Ballin: Take your pick between LaMarcus Aldridge’s 28 points and 14 rebounds or Stephen Curry’s 29 points and 12 assists. Or Derrick Rose’s 32 points and 13 assists. Or Amar’e Stoudemire’s 34 and 11. Lots of good action to choose from.

Not so much: Trevor Ariza had more turnovers than made shots, which wouldn’t be a problem if he didn’t take 10 shots and play 33 minutes.

Smooth: Check out Jamaal Tinsley over here doing things.

I have to say, I’m very much liking this tiny, tiny renaissance that seems to be moving at a one highlight per month pace. Can’t wait to see what happens in March.

They said it: Amar’e Stoudemire took a game-tying three with 11.4 seconds remaining, missed it and then said, “That shot normally falls for me.” His coach, Mike D’Antoni, said, “He can make that shot as well as anybody.”

FYI: Amar’e Stoudemire is a career .254 three-point shooter and is currently shooting .313 from deep, both far below the league average. So no.

LeBron jokes: Want to hear some guys giggling about LeBron James’ hairline? Sure you do.

Sounds familiar.

Old Man River: Remember when Kurt Thomas led the Bulls in scoring during a game last season? That was weird. So was when he scored eight points in nine minutes for the Blazers last night.

Vintage Warriors: Monta Ellis and Corey Maggete, bro-ing down.

Corey Maggette needs to be traded back to Golden State posthaste. This is literally the best handshake I’ve ever seen.

Other things: New shoes for Derrick Rose, the adiZero Rose 2.5 “Brenda,” named for his mom … Nice move by Amar’e Stoudemire, though it’s not too hard to fool Carlos Boozer … Timofey Mozgov nearly killed Blake Griffin, which I think is fair considering their history … This is fancy … Check out the All-Star starters, we’ll be talking reserves on The Overdose later today

Comments (9)

  1. I think DRose played a little more than 13 minutes.

  2. Oh Carlos Boozer…. On a team full of good defenders (especially amongst their bigs) how can you still be so terrible at guarding your man? Every time Booz is matched up against any good (and especially tall) PF he just gets lit up.

    Who would’ve thought his defensive style of yelling “and-1″ while being comically out of position wouldn’t be effective?

  3. Kerbz, Congrats on this ToNf idea. I totally love these tiny bits. That Magette handshake is hilarious, he needs to find another teammate to pull this stuff. If we cannot for his play, we should praise him for this. And Boozer, he’s standing so flat footed to begin with and seems like he has litterally no ability to react to any move made on him. Is there anyone as lethargic on defense as him?

  4. Lebron James’ handshakes with all of his teammates at Cleveland were better. Have to say this one is pretty sick though!!

  5. GREATEST HANDSHAKE in handshaking history. I should know, I’m a historian. (actually no im not)

  6. Wow, Carlos Boozer, showing just enough to look like he cares about defense, but lets his man slip by him.
    Boozer would make a great Matador, wouldn’t it be great if Boozer didn’t play for the Bulls, so when Derrick Rose or Loul Deng blew past him…the crowd could yell, OOOOLAY!

  7. Apparently, I was the only one who thought the Melo-to-Chandler alley-oop over three Bulls was the sickest play of the game. It didn’t even made Sportscenter.

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