george karl facepalm
Blitzed by a 54-point quarter?
Yes.

nuggets facepalm
Lit the hell up by Mike Dunleavy Jr.?
Also yes.

pacers fan
Freaky scary Pacers fans?
Very, very yes.

The Enver Nuggets: All I can say is: The 1990-91 Denver Nuggets must be proud. Or ashamed. Or...look, they're definitely feeling something, okay? They must be.

Why? Well, here's what the Indiana Pacers did to the 2010-11 Denver Nuggets last night:

144 points
64.4 percent shooting (56-for-87)
53.3 percent on threes (16-for-30)
20 fast break points
37 assists
48 points in the paint
54 third quarter points (20-for-21)
No, there isn't any feces in your eyes. Yes, you read that last part correctly. The Pacers shot 20-for-21 in the third quarter. In fact, they hit their first 20 shots. The lone miss occurred when Josh "What the f**k did you just do?!" McRoberts missed a 26-foot three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the quarter.

According to the AP recap, it was the highest-scoring quarter in Pacers history (no shock there), the fourth-highest total for a quarter in NBA history, and tied for the second-most ever scored in a third quarter. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the only teams to score more points in a quarter than the 2010-11 Pacers were the 1972-73 Buffalo Braves (58), the 1990-91 Phoenix Suns (57) and the 1988-89 Golden State Warriors (57). The 1969-70 Boston Celtic and 1969-70 Atlanta Hawks also scored 54 in a quarter.

And just think: The only thing between the Pacers and 20-for-20 shooting was a dumb decision by McRoberts -- who apparently didn't realize the Pacers were only seconds away from the most insanely best shooting quarter evah!

Said McRoberts: "I didn't know. I would have tried to pump-fake it a few more times, and maybe pass it to Mike [Dunleavy]. It's a good record to screw up, I guess."

Replied Dunleavy: "I didn't realize it until after the fact, or else I probably would have gone over there and stole the ball from him [McRoberts]."

Speaking of Dunleavy Jr. -- yep, he's still alive and in the league -- the dude went 5-for-5 from downtown and scored 24 of his 31 points in that third quarter romp.

Said Ty Lawson: "I don't know how many 3s he hit in a row, but it was like the old NBA Jam."

Wait, wait. Let me get this straight: Somebody made an NBA Jam reference about Mike Dunleavy Jr.?!! Things inside me just broke. Vital things. Sex organs...shriveling. Motor functions...failing. Bowels...releasing. Oh God.

Added Enver coach George Karl: "The dike broke, and the dam broke, and the flood hit us. We know that happens three or four times a year. Hopefully we can get better and respond against the Lakers on Thursday."

Here' a quick list of the hottest-shooting Pacers from last night's game:

Darren Collison (12-for-14)
Danny Granger (8-for-10)
Tyler Hansbrough (9-for-12)
Mike Dunleavy Jr. (9-for-13)
Roy Hibbert (7-for-13)
Josh McRoberts: DUMBASS.

The Miami Heat: It tells you what kind of night it was that a loss by the Heat only gets second billing in a Worst of the Night post.

Anyway, the Heat were living the dream, man. Dwyane Wade scored 39 points (12-for-23 from the field, 3-for-5 on threes, 12-for-16 from the line). LeBron James finally posted a triple-double (20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds). And Chris Bosh (17 points, 7-for-13, 9 boards) nearly looked like the old RuPaul of Big Men we sort of knew -- I say "sort of" because Canadian basketball doesn't really count, right Chris? Remember: Basketball doesn't exit if it's not on TV.

Miami even built a 22-point lead in the second quarter.

Then Paul Milsap made it f**king rain, pounding Miami's interior and exterior defense like the cheapest of cheap whores. Yes, I said "exterior defense" too. Milsap scored a career-high 46 points on 19-for-28 shooting. He scored 11 of those points -- including three straight three-pointers and a buzzer-beating tip-in! -- in the final 28 seconds of regulation to help the Jazz come back from an 8-point deficit and force overtime.

Let's watch the Milman in all his glory:

You know what, maybe Ty Lawson was onto
something with that NBA Jam reference...

Said Bosh: "I'd never seen him hit a three before."

