Things of Note for May 9, 2013


Ballin: 34 points, including 8-9 from three, for Klay Thompson, who set his career-high in Golden State’s series-evening Game 2 win. I don’t even care that he only scored five of those points in the second half and that he didn’t score at all in the fourth quarter. Eight threes is pretty persuasive.

Not so much: The Bulls lost by 37, which is the worst playoff loss in franchise history. Now I know how the 1998 Utah Jazz felt after Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Bleck.

Angry Bulls: Want to see two-thirds of the Bulls’ big man rotation go nuts and get kicked out of a game? Sure, you do.

Easily the most F-words I’ve seen in that quick of succession since “Blue Velvet.” Probably a few more coming once Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson get their inevitable fines.

Top to bottom: All 13 Heat players played in last night’s blowout, and all but three of them made at least 50 percent of their shots. Shame on you, Shane Battier, James Jones and Joel Anthony, for ruining a good thing.

Shmancy: Even though he was probably preparing for his own game and didn’t see this play, I’m sure Mark Jackson would appreciate this LeBron James pass.

A solid 19-5-9 game for LeBron, who started things off by going 6-6 in the opening quarter while just generally reminding the Bulls there’s a reason so many people were surprised they won Game 1.

Iman Slumpert: The San Antonio Spurs finished the season ranked fourth in three-point shooting percentage, while the Golden State Warriors ended up leading the league in three-point attempts allowed. Ergo, San Antonio’s 5-21 mark (23.8 percent) from last night, which featured no fewer than four bricks on wide-open looks, might turn around in Game 3. If not, Bad News Bears (Walter Matthau) for the Spurs.

Hello: “Hi, I’m Chris Andersen.” — Chris Andersen in this clip, probably

Personally, this was a little too close for comfort. Not to mention, that face reminded me a little too much of Norman Bates’ at the end of “Psycho,” which means I’ve yet to go to sleep because I don’t want the Bird to get me.

Whipping boy: Weird night for Marco Belinelli, who drew a technical foul on Dwyane Wade, who threw the ball at him, and a flagrant foul on Chris Andersen, who bodychecked him. Belly also went 4-13 on his way to just 13 points, which unfortunately led the Bulls in scoring, because nothing went right.

Other things: Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both missed open dunks last night, but they didn’t end up leading to a miraculous Bulls comeback (shoutout to C.J. Watson) so they’re not online … Oh, you know, just a one-legged running three from Stephen Curry … And here he is scoring on pretty much all of the Spurs … Festus Ezeli got a tech for jumping in the air … Photo up top via USA Today