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.
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