Things of Note for May 1, 2012

Ballin: Solid little 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and 11-18 shooting night for Dwyane Wade. Nothing wowsersons about it, but a pretty chill line.

Not so much: Amar’e Stoudemire cut his hand up punching the glass that covers a fire extinguisher, requiring stitches and basically ruling him out for Game 3 and possibly the series. This might sound like a crushing blow, but Amar’e's only gone 8-16 and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first two games of this series, so who cares. Drama makes the Knicks better. They’ll probably win Game 3 now.

Random task: If you were wondering why there’s an “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” reference on the internet in 2012, it’s because of this.

Who throws a shoe? (Ron Artest.) Honestly. That really hurt.

Bricktown: While we were all watching Heat-Knicks, the Pacers and Magic were combining to shoot 10-45 from three, so I think we made the right choice.

Throwdown: Pretty decent dunk from Delonte West last night.

I’m consistently amazed that Delonte West doesn’t put up better numbers because it seems like he’s always doing so much. Must be the neck tattoos.

The difference: During last season’s playoffs, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry didn’t miss those 3-pointers in the last minute, and Dirk definitely didn’t miss the one-legger from the baseline. This year, they did and the Mavericks are down 0-2.

Celebrate good times: Charles Barkley won an Emmy last night (Best Kinda Fat Guy on a Basketball Show), so the “Inside the NBA” crew had to throw him a party.

I was unaware that Charles Barkley doesn’t fancy having champagne poured all over him while working in a studio.

Zoaked: Word on the street is that someone at the Pacers game spilled beer all over David Stern (not for winning an Emmy, probably). RIP to that person.

Other things: Paul Silas is out as Bobcats coach because apparently it’s hard to get re-hired when you’ve set the record for worst all-time winning percentage … Do you prefer “Bloody Idiot” or “Glasshole” as your Amar’e Stoudemire headline? … In case you were wondering, LeBron’s mouthguard still said “XVI” despite ridiculous speculation he might wear a different one every game … Jordan Hill might be in a lot of trouble … Apparently there are 13 new basketball positions, which is going to make the game way more confusing and crowded