Oh, how I've missed you, Yao Ming
(Video version at Deadspin)
We're only one night into the season, and I'm already yawning and feeling braindead while writing this. Good to see I'm already in midseason form! Lots of material today, let's get to it.
Brief footbawful crossover: Lovie Smith sucks
. Per Mike Lombardi, "Smith is among the worst replay-challenge coaches in the NFL; since 2009, only four of his 16 challenges have been overturned." Also, Lovie's logic for his botched challenge/no challenge sequence this past Sunday is pretty much the definition of footbawful.
And one last brief thing before get to the pics and previews. Here are a couple of my favorite NBA-related Twitter posts of the day.Bobby_BigWheel
: I switched from Celtics-Heat to the season premiere of 16 and Pregnant. I wanted to see more scoring.bruce_arthur
: At a Knicks shootaround. Seeing Eddy Curry is like spotting a whale, in more ways than one.Worst of the Night in Pictures: I reiterate: oh, how I've missed you, Yao Ming It may look like an awkward position for man love, but LeBron and Paul Pierce certainly seem to be enjoying it Our first photographic evidence of _efense this season! (nature documentary guy voice)
"When threatened with competition, the rare White Basketball Player will bare his teeth to show dominance"Nationally Televised Games:Bulls at Thunder, ESPN, 8pm:
I'm glad this game is on national TV. Kevin Durant is appointment television viewing, as you have hopefully figured out by now. And I'm excited to see the revamped roster in action for the Bulls. You can read Bawful's full game preview at By the Horns
since I'm sure he knows much more about the Bulls than I do.Trail Blazers at Clippers, ESPN, 10:30pm:
The Clippers on national TV? That's so sad, it can make an adorable bunny facepalm.
See what you've done, Donald Sterling? You should be ashamed.
Who else should be ashamed? Greg Oden, because his favorite TV shows include 90210 and Gossip Girls
. No 58 year old man should watch those shows.All The Other Games:Celtics at Cavaliers, 7pm:
The Celtics took down Cleveland's most hated man last night. Standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd, anyone? You know that's going to be the highlight of their season. Also, recommended reading: Trey Kirby from The Basketball Jones recently posted about Dan Gilbert's infamous Comic Sans letter that he does not regret
.Pistons at Nets, 7pm:
You may be wondering why I didn't call them the Nyets. Well, I figured it's a new season and all, they deserve a fresh start, right? I mean, sure, they have a chance to suck again very soon, but they're going to start with a home win against the woeful Pistons, so I don't feel comfortable making fun of them until they lose.Heat at 76ers, 7pm:
Per the STATS LLC preview of this game, "The Sixers need forward Elton Brand to finally break out after two disappointing seasons since coming over from the Los Angeles Clippers." Yeah, good luck with that, Philly.Knicks at Raptors, 7pm:
Oh, Toronto. Over in hockey land, the Maple Leafs are -- beyond any reasonable explanation -- not godawful this year so far. Thankfully the Craptors are capable of carrying on the tradition of failure for what has lately been Loser City. Look, I don't want Toronto to continue to suck at basketball. I have nothing against their fans. However, I despise the Leafs, so I'll take what I can get right now. And when your team is based around Andrea Bargnani...Bucks at Hornets, 8pm:
Are we still supposed to Fear the Deer? I'm sorry, but I don't trust any Scott Skiles-coached team after the honeymoon period is over and the players start to resent him.Kings at Timberwolves, 8pm:
Oof. Ugly game. However, the constant potential for DeMarcus Cousins to lose his cool and strangle somebody makes pretty much every Purple Paupers game this year worth watching. (I look forward to him getting eight hundred technical fouls for my fantasy team this year while being a double-double machine.)Hawks at Grizzlies, 8pm:
Our first chance to see Larry Drew's new offensive scheme for the Hawks should be interesting. I don't expect much from the Hawks this year, but... "Memphis is 2-13 all-time in season openers, and has dropped nine straight since defeating Seattle to begin the 2000-01 season."Bobcats at Mavericks, 8:30pm:
Did you know Larry Brown is 70? That's almost as impressive as the Mavs winning 50+ games for 10 straight seasons, yet continually being worthless in the playoffs. Also, again citing the STATS LLC game preview, "The Bobcats, who waived Dampier and his $13 million non-guaranteed contract, still have a dynamic frontcourt with Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw." I think that sentence pretty much says it all.Pacers at Spurs, 8:30pm:
I will be the first to admit that the Spurs are getting old in a hurry (that's about the only
thing they can do in a hurry at this point...). However, they just absolutely own the Pacers right now. The last time the Pacers won a game at San Antonio? January 4, 2002. That's just turrible.Jazz at Nuggets, 9pm:
An undertalented, overperforming Jazz team rocking their new old-school logo versus a sulking Melo? Awesome.Rockets at Warriors, 10:30pm:
As shared by AnacondaHL: "Have this pic courtesy of Jeremy Lin for tonight's BAD
." And there you go. Lookin' good, Mr. Lin.
Labels: Bawful After Dark, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers