L.O.N. — Yao’s Your Pusher
He sells it whipped/un-whipped, soft or hard.
Line Of The Night:
Yao Ming — 28 points, 10 boards, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Money on the block with a J that hits/While Artest keep talkin’ this defense ish. Why isn’t there a Houston Rockets Playoff song/Yao highlight reel that remakes the Clipse “Grindin‘” with the chorus as “Yao-Ming”? The Rockets used another strong Game 1 performance from Yao to overcome an almost non-existent bench. Welcome to the Playoffs, Lake Show.
Worst Of The Night:
The Kobsters. Much of the post-game focus was Kobe’s sore throat/sore performance, but he actually did not play all that poorly. The real problem? Almost every other Laker had a bad game with maybe the exception of Trevor Ariza, but even he was not spectacular. This ain’t Utah, fellas.
Beast Of The Night:
Dwight Howard — 22 boards, 16 points, 3 blocks, 3 assists, 1 steal
But only 12 shots? We don’t get it. In the post-game interview, after his team tried its hardest to blow a 28-point lead, he even tried to reprimand his teammates, ala LeBron, in a supportive-yet-pissed kind of way. But it was clearly a forced facade, as it soon became clear all he really had on his mind was announcing his wrestling name: “Black Magic”. Be yourself, Dwight! We love you for it.
Near Larry Bird Of The Night:
Rajon Rondo — 14 points, 10 boards, 8 assists, 3 steals
From our viewpoint, Rondo has not quite been the same since the “throw Hinrich into the stands” incident. It seemed like he dialed it back after that, losing some of the edge that helped him dominate the Playoffs to that point. In the second half last night, though, it looked like maybe he flipped the switch back on. We knew it was official when he tried to dunk on Dwight Howard. That’s Defensive Player Of The Year Dwight Howard. Howard just about got served up some of Grandma Rondo’s delicious homemade grits.
The King Is Crowned Of The Night:
In a landslide, LeBron James officially took down his first (of many?) MVP trophy, yesterday. In true LeBron style, with his teammates in attendance, he accepted the award in a ceremony back at his high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, in his hometown of Akron. It was awesome that he actually admitted that he was happy to win the award, but our favorite part was definitely the Friday reference as he thanked his teammates: “It’s gonna be like the both of ours but I’m a keep it at my house.” The camera cuts to his teammates, who are mostly laughing, but straight crickets coming from Big Z and Varejao. So they didn’t ship a version of Friday with Lithuanian and Portuguese subtitles?
Orlando’s Courtney Lee to possibly return for Game 3… Jadakiss is riding for the Nuggets… So, Boston in 7? Last night’s Game 1 vs. Orlando was eerily similar to their Game 1 loss to Chi-town… Assuming the Cavs win the title, the “must have a Carolina player to win the title” theory will be back in effect. Two words: Jawad. Williams…