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Robert Horry: Mr. Clutch

June 19, 2005

"I respect the art of the show"
-The White Stripes "My Doorbell"

"Ask them originals, cause they know"
-Nate Dogg (on supporting vocals), Mos Def "Oh No"

This past weekend in Nashville was a fantastic time. Glenn's wedding was nice, the reception was wonderful, Father's Day today was good with my Dad and my Granddaddy Blaylock, and overall it was a fun time. More on that tomorrow.

Robert Horry is a clutch shooter
Horry doesn't like the nickname Big Shot Bob, but he is a clutch shooter.

On the plane ride home, I knew the Spurs/Pistons game was going on, but I had no way to watch it. These are the sacrifices we make in life. Then, as we approached Tampa, a first: the pilot got on the intercom and told us that the Spurs beat the Pistons by one point in overtime. The 1/5 full plane broke out into scattered applause, including me, even though I woke up just a moment or two before.

When I got home, I found out that Mr. Clutch, the Nate Dogg of the NBA, Robert Horry, had nailed a game winning three-pointer to give San Antonio the win to put them up 3-2 going back home to San Antonio. Now keep in mind that Miami was up 3-2 on Detroit and choked, but certainly needing one victory to win the NBA Championship vs. needing two straight is preferable for San Antonio. I'll be glued to the tube on Tuesday night...

On top of the game-winner, Horry hit a slashing dunk in OT, a move that, according to the sports writers I read, he had supposedly "lost" at the age of 34.

Some quotes about the game winner and Horry:

Pistons coach Larry Brown (on Rasheed Wallace, who was supposed to be guarding Horry): "I'll be damned if I let my guy take a three (in that situation)."

Horry's Spurs teammate (and future Hall of Famer) Tim Duncan: "Rob just hangs out the entire game. He does it all season long, he doesn't do anything. He doesn't feel like playing. He shows up sometimes, and then you put him in the fourth quarter in a big game, whether it be regular season or the playoffs and he's like, 'OK, it's time to play now. I've been hanging out the entire season, it's time to play now.' And he just turns it on."

Robert Horry: "I just got the ball back, and since I was shooting well, I wanted to let it fly."

Pistons guard Chauncy Billups: "(Robert Horry) was unbelievable. He made all the right plays at the right times."

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