Due to a computer error, I wasn't able to do my standard WotN writeup. I will now devote thenext five minutes to giving you some quick worst-of highlights. If you want some funny commentary on the games as they happened, go here
Jesus Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
-dancing dancing Christ....really
Andray Blatche was kicked out of practice and suspended for tomorrow's game against the Detroit Pistons for conduct detrimental to the team. The Toronto Craptors:
If it's not one thing, it's another with these Wizards, who are dealing with some distraction on a daily basis. Saunders wouldn't elaborate much on the suspension, but it was based on his behavior during Sunday's 115-110 loss to New Orleans. Blatche had zero points, three rebounds and three turnovers in almost 17 minutes. After the game, Blatche dressed, went to Randy Foye's locker and sprayed himself down with Foye's cologne. Head athletic trainer Eric Waters approached Blatche and asked him to head to the training room. Blatche responded, "Do I look like I care about my knee?"
That incident was not the reason for the suspension, according to a Wizards spokesperson, but it is not good for a team that continues to deal with more and more adversity. "It's already been too much," Antawn Jamison said after practice.
After back-to-back losses to the Kevin Garnett-less Celtics and the Indiana Pacers (12-25), the Craptors slide back below .500. Or as I like to call it: back where they belong.The New Orleans Hornets:
After winning six straight games by margins of 4, 4, 4, 5, 4 and 5 points, the Hornets finally lose a 4-pointer to the Sixers in Philly, redeeming the law of averages in the process.The media:
I simply cannot believe how many stories and heard and read about how the Hawks have now "mastered" the Celtics, owing to their 3-0 record against the C's this season. The first win was legit, but the last two have been against the Boston without KG and last night's game was minus Garnett and Rasheed Wallace. And it's not like Atlanta blew the Celtics out: they won by 6 points as a weakened Boston team shot 55 percent from the field. Again, without KG and 'Sheed.
Why does the press want the Hawks to be awesome? Can someone explain this?
By the way, a big old Basketbawful "welcome back" goes out to our boy Mario West
...back for at least 10 days
.The Detroit Pistions:
Remember when Joe Dumars sent the Pistons' heart and soul (Chauncey Billups) to the Nuggets for The Cancer and experts pointed out it was part of Dumars' master plan to rebuild his team on the quick? Brilliant, right? Only Dumars went out and spent $90 million on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villaneuva...which was fucking insane when it happened and it looks like utter madness now. And, in case you missed it, the Pistons are tied (with the Golden State Warriors) for the third-worst record in the league.
Last night, BG played six scoreless minutes and Villy finished with 2 points on 1-for-11 shooting as the Pistons gave up season highs in points (120), field goal percentage (57.1) and margin of victory (33) to one the league's worst scoring teams. Oh, and they lost their 13th consecutive game for the first time since Isiah Thomas' retirement tour.The New York Knicks:
The Knicks losing to the Thunder is no big deal in and of itself, but I wanted to point out that New York is 15-22 and on pace for another 30-35 win season...which would push their streak of 30-win seasons to nine
. LeBron, are you sure you want to come here?Update!
Thanks to Jonathan
for pointing me in the direction of this Skeets post from Ball Don't Lie
about how the Knicks blamed their crappy play on...ghosts.
I'm dead serious. (Get it? Dead?!) From the New York Daily News
The Knicks were afraid, very afraid. And it had nothing to do with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For two days, several players had trouble sleeping because they were convinced that their downtown hotel is haunted.
"I definitely believe it," Jared Jeffries said. "The place is haunted. It's scary."
Eddy Curry claims he slept for only two hours Sunday night because he couldn't stop thinking about ghosts roaming the hotel.
For years, guests staying at the Skirvin Hilton have reported ghost sightings and strange noises. Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s, a woman jumped to her death while holding her baby in her hands.
"They said it happened on the 10th floor and I'm the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry said. "That's why I spent most of my time in (Nate Robinson's) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."
Based on their team record over the last nine seasons (256-428), I'm guessing the ghosts are simply following them from place to place. It might be time to call Ghostbusters.The Minnesota Timberwolves:
There's been all this talk lately about how Al Jefferson and Kevin Love can't co-exist, but last night they combined for 44 points and 29 rebounds. Of course, the Timberpoops shot 37 percent, lost by double-digits and cemented their reputation as the second-worst team in the league. So while the critics may have a point, but I'm still not sure trading away their best player is Minnesota's best chance for improving as a team. I mean, look how things have gone since they dealt Kevin Garnett to the Celtics...The Phoenix Suns:
The Suns' amazing streak of choking away big leads continued unabated, as they put the Milwaukee Bucks in a 21-point first quarter hole but before barely hanging on for a 4-point home win. Oh, and Captain Canada's streak of 5-plus-turnover games also continued, as he threw the ball away 7 times. That Steve Nash...he just likes giving things away...
Oh, and did I mention this all happened on the same day that the Bucks lost Michael Redd for the season and their coach was hospitalized shortly before the game with an irregular heartbeat? If there was a team ready to be blown the hell out, it was the Bucks. Oh well. On the bright side, Grant Hill's six points gave him 15,000 for his career.The Miami Heat:
Miami got their buns blistered 118-89 by their fellow
"bipolar significant other" team, the Utah Jazz. When the Heat are good, they go balls out on defense. Well, the Jazz shot 57 percent from the field and 60 percent from downtown. So...yeah.
Memo to Dwyane Wade: The Bulls will have a lot of money available to sign a free agent this summer. If you're going to lose, wouldn't it be better to lose alongside Derrick Rose in your hometown? I'm just sayin'.Crabs-Warriors:
Defense?! We don't need no stinking defense! King Crab outscored his fellow starters 37-28, Cleveland gave up 26 points off 22 turnovers, Corey "Bad Porn" Maggette earned 18 free throw attempts, and the final score of 117-114 probably tells you everything you need to know about this game. But I'm going to leave you with this quote from Basketbawful reader BW in Cleveland anyway: "The best part of the game was the last offensive 'possession' Don Nelson drew up. Can we all agree that the last 5 seconds of the game has to be a WotN nomination? Cavs up 3, 5 seconds left, Monta tries to call a timeout and Nelson waves it of. Monta is forced to rush up court and pass to an unsuspecting Curry. Heave. Airball. Fail."Lacktion report:
Chris continues to get the job done:
Hornets-Sixers: Bobby Brown knuckled out one brick in 7:06 for a +1 suck differential.
Hawks-Celtics: Joe Smith uncovered a forgettable scratch ticket and won 4.1 trillion (4:06)!
Wolves-Nuggets: Oleksiy Pecherov took a rejection and brick for a +2 in 1:19, while Denver's Joey Graham pressed A and B together on the Wiimote for a 25 second Mario!
Crabs-Warriors: Andris Biedrins took five fouls in 12:55 (and tossed four bricks) to earn a 5:3 Voskuhl against three boards!
Labels: Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors