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Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  73 responses

Post Up: April Cools

Rondo’s triple-double beats the Heat, Kobe drops 40 and OKC tops Chicago minus the MVP.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

I’ll keep today’s intro short: the Playoffs are less than 4 weeks away. Yes, in less than a month we’ll be talking post-season ball, y’all. Time for the legit contenders to start rounding into form. With that in mind, let’s hit the 8 games from Sunday…

Thunder 92, Bulls 78

What more is there to say about the Oklahoma City Thunder of late? After beating Chicago on Sunday, they’ve won six in a row—beating the Clippers, Timberwolves, Heat, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Bulls. Yesterday, without MVP Derrick Rose ready to go just yet, OKC relied on its superstar duo to get the job done, and boy did they deliver. Kevin Durant scored 26 points, grabbed 10 boards an dished out 4 assists, while Russell Westbrook had 27 points to go with 5 assists and 4 steals. Combined, KD and RW scored their 53 points on just 34 shots, had just 1 single turnover between them, and were totally in sync on offense. Chicago shot 33 percent from the field (30-91), never led at any point in the game and trailed by as many as 30. John Lucas III led the Bulls in scoring with 19 points, but most of that came with the game out of hand. The Thunder used a decisive 13-0 run to open the second half (sparked by Westbrook) to take a commanding lead and never looked back, finishing the day at 40-12—only barely trailing the 42-12 Bulls for the NBA’s best record.

Celtics 91, Heat 72

Rajon Rondo notched his 18th career triple-double (16 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds) as the Celtics cooled off the Heat in Boston. It was Miami’s biggest loss of the season, margin-wise, the Celtics’ fifth straight win and eighth straight home regular season victory over the Heat. This game was tied at 40 just before halftime, but Boston completely shut down the Heat in the second half and rode Rondo’s playmaking to what ended up being a relatively easy win. In the third quarter, the Cs outscored the Heat 31-12, and led by as many as 29 points. Paul Pierce added 23 points for Boston, which outscored Miami 15 to 9 in fast break points and got another win despite being without Ray Allen for a sixth straight time. LeBron James led the Heat with 23 points, but finished with zero assists for just the second time in his entire career—the only previous instance was in February of 2009. Chris Bosh shot 2-11 for just 4 points (he called it “a shitty game”) but did have 11 rebounds, and Shane Battier made Pierce look silly on one playground move.

Nuggets 104, Magic 101

Without Dwight Howard manning the paint, the Magic allowed the Nuggets to shoot 55.6 percent from the field, and yet Orlando hung around thanks to 17 Denver turnovers and 18 offensive rebounds. But Ty Lawson scored 25 points (12 in the second half), Arron Afflalo added 22 and Andre Miller (15 points) sealed the game with 3 free throws in the final 10 seconds, handing the Magic their third straight loss. Denver’s win gave them back-to-back wins for the first time since the first week of March. Howard’s absence opened the door for nice performances from Jameer Nelson, who scored a game-high 27 points, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who racked up 18 points and 16 rebounds—his 9 offensive boards outdid Denver’s entire team, which had 7 on the offensive glass. Luckily for the Magic, their skid should end soon, as they get the Pistons twice and the Wizards once over their next 5 games.

Raptors 99, Wizards 92

In a matchup of two teams whose fans are far more worried about Lottery odds than winning basketball games, the Wizards wanted to win just a hair less than the Raptors, who were led by 18 points from Andrea Bargnani. In fairness to my beloved Wiz, Nene and Trevor Booker—the team’s two most effective post players—sat this one out with similar foot injuries, forcing Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin into the starting lineup and allowing Toronto’s bench to outscore Washington’s 40-20 on the night. The Raps led from start to finish, and while the Wizards made a late push to make things interesting, Amir Johnson had a follow-up slam to give Toronto a 91-86 lead, and Gary Forbes and Alan Anderson each hit free throws with under 20 seconds remaining to help the camouflaged Raptors (now 18-35) take home the win. Seraphin scored a career-high 16 points, Jordan Crawford had 18 (but shot 6-15) and John Wall finished with 13 points and 11 dimes, but after the Raps took a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter and extended it to as many as 15, the Wiz never got within legitimate striking distance.

Pacers 104, Rockets 102 (OT)

Goran Dragic got the Rockets to within 1 with 16.5 seconds remaining on a driving bankshot, then tied the game at 93 with 10 seconds to play on a pair of free throws. After a David West jumper fell short at the buzzer, the teams headed for overtime in H-Town. Dragic (team-high 22 points) fouled out in the extra period when he was forced to send Danny Granger to the line with 15.7 seconds remaining and the Pacers down 1. Granger’s made his free tosses, but Darren Collison—an 83 percent free throw shooter coming in—missed 1 of his 2 on the next possession (he was just 3-6 on the night from the line), leaving the Rockets one last possession down by 2. Granger came up big on the game’s final play, blocking a Chandler Parsons 3-pointer at the horn to help the Pacers steal one in Houston. The block was the finishing touch on DG’s monster 32-point performance (11-20 field goal shooting, season-best 6-8 threes). Roy Hibbert chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Indy won the rebounding battle 54 to 44.

Suns 92, Hornets 75

The Suns made just 3 of 15 three-point attempts on the night, but made up for it by outscoring the Hornets 52-42 in the paint and got back to .500 on the year at 26-26. Jared Dudley led Phoenix in scoring with 21 points (15 in the second half), Channing Frye put up 14 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Nash dished out 14 assists while only shooting the ball four times (2-4, 4 points in 35 minutes) the entire game. New Orleans, meanwhile, scored only 34 points in the second half and struggled to get to even 75 points. The Hornets (now 13-40) got 14 points apiece from Jason Smith and Marco Belinelli, but Chris Kaman shot 4-11 for just 8 points and recent sparkplug Greivis Vasquez was 2-8 with only 7 points off the bench. Phoenix is now 1.5 games back of Houston for the No. 8 spot in the West after the win, while the Hornets are the first team in the West to lose 40 games this year.

Trail Blazers 117, Timberwolves 106

Portland avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Timberwolves on the strength of a combined 50 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and 6 Blazers players scoring in double figures. Aldridge and Kevin Love went at it all night, pushing and shoving in the post—which made for an entertaining matchup of All-Star power forwards. Aldridge scored 26 points on 10-17 shooting and pulled down 8 rebounds. Love matched his point total with 26 of his own (doing most of his damage at the free throw line, where he shot 11-12) and had 9 boards. But the Blazers won the game, after building a 7-point lead by halftime and riding 52 percent shooting throughout the game. Plus, Raymond Felton continued his unlikely post-trade deadline success, as he nearly had a triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds. Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour each dropped 21 for the Wolves, who only turned the ball over 8 times but still dropped below Portland in the Western Conference standings with the L.

Lakers 120, Warriors 112

Kobe doin’ work. The Black Mamba put 40 points on the Warriors to lead the Lakers to 33-20 on the year. And even with Andrew Bynum heading to the locker room just 10 minutes into his night with a bum ankle (about which he claims he’s fine), Los Angeles dominated on the boards, outrebounding Golden State 50 to 29—Pau Gasol had 11 of those, to go with his 26 points and 6 assists. Ramon Sessions provided exactly what L.A. has needed from the PG spot, with 23 points and 9 dimes in his best game since joining the Lakers. The Warriors were led by a 26-6-7 night from David Lee, 18 points from Klay Thompson and 17 from Nate Robinson, who helped the Dubs hang around with 5 three-pointers. Lee’s three-point play cut the Laker lead to 112-109 with just under 2 minutes to play, but Bryant and Metta World Peace hit back-to-back threes to fend off GSW’s final push. And while the Lake Show will certainly take the win—and the fans will love Kobe’s big night—it leaves us to wonder about Bynum’s health and the state of the Lakers, who have now eeked past the Hornets and the Warriors twice for their last 3 wins.

Line of the Night: Rajon Rondo’s 16-11-14 triple-double to lead the Cs past Miami.

Moment of the Night: I hate to be mean to Ryan Anderson, but dude…

Dunk of the Night: Is there any doubt? Russell Westbrook on Omer Asik—damn, son!

Tonight: A Monday 6-pack gets started with Bucks at Wizards at 7, but that’s by far the least intriguing game on. The ones you’ll want to watch include Rockets-Bulls, Grizz-Thunder and Clips-Mavs.

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  • MMeX

    first. is it just me, or did the heat look a little uninterested? for me as a C´s fan I´ll take it, but I´m still wondering …

  • el_larsen

    rondooooooooooooooooooooo

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Chandler Parsons royally fu*ked up that final play for Houston. So irked it ended like that. Good win for Indy though.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    If Anderson is out long-term (anything over 2.5 weeks), that’s a big dent in Orlando’s playoff hopes. Glen Davis missed ANOTHER dunk today too. Dude.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I bet my older brother that the Raptors would’t win 21 games this year . . . loser gets pimp-slapped(to raise ones hand above the shoulder and with terminal velocity strike it across the face of a hoe with the back of the hand while walking away)at the next family BBQ. I don’t like my chances . . .

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    How anyone can continue to call MIA a great defensive team after all the wide-open layups/dunks they have given up the past 2 weeks is beyond me.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Lakers have a BRUTAL schedule to end the year. Hope Bynum isn’t out to long.

  • BlackStar

    Rondo and Westbrook got busy yesterday. And Miami better be careful not to catch Boston in the first round. They might get an early exit and then their Big 3 will surely get broken up.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Westbrook has been the best player at the 1 spot this season.

  • MUBWAR

    the heat always do this. for some odd reason they look uninterested which is funny considering the fact they just lost a title. they’ll be fine though

  • el_larsen

    not a fan of westbrook but yeah
    next test is in the playoff,will he pass the ball to KD?
    the c ‘s will catch the sixers for the atlantic division,and they ll be ready!these old dude won’t go down without fighting,some will have surprise

  • el_larsen

    it took time but avery bradley is rising,when his jumper will fall,he ll be a beast on both ends of the floor

  • T-Money

    The rest of the regular season is essentially meaningless to me. We know the strengths and flaws of every team and at this point. Miami is vulnerable on the defensive glass and has issues keeping small point guards outside the paint. OKC has no halfcourt offense, shoots too many jumpers and sometimes gets lost at the end of games. Chicago has trouble scoring, and no one else besides Rose can make plays for others. Lakers are slow. Clippers play no defense. Boston is old and can’t rebound.

  • T-Money

    BUT… what’s up with Rose? He never sits out. I’m starting to think that this groin injury is VERY serious and Thibs is playing it like the year that KG missed the entire playoffs but Boston would not reveal anything.

  • el_larsen

    clippers can improve their defense
    what about the spurs
    boston will upset someone

  • Heals

    Props to RR for bringing back the “cajones” dance (last time was on the Pietrus dunk vs Philly) and how about the WhiteMamba with the drive and sweet wrap-a-round dish for the assist in garage time. @MMex, yeah they looked like a team that can’t catch the Bulls and knew they had 2 more games with Bos this month. That said there’s no way on Earth they should be down by 29pts to a Bos squad without the first 2 bigs on their bench, RayRay and Pietrus. I hear ya T-$$$, but we still don’t know who’s playing who, which could very well shape the teams we see in the Finals match-up. Plus there’s at least a couple games a night with teams displaying a real sense of urgency now that the season is winding down. LP for life…

  • Fat Lever

    The C’s are an interesting team. They’re peaking at the right time, their veterans have just enough left in the tank that they should make Chicago/Miami nervous, and in any normal playoff schedule, they could conceivably run the table and it shouldnt be a surprise. In this year’s condensed playoff schedule though, the schedule could actually be their biggest undoing.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    T-Money, don’t quote me on this but I heard that the groing injury was bleeding at one point (yeah I know…nasty), so that may be why.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Is there a more entertaining team than the Thunder? And I mean ever.

  • shyam

    how about avery bradley’s complete embarrassment of d. wade?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Kevin love has been the best pf this season by far, and the season is getting a little boring now, just waiting on the playoffs.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I think the biggest change in the Cs between this season and last is Bass and Garnett learning how to co-exist in the starting lineup. If Boston is playing this well with such a hectic schedule, they should be able to kick it up a notch with the extra rest afforded by the playoffs. Now if we can just keep at least Rondo, Pierce and Garnett healthy I’ll take the hit on Allen; injuries to key players at crucial moments in the playoffs have been the biggest barrier to a second title in the Big 3 era; first it was Garnett in 08-09 (not in the playoffs but still), then Perkins goes down in 09-10, and finally we have Rondo’s gruesome elbow injury last season against the Heat. This will be the last year Boston is a legitimate threat when fully healthy, so I’m just praying they get one last shot.

  • T-Money

    Whether he is playing the 1, 2, 3 or 4 on defense, I fully expect LeBron to be the full-time point guard/ball handler for Miami in the post season and for Cole to be glued to the bench. Spo must stop coaching like a robot and play his best players, which are, in order: James, Wade, Bosh, Battier, Haslem, Chalmers, Miller, Anthony, Turiaf. The minutes should reflect that pecking order, eff positions.

  • Drig

    I’m now more worried for LA. If Bynum’s knee or Pau or Kobe’s body break down any further, LA is screwed come PO time. Absolutely screwed. I’m beginning to think I’d rather have LAL tank games after they clinch a PO berth to let LA’s big 3 have some well deserved rest. It’d also help if MikeB can let Goudelock have a run. We still need a 3pt shooter for the bench MikeB!

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    T-Money: Lebron and Wade don’t want to play point guard. They’ve said it a thousand times.

  • logues

    when rondo has it goin like he did yesterday, he is the most exciting player to watch in the league

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lakers are cracking me up these days. Such a dysfunctional bunch.
    Time to all get on the same page though. Ramon, your running point. Your job is to attack the basket relentlessly and set up other guys for the shots they need. Kobe, your job is to get everyone involved in the 1st half and take over during the stretch of the game. Artest/Barnes, defense, defense, defense. Pau, be strong, and enforce your will by using your skills on your opponents. Bynum, (if your not dead by playoffs) Rebound, protect the paint, and score at a 60% rate. Bench, try not to screw up to much. Mike Brown, get 5 plays together that work and abuse them. Get Sessions running pick and role with Pau and Drew.
    -If this all happens the Lakers are looking prime to give teams fits in the playoffs.
    -Drig: Your right on both counts.
    -Jukai: Why do you think neither of them want to play PG?

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320401022 nbk

    Lakeshow (if you are here) did you watch that Minn v Por game last night?

