Quote of the week
“Basketball is fun” -Kawhi Leonard. Yes, yes it is. But we were worried there for a sec that you werent having fun out there. Thanks for confirming.
What do the Cavs and the Nets have in common?
The same record in their last 10 games (5-5). Celtics are now in first place in the east. Most people might say it doesn’t matter and they don’t care, but I think they do. I think they would like that first place spot, and I think playoff LeBron might show up a little early to make sure they secure it.
A Devin(e) Intervention
Where the f*ck did that come from? Everyone knew that Devin Booker was a good scorer, had promise, etc. etc., but no on expected him to join an elite scoring club at age 20. He had 70/8/6 (full highlights here) , was 24/26 from the FT line, and was 4/11 from 3pt range (getting that many points with only 4 threes! wild). His name is now in the same group as Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor (yes, THE Elgin) and David Robinson as 70+ points in a single game. Three of those guys also lost the game where they went off – Wilt lost 3 of the 6 games where he scored over 70 points (how???). Celtics players said they knew something was up when they saw the Suns just feed him the ball almost every possession. So what? if you knew he was going to get it, why didntcha do anything about it? huh? And you got the dub, so just appreciate what happened, like your fans did.
This does give us a chance to revisit the all-time single game scoring leaders list (amazes us every time). All we can say is: Wilt.
Speaking of history…
Westbrook is still on track to make it. He led the Thunder on a 13-0 run against the Mavs in the closing minutes of the game for the Win, and now needs 5 triple doubles in the next 9 games to beat Oscar Robertsons record. Will he do it? will he not? Sam and I say yes. Because Russ may not have been too conscious of it mid-way through the season about the record, but now its all he is thinking about, even if he says its not. And if Westbrook thinks he can do it, so do I.
“The Big O” (feels weird using his nickname 50 years later, why does everyone do it? Makes it feel like they know him well when they don’t) will still have the more impressive triple double (30.8/12.5/11.4), but its going to be an incredible feat and help OKC move on from losing Durant.
The MVP “race”
Lets be clear, its really just 3 players – Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard. But really, theres only two, sorry Kawhi. Your having a great season, and your an absolute monster defensively. But we expected that more than these other guys. Russ n’ James have blown peoples minds. Our prediction: If the Thunder can get to 50 wins and Russell keeps his triple double average, then I say he wins it. If not, its all yours Harden. Your damn near close to a triple double average yourself, and you don’t even seek out boards the same way Westbrook does. And your team is nasty with a realistic shot at challenging the Warriors for the western conference championship. You deserve it just as much, but only one of you guys can have it, sorry man. #itsnotyouitshim
Rest of the league roundup
A lot of crazy stuff happened in the last week. So here is a quick highlight for you, and our two cents on the matter:
Buddy Hield went into college mode and hit a three, stole the inbounds, and then hit another three, which helped the Kings come back against the Clippers (went on a 22-3 run in the last 5 minutes). Hate to see that arrogant owner Vivek feel good about his awful trade for Cousins.
Reddit user u/werat5 noted that the Hawks were 5th seed two weeks ago. 7 losses later, they are still the 5th seed. Well, thats the East for ya.
Ibaka and Lopez got chippy and threw some punches. Cuz why not.
The better Lopez hit a game winner and Caris LeVert (A 6’6 professional athlete) jumps on his back and rides Lopez like a toddler around a father.
Rubio continues to produces dimes and surge in the second half of the season. Heres his most recent.
Joakim Noah got banned 20 games for smoking weed and no one gives a sh*t.
Favorite image of the week
Best parenting technique ever
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