Ballin: I suppose the Ballinest Baller of the evening was the Cavaliers’ Nick Gilbert, who is neither a player nor a grownup, but still brought his particularly swaggy brand of good luck to the draft lottery and won the whole thing again. Perhaps most amazing, however, is that Lil’ Nicky apparently hasn’t aged since his first appearance at the lottery in 2K11. Stay youthful, my friend. (And lucky.)
Not so much: Zach Randolph ended up with a pretty solid line in the Grizzlies’ overtime loss — 15 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks — but he also shot 6-18 from the field, missed five of his eight free throw attempts and turned the ball over four times. That looks pretty bad in and of itself, but it was even worse watching Zach be unable to shoot over the taller Spurs, then trying to meekly pump-fake multiple defenders who weren’t jumping. Not good.
Charles Smith: Here’s what the whole first half was like for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Yep, that’s a lot of missed layups on a single possession. No bueno. But at least it was more than one guy, otherwise all those misses would earn someone a bigger Wikipedia entry for that sequence than the entirety of their career.
Baguette: You might look at Tony Parky’s 15 points on 6-20 and wave your hand at your face while saying “Lordy, no” like an elderly Southern woman, but then you keep scanning and see that T-Bag handed out a career-high 18 assists. And then you check his Basketball-Reference page and see that he’s played 164 playoff games and realize that’s pretty baldwin. (Here’s his sexiest one from last night, by the way.)
“Jump” ball: There’s a reason Jeff Van Gundy predicted a Zach Randolph-Matt Bonner tip would be “the lowest jump ball in the history of the NBA.”
Believe it or not, you can actually see air underneath both of these guys’ feet. Doesn’t change the fact that they both still couldn’t jump high enough to touch the ball at its apex. So good.
Engraving: Tim Duncan was only credited with four blocks last night, despite getting a fingy tip on what appeared to be any shot taken near him, but that was still enough to give him exactly 500 career postseason blocks. He’s the first player in league history to do that, though it’s worth remembering that Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played all or some of their careers before the 1973-74 season when blocks became an official league stat.
Quinge: Hey, Boris Diaw — there’s a Quincy Pondexter dunk in your face.
Seven points, nine rebounds, an assist, a steal and no turnovers in 37 minutes for Q-Pon, who might be hours away from stealing Tayshaun Prince’s starting job since the Grizzlies probably realize they need to be able to score points to win.
Lil Boozy: While we’re talking about backup Grizzlies perimeter players, let’s shoutout Jerryd Bayless’ 18 points (7-18 shooting), three rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and just one turnover. Good job, man. But let’s also anti-shoutout the terrible, terrible brick he threw up on Memphis’ last real possession. Lionel Hollins really hated it and so did I.
Other things: Tony Allen flopped to get this game to overtime. Let’s remember that the next time the Grizzlies say “We don’t bluff,” as this is a literal bluff … Hands down the best draft lottery reaction of the night … The complete history of streetball sneakers … Impressive shot that didn’t count, Marc Gasol … Here’s how the draft lottery actually went down … Vinny Del Negro is out as Clippers coach, to the surprise of probably not even Vinny Del Negro