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320401022 nbk

    my bad that wasn’t up when I pressed submit Lake

  • T-Money

    jukai: and bosh and duncan doesn’t want to play the 5 or, i should say, they don’t want to be labelled as 5s. you still start the game with wade and bron at the 2 and 3 but you have them initiate the offense and you don’T play cole. tada.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Damn, my Bulls got mollywhopped. LOL.
    Sometimes you just can’t help but laugh.
    Hope Rose comes back soon.
    The way the Thunder were playing, they would have won regardless.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk, it was once again “blocked out due to restrictions.” So stupid. I can watch every game every where except for Portland. I’m in Seattle right now.
    What happened that you wanted to point out?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Aldridge and Love just played & guarded each other, I wanted to know if you watched it just for that, wasn’t trying to prove anything or point anything out, just wanted to know your thoughts.
    .
    You don’t have a local channel with that on it? Or you don’t have NBATV?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Dude, get this, DISH Network doesn’t give you the local channel for Portland, while blocking out your ability to watch it on NBATV or LP channels. Super lame. It’s only Portland. It’s stupid because I pay $300+ dollars a year for a subscription to be able to watch all basketball games. Whatever though.
    -How did the match up go? On paper it looks very even. Love was kept off the boards but still scored while getting to the line allot, while Aldridge scored more efficiently, but got to the line half as much. Looks like LA might have even gotten the better of him by a hair. Which doesn’t surprise me at all. Like we all know, on any given night 1 of 6 PF’s can be the best in the game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dish Network blows man. That’s sh*tty.
    .
    Yeah it only went LA’s way by a little, if Love would have hit 1 more 3 then he would have gotten the “W” in the match-up. I just thought it illustrated why I value Aldridge over Love but it still highlighted what Love does better.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Funny, because it seems as if the box score actually does tell the story of the game a little bit in this one. I saw the highlight block that LA had on Love. That was just a stupid move by KL. Love had no where to go and just tried to toss it up. He still is raw in allot of aspects. Defensively obviously, but offensively he has a long way to go also. That’s partially why it’s been so surprising how well he has played all year despite the holes in his game. 26,14 from a guy that has a long way to go before he rounds out his game isn’t too bad haha.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Love does the intangible things you look for on offense. He finds space as good as any 4 in the league. He capitalizes on the defense being out of position better then anyone. He’s basically the new fundamental at the 4, he just specializes in the most basic of fundamentals, rather then the post related ones like Tim Duncan does. Which makes up for what he does lack in terms of scoring in isolation and having the offense run through him.
    .
    P.S. I have officially put Love as #4 on my PF list. Chris Bosh is too obsessed with mid-range jumpers, I can’t continue to support the way he plays.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Moviiiing on up! … Moving on up!
    K-Love making nbk’s top 4 is big news ;)
    -So you still have LA ahead of him right? With Dirk at 1, followed by Pau? I just don’t know about Pau these days. The skills are all still their, but so is the continued question of his heart and how much he really cares about dominating the game. This post season is my final look at Pau to decide if he deserves to be in the top two PF discussion still.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah I have Dirk, Pau, & LA above him as of today. If Pau pulls another disappearing act in the playoffs though, Love will leapfrog Pau into the top 3. Basically I have Pau at #2 right now, but if he is exhibiting his mental weakness in the playoffs again this year he will drop down 2 pegs in my mind. I know that runs kind of contradictory to what i say would change my perception of Kevin Love, but I’m pretty sure he won’t pull disappearing acts altogether in the playoffs like Pau did last year.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Boozer is number one, come on, son.
    And on that note, it appears I have been trolling on Twitter wayyyyy too much..

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah Pau’s got some ‘splaining’ to do if he is not a 18,11++ double double guy throughout the playoffs. We all know he’s got the skills to be the best. Dirk was at Pau’s position earlier in his career also. He had to re-prove himself in the playoffs.
    -Do it for Spain Pau! Or for “I was going to be a doctor but decided to be one of the best ball players in the world” guys, or for the Lakers, never mind you hate them. Anyway he has to be a dominate big man in the post season.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I hate the Lakers, but I do not like it when they under achieve…. my love for the best basketball possible vastly out weighs my personal feelings.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, that is how Miami played yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I was referring to Pau not exactly loving the Lakers these days(the whole trade debacle). But yeah I can see that you would like to see good basketball above all else. They have been pretty gross this year so I don’t blame anyone for not liking how they have looked at all. The fan in me says that’s all about to change as they buckle down for the post season run.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I miss that little annoying guy Enigmatic. He was ferrny.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    get a twitter. he’s there

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I was annoying? :(

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I think I have one, but as soon as it got popular I bailed. Social Media bugs the hell outta me when it gets as big as facebook and twitter. I just get annoyed when I hear the worlds every thought. It’s cool for people that can handle it though. I wanna slap people in real life when I see something ridiculous they say on their accounts, it’s not good for my health lol.
    -nbk, what do you think about Bron’s recent slide in regard to MVP rankings? Over his last 10 he is averaging 22PPG, 5.8 AST, 6.6 RBS 2 STLS, half a block on 49% shooting.
    -Kevin Durant over the last 10: 26.5PPG, 9RBPG, 4AST, 1 block and 2 steals on 52% shooting.
    -You still think it’s “obvious” that it’s LeBron this year for MVP?

