Maybe LeBron shouldn't have said anything about Cleveland...

It's President's Day! That means it's time for our annual history lesson about George Washington. If you don't watch, he will eat your children.
(Warning: Audio is NSFW!)

Worst of the Night in Pictures:



OM NOM NOM


Linsanity dies against the Hornets. The HORNETS.


Gary Neal can levitate. Neat.


Stan leads his team in a chorus of "Wheels on the Bus"


Doc Rivers: Tap Dancer





Kevin Love always has the best pictures


Nationally Televised Games:

Hawks at Bulls, ESPN, 4:00pm: Derrick Rose is back, you guys!

Celtics at Mavericks, TNT, 8:00pm: Does anyone know if Kevin Garnett is going to play in this one? If not, this one sways from ugly to super ugly.

Trail Blazers at Lakers, TNT, 10:30pm: The Lakers just got whomped by the lowly Suns. If Kobe doesn't come out swinging (and putting up crazy jump shots), I will be very surprised.

All The Other Games:

Nyets at Knicks, 7:30pm: If The Prokhorov still gave a damn about his team, he would have someone break Jeremy Lin's knees in awesomely Russian mobster style before this game. However, he's too busy jumping jetskis over sharks or running for president of Russia or something, so that won't be a concern.

Grizzlies at Rockets, 8:00pm: Revenge game potential, anyone? From the STATS LLC game preview: "Lowry was one of Houston's few bright spots in last Tuesday's loss at Memphis with 24 points and six assists. The Rockets committed 18 turnovers and shot a season-low 38.5 percent. Houston leading scorer Kevin Martin missed all three of his shots in that game and went scoreless for the first time in six seasons."

Magic at Bucks, 8:00pm: Dwight Howard has gone into beast mode every time he's played the Deer in Headlights this month. 18.5 points, 17.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. So yeah. Have fun with that, Milwaukee.

Hornets at Thunder, 8:00pm: My girlfriend came over last night while I was watching the start of the Nuggets/Thunder game. She's a basketball fan, but not at all an NBA fan, so we only watched that for a few minutes before popping in a DVD, but I did get to see Kevin Durant start off strong (though Russell Westbrook's nasty two handed jam was more impressive looking). So of course I woke up this morning and read that Durant had 51 last night and I missed most of it. Oops.

Timberwolves at Nuggets, 9:00pm: If the Timberwolves win tonight, they will be over .500 for the season so far. I'll just step back and let your wrap your mind around that one for a second.


There we go.

Wizards Generals at Suns, 9:00pm: Fun fact: this is the only time all season these two teams will meet. The Suns are surely disappointed by this fact.

Spurs at Jazz, 9:00pm: Manu Ginobili is hurt again??


Clippers at Warriors, 10:30pm: Hey, did you know the Clippers haven't had consecutive losses since late December? Oh crap. I just stat jinxed the hell out of them, didn't i? I'm sorry! I didn't mean it!!

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35 Comments:
Anonymous Czernobog said...
Hehehehe. "Linsanity dies." Heh.

SVJ and Rivers beg to differ about Kevin Love having the best pictures.

Blogger floridian said...
how about the most underrated PF in the league, Ilyasova?
Playing for a crappy team, Bucks, along with an overrated Jennings, he's been having an excellent run nowadays..
Especially the last game against the Nyets...

Any comments?

Anonymous Team_BC said...
@ floridian--Yes, see "against the Nyets"

Anonymous JJ said...
Derron going for 38 points (8-14 on 3's) vs Knicks. I guess somebody was having a revenge game.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
frailblazers with 7 points in the 1st quarter against the lakers (3rd game in a row)...post lockout basketball at its best?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
What was to be expected happened : Greg Oden is done for the year after undergoing Microfracture surgery today, the third of his career and second on his left knee.
I'm a fan of the Blazers' division rivals, and even I feel bad.

Anonymous KazeK said...
Seven point 1st quarter for Portland. If that isn't bawful, I don't know what is.

Anonymous Stockton said...
%&#$$%#
How the #$#$%#"$%" the Jazz, who play mostly inside (because the best, and only decent, shooter in the team is the assistant coach), get ZERO FTs at Houston by halftime?? And again, despite facing a perimeter team in the figure of the Spurs, again have less FTs???
F#$%#%$

By the way, jazz got Bonned? Or Bonner'd?

