a 15 and 20 night while Jones had 21 and 14. They were +23 and +14 respectively for their time tonight. Howard was smiling and talking about the coaches riding the big horse. He’s found his groove and that bodes well for the future and when we get everyone back and healthy. Jones held his end up in the middle and got a game high 42 minutes. Howard and Duncan had some intense battles for position in the paint and it was fun to see the Rockets with some power inside.
I thought this year would finally be the year the Spurs were no longer invincible.
They had come off that nightmare-inducing Finals. Duncan was 37, the age at which Hakeem, Shaq, and currently Garnett entered a stage of interminable decline. Ginobilli had looked terrible throughout the entire playoffs, and the West looked to be tougher than ever with the rise of Golden State and the Rockets. How would the Spurs manage? Not well, as I predicted that they would struggle to grab the 4th seed.
Well, today the San Antonio Spurs are the 3rd best team in the Western Conference with a 22-6 record. Shows what I know.