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Thunder and Mavs get big wins; key NBA games for tonight

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder

For the past three weeks or so, anytime two teams in the top 9 of the western conference square-off, it’s much watch television for all basketball fans. That’s just the kind of season we’re having in the west. I know the eastern conference looks like it will be bit more competitive (especially as of late) this postseason but the west will be a bloodbath every single round. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, as usual, but at least we got a little preview of what we could see in a couple of week during last night’s games. Both the Thunder and Mavericks got big wins over the Spurs and Clippers (respectively), two of the best teams in the conference as of late. What does that tell us? Well, for one, no team is invincible in the conference. At least for one night. I still wouldn’t bet against the Spurs but at least we can see that they won’t completely roll over every other team. Especially the Thunder, because after last night’s win over their I-35 rival, they have swept the season series 4-0. Are the Thunder just a match-up nightmare for San Antonio? A little bit but don’t forget that the Spurs were playing their 5th game in just over a week’s time. It was still an impressive by OKC, who used their superior length and speed to counter the Spurs’ ball-movement. Conference finals preview?

Once again, not getting ahead of myself. Especially if the Clippers or Mavs, who squared off last night, have anything to say about not being included in the conference finals discussion. Now, my Mavericks are a bit of a long-shot to make it that far into the playoffs but they would at the very least give any opponent in the west a well-fought series. But that’s the western conference in general and that’s why it’s so great. The Clippers have been playing excellent basketball for over a month now, led by Blake Griffin, who posted his first triple-double of the season. Dallas was able to survive Griffin’s performance but it wasn’t easy, as the Mavericks continue to fight with the Warriors, Grizzlies and Suns for those final three spots in the conference. The Mavs, with their barrage of shooters, have one of the best offenses in the league but it’s going to have to be their defense that makes sure they have a position in the postseason. Right now it’s spotty but if they can fix their late-game mistakes, Dallas can do some real damage. The Clippers on the other hand are pretty much locked into the #3 seed, barring anything crazy happening in the final stretch of the season. Right now they’re set to face the Warriors, and man oh man, would that be a juicy first-round match up. At lot left to happen before we get to that point so let’s see what games will affect both conferences as we begin the final week and a half of the season.

Lots and lots of games tonight. In fact, the only teams that aren’t in action tonight are the Spurs and Clippers. But don’t worry because we’re still going to get some great games tonight, some of which have big implications. As stated previously, any game involving two western conference playoffs contenders is a great watch. Especially 6 through 9 because at any time, those teams can switch in a variety of ways. The biggest games among the western teams tonight are the Thunder in Houston and the Suns in Portland, both games should be great. The east isn’t as intense but there’s still a lot to learn from various teams and some shuffling that will happen among the non-Pacer and non-Heat teams. The Raptors are fighting to stay in the 3rd position and what do you know, they’re going up against Indiana tonight. The Pacers need to get back into the form and getting a win over the team one spot beneath them is the right direction. You can also tune into Boston-Philly for tanking reasons. But let’s focus on the Wizards, in New York tonight to take on Moe’s Knicks, who are all of a sudden in the 8th spot in the eastern conference. Washington is trying to move up a spot in the standings while New York is trying to fight off the Hawks and Cavaliers for the final spot in the postseason. Should be a good game and a good Friday of basketball to get the weekend started.

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Recapping the NBA’s big Christmas Day slate

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors

For a lot of sports fans around the league, Christmas Day is when the “real” NBA season begins. A lot of it has to do with the fact that NFL season is, unfortunately, winding down and more of the focus is shifted towards the Association. Another reason the NBA gets so much attention on the 25th of December is because the entire day is dedicated to showcasing the best teams around the league, going head to head in some of the best basketball that the league has to offer. Unfortunately for the NBA, most of yesterday’s games didn’t include a few of it’s best teams and didn’t provide it’s best product. Luck wasn’t on David Stern’s side. It’s not his fault that some of the biggest teams in the biggest markets are dealing with franchise-level injuries. The game schedules were put into place before the season began and no one thought that at this point of the season, the Nets, Bulls, Knicks and Lakers would ALL be dealing with key injuries. At the same time, how were the Pacers not included in yesterday’s festivities? Portland (tied atop the west) was also missing but no one really expected, before the season, that they’d be among the league’s elite. Not the same for Indiana, the Heat’s biggest obstacle for a fourth straight Finals appearance and tied for the best record in the league. Most people thought that Indiana would continue to battle for the eastern conference’s top position during the regular season and once the postseason began. So, once again, I’ll wonder: why weren’t they included?

