I’m a fan of Texas Hold’Em. While I occasionally play for money, I have a firm belief that when I play poker with friends just for fun, weird stuff happens. More four-of-a-kinds. More people catch stupid things on the river. Bad beats happen more often. I think it’s because when there’s nothing on the line, people play looser than they normally would: when you’re not risking anything, that 8-4 off-suit suddenly looks like a winner. And every now and then, it is!
The 48-33 Brooklyn Nets, with nothing to play for, are at home for their final game of the season, taking on the 29-52 Detroit Pistons, also with nothing to play for, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s why I’m watching tonight’s game: because both teams don’t have any significant skin in the game, weird stuff is going to happen. Other than the starters sitting late, everything is up for grabs: will Toko force another five-second violation? Will Andray Blatche take over as point guard for possessions at a time? Will Kris Humphries attempt a three?
Anything is possible. And that’s what makes these games fun and wondrous: at some point Tyshawn Taylor is inevitably going to look at a metaphorical 8-4 offsuit and push all in. I can’t wait to see what comes up.