By Sam Rubenstein

I was ready to sit down and write a nice simple D.A.Y. with only three games on the schedule. Then I saw this post by Mutoni over at AOL Fanhouse (commonly called the Haus) of Dirk Nowitzki doing a surprisingly accurate Mick Jagger dance. I am in speechless awe. My brain has turned into jelly. Combined with the horror show that was a 9 hour fantasy baseball draft from hell, I’m not at my very best today. The big news of the day is that we figured out what the prize will be in the Slamonline NCAA tourney pool. I thought it was going to be a DVD or a t-shirt at best, but we’re going all out for you. More details to come later today.

GOLDEN STATE 124 PHOENIX 119
Jason Richardson hit five threes in the first quarter, eight on the game, and the Warriors threw up a 45 spot in the first quarter against the Suns. Phoenix does not always guard wide open three point shooters, and even the Suns couldn’t dig out of the hole they were in. The Warriors are a giant killer. Dallas? Phoenix? You call them dominant. The Warriors call them victims. J-Rich finished with 36 and 12, Stephen Jackson hit 5 of 10 threes on his way to 29 points, and Baron Davis had 21 and 12. The Warriors are the scary wildcard team in the playoffs, if they make it that is. In Khalid’s Suns story, the players all talk about how they know they need to get stops in the playoffs. Hope they figure out how to do that soon.
MEMPHIS 96 PORTLAND 92
Z-Bo had a tremendous night with 43 and 17, but it came in a loss, as Memphis hit 35 of 36 free throws. What’s that you say? Grizzlies, Blazers, and lots of free throw shooting is too good to be true? I agree with you. Let’s move on. Tarence Kinsey led Memphis with 20, yes the Tarence Kinsey, as the Grizzlies won two in a row for the first time this season.

CHICAGO 83 DETROIT 81
Rip Hamilton and Chris Webber continue to suffer from flu symptoms of biblical proportions, so they were not a part of this game. Some people think this could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview. Please no, and if so make it a sweep one way or the other. Even with the Pistons missing two of their starters, the Bulls found a way to blow a 12 point lead, but held on to win and clinch their third straight year in the playoffs on some Kirk Hinrich free throws. Big Ben grabbed 19 boards, Gordon scored 25, and Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 26 in the loss. But back to the flu thing. Is it me, or does it seem like more and more athletes are missing games with flu-like symptoms? Isn’t that the kind of thing you lie about to get out of work? Very long season.