Wednesday, August 17, 2011
NBA Lockout Day 48
Tracy McGrady putting up 52 points in 3 quarters against Chicago. Bulls were the Mac Attack's victim on this night. This was the first game following the Mike Miller trade to Memphis for Gordan Giricek and Drew Gooden. Part 2 of the game shows Tracy's displeasure over losing his best friend. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6.
David Steele and Jack 'Goose' Givens (nice early prediction as well) on the call. The 4th period was such a formality that not even the guy who uploaded these videos decided to include it in the 110-96 Magic victory.
T-MAC only played 33 MINUTES!!! That's outrageous to put up over 1.5 points per minute. Just absurd. Imagine if he didn't waste the final 2:55 of that 3rd period, since he already had obtained a new career-high (at that time). God knows what T-MAC would have scored had Doc Rivers played him at all in the 4th quarter. Just another fantastic outing for someone that should have won MVP.
It's a perfect boxscore for a very spoiled TD Waterhouse Centre crowd on February 21, 2003. Talk about converting all doubters. Giricek puts up a solid 15 points, and Gooden had an awesome 22-point, 11-rebound double-double. Gooden, crooked headband and all, got to play power forward, small forward, and center as his extremely variable game was an outstanding showcase of the man's talents on both ends of the floor. Giricek got to show his superb shooting form, snuck in a few nifty drives to the hole, as well as some decent defense.
This trade launched Orlando back into the playoff picture as the Magic won 13 of 18 games post-trade. It also marked the beginning of a slight rejuvenation for T-MAC, as 2 days later he puts up 46 points and nabs the win against a great Nets team.