Big Ben: Heat Make it a Series, Judge Runs Through a Freakin’ Wall

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DENVER, CO – The Heat came up with a monster fourth quarter in Game 2 in Denver and have made this a series. It’s hard not to root for this plucky band of undrafted free agents and over-acheivers. Speaking of things that are hard not to like, even Mets’ fans must have appreciated Aaron Judge literally going through a wall to make a great catch to preserve a win against the Dodgers.

Heating up in Denver

Down eight going into the 4th against a Nuggets team that dominating them over most of the first 7 quarters of the series, it looked all but over for the Heat. Sure they’d play tough at home, but the Nuggets would likely find a way to get the split and take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series coming back to Denver. But the fun part about this Heat team is they play their best when it looks the worst.

Two of their heralded undrafted free agents, Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent, were keys to the stunning fourth quarter comeback. I still think Denver pulls the series out, but it got a lot more interesting.

Vegas continues to underestimate Miami. They are a whopping 15-7 against the spread in these playoffs (counting the play-in games) and have won 10 games outright as an underdog, including 7 where they were getting 7.5 points or more. That includes Game 2 of the Finals. And they are underdogs in Game 3 at home. Betting on this team in these playoffs has been lucrative and may continue to be.

Judge Goes Through a Wall

Aaron Judge running through the wall in LA like the damn Kool-Aid Man was phenomenal and can’t be discussed enough. The guy was still running full speed one step from the wall. 99% of outfielders would have pulled up there and no one would have blamed him if he did. In fact, we would probably prefer it.

Bizarrely, the runner on first was awarded second because Judge was deemed to be out of the field of play. Isn’t that on the Dodgers to come up with a less crappy fence? I know a guy.

This man seems even better than last year. He’s playing with a little extra swagger and I like his chances of a big post- season, if he gets the opportunity. The superhuman Judge joked “the wall got the worst of it.” It sure did. Sure Judge hurt his toe, but the wall may have to be totally replaced. Take that, wall.

Ben Whitney

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.