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Three game-winners last night, so choose your favorite.

Draymond Green’s “Thanks, Jarrett Jack”
This is my personal favorite because you don’t see bullet passes that lead to game-winning layups very often. I’m sure Grandma Lana agrees. Only reason I can see picking against this is that time didn’t technically expire as the shot went through.

Mo Williams’ 3-Point Bomb
Calm, cool, collected, headbandless — Mo Williams just calmly wets a pull-up three that looked a little too easy. Good defense by Danny Green, better shot by More Willy.

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During the 2010-11 season, David Lee missed significant time thanks to an infection resulting from a Wilson Chandler tooth to the elbow. Not only was it super gross, it really ruined his season, since he had to get injections in his elbow just to be able to play.

The reason I’m telling you this is because I want you to remember just how much disgusting stuff David Lee will go through to be on a basketball court. And the reason I want you to remember that is because something else repulsive happened last night against the Cavaliers. From the AP:

David Lee logged 38 more minutes than he thought he would Wednesday night after constantly vomiting and fighting a fever, dizziness and dehydration — ”just about anything you can think of,” he said — from all the fluids lost.

At one point in the second half, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson turned to Lee during a timeout and asked if his starting power forward felt well enough to continue.

”He said, ‘No,”’ Jackson said, laughing, because he kept Lee in the game anyway. ”It just shows the character of these guys.”

Lee played through flu-like symptoms to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, helping the Warriors outlast the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-96. After sitting out the morning practice, Lee had to take intravenous fluids overnight and before the game just to stay on the court.

”Then I looked, we were up like 13 with like 2 minutes to go, and I kept looking like, ‘Coach, come on, man,”’ Lee said, smiling. ”He just pretended like he didn’t see me.”

Crisis averted, I guess, because I don’t remember any pictures in the Getty Images database of the Oracle Arena covered in David Lee’s vomit. And David Lee played great too, throwing up that nice 22-14-6 line with three steals and a block, while also not diarrheaing all over everything. Maybe he should get sick for every game.

In related news, the other 19 players who played in last night’s game all returned home, started making 7-Up slushies and went to bed early, just in case. Now is NOT the time to come down with something.

Join me as I count down my predictions of the regular season finishes for the 2012-13 NBA season, at a rate of three teams per day. Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

21. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons were 21-21 over the final 42 games of last season, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight figure to improve with another season of NBA experience, and rookie center Andre Drummond appears to be more NBA-ready than previously expected. Knight could be the key catalyst for the Pistons possibly knocking on the door to the playoffs, since they still appear to lack offensive firepower unless he can improve as a playmaker.

Monroe showed signs of reaching All-Star level last season, but he’ll probably play a significant number of minutes at power forward next to Drummond and Slava Kravtsov so there could be an adjustment period. He frequently got torched on the defensive end at center so it could actually be a net positive for the Pistons to play him next to a superior help defender at the five. As for how minutes will be distributed at the Pistons’ wing positions among their collection of misfit guards and forwards, your guess is as good as mine.

20. Golden State Warriors
As far as “nothing to lose” gambles go, the Warriors’ trade of Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson was a very good one. Jackson was immediately flipped to the Spurs for Richard Jefferson, T.J. Ford and a draft pick, but Bogut will anchor a team defense that figures to be not completely atrocious for the first time since the mid-2000s. To get a sense of Bogut’s potential impact on that end of the floor, consider that the Milwaukee Bucks were top-five in Defensive Rating in 2009-10 and 2010-11 when he played at least 60 games each season. He played just 12 games for them last season and the Bucks’ team defense fell to 16th in the league.

Of course, Bogut will need to be on the court to make that impact, and that’s become an increasingly dodgy prospect in recent years. He fractured his ankle in January and it’s still giving him enough trouble that he’s questionable to be ready for the Warriors’ season opener. Speaking of which, that’s a recurring problem for point guard Stephen Curry, who missed 40 games last season with his own ankle injury. If most of the Warriors top players can spend more time on the hardwood instead of the trainer’s table, there’s no question they have the talent to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

19. Toronto Raptors
With the arrivals of Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors are the beneficiaries of significant upgrades at point guard and center. Valanciunas is a particular source of excitement for Raptors fans since he shows potential of developing into their first star center since… ever, I guess. He’s probably not a threat for Rookie of the Year honors, but fans and broadcasters alike will be forced to learn how to pronounce his name (“Val-en-chew-nus”) with the impact he’ll have on both ends of the court.

