Ballin: Either Andrew Bynum’ 16 and 30 or Rajon Rondo’s 10-10-20 take home the honors of night’s best line. But we already talked about Bynum, so let’s say wassup to Rajon Rondo’s video game triple-double. Good stats, even if he did go 3-16 from the field.
Not so much: Thumbs down to the Raptors, Suns, Rockets and Spurs for being the only teams to lose by double-digits on a fantastic night of basketball. The Raptors have nothing to play for and were playing a team who desperately need a win, but they get a pass. But those other three teams — especially the Rockets and Suns — really could have used those wins. Shame on you.
Impossible: Here’s Chris Paul absolutely shredding the entire Oklahoma City Thunder defense for a game-winning basket.
To be fair, Kevin Durant isn’t really involved in the play. So I guess it’s just Chris Paul decimating only four guys. Only four. No big deal. Carry on.
Not chill: Kevin Love took an inadvertent elbow to the head last night against the Nuggets, resulting in a mild concussion and overnight stay in the hospital. It’s nothing he could help at all, but I don’t even think I need to tell you that it was JaVale McGee’s elbow. Even in Denver, awkward things keep finding this guy.
Insult to injury: Then, after Love left the game, the Timberwolves went on to lose to the Nuggets after coming back from a 24-point deficit. That led to George Karl calling the game the Nuggets’ “worst win of the year.” Minnesota totally agrees, what with the failed comeback and the terrifying injury to their franchise superstar.
Crush: Add Serge Ibaka to the list of guys who don’t like Blake Griffin.
At this rate, the Thunder are really going to despise Blake Griffin, even if he did grown up in Oklahoma City. Watch your heads, Cole Aldrich and Nazr Mohammed.
Small samples: With last night’s win over the Cavaliers, the Pacers move to 2-0 when George Hill starts.
Quick contest: Of last night’s 11 games, nine had some sort of playoff implications. So that lends itself to a question. Of the two games that didn’t matter at all, which one was watched the least — Warriors-Trail Blazers or Kings-Hornets? Answer down below.
Capper: Is there a better way to end a night where you grabbed 30 rebounds and tried to steal the ball from your teammate than by swearing on live TV?
Banner night for a guy who is one of the NBA’s most undercover weirdos.
Fingies: HUGE win for the Knicks last night, beating the Bucks and putting two games between the two teams for the last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Huge shot by J.R. Smith to give the Knicks the lead. But the best part of last night’s Knicks game is Carmelo Anthony blaming his anti-clutch technical foul on hurting his fingers.
Other things: According to box score data, 20,502 fans watched Warriors-Blazers and 16,906 watched Kings-Hornets. Both of these numbers completely befuddle me … Shout out to Kevin Durant’s Native American kicks last night … Loved Rondo just chucking the ball as high as he possibly could to kill the last seconds of the Celtics’ win over the Hawks … Rudy Gay’s 32 points last night was the first game of 30 or more for a Grizzly this season … Luke Babbitt doesn’t like Rihanna or Beyonce because he only cares about the music, maaaaaan … Looks like Kobe Bryant stole Pete Campell’s suit