Ballin: Melllllll-oooooo! 50 points on 18-26 shooting and virtually no other stats (two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal) but who cares because 50! Watch some highlights, jump shot lovers.
Not so much: When Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson both missed a pair of free throws with less than three minutes remaining, I remember thinking that those would probably come back to bite the Bulls. They lost by four, so yep. Good stuff.
Going going back back to Denver Denver: Fans of the 2008-11 Nuggets must have loved this play.
This is the Nuggets equivalent of seeing Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen go against each other in their primes, except maybe a bit less notable in scale.
Props: For all the terrible things he says on air, we should give Reggie Miller a little #respect for his “jabbin’ Father Time” bit following Kobe Bryant’s first dunk of the evening. HATED it when he brought it back at the end of the game though.
Sneaky: Nate Robinson might miss some free throws that indirectly but kind of directly lead to his team losing, but he’ll also pull off a move that is so confusing I still can’t figure it out 12 hours later.
Did he dribble through Emeka Okafor’s legs? Did he crawl under Emeka Okafor’s legs? Does he have a superpower that allows him to pass his body through various objects? I need answers because this is bizarre and not a single replay was shown. (And if he just did a simple crossover before squeezing through a tiny opening in the trap, I don’t want to hear about it.)
Duh: Shaquille O’Neal had his No. 34 retired by the Lakers last night, so of course Kobe Bryant had a triple-double (23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) while adding four steals, two blocks and two dunks.
Confusion: I’m not sure I’m seeing things right here, but I’m pretty sure Mike Miller had a putback dunk last night.
I’m also fairly certain that this clip from last week of Mike Miller catching an alley-oop is legit, so I’m pretty unsure of what is going on down in Miami.
As expected: Here’s the entire Shaq jersey retirement, including the part where the Lakers organization brought in the legendary coach that it infamously didn’t re-hire this season to speak, which of course led to chants of “WE. WANT. PHIL.” and Shaquille O’Neal agreeing by saying, “I want Phil too.” Very cool move by the franchise. Not at all insulting to Mike D’Antoni. Kobe loved it too.
Other things: Kobe Bryant is good at Skyhooks, so I assume he’ll soon start wearing Skyhook t-shirts … Mark Cuban says he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner … To be fair, Spike Lee was wide open … Really great quote from Taj Gibson about his re-injured knee … Picture up top via Reddit