The Indiana Pacers: Memo to Jim O'Brien: It's probably best not to coat your players' hands with PAM -- America's favorite cooking spray! -- prior to the game. Case in point: The Pacers committed 22 turnovers (including 14 in the first half) last night. And let's face it: You're not going to beat the red-hot Jazz when you give them 22 extra possessions that lead to 26 bonus points. Said Jarrett Jack: "It's disappointing, mainly because we beat ourselves. We really killed ourselves in the turnover department." I really don't want to know about you beating yourself, Jarrett.

By the way, Troy Murphy continues his hot play. Last night he grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, scored a team-high 23 points, set a Pacers franchise record for defensive rebounds in a season (605) and nearly tied a franchise records for most three-pointers in a game with 7 (Reggie Miller holds the record with 8 threes in a game, something he did twice.) Murph's been playing well all season, but he really picked up his game after Danny Granger went down. In that 10-game stretch, Troy has scored 20+ points six times (and 19 once) and hasn't had a game in which he failed to reach double-digits in rebounds (including one 21-board outing). So, uh, where are all those people who mocked me for bragging Murph up a few weeks ago?

The Milwaukee M.A.S.H. Unit: The Knicks arrived in Milwaukee having won only 7 games on the road this season. The Bucks, who are in the midst of a six-game home stand, needed to win this game to hold onto the eight spot in the East. And if they'd only contained Larry Hughes, they probably would have done it. But, alas, they could not contain Big Shot Larry, who scored a season-high 39 points on 13-for-20 shooting (including 5-for-8 from downtown). Said Charlie Bell: "Everything he threw up at the basket -- hand in his face, wide open -- he was making everything. You've got to give credit where credit is due." No, I don't. This is Larry Hughes were talking about.

Anyway, Bell added: "We didn't play like we wanted to be in the playoffs. There's a lot of games left, but if we don't turn it up, we're going to be on the outside looking." You mean like you are right now? Get used to that feeling, Charlie.

Richard Jefferson: With Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut out, Jefferson should be the Bucks best remaining player. On paper, anyway. Last night he shot a Larry Hughes-like 3-for-16. (Are we sure their wasn't a mind-swap before the game?) When you're the team's go-to guy, it's usually a bad sign when you have more turnovers (5) than made field goals.

The Knicks' butter fingers: They somehow managed to pull out a rare road victory despite 22 turnovers, 7 of which slipped through the fingers of Nate Robinson.

Speaking of the Knicks, Basketbawful reader Brendan P. wrote in to say: "Is New York where NBA Center's go to die? Last year the Knicks, as a team, recorded 213 blocks, good for ninth worst of all time. With Renaldo Balkman leading the way with 30 and 'centers' David Lee and Eddy Curry tied for second with 29 each. Josh Smith and Marcus Camby had more blocks by themselves that season!! They also own 5 of the worst 10 blocking seasons since 2000-2001. How the hell is this possible?!" I did some checking and the Knicks are once again last in the league in that category, stuffing a mere 2.3 shots per contest. They have 146 blocks on the season...which means they'll have to swat 67 attempts in their final 19 games just to tie last season's mark. That breaks down to 3.5 BPG, or 1.2 BPG above their current average. Not gonna happen, methinks.

But wait, there's more! The all-time worst total is 169, set by the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls. Second worst is 193, set by the 1998-99 Washington Wizards. The Knicks are on pace to fall between those two teams with 189. But here's the thing: Both of those records were set in the lockout-shortened 50-game season. So no matter what the Knicks do, it looks like they're going to set an all-time worst for an 82-game season. I'll be keeping an eye on this...

The Phoenix Suns: Last night's home loss to the Mavericks -- who themselves hadn't won a road game since February 2nd -- was a veritable dagger in the heart of their playoff hopes. They now trail Dallas by 5 games in the race to be put out in the first round by the Lakers. And, according to John Hollinger's playoff odds, they have a 28.8 percent chance to stumble into the postseason. I'm not an ESPN-accredited mathemologist, but shouldn't that number be closer to zero? Anyway, it's a bad sign when a team shoots 55 percent and commits only 10 turnovers at home in what was pretty much a must-win game and loses anyway. Of course, I'm eyeballing the 9 missed free throws and comparing them to the 5-point final margin. Note that The Big I Make Them When They Count went 3-for-7 from the line. Memo to Shaq: THOSE COUNTED.

