Ballin: I don’t care that the Spurs rested an entire starting lineup’s worth of players, Stephen Curry’s 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists is still pretty cool. He also knocked down seven threes, leaving him one short of tying Ray Allen’s season record of 269. The Warriors play the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, and Curry’s averaged five threes per game in their first two meetings, so get ready for history that you’ll forget by the middle of next season.
Not so much: With their loss to the Bulls, the Magic dropped in to a tie with the Bobcats for worst record in the league. And not only does Charlotte hold the tiebreaker, they also only have the Cavaliers left on their schedule, while the Magic still have to play the Heat.
I’ll take that: Here is the coolest non-alley-oop-to-LeBron James play of Norris Cole’s career.
A game-winning steal on the NBA’s new fourth quarter ace, immediately following two missed free throws that would have pushed the Heat’s lead from one to three? Very cool. These guys know what I’m talking about.
Biz-nass: The Utah Jazz needed to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves twice if they want to have a chance of sneaking in to the playoffs. So they did, by seven on their home court on Sunday, then by 16 in Minny last night to pull them within a game of the Lakers for eighth in the West. Utah plays in Memphis on Wednesday, while the Lakers have Houston in L.A.
Back and forth: If you enjoy the entirety of the MontyElly experience, then last night was a dream come true.
He sure does have it all, in which “all” entails the ability to knock down a contested three-pointer while being fouled despite shooting just 29 percent from three and then getting burned for an easy pullup jumper to lose the lead before nearly turning the ball over on the game’s final possession. Vintage Monta.
Sheed back: Rasheed Wallace returned to the Knicks last night, scoring two points in nearly four minutes of playing time as the Knicks dropped a game to the Bobcats that mattered more for lottery seeding than anything else.
Sheed gone: After those four minutes, Sheed’s sore left foot was a sore left foot again and he asked out of the game. It was fun while it lasted. Maybe. You tell me. I couldn’t bring myself to watch a game where the best player on the good team was Chris Copeland or Iman Shumpert.
Steak and shake: Stephen Curry isn’t just good, he’s also fancy.
If this play were a Chris Kattan SNL character, it’d be Antonio Banderas because “TOO SEXY!”
Regression: Last night’s loss to the Nets was the Wizards’ fourth straight loss to a playoff team and their fifth straight overall, while also dropping them to 24-24 since John Wall’s return. Not sure if that all gives you pause about calling them a sure-fire playoff team next year, but this definitely should.
Roundup: The Grizzlies beat the Mavericks, the Thunder beat the Kings and the Pistons beat the 76ers — all things you would probably expect. The Suns beat the Rockets, which maybe you didn’t, but it really did happen so there you go.
Other things: Tonight’s Celtics-Pacers game is being cancelled due to yesterday’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing, and it won’t be rescheduled making this the first time since the 1954-55 season, when the Baltimore Bullets folded 14 games in to the year, that every team will not play the same number of games … The front page of today’s Chicago Tribune sports section is a really nice tribute to Boston … Back to basketball stuff — crazy pass from Russell Westbrook last night … And another great dunk from Harrison Barnes, who must be Rookie of the Year when it comes to dunks … Last night’s win clinched the West’s No. 1 seed for the Thunder, whose 60 wins is also a franchise record because anything from Seattle doesn’t and shouldn’t count