Ballin: Oh hi, playoffs Tim Duncan. 26 points on 12-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Last time we saw that from Timmy Deucecan was January 2010, but he has a painting of himself in an attic that grotesquely ages every time he puts up huge numbers, so don’t worry about it.
Not so much: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 52 points in the Miami Heat’s Game 2 loss to the Pacers. Considering you can find out the final score, then you can also find out that the other eight Heat players combined to score 23 points, with Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier “leading the way” with five points apiece. The non-Heatles combined to go 9-34 from the field while committing seven turnovers. Not good.
Microcosm: I wonder if anyone will talk about this today?
Microcosmy, part 2: They might talk about this too.
Lost in the shuffle, I’m sure, we’ll be the fact that LeBron played the entire second half, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter (and added six rebounds, an assist and three steals), and that Mario Chalmers shot a better percentage and made nearly twice as many threes than LeBron in the regular season. That is just how sports works. When you’re the reigning MVP and you miss two free throws that would have taken the lead, let another guy take a huge shot down the stretch, then let yet another guy take a huger shot and people will talk. So it goes.
Hello new world: Great games from two youngsters last night. Kawhi Leonard went for 16 points, six rebounds, three steals and a block. Eric Bledsoe poured in a career-high 23 points and added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. We’re in good (giant) hands.
Tsk tsk: We see you, Tiago Splitter. Get it together.
Hundred hand slap: This is one of the better passes you’ll see this postseason.
Even if you hate them, you have to admit that when the Miami Heat do something cool, it’s REALLY cool.
Silly hustle: Hard to tell, but the general consensus seems to be that this ball that George Hill chased down would have gone to the Pacers if G-Dawg hadn’t touched it. Nice wheels though.
Spin cycle: Whose spin move was better — Dwyane Wade’s or LeBron James’? Hard choice, but I think I’m going Wade because it was very funny how he was stunned that he was that wide-open after his move.
Other things: Matt Bonner blocked a Blake Griffin shot last night, but it’s not on YouTube. This is an affront to the internet’s sensibilities … Cool Spurs jersey, DJ Kevin … This play — where LeBron James was stripped of his hairline-concealing headband — might be the reason LeBron didn’t perform down the stretch. He’s powerless without that terrycloth … Be careful, Kawhi Leonard. There’s a Blake Griffin behind you … Barkley and Shaq with their shirts off, if you’re interested