Watching this one, I couldn't help but wonder whether things would have gone any differently for the Suns as of late if Amare had been around. They've lost a lot of close games lately: By 6 at Miami, by 4 at Houston, by 5 at San Antonio and by 5 last night. But the thing is, their offense has been as potent as ever. It's their defense that has been dooming them. And, frankly, I can't see Amare having an impact on the defensive end. But who knows?

The Sacramento Kings: Facing the still Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder at home, the Kings promptly sunk to the occasion, committing 24 turnovers that led to 21 bonus points for their foes. It was OKC's fifth road win of the season. I guess the Kings just love giving! Despite the fact that Kevin Martin missed the final 15 minutes of the game with a sprained ankle, Sacramento still had a chance to tie the score with 5 ticks left. But Andres Nocioni shot an airball despite being wide open. Thabo Sefolosha was fouled and hit both foul shots, but Rashad McCants nailed a triple with 1.2 seconds left. Jeff Green threw the ball away, which gave the Kings possession and a chance for a miracle finish...but of course their final half-court lob hit nothing but the floor. Said Bobby Jackson: "We did a lot of good things, but we did a lot of bad things, too. We had a lot of turnovers, forced turnovers. We were throwing the ball and not taking out time. If we didn't have those 22 turnovers, we definitely would have won the game." Whatever. At 14-50, they once again have the league's worst record.

The Los Angeles Clippers: 19 points. The Clippers led by 19 points in the fourth quarter. At home. But hark, dear readers! I have told you over and over that they are who we thought they were, and the truthiness of that statement was scientifically proven last night as the Clips got outscored 35-16 in the final period and lost 87-83. That there's the textbook definition of "fourth quarter collapse." Yeah, yeah, I know LeBron crab-dribbled his way to a triple-double (32 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists). But still...19-point fourth-quarter leads are pretty tough to lose. Unless your the Clippers AND you're being coached by Mike Dunleavy Sr. That's like chasing a shot of kerosene with Drain-O.

Update! Zach Randolph: Oh boy oh boy oh boy! The Dreaded Z-Bo strikes again. You know the history. But Zach, he's not going to learn, not when he thinks "history" is a Michael Jackson album that featured a video in which Jacko got mostly naked with his cover wife. (Don't worry; the link does NOT lead to a picture.) Anyway, I'll let Kevin Arnovitz of ClipperBlog tell the tale:

This game ends for the Clippers the way it begins — with a Zach Randolph airball from 27 feet. What do the Clippers want, down two points with a hair over six seconds remaining? According to Mike Dunleavy, "We ran a side out-of-bounds play to try to get the ball into Baron." That appears to be the intent: Baron starts along the baseline, with Randolph, Novak, and Thornton in a sort of line set across the stripe. Al, who’s farthest from the inbounder [Gordon], runs to the front side around Randolph/Varejao and Novak/Pavlovic. Meanwhile, Baron sprints up from down low, trying to shake loose of LeBron around the Randolph/Noak stack. Baron tries to split them, but the whole ordeal is clumsy -- LeBron actually beats Baron around the screens, making any attempted inbounds pass to Baron impossible. Eric is stuck. He could go to Thornton on the near side wing, but Williams -- who’s guarding him -- has cut off that angle. Finally, Randolph steps toward the sideline to receive the ball from Gordon. When he does, Eric steps onto the court and asks for it back, only Randolph never looks at him. Never looks at anyone. With the court spread, there’s an nanosecond when you believe Zach might just want to take Varejao off the dribble, but that notion dissolves pretty quickly. Instead, Randolph takes a couple of dribbles, then elevates to launch the shot with exactly 5.0 seconds left. His teammates are perplexed. Al Thornton drops his arms, then after the whistle is blown, looks back as if to confirm he saw what he thinks he saw, then turns around in disgust. Baron looks angry and Eric bemused. 1.6 seconds remain. When Cleveland inbounds the ball, Mo Williams is fouled with 0.00.6, and sinks both FTs, which ices the game.
Zach Randolph: Is he the Devil? Or just the prototypical Clipper? Discuss.

