Jamais Cascio, the author, once said, “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” Phil Klay, the famous writer, broke it down like this, “Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn’t.” Then Joshua Waitzkin, the chess player, put it where the goats could get it when he spit, “The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.”
Well playas…the Indiana Pacers weren’t brittle in the face of adversity on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Boogie Cousins and the Sacramento Kings had these boyz on the ropes bleedin’ from the mouth for most of the night. Down by as much as 16 points in the third quarter a dun by the name of Paul George put a boy on his back and led the blue and gold to a 115-111 overtime win.
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! As much as you’ve heard me say that Paul George isn’t an Alpha Male and that he’s the best player but not the leader. Well, he’s definitely startin’ to prove me wrong bruh. When boyz have needed a dun to step up and take over lately, he’s been that dude and Friday night was a prime example of that.
Ole boy finished with 33 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists but givin’ it to you like that doesn’t give his numbers any justice. Let me break it down like a playa at a pimp convention for you. He scored the last 6 points in regulation to get these boyz into overtime and then he gave them the lead three times durin’ the overtime to help win the game. Did I mention that he was 16 of 17 from the charity stripe too? He’s leadin’ the NBA in free throw shootin’ percentage at 92 percent bruh! That’s NUTS!!!
What does that mean? It means that they want the ball in that dun’s hands when it counts playa. Everybody in the buildin’ knew that PG13 was handlin’ the rock and takin’ the last shots on Friday night. Give ’em the rock and get out of the way playa. He’s either goin’ to make it, And 1 a boy or make both of the free throws. Either way you’re good with him havin’ the ball. That’s a leader! He hasn’t always been that dude. Now he’s goin’ to work like he should.
Don’t get it twisted bruh, PG wasn’t the only cat that jumped out of the whip ready to fight on Friday night. CJ Miles came out of the passenger side door bussin’ three’s on a boy. He was so confident in his shot that he only took joints from behind the arc. He knocked down 18 points on 6 three pointers. Wheredeydodatat? Jeff Teague put in major work comin’ out of the back seat finishin’ with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. As a team they shot 48 percent from the field but played with the hearts of a lion down the stretch.
Boogie Cousins did his usual for the Kings. He acted like the school yard bully tryin’ to intimidate boyz with his attitude and his game. He did put up 26 points and grab 16 rebounds though! He’s no joke bruh but it wasn’t enough to keep the surgin’ Pacers from walkin’ out of the joint with everybody’s sneakers and jewelry. Stop me when I start lyin’!
Up next: The Beard and the Houston Rockets on Sunday 1/29
1) Spit: verb – to say
2) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
3) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as elementary as possible. To put it at ground level so everyone can understand it.
The caption under the photo isn’t real but it’s REAL talk!