I am not sure how to handle tonight’s game. I will say I know I should be thrilled. Logic tells me tonight will be nothing short of a formality. The Denver Nuggets are clearly a more talented and hungry team than the New Orleans Hornets. New Orleans is overmatched, banged up and mentally broken. I do not think you can make a credible case that the Hornets’ will win tonight. The only real reason seems to be they have too much pride to not come out and play well after such a lopsided beat down. The time to show pride was entering the third quarter of game four and New Orleans clearly folded.
So there you have it. As long as Denver plays hard a victory tonight should be a foregone conclusion. If that is the case, then how come I am so nervous?
I am like the dog that gets beaten every day after his owner gets home from work. The twenty plus years of experience I have of cheering for the Nuggets has conditioned me to always prepare for the worst case scenario. All the data and everything I have seen over the previous month compels me to expect a Nuggets victory and in my mind I do. My heart is just not so quick to make the leap.
Feel free to judge me or if you can understand where I am coming from, to commiserate with a fellow fan who is held hostage by fear.
Take this with you: As an NBA fan I really want to see how Chris Paul reacts to being almost completely shut down. For the good of the league part of me wants to see him play well. I think the fact he tweaked his knee has given him the excuse to underachieve. I believe that he has admitted to himself, at least subconsciously, that the Hornets are going down and there is no reason for him to kill himself for the sake of his teammates who are clearly not holding up their part of the bargain. Will we get the game three Chris Paul with the killer instinct or a disinterested one who is resigned to his fate?