Baron Davis: From the AP recap: "An unofficial stat the Cavaliers have been keeping this season on James is chasedowns -- breakaway layups by opposing players that James hustles upcourt to swat away from behind at the last instant. James recorded his 17th such rejection, denying Baron Davis with 6:49 left in the first quarter after Davis intercepted his errant pass and bolted with it." Ego-ectomy. You want video? We got video:

Fred Jones: This will, of course, be noted in the lacktion report, but Freddy logged over 14 minutes of daylight and missed shot. Period. That's it. I'm not sure what irks me the most: That he was so lacktive -- 6:15 of his PT occurred during The Other L.A. Team's horrific fourth quarter -- or the fact that his one lonely field goal attempt robbed us of the first recorded 14 trillion.

Lacktion report: The search for lacktion, via chris, continues...

Jazz-Pacers: Jerry Sloan seems to like mixing up his lacktion choices, as Jarron Collins, Ronnie Price, and Kyrylo Fesenko have remained in their warmups in recent games. Instead, Sloan has molded Matt Harpring his fourth option for lacktivity, filling his 4:43 of floor time with two bricks, a turnover, and a block against to string up a +4 suck differential.

Bobcats-Spurs: Charlotte's Sean May milled a brick for a +1 in 1:16, but the real story had to be the most overpaid bench player in some time, $3 million-a-year Fabricio "Oh Boy!" Oberto. Gregg Popovich apparently wants to have a gold-plated Excite Bike cartridge in his possession as Oberto spent only TWO SECONDS on the floor for a Super Mario! Somehow, Oberto was able to miss from downtown in such a brief segment of 8-bit harmony.

Mavs-Suns: Dallas' James Singleton earned two fouls for a +2 in 2:28, while the Suns have gotten themselves a bit richer in their run away from a playoff spot, as Jared Dudley brought home a 1.85 trillion fortune. His wealth-seeking performance came alongside Gord Dragic's melodramatic +2 in 4:29 via brick and giveaway.

Cavs-Clippers: In front of a sellout crowd -- the first one this year that didn't involve their de facto landlords at Staples, the Lakers -- the Clips prepared the human victory cigars as they had boiled the Crabs in the first three quarters by a shocking score of 67-52. Yes, a fifteen-point lead. And they were able to extend it to a nineteen-point advantage in the fourth!

So Mike Dunleavy spared no time in rummaging Donald Sterling's bargain bin for old Gamecube CDs, as Mardy Collins earned a SUPER MARIO of a mere 8 seconds! (He also racked up a suck differential of +2 via one foul and a brick from downtown.) Then he had Fred Jones spend 14:09 on the court, which was enough for a +1 suck differential via a missed three of his own.

And just as the Angelenos were preparing for a seafood dinner...the crustaceans snapped back with a 35-16 run in the 4th quarter to win by four, with Los Angeles's other team not even reaching 90 points! Seems like Dunleavy and Sterling channeled Jack Kent Cooke and had an L.A. basketball team celebrate a little too early, allowing the Eastern Conference team they were hosting to take the victory instead! Failtacular!
Kobe Bryant: Mamba filled Adam Morrison's shoes with whipped cream and thumb tacks -- again while Adam was watching -- and then Kobe made him practice in them.

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Blogger Unknown said...
I was pretty shocked to see the Clips almost get away with that. I mean... the LA Clippers... wow... yeah...

Does anyone at the Staples centre get excited when they're up 19 anymore, or do they know already that they could be up 50 and still lose?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Jazz are 12!!!! in a row!! When is media starting to give them some credit?????

Blogger Wild Yams said...
LeBron should be ashamed of himself, attempting a block like that one day after The Great Rudy Disaster. Where's the decency?

