by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack
Wow, wow, wow. Where did the weekend go? It’s Monday morning — Happy Monday!– and I’m still trying to figure out where Friday evening went, let alone the rest of the weekend.
LeBron James can fly. Or he comes closer than the rest of us “mere mortals”. I mean, seriously. They showed the clip on NBATV last night and it was truly absurd with his head at the rim. Above the rim. Yeah. I don’t even know. It’s not even his head being at the rim, it’s like his shoulders were there.
Do the Cavs throwback uniforms drive anyone else crazy? I feel like there are 80 million and the ones last night looked too much like Knicks colors for my liking. Maybe it’s just the LBJ to NYK talks that I’m already tired of.
Kinda like these Bosh to LA/Houston rumors. Can. We. Please. Stop.
To quote a Raptors person last night, during Bosh’s scrum as he was being asked questions about the rumors: “Hey Chris, is it January 10th, or July 10th?”
I mean, come on. It’s fun to speculate, but sometimes I’d just like to hear Bosh (or Bron, Wade, etc.) talk about the game he just played rather than give generic answers we’ve heard a million times about the biggest summer of their lives. Let the guys breathe. And play. And all of that.
Rajon Rondo up close is something I recommend for everyone who likes the game of basketball. He’s so quick, so, so very speedy, it’s mindboggling. Add in his passing, steals, banking 3-pointers in at the end of the shot clock AND a triple-double and Rondo made my Sunday sweet.
Against the Raps, Rasheed Wallace had his best game as a Celtic, scoring 29 points and hitting 5 of his 7 3-pointers. With the Celtics jumping out to a 10-0 start less than two minutes into the game, the Raptors kind of started out the game shooting themselves in the foot. Not the way to win against Boston.
Sheed telling the ref to watch the flops while reminding him that “this ain’t no Euroleague,” was awesome. As was some of the Celtics assistant coaching staff randomly yelling out “Ball Don’t Lie” when a Raptor was on the line and missed a free throw after a call they didn’t particularly agree with.
My favorite part of the afternoon was Doc asking media row what had happened in the NFL games as the final seconds ticked off of the clock. I also liked his Boston Celtics cufflinks.
DeShawn Stevenson coming out with “Agent Zero” on his ankle tape made my heart sing. I love teammates sticking with their friends/family/etc. (regardless of the stupiditiy of the situation, I think Stevenson feels/knows Arenas didn’t have any ill intent), and you know I love ankle tape and messages written on shoes.
Kinda makes me wistful for “All Alone 33” and Steph Marbury, but it’s good. Makes me happy when guys express themselves. Just not sure how his organization would feel about him keeping Gil close when they are trying their damndest to keep him as far away as possible.
The Hornets grabbed their sixth straight in their game against the Wizards yesterday and Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists. Antawn Jamison had 32 points and eight rebounds as I continue to hope he ends up somewhere where he can win.
Speaking about the Cavs, yes they defeated the Blazers. Yes, LeBron had 41, 10 and 8 after scoring 31 in the first half. Can we get a shoutout for Brandon Roy? The guy is so damn efficient. Let’s look at his line from Friday evening in a win against the Lakers.
B. Roy – 32 points, 9-11 fgs, 13-14 fts, 5 rebs, 6 asts, 1 stl
That’s efficiency at it’s finest. That’s a damn fine line.
Pretty shooting percentages like that make me almost as happy as alliteration.
The Blazers are stealing what’s left of my bball heart.
On Saturday night, while most of the world was recovering from football and watching Barkley –who was, apparently, not quite what they had hoped for– on SNL, I was watching Tyreke Evans trying on the ROY crown and seeing how it fits.
Against the Nuggets (who were on the second night of a back-to-back, but whatever), the Kings got the W as the rookie duo of Omri Casspi and Evans led their team down the stretch. After Chauncey Billups hit a three with 11 seconds remaining, Sacramento went to their rookie wonder and he scored with 0.7 seconds remaning to give his team the victory.
It was exciting, exhilarating and rewarding. The poise he shows is special. He doesn’t look like a rookie. He doesn’t act like a rookie and he sure as hell isn’t treated like a rookie by his teammates.
Does Evans have to wear a Dora the Explorer backpack? That image doesn’t even compute in my imagination.
Just asking. Dude is balling for real.
Casspi, too. Random fact, I think eight times out of 10, I type “Omar Casspi” before wanting to punch myself in the face for the slip. Other random typo’s I always do: “Buss” for bus, “Kidd” for kid “Perksins” for Perkins and “palys” for plays. Oh tired hands plus a basketball mind make for funny mistakes sometimes. The Omar thing annoys me, though. I don’t get where I get that one from. Sorry, Casspi. Love what you’re doing in Sac-town.
The Lakers smoked the Bucks in LA and I’m hoping Michael Redd is okay after he went down with that knee not looking good. About the Lakers/Bucks game: Brandon Jennings had a rough night in front of his fam/friends in LA, shooting just 4-for-17 from the floor. Kobe Bryant was even worse, hitting only 4-for-21 on the night.
Shannon Brown with a game-high 19 points on 8-for-12 field goals was great. As was his heave to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter and his back-to-back blocks on a single possession for the Bucks.
Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Maybe he’s coming to Toronto? Blah. I’m not playing that game. Have a great day, everyone.