Boston Celtics 109, Golden State Warriors 106

I went to work and got a lot done, but I was tired.  I stopped at the record store and bought the Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of “It Happened One Night.”  I took a nap before I went out to catch a train to take me to the Oracle Arena.  I looked around in the team store but decided not to buy anything.  Ruby Lopez was absent from the game without explanation.  The Boston Celtics were in town, and everyone remembered the close game the two teams played in Boston.  The first quarter saw the Warriors not looking particularly good.  Stephen Curry didn’t score any points until the very end of the quarter, but he made it count, as it gave the Warriors the lead to end the period with a 23-21 score.  The fans felt uncomfortable for most of the game.  They were expecting the Warriors to take the lead and leave the Celtics behind.  Well, it didn’t happen, as the Celtics kept making their shots, where the Warriors went into their problems with bad passing and taking too many three-point shots at times.  The half ended with Boston ahead, 45-43.  Curry had only six points, and the game wasn’t looking too good.  We saw two teams of kids on the court playing a game during halftime.  They could have used some lessons on how difficult sports and everything else is life is.  Curry score the first six points of the third quarter, and it looked for a while as though the Warriors were making an impressive run of scoring points.  The crowd got angry at the referees for making bad calls, especially a phantom foul.  The Celtics took some good shots from close by, while the Warriors continued making mistakes.  The third quarter ended with the Celtics still ahead, with an 82-79 lead.  When the Celtics built up their lead to ten points, it looked as though a first loss at home for the Warriors was a definite possibility.  It felt like Stephen Curry had been out of the game for too long for the Warriors to come back.  They did manage to fight their way back to within two points, although Klay Thompson missed a huge shot, and the turnovers were hurting the team.  They were running out of chances with time running out.  Draymond Green couldn’t hang onto the ball in one of those final chances.  However, they did have the opportunity to tie the game.  They took two shots with as time ran out, but the game ended with a 109-106 loss.  It wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.  It was their first home loss of the season, and their first home loss since January 27, 2015.  The crowd was stunned and disappointed.  The team couldn’t overcome those turnovers this time.  The key three-point attempt was missed.  We didn’t want to see such sloppy play from this team.  It was exhausting to watch this game, and so I was eager to return home and go to sleep.  I hurried to the BART platform.  We had to cram into a five-car train.  I saw some baseball fans returning home from their game in San Francisco.  After I got off at my station, one disgruntled Warriors fan looked at me and cursed Draymond Green.  It didn’t seem right to make him the scapegoat, however.  I stopped to get a slice of pizza before I went home.  I watched Michael Landon on the Tonight Show from March 10, 1989, and he told a rabbit story that was taken out of urban legend.  Two years after this appearance, on May 9, 1991, he would return to talk about his cancer.  On July 1, he died at age 54.  I went sleep, looking forward to the start of baseball season.  Some of the people who died on April 2 include Samuel Morse (1872), Buddy Rich (1987), and Edwin Starr (2003).  Today is a birthday for Emmylou Harris (69) and Linda Hunt (71).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 2, Sonny and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, the Turtles, Otis Redding, and Donovan appeared at a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  In 1998, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli was found dead at age 32 in a Frankfurt hotel room after taking a combination of drugs and alcohol.  In 2003, fans walked out of a Pearl Jam concert after Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of George W. Bush on a microphone stand.  Also in 2003, Edwin Starr, famous for the Number One hit “War,” died of a heart attack at age 61.

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