Blogger Wormboy said...
Wait, the Knicks loss to the Hornets wasn't the end of Linsanity, given that the Knicks won against the Mavs. What I think is the end of Linsanity is the Knicks losing to the NETS, when they have all of their starters.

We're all watching you, Carmelo. Though sadly we won't be able to blame it all on you, given Fat Baron Davis and JR Smith also clogging the Knicks' arteries.

Anonymous Reid said...
Yup, my Blazers are still home/away bipolar crazy.

In possibly related news, Matt Bonner was 8 seconds shy of a 6 trillion.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I have to ask, why so little updates this season? I miss my basketbawful!!

Blogger Dan B. said...
Anon -- A couple reasons. Both Bawful and I have a lot going on in our personal lives this season, so there will be some posts missed here or there. But also right now I have a very good reason for not posting...

Everyone -- I am working hard on this year's Null Star game. Yes. Prepare yourselves for my favorite post of the year. Chris and I have whittled down the candidates for the East and West rosters, and I hope to get the teams assembled in NBA2K12 and sim the game in the next few days.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Unintentional dirty quote on the Nets-Magic broadcast about an angry face from SVG: "That was a nice facial from Stan van Gundy"

Anonymous AdriĆ  said...
Dan you totally made my day by saying this :D

Anonymous Anonymous said...
lal-dal : lakers with a comfy lead in the 2nd...until kobe comes back into the game...and dallas ties it at the half. This is why kobe gets so much haters i guess...

Blogger kazam92 said...
I hope to see Juwan Howard Dan B.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.sportando.net/video/eng/8832/cba_all_star_game_the_worst_basketball_sequence_ever.html

the URL is pretty self explanitory

Anonymous Rik Smits Mullet said...
null star weekend coming up.WOOHOO.
Looking forward to see a lot of missed dunks and bricks. Hope nba 2k12 doesnt make one of the NULL stars unbeatable from the 3 point line. i predict west 27 - east 32.
except for a 3 point fluke game.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Man... tell your bosses that you have a blog to run... on which thousands of people from all around the world depend on... and ask them a raise, also... two jobs is no picnic!!! :D

And your girls should also be comprehensive also... while you work hard writing these post, fulfilling an important public service, they should grab you some beers, make a sandwich, and rub your necks...

Well... have a nice weekend all... HATE the All-Star Game :P

Anonymous JJ said...
Stockton - Don't worry. Although they want to pretend they're common working people like us, a life of a blogger is filled with hot women, money, booze and drugs. I just know it.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Looks like Andrew Bynum can play the Mavs without ripping his clothes off or trying to kill a midget. Well done, Drew. But we haven't forgotten, you underachieving putz.

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
The sad part is that Basketbawful probably gets a ton of traffic as well, but only one pays the bills.

Anonymous Barry said...
The Null-Star weekend announcement made my day.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Oh, I forgot to mention. There was a NYT editorial recently talking about Jeremy Lin. In the comments section somebody said that they considered Linsanity the equivalent of Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier in baseball, and then lamenting the amount of discrimination that Asians face in America.

That right there is its own special form of Basketbawful.

Blogger Meme said...
daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! awesome post.

Blogger Wormboy said...
AppalLINg! Well, we all knew it was going to happen, probably when they hit an elite defensive team. So, yeah, the Heat made Jeremy Lin look like a college player on an NBA court. Granted, they played "Lin and zone" defense, completely keying on Lin and shutting him down. And, everybody has to have a bad game now and then. The real disgrace here? The rest of the Knicks can't compensate when half of the team is draped over their point guard. Don't you think they'd be wide open?

Anyway, glad the bandwagon was upset. Now we can get on with business as usual. Jeremy Lin will be a good player, maybe even an All-Star. The Knicks look great on paper but the pieces don't fit together. Maybe they win a playoff round. The Heat will win a championship this year. That last made me throw up in my mouth a bit.

