- Hornets guard Willie Green's sister and cousin were killed in a car crash Monday. Speechless....
- Mavs (23-5) beat the Magic (16-12) 105-99 in Orlando despite J.J. Redick's 21 pts. and Dwight Howard's 26-23 double-double -- his 3rd straight game with 20+ rebounds. Earl Clark was the most impressive of the four new Magic players with six points on 3-for-3 shooting in 13 min. at center. Jason Richarson was a brick-tastic 4-for-13 for 10 pts. going 2-for-7 on threes, Gilbert Arenas played a good point guard, but bad everything else with 2 pts. and 4 ast. in only 18 min. JRich was playing good defense, but Caron Butler wouldn't miss knocking down 4-for-6 threes for 20 pts.
Hedo Turkoglu was a brick-tastic point forward with 9 pts. and 8 ast. on 2-for-11 shooting. How brick-tastic? This brick-tastic and hell no was he fouled. If anything, Dirk and J-Kidd held back at the last moment, conceding the dunk:
Dirk only scored 17, but passed Larry Bird's 21,791 career points for 30th on the all-time NBA/ABA list, but let's see Hedo again:
- I caught the fourth quarter of what was a close game between the Bucks (11-16) and Lakers (21-8), but then Milwaukee's D got stifling and Earl Boykins -- yes, Boykins -- went three-tastic and the Bucks turned a good game into a fabulous 98-79 blowout, allowing only 13 pts. in the final quarter. As the Bucks were running away with the game, Kobe went and done loss his damn mind as a sore loser after Boykins hit his fourth three, picking up a double technical when he got called for a charge and had "choice words" for the refs:
Yes, the Lakers aren't with a complete Andrew Bynum for a while, but they've only played four of their 29 games against teams over .500.
- I also caught an exciting fourth quarter and overtime between GSW (10-18) and the Queens (5-21). The Queens had this game nipped in the ass with a bow and DeMarcus Cousins played the fool as if he actually played well (13 rbs, but only 7 pts. on 3-for-13 shooting and 4 TOs) and on a good team (h/t: Matt McHale on this video):
GSW forced OT after intentionally bricking a FT down by three in the final ticks and Cousins played hot potato with the rebound that went out of bounds. Then, Vladmir Radmanovic hit a long three and I was convinced Suxcramento is the worst team the league. As they did against the Bulls, they were too busy yelling at each other instead of challenging fast breaks.
The circus play of the night sent me into a frenzy. Monta Ellis (36 pts., 7ast.) showed how awesome he is just trying to draw contact, but hung in the air for so long, he was able to get this to fall and clinch the 117-109 win for the Warriors:
- Speculation that the Knicks' "Plan Bs" if they can't get 'Melo
include getting Andre Igoudala or possibly Anderson Varejao and Daniel
Gibson. That said, the speculator is Chris Broussard and unless he's relaying nuggets from LeBron's camp as anonymous sources, that shouldn't mean much.
- With Brandon Jennings out 4-6 wks, can Milwaukee's offense really get any worse?
- Contract the Bobcats?
- The Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association have been "ordered" to, "among other things, 'educate and criticize' Steve Francis for his uncivilized behavior."
- Charles Oakley called Charles Barkley a 'lazy asshole' on the radio.
- The Suns recalled Earl Barron from the D-League to release him. Then, his name became a trending topic in New York on Twitter.
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