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

Comments (6)

  1. Incredible how the Mavs have sneaked back into the race. Can’t rule out Portland yet either as they have games against LA, Dallas, and Utah left.

    Lakers making it agonizingly hard to watch as a fan here.

  2. That Mike James behind the back to Dirk was pretty nice, too.

  3. Time to induct Harden & Parker in the Dwyane Wade Toddler Tantrum Hall of Fame!


  4. that cant be real jordan crawford never passes he only pulls up for contested, off balance mid range shots 3 seconds into the shot clock

  5. Took my dad to Pistons/Timberwolves last night. Man that was brutal to watch.

    Best highlight, my dad saying “That number 14 (Pekovic), that’s a big son a b****”". Dude looks like a monster even standing next to Greg Monroe, himself no small man.

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