by Mike Moffett
Weirs Times Columnist
Devin Booker Goes For 70!
One of sport’s attractions involves unpredictability. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Sports are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
A movie is what it is—a fait accompli. Similarly, a Broadway play has a script. Even a live concert features music that’s already been written. But a sports event unfolds in actual time—a true reality show.
A game can break your heart OR send your spirits soaring. You never know. The price of admission is the same either way.
Every time I go to Fenway I hope to see a perfect baseball game. Or a no-hitter. Or a great catch. If the hits come early then let there be a lot of them. Let there be a record set. Or maybe a fight!
(I was at Fenway when Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk had that fight at home plate and the benches emptied. Loved it!)
When it comes to Celtics games, I just want to see Boston win with some great plays along the way to get the crowd going.
And when the C’s are playing a lousy team—like the Phoenix Suns—a friendly wager makes the action more compelling. So during a recent trip to the “Garden” for a Celtics-Suns game I made a couple little bets to make the game more interesting, in case the Celtics romped (which they did). I bet on the Celtics and the “over,” the latter meaning that I guessed that there would be more than 219 points scored in total.
When there were less than five minutes left in the first quarter, and the Suns had yet to score a field goal, the “over” didn’t look so good. But then both teams got hot and eventually 250 points were scored, as Boston won 130-120.
One player in particular got hot—Suns rookie Devin Booker, who played one season at Kentucky before joining the Suns last fall as a 19-year-old rookie.
The Garden scoreboard shows the point totals for the players in the game and at one point in the third quarter someone noticed that Booker had 46 points. So then we focused on the rookie, who stayed hot in the fourth quarter and made a bunch of last minute free throws to end up with 70 points.
Wow! Only five NBA players had ever scored 70 points before—and Michael Jordan was not one of them. (Larry Bird holds the Celtic record of a mere 60 points.)
So I went home happy. The Celtics won big and an all-time record was set. The only thing missing was a fight! Continue reading