Ballin: Holy smokes, 43 points for Jeff Green — the NBA’s premier “last name is the color of his jersey” guy, sorry James White — on 14-21 shooting. Sure, he didn’t score the final three-and-a-half minutes of the game after grabbing his last bit of rest on the bench, but that’s still pretty good.
Not so much: The Lakers lost to the Suns on the road (yuck), but the Jazz couldn’t take down a Knicks team that started Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Chris Copeland and Kenyon Martin while playing in Salt Lake City, keeping them a game back of the eighth seed in the rest. Since the All-Star break, Utah has lost all three of their games that were played the same night the Lakers took a loss, which is really not what you want to do when you’re chasing a playoff spot.
Crikey: Here is LeBron James Knighting Jason Terry.
If ever there were a taunting technical worth getting, LeBron crushing Jason Terry is probably the most deserving. That’s like years of angst being taken out on a single play, ergo, a whistle. Of course, the momentum of this play lasted about three seconds as the Celtics immediately followed it up by blocking a fast break layup and hitting a three. Then, double of course, LeBron hit a game-winner because duh.
Silver linings playbook: On the night they found out Andrew Bynum was having more surgeries on more knees and would officially miss the rest of the season and might never play a game for the team (cool night), the 76ers dodged a bullet as LaMarcus Aldridge missed a makeable jumper at the buzzer that would have won the Trail Blazers the game. Lot of emotions going on, I’d imagine.
Gargoyles: Instant replays are stupid because they cost the Bulls a win.
A few things about this: 1) I think the right call was made because even though 98 percent of the ball was outside of the cylinder, it sure looks like 2 percent of the ball is barely above the rim; 2) why wasn’t Kosta Koufos’ tip earlier in overtime — a far more blatant offensive goaltend — reviewed?; 3) my sister was at the game (try to guess who she is) and was there with me back in 2009 when Brad Miller’s game-winner was waved off against the … wait for it … Nuggets. She and they are a bad combination.
Neat: In a battle of teams who have both been called the worst in NBA history within the past five seasons, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Washington Wizards. Even more amazing, I watched the last five minutes on purpose.
Height: This was definitely not offensive goaltending.
Joakim Noah is tall and has long arms, but JaVale McGee is taller, has longer arms and has way more capital letters in his name. Advantage him in this situation.
Roundup: The Pacers beat the Cavs, the Mavs beat the Hawks, the Nets beat the Pistons, the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves and the Warriors beat the Hornets. The closest margin of victory in these games was 14 points.
Other things: Damian Lillard can dunk … I fly like paper, get high like planes … Don’t worry, Juwan Howard still has the baseline jumper … If you’ve got footage of Martell Webster being kicked in the face during the last minute of last night’s Wizards game, I wouldn’t mind seeing it because it’s funny … Do you like stomps or pows better?