With the Suns almost sure to miss the playoffs this year, what are the odds that Steve Kerr will still be the GM in Phoenix come draft day? His whole comment about how if the Shaq trade didn't work out then he'd be a moron... uh, no argument here.

Did anyone mock you for bragging about Troy Murphy? I don't remember seeing people giving you a hard time for talking him up.

It is kind of weird that Troy Murphey shot mainly 3 pointers last night and plays C/PF

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
You do realize that you just stat-cursed Troy "THE Glass Man" Murphy into some injury within the next few games, right? I guess it's more like a normal curse. Allow my to attempt a reversal: Troy hasn't played a full season since rookie year (01-02), so maybe he's due!!

And you should have paid homage to one of the best basketball blogs to ever exist by recognizing Bizzaro Larry Hughes. (Come on, he even linked to your blog!)

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Darien -- I almost gave the Crabs a Worst of the Night for falling behind by 19 to the Clippers. But that's sort of like waiting until the last minute to cram for a final exam.

Anonymous #1 -- Seriously. The relative lack of notice is because, for one, the Jazz have been up and down all season (due to injuries, but that's how it is). For another thing, they aren't a "sexy" team with charasmatic stars (although I bet Deron would have been much more charasmatic if he hadn't been tutored by Jerry Sloan).

Wild Yams -- That was a pretty dirty and reckless move by LeBron. Bibby was in the air. If he'd have hit the Bibster, Mike might have fallen and gotten a boo-boo.

I get the feeling that Steve is going to get a free pass due to Amare's injury. Which would be a mistake.

Yeah, I received several "your dead wrong" comments and emails, in particular since I compared him to David Lee and stated firmly that he was just as effective even though they have different styles. I wasn't trying to denigrate Lee; I was only pointing out that Murphy -- who has been widely and rather harshly criticized for many years -- has been playing his ass off this season. And remember, Larry Bird took a lot of shit for trading Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson for Murphy and Mike Dunleavy Jr. Yet Mike was really good for them last year (though was, unfortunately, injured this season) and Murphy has performed very well for them this season (thanks to an expanded role).

Zonker -- Yeah, it is pretty weird. And note that he hit ONLY three-pointers last night. He was 7-for-9 from distance and 0-for-4 (I think) on two-pointers.

AnacondaHL -- Believe me, I have linked to that site many, many times, both here and at Deadspin and even at By The Horns. Consider this oversight a mini-protest due to the fact that the blog author semi-retired from mocking Larry after he left the Crabs.

As for Murphy, I believe that, stat curse or no, he'll finish the season in order to build unrealistic expectations for NEXT season. Then, when Granger and Dunleavy are healthy and ready to go next year, and people start to say, "Hey, the Pacers might be pretty good," Murph will be ready to go down and restart Indy's endless injury-cylce-that-leads-to-consisten-mediocrity.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
By the way, the injuries sustained by Rudy as a result of "The Foul Heard 'Round The Internets" were: Bruised chest and hip pointer. That's it. In fact, here's what Sergio Rodriguez had to say about Rudy's current status: "He's all right, he's feeling great. It was more (he was) scared and afraid. ... The moment after the hit, he couldn't breathe well. He scared himself. But after that, he was OK."

So that horrible, dangerous, reckless, evil foul resulted in some bruising and Rudy getting the wind knocked out of him. And for that, a fight almost broke out and Rudy got carted off the court in a stretcher (with a neck brace on) and then spent the night in the hospital while outraged NBA fans and bloggers got their panties all up in a knotted bunch. All because "he scared himself."

As I said, the continuing wussification of our league...not to mention its media and fan base.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I think the Utah game was in Indiana last night.

Blogger Trino said...
You would think that at this point guys would know that when King Crab is running you down on the break it's probably best to go for the jam rather than set the ball in the air just for Lebron to spike it against the glass.

