Nyets-Magic: Justin Harper conjured a decent exact (90 seconds) 1.5 trillion payday - his second gathering of riches this season!
Bulls-Purple Paupers: Donte Greene (despite a 100% shooting percentage on one attempt) at 25 seconds and Isaiah Thomas (disregarding an assist) in 24 seconds were the Mario Brothers of the night, while Travis Outlaw bricked once from the Crocker Museum for a +1 suck differential in 8:36!
Nuggets-Blazers: Timofey Mozgov panned an board in 10:46, only to foul thricely and lose the rock once for a 4:1 Voskuhl. Corey Brewer had 32 seconds to hunt for gold coins in a Mario.
Knicks-Lakers: Jerome Jordan aired out a payday of 1.65 trillion (100 seconds) for the Dolan family, while Luke Walton nearly equalled his dad's endorsement money with his second capital gain so far, 2.1 trillion (128 seconds). Fellow Laker Andrew Goudelock fouled once in 100 seconds for a +1.
Labels: Bawful After Dark
Labels: Bawful After Dark
Afterward, there was a bit of drama in the Wizards' locker room, where power forward Andray Blatche -- who opened a pregame speech to the home crowd by saying, "This is your captain, Andray Blatche" -- voiced displeasure with the play-calling and said he should get the ball down low more than out on the wings. He then repeated that complaint on Twitter.Yep. After one game.
All it took was one regular-season game for the in-fighting to start in Washington.
"Is it trust? Or is it, 'I think that I can make a play to get us going again,' and you try to do it individually? In our league, you can't do it, unless you're one of the elite players," coach Flip Saunders said. "We don't have anyone that's at that elite status right now."
When a reporter relayed the gist of what Saunders said, Blatche responded: "He probably was talking about me, because for the simple fact that I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective."
"You can't keep having me pick-and-pop and shooting jump shots. Give me the ball in the paint. That's where I'm most effective at. I've been saying that since training camp: I need the ball in the paint. I don't want to be the pick-and-pop guy that I used to be. It's not working for me," continued Blatche, who shot 5 for 13, scored 11 points and was called for a technical foul. "I'm not saying the offense has to run through me, but I prefer to be in the paint."
He shook his head. He stared at the carpet. He shrugged his shoulders. And then he sat in front of his locker, in full uniform, for a good half-hour after the game had ended.
Blatche offered a simple analysis of how Washington went from being ahead 37-16 in the second quarter to trailing in the third.
"Our blessing was our curse," Blatche said. "Getting up by 20 so early and so easy was a curse for us, because then guys started to get relaxed, and then we all wanted to start to play 1-on-1 basketball."
Which, as Wall explained, isn't something that generally will work in Washington's favor.
"We have nobody on our team that's THAT great," Wall said, echoing his coach.
The reigning champions have quickly become a team everyone wants to play. There's no telling which is worse right now, their offense or defense, their conditioning or chemistry, as they were drubbed for a second straight game, losing 115-93 to the Nuggets on Monday night.Like I said yesterday, see what happens when Mark Cuban starts getting stingy?
Dallas gave up 20 straight points in the second quarter and had a stretch of 14 straight missed shots during a 9:52 drought between baskets. It was so bad that their player of the game, Sean Williams, threw up when he left the court.
Williams, the 13th and final guy off the bench, was so gassed from scoring 12 points in 11 energetic minutes that he vomited in front of the team's bench. Teammates and owner Mark Cuban laughed, and fans in the area gave a light-hearted standing ovation while an usher mopped up the mess.
The Mavs trailed by 33 in the third quarter, a day after being down by 35 in the third quarter against Miami. Counting a pair of preseason games against Oklahoma City, Dallas has been behind by at least 23 points in every game since being crowned champs.
Nyets-Generals: New Jersey's DeShawn Stevenson was severely curtailed in his hunt for Goombas, only getting 12 seconds of court time in a Mario.
