Catch n' Shoot: May 10, 2011 -- Epic 3OT OKC-Grizz Battle, Sore-Losing Lakers & Slow Celts Marking End of NBA 'Ruling Class'

Catch n' Shoot: May 10, 2011 -- Epic 3OT OKC-Grizz Battle, Sore-Losing Lakers & Slow Celts Marking End of NBA 'Ruling Class'
  • Just as "gay" is not a synonym for "weak," "retarded" is not one for "stupid" (Mark Deeks, Sham Sports). Unfortunately, LeBron is still a 25-year-old and put his towel-snapping humor on display in a postgame press conference. It's no secret the guy has a lot of maturity to experience, and I'm ashamed that I was so frivolous with those words for a long time, but hopefully stories like those from Kevin Arnovitz help him understand what those words mean -- like they did for me (Heat Index). Kobe was fined $100k for screaming "faggot" at a ref on national TV, so the precedent's been set (Nano Di Fino, The Daily Fix).
  • Kevin Durant didn't get to touch the ball much, thanks to the great ball denial by Tony Allen (and Westbrook), but when he had it, he was heroic. And he jammed the fuck out of this ball over Zach Randolph:

    Westbrook's sweater and Durant's backpack exemplify the Thunder, if you ask me:

  • A bright spot for me in the Cs' loss: Ray Allen straight-up old-man dunked on Chris Bosh's head:
  • No, it isn't time to "blow up the Lakers" (Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk).
  • The Cs, Lakers, and Magic were a combined 20-1 in playoff series from 2008-10 against the rest of the league (Neil Paine, Basketball-Reference). This season, the Magic and Lakers were eliminated by "non-rulling class teams" and the Cs are a game away from joining them. It's a new era.
  • Dwight Howard's +/- and TS% went up in the 4th quarter, relative to others, but the usage plummeted. The usage drop is a pattern with centers across the NBA (Eddy Rivera, MagicBasketball.net).

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