Blogger Nick Flynt said...
Even Larry Hughes went off in the D'Antoni system. I never thought I'd see the day Larry Hughes led his team is scoring. A jinni may have been involved.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The Jazz are just like the Suns (mind you, I am/used to be a Suns fan). They are a teaser team. They have great talent, they make great runs, but they are going nowhere. Don't get me wrong, I think the Jazz are an amazing team, but compared to the Lakers, Spurs, Cavs, Celtics, Magic, etc., they don't have what it takes. It's dissapointing because I would rather the Jazz take all then any of those other teams, especially the Lakers or Spurs. Anybody care to disagree?

Blogger skr said...
We are failing to note that 7 3’s is pretty good for a game, but Troy Murphy had all of them IN THE FIRST HALF! This of course brings two thoughts to mind: Congrats on a huge 1st 24 minutes, and what the hell happened in the second half?!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Uh, Bibby? LeBron wasn't blocking Bibby last night unless his block was so awesome it blocked another teams shot on a whole other day! Time travel block, almost as powerful as Barkley's Chaos Dunk.

Also, you could argue that LeBron somehow, despite the speed of the game etc etc, managed to not clip B-Dizzles head and pull at his arms during that block, but I didn't think the Rudy foul was much more than a hard foul either. Can be two views to the same play though.

Blogger XForce23 said...
I was mocked for drafting Troy Murphy in my fantasy league... Who's laughing now?

And now that Deron Williams is killing it lately, I am quite happy. How has your fantasy team been doing, Bawful? I remember you were in the same boat as me in the beginning of the season with Deron out

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Mr. Bawful, I hadn't really thought about how seriously Rudy was hurt by that play, but you make a really good point. All that commotion for a guy getting the wind knocked out of him? I guess it's all fun and games till someone gets a bruise.

I saw that the Blazers continued to fume about the whole thing a day later, making a big point to not say anything incendiary towards the league's correct decision to not suspend Ariza for just trying to block a shot:

At the Blazers' practice facility Tuesday in Tualatin, coach Nate McMillan would not comment on the NBA's decision not to penalize Ariza further.

"That's a dangerous play," he said. "That's all I'm going to say."

Brandon Roy said he made it a point not to get involved because of the team's push to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Portland and Utah shared the Northwest Division entering Tuesday night.

"The race is too tight to miss any games," Roy said.

Like I said, I can't believe LeBron would even attempt that block after the horror we've all gone through in the last 48 hours with The Tragedy in Portland. Have we learned nothing, people!? Please, for the sake of the children, never try to block a shot on a fast break!!! It can only end in disaster.

Or bruises.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Anonymous: "LeBron somehow, despite the speed of the game etc etc, managed to not clip B-Dizzles head and pull at his arms during that block"

Look, the point isn't whether he actually did injure Baron Davis or not, it's that he was reckless enough to even attempt to make that block. As we all now know, that's a dangerous play. If he'd made this same play on Sunday, then it would be forgivable, since that was before 3/09/09, The Day Our Eyes Were Opened, but to try to block a shot from behind on a fast break now at this point? Now that we know better? That is just unforgivable. As far as I'm concerned, LeBron is on notice.

BTW, over on TrueHoop, Henry Abbott now has a streak of five straight posts going in which he talks about this incident. Lets see how long he can keep that going!

Blogger Unknown said...
How about a mention of that Zach Randolph moment where he airballed the game winning three with 6 seconds to go.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey B'awful, You're pretty good about slapping yourself on the back when you deserve it, but how about eating the occasional crow? I seem to recall you claiming that Durant wasn't a superstar, did I miss the post where you admitted you were wrong (in fairness, I might have.)

Not that that detracts from the times when you are justified in your assessments, it's just that I feel you're better then that.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Anonymous #2 -- You are right. Fixed.

Apollo Creed -- You, too, are right.

Buck Nasty -- All Larry needed was more shots. It's been proven now.

bsdrat -- Sadly, I agree. [mad face]

skr -- The Jazz obviously made adjustments. Funny how a coach like Jerry Sloan can get "put a goddamn hand in that guy's face" so effectively while...some other coaches...cannot.

