What’s cooler than cool? Swaggy P at a hockey game

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Lakers season may be over, but the always entertaining adventures of Nick Young, a.k.a. Swaggy P, who endured this awful Lakers season with what felt like unlimited enthusiasm.

Just because the season is over, though, doesn’t mean the Swaggy stops. Last night Swaggy went to an L.A. Kings hockey playoff game and had a chance to be as swaggy as ever…including a chance to ride shotgun on the Zamboni…

(via FTW)

Miami Heat’s DJ Irie introduces HYDE AmericanAirlines Arena playoff playlist

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I’ve been to a bunch of games in Miami the last few years, and one of the interesting things at Heat games that sets them apart is they have their own in-house DJ, DJ Irie, who spins during games and keeps the crowd fired up. After games, Irie plays inside HYDE, the nightclub that’s actually