Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Golden State Warriors 110

I finished up with work and went over to the record store to browse through their collection of used Blu-ray discs.  I decided to buy “Wall Street” for four dollars.  After I bought my late lunch, I headed over to the BART station to make my way to Oracle Arena.  I ran into an A’s fan who talked to me about possible home playoff games.  When I got to the arena, I was surprised that there was a giveaway of a Draymond Green bobblehead.  I went into the team store and bought a jersey before going to my seat.  My only impression of the Minnesota Timberwolves was that their jerseys were boring.  I wondered how much we would see of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson we would see in this game.  It was more than I thought.  The first quarter was a lot of scoring.  The little kid in front of me was hyperactive and too excited about the score, considering that it was a game that didn’t count.  The score at the end of one quarter was 37-36.  A lot of fans wanted to take photos of themselves with the court in the background.  From a quick look around the building, it looked like the Warriors had a lot of Asian fans.  The Warriors outscored the Timberwolves in the second quarter, 35-28, and so had the lead at 71-65 at halftime.  We saw the Dance Cam, although some of the familiar faces were absent.  We didn’t see the contests that we normally see during regular season games.  The stars played during the first part of the third quarter, but Steve Kerr took them out, and those substitutes had difficulty scoring points, so the Timberwolves crept drawing closer and would have the lead at the end of three quarters, 94-92.  People started leaving the building with five minutes left.  The Warriors had chances in the last two minutes but kept missing shots.  The final score wasn’t important, although some people cared.  It was 114-110.  After the last second ticked off the clock, I headed for the exit.  I listened to some fans talking about the outrageous cost of tickets at the Chase Center.  I don’t know if I will even live another thirty years so that I would consider a long-term commitment.  The BART employee at the station platform talked about how the place would become empty after the departure of the Raiders and Warriors.  He said that he worked with BART since 1988, and the world had changed for the worse in those years, with the homeless and the cost of living.  I heard that California was losing to Oregon at halftime, so I was glad that I didn’t go to that game.  Back at home, I saw that KQED was showing a double feature of Bogart and Bacall, with “Key Largo” and “To Have and Have Not.”  Some of the people who died on September 30 include James Dean (1955), Mary Ford (1977), Simone Signoret (1985), and Patrick White (1990).  Today is a birthday for Marion Cotillard (43), Fran Drescher (61), Barry Williams (64), and Angie Dickinson (87).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 30, James Dean was killed in a car accident at age 24 in 1955.  In 1982, Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album was released.  In 1991, the PBS game show “Where in the World is Carmen Santiago” made its debut.  Today is Marilyn McCoo’s 76th birthday and Johnny Mathis’ 84th birthday. 

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