streak over
For one magical night, it was like LeBron never left.
Thanks, of course, to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Los Angeles Clippers: It figures. It just freaking figures. The only dark power greater (lesser?) than Cleveland's record-shattering 26-game losing streak was the Clippers.

And not just any Clippers team, mind you, but one coached by the Notorious VDN.

We should have seen it coming. Should have known it was going to happen. I mean, this is the Clippers we're talking about.

The ultimate (and most fitting) moment of bawful came when J.J. Hickson appeared to goaltend a potential game-winner by Baron Davis at the end of regulation.

Said Blake Griffin: "I can't say what I think about all those things. That was unbelievable. Throughout the whole game, it was just unbelievable. That was the worst home-court advantage I've ever seen. There's such a thing as home-court advantage, but that was unbelievable."

Added Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro: "I thought it was goaltending. They [the officials] didn't think it was. They can't review it because it wasn't a call that was made. I'll have to look at the film. I couldn't see from that angle. It looked like it got on the glass, but I'm guessing."

Be that as it may, the Clippers let the Cadavers keep things close, which had nothing to do with the refs. If you don't want the outcome of the game to come down to a single, last-second call (or non-call), then just win it outright.

Baron Davis knows what I'm sayin': "Gotta give it up. They played well. They won. For a team that lost 26 games in a row, they came out, they wanted to win and they played like it. I'm not saying we didn't. They made big plays at the end. We didn't."

You want a true sign of pure bawfulness? According to ESPN Stats and Information: "The Clippers managed an unusual statistical quirk in that every player who played in the game had a negative plus/minus rating. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they're the only team in the past 10 years to lose an overtime game and have every player who played post a negative plus/minus rating."

As for the Cadavers, they celebrated like a group of men who had just been let out of prison. And it probably felt that way...if only because nobody on the team has ever spent time in a real prison.

And, also according to EPSN Stats and Information, one streak has ended, but several others remain: "They’ve dropped 26 consecutive road games, 16 straight games to teams with winning records and 13 straight games to Eastern Conference opponents."

Aw, hell. I guess we should just let these guys feel good for a night.

Said Cleveland coach Byron Scott: "They're in there jumping around and having a good time. I told them to enjoy it but let's not take a big breath and think OK we got a win, great. We have to think that we are supposed to win games. ... It's great. We finally got the monkey off our back. But I expect our guys to play this hard every single night. If we do that, we'll be OK."

And who knows? Maybe they will be...

The Cleveland Cadavers: ...or not. Because on Sunday night, the Washington Wizards Generals showed up in Cleveland with their 0-25 road record. And they left Cleveland 1-25.

The Generals shot 54.3 percent. The Cadavers missed 12 free throws, committed 17 turnovers and trailed by as many as 25.

Said Scott: "I'm still trying to figure them out because to me that was ridiculous. I hope they don't have any excuses. Just tell the truth. There has to be a sense of urgency every single night. ... It's disappointing. Playing hard should not be a skill. It's your job. If we don't give ourselves a chance by coming out and playing with a sense of urgency then we have no shot of winning games."

Unless you play the Clippers.

John Wall: Thanks to Wall, the Generals got a taste of defeat even in victory.

The Los Angeles Clippers (Again): The Toronto Craptors had lost 16 of their last 17 games. But, then again, they were playing the team that had just let the Cadavers snap the longest losing streak in NBA history.

Ah, the Clippers.

The Other L.A. Team has lost six of seven games and they're 4-20 on the road. That ties them with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fewest road wins in the West.

Said Del Negro: "Everyone talks about these other teams. We aren't exactly road warriors here."

The Toronto Muffins: Basketbawful reader mikemobility sent me a link to a sentence I never thought I'd read: "Due to legal implications we cannot specifically mention the name of Toronto's basketball TeamBuy decided to replace it with the word 'Muffin.'"

Saying I'm speechless really does not justice to the amount of speech I am less of.