Let’s get to some of the teams that actually played in yesterday’s game. Like the past few couple of seasons, the NBA was featuring a quintuple-header. I actually felt bad for the NBA countdown crew (ESPN and ABC) because they were basically dealing with a 13 hour work day on Christmas Day. And to boot, getting up early for a Nets-Bulls game is not something that’s really worth doing. Are the Nets, as a team and franchise, in some serious trouble heading into the future? I’m not talking about just this season. The next few years and beyond look bleak for the Nets, no draft picks while being locked into some pretty big deals. While the Bulls are ugly to watch without Rose, at least Chicago showed some heart in their victory over the Nets yesterday. Not showing heart were Moe’s Knicks. New York got pounded by the Thunder yesterday, led by their duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. I’ll sum up how easy it was for Oklahoma City: Durant scored 29 points on 10-for-16 shooting seemingly without sweating and Westbrook had a triple double halfway through the 3rd quarter. Oh yeah, the Kicks also suffered the worst defeat by any home team on Christmas Day. Let’s shift over to the west coast, where LeBron and co were visiting a depleted Lakers team. Surprisingly enough this game didn’t keep the trend of complete blowouts for the day. The Heat looked in control for most of the game, especially halfway through the second quarter and after but the Lakers hung around and almost stole the game. After giving up the lead in the 4th, Miami re-gained composure and closed out the game. Still, lots of a props to a scrappy Lakers team who played well enough to make this an entertaining game worth tuning in to.

The best was saved for last as the quality of basketball got better as the day went on. The Rockets were in San Antonio (hosting their first Christmas Day game) against the Spurs in a good ole fashioned Texas shootout. Normally Houston is sort of a weird team but they played very sound and balanced basketball. It’s something that the Spurs set the bar doing so but during yesterday’s game, the Rockets raced out to a big lead, forcing the Spurs to play catch up the entire game. San Antonio managed to get within striking distance a couple of times. That was, until James Harden took over in the 4th quarter. Harden dropped 16th in the final quarter as he led the Rockets to a big win over their in-state rival. The most entertaining game of the night came late in the day when the Clippers visited the Warriors. A physical contest that included two ejections (Blake Griffin and Draymond Green), two technical fouls, two flagrant fouls and shoving even after the final buzzer went off. The Warriors won the game after a last second heave by the Clippers was short but up until that moment, it was either team’s game. When your coaching staff has to separate the sides after the game is over, there’s definitely some bad blood. I’m already looking forward to when these two teams go at against because they provide a good basketball product with some of that old school (pictured above) roughness.

One a side note: I’m with Dirk on this one when it comes to the special edition uniforms. Not a fan of the sleeves or the giant logos on the chest.

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Recapping opening night and looking forward to this NBA season

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It feels really good to have the NBA regular season back. A midst the NFL season reaching it’s regular season peak, it was quite refreshing to see some basketball back on the screen. Of course it’s great to have the “Inside the NBA” crew back for another season of the greatest pre/post game show in all of American sports. Even though he didn’t have a good game (thanks to Miami’s defense), it’s really good to have Derrick Rose back in a Bulls uniform. Miami’s swarm defense spoiled his comeback, limiting Rose to just 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Heat went on to rout the Bulls and after the first half, it looked like Miami wasn’t going to take it easy on the Bulls at all. The Big 3 did their part but it was the combination of their bench (Cole, Allen, Battier) that was the clear difference.

Something else that was clear after last night’s games? The Orlando Magic are only one game into the season and they’re already tanking. I understand that this upcoming draft is supposed to be among the all-time greats but c’mon Orlando, at least have a respectable season. The Pacers took advantage of the situation and to no one’s surprise, they went on to win the game in a comfortable fashion. The Magic and Pacers are teams that will end up on opposite sides of the conference. Speaking of teams that are supposed to finish quite opposite, how about the Lakers surprising the Clippers last night? This is a Clippers teams that’s supposed to finish among the top seeds in the west and this gutted Lakers team isn’t supposed to amount to anything this season. At least until Kobe returns and is at 100%. But don’t tell the other Lakers players that. Enter Xavier Henry (career-high 22 pts) and the rest of the Lakers bench. They simply out-hustled the Clippers, extending their lead in the 4th quarter when it mattered most. Props to the Lakers showing some heart and not rolling over just because of some silly pre-season rankings.

Now it’s only one game so let’s not consider a Heat-Lakers Finals a complete lock just yet. The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint but it’s the type of marathon that you watch all along the way. Every team has hopes that this is their year, despite going against overwhelming odds. Well unless you’re the Magic, 76ers or Suns. Then you’re just looking to get a top 5 pick in the draft. There are in fact 14 games tonight so chances are your team is playing. I’ll be doing a weekly post about the NBA every Wednesday unless something crazy happens. Good to have NBA basketball back. And of course, on my part, go Mavs.

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Lob City Sugar Daddies Deandre Jordan & Blake Griffin Party in Mykonos

NBA Stars Deandre Jordan & Blake Griffin Party In Mykonos

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These were snapped yesterday on Psarou Beach in Mykonos, Greece.

While the L.A. Clippers just scored their new coach in Doc Rivers, a couple stars of the team, assuming they’re still be on the team when July 10 rolls around—that’s the day the NBA’s free-agency moratorium is lifted and players can officially sign with new teams. Judging by the amount of booze that was flowing and all the bikini-clad ladies floating around, it appears basketball was absolutely the last thing on their minds.