Added Milsap: "I guess when it rains, it pours."

Well, you've see it now.

I guess so.

For the record, Milsap had gone 2-for-20 from three-point range during his career before last night. Damn.

Said Wade: "The man was on fire."

As for Miami's vaunted defense, it gave up 58 points in the paint and 42 points in the fourth quarter. Oh, and Eddie House once again took the Heat's final shot. Don't forget...never forget: EDDIE HOUSE GETS THE CLUTCH SHOTS ON THIS TEAM, BITCHES. I'm just sayin'.

Speaking of just sayin', Basketbawful reader AK Dave once again provided the link to Miami's Countdown to Failure. Good times.

Bonus Bawful from Wild Yams:

Look, before we get ahead of ourselves making fun of Van Gundy's prediction that the Heat would win 73+ games this year, we should focus on something more immediate. Like his prediction that the Heat "will never lose two games in a row this year." With Boston coming to town on Thursday, that prediction looks like it could be in serious jeopardy of being proven false barely two weeks into the season.

Also of note, the Heat (5-3) are only a half a game ahead of Cleveland (4-3) right now. However, Cleveland is technically in the 4th seed while Miami is in the 5th seed, due to the Cavs leading the Central Division while Miami is just 3rd in the Southeast Division.

Not to worry though, John Hollinger's calculator still says the Heat have outplayed everyone else thus far this season.

Go LeBron!
More bonus bawful from stephanie g.:

Jazz win despite D-whistle and LaRef having a 47-21 FT advantage, without Deron Williams in OT, and while LeBron runs away from plays when it matters after notching another worthless triple double. And he watches Wade and Haslem try to win. The basketbawfulness is so, so good, so early. Better than I could have hoped. Now we just need some freeze outs, woman problems, or something going wrong at the club. Oh great Noodly One, I don't ask for much...
Paul Milsap, quote machine: "It's speechless, to be down like that to a team like this and to come out with a win."

Jerry Sloan, quote machine: Asked whether Milsap has the green light to chuck threes: "He does now."

Update! Chris Bosh: From Basketbawful reader Benway:

"...the Heat's big men faltered down the stretch after sparking Miami to a first-half lead. 'I don't think we can change what our inside presence is,' Wade said. 'Everybody has their advantages.'

I'm really confused by this statement. Didn't the Heat sign an "elite" PF this summer? Shouldn't one of the criteria of being elite be that your 2 guard doesn't have to make statements of accepted resignation such as this?
The New Jersey Nyets: Let's face it: There's no non-anticlimactic way to follow up entries about Enver's defensive demise and Paul Milsap beasting on the Heat. That said, I'll give it my best shot by using our good friends the Nyets. Not only did they lose at home to the Unamazing Cavaliers...they got the punching bag treatment from Cleveland's bench.

Seriously.

Cleveland's reserves scored 52 points on 19-for-37 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 from beyond the arc. Antawn Jamsison (6-for-10, 3-for-4) and Ramon Sessions (6-for-11) each had 15 points and Boobie Gibson (5-for-10, 4-for-5) added 14.

By comparison, New Jerseys pine riders scored 15 as a unit.

The Nyets have now lost five straight since their 2-0 start. History time! According to ESPN Stats and Information: "New Jersey has lost 18 straight November games dating back to last year. The longest streak for November futility is 20, set by the Grizzlies from 1995 to 1996."

The time and place may change, but the Nyets will not stop failing us.

Mo Williams: Dear Mo: Larry and Curly are disappointed in you. Williams missed his first nine shots and finished with two points on 1-of-12 shooting. Remember folks, he's a former All-Star.

The Los Angeles Clippers: This night just wouldn't have felt complete without a 19-point beatdown of the Clippers. Fortunately, just such a beating was administered by the New Orleans Hornets. And since no Clippers loss itself is truly complete without some extra level of humiliation, I should point out that Jerryd Bayless -- who entered the game averaging 2.2 PPG on 29 percent shooting -- busted out of his slump with 15 points (5-for-10) and 9 assists.

Said Bayless: "It was just, like, finally."

Fellow reserve Willie Green scored 19 points himself. In fact, Bayless and Green combined to score the Hornets' first 19 points of the fourth quarter to help pump the lead up to 89-69.

