Ballin: Pretty cool that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored exactly 29 points in last night’s Game 2 win — they also added a combined nine rebounds, 13 assists, four steals, a block and five turnovers — but Russell took one more shot, so let’s be super mad at him about it.
Not so much: If you are a Laker guard named Steve, last night was not your favorite. Messrs. Nash and Blake scored 25 combined points on 23 combined shots, which is fine, but they also both hurt their hamstrings during the loss. Nash is getting another epidural and Blake is getting an ultrasound on his today, because apparently the only way to fix injured hamstrings is with technologies associated with pregnancies. Congratulations on the leg babies, Steves.
Oops: This is what happens when Antawn Jamison guards an opponent who can move.
16 points on 8-12 shooting, seven rebounds, a block and a single turnover for Kawhi Leonard. He also had a nice lefty dunk because he’s very good.
Stratagems: For the second straight game, the Atlanta Hawks tried to have Kyle Korver guard Paul George. Game 1′s result was a triple-double, which means I guess Korver did better in Game 2, as last night, Paul George only went for 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists without turning the ball over. “Better” might not be the best term.
Slapsies: “Get your hand and hair away from me, Patrick Beverley.” — Russell Westbrook, I’m guessing
I guess Russ was mad at Patrick Beverley for trying a steal move that ended up with Westbrook clutching at his knee, which would be one of the most hypocritical things of this NBA season. Because if you can’t see Russell Westbrook trying that same thing, then you don’t know him like I do. Beverley got his revenge later though, even though said revenge was maybe a little upstaged by the Thunder winning pretty easily.
Chicago mang: Speaking of Patrick “The” Beverley, he got the first start of his career last night, then went out and posted 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while also adding two steals and a block to his one turnover. Between all that and his fighting with Russell Westbrook, I’d say it was a good night.
10 yards, repeat the down: Just a minor hold from Kendrick Perkins right here, and only on the biggest play of the game to that point.
This is why Scott Brooks keeps Kendrick Perkins on the court — because his residual Kevin Garnett association allows him to get away with blatant offensive fouls. Savvy move.
Bon-buh-bon-bon-bon: Matt Bonner scored in double-digits nine times during the regular season, but after last night’s 10 points, he’s done it in both of the Spurs’ first two games against the Lakers. If he were playing for Los Angeles, he’d be their fifth leading scorer.
Other things: James Harden threw one down last night … Probably the best Golden State Warriors pop can box art you will ever see … If you haven’t seen J.R. Smith’s high school yearbook quote yet, you need to. (Also, why is he Earl Smith III now and was Earl Smith, Jr. back then? Did he have a new father born sometime between high school and now? Doesn’t make sense.) … Just another very smart Reggie Miller quote for you to peruse … Looking good, Chris Bosh … Pretty cool Russell Westbrook ad that debuted last night