Ballin: 35 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks, just three turnovers and one game-winning shot for Kevin Durant, who is awesome. Most surprisingly, those 35 points — which are a lot — are the second-fewest Durant has scored in the five games since Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury.
Not so much: You know how the Grizzlies have those awesome big guys and how that makes Serge Ibaka hugely important in the Oklahoma City-Memphis series? He went 1-10 and had just five points and five rebounds in nearly 29 minutes of play. But he’s on a team with Billy Ballin over here, so it’s not too big of a deal for one game.
Trilogy: And since this is the third time I’ve mentioned it already, here’s Kevin Durant’s game-winner already geez.
I know you’re thinking that looks like a fast break basket, but that’s only because the Thunder did the smart thing against one of the best defenses in the league — they didn’t call a timeout to let the Grizzers set up their defense, which led to Tayshaun Prince backpedaling the entire time a 6-foot-10 bro with one of the wettest jumpers in the league was coming at him which led to an easy shot for Kevin Durant. Watch it at normal speed if you want. Too easy.
Ballin: It’s not weird that 21 rebounds is Andrew Bogut’s career playoff high, because that’s a lot of rebounds. It is weird, however, that 14 points is the most he’s ever scored in a postseason game because even Toney Douglas has scored 14 points in a playoff game. But Bogut did both of those last night, while adding five blocks, in the Warriors’ closeout Game 6 victory.
Ballin: Through the first four games of the Rockets’ first round series with the Thunder, James Harden had made four threes in 25 attempts. Last night, in Houston’s big win to take things back home for a Game 6, Harden hit his first seven threes on the way to 31 points. Beardo also added eight rebounds and three assists, while turning the ball over just three times despite handling it a ton. Good stuff.
Not so much: J.R. Smith backed up all his trash talk with a trash game, going 3-14 from the field while not making a shot until there was only three-ish minutes left in the fourth quarter. Must have been too busy thinking about golf.
Wanker: Here’s another good choice for Not So Much — Jordan Crawford, who didn’t play a minute in Game 5 and then started talking trash to the Knicks.
Pretty easy to see what Jordan Crawford said and therefore pretty easy to see why the Knicks were so mad. Game 6 should be wild.
Ballin: Just because his line came in an elimination game his team needed to win to continue playing, let’s give a little shine to Andre Iguodala’s 25-12-7 in Denver’s big Game 5 win. Somewhat amazingly, that is both his fourth-highest point total and second-highest rebound total of the season. Also, sometimes when I try to type “just” it comes out “Judy,” and not just because of autocorrect.
Not so much: Chris Paul had 35 points on 11-24 shooting. The other four Clippers starters had 18 on 8-21 shooting. Additionally, Matt Barnes led the team in rebounding, so guess who won. (P.S. It was the Grizzlies.)
To be honest, I’d think that Stephen Curry (6-foot-3, 111 lbs.) versus any random grownup NBA fan could be a pretty evenly matched fight. I’d probably take Steph because of his guaranteed speed advantage but I’m sure that could be negated by some solid bro strength that comes from carrying cases of Coors Light.
Ballin: 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, a block and three turnovers for Handsome Chandler Parsons, who is a little too busy with basketball to fist bump you, bro. He’s got a series to not get eliminated from and a beautiful head full of hair to fix, so maybe chill with the fists.
Not so much: Houston’s giant, defense-first center Omer Asik went for 17 points, 14 rebounds and a block while playing nearly 38 minutes in a small ball game because he was showing out. Oklahoma City’s giant, defense-first center Kendrick Perkins was 0-1, scored zero points, grabbed one rebounds and had four turnovers while playing just nine minutes because look at that line.
Sadness, thy name is Serge: Al Pacino once said that life is a game of inches. And a t-shirt once said basketball is life and that the rest is just details. Ergo, transitive property says basketball is a game of inches. And that’s why Serge Ibaka is so sad bones about this.
Tough break for the Thunder, but I’m glad we’re getting another one of these games tomorrow night. On to other matchups.
Ballin: Box score data says Stephen Curry only made 10 of 16 shots and six of his 11 three-point attempts on his way to 31 points in the Warriors’ big Game 4 win, but that really doesn’t seem right. Because I could swear that when he wasn’t passing (seven assists), he was making every shot he took while taking every shot for Golden State and making sure that they were threes. 31 and seven is a great line, but I seriously thought he had like 65 and 16.
Not so much: Dwight Howard finished with seven points and eight rebounds in the Lakers’ mercifully season-ending loss to the Spurs. And if you’re wondering why those numbers are so low, it’s because Dwigt spent the past 22 minutes of the game in the locker room after getting his second technical foul of the afternoon two minutes in to the second half. Really smart.
H.G. Wells: Shoutout to time machines, because I have no idea where this Andrew Bogut dunk came from.
BoDog.com went for 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks in the last night’s first half before doing absolutely nothing in the second where the only stats he tallied were a single rebound and a single turnover. Doesn’t matter though, because he had this dunk and another one and another one and they were all cool and he generally looked better than he has in three years and it was neat.
Not so much: He still had 11 assists and nine rebounds, his team still won fairly easily on the road by 13 points, but Dwyane Wade did go 1-12 from the field last night, the worst playoff shooting performance of his career, so let’s have a quick laugh. Ha.
#Respect: Taj Gibson is always good for at least one mammoth postseason dunk. Last night, Kris Humphries found that out the hard way.
Can you even imagine how much Carlos Boozer would yell if he ever threw down a dunk like this? The sound barrier would shatter in a second, no doubt about it.