That's right. New Orleans blew the doors off while Chris Paul was on the bench. Of course, The Other L.A. Team did itself in by giving up 35 points off 25 turnovers.

Said Clips coach Vinny Del Negro: "You can't expect to win at home or on the road when you have that many turnovers, so we've got to do a much better job of valuing the possession of the ball."

Good luck getting guys like Baron Davis to value anything not called "quadruple cheeseburger and fries," Vinny.

But you know, there might be hope. From Basketbawful reader Silvio:

Good news for " ... who we thought ... " is they host Pissed-Ons at Friday and Nyets at Monday. Griffin versus Daye (and non-existent Pissed-Ons inside defense), then versus Troy Murphy (and almost non-existent Nyets inside defense), he'll score something like 80 or 90 over those two games. That might be good enough for 2 wins and 3-8 record = 27% wins at that moment. It might be season best for " ... they were" during season, both in win percentage column and longest winning streak.
The New York Knicks: Speaking of beatdowns, how about New York's 27-point loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee? I'm not sure which was worse: the Bricks giving up 42 points in the first quarter or scoring only 13 in the fourth.

You know what? We'll call it a tie.

Statistical note: The Bucks entered the game averaging a league-worst 89.6 PPG on a next-to-last-place 39.9 percent shooting. Against the Bricks, Milwaukee scored 107 points on 51.3 percent shooting. Brandon Jennings -- who was shooting 39 percent -- scored 19 points on 8-for-13 from the field.

Updated! Amar''''''e Stoudemire: This was STAT's first time going up against Andrew Bogut since he gave the Humpty Dumpty treatment to Bogut's arm. Naturally, he pulled down only 4 rebounds as his team got beaten on the boards 45-34.

Of course, Stoudemire ended up jostling with Bogut (for which he received a technical foul) and talking smack with Bucks coach Scott Skiles (who said STAT was talking to the Bucks bench and that he, Skiles, "was addressing him back.").

Amar''''''e also said Bogut hit him. Intentionally. Was it payback? Said Stoudemire: "Possibly. I don't know what he's thinking."

Here's an add-on from Basketbawful reader Alex: "Can we add to Amar''''''e's bawfulness by watching the NBA TV Top 10 Plays? Drew Gooden threw the ball of the backboard to himself while Stat was guarding him. Definitely worth the $100 Million, because when I think about a PF who can't play with his back to the basket, can't play defense, doesn't rebound well, I think $100 Million."

And now, the video:


The Detroit Pistons: Let's go ahead and add the Pistons to the list of teams getting their asses handed to them tonight. The lowlights of Detroit's 100-78 loss to the Frail Blazers include:

Giving up 27 fast break points
Getting outscored 4-26 in the paint
Surrendering 23 points off 19 turnovers
Being outrebounded 45-33
Shooting only 55.6 percent from the line
Trailing by as many as 25 points
Falling to 0-4 on the road whle starting a four-game road trip
Being the Pistons
Said Ben Gordon: "Kill me. For the love of God, kill me."

The Los Angeles Lakers: They robbed us of what may have been the purest, most perfect night of bawful ever by failing to lose to the Timberwolves. Barely. In fact, the night would have been perfectly bawful if:

1. The Lakers had lost at home to the Timberwolves.

2. Mario West returned and submitted a true Mario.

3. KG mysteriously showed up in Indianapolis to tell George Karl he looks like a cancer patient.
Alas. We will have to make due with nearly perfect bawful.

The Minnesota Timberwolves: Check out the opening from the AP recap:

Ron Artest, the former math major at St. John's, could only chuckle at the unfairness of this equation.

The Lakers' worst performance of the season plus the Minnesota Timberwolves' best effort of the year still equaled another win in Los Angeles' historic start to the season.
So, wait, Ron-Ron was a math major? No wonder I hate math. But seriously, I'm not sure how this fact escaped me all these years. Oh, the missed jokes. Well, I know now, and that's what counts.

Also, it's funny that "the Minnesota Timberwolves' best effort of the year" involved 38 percent shooting and 27 turnovers for 23 points going the other way. That's the glory of setting the bar really low. Then almost anything you do can be considered a "best effort" or whatever.

Said Kurt Rambis: "I just told them in the locker room that the hard part is replicating what we did here tonight." What, you mean losing, Kurt? Oh, don't worry. I think you'll be able to replicate that another 50-60 times this season.

Chris's Lacktion Report:

Nuggets-Pacers: Indiana's Dahntay Jones collected 1.8 trillion worth of jewels (1:49)!

Cavs-Nets: Ryan Hollins actually providing celebration for Clevelanders by negating a pair of made free throws and a board in 7:28 with 5 fouls and a rejection, earning a 5:3 Voskuhl.

Clippers-Hornets: DJ Mbenga made more than millions tonight by joining George Shinn at the banquet table with a 5.55 (5:34) trillion!

Pistons-Frail Blazers: Greg Monroe marked himself onto the ledger for Detroit by countering a made field goal and two boards in exactly 24 minutes with three fouls and giveaways each for a 6:4 Voskuhl, while Jason Maxiell bricked once in 2:15 for a +1 suck differential.

For Portland's infirmary, Luke Babbitt and Sean Marks each fouled once in 2:15 for a +1 (with Marks gaining a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl as well).

Wolves-Lakers: Nikola Pekovic lost the rock once in 1:26 and added a heaved piece of masonry in that span for a +2 and a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl.

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Blogger Benway said...
"...the Heat's big men faltered down the stretch after sparking Miami to a first-half lead. 'I don't think we can change what our inside presence is,' Wade said. 'Everybody has their advantages.'

I'm really confused by this statement. Didn't the Heat sign an "elite" PF this summer? Shouldn't one of the criteria of being elite be that yr 2 guard doesn't have to make statements of accepted resignation such as this?

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Ron Artest was a math major??!

My life is a lie.

Blogger Dan B. said...
This is the second greatest night of the year. (Behind Birdmas, natch) I have been looking forward to this post since I left the bowling alley last night and checked the game scores on my phone.

And of course Ron Artest was a math major. No school allows you to major in "Being a Crazy Sonofabitch."

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
BONUS VIDEO via Squad6 (their hilarious fake shot clock chants against NY are fabulous) - they call him "The Bucks Kid"

Blogger Dan B. said...
Also, I forgot to make this joke about that Pacers fan picture earlier: I didn't know George Clinton had shaved his beard.

Blogger Will said...
I once made 4 consecutive 3's with Adonal Foyle in NBA Live '05. I never thought something that hilarious could happen in real life.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
"The Millman" is the greatest nickname I've heard in a while. Most excellent.

In any event, I think Eddie House should supplant CB4 as the 3rd banana on the "miami 3-way" or whatever people call them these days.

By the way: notice how the whole "big 3" or "3 amigos" etc.. label has disappeared in Boston, who are now just referred to as "the Celtics"? That team officially belongs to Rajon Rondo now. KG, Allen, and Pierce are a bunch of championship piggybackers riding on Rondo's coattails. :D

Anonymous Silvio said...
According to PopcornMachine's Gameflows Portland shooting by quarter was: amazing 70% in Q1, then 29% in Q2, 41% in Q3 and 65% in last quarter. Pissed-Ons: 58%, 47%, 33%, 29% - luckily for them, there's only 4 periods in basketball, otherwise they would around zero percent in 8th.

Blazers were able to put in higher gear when needed, they won first and last quarter by combined 61-40 score. While Detroit has only two gears: slow and even slower.
Second unit (Rudy, Dante, Matthews, Armon) and Aldridge went so well at start of Q4 (21-6 partial score for 95-70 from 74-63) that McMillan did not return rest of his starters in game at all (except Camby for Aldridge).

Blogger Basketbawful said...
I once made 4 consecutive 3's with Adonal Foyle in NBA Live '05. I never thought something that hilarious could happen in real life.

Story time.

Okay, so it was my third year at Purdue. BadDave and I barely had money for cheap beer let alone the new NBA Live '96 game. But our next door neighbor had it.

We called him "Tom One Tooth." Why? Because, for whatever reason, he only had one front tooth. But don't misunderstand me. The second tooth wasn't missing. There just wasn't one. Nor was their a space for one. Tom's teeth were perfectly straight and had no gaps...

...but he had only one front tooth.

I'm tellin' you, it was weird to look at. That fact was made worse by the fact that Tom -- like most the guys on our floor -- was something of a social misfit. (To this day, when somebody does something painfully geek-tarded, BadDave and I say, "Northeast 3," after our floor of dorkwads at Wiley Hall.)

Anyway, despite the fact that I both feared and loathed his single-toothed goofiness, I entered into a "friendship" with Tom that consisted of me going over to his room once or twice a day to play NBA Live '96. (Tom's roommate had long since abandoned that lonely den of despair, and so Tom had a defacto single room.)

Now, I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I was The Shit at NBA Live '95. And I wasn't bad at NBA Live '96. But fucking Tom always beat me. He always used the 1995-96 Bulls, and you might think, "Well, they're a great team, no shame there."

Yeah, okay, but Tom used Dennis Rodman almost exclusively on offense. And he had Rodman shooting threes. AND RODMAN HIT THEM. It was inexplicable. There was one game where NBA Live Rodman scored 80-plus points and hit 20 threes. I would get so pissed off, which would make Tom laugh this goofy laugh...and it also made him want to jack up a three with Rodman on the very next possession. Over and over.

For a while, I became obsessed. I wanted justice in this video game Bizarro World. But Rodman never stopped hitting threes, and I never did beat Tom. Not once. Man, I wanted to knock that one tooth down his laughing throat.

Uh, not that I'm bitter or anything.

Anonymous Silvio said...
Tonight Rockets (1-5) at Generals (1-4). And that's even not the bawfulest game of the night, we have bawfulfest: Bobcats (1-6) at Craptors (1-6). Tonight two more teams will reach 2 wins already in first month of the season.

Things like that makes me mad. I mean, there's so much teams that have potential to mimic Nyets 10-72 season (if not "better" it with single digits win), but they're not allowed to fulfill their potential. Why? Because those crappy crap teams play each other night after night after night. Look at Cavs - 3 games winning streak as schedule gave them Sixers, Generals and Nyets. And tonight they get ... Nyets again. Not fair. Not fair that one team is going to get W. Clippers. After Spurs tonight, Clippers host Pissed-Ond and Nyets, travel to Timberpoops and Pacers, then play Knicks at home. They're bound to take some win(s) out of that soft schedule. Yes, even them. There should be some rule like: if both teams play bawful game - neither gets win. Or, winner gets only 1/2 of win. Or something, this way NBA administration is denying those crappy teams their right to have single digits wins season.

Blogger 49er16 said...
The amazing part of last night's Jazz-Heat game was the fact the refs actually called D-Wade for a foul with time running out in overtime. Have the refs actually become competent?

Anonymous Stockton said...
Is it my impression, or it will be hard for the 3 amigos and their sidekicks to beat LA in a seven-game series.
I mean, I don't see them stoping Gasol + Mr. kardashian + Bynum... and of course Bryant will be in full speed mode on both sides... and he CAN stop Wade... as I can imagine Artest making LeDouche's life harder on offense...
Riley made a decent job catching some FAs to help the three stooges, but I see deeper teams in the league... the way I see it, Miami has a complete pack of horror: mummies, zombies, cadavers...

Blogger Sorbo said...
It doesn't matter that the Heat lost and are the fifth seed in the East, they're still No. 1 in Hollinger's eyes:

http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerrankings

I'll end my jag against this flawed system until the end of the season.

As for STAT, he should expect being hit by the man who's arm he broke. Even though it was an accident, you need to be punished for being an idiot on the court.

On McRoberts, his miss was just another Duke plot to tarnish basketball in Indiana. For shame.

Blogger Preveen said...
I used to like Taylor Swift... and then I saw this.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
I used to like Taylor Swift... and then I saw this.

I'm willing to forgive her only because it's a Wilt Chamberlain throwback jersey.

McRoberts played 30 minutes for the Pacers and scored only 2 points in a 144 point victory...That's extra fail.

