Ballin: Russell Westbrook had a weird line — 22 points and 13 rebounds (seven offensive) is great, 7-20 shooting and seven turnovers is not — but he gets the nod for saving the Thunder’s butts with a huge offensive rebound to seal the game after James Harden and Kevin Durant had missed free throws. But seriously, how dare he ballhog Serge Ibaka’s rebounds.
Not so much: Brendan Haywood was the only Mavericks starter who scored in double-digits in last night’s loss to the Grizzlies. Sure, Rodrigue Beaubois and Jason Terry went for 16 and 18, respectively, but when Brendan Haywood leads your starters in scoring, that’s not good. I don’t even care that Dirk Nowitzki left the game early. Step your games up, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.
Freak a lemon pie: Another nutmeg for Ricky Rubio.
NBA players — At this point, it might be less embarrassing to play defense with your feet together than have a ball go through your legs every night.
Forrest Gump: Nick Young and JaVale McGee were benched for the start of last night’s Wizards loss to the Magic. Asked if he understood what Randy Wittmann was trying to teach him, JaVale replied, “I can’t say I do, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out sooner or later.”
New Knicks saviors: J.R. Smith and Baron Davis are your Steve Novak and Jeremy Lin of the week.
Really good to have these two lunatics back. Missed both of them very much.
Bad action: Not the best night for Brandon Jennings. Not only did he go 2-7 and score just six points, he also saw Rajon Rondo hang a triple-double on him. Then, with the game on the line, he missed a wide-open layup and a pretty open three, all with less than eight seconds remaining. Otherwise, pretty solid outing.
S-M-R-T: Stephen Curry sat out last night’s game against the Hawks with a strained tendon in his right foot, except for the final three seconds when Mark Jackson put him in. Presumably he was a decoy, because nothing is more convincing than putting in an injured guy who hasn’t played all night.
Math: The Raptors scored three times as many points in the fourth quarter as they did in the third quarter. The 33 they scored in the fourth tied their season-high for a quarter, while the 11 in the third matched a season-low.
Tall jumps: Kenneth Faried is good at jumping.
“This is better than the dunk contest.” — you
Other things: Kobe Bryant wore a mask last night, which is apparently news? I don’t know, makes sense to me since he has a broken nose … There are rumors Keyon Dooling threw down a reverse last night, but I haven’t seen video, so I’m calling it a hoax … Could Monta Ellis be heading to the Magic? … Amar’e Stoudemire is wearing diamond grills. Bottoms or nothing, b … Really liked this Andre Iguodala dunk and this Jrue Holiday move