So, this is how Clippers guard Nick Young walks into game 4 versus the Grizzlies. You know, if you ever wondered why he calls himself “Swaggy P.”
In Case You Missed It: Here’s Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson making an incredibly ridiculous three point shot to beat the shot clock last night against the LA Clippers.
By the way, that last dunk I posted wasn’t even the best Blake on Pau action going on last night. I can honestly say that I love this dunk way more than when Blake “Mozgov’d” Kendrick Perkins.
Last night against the Lakers, Blake Griffin had this amazing put-back dunk all over Pau Gasol. It was awful, but in a totally awesome way.
As the season progressed, the Clippers got very good and incredibly popular, as well as having a terrible head coach and owner, as well as terrible flops and faces of befuddlement on foul calls which has caused me to grow tired of the team. But that doesn’t mean that Blake isn’t an incredible athlete that I love to watch.
And sorry that I haven’t been posting, but I’ll be getting back to it!
I actually really liked Baron Davis back in his Charlotte Hornets days, but of course I ended up loving him in his stint with the Warriors. It definitely stung when he opted to leave and signed with the Clippers, but I was still a fan. That’s why it stings to hear this story about him.
Baron Davis recently had a Q&A with the New York Post where he described his lowest NBA moment. In addition to being traded away from the Hornets, he discusses his time with the LA Clippers:
The other lowest point is when I played for the Clippers. … I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didn’t even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and he’s telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?
Everyone already knows (or should already know) that Donald Sterling is a terrible person, which becomes accentuated when Baron Davis states “I just stopped liking basketball.” Sure, Baron has had issues with motivation on the court, but it shouldn’t be coming from your team’s owner who pays you to throw lobs to Blake Griffin.
Sterling is the main reason why I have a difficult time rooting for the Clippers. Yes, they’re an incredibly fun team to watch, and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are incredible basketball players, but Sterling doesn’t deserve all the success that the team is getting.
As for Baron, I’m happy that he’s away from this situation, playing for the Knicks whose team chemistry is looking great recently, even when he doesn’t have to play loaded minutes as Lin’s backup. You never want to hear a player, especially one who has (or had) the talent and skill that Baron has shown on the court. Hopefully he’s liking basketball again.
Blake Griffin x Kia Optima x Funny or Die x Jeff Goldblum x Todd from Community
Want to watch a Kia Optima dunk over Blake Griffin for a couple laughs?
Something Special Happened These Past Two Days in the NBA World
It’s not too often that people begin talking about “Dunk of the Year” as early as January (especially in a shortened season)… but it’s even rarer for that supposed DOTY to be replaced within 24 hours.
Lebron’s dunk over John Lucas III on Sunday is one of those in which you had to double-take once it happened. First, you barely even noticed what happened since Dwyane Wade was handling the ball, looking for the alley. Once you see the replay, that’s when you got apeshit. It’s a glory to watch Lebron totally soar completely over Lucas in slow motion.
On the other hand, yesterday you had the living highlight reel in the reigning Slam Dunk Champion, Blake Griffin. To appreciate his dunk, you have to watch it in real time. That grunt, and the earth-shattering sound of the ball going through the hoop, added with his stone cold stare could send shivers down your spine.
These are reasons why I love twitter. After both of these dunks, NBA writers, analysts, bloggers, as well as enthusiasts and fans alike, kept posting youtube link after youtube link of some of the greatest dunks of all time in order to reminisce. You got Vince Carter’s unforgettable slam over France’s Frederic Weis, Carter’s crazy extension over Alonzo Mourning, Baron Davis over AK47, Shawn Kemp on Alton Lister, etc.
By the way, if you haven’t gotten a chance to see these dunks yet, please do yourself a favor and click on these links:
All I gotta say is this: basketball is a beautiful sport.
Kevin Love’s Game Winning Three vs. the Los Angeles Clippers
Let’s just talk about this for a little bit, because it was a beautiful play.
During the inbounds play, Derrick Williams comes around as a decoy as Ridnour fakes a pass his way. As this happens, Kevin Love pops out of the key to the top of the 3 point arc. As he pops out, Ricky Rubio and Wayne Ellington close in, causing a two-man screen on DeAndre Jordan, leaving a wide open Kevin Love for the game winning shot.
This season, the T-Wolves had some poor last second execution in plays (i.e. vs. the Bucks and the Heat), but this time it looked like both Rick Adelman and his players knew what they were doing. Adelman even admits that this was a play that he would run for other 3 point shooting big man Brad Miller.
Let’s also not forget that the Clippers have had terrible last second defensive execution as well. Honestly, where was DeAndre going when Jason Terry hit that 3? Regardless, the play above is mostly the offense totally outplaying the defense. Rubio and Ellington did a great job closing out on Jordan and not allowing him to get to Love in time. Great play Adelman, really great play.
Also, my favorite part of this whole play was Love pulling a Gilbert Arenas
I’m going to rant a little bit about this whole NBATV Fan Night voting.
I understand that there are a lot of Lakers fans, Bulls fans, and Heat fans. It makes sense because they all have superstars (Kobe, D-Rose, Lebron, D-Wade) and they’re all winners. With winning teams, though, also come fair-weather fans, and thus padded votes like this.
Let’s take a look at this closer, though. Granted, none of these matchups are bad. As a matter of fact, they’re all pretty good. The winning matchup is a Suns visit to the Lakers, which doesn’t surprise me at all. But, if anyone has been actually watching the NBA lately, this would be my least favorite pick, which makes me sad. Steve Nash is one of my favorite players of all time, but this Phoenix Suns team is really hard to watch. They don’t have the same fun and explosiveness that they did back when Stoudemire was on the team. Also, the Lakers are always on TV, so do you really need another game? Especially when it comes against a lackluster Suns squad?
The Heat vs. Warriors matchup is just as low as the Suns vs. Lakers to me. There are only three reasons to watch a game with these two teams (except if you’re a diehard fan of either): Monta Ellis, Dwyane Wade, and Lebron James. I’m a huge Warriors fan, but they just aren’t as fun as anyone’s used to because with their new roster, they’re offense has dropped to an almost unwatchable rate. Those three players are the only ones that can save that game. Granted, the Heat are also another team that is always on TV and they’ll most likely have an incredibly easy win.
I’m actually happy that the Bulls vs. Timberwolves got 2nd place because it’s the best matchup when it comes to having a very fun game. Derrick Rose automatically makes every game fun to watch, and the tandem of Rubio-Love-Williams is a great game. The Wolves need more TV time and it would be tons of fun, though the Bulls are slated for an easy win. Too bad it got 2nd place.
The Clippers vs. Blazers game I would have loved to see. The Blazers are arguably the best team in the Western Conference right now and the Clippers are fun to watch with CP3 and Blake. I’m surprised the hype behind the Clips didn’t give this game more votes. Only 13%? That’s a travesty.
My personal pick would have definitely been the Thunder vs. Grizzlies game. How can you not choose this game? These two teams went through a great 7 game series in last year’s playoffs, and (at least in my opinion) both are slated to be in the top 4 in the Western Conference by the end of the season. These are two great young teams who have matured more since last season, and this is the best matchup when it comes to talent out of the 5 games slated for Tuesday. Sure, Rudy Gay isn’t a superstar, but he’s getting damn close. I’m just surprised that Durant and Westbrook didn’t get more than 9% of the votes. I guess that’s the disadvantage of having two great teams in small-ish markets.
So if I were to rank these games for watchability?
Get it together NBA fans. I doubt that a good amount of the voters even have NBATV, so they won’t even be able to watch the Suns vs. Lakers game.