L.O.N. – James’ Historic Series
And the battle of the triple-double machines.
Line Of The Night:
LeBron James — 36 points, 13 boards, 8 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Sure, the Detroit Pistons’ wives, girlfriends and children would have put up a better fight in this series, but Bron’s output is nonetheless historic. He joined Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only players to ever average 30 ppg, 10 rpg and 7 apg in a post season series. You’re all welcome.
Worst Of The Night:
The other Spurs:
Matt Bonner, Drew Gooden, Roger Mason, Kurt Thomas, Ime Udoka — a combined 0-15 from the floor
That’s horrid. And if those guys failed, then Michael Finley got a D- with his 2-6 performance. Probably the most disappointing of these guys is Mason, he of the regular season hype. If the Spurs hope to do the impossible, we’re guessing these guys will need to hit at least one shot in Game 5.
Fat Lever Of The Night:
Rajon Rondo — 25 points, 11 boards, 11 assists, 2 steals
Kenny Smith verbalized the Fat Lever comparison, and Rondo put down the nasty statline. But despite the brilliant game, did he end up preventing a win with that pull up J at the end of OT 1? Even if Doc called the play for him, he needs to get into the lane, and not pull up for a 22-foot J. Or better yet, ignore the coach and get the ball into the hands of the guy that keeps hitting clutch shot after clutch shot — Ray Allen.
Near Fat Lever Of The Night:
Derrick Rose — 23 points, 11 boards, 9 assists
A few days ago we put Courtney Lee at the top of the Playoff rookie pack. We’re sorry, Mr. Rose. The crown is yours.
Near Beast Of The Night:
Dwight Howard — 18 points, 18 boards, 3 blocks, 1 steal
The stat line looks dominating, but you couldn’t really tell it during the game. The Magic barely eeked by the Sixers on a game-winning 3 by the Turkish Michael Jordan. This series is up for grabs.
Contraction Club Of The Night:
Atlanta Hawks — 78 points vs. Miami
The team was terrible on Saturday, but we really want contracted is Coach Hootie’s ridiculous goatee.
Detroit Pistons — 78 points vs. Cleveland
Good gracious… put these cats out of their misery. The Pistons performance this season can only be described as sad and depressing.
Question Of The Night:
Prior to a free throw on Saturday in N’Awlins, what could have made both ‘Melo and Peja laugh, simultaneously? Do we need a buddy copy movie starring those two?
I. Will. Not. Lose. Of The Night:
Kobe Bryant — 38 points, 6 boards, 2 steals, 1 assist
The Kobster wasted no time in Game 4. Early in the first quarter he started systematically ripping the heart out of each and every member of the Jazz organization, taking a bite out of it, then throwing it on the court and stomping on it. Not sure if Phil Jackson yelled: “FINISH HIM!!!” in the midst of this.
Really Ryan Hollins? Come on, settle down… What is wrong with the New Orleans crowd? Awesome participation in the t-shirt promotion, sure, but the place sounded like a library… Nice to see Travis Outlaw join the Playoff festivities finally… Did the NBA actually murk the Playoffs marketing game this year? Kanyeezy? The slow-mo orchestra joints? Never thought amazing would happen in the NBA marketing offices…