Now entering his seventh NBA season, power forward Andrea Bargnani remains a frustrating enigma. He missed 35 games last season to a weirdly recurring calf injury, but he showed flashes of finally putting it all together early in the season. Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo appears to have structured this lineup to surround him with strong defenders and rebounders so that Bargnani can focus on his “Dirk-Lite” scoring ability. And if anyone can get the most out of this roster, second-year Raptors coach Dwane Casey is that man. He took an atrocious defensive team and brought them up to league average in his first year at the helm, and now we’ll see if he has the firepower to match that level of success offensively.

Previously in the countdown: 30-28 | 27-25 | 24-22

We looked!
Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
Harrison Barnes in the Hat!

And he said to us,
“Why do you sit there like that?”
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun.
I look funny!”

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It was either this or Stephen Jackson rapping, which we’ve already seen a million times. Plus, this one has a Fat Elvis, so kind of an easy choice. Enjoy USA vs. Spain.

Kind of worried about this, you guys. Since Russell Westbrook refuses to allow anyone to get the best of him, I’m assuming the Thunder point guard is going to let somebody bite a giant hole in his arm that will eventually become infected, force him to miss a bunch of games and possibly lead to amputation.

That does not bode well for the Thunder, their title chances or Cole Aldrich’s mouth health, since I assume his missing tooth will make him the biting choice. All over a stupid shirt.

(via I Am a GM)

When the Golden State Warriors went in to full-on tank mode late in the season, we all knew why — if the team didn’t finish in the top seven of the lottery, their pick was headed to Utah. Better to keep a high draft pick in a stacked draft then blow out Stephen Curry’s ankles again, as my mother always says. You might hate tanking, but you have to admit it was the smart play.

The Warriors did their part — winning just nine games over the season’s last two months while trading their best offensive and best defensive player for an injured guy — and finished seventh in lottery chances, but now they have to hope the balls drop their way. And to make sure that happens, one of the team’s co-owners is bringing a really wicked shark’s tooth with him to tomorrow night’s lottery. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

[Peter] Guber was given a massive tooth from a great white shark several years back. He said it’s much larger than the normal size, measuring almost 3 inches in length and weighing nearly 2 pounds.

He started believing in the lucky powers of the tooth when he and Joe Lacob’s “underdog” ownership group outbid Larry Ellison for the Warriors in 2010. It may have had something to do with a film he produced, “The Kids Are All Right,” winning the Golden Globe in 2010, too.

“It brought me the Warriors, so why can’t it bring the Warriors a pick?” Guber said.

Love this thinking. Not only did having this absurdly big shark’s tooth help Guber win a second-tier movie award, it also helped buy him a second-tier NBA franchise, so why shouldn’t it help the Dubs keep their lottery pick? It’s flawless logic and the only thing Petey Gubes needs to worry about is transporting a two pound, razor sharp shark’s tooth between Oakland and New York.

If that doesn’t work, the Warriors have a backup plan.

[General manager Bob] Myers was still taking suggestions for his good luck charm Monday, but he’s leaning toward bringing an American Indian coin.

The coin was given to the Warriors by Cache Creek Casino Resort chairman Marshall McKay, who lives in the Yocha Dehe tribal community and speaks to the coin’s propitious powers.

“I’m open to more suggestions, but this seems pretty serious. If it works, it’s even more serious,” Myers said

So basically — “Some guy gave me this coin and told me it was lucky, so I’ll bring it. Not sure if it is but I don’t have a giant shark’s tooth or a Golden Globe or anything like that, so I’m just hoping it helps.” Thanks for really thinking this through, Bob.

I hate to say it, but it sounds like the Warriors are screwed. One guy’s bringing some random coin, the other is bringing a huge tooth that helped him win the second-most important movie awards there are, while the Cavaliers are sending a swagged-out kid who won the lottery last year. Not only are the Warriors not getting the top pick, unless they find a cute girl who can distract Nick Gilbert from using his tricks to win the lottery, they’re not getting a pick at all. Such are the powers of bad good luck charms.