Anonymous Alex said...
Can we add to Amar''''''''''e's bawfulness by watching the NBA TV Top 10 plays? Drew Gooden, threw the ball of the backboard to himself while Stat was guarding him. Definitely worth the $100 Million, because when I think about a PF who can't play with his back to the basket, can't play defense, doesn't rebound well, I think $100 Million.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMYuTy2iOYE - heres the video evidence.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I am disappoint that you did not put my profanity laced rant from yesterday onto today's post

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Also, watch the #1 play on that top 10, Amare gets blocked by Bogut and then Bogut throws a hammer down.

Anonymous Stockton said...
When it will be safe to say that the "power did not shift to the East"????

Anonymous Jake said...
I think the Heat win in the Finals anyway. It's a long season, and it'll take them awhile to figure it out. Mike Miller's back in January, so they probably won't be firing on all cylinders until late February or early March.

I mean come on, Paul Millsap raining threes? People let their jealousy and bitterness blind them to the fact that the Big Three probably won't average 30 minutes a game this season with all the blowouts. They'll be so well-rested for the playoffs it's ridiculous.

The Bulls won all those titles with Luc Longley and Bill Cartwright at center and BJ Armstrong at the point. They managed to beat up on Stockton and Ewing and Magic and Isiah etc. etc. just fine. It's not like transcendent teams haven't won titles with their weak spots being the 1 and the 5 before.

Home court advantage, Heat over Lakers in 6. We all know the regular season's meaningless, people. Calm down.

Blogger Sorbo said...
I don't know if you guys have been reading the trade ticker, but what do you think of the trade rumors for Nash? I read Nash to the Knicks (is it 2004 again?) or Orlando.

Also, potentially more bad news for the Piss-ons...Randolph may be coming to town (via trade rumors); although, he's been good the last two years. Does Prince, Bynum and McGrady for Randolph sound good? How about Hamilton and Charlie V.?

Blogger Marc said...
@ Jake,


I think you need to look at the stats. The "Big 3" all had great games. Even with that fact...they lost. And yeah, Millsap was a surprise, but Rondo, Kobe, Dwight...they can do that every night. Heat are a poorly constructed all-start team.

Anonymous Jake said...
I disagree, but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. We'll see come June.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Unreal stat just now tweeted by Marc Stein: "ESPN Research says @KingJames teams had NEVER blown 20-point lead in 2nd half before epic Jazz rally. LBJ record in that situation WAS 115-0"

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
kazam92 - If it were up to me, I would have included it =)

Anonymous Tree said...
@Jake: you're missing one thing: Miami does not have a "Big 3". They have a big 2 featuring Chris Bosh.

As any Torontonian will tell you, Bosh is not as good as people in Miami think he is. He is to Miami what Rashard Lewis is to Orlando: a mistake contract that will hinder the team. Split Boshs salary in 2, and you can get 2 players that will average his exact stats. And this is completely ignoring the fact that this guy has never been a good defensive player and is as soft as they come. The general consensus up here was "it's too bad Bosh left, but there was no way this guy was a max deal player, so we're probably better off starting over".

James and Wade carried inferior teams to the playoffs ... Bosh did not.

Question for Bosh: "If you average 14 and 5 and everyone sees it, does that count?"

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Jake - The 90s Bulls also had Michael fucking Jordan and Scottie fucking Pippen on those teams. These Heat are not those Bulls. The Lakers in particular (in spite of last night's no-show victory) match up great against the Heat. Artest is one of the few guys in the league who can do a credible job of guarding LeBron straight up, just as Kobe is one of the few guys in the league who can do a credible job of guarding Wade straight up. And then LA's huge front line should absolutely pummel the Heat if they're getting this dominated by Paul Milsap and Emeka Okafor. You're right though, we'll see what happens, but I'm actually inclined to think that the Heat won't make it past Boston this year, as Boston as well matches up great against Miami and can also punish them inside. Should be interesting to watch.

Mr. Bawful - You were 100% right about the Lakers in your write up: they absolutely did not show up last night. They totally took the night off and just mailed the whole thing in and still managed to win. While this might say what a luxury it is for the Lakers to have the personnel to do this, it's still disgraceful that they would give such a half-assed effort. They better bring their A-game to Denver, that's all I'm saying.

