Ballin: Just because it’s so unusual, let’s shout out Will Barton — a rookie for the Trail Blazers, but I’m sure you already knew that — for 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals in just 32 minutes in last night’s Portland lost. It might not actually be the line of the night, but it was career-highs in basically everything, so that’s cool.
Not so much: Michael Beasley went 1-11 in a loss yesterday, but I feel like that’s not even a bad shooting night for him. And considering that’s his seventh game this season where he played at least 10 minutes and shot under .200, I think I’m right.
Flip-flop: As I know from personal experience, it’s hard to decide how to finish a shot at the rim when you jump as high as Blake Griffin and I do.
It’s like, “Should I dunk? Should I finger roll? Wait, I guess I should just dunk.” Pretty nerve-racking, really.
No streak-ity: Here are some streaks that ended with last night’s Pistons win — Chicago’s 18-game win streak over Detroit, the Pistons’ 8-game home losing streak, the Pacers’ 9-year streak of not winning a Central Division title. Quite the historical game when you really think about it.
Punch it up: This might be the most likeable thing about Dwight Howard right now.
I’m sure Shaq thinks this pregame routine is stolen from him somehow, but I like it.
Slacker: Carmelo Anthony only scored 36 points in the Knicks win over the Thunder. Sure, it’s a great performance in a huge road win that pushed the Knicks’ streak to 12 straight victories, but it’s not 40 so he’s below the fold.
Banners: Just because it’s a Will Barton kind of day.
What are you going to tell your kids about Will Barton Day? Please let me know in the comments.
Up downs: A Lakers loss to the Clippers mixed with a Jazz win over the Warriors means Utah is currently in the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Look for this to change 58 times over the season’s last two weeks.
Remainders: The Grizzloids beat the Kingstons by two, the Cavaleros beat the Magicians by six, and the Celtictacs beat the Wiznardoggs by 11. Now you know every thing.
Other things: Getting boxed out by Nick Collison seems like a treat … Yesterday’s win over the Lakers gave the Clippers their first division title ever and their first season sweep over the other L.A. team in 40 years … Who knew Tyson Chandler was so nimble? (Probably Tayshaun Prince, since they attended the same high school and that’s who Tyson said he modeled his game after many years ago.) … The latest Brandon Knight embarrassment in a season full of them … In conclusion — GO BLUE