Yeah, meeting Tattood and TattoodCatsWife was great: very very good people!! Plus Tattood hooking me up so I could get some autos and shake hands with a good portion of our Cats was cool as well! Though it isn't as relaxed as meeting them Backcourt, it was funny to see the look of recognition in Lexy and Boris's face when they saw me. The French Connection: c'est magnifique!
Likewise I was hit in the head with the upgrade wand and was 2nd row center court behind our cherished PA announcer. Looks like everybody who went got an upgrade but Keetch; it's cool that they help out us upper deckers like they do and give us $300 seats, but they need to look after guys like Keetch too; if not give a refund, put him on the floor for crying out loud!!!
It's amazing the amount of dialogue you can hear sitting center court that close. Instead of breaking down the game, since others have already done that better than I could anyway before me on this thread, I'll list a few good lines I heard:
+ Coach Iavaroni during one of the turnover fests in the 2nd qtr runs his hands through his hair and says, "Oh my god. I can't watch this slop."
+ Raja gets called for a foul on Gasol. He goes over to Gasol and asks, "Did I hit your hand going for the ball?" Gasol shakes his head no. Raja goes over to ref 19 who made the call and says, "Even he says I didn't foul him. He held the ball above his head and I smacked it out of his hands. That's easy enough."
+ After Raja missed one of his few shots, he comes back down the court guarding Mayo and tells Mayo while he's guarding him, "That's my fault. I should've had that one down there, right?" I don't know if it's because Raja had been all over his ass the entire game or inside his head the entire game or both, but Mayo just stopped trying to cut to the basket, or move around screens to get open as if he were trying to figure out if Raja was asking a rhetorical question, or really wanted an answer. A few seconds later he started to move without the ball again, but for 8 or so seconds, Mayo was completely lost...hilarious!
+ At the scorer's table Raja asked the guy, "Is it cold in here or is it just me?" as he blows into his hands. Couldn't hear what the guy said if anything, but Raja followed with, "Oh yeah. It usually is just me."
Lots of other good interchange, but this is the stuff I remember verbatim. Lesson to be learned, Raja's excellent style of play is matched only by his excellent personality.