Sorbo - I think it's highly unlikely that the Suns will trade Nash, regardless of what the rumors say. Nash was a free agent at the end of the 2008-2009 season (the one in which Phoenix missed the playoffs) and he still re-signed with them, so I'm guessing that Nash wants to stay in Phoenix for the rest of his career. I also wouldn't be surprised if the reason Nash wants to stay is because with his back he probably doesn't want to try to make it work with another team's medical staff after the Suns' guys have been able to work magic with him (this same thing goes for Grant Hill, btw).

The only Nash trade I saw which I thought looked like it made any sense at all was Nash to Orlando for Jameer Nelson and Brandon Bass. I could see the Magic wanting to change things up due to possibly thinking they just can't beat the Celtics or Heat as currently constructed, and Nash on that team would certainly be very interesting. Meanwhile the Suns would only be looking to trade Nash if they think they need to get younger and begin rebuilding, and Nelson is a good young point guard to add to their mix (his contract is pretty reasonable too). That said, I find any Nash trade rumors to be highly questionable.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Why the 90's Bulls were better than the Heat:

Jordan (yeah, yeah, Lebron is as good... :P)

Pippen

Phil Jackson

Kukoc (who is the Heat's 6th player?)

Nasty "scrubs" as Rodman, Ron Harper and Luc Longley (who would kick ass of any heat center)

Refs... wait... ok, they might even here.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Can we add to Amar''''''''''e's bawfulness by watching the NBA TV Top 10 plays?

We can. And we did.

I am disappoint that you did not put my profanity laced rant from yesterday onto today's post

Aw !@#$%^&* I totally !@#$%&ing should have !@#$%&* included that !@#$%&.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Re: all the bogus Nash trade rumors

Alvin Gentry says: "if steve gets traded I'm going with him."

Nash replies: Makes me wonder what Alvin and I would go for on the open market #jockstrap&6pack

Dudley replies: a washer machine

The rest of the world replies: OMG BREAKING NEWS SOURCES SAY NASH QUESTIONING IF HE SHOULD LEAVE PHOENIX NEW YORK NEW YORK NEW YORK

wv: dumber

Blogger Basketbawful said...
You were 100% right about the Lakers in your write up: they absolutely did not show up last night. They totally took the night off and just mailed the whole thing in and still managed to win. While this might say what a luxury it is for the Lakers to have the personnel to do this, it's still disgraceful that they would give such a half-assed effort. They better bring their A-game to Denver, that's all I'm saying.

Ah, I was just mad they ruined an almost perfect bawfully night. As for the no-show win, as you call it, eh, I think Kobe said something like, "It's a long season and you have games like this." Much as it pains me, I'm inclined to agree. Nice boost for Minny's confidence, but the Lakers sandbagged and pulled out a win. T-Wolves will probably still lose eight of their next 10 games.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Aw !@#$%^&* I totally !@#$%&ing should have !@#$%&* included that !@#$%&.

Woah. I read that line and thought for a minute I was reading a quote from a Beetle Bailey comic.

AnacondaHL -- Excellent word verification for that post. Can people not just take something at face value and move on with their lives? It certainly sounds to me like Nash is staying put...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.basketball-reference.com/blog/?p=8109
by Neil Paine
"I'm amazed that Darko and Yi Jianlian are failing to meet their expectations by such a wide margin, given how little was expected to begin with. Somehow they managed to underachieve at underachieving!"

What he said!

Anonymous gebwel said...
no mention of al jefferson for WoTN? 1 for 7 for 2 pts when his frountcourt mate exploded for 46 pts?

also, check out this quote from bosh:

β€œHe got easy buckets,” Bosh said. β€œA lot of easy buckets.”

guess who should've guarded millsap to prevent those easy buckets?

Anonymous JJ said...
Nash isn't going anywhere. He would never demand a trade and Phoenix isn't going to improve by trading him. It's too bad since it'd be interesting to have him in a contender. Anyway, it's a testament to his abilities that he can still be in such rumors at that age.

Blogger BadDave said...
One Tooth! Aaaaahhhhhh. Bawful also left off that he was One Tooth's idol and only connection to civilization.