The Utah Jazz: Finally freed of Jerry Sloan's oppressive offensive system, Deron Williams had big numbers (19 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds) and the Jazz were held to 83 points at the Phoenix Suns.

I guess everything really did work out for the best.

The Jazz, who scored 27 points in the second half, have now dropped 11 of their last 15 games.

Said D-Will: "Maybe I feel a little more pressure now. Do I care what the fans think of me? Yeah, I'd be lying if I didn't. I don't want them to think I ran a Hall of Fame coach out. But I can't get caught up in that anymore. ... They can choose who they want to believe."

The San Antonio Spurs: Somewhat lost in the overall bawful of the Clippers/Cadavers was the fact that the San Antonio "best record in the league" Spurs shot a season-low 33 percent and managed only 71 points in a loss to the Sixers. Mind you, the Spurs rank 6th in PPG (103.6), 4th in FGP (47.3) and 3rd in Offensive Rating (111.3).

Said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich: "I think it set offensive basketball back a decade or so."

FWIW, with Sloan out of the league, I think Pops is my new favorite coach.

The New York Knicks: Their 113-96 home loss to the Lakers was the perfect bookend to a down streak that began with a 109-87 road loss to the Lakers back on January 9. During this stretch, the Knicks have gone 5-12 and come crashing back down to .500 (although they snuck back over .500 with a win over the Nyets on Sunday).

Said Stoudemire: "We've got to get back on the right track, we've got to get our confidence back up, got to play solid basketball, doing the little things on the court with energy and with swagger. We haven't quite had our swagger for the past 2 1/2 weeks, so we've got to get back to what we're used to doing and what we did well to start the year."

Mike D'Antoni and Raymond Felton, quote machines: On his team's loss to the Lakers: "I thought Kobe definitely took us out of our game and took our hearts a little bit. He made some tough shots, especially the first quarter."

Countered Felton: "He didn't take my heart. He had a great game. He was hitting a lot of tough shots. But nobody takes my heart."

Amar''''''e Stoudemire: I'm not going to make any jokes that relate to human anatomy in any way. Nor am I going to question the general relativity of pain thresholds. Instead, I will just tell you that STAT missed Sunday's game against the Nyets and is currently day-to-day with a sprained right big toe.

Said Stoudemire: "Getting this rest is gonna be phenomenal for myself to get myself back in top shape. I've been lifting weights and staying strong. It's gonna pan out."

The Miami Heat: I have only one thing to say:

Paul Pierce: 0-for-10 from the field and 0-for-5 from three-point range. It was the Truth's first game without a basket since December 13, 2000...just a few months after he was almost stabbed to death. However, it may be worth noting he had a sprained shooting hand and a foot injury that will require an MRI today.

Said Pierce: I'm just battling a couple of minor injuries today. I think that really explains my tentativeness in my shooting today. I told (coach) Doc (Rivers) that I really didn't have it today, but I just tried the grind it out. I sprained (the hand Saturday) and got it hit today. I've got to get the foot checked out (today)."

The Celtics better hope these injuries are minor.

Rajon Rondo: The kid sure had some funny moments yesterday:

The Jason Kidd triple-double was nice, too.

Big Baby: This is a perfect video representation of this weekend:

DeMarcus Cousins: "Cuz" didn't make his team's trip to Phoenix to play the Suns because of "an incident in the locker room." That that however you wish.

The Phoenix Suns: Didn't matter that Cousins missed the game, nor that Steve Nash (22 points, 18 assists) has amazing super powers. The Suns still lost to the Kings. At home. And, if you blinked, you probably missed the fact that Phoenix had actually crawled a game over .500.

Said Suns coach Alvin Gentry: "It's one of those losses that you are going to look back at and it's going to hurt."

Uh, it hurts right now, coach.

