Could an epidemic be forming for sports fans throughout southeast Louisiana?

Companies have watched production levels slowly dwindle in recent days.

Students are fighting to stay awake in class.

Yawns are becoming all too prevalent for many sports fans in the area.

What has caused people in the region to lose countless hours of valuable sleep this week?

The answer is simple ... the NBA playoffs.

This may sound familiar to many long time readers because I wrote a similar column 10 years ago – May 10, 2008 to be exact – when talking about the NBA playoffs.

In 2008, it centered on the then New Orleans Hornets showdown against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals.

That column focused on the NBA scheduling the Hornets games late at night to accommodate the national television coverage. In case you forgot, New Orleans defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games before dropping a seven-game series to the San Antonio Spurs.

Fast forward 10 years, and south Louisiana baseball fans once again feeling a bit sleep deprived. The Pelicans are battling the Portland Trail Blazers for a spot in the Western Conference semifinals.

If Game 1 was any indication, fans need to be prepared for an exciting series.

Despite a late charge by the Trail Blazers, the Pelicans were able to take 1-0 series lead with a 97-95 win Saturday night. If the game had lasted a few minutes longer, it would have ended early Sunday morning.

To advance in this series, the Pelicans needed its starts to step up, and that’s what exactly happened in Game 1.

Anthony Davis led the way with a game-high 35 points and 14 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday pitched in with 21 points and had a game-clinching block in the final seconds. Other key contributors for the Pelicans were Nikola Mirotic (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (17 assists).

It also helped that several key players for the Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Evan Turner – struggled on offense for most of the game.

That was basically a recipe for success for the Pelicans.

It was also a recipe for a lack of sleep for area Pelicans fans.

The Pelicans are heading into Tuesday night’s Game 2 in Portland, Ore., with momentum on their side. They stole the home-court advantage from the Trail Blazers with Saturday’s win and could take a step closer to the Western Conference semifinals with a win Tuesday night.

But if you want to watch Tuesday night’s Game 2, be prepared to stay up way past your bedtime. The game is scheduled to tip off at 9:30 p.m. and will be televised by TNT.

Yawn … I’m already thinking about the late start to that game.

Luckily, the late nights will end – sort of – when the Pelicans return to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4, as those games are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and 4 p.m.respectively. But once the series returns to Portland, we can more late nights and 9 p.m. to later starts.

If the Pelicans win the series and advance to the Western Conference semifinals, the late nights will only continue. The Pelicans likely opponent would be the Golden State Warriors … another West Coast team.

But Pelicans fans already know the playoff drill. They need to take a nap and drink lots of coffee so we can stay awake and hopefully cheer the Pelicans onto victory.

Brent St. Germain is the sports editor of The Courier and the Daily Comet. He can be reached at 857-2239 or 448-7600 ext. 2239 or by e-mail at brent.st.germain@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @Brentstg.

 

Could an epidemic be forming for sports fans throughout southeast Louisiana?

Companies have watched production levels slowly dwindle in recent days.

Students are fighting to stay awake in class.

Yawns are becoming all too prevalent for many sports fans in the area.

What has caused people in the region to lose countless hours of valuable sleep this week?

The answer is simple ... the NBA playoffs.

This may sound familiar to many long time readers because I wrote a similar column 10 years ago – May 10, 2008 to be exact – when talking about the NBA playoffs.

In 2008, it centered on the then New Orleans Hornets showdown against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals.

That column focused on the NBA scheduling the Hornets games late at night to accommodate the national television coverage. In case you forgot, New Orleans defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games before dropping a seven-game series to the San Antonio Spurs.

Fast forward 10 years, and south Louisiana baseball fans once again feeling a bit sleep deprived. The Pelicans are battling the Portland Trail Blazers for a spot in the Western Conference semifinals.

If Game 1 was any indication, fans need to be prepared for an exciting series.

Despite a late charge by the Trail Blazers, the Pelicans were able to take 1-0 series lead with a 97-95 win Saturday night. If the game had lasted a few minutes longer, it would have ended early Sunday morning.

To advance in this series, the Pelicans needed its starts to step up, and that’s what exactly happened in Game 1.

Anthony Davis led the way with a game-high 35 points and 14 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday pitched in with 21 points and had a game-clinching block in the final seconds. Other key contributors for the Pelicans were Nikola Mirotic (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (17 assists).

It also helped that several key players for the Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Evan Turner – struggled on offense for most of the game.

That was basically a recipe for success for the Pelicans.

It was also a recipe for a lack of sleep for area Pelicans fans.

The Pelicans are heading into tonight’s Game 2 in Portland, Ore., with momentum on their side. They stole the home-court advantage from the Trail Blazers with Saturday’s win and could take a step closer to the Western Conference semifinals with a win tonight.

But if you want to watch tonight’s Game 2, be prepared to stay up way past your bedtime. The game is scheduled to tip off at 9:30 p.m. and will be televised by TNT.

Yawn … I’m already thinking about the late start to that game.

Luckily, the late nights will end – sort of – when the Pelicans return to New Orleans for Games 3 and 4, as those games are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and 4 p.m.respectively. But once the series returns to Portland, we can more late nights and 9 p.m. to later starts.

If the Pelicans win the series and advance to the Western Conference semifinals, the late nights will only continue. The Pelicans likely opponent would be the Golden State Warriors … another West Coast team.

But Pelicans fans already know the playoff drill. They need to take a nap and drink lots of coffee so we can stay awake and hopefully cheer the Pelicans onto victory.

Brent St. Germain is the sports editor of The Courier and the Daily Comet. He can be reached at 857-2239 or 448-7600 ext. 2239 or by e-mail at brent.st.germain@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @Brentstg.