Aww! Jeremy Lin found someone to be his Valentine last night!

Back to the grind. Let's do this.

Worst of the Night in Pictures:

If he keeps growing that beard, we'll have to change his nickname from Birdman to Mountain Man

Sad Suns bench is sad, as always...

Why does everyone in this picture look so surprised??

Nationally Televised Games:

Grizzlies at Nyets, NBA TV, 7:30pm: You know times are tough in New Jersey when they're excited about the prospect of getting DeShawn Stevenson back on the court soon.

Trail Blazers at Warriors, ESPN, 10:00pm: The Blazers have to be livid about giving up 124 points to the Generals last night and being thoroughly embarrassed. This game should be more intense than a Mark Gormley song.

So Intense

All The Other Games:

76ers at Magic, 7:00pm: Okay, I am just going to quote the STATS LLC game preview word for word here, because I simply can't make this any better than it already is. Behold:
[Dwight] Howard drew headlines following Saturday's 99-94 win in Milwaukee, telling Fox Sports Wisconsin that he wants to be the closer for Orlando (18-11) and that coach Stan Van Gundy needs to have confidence in him to finish off opponents.
It seemed like a somewhat odd request considering Howard is hoping to be traded. Not helping his case is his 49.4 percent mark from the free-throw line, which would be 19th-worst all-time for a full season.
Spurs at Craptors, 7:00pm: The Spurs are on their longest winning streak of the season. Take that, Rodeo Trip!

Pistons at Celtics, 7:30pm: The Celtics have finally started to play some good basketball. So of course they are fighting injuries with Garnett, Bass, O'Neal, AND Pietrus. That being said, wasn't it pretty much a lock that this team would have SOME kind of injury problems this year?

Pacers at Cavaliers, 7:30pm: Kyrie Irving's back! Which leads to an Unintentionally Dirty Quote Machine moment from Ramon Sessions talking about Irving in practice: "Young fella looked good."

Kings at Knicks, 7:30pm: Per Metta World Peace, "The only issue I have with Jeremy Lin is he should switch to METTAsoft word instead of LINdows....." I believe I speak for all of us when I say... I'm sorry, what??

Also, this is the best photoshop you will see all day.

Thunder at Rockets, 8:00pm: Kevin Martin is the Rockets' leading scorer, but has only averaged 7.3 points over his last six games. That's an awfully deep discount on the Blue Light Special!

Hornets at Bucks, 8:00pm: You guys! This is the best new Twitter account out there: DrewGooden4MVP. Case in point, just look at this gem: "For all you single people out there on Valentine's Day just remember one thing, Drew Gooden loves you. #drewgooden #gooden4mvp #fearthedeer"

Bobcraps at Timberwolves, 8:00pm: I hate to say anything to potentially stat curse it, but I am tired of being quiet about it. Are we on the verge of an historically bawful season? The Bobcraps are just stupendously terrible, folks.

Nuggets at Mavericks, 8:30pm: Nene AND Timofey Mozgov might both be out for this game. Get ready for the Mavs to pull down a lot of boards.

Hawks at Suns, 9:00pm: Well, I guess it'd be hard for the Suns to shoot much worse than they did last night. So there's nowhere to go but up. That's something!

Wizards Generals at Clippers, 10:30pm: (Sorry, can't preview. Still in shock from the Generals winning consecutive road games...)


Blogger Jeremy Bowers said...
False. This is the best photoshop I've seen all day.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Jeremy Bowers -- I stand corrected. Those are PHENOMENAL.

Blogger Tom said...
I agree with you about Birdman. He is breaking the basketball stereotype mold. He looks more like a biker than an athlete.

Anonymous afiqPG said...
You know how someone will tell Chris Paul something like, "dude, Clips havent won here in 8 years, etc" to get him pumped up? Well, the game commentator went up to him before the Generals game and said, "Chris, we havent won here in... 10 days."
Truly bawful.

Anonymous EuroGuy said...

should be enough to recap the Kittens' games.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Quietly, while nobody has been looking, Steve Novak has finally emerged from the bench (after 5 years in the NBA no less) and is breaking out. Over the past 6 games he's averaging about 14pts and shooting the lights the fuck out from 3 (.457). He stretches the defense and gives Chandler, Amare, and drivers more room to operate in the lane. He's playing fewer than 30 min a game. And it isn't like the coach calls plays for him either.

Mike D is really fortunate that his 2 best players got hurt. It forced him to dig into his bench a little and he has struck gold.

Blogger Wormboy said...
@ AK Dave: totally true. And, it's worth noting that D'Antoni's two "star players" are each deeply flawed. I don't think either has the value that the Knicks placed on them. It is really too bad they're finding hidde3n talent, because Dick Dolan deserves to have the Knicks blow up in his face again. I swear that the dumbass makes decisions by which way his dick hangs when he rolls out of bed in the morning.

Anonymous JJ said...
AK Dave - As an underappreciated player himself, I think Lin knew how underappreciated Novak was. He's been hooking up Novak with a lot of passes for 3 pointers. Lin, obviously, has been impressive during this run, but I'm really surprised how everyone else in Knicks have also stepped up. They're hustling and defending fairly well.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Wormboy: I agree. Lin, Novak, and the rest of the bench are making the Knicks management look competent. They are not.

JJ- I don't know if he's specifically looking for Novak or Novak just happens to be open and unguarded all the time. In any case, It's great to see both of these guys have some success.

Anonymous Shiv said...
Why can't Birdman be BEARDman?!