Sasha Vujacic, quote machine: This is a few days delayed, but Basketbawful reader Mark L. sent me this quote (via Ball Don't Lie), and it may be the greatest quote I have ever or will ever read:

"I know I can score 20 or 30 points anytime I want. But I'm not that kind of a guy. I want to win. I want to play the right way. Some games I'm going to get 10 shots, some games 15 shots; sometimes, especially coming off the bench, you're going to feel cold, and you need time to get in the rhythm. But right now, what I care the most is for us to become a better team. And we are really capable of doing that."

For the record, The Machine has scored 30 points exactly zero times in his career. He has scored 20 points six times in his career: Twice this season and four times during the 2007-08 season which, not coincidentally, was a contract year. But, still, he went his first three seasons without a single 20-point outing and then, after signing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Lakers in July of 2008, he went the next two seasons-plus without scoring 20.

But he could have done it anytime he wanted. He's just not that kind of guy.

Update! Carmelo Anthony, quote machine: From Basketbawful reader Jon-Michael:

Here's a gem from the weekend missed from the weekend's report.

Carmelo gives the old "atta boy" to...himself for handling the trade situation so well. Here's the quote and the source:

"I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,'' the Denver forward said about trade rumors that have swirled all season as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. "I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that's going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don't think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don't think that."

Oh Carmelo, I take my hat off to you as well, except it appears you've taken care of that yourself.
CBS: Found this one via TrueHoop. And I get it: I used to have trouble spelling Scerbi, uh, Szcrebia, er, Szczrambia, whatever. You know what? "Random Dude" is fine with me.

random dude

Chris's weekend mega lacktion ledger:

Nyets-Bobcats: Johan Petro parlayed a board in 6:09 with two bricks and three fouls for a 3:1 Voskuhl.

Charlotte's Nazr Mohammed made a free throw in 7:53, only to foul twice and lose the rock once for a 3:2 Voskuhl.

Spurs-Sixers: Darius Songaila sang about a board in 3:58, but tuned out productivity twice with fouls for 2:1 Voskuhl. Meanwhile, Jason Kapono and Andres Nocioni went sewer-sweeping in 22 seconds as MARIO BROTHERS!

Heat-Pistons: Juwan Howard lost the rock in 3:23 for a +1.

Lakers-Knicks: Derrick Caracter contracted a single case of the airball flu in 3:02 for a +1.

Bucks-Grizzlies: Jason Williams returns to Memphis by losing the rock in 4:26 for a +1, the same suck differential that Hasheem "Second Overall" Thabeet gathered up in 2:03 via foul (and a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl).

Suns-Jazz: Kyrylo Fesenko may have a new coach in Utah, but with two fouls countering two steals and a board for a 2:1 Voskuhl in 10:03, he still knows how to lack.

Bobcats-Hawks: Jason Collins had a perfect 100% shooting percentage (on one field goal attempt and two free throws) in 14:30, along with a board...only to lose the rock once and foul five times for a 6:5 Voskuhl.

Fellow dirty bird Damien Wilkins went six seconds of browsing the X-Play boards for a Super Mario!!!!

Knicks-Nyets: Despite an assist in 5:16, Johan Petro bricked and fouled once for a Madsen-level 1:0 Voskuhl.

Bulls-Hornets: David Andersen accumulated four fouls and two turnovers despite three boards in 13:28 for a 6:3 Voskuhl, while DJ Mbenga bricke and fouled once for a +2 suck differential in 3:02.

Mavs-Rockets: Patrick Patterson pressed one brick in 1:36 for a +1.

Pacers-Bucks: Jon Brockman had a monsterous pair of misses from the charity stripe for a +2 in 2:33.

Thunder-Purple Paupers: Nick Collison may have a nice +21 and two boards in 19:58...only to foul five times for a 5:2 Voskuhl.

Sad Sacramento's Pooh Jeter bricked twice (once from the Tower Bridge) for a +2 in 7:07, while Luther Head fouled once for a +1 in 1:47.

Heat-Celtics: Joel Anthony augmented a board with two fouls in 21:02 for a 2:1 Voskuhl, while Avery Bradley played 9 seconds of WiiFit for a Super Mario!

Lakers-Magic: Luke Walton and Devin Ebanks each invested in a +1 suck differential, Walton earning his via turnover in 9:04, and Ebanks via masonry in 72 seconds.

Clippers-Craptors: Los Angeles's Ike Diogu dug himself a +1 hole in 3:10 via foul that also earned a 1:0 Madsen-level Voskuhl.

Thunder-Warriors: Oklahoma City's Daequan Cook fried up a foul in 4:31 for a +1.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ok Davis is not a dunk master, but he sank his freebies at the end, unlike some notorious dunk master.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Glen Davis ALMOST makes up for yesterday.

Anonymous DKH said...
Worst homecourt advantage Griffin has ever seen? He should go to a Suns-Spurs game. The Clippers and Cavs had identical free throw attempts and the Clippers only had one more foul called on them. No one from either team fouled out, although Hollins only played 16 minutes and ended with 5 fouls.

I didn't see the game, so maybe he speaks the truth, but a first glance at the stats doesn't support him.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Damn you Dalembert, I donate to your foundation and this is how you repay me!!!

Rondo is amazing. Playing Joel Anthony the entire 4th quarter is not amazing.

And yes, Pops is my favorite coach in the NBA (and has been since the Hack-a-Shaq 5 seconds into the first game of the season followed by the goofy thumbs up. Also after I learned he was an undercover agent in Russia.)

Anonymous Stockton said...
I miss you, coach Sloan...

Anonymous AK DAVE said...
The JASON KIDD triple double was nice, too.


Anonymous kazam92 said...
Would you guys care to here my thoughts on Joel Anthony. I watched this guy since his rookie year in the bawful 15 win heat team. It's a wild ride filled with many dropped passes.

Blogger Jon-Michael said...
Here's a gem from the weekend missed from the weekend's report.

Carmelo gives the old "atta boy" to ..... himself for handling the trade situation so well. Here's the quote and the source:

"I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,'' the Denver forward said about trade rumors that have swirled all season as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. "I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that's going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don't think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don't think that."

Oh Carmelo, I take my hat off to you as well, except it appears you've taken care of that yourself.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
how long was james holding the ball when he was guarded by rondo at midcourt? don't know the u.s. rules but over here in europe you got 5 seconds to do sth. with the ball, like when shooting freethrows. must have been at least 10 seconds ...

Blogger gregsgourmet said...
There's another impressive record the Cavs are still holding onto: They haven't won in regulation in 39 games. Think about that for a second.

Blogger Will said...
Anonymous @ 11:31- the NBA doesn't have 5 second close-guard rule. Unless I'm greatly mistaken, in which case Cortez will set me straight.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Hilarious writeup by Rod Benson on playing ball in Korea. Via first-hand experience, I confirm that the part about the sauna is all true, as is the amazing graph.

Anonymous SirGirthNasty said...
Honestly, Rondo's boorish behavior is just another example of what I hate about the Celtics. He pulled a KG, acted like a bitch (trying to bait LeBron into a technical by swarming their huddle). Look, the guy played great defense on LeDick, but do they really have to constantly act like they're a team that's won multiple championships? You have ONE ring with this current line-up, Boston. ONE. Not even Kobe seems to rise to your level of unjustified arrogance that often.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
SirGarthNasty echoes my sentiments.

Seriously, fuck every Celtic except Ray Allen. I can respect Allen because he's a genuinely nice guy who doesn't instigate or talk shit. Everyone else on that team can screw themselves with a rabid gopher

Blogger Wormboy said...
Is there a rule about not poking your head into the opposing team's huddle? Unsportmanlike? T?

Anacondahl: yes, that was also the moment where Pop reached godlike status for me.

