Ballin: Carmelo Anthony went for 29 points on 22 shots in 28 minutes. That’ll do.
Not so much: Dwight Howard went 7-19 from the free throw line, which is “good” for a terrible 36 percent. But Avery Johnson couldn’t decide whether or not he wanted to play Hack-a-Dwight, so he takes the L here. The Nets were up 84-83 with 4:07 left, which is the last time Dwight shot free throws. When he’s shooting that poorly and you’ve already sent him to the line 10 times in the quarter, why stop?
Blog talk: Let’s just mic up Rasheed Wallace all the time for every game, because this is amazing.
“I can yell all I want!” Yep.
Jump a down: Brook Lopez scored 23 points, went 11-17 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds, which is actually a lot for him, especially against other tall guys. And though I’d have to check the high definition cameras for this, I’m pretty sure he didn’t actually leave the floor once.
Rubby rub: Make a three, rub a coach’s head — this is the road towards World Peace.
In a strange move, DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended three games for this incident.
#SWAG #SWAG #SWAG: I know we already talked about Nick Young making a shot that only Nick Young would take, but let’s give him a shoutout for his fourth quarter line — 10 points (4-7 shooting, 2-5 on threes), two rebounds, three assists and a block. Outside of the shooting and scoring, Nick’s good for like a week.
Mr. Flopsobeat: Reggie Evans just might be the first guy to get a fine for flopping.
If ever there were a time to be thankful for high definition cameras, it’s when you catch Mike D’Antoni freaking out in the background after a blatant flop. “Call the league!,” is the new “I can yell all I want!”
Zingers: An underrated moment of last night’s Hornets-Knicks game was when Spike Lee and Josh Brolin were interviewed and Spike said something about the Knicks being the best team in the league. They have the best record in the NBA, so that’s a fair point, but the Hornets broadcasters immediately clapped back with some, “Whoa whoa whoa, easy there, we’re only 10 games in. Best team in the league? Come on. Whoa whoa. Easy, Spike.” Very weird.
Other things: I guess the Knicks are allowing Jason Kidd to continue wearing a headband while his stitches heal. Pretty strange seeing him with hair again … My new favorite in-arena thing that I just noticed is that whenever Austin Rivers scores, the Hornets PA plays Austin Powers’ “Yeah, baby!” … Better random play from last night — Jason Kidd’s steal and save off Al-Farouq Aminu’s terrible Euro step, or that time when the ref got in the way of Gerald Wallace so he dribbled over him? … Jerry Stackhouse played 15 minutes last night, giving him 90 on the season. That’s a third of what he played all of last season for the Hawks … What were Kobe Bryant and Gerald Wallace so angry about?