When the dunkee can only shake his head and smirk after the dunker unloads on him, you know it was good. Portland’s J.J. Hickson left Cleveland’s Alonzo Gee in that position last night and it was just filthy.
Two minutes into the second half of the Cavs’ surprising win in Portland, the Blazers were out on the break with Hickson trailing in the middle. Gee gets in front of of Hickson just as he’s catching the ball and Gee has no time to set his feet and really get some power in his jump. The product of that bad timing is Gee barely getting off the ground and Hickson just throwing it down with two hands right in Gee’s face. At least Gee wasn’t too worse for the wear.
LeBron James scored his 20,000th point and dished out his 5,000th assist in the Miami Heat’s win over the Golden State Warriors last night, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20K plateau. But since he came into the league straight out of high school, he’s only the 8th fastest to reach the milestone.
James joined an extremely elite club though, becoming just the 12th player in league history to have 20,000 points, 5,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds. At just 28-years-old, LeBron is alongside Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, LarryBird, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton and John Havlicek.
The Toronto Raptors have found a little bit of a rhythm lately, the once 3-12 team is now 14-24, so they’ve made some progress. They also have electrifying rookie Terrence Ross, now making his third appearance on this here site thanks to his acrobatics.
This time, the University of Washington product took his act on the road, when the Raptors visited the Brooklyn Nets. Toronto lost, but check out Ross jumping from one side of the basket, floating under the rim, and dunking the missed shot with one hand. That’s just nasty.
Hopefully we’ll see Ross in the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend, and based on what we’ve seen so far, the league would be foolish to not have him there.
The Los Angeles Clippers just keep proving night in and night out that they’re legit. The last two games they’ve won with superstar point guard Chris Paul resting a sore knee. It hasn’t been a problem and the Clippers are just a half game behind Oklahoma City for the NBA’s best record.
The Clips rolled through Houston last night and got the highlights started early on in the first. Eric Bledsoe makes a steal in the backcourt, DeAndre Jordan quickly changes directions, and Bledsoe lobs it in the general vicinity of the rim where Jordan finishes it with ease.
The Clippers reached 30 wins the in just 39 games; the fastest in franchise history. And of course BlakeGriffin added his own slick highlight. Listen to the astonished announcers on this one.
A lawyer in Florida has filed a suit alleging that the San Antonio Spurs broke state law when Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, ManuGinobili and Danny Green weren’t uniform for a game against the Miami Heat last November.
Larry McGuinness says in his suit that the Spurs violated Florida’s deceptive and fair trade practices law. McGuinness filed the class action suit because he felt ripped off for the premium seats he bought. A lot of teams charge higher prices when elite teams come into town.
This whole thing is ridiculous. Professional athletes get scratched before games all the time and nobody who paid for a ticket is owed a thing. Sure the way this went down was pretty bad, I understand that. If you don’t recall, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent the four players home because it was the last game of a five day, four game roadie. The NBA was pissed and fined the team a quarter of a million bucks.
Now this lawyer guy wants to recoup what, a few hundred, maybe less? Or is it possible that this guy just wants to get his name out there? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening. I saw this story on ESPN.com and had to spout off about it. No doubt that other outlets will start picking up the story, and then this lawyer is suddenly quasi-famous.
I can’t imagine this case going forward, but I suppose the NBA’s fine could help this guy out if he gets in front of a judge. Either way, he can’t win because that would set a terrible precedent.
The Chicago Bulls held the Atlanta Hawks to 58 points last night. Atlanta had 5 points in the second quarter and 20 at the half. They barely beat the all time record for first half futility, which is held by the Clippers when they had 19 to start a game back in 1999.
A game like that is boring. It’s boring for the players, the fans and the announcers. Maybe that’s why former Chicago player and current Chicago color guy Stacey King lost his shit the way he did after Taj Gibson one step dunked on Atlanta’s Anthony Tolliver. But it’s not just that King loses his mind, that’s what homer color guys do on local NBA broadcasts, but it’s stuff he says. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO POST VIDEOS TO FACEBOOK?’ Um, yes, a four year old can do that. ‘W W W MY FACE DOT COM!’ Who says the three Ws anymore? Oh Stacey King, stay wonderful, if not current.
Most people who have played basketball or even just shot around at a park have taken some heaves from half-court. Sometimes they go in, most times they hit nothing or comically ricochet away. But at Friday night’s Atlanta Hawks game, a season ticket holder plucked from the crowd to try a half-court shot for a thousand bucks did something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
How in the name of physics this guy gets the ball to do that? It’s like velcro. I mean, I’ve seen shots get stuck between the backboard and the rim before, but I’m pretty certain that I’ve never seen a basketball do that on a rim, especially from that distance. But the kooky guy with the mic gives the ball some help and (SPOILER!) the guy got to collect a cool grand…if the arena announcer was right, that is.