Line Of The Night:
Ray Allen — 35 points, 2 boards, 2 assists
The Ray Allen jump shot is still such a beautiful sight, event after all these years. The Ceatles needed every last one of them against the Pacers, as this season’s giant killers almost struck again, before falling in OT.
Beast Of The Night:
Amare Stoudemire — 22 points, 20 boards, 2 assists
The Suns used this effort to tough out a two-point win over the Jazz. Isn’t there a whole lotta complaining and bickering in Phoenix for a team that really isn’t in that bad of shape?
One other note on the Boston OT win. Why was the Indiana offense run through Rasho Nesterovic during OT? Give it to Granger, already. It resulted in something like an awful looking jump shot and two turnovers. Nice.
Near Fat Lever Of The Night:
Vince Carter — 14 points, 11 boards, 8 assists, 2 steals
This versatile Vinsanity voyage vaulted the Nets to victory over the Sixers. With a winning record about a fourth of the way into the season… dare we mention the “P” word for Dirty Jerse?
Near Beast Of The Night:
Marcus Camby — 19 boards, 7 blocks, 3 assists, 2 steals
How a coach on a bad team that is going nowhere can survive a completely uninspired blowout loss at home to the Clippers is beyond us, especially in this day and age of the light speed spinning coaching carousel. But as of the writing of this, Randy Wittman remains the captain of this long past sunken ship. In related news, a bit of a terrible team round robin tourney took place, with the Clip Joint visiting Memphis Friday, followed by Minnesota on Saturday. We needed a Memphis/Minnesota match up to truly set things off, but with a little middle school geometry, we can crown Minnesota as the second worst team in the West. Congratulations.
David Lee — 19 boards, 12 points, 3 assists
Must be the new hairdo. We’ll call it the fratboy mohawk. Lee and the Knicks mauled the Pistons on Sunday, right from jump street. Blame Iverson or Coach Curry? The coach does not look like a good fit, to us, so far. And his abrasive (although often true) interview comments, may not work well, for long.
Contraction Club Of The Night:
Charlotte Bobcats — 74 points vs. Cleveland
The Cavs’ absolutely smothering D was on display, highlighted by 10 blocks, including one of LeBron’s now patented from-behind-layup blocks on Raymond Felton. Cleveland has now won eight straight games, all by double digits. They are “in their bag,” currently, as Freeway might tell you.
Rookie Of The Night:
Russell Westbrook — 30 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals
OK, dude is officially freed and can officially get it done on the NBA level, although he does still need to figure out how to reign it in a bit out there. While the Outlaws still lost to the Heat, it was only by six, and almost has to count for something with a team this bad. Maybe if Westbrook had lived up to his supposed defensive rep, and held D-Wade to less than 38, they might have actually pulled one out.
Interview Of The Night:
David Duchovny was interviewed at halftime of Sunday’s Knicks/Pistons game as part of a segment called “Gimme A Minute with Jill Martin”. Pure comedy. First, she messes up the air date when mentioning the season finale of his show, Californication. No, wait, back up. FIRST, there are the litany of “I bet he would like a minute with Jill Martin” jokes, given his sex addict status. But we’ll let you fill in your own punchline with that situation. Second, she asks if the show might move to a New York location, to which he politely replies, “It’s hard to shoot a show called Californication in New York.” Awesome. She doesn’t even bat an eye, though, before mentioning he used to be a “balla”… sounding completely ridiculous. And just to add to the “what in the hell is going here?” factor, a wheelchair basketball game is going on in the background! Amazing.
Bobby Brown with the rare 360 wrong-hand lay-up. Interesting…