Anonymous #3 -- Ugh. I had Mike Bibby on the brain. (My latest post will explain why...)

Kevin -- Your opponents sure aren't laughing now. Sadly, I have to admit I've been shirking my fantasy manger duties. I just can't get into fantasy basketball for some reason. We'll see if that changes...I just joined a simulation league that uses any player from the last 25 years, and I built around Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.

Wild Yams -- Well, that's what cracked me up. I mean, remember how people mocked D-Wade for getting wheelchaired out of the arena when he injured his shoulder? Only Wade needed surgery and the shoulder hampered him for almost two seasons. Rudy got a little banged up, but I've had worse, and many times, after a game of pickup ball. You just know that Blazer fans were ready to erupt upon getting news that Rudy was hurt really badly, but now they're left to scramble around saying, "Okay, he wasn't hurt, but it WAS a dangerous play and he COULD HAVE been seriously injured!" Yeah, and I could have been hit by a car while crossing the street this morning.

Also, I've been very tempted to email Henry to gently mock him for his coverage of this outrageous incident, but I have thus far decided against it. If it reaches six or seven straight posts, though...

C Rench -- Done!

Czernobog -- Oh, I've eaten crow, many times. In posts and comments. And I'll do it again. Right now, I have an agreement with Saad to eat crow on the Jermaine O'Neal-to-Miami trade if O'Neal and Jamario Moon blow it up. I feel pretty safe there...

Anyway, I'm not even remotely ready to admit I was wrong about Durant. Lighting up the scoreboard for a godawful team does not a superstar make. You know, Mike James did that with the Raptors back in 2006. Didn't make him a superstar, an All-Star, or even an above-average player.

Durant is terrible on defense and his team doesn't win. And I think it's telling that they've gotten better since he's been out with injury, don't you?

By the way, I'm not saying that Durant isn't better than James. I'm just saying that I don't hand out superstar cred for putting up huge scoring numbers on a team that's almost 30 games below .500, particularly when the team improves when that player is replaced by Thabo Sefolosha.

But I will admit I was wrong if Durant does indeed acheive superstardom.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I know the Jazz won't win the title. But neither will the Rockets, or the Hornets! And if either these teams make a 5 win streak, it's a breakout story!!
Not to mention COY award, wich Sloan should have earned at least ONCE!!!! In ESPN they are considering Buck's coach as a COY runner. Just because he is 8th(!!!) in the Eastern Conference. Jesus, Sloan didn't get have the praises when he leaded Handgloten, arroyo and McClown to 42 wins in the West!

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Anonymous #4 -- You're right. Sloan should have gotten COY many years ago. The Jazz currently have the fourth-best record in the West despite countless injuries, including the ones that lost them both Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer for long stretches. If the Lakers had managed to hold their ground without Kobe and then Pau Gasol (after Kobe got back), people would be raving and exclaiming how this proves Kobe should be MVP and P-Jax should be coach of the year (in fact, didn't people play the "Bynum got hurt" card in that way last season?)

It's a joke. I would be willing to bet that Mike Brown gets COY this season. Which would kill me.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
The COY award is always a joke, so I wouldn't get too riled up about whether Sloan receives it or not. If you were to ask who the top four or five best coaches in the game today are, go check out how many COY awards they have collectively between them and you'll probably be stunned at how few they've actually won, especially if you factor in how many years combined they've been coaching.

I hadn't previously seen that Zach Randolph airball to end the game last night, but I went and watched it and holy cow was it awful! I'm having a hard time coming up with a worse end of game play. When your team is down two with seven seconds to play, about the worst thing you could do is have your power forward/center attempt a contested 35 foot straight away three-pointer as soon as the ball is inbounded. Not only is that one of the lowest percentage shots you can take, but the flight time of the ball ate up all the remaining time on the clock. You only take a shot like that when there's one second left, not when there are more than five seconds left. It is Zach Randolph though, so it's to be expected. Maybe Mike Dunleavy shouldn't have him in the game in that situation? Just a suggestion.

