Ballin: Non-All-Star Josh Smith put up very non-All-Star numbers last night, going for 30 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks. Actual All-Star, teammate Joe Johnson, had six points on 2-10 shooting. Good choice, coaches.
Not so much: Due to injuries, the Nuggets started Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Corey Brewer, Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos. They combined to score 39 points.
Double up: The Los Angeles Clippers went all Minnesota Timberwolves last night, throwing down a double alley-oop.
According to the play-by-play data, DeAndre Jordan was credited with a missed layup and Blake Griffin gets an offensive rebound and a dunk. Seems fair, even though missing out on this assist cost Chris Paul his ninth double-digit assists game of the season.
Bad action: In the last 41 seconds of last night’s game against the Rockets, Kevin Durant missed four shots. The Thunder as a whole went 0-for-9 in the last 2:43. Obviously, Kevin Durant and the Thunder both suck.
Still relevant: Happy belated Valentine’s Day from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Totally nailed it. Every single one of them. Perfect pitch, perfect phrasing, perfect everything.
New nickname alert: “Yellow Mamba” — Marco Belinelli in a postgame interview talking about Jeremy Lin. Probably won’t stick.
Strong: Pretty nice dunk for Derrick Williams.
Being left-handed certainly helped there. Way easier to avoid the shotblocker, if he’s not thinking you’re going to go southpaw. Something Tristan Thompson should keep in mind, since he gets his dunks blocked all the time.
Off the radar: Jeremy Lin leads the AP recap of the Spurs game, even though they were playing the Raptors. He’s become bigger than sports, completely overshadowing the fact that the Spurs have won nine straight games and are now second in the Western Conference.
Slump: Since their big win over a Bulls team that didn’t have Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, the 76ers have gone 4-4 with losses to the Heat, Spurs, Clippers and Magic. Don’t worry — they took care of the Hawks, Lakers, Cavaliers and Bobcats. Might hurt the whole “elite” thing.
Other things: This tiny Warriors fan is the best … An off-the-glass alley-oop by a team that is losing? For shame … Could Pau Gasol be headed to the Timberwolves? I sure hope so, just because it would finally fulfill my lifelong wish to see Pau and Brad Miller on the same team … All of the Jeremy Lin puns you could ever need (you don’t need any but you’re going to get ‘em anyway) … The three-point contest field is set. I’m guessing a James Jones repeat