NBA officials just invented a time machine to travel back in time and T up Sir Charles
(via Andy Gray's SI Vault)

Is there anything worse than that post-holiday hangover? I'm still sweating bacon grease after celebrating Birdmas.

Worst of the Night in Pictures:

Nets Hawks Basketball
I bet that Geico Gecko can really ball. He's at least a 6th man for the Nets, right?

Pistons Rockets Basketball
So, this was the most awkward hug ever, right? I mean, if their legs so much as bumped into each other, that'd be dual career-ending injuries

Wizards Lakers Basketball
The Lakers let this guy light them up?

Nationally Televised Games:
Nuggets at Celtics, ESPN, 7pm: Rajon Rondo is scheduled to return to the lineup for this game. Hell. Yes. This will be a fun game to watch.

All the Other Games:
Bulls at Cavaliers, 7pm: This game may not be quite so fun to watch, courtesy of the poor Cavaliers.

Craptors at Knicks, 7:30pm: Amar''''e is looking to become just the second player in team history to score 30 in six consecutive games (which the Craptors defense can certainly allow), and the Knicks are riding high right now. They've won 10 of their last 11 thanks to a stretch in their schedule softer than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man falling in a pillow factory. So I'm really going to enjoy seeing them drop 10 of 11 when their schedule corrects itself in the coming weeks as noted in the WOTN.

Pistons at Hornets, 8pm: Can we all just agree that the Hornets are a mess right now thanks to this whole ownership deal combined with their on-court product?

Pacers at Bucks, 8pm: Can we please have a moment of silence for the jump shot of every Bucks player? It was officially declared dead Monday with their 35 point first half effort against Miami.

Thunder at Timberwolves, 8pm: Uh oh. Darko left Monday's game early with an injury to his right quadriceps, and his status is unknown. Could his stretch of comptetence be in serious danger? (I can hear the cries from Minnesota from here! Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!")

Warriors at Spurs, 8:30pm: Remember what Bawful said in the WOTN post about "career highs" and "season highs" always being set against the Warriors? Here's something even more bawful than that: the Spurs have beaten the Warriors 24 straight times in San Antonio. You read that right. Twenty four. Yes, that is the longest active home streak against a single opponent. Ladies and gentlemen, the Gol_en State Warriors!

Grizzlies at Suns, 9pm: And remember when these guys battled their way into a double-overtime thriller just a few weeks ago? I love the Suns, but come on, that was against the Grizzlies. And now they melted down last night in the 4th quarter against the Frail Blazers. I don't want to predict anything about this game.

Heat at Jazz, 9pm: Opening line to the STATS LLC preview of this game: "Much of the criticism surrounding the Miami Heat for their lackluster start has dissolved with the team reeling off five straight wins." Has it? Really? Has it? The fact that they've won five meaningless games against inferior opponents has dissolved much of the criticism? Does nobody read this blog???

Wizards Generals at Kings, 10pm: I feel confident in saying that this game will be completely, totally, utterly unwatchable whenever John Wall and Tyreke Evans aren't on the floor.

Lakers at Clippers, 10:30pm: Word is Andrew Bynum plans to return to action on December 14 against the Wizards Generals. In related news, Bynum plans to return to the IR for his next knee injury on December 15.

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Blogger Keaton said...
I really hope in the Jazz-Heat game Kyrylo Fesenko plays... He is pure baby face bawful. Plus I like trying to count how many times I see a good "Sloan Face"

Anonymous Bryan said...
Lol great picture. Chest to chest hugs between two men should never be attempted. The awkwardness is almost palpable.

Anonymous KHayes666 said...
My comments:

Rondo's in but Carmello's out....damn.

I'd love to see the Jazz win by 20

Knicks will win tonight as the NY Post will cream their pants and pick the Knicks to win the division over the Celtics.....and at the end of the year when the Knicks finish 20 games out again I'll laugh.

Anonymous Lindyj5 said...
So, I'm watching the Bulls-Cavs game and it would appear that J.J. Hickson is stuck in old-school NBA Jam turbo mode with those shoes of his. Quite loud.

