Ballin: Let’s show a little #respect for Dirk Nowitzki, who went for 33 points on 11-21 shooting, gathered nine rebounds and led the Mavs to a win. A win, my friends, that leaves Dallas just a single victory from a beard shave, which is the only bad part about the Mavericks playing well down the stretch.
Not so much: Kevin Garnett didn’t play last night, so the Knicks grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and outscored the Celtics in the paint 50-44 despite no Tyson Chandler and no Amar’e Stoudemire. The Celtics legitimately miss Jason Collins, in case you’re wondering how much they need a big guy.
Clutch: Too bad this Blake Griffin fliparoo didn’t count because it would be one of the craziest game-winners we’ve ever seen.
I would have guessed this play would fall under the NBA’s unwritten rule of “outstanding plays shouldn’t be ruined with whistles,” but then I guess it would be in violation of the other unwritten rule of “home team gets most of the calls.” You can understand why refereeing is such a hard job, what with all these unwritten rules I’m making up rattling around your head during close games.
Completist: The Timberwolves beat the Pistons by 23 points, which is one point for every person who watched this game.
Not clutch: This is pretty much the opposite of Blake Griffin’s miracle shot that didn’t count, even though this one also didn’t count for a very different reason.
On the plus side, at least no one got hit with this horribly missed and even more horribly timed airball. That miss was a concussion waiting to happen.
Streaky: Good J.R. Smith showed up last night, going for 32 points on 13-24 shooting while adding seven rebounds, three steals, a single assist and no turnovers. Good J.R. Smith is fun to watch.
Pancy fants: The Celtics might not have any big guys, but that means they do have a bunch of guards who like to run the court and make cool plays.
I know what you’re thinking, and I’m shocked too — yes, that is Jordan Crawford passing and I’m pretty sure he did it on purpose.
Other things: Metta World Peace has a torn meniscus which is exactly what the Lakers needed to hear … 360s are too easy for Blake Griffin … Rodney Stuckey looks tough … This GIF of James Harden and Tony Parker complaining like children is too funny … A list of NBA players who won high school championships, just in case you’re ever curious