Ah, that's so good.

re: Rondo. Just looked like he was horsing around to me. Is that allowable, or must we be very serious all the time. If so, fuck Pop for playing that joke on Shaq, eh?

Look, KG frequently acts like an ass, and it started after he got his ring. True. Pierce was an ass earlier in his career, and was an ass calling himself the best player in the world after winning a team championship. But really, outside of KG the level of asshattery from the Celtics is not significantly different than with most other teams. If you're so wound up with partisanship that you can't spot a joke, you need to lighten up.

As for Kobe, all you have to do is look at how much his teammates like him to see how frequently HE is an ass.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Seriously, fuck every Celtic except Ray Allen. I can respect Allen because he's a genuinely nice guy who doesn't instigate or talk shit. Everyone else on that team can screw themselves with a rabid gopher.

What did poor Von Wafer ever do?

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I'm bitter. Von Wafer hit two 3 pointers yesterday. He isn't a great shooter so there.

Don't take me too seriously now, I really don't know much about the backup celtics. Let's just I really dislike KG, Pierce, Rondo, and Fat Ass. I do not care for Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels (Get well soon, but why do you have a rap career), Shaq, Perk.

Jermaine "The Drain" O'Neal is his own category. In hindsight, it is absolutely amazing what a good year we squeezed out of him last year. That guy's career is over

Anonymous William said...
First, when Rondo was poking around the 'huddle', it wasn't a time out. The refs were deciding what type of foul Wade had earned with that body-check. As far as I know there's no rule surrounding stoppages outside of timeouts.

Second, there is a 5-second call in the NBA. How do I know this? It was called against Rondo IN THIS GAME. First one I've seen called this season.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
SirGirthNasty - Clearly I'm a biased as hell Laker homer, but I have to say when I saw that Rondo video my first reaction was "Christ, is everyone on that team a punk?!" I guess we should expect this from Rondo though, he's been mentored by guys like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett his whole career, it's no wonder if he turns out to be a bitch like they are.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Kobe gets the 5 second call against him every 10-15 games or so. It's the Charles Barkley rule.

The rule isn't about holding the ball, you just can't dribble with your back to the basket for more than 5 seconds. The count disappears if you pivot and face or if you pick up the dribble.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
A call against Rondo is not that type of "5 second rule". You can't dribble more than 5 seconds when backing down a player (I think you have to be below free throw line extended to be called for it).

I do, however, think that NBA has a 5 second rule when pressuring a player with the ball.

Blogger The Dude Abides said...
The only five second rules in the NBA are the five seconds a team has to inbound the ball, and the five second backdown rule mentioned above. There is no five second pressuring the ball rule, otherwise every team in the league would pressure the ballhandler when a team is running out the clock at the end of every quarter.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
The Lakers are getting demolished by the Bobcats. What is it about them? Charlotte is like the Lakers' kryptonite. Hasn't it been years since the Lakers beat Charlotte?

Blogger Bing said...
The 3rd quarter is also kryptonite at the minute. Seems like every loss lately has a rubbish 17 point 3rd or similar.

Kinda hoping the win in Boston was going to be a turning point. Oh well.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Two things:

1) I woke up this morning and somehow scratched my cornea just opening my eyes. Do I get a spot in the Basketbawful Dumb Injury Hall of Shame? Damnation, that hurt. It feels much, much better now, but when it first happened...

2) I bought NBA Jam for my iPhone today. Best $5 I've ever spent.

Anonymous Karc said...
Quote from P-Jax: "We're very upset about our performance tonight. We're embarrassed about what we did. That's it."

His words, not mine.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
To be fair to the Lakers, this was their 4th game in 5 nights in their personal house of horrors, Kobe had the flu and the team couldn't have looked any less excited to be there.

On the other hand, my god did they lay an egg for the last 42 minutes of that game.

Anonymous The Other Chris said...