  • ClydeSays

    Dominating performance by Rondo. Just wish he had that in him every game. Bradley’s block was sick. The look of surprise on Wade’s face was priceless. But it was one game. Miami looked like they weren’t into it. If the Celts can get Ray & Pietrus back healthy, they could make a run. Tough schedule to finish out the year though. They’ll have to hold on the the 4 spot…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You had your moments Enig. Only when you went in on me and my double fan-hood lol. Is SLAM still hating on you, or have you just moved on past us lowly SLAMmers? :(

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yes I still think it’s obvious that LeBron is the MVP. His recent slide definitely hurts, but his body of work is still superior to everyone else. The problem is the MVP award has become a “what have you done for me lately” type of thing. Over the course of this season though LeBron has been the best OVERALL player in the league by a pretty big margin. If MVP were an offense only award, or if the difference between him and Durant were negligible and you could factor in end of game performance then it would be neck & neck (imo) but it isn’t. At least not too me.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    So far I’m 3 for 3 on my comments showing up.
    If this one posts as well we might be on to something.
    I’ll try a longer post and see if that works.
    I mentioned on Twitter how crazy it is that LeBron was far and away the top choice for MVP all season long, and now all of a sudden players, fans and media are saying KD.
    Once that gets started, you know it’s like a tidal wave.
    I still think Bron should be MVP but I think he’s losing public support which, fairly or unfairly, you need to win the MVP.

  • davidR

    nbk, i feel the same way about the lakers. they shouldn’t be struggling the way they are

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I is back??!?!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Fair. Fair. Just checking in. Bron is a MVP but as we all know Dwight is the real MVP and the rest of us are determining who the runner up with better squads is. I have Durant hairline winning. LeBron has been the better overall basketball player this year, but Durant is still snagging that MVP imo. MVP is different for everyone though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    barring a pretty big collapse (which would be LeBron continuing to mail it in for the rest of the year) it’s LeBron’s award. The only way I would be ok with LeBron not winning the award is if we went by literal definition of “most valuable player to their team” then it should go to Dwight. But even then, what would their record be if he would have put an end to the Dwight drama sooner? I just don’t see any way Durant deserves it over LeBron, if you say most valuable to their team then both guys are probably SOL

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    T-Money: You have more faith in Lebron and Wade’s flexibility than I do. Duncan was labeled whatever Popavich wanted him to be, playing center was never a problem for him.
    Bosh is the same as Lebron and Wade. They are just stubborn because they want to do what they do and not take blame for anything they feel isn’t their responsibility. I don’t know, the team has been less conforming than I thought they would be.

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    Also, I wish y’all would take your act on Facebook. I just can’t handle the whole twitter thing, as much as I tried.

  • Myung

    Check the Saturday post up, nbk … You still got Doug Collins as your coy?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol Actually no I don’t, it’s Poppovich to me now. The recent collapse has been really bad. If they would have kept their level of play up my opinion wouldn’t have changed though. Did you know they are about to break the record for least amount of turnovers per game in a season?

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Twitter is fun!
    Yesterday I was battling Soulja Bois Stans, today I’m battling Megan Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, who will be protesting tonight’s UK/KU game.
    She told me I should encourage obedience.
    So remember guys, obey…..your thirst. Drink Sprite!

  • Myung

    I got no problem with pop. He would be my choice behind thibs. The spurs made some nice pick ups. Jax, mills, and diaw. Legit title team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Definitely much more equipped to make a run then last season.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They are better than last year but without the magic that is dominant Tim Duncan, I don’t think they can do it. He was so important to what made them awesome. Every thing he did. I’m going to finish up a piece about the playoffs and my thoughts on what’s coming.

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    Allen, make sure you mention about how Kevin Love should be the MVP.

  • Heals

    Both casual fans and the media are fickle. Bron is gonna get robbed for the second straight year unless he has a good 7 games in a row (with wins of course).

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    ^^
    You mean, what Durant has been doing?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Soulja Bois has stans??? WTH is this world coming to…

  • Heals

    Yea. He’s been doing the same, less efficiently than Lebron of course.

  • T-Money

    Jukai: TD is not that flexible. He still refuses to start at center even though everybody knows that Bonner and Blair play and guard the 4s. Superstars like to startat their natural position regardless of how they actually play.

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    T-Money: Could you source this? I’ve always heard that is where Popavich puts him, and so that’s what he plays.

  • idrees

    ryan andersen got his ankles broken literally lol

  • Heals

    Past couple comments aren’t by me. No worries they coulda used my name to say some stupid shht so I can’t really complain. Looks like total accident given what was commented. Wouldn’t have noticed if the NCAA game wa half decent. Anyway just tryin to give a heads up…

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