Ballin: Derrick Rose told reporters in pregame that he was “going to try and go crazy,” then he went out and went crazy. 35 points on 10-20 shooting, 14-15 on free throws, eight assists, two steals and three blocks. Five turnovers too, but let’s chalk that up to the Wizards accidentally rubbing off on him.

Not so much: Orlando is the worst. 42 points through three quarters, which is what the Minnesota Timberwolves scored in the third quarter alone. The 76ers weren’t much better, but they’re not the ones with a whiny big man.

This was weird: Watching this sequence last night, I couldn’t tell what was real and what was a replay.

I was trying to get stuff organized today and every time I looked up, somebody on the Clippers was making a three. Your first inclination is not to say, “Oh, they just made four straight threes with the Thunder taking only one shot,” but that’s exactly what happened. Kind of hilarious the Clippers ended up winning by 12 points.

This sucked: Down by two, ball in his hands, Nicolas Batum drives to the basket. Because he’s a Trail Blazer and they cannot escape knee injuries, he tweaks his knee and turns the ball over to drop a game Portland probably should have won. Batum said he “[didn't] think it will be too bad,” but that’s not how he was acting when it happened. Not cool.

Bad stats: John Wall had four or more turnovers for the 16th time in 21 games. Last season, he did that in 39 of 64 games, so he’s on pace to break that personal record. Maybe he should slow down a little bit.

Eye on the ball: Watch out, Kevin Love.

Worst part is the Rockets get the ball back. Well, the worst part is the nut shot, but the other worst part is the out of bounds call.

Oh hi: Michael Beasley, you guys. 34 points on 10-15 shooting, leading the Timberwolves to the fifth road win this year, which is exactly the number they’ve had in each of the past two seasons. I’m OK with the Timberwolves being good, but if we’re living in a world where Michael Beasley is an efficient scorer who makes teams better, then I’m not sure what’s going on.

This move: LeBron James doing his best Ricky Rubio.

Feel free to watch that entire highlight pack because it’s incredible. Nice job of being awesome last night, NBA.

Other things: Lots of great blocks last night. Gerald Wallace turned one back, then Gordon Hayward did the same (not on YouTube though) … Also some great missed dunks, coming from Russell Westbrook and Rodrigue Beaubois, though the second one isn’t online … Even NBA players loved Blake Griffin’s dunk … Here’s one of the worst jerseys you’ll ever see … Big Baby dove in the crowd again. We need to stop pressing our luck

Comments (12)

  1. The shittiest thing about that sequence where the Clips hit all those threes in a row is that Durant never touches the ball. There’s four tiny Clippers out there and Durant never touches the ball. The Clippers, at home, start to make a big run and Durant Never touches the ball. Westbrook turns it over with a selfish, out of control, drive (as usual), Harden chucks, and Durant sits there being supportive. I just don’t think that is a winning recipe. I know Skeets will disagree because he loves Westbrook and these Thunder, but I think Durant could feel that happening and should stem that tide before it occurs. He’s the best shooter on that court content to let his teammates do what they want. Too Nice.

    • Reading this in Tracy Morgan’s voice makes things even better.

      • Thanks! Me and basketball are like a team! Like Batman and Robin, or chicken and a chicken container.

    • the problem though isn’t westbrook. he’s one of the most talented point guards out there. if he’s making poor decisions and isn’t disciplined and not putting the ball where it should be, the blame lies with Scott Brooks. If he can’t corral his talent into playing to their potential, then he has to go.

      These are things that ought to be addressed in practice and play calling.

      when they get a new coach next year, the thunder are really going to be scary.

      • Yea… they did run some curious offense in last year’s playoffs when I watched them closely… but is firing Scotty the right decision?

  2. While I agree Durant should get more touches, that was not the worst part of that series. The worst part was after the Westbrook turnover, 2 thunder players never got back on def and butler nails a corner 3.

  3. trey, regarding that nba players tweets link, any idea what klove is talking about when he mentions “perks mantra”? I feel like you need to figure out what thats about.

  4. so when is the press conference for perkins retirement?

  5. Has there been a rule change where players aren’t required to dribble as long as they are doing something else with the ball like wrapping it around their own back?

  6. Bastard! He killed Perkins!

  7. doesn’t anyone else just love the commentary of the top ten from that day?? “kendrick perkins life just changed on this absolute nuke-job from blake griffin…” :D what a great line.
    had to at least mention that now. kinda late i know but still. nice1

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