Anonymous diana said...
How about this gem from Heat announcer Eric Reid, "Dampier is on a Spalding diet."

Blogger stephanie g said...
Heat going from the worst team in the league to the best over the course of 10 days. Damn.

Indiana being Indiana again. That kinda thing could only happen to the Clippers or Raptors.

Blogger Preveen said...
I don't think the Heat are getting to be the best, or even one of the best just yet, but the rebounding numbers look impressive on the boxscore. That is something I hope continues. Both go over 50% from the field but Jazz hits 1-14 from long range? Aberration? Or really good perimeter D?

Anonymous diana said...
So the 9 oldest teams (age) all have solid winning percentages (698.5) . Thoughts ?

Blogger 49er16 said...
I know John Wall was out and the Wizards were playing a road back-to-back, but damn you can't be blown out like that by the Purple Paupers. And you can't let Pooh Jeter stick a rubber ball down your throat and introduce you to the Gimp.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Derek Fisher's Finals-throwback running bank shot over the defense wins the game at the buzzer for the Lakers over the Clippers. Clips blow a 12 point lead and lose at home: they are who we thought they were.

Anonymous Karc said...
Damn, Clippers almost with the upset. Hopefully someone has video of that play late in the game where Kobe tried to get the ball to Gasol, and Pau just collapsed to the floor, resulting in a turnover. Dude has no legs left.

God, Derek Fisher is so old. That ball took forever to roll off his fingers. I was hoping the refs would waive it off.

For once, Yams, in total agreement with you.

Blogger Jason D said...
Thankgod for the Clippers!! Wow. Only the Clippers could lose a game on a Derek Fisher layup. Just, wow. Still, Lakers played like shit and the game shouldn't have even needed the last-second heroics.

Blogger Tristan said...
Kobe...still the man. D-Fish, from "0.4" to "0.1" lol

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I love Fishers solemn fist-in-air after schooling bledsoe

Anonymous greg said...
Sasha Vujacic was in the dining room on Hell's Kitchen this evening. They captioned him as a "2-Time NBA Champion." I cried a little inside upon seeing that.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Karc - I really can't believe how tired Gasol has looked. Phil has really run him into the ground so far this season. Bynum's return next week (or by Easter or whenever he's supposed to come back) can't get here fast enough. LA's starting center (Bynum), backup center (Theo Ratliff) and now 3rd string center (rookie Derrick Caracter) are all injured. That means that Odom and Artest are now the 2nd and 3rd biggest guys the Lakers have active. That means, lots of minutes for Gasol, and lots of small ball for the Lakers.

Kobe deserves some credit in this one for continuing to keep trying to set Gasol up even though every time down the stretch Gasol got it he choked it away (he did hit a jumper late though). Kobe clearly trusts Gasol a lot.

Anonymous Clipper Darrell said...
This photo proved there is still hope for the clippers. My goodness!

Blogger Bing said...
EVERY time i think Fish should move to the bench for a younger guard he comes up with a play like that to remind me why LA fans still got love for the old grandpa

Blogger BJ said...
MIA @ UTA, yeah, how'd that go?

(checks the box)

Oh. Has someone put Coach Sloan in protective custody?

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Anonymous Flunze said...
Warriors lost at Spurs #25


Blogger Japes said...
Damn I don't remember Sir Charles being that skinny. Must be his MVP season (the only one where he was in good shape), haha.

Blogger Solieyu said...
Artest is just lulz central this season. Donating half his salary next year to charity, talking about playing pro football after retiring, and now his comments on Blake Griffin,

"“I haven’t had a chance to study his game, but his highlights are sick,” Artest said, spitting out the last word with a grin that made it clear he was just warming up to the subject.

I wish he dunks on me, puts his shoulders on my face,” Artest continued. “Crazy. His highlights are stupid.”

If it happened, would Artest buy that poster?

“I’ll buy it and tell him to sign it,” Artest said."

Dude is comedy gold. But Griffin is a beast. That slam/foul all over Odom's back was ridiculous.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Chuck's head is so weirdly large for his body that at first I thought this was a 'shop job. Then I realized that I'm just used to seeing him with 100 extra pounds of blubber.