Funny thing… I watched tonight's Blazers game on the DVR as usual. When they got 15 down with about 8 minutes left, I started skipping forward in 30-second jumps. With 5 1/2 minutes left, I caught up with the live broadcast. At that point, they were down 18 and I did something I've never done before: with time still left on the clock, I deleted the program off the DVR menu, along with the post-game show and Talking Ball. Why suffer thru the rest?
But then, before I could turn the channel, the Blazers scored a couple times and I got this funny feeling: that they might just come back and win the dumb game. After all, those were the Bobcats. So I re-set the DVR to record the rest of it and went & watched "The Walking Dead" in the meanwhile (appropriately enough).
Of course, when I went back and watched the rest of the game--and overtime--on the DVR, my odd premonition proved correct: the Blazers DID come back from the dead. Having said that, I hadn't dreamt that the Blazers' comeback victory would be fueled by three Babbit 3-pointers--not to mention a few rebounds by the Pale One. In fact, during Babbitt's pathetic earlier stints in the game--e.g., when he airballed a wide-open three--I'd yelled out loud that he is not an NBA player.
Which still might be the case. Pretty much all he did tonight was grab a few boards and hit three wide open threes. The CBA is filled with guys who can do that on occasion. But look WHEN he did that damage: in absolutely critical situations, and on the road.
We've all heard ad nauseum that Babbitt shoots threes like they're layups in practice. If he's actually learning to relax under pressure and shoot it that way in games, I'm thinking he might be an NBA player after all.
But what do you think?