So I went to the game tonight with a couple of good friends and had an excellent time. We had great seats, and from the replays it looks like we would have been sitting just above the camera's view, so no props there.
Unfortunately I don't have a ton to report. Honestly, I think this might be one of the worst venues in the NBA to watch a game. The place was dead silent for most of the game until Al Jefferson swiped the ball from Oden and hit a jumper on the other end in the last few minutes. The lower level was half-empty for most of the game, which was embarrassing for a saturday night. Minneapolis should be ashamed.
As far as the game goes, I walked away to get more beers toward the first half and came back to find us down by more than 10, which was disappointing. But here's the thing, I never really felt this game was out of reach. It would have nice to start playing from the start of the game, but the whole time I just kept thinking "just keep it close until the 4th quarter, and then Roy can take over." And he did. They simply couldn't stop him from getting into the lane, and that is a nice thing to have. Sure enough, once again Roy was money down the stretch. Boy, I bet Minnesota sure wished they would have drafted him. Oh wait, they did.
As for Oden, I left being very impressed and excited about his future. He didn't do too much, but he was active in the lane on defense and definitely altered plenty of shots. He's even bigger than I expected in person, and he's just so darn quick. It's easy to see what he could become if he has a full offseason to train while NOT coming off microfracture surgery.
Finally, let me just tell you why the Timberwolves have the worst fans in the NBA. In the first half after a made basket, the fans would literally give a golf clap for their team. It was ridiculous. Absolutely no energy in that arena whatsoever. But even beyond that, they're just downright rude. I came to the game with a couple friends to have a good time and cheer for my team. So literally after every made basket I would stand up in my Roy jersey and wave my red towel, and then I would immediately sit back down. I wasn't saying anything to anybody else. I was simply waving my towel and having a good time. But, some [jerks] sitting a few rows behind us decided they would try to ruin our good time by throwing napkins with ketchup at us. Seriously? Ketchup? How on earth do people think that's okay? The Target Center: Where Stupidity Happens. So I stood up and had a few choice words with those fans and eventually had to get security involved. The best part, though, was the whole game (because we were behind), when I would stand up and cheer, one of the [jerks] behind me kept yelling "LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD!" So I looked, and we were still behind, and that was too bad, but not really because I was having a ton of fun cheering for our team. But oh how nice it was to stand up and yell after Oden's big dunk toward the end, and then to turn around and tell the [jerk] behind us who was throwing stuff to "LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD NOW A##HOLE!!!" Oh man I loved it. What a great night to be a Blazer fan.