Word on the Street

Microwave (mi’-kruh-wav’) noun. Any player who has the ability to score a large number of points in a short period of time, usually immediately after coming off the bench.

Usage example: Tracy McGrady once scored 13 points in 35 seconds to beat the Spurs. (yeah I know) He was a Microwave that game!

Word history: Let me set the stage for this one. It was May 5th, 1985. Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The world champion Boston Celtics versus the underdog Detroit Pistons in the steamy Joe Louis Arena. The Celtics were ahead 87-76 after three quarters and seemed destined to take a 3-1 series lead back to the Boston Garden for Game 5. That is, until Vinnie Johnson developed a terminal case of being on fire. Terminal for the Celts, anyway. In a miraculous off-the-bench scoring explosion, Johnson hit for 22 points (on 10 of 11 shooting) in the final period, leading the Pistons to a 102-99 win and tying the series. Danny Ainge, whose eyebrows were burned off during the brutal scorching, said,

“If that guy in Chicago is ‘The Refrigerator’ (referring to former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William Perry), then Vinnie Johnson is The Microwave. He sure heats up in a hurry.”

Unfortunately for the Pistons, Vinnie played more like The Styrofoam Container over the next two games. Not surprisingly, the Celtics closed out the series in six.

Vinnie Johnson: the original Microwave.


Ok, It was against my team, but still …fuckin’ amazing!


Labels: Tracy McGrady / Vinnie Johnson / Danny Ainge / Boston Celtics / Detroit Pistons / San Antonio Spurs / NBA Eastern Conference / NBA / Word on the Street


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