History should have predicted this one.

After losing the first three meetings with the Lakers after entering the league in 2004, the Bobcats have lost to the Lakers only twice. It doesn't seem to matter Charlotte has had four coaches during that stretch and overhauled its roster several times.

Wow. Maybe the Lakers just really hate Charlotte, the city? Or the hotel colludes to poison their food? Or.. I mean, damn, that doesn't make any sense. Oh well. I'd kill for the Craptors to be 38-18, regardless.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
Hey, I've got a nickname for the Spurs: "The Great Old Ones."

I guess it could work for the Celtics too, but meh.

Blogger Interstate08 said...
I know Amare Stoudemire's sprained toe is a bit of a bitch injury, but as a Knicks fan I hope he rests as long as he needs to so he can get back to 100%. I don't care if that means he has to rehab that toe with a team of round-the-clock physical therapists giving him creepy foot massages. Yup, that's how much I do not want to see this team return to what it has been the past 10 years.

Anonymous Arlen said...
Hey I made this video for you guys
I think Shaq fits the role well

Blogger TeamD said...
so gay

@basketbawful - I spot the superdickery of Melo before my comment colleague "Jon-Michael" in the other day post comments. Where's my 5 min of glory huh?

melo if you read this, i really think you are retarded the way you pulled a Dwill's own praise. reversed egoectomy anyone?

I still love you though :)

Anonymous Stockton said...
Look ate the roster... (one of the worst ever????)

Then, see the record.

Anonymous Barry said...
I said to myself watching the Celtics "Man, imagine Kobe on the Celtics".

That would be awesome in a "just to try" way. Though a meteorite would probably hit the earth just before it would happen.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Dan B - They better port that shit to Android or I will Hulk-rage so hard.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Also, aside from the 2 wins against them in their first year, the Lakers have gone 3-8 against the Bobcats. It just does not matter who starts, this is apparently an inside joke amongst Lakers fans. Via basketball-reference, I count 18 different Bobcats starters with wins over the Lakers.

Anonymous avoozl said...
Ohhh Rondo stuck his head in the team huddle. Oh my goodness what a jerk! Also Kevin Garnett is such a meanie! I wish in NBA games all the players could just get along. They should try to smile and stay out of the other team's way to avoid any unpleasant confrontations and hurt feelings. They should allow each other put the ball in the strings if that is their desire as long as they say please and agree not to dunk because that would be offensive and disrespectful. The playoffs should be eliminated and each team given their own special trophy at the end of the season so nobody feels left out.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
TeamD -- Ack! I apologize. Sometimes I'm runnin' behind. Plus, I gouged my head open on a cabinet in my garage this weekend. So I'm head wounded!

Blogger Dan B. said...
Uh oh. Bawful and I both injured ourselves over the weekend. This stuff comes in threes, right? Which one of us is next???

Blogger The Sports Hayes said...
Bing said he hoped the Lakers win over the Celtics would be a turning point.

First, the Celtics had 9 available players to start the game and 8 in the second half after Robinson got hurt. The Lakers in effect won a 2 possession game against 8 guys after getting demolished when the 3 missing guys (Daniels, Robinson, Shaq) helped obliterate the Lakers less than 2 weeks before in LA. The win is what the New Orleans folks called "Fool's gold"

I waited until the 2 games to make any sort of real statements regarding the Lakers and to me, they're not that good. They haven't beaten a real team all year and unless they pull off a big trade they have absolutely no chance to 3-peat.

As for the Celtics; Rondo is a punk, KG is insane, Pierce reaches Lebron levels of bitchtastic, Delonte West has enough weapons to take on Iraq by himself, Robinson's arm flaps after a made shot annoys just about everyone and Perkins has a permanent scowl across his what? The Big Bad Pistons used on court tactics that made KG tame and their response was "Get tough or get lost." I think the Celtics sent that message to the Heat with 3 consecutive victories over them now.