NBA Finals 1996 Game Three: Bulls at Sonics (Pt. 3)

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With about eight minutes left until haltime, the Bulls still lead by 16. NBC flashes a graphic: Seattle Sonics Finals: 41 assists, 43 turnovers.

“Not enough ball movement,” says commentator Matty Guokas. Bill Walton also keeps noting how Seattle’s offense is basically “throw the ball up” while the Bulls “just keep moving and passing the ball. An accurate assessment.

We see a commercial for Dark Skies, a short-lived NBC show about aliens. Predictive programming has been around for a long time, and in 1996 the aliens were still strong in the public consciousness. Then, Harry Potter and vampires kinda took over for a while. But there are a lot of lights in the night sky these days. Most of us are hoping for aliens.

Pastor Dave writes: By very definition, God is an alien, i.e., outside the earth. So many people are desperate to find alien life, listening for sounds from space, watching the night sky; yet they ignore the Bible, an inspired and precious Book given to us by our Creator—a self-proclaimed Supreme Being Who loves us, and has a purpose for our life and future. Evolutionists have one plan for your future… DEATH.

It is so ironic that many people today openly entertain the possibility of alien life forms in other solar systems and galaxies; while simultaneously denying the God of the Bible.

And where did man’s spirit come from in the evolutionary process if such a process exists? Why do animals not have spirits that seek after God, knowing evil from good? Man’s moral aspects are proof of a Supreme moral Being Who created man upright, but sin ruined everything.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 and 29, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. … Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”

Detlef Schrempf

Detlef Schrempf is waking up for the Sonics. Toni Kukoc and Luc Longley are solid on Chicago’s side. Other than Jordan, they are playing the best for the Bulls.

The international factor has arrived in the NBA Finals. I imagine Kukoc and Schrempf meeting secretly in a Seattle restaurant, chuckling about “stupid Americans” over cups of espresso.

Shawn Kemp, meanwhile, has made one field goal as halftime nears. He has three fouls.

The Sonics watch Jordan turnover, or “miscue” in Marv Albert’s description a couple of times. Schrempf and Gary Payton settle in. Key Arena in Seattle starts buzzing–the crowd was stunned into silence by the Bulls’ big first quarter–and everyone is poised for a Sonic burst. But it’s still 45-31 with 4:45 in the second.

Frank Brickowski

Dennis Rodman already has a technical; he got it early in the second for “throwing up his hands and waving” at the official, after a difficult foul call. But Rodman is just getting warm; when the easily-agitated Frank Brickowski checks in, the Worm immediately tangles with Brick.

Pretty soon, Brickowski has two fouls and is back on the bench.

Brickowski reminds me of someone who would beat up his sister’s boyfriend if the creep made her cry.

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Jordan senses the momentum wavering and promptly scores the next four field goals for the Bulls. The lead fattens back up to 21. This is one of the shots he made, in crude time lapse:

Jordan is incorporating this into his game in anticipation of a go-to move as he ages Anyone who plays basketball knows how 


difficult this shot is. If not, he should go and try it on an empty court. Wow. It’s a hanging fade-away from the free throw line, and he’s basically sitting down as it releases. It’s nearly unblockable. I call it the rocking chair. No one else does.

Later, Guokas watches Jordan sprint for a long pass and says, “He would have been a pretty good wide receiver.”

Walton: “Don’t encourage him, Matt.”

Halftime score: 62-38. Jordan has 27.

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