Ballin: Now that Kobe Bryant’s Achilles tendon is being compared to a holey sock, the Lakers have zero Hall of Fame starters in their backcourt. But that’s only temporary, as Steve Blake went for 23 points and four assists while knocking down four of his eight three-point attempts. I’m not saying this one game guarantees his enshrinement, but if he does it again he’s definitely a first ballot kind of guy.
Not so much: This might be a controversial hot sports take coming at ya, but the Mavs’ faces are the losers of the night, as Dallas finally got back to .500 (40-40) and therefore got to shave their beards. It’s always a bummer when one of your bearded friends decides to drop out of the club, but this especially hurts.
Spry watch: Does two big Tim Duncan duncs mean we are contractually obligated to call him “spry” two different times?
That Tim Duncan sure did look spry last night, posting an almost-standard 23-10-4 line with three blocks and a steal. Unfortunately, Tim Duncan wasn’t quite spry enough, as the Lakers bested the Spurs by five, taking a 1.5 game lead over the Jazz for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
True story: The 76ers beat the Cavaliers, which changes everything. Also, Doug Collins says he’s not returning to the 76ers next season, which changes nothing because it’s been three season and that’s always when he leaves.
Bird and Monkey: First of all, Chris Andersen’s shot. Second of all, Chris Andersen and Mike Miller on the same team.
Third of all, just because he used to have a monkey and from hearing him question Chris Andersen’s flapping choices, I have a feeling Mike Miller knows a lot about animals. I’m not sure if this is true, but if he didn’t play basketball, I can see him being a very successful veterinarian.
Also true: The Raptors beat the Nets and the Knicks beat the Pacers, which means the Nets are most likely going to be No. 4 in the Eastern Conference. Also, the Bulls lost to the Heat, so they’re probably No. 6 in the East, which means there are going to be two whole series worth watching early in the night.
No-look: Looking at your teammate when throwing an alley-oop is stupid.
Let’s just all be thankful that James Harden isn’t on the Mavericks. Him shaving would be crushing to America’s ego.
Yes, also also true: The Nugglets beat the Trail Blazers, setting their franchise record for wins in the process. They’ve still got two games remaining, so #respect.
Other things: LeBron James is a meteorologist now, I guess … The Warriors took the wheels off Festus Ezeli’s car because he is a rookie and probably has car insurance … Jordan Hill says he’ll be back for the playoffs … Kenneth Faried rolled his ankle but there doesn’t seem to be anything seriously wrong with it as he’s currently listed as day-to-day … Some Dirk hanging 52 on Pippen action