It's sad when the game becomes an afterthought.
Think back to the 1989 World Series. The story should have been the all No-Cal Series, The Battle of the Bay, but instead that match-up will forever be known as the Earthquake World Series.
The 2006 Soccer world Cup was marred by a Zidane headbutt. Most casual fans of the game, which would represent most soccer fans in the US, will remember that loss of control rather than the eventual Champion. It was Italy.
Until last night.
Last night, the Clipper bench out scored the Nugs 54-21. Last night the Clippers looked like a team ready to make some noise.
Rasual Butler contributed off the bench, Baron Davis led and was a calming influence as the lead shrunk and Marcus Camby reminded everyone he is a former Defensive Player of the Year award winner with a stuff of a Carmelo Anthony shot.
Last night, the Clippers looked like a team.
Sadly, the story today is not whether or not this game represents a step in the right direction (it does).
We aren’t as concerned about whether the team can build on this win as they await the return of Eric Gordon and the debut of Blake Griffin (they will).
No, the story is about their announcers' suspensions.
I have written plenty on the subject and will refrain from doing so again here except to say that it's a shame how that event dulls a quality Clipper win.
It’s also a shame that I promised not to gloat because I really, really want to.
As you know, the Clipper Crystal Ball called this game. It predicted a good game by Camby (he of the emphatic block on Anthony) and a final score of 103-98 with the advantage to the Clippers.
Final score last night was 106-99 Clippers.
I would like to point out that some doubted the power of the CCB (Clipper Crystal Ball).
That some scoffed at the notion the team from Los Angeles had a chance against the powerhouse from Colorado. But, I'll refrain.
Doing so would only take away from the win and make the game an afterthought; I refuse to do that.