Tiago Splitter is Goro's son? Who knew?
When you're preparing chicken wings and icing down the beer for Sunday night's Super Bowl, take a few minutes to click over to ESPN at 4:00pm ET for the Chris Paul Celebrity Invitational bowling tournament. I say this not only because I'm one of the handful of people who watches professional bowling and I can actually recognize the pros that will be on this telecast, but also because we're going to have Chris Paul AND Blake Griffin:
The list of celebrities competing in the made-for-TV event include Reggie Bush (former USC star, Super Bowl winner and Miami Dolphins running back), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers forward and reigning NBA Dunk Contest champ), Michael Strahan (NFL great, Super Bowl winner and Fox NFL Sunday analyst), Jerry Ferrara (from HBO’s Entourage), Jesse Williams (of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Grammy award-winning recording star Ciara, and comedian Kevin Hart.
Also, Larry Bird news
: "I've cried three times my whole life and all three of them was because Magic did something to me."
And I just saw this all over Twitter as I was finishing this post: Andrew Bynum's MySpace page from when he was 17 years old
Worst of the Night in Pictures:
Yeah, sorry about that stat curse I laid on you guys last night, Atlanta...
"For the last time, Mike, there isn't some gray animal on the ground in front of you. You're just seeing your mustache."
This must be sign language for "I have no idea what I'm doing"
Nationally Televised Friday Games:
Knicks at Celtics, ESPN, 8:00pm:
From what I'm hearing, Rondo is a gametime decision. Even if you aren't a Celtics fan, you should be looking forward to watching him play again. But more importantly, the rumor is Mike D'Antoni will be fired if the Knicks lose
. Ruh roh.
Lakers at Nuggets, ESPN, 10:30pm:
Wait a second, didn't Denver just play Los Angeles on national TV last night? On Groundhog Day?? Damn it, Bill Murray. Quit screwing around with time!
All The Other Friday Games:
Cavaliers at Magic, 7:00pm:
As passed along to me by Chris, Big Baby Davis is supended for two games
by the Magic for "conduct detrimental to the team." In that case, why the hell haven't they suspended Dwight Howard?
Heat at 76ers, 7:00pm:
The Sixers have only won one game against the Heat in their last 13 tries. But at least it was a playoff game, so that's something.
Wizards Generals at Craptors, 7:00pm:
Huh. I didn't realize it was time for the Null Star game already. (What? You mean this isn't it? Huh.)
Bucks at Pistons, 7:30pm:
Still so cold in the D. After losing by ONLY three points to the lowly Nyets, Tayshaun Prince actually said "To be able to have a chance, it felt good. It has been a while."
Timberwolves at Nyets, 7:30pm: This tweet
is almost physically painful. "(Nyets) are 30th in defensive efficiency, 30th in FG% defense, 30th in 3pt defense, 26th in Def RB% & 26th in opp FT rate. Yikes."
Suns at Rockets, 8:00pm:
The Rockets were playing awesome basketball while their best player was out. Now Kevin Martin comes back and they lose two straight games. Hmm.
Grizzlies at Thunder, 8:00pm:
The home court advantage is particularly strong in OKC for some reason. The Thunder are shooting a league-best 50.9% from the floor there.
Pacers at Mavericks, 8:30pm:
Dirk's knees not working at 100% is sad for anyone who enjoys good basketball.
Nationally Televised Saturday Games:
Magic at Pacers, NBA TV, 7:00pm:
Is it wrong that I look forward to every single Magic game now just to see how badly the wheels can fall off? Nothing against the team, it's just an entertaining trainwreck at this point.
Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 10:00pm:
Somebody please take the broken record off the turntable. Greg Orden is set to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on one of his knees. Again. http://www.blazersedge.com/2012/2/3/2769018/blazers-c-greg-oden-to-undergo-arthroscopic-procedure-on-right-knee
All The Other Saturday Games:
76ers at Hawks, 7:00pm:
The Sixers will be on the second night of a back-to-back after a battle with the Heat. The Hawks will be on fresher legs and at home. This might be a good barometer for how good the Sixers really are. Or not. Hell, I don't know with this goofy shortened season.
Wizards Generals, 7:00pm:
Blake Griffin has said he does not plan on entering this year's dunk contest. Kia sales instantly dropped 500%. Meanwhile, Kenyon Martin has agreed to sign with the Clips, but China is still reluctant to let him go anytime soon.
Mavericks at Cavaliers, 7:30pm:
A great comment from Fishy: "I think it's funny that the NBA thinks it's worse to criticize the officiating then a coach to kick the ball at fans.. Cuban fined $75,000 while Carlisle is fined $35,000." The lesson, as always? Mark Cuban doesn't give a damn. He's got more money than he knows what to do with.
Hornets at Pistons, 7:30pm:
Just think of it this way. SOMEBODY has to win this game.
Nyets at Knicks, 7:30pm:
So Amar'e finally decided to transform from STATUE back to STAT against the Bulls. Can he keep it up?
Rockets at Timberwolves, 8:00pm:
If I had only one word to describe this game, it'd probably be "scrappy." Which is nice because last year it would have just been "crappy."
Bulls at Bucks, 8:30pm:
I just saw this headline on ESPN.com (I can't read anything beyond that since it's an ESPN Insider rumor link)... "Fesenko could be the Bucks' get."
Thunder at Spurs, 8:30pm:
Enjoy this one Spurs. It's the last home game you'll have until February 29th.
Bobcraps at Suns, 9:00pm:
Charlotte's leading scorer Gerald Henderson is out two to four weeks with a strained hamstring. Abandon all hope. Oh, you already didn't have any hope? Carry on then.
Lakers at Jazz, 9:00pm:
Per an anonymous commenter: "Metta World Peace is still the Ron Artest we knew and laughed at
." And we are all better for it.
Warriors at Kings, 10:00pm:
Devastating comment from deezyL: "This is how Bawful the Whacktown Kings are: Yahoo posted an article of America's Most Miserable Cities. Each of the 10 cities had a depressing picture of the city such as "bank owned" or an arrest. Enter Sacramento's picture to show how miserable the city is; a picture of the Kings. Here's the article
." I also deferred to our resident Excremento Purple Paupers expert Chris for his wisdom regarding this game. His take: "Sacramento. A team somehow good enough to beat the Lakers and Blazers this year, yet who knows what against any other team that also employs fully breathing human beings at all five positions."
Nationally Televised Sunday Games:
Grizzlies at Celtics, NBA TV, 12:00pm:
The Celtics are second to worst in the league in rebounds per game. Just felt like pointing that out.
All The Other Sunday Games:
Craptors at Heat, 1:00pm:
The Craptors are hoping half the Heat don't show up because they're pregaming for the Super Bowl.
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