Oh, and awesome picture: caption this. I came up with some really disturbing ones. LeDouche's smile is so evil, and Jer Bear looks like a lost kid.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/Metastasis2000/Picture1-6.png

Anonymous Silvio said...
All-Star break
We are 500 games into season (502 if I count well) and we are where we were at start. Lot of bawful teams and after lockout more bawful basketball than ever. Only handful of contenders, out of which only cHeat looks like strong teams of the past. Plus few decent teams like Spurs and few teams tier bellow, not-bawful and not-decent like 76ers. Only bright spot is few young players like Rubio in Wolves and Irving in Cavs, they're dragging their teams out of bawful territory, but are not quite yet there, they'll need more help.
Except cheering for cHeat injuries and failure (I have nothing against Heat winning championship, but I'd hate to see LeBron with a ring), only thing that I'll be interested through 2nd half of the season is Rookie Of The Year race. So far Rubio had more help from teammates, so Minnesota is on (for them) incredible good 17-17, that's 1 win from 8th place. But that is exactly reason I think Irving is ROY so far, with less support he led Cavs to not bad 13-18.
And yes, let something happens to Clippers. They're 3rd in West with 20-11. Mighty ancient divinities must be angry at us. If something doesn't change soon, punishment will be devastating.

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Blogger stephanie g said...
Wormboy: I don't think the Knicks even look good on paper. Melo and Amare are anti-moneyball players. They're lucky Lin is around to deflect the heat they deserve. Lin sucked in that game...but the dude is an NBA nobody. What about their 100 million man who got outrebounded by the sucky nobody?

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
I don't think the Knicks don't have cap space to sign Lin after this season.

Anonymous JJ said...
Stephanie -

Totally agree. I love Lin story and how he made Knicks watchable again. And I'm completely on the bandwagon. But, they're faaaar from being a contender even on paper. I think they've just looked pretty good lately because Lin has the Knicks guys pumped up. But, that can't last forever.

To be "fair" to Amare, he was never a great rebounder (or a defender) for his size/athleticism. All he really does is finish around the rim and take some jump shots. So, when a PG struggles to get him the ball by the basket like Lin did last night, it's no surprise that he tends to fade away pretty fast. I think expecting him to do anything else is unrealistic at this point of his career. Real problem is that Knicks overpaid for him like Joe Johnson.

And Melo, I see how tempting it was to trade for him. But, it was a mistake then, and it's a mistake now.

Anonymous Silvio said...
I'll just copy/paste what I wrote 2 weeks ago. Because versus Heat we saw exactly what I said we can expect if two teams are to meet in 1st round of playoffs (which easily could happen): win maybe, two if they're lucky.
Maybe 4-0 or 4-3, but most probably easy 4-1 for cHeat.


2/11/2012 8:13 AM
Linsanity: it reminds me of Eagles praising themselves for visionary signing Michael Vick after his stint in prison. In reality, they declared Kevin Kolb starter, and (what they considered backup material back at the time) Vick only got to play after Kolb's injury.
Jeremy Lin was third-stringer for Bricks, in fact 4th on PG depth chart if we count injured Baron Davis. Should Baron healed in time, they'd waive Lin last month and as of now he'd look to latch somewhere on a 10-day contract. So much about Bricks talent evaluation, no better than Eagles one. Or this is simply fluke and Lin is to cool down soon. Probably combination of both.
About Bricks being considered contenders by some after 4 Lin-fueled wins. What a crap. FFS, they're 3 wins bellow 50% . They'll be lucky if they beat Cavs and Bucks for 8th place on East. Bogut injured (as usual), Irving's concussion and Magic meltdown makes me think Knicks are going to grab 8th, if not 7th seed. But that's about it, one and out, versus Bulls or cHeats in best-of-7 ... win maybe, two if they're lucky. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Lin and I'm glad for kid getting the chance and taking most of it - but to heavily lean on poor man's Ramon Sessions ... good luck with it.

Blogger kazam92 said...
Sheed back y'all! He's 37, probably 350 pounds, and will be hoisting 3s when he should be passing to Kobe!

LoLakers

Blogger Wormboy said...
Geez, can't believe Sheed is trying a comeback. If he'd been in shape in 2010, the Celtics would have won another ring.

Just a sign that the Lakers are desperate. Just curious: does anybody remember a comeback player like this contributing to a championship? Or even a good playoff run?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"Nets To Sign Gerald Green"...

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