By identity on Apr 07, 2009
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The classic matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers is underway. The Celtics drew first blood as Paul Pierce came back from a knee injury to lead his team to victory.
I'm pulling for the Celtics to win, because I really want Kevin Garnett to get a ring.
It's going to be a great series!
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I just had a mashed up participation age experience. My daughter is visiting us this week with her husband and two little boys. At 6:15 this morning, I was studying at my desk when I got a phone call from Heidi on her cell phone. I didn't even know she was out of bed, but she was two miles away, running along on a ten-mile course, not letting her vacation get in the way of marathon training.
As she continued to run, she asked me to visit MapMyRun.com, a Google Maps mashup that plotted distances and checkpoints on a map. She was concerned that she had miscalculated the length of her course. So, in real time, as she ran along, we plotted a small course correction that would give her the full ten miles she wanted.
Cell phones and mashups - it has come a long ways since I was a distance runner, some 150 pounds ago!
This was particularly sweet because the 11-2 Cougars hadn't had a winning season since 2001 and hadn't won a bowl game since 1996. That, plus quarterback John Beck, the second leading passer in BYU's history of great quarterbacks, grew up just a few miles from my home in Mesa, Arizona.
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Steve Nash's face tells the story. Giving his all, but no more miracle finishes. No more overachieving. The Dallas Mavericks came back from an 18 point deficit to win over the Suns 102-93 in convincing fashion.
Congratulations to the Mavericks, who advance to the finals for the first time in their history. And congratulations, Terry Sigle. Your team won this year!
Tonight was bittersweet. It was agonizing to lose, but considering that most people thought the Suns would be a sub-500 team without Amare Stoudamire, the Suns had a wonderful season. Steve Nash repeating as MVP, Boris Diaw recognized as the most improved player, two seven-game playoff series wins, NBA highest scoring team and most of the active rotation achieving career-level statistics -- it has been a season to remember. Next year Amare will be back -- can't wait!
Raja Bell unexpectedly stepped into the starting lineup tonght and sparked the Suns to a resounding 106 - 86 win over the Mavericks. Each Suns player seemed to elevate his game a notch in response to Raja's inspired play. Boris Diaw actually slam dunked over Dirk Nowitzki!
Now, back to Dallas on Thursday! It's a great series!
The Suns lost another game to the Mavericks Sunday, falling victim to their short bench, reduced intensity and very visible lack of Raja Bell.
As reported by Jerry Brown in the East Valley Tribune, Steve Nash said, speaking of the injured Bell, "I think we really miss his leadership, the way he plays, just by example ... how he fights, and how he never gives in. It would be easy to say his talent and the depth it would afford us, but more than anything I think it’s his toughness and attitude.”
Will Raja be back for game 4? Will it make a difference? We'll wait anxiously for answers to both questions.
Friday night, we attended my daughter Holly's dance concert during the Suns/Mavericks playoff game. It may be considered heresy in some circles, but we kept up with the score of the game via my Treo 650 PDA. Alas, the Suns lost. But they take home court advantage back to the US Airways Center on Sunday.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune reports that Phoenix Still Has Reason to Smile: "The Suns got what they came for - a split and home-court advantage. Beyond that, they proved they can hang with the Mavericks without Raja Bell."
I think Suns will win in 7 games.
My good friend Terry Sigle sent me an email from Dallas today entitled "Go Mavs!"
I think he remembered last year when I blogged about the Suns beating the Mavericks in the NBA playoffs. Now, NBA MVP Steve Nash will battle his good friend Dirk Nowitzki in the Western Conference Finals.
Discovering Identity was founded on blogs.sun.com in May 2005 as a means of documenting my exploration of the field of Identity and Access Management. In February, 2010, I switched to hosting the blog at DiscoveringIdentity.com. In March 2012, I began posting Oracle-related information in both places.
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