By Sam Rubenstein

Before I get to the W.I.N.N.E.R.S., I’d like to take a moment to put my head in my hands and shake my head in disgust upon reading this news. The NBA is going to be in Second Life. For those of you unfamiliar with what Second Life is, I will give you a brief summary: Imagine if the most mundane routine parts of your life were made into a video game that is impossible to navigate. That is all. Maybe I am short-changing it and I’m angry cause they stole my idea, but I have had bad experiences with Second Life. I tried to change my character’s shirt and now he’s wearing a bunny rabbit costume that I can’t take off.

Wikipedia has a better explanation. You know how in movies about the future there is always that theme of mankind giving too much power to technology which eventually turns on them? Second Life is going to be at the forefront of when that happens. I’m only mentioning this now because the NBA is getting involved.

But I’m still excited about Project Offset.

Onto the W.I.N.N.E.R.S.

HOUSTON: One small fact I left out of this morning’s post was that T-Mac had 26 points and 16 assists. Second Round (second life?) here he comes.

CLEVELAND: Gerald Wallace. LeBron and Big Z did what they did, but it was Gilbert’s awkward landing on Gerald Wallace that made this series a sweep.

SAN ANTONIO: Some guys just have that magic. BIG SHOT BOB. It doesn’t even matter that Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Bowen, pretty much the whole team did more for 95% of the game. At half time of the Lakers game on Sunday they asked Kobe about his top 5 playoff moments, and one of them was Robert Horry’s ridiculously lucky shot to beat the Kings. Only it wasn’t luck. Big Shot Bob = playoff wins. You can’t even quantify with points or rebounds or match-ups or strategies or psychology. He hits big shots in the playoffs and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. He missed one in the year following the Laker three-peat that would have given them momentum, and that put an end to their title run. While Dirk and Avery are having a public feud about what kind of attitude you need to have to be a W.I.N.N.E.R., Robert Horry just is.