Ballin: 23 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks for Dwight Howard, who wore one of those starred up headbands as a part of the NBA celebrating Veterans Day. I’m not positive, but it might have been Dwight’s first NBA game wearing a headband. Looking at the results, he should wear one all the time.

Not so much: After a 2-0 start that saw the team score more than 100 in both games, the Orlando Magic have failed to score more than 93 in their next four games, all of which were losses. Last night’s 74 against the Nets comes just two days after scoring 68 (also against the Nets), and I am starting to think that Orlando is maybe starting to miss Mr. Headbands A Make Her Dance up there.

Ruuu-deee, Ruuu-deee: This is a very big dunk.

That Chris Bosh non-jump reminds me very much of this Chris Bosh non-jump. King of the non-jumps, this guy.

What the Ell?: Seven threes and a career-high 25 points for Wayne Ellington. Party time, excellent.

Highlight factory: I don’t want this to turn in to The Grizzlies Jones, but they were just making plays all over the place.

That is maybe the first block by a guy who looks like Carlos Boozer during the 2012-13 season. Don’t check the stats, just trust that it feels right.

Cousin Tone: The Clippers’ second unit scored 35 of their team’s 89 points yesterday and they’re averaging about 41 a game and that bench squad is probably my favorite team to watch. So fast, so fun.

Bank: Russell Westbrook, from way downtown Oklahoma City, over by Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.

Kevin Durant said that shot was 80 percent luck and 20 percent skill, but I kind of think he’s being too kind, even though he’d know as good as anyone what percent goes in to making a far shot.

Reclamations: After rescuing Hasheem Thabeet’s career as a human meme, the Thunder have set their sights on Daniel Orton. He got his first playing time of the season yesterday, blocking a shot and making a layup in the course of four seconds. He’s now averaging 36 points and 18 blocks per 36 minutes with a PER of 63.4, so I’m thinking MVP.

Other things: Mike D’Antoni is the new coach of the Lakers and we’re going to talk about it on the show fo sho. But for now, enjoy some highlights dating back to his Italy days … Really wish we could get a moving pictures look at this pregame dunk from DeAndre Jordan … Speaking of Jordans, Blake Griffin’s new shoe deal seems to be paying off as he took the court in concord XIs yesterday … Can’t wait until we see the meme behind this picture … If you happen to have video of Jamal Crawford making a between-the-legs layup that didn’t count after a foul during yesterday’s game, hook me up

Comments (9)

  1. Shattered that Phil Jackson isn’t going to be the Lakers coach. One of the greatest teams of superstars assembled, combined with the greatest coach in NBA history … the potential there was amazing. A great story with Phil and Kobe being able to retire together with one last run at a few championships.

    In saying that, the Lakers will have a poor man’s showtime happening. Later this season we should have a better feeling if:

    -Any team in the West can beat them in 7 games? (and if they can beat any of the top western teams with deep benches + superstars in 7 games)

    -and if this was the right choice to “win now” over Phil Jackson, who is a proven Win now type of coach.

    They will make the playoffs, but how far will they get? What do you guys predict?

    I really would have loved to see Phil and Kobe retire together after one last great run together. It would have been good for the NBA, too.

    Ah, dammit.

  2. That memphis/heat game last night was incredible. and that highlight block 3, I think i’m going to watch that first thing in the morning for a week!.

    as a celtics fan, I admit a bit of joy seeing ray get blocked at the rim and fall in a heap, and as customary, wade with an “I can’t believe my presence on the court didn’t prevent what just happened. where are the refs so I can berate them with my stink eye” look after the 3 dropped. thank you wayne ellington!

  3. I’m actually surprised at how little I miss Mr Headband in Orlando. We may be a really poor side now, but for the first time in a while it actually feels like we have an actual team (Not just Dwight Howard and his whirlwind of BS).

  4. I think Dwight was headbanding in his early days. Should do it all the time though.
    D12 2004 Edition: http://l.yimg.com/a/p/sp/r/4c/4c9bf2d6aea450ca856f3dd47eb15f71/dwighthoward.jpg

  5. that rudy gay shake and slam was outrageous… tearin’ up the heat’s insides.

  6. Nice Wayne’s World reference, although I would have gone with “He shoots, he scooores”.

  7. I love how Rudy takes Lebron to School, blows by wade, and posterizes Bosh all on the same move!! I can just keep watching it over and over! I Love this guy!…….except that he is a Raptor Killer. Hope these teams meet in the Playoffs. Anything can happen.

  8. Rudy Gay seemed just as surprised as everyone else that he was able to go behind the back with that dribble…

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