Bucks-Bobcats: Jon Leuer had a 78 second moment of lacktivity that raked in 1.3 trillion.
For Charlotte, Bismack Biyombo lost the rock once in 6:08 for a +1 suck differential.
Rockets-Magic: Marcus Morris lived out his dream of hardly working by bricking twice from Thornton Park in 4:20 and adding two fouls for a +4.
Orlando's J. Harper gathered up a payout of 1.4 trillion (86 seconds).
Thunder-Wolves: Oklahoma City's Nazr Mohammed countered a field goal and two boards in 15:10 with four fouls and a turnover for a 5:4 Voskuhl.
Grizzlies-Spurs: Brian Skinner bricked once and took a foul in 4:22 for a +2 and a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl.
Lakers-Kings: Donte Greene had half a minute of 1Ups in a celebratory Mario!
Sixers-Blazers: In the highly unanticipated rematch of the 1977 Finals, Chris Johnson collected a brick and foul in 110 seconds for a +2 that doubled as a celebratory 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl.
Bulls-Warriors: Omer Asik had a loveable three-foul, one-rejection, one-brick line tonight for a +5 in 9:59 that doubled as a 3:0 Voskuhl.
For East Oakland's ballers, Ishmael Smith tossed two pieces of masonry and added on a brick in 4:16 for a +3 that also counted as a Madsen-level 1:0 Voskuhl.
Labels: Worst of the Night
Eight years after Cleveland picked LeBron James first overall in the draft and 17 months removed from James' infamous "Decision," there is hope Kyrie Irving may be the piece the Cavaliers can rebuild around.Pistons at Pacers, 7:00pm: Remember the way the Pacers finished out last season being semi-competitive and even making the playoffs slightly interesting? They've added David West and George Hill to the mix. I'm betting they're going to be one of those teams that gets described as "frisky" on a regular basis. You know, just good enough to piss you off if you're a fan of whatever team is playing the Pacers each night.
The wild card could be Andrea Bargnani, who is being shifted from center to forward in hopes of improving his rebounding. The Italian 7-footer averaged a career-best 21.4 points last season, but only 5.2 rebounds.
"In what has become a recurring theme in Portland, the Trail Blazers will open the season with a myriad of injuries."Bulls at Warriors, 10:30pm: The Mark Jackson coaching experiment continues! He was brought in to change the defensive mentality to lower that 105.7 points per game number they allowed last season. Well, they only gave up 105 points last season! Success!! That;s almost a full point lower!!
Labels: Bawful After Dark
Celtics-Knicks: Avery Bradley labeled himself the first lacktator of the 2011-12 season, bricking twice in 8:48 and adding a rejection and turnover for a +4 suck differential. Fellow Bostonian E'Twaun Moore mired himself amongst mushrooms in just four seconds for a Super Mario.
For New York, Bill Walker went to work with one brick from Broadway in 14:43 as well as three giveaways and four fouls for a +8! (Not to mention a Christmas gift of a throat shove by the amiable Kevin Garnett.)
Heat-Mavs: Shane Battier bricked once from the Stemmons Freeway for a +1 in 4:03, while Mickell Gladness cheerfully fouled twice in 2:56 for a +2 and a 2:0 Voskuhl.
Dallas's Brendan Haywood countered 3 boards in 13:38 with four fouls and two lost rocks for a 6:3 Voskuhl.
Magic-Thunder: Quentin Richardson spelled one foul in 4:41 for a +1.
Clippers-Warriors: Dominic McGuire made it back into the lacktion report, this time providing East Oakland with a 3.5 trillion (3:29) worth of server applications. $7 million dollar man Kwame Brown countered a made free throw and board in 6:49 with a trio of fouls for a 3:2 Voskuhl. Meanwhile, the Warriors also produced a pair of conventional Mario Brothers (Charles Jenkins at 58 seconds despite an assist, and Jeremy Tyler at 22 seconds).
Labels: Worst of the Night