2011 NBA Playoffs: Worth Losing Sleep Over

I’m a zombie these days. I am every year at this time. Because ’tis the season of the National Basketball Association playoffs. And with games on Turner Network Television and ESPN almost every night of the week I’m getting very little sleep.

You see, living on the east coast I have to stay up to watch the west coast games. So if I want to watch Dallas, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Memphis I have to stay up until at least one in the morning. Tonight it’s 1:35 a.m. and I’m watching the Oklahoma City Thunder led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take on the Memphis Grizzlies of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. They are in triple overtime. The Thunder and Grizzlies played an overtime game on Saturday afternoon also.

Of course, I have to get up for work tomorrow. Of course, I will drag myself in and try not to fall asleep at my desk. Who knows? I may just call in sick or go in late. But it’s worth it.

It’s been worth it to watch the Lakers collapse and loss to Dallas in four straight. It was worth it to see Dirk Nowitzki just take it to L.A. The Lakers had no answer for him. It was worth it to see Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom struggle. It was worth every bit of lost sleep.

It’s been worth it to watch Memphis and Oklahoma City battle it out. It is worth it to see local Maryland boy Kevin Durant show off his all-star skills. It is worth it to see Durant’s Montrose Christian Academy teammate Greives Vasquez get extended minutes and play well. It is worth it to see the Grizzlies come from behind on Saturday to win in overtime and the Thunder return the favor tonight.

It’s been worth it to see the Miami Heat’s team along with the “Big Three” of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh silence some o f their critics by taking a three to one series lead over the Boston Celtics. The Heat and Celtics went to overtime as well tonight. And seeing Lebron James, who many felt had given up being the man by simply signing with the Heat who already had Wade, coming through with the big shots in the clutch. It’s worth it to see two more locals Jeff Green and Delonte West playing for the Celtics.

It’s been worth it to see the Chicago Bulls MVP guard Derek Rose try to put his team on his back against the Atlanta Hawks. And the Hawks responding to the challenge as the series is tied at two games apiece. The Hawks have already defeated Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Can they do the same to Rose and the Bulls?

Memphis has already defeated the San Antonio Spurs. Can the eighth seeded Grizzlies follow it up by defeating Oklahoma City.

The Heat finally won a big game in Boston. Can they finish the series back in Miami? If they don’t win game five will they be able to win another on the road against the Celtics or are we looking at a game seven?

Dallas has already disposed of the Lakers so they can sit back and watch with the rest of us for a while.

As for me, I’ve gotta get some sleep. Oklahoma City has finished off the Grizzlies. The triple overtime game is in the books.

It’s 1:51 a.m. I’m tired.

But it’s worth it.