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Nuggets force game 6; Grizzlies steal home court

 

Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol

Both the Nuggets and Grizzlies played good basketball last night, winning game 5 of the series but for different reasons. The Grizzlies were trying to break a tie along with “home team will win” trend that their series against the Clippers had become. The Nuggets were trying recover home court advantage with their backs against the wall, facing elimination against the Warriors. The Nuggets never trailed during the game, defending the Warriors well by limiting their shooters and taking the victory 107-100 to stay alive and extend the series. The first half was completely Denver’s game, going up by as many as 22 points and limiting Stephen Curry along with the rest of the Warriors shooters. There was a bit of controversy in regards to the plays Denver defenders were making, particularly on certain screens made on Curry. Warriors coach Mark Jackson wasn’t happy about it at all, accusing the Nuggets of playing dirty during his post game comments. The Nuggets did play the Warriors with a physical style, never letting Andrew Bogut or any other Golden State player be effective in the paint. Was it dirty play? I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. I think it’s a little silly when analysts say “that’s just playoff basketball!” but it’s true that when the postseason comes around, things get a little more testy.

Speaking of physical play, the Grizzlies looked really good last night. Zach Randolph led the way for Memphis, taking down the Clippers 103-93, as they took home court in the series by winning a huge game 5. I can’t remember the exact percentage but when a series is tied 2-2, the game 5 winner will most likely win the series. The percentage is somewhere in the 80s if I remember correctly. The Clippers were definitely hobbled, especially Blake Griffin, who injured his ankle during a Clippers’ practice the day before. Griffin never looked right during the entire first half before eventually leaving the game during the 3rd quarter, never returning. The result was that Clippers had to rotate their big men, never finding a good rotation to counter the Grizzlies’ tough play. Even with Marc Gasol in foul trouble, it was too much Z-Bo for any defender to handle. Chris Paul played great in terms of scoring (35 points) but with only 6 assists, it was obvious that Paul didn’t have the help support that he needed. The Clippers did have a couple small-ball line ups that seemed to work but it was simply too little, too late. Now the series heads back to an elimination game in Memphis.

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Rihanna & will.i.am Worked Their Freaky Styles @ Lakers / Clippers Game

A Braless Rihanna Sits Courtside at the LA Clipper Game

Photo Credit: Splash News Online, WENN

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As if she needed even more attention, Rihanna basically wore the ugliest possible outfit she could find inside her closet so that a little kid sitting in the nosebleeds could spot exactly where she was sitting. SERIOUSLY, what the fuck was she thinking?

In comparison to RiRi, will.i.am. was looking boring and average, but we still had to highlight those freaky-looking harem-skinny-jeans he has going. There’s simply no better way to look like a complete douche bag than wearing those babies.

As for the game, the Clippers once again owned the Lakers 109/95 and in the process they became the Pacific Division Champions for the first time in their 40 year history. Furthermore, they swept the Lakers for the first time since the 74/75 season. Here’s a recap of the game:

Celebrities watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center

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Heat and Clippers dominate final games before All-Star weekend

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

With the NBA heading into the All-Star weekend (held in Houston this season) what better way to finish the stretch with two great match ups. Well, at least they looked like great games on paper. The Heat went into the Thunder’s house and looked like the best team in the league. Led by LeBron (who else?) the Heat lead by as many as 23, taking down the Thunder 110-100. LeBron didn’t keep his streak going but that didn’t stop him from having a monster game (39 pts, 12 reb, 7 ast, 2 stl) to offset Durant (40 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast, 3 blk) and the rest of the Thunder squad. The Heat had a more balanced attack, lots of help from Bosh and Wade was involved while Russell Westbrook was the only Thunder player aside from Durant to reach double digits in scoring. The Thunder got back into the game with a late surge but every time the crowd got back into it, it was either LeBron or a Heat 3 point shot that answered. The only that sucks for NBA fans is that these two teams won’t have the possibility of facing each other until June, when it’s Finals time in the NBA.

Out west the battle for LA went sort of how the season has gone for these two teams. The Clippers came out strong, led by a red hot Blake Griffin (20 points in the first quarter) and things looked like they were going to be ugly. The Lakers made a comeback during the 2nd quarter but second half was all Clippers en route to a 125-101 victory in the final game before All-Star weekend. What stood out for me during this game was how effective Chauncey Billups and Antwan Jamison were for their respective teams. It’s like 2006 all over again! Anyways, the Lakers simply didn’t play enough defense (no surprise there) to keep up with the Clippers offensive efficiency. For now, the Clippers are trying to catch the Thunder or Spurs for a higher seed and the Lakers are looking to catch the Rockets or Jazz for one of those final playoffs spots.

Now come the festivities of All-Star weekend in Houston. I wonder if Glimmer (lives in Houston) will be out in the clubs with some big names this weekend. Any word from him? So we know about the dunk contest and 3-point contest tomorrow night. I like James White for the dunk contest and Steph Curry for the 3-point contest. If you get a chance, check out the Rising Stars Challenge (rookies/sophomores) tonight, simply for the chance to watch Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard in action. Those two are the future of NBA back courts and are must watch for basketball fans around the country. Enjoy the East-West game on Sunday!

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