Also today, I received this e-mail:
Hey Dave,

I wanted to get in touch because I noticed you purchased a few tickets to the Cavs game. Did you have a good time? Are you looking to come out to any other games. We do have a 6 & 10 game ticket plan that may be of interest to you. Give me a call and I can get you the details.


Thanks,
Daniel Izzo
Account Executive

Bawful's response: It's kind of like getting a hug from a retarded child.

Blogger Will said...
Bad Dave- be careful. Dan Izzo sounds like he could be a Nigerian prince with some land in Florida for sale.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
The problem with comparing the Heta to the 90's bulls PG and Center issue is this.

Cartwright and Longley were stiff but they were 7 footers. They were big. Hell Cartwright used to be an all-star, they could score with their backs to the basket. BJ Armstrong I believe made an all-star team as well, egregious as it was. He could shoot the long ball

Joel Anthony is the stiffiest of stiffs and he's barely 6 ft 9! He's a great guy and his hard work should be admire but giving him 5 yrs 18 mil? Come the fuck on Riley. Arroyo is generally decent (although him missing some FT's were huge when he's generally money was bad), but isn't a 3 pt threat at all.

Heat need to sign Damp asap and hope Chalmers heals up (or gets out of the doghouse) and contributes

Anonymous Mickey McMickey said...
I was able to pick up FSN Utah on an internet stream to watch that game. Best game I've ever seen. Best part? When LeBron was strutting alongside the rolling ball near the end of the game, Matt Harpring's quote: "What, is he too cool for school, now?"

Blogger Sorbo said...
Honestly, the chances of Nash leaving are 1 in 100, and I don't think he wants to leaves, per se, but the Suns brass must be considering moving him if they right opportunity comes along.

They might be thinking about starting the Goran Dragic era and rebuilding, since the kid has an team option next year for $2 million. Meanwhile Nash's contracts expires after next season, but he'll be 38 years old by the end of that contract. Yes, he's beaten father time for now, but what club would roll the dice and hope that he could do it until he's 40 and beyond?

Phoenix may be hard pressed to put together a truly competitive club this or next season (NOTE: Payroll this season: $62 million, 2011/12 payroll - $47 million); thus there is probably some internal pressure to get some assets for Nash before he's too old or before he leaves to chase a ring.

This season, they have contract bait with Jason Richardson and Grant Hill ($14M and $3M, both in final years), but can they get a quality player or players for those two. A player who would stay longer than one year (see: Carmelo).

And what if Phoenix is outside the Top 8 in the West at the trade deadline? I'm not saying they would do it, but they would have to consider it.

Blogger Sorbo said...
Bawful, real quick...totally off topic, and I mention this because it just popped into my mind...but have you guys ever considered doing a podcast with this thing?

I'm not sure if you have a big enough audience to support such an endeavor, or if the "Bawful format" will translate into an audio or video format, but I just thought it would be interesting to put out there.

I'm not aware of any good NBA podcasts, most of them seem to devolve into Lebron-talk or Heat-talk, or at least just re-discuss the same three issues over and over again each week, whereas on this site, I feel well rounded discussions often emerge.

I would have just emailed you directly, but I'm actually curious if any other readers have ever felt the same way about a Bawfulcast.

Anonymous Silvio said...
Lakers played versus their former assistant coach. I believe Phil and players did not want to humiliate Rambis, especially as Wolves were embarrassed in almost every games so far this season.

Nash lives in New York during off-season. It's his home, so there always will be rumors about trading to ( or signing for ) Knicks to end his career there.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
dude. last night.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Bawful, real quick...totally off topic, and I mention this because it just popped into my mind...but have you guys ever considered doing a podcast with this thing?

I'm not sure if you have a big enough audience to support such an endeavor, or if the "Bawful format" will translate into an audio or video format, but I just thought it would be interesting to put out there.

I'm not aware of any good NBA podcasts, most of them seem to devolve into Lebron-talk or Heat-talk, or at least just re-discuss the same three issues over and over again each week, whereas on this site, I feel well rounded discussions often emerge.

I would have just emailed you directly, but I'm actually curious if any other readers have ever felt the same way about a Bawfulcast.


We've actually done two or three podcasts I think. It's something we talk about doing more of...but it hasn't gone anywhere yet.

I'll look into it again tho'.

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