Mr. Bawful, sadly TrueHoop's string of posts about The Incident has come to an end. I had a feeling that last one was gonna be it. Even the Blazer fans were getting on Abbott's case in the comments, telling him he was being over the top and that it was time to drop it already. He'll be back to speculating about Greg Oden's knee soon enough.

Blogger Andrei said...
Yams, Bawful, the only things that's becoming more annoying than the Blazer fans whining about the danger of the play is your whining about the whining. However, as a Blazer fan, I will continue my whining. Regarding the James block, he came right behind Davis and swatted the ball in an up-down motion, instead of the crazy helicopter motion that Ariza did, that was guaranteed to hit arm or head. Also, just because the injury turned out to be less severe than it looked doesn't make the action any different. By your logic drinking and driving and manage not to kill some pedestrian doesn't mean that drinking and driving is a good, safe idea. Furthermore, just because you guys have had arms mauled off while playing pick up against bears doesn't mean the rest of us are that tough. It's better to take precautions in that situation than try to tough it out. I've taken spills while skiing before and several times had the wind knocked out of me. A few years ago a fall that didn't seem to much worse than others had me thinking that I just had the wind knocked out of me resulted in 4 cracked vertebrae. If my ability to work relied on my physical condition I might want to take all the precautions possible if I believed that to be in jeopardy.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
In the interest of steering things back on topic here and away from The Incident, I've decided to take all my Blazer-baiting on this particular topic over to TrueHoop where it belongs. Feel free to join me there if you want to continue the candlelight vigil for Rudy's bruises or if you want to keep talking about Ariza's vicious helicopter kung fu.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
AnacondaHL!! We totally need a Street Fighter photoshopping of the Rudy-Ariza incident!!

Blogger D. Klein said...
What are your thoughts on the shot clock error during the Suns/Mavs game? Does the NBA simply dismiss such cases, citing an irreparable error?

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Bawful or anyone: Need sauce! Otherwise I'd have to start from a lame YouTube screen cap, which may be lamer than the slapfighting comments that have occurred here for the past 2 days that I refused to participate in.

Blogger Clifton said...
So, we were all sitting around at The Condo playing Settlers of Catan (NERDS!!), with NBA TV on in the background, watching the end of the Clips/Cavs game. Of course, it's getting more and more exciting as the game winds down, so we put Settlers on hold for a few minutes to focus on the b-ball game. As the Clippers are preparing to inbound, Jeff aka The Filthy Logician sees Z-Bo not even attempting to get inside and says, "Randolph, ridiculously deep 3-pointer to try and win it. Calling it."

Granted, predicting a Z-Bo Bad Decision didn't take a whole lot of sack, but he was spot-on nonetheless. Had he correctly called a Chris Kaman halfcourt shot to win it, I'd have been REALLY impressed.

Anyhow, I turned to Jeff and said, "Zach Randolph: SWAC."

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Helicopter Kung-Fu... street fighter... hmmmm... I would have to say that the SF2 move best suited to the Rudygate foul would be...

Zangief's Lariat (spinning) punch


One of Guile's air throws (I personally like the "back breaker" air-throw, watch here at the :35sec mark)

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I can imagine Z-bo having a cloud thought with Gene Hackman telling him "winners always want the ball"


Anonymous Anonymous said...
gerald wallace had a collapsed lung as a result of a hard foul. Also against the lakers. I say that's just a little bit more serious than two bruises..

interesting how that incident didn't cause nearly as much outrage.

Blogger lordhenry said...
"If he'd made this same play on Sunday, then it would be forgivable, since that was before 3/09/09, The Day Our Eyes Were Opened, but to try to block a shot from behind on a fast break now at this point?"

I laughed my a$$ off at this, and that was after I saw some of Yams' thuggery on Truehoop. Hopefully, you don't give HomerHenry a coronary. Anyway, the race is on, Cavs are tied with L.A. for best record, though I don't think L.A. is worried about cleveland having home court as much as Boston. I can't really see L.A. having as hard a time in cleveland during the finals as they did in Boston last year. Those Boston fans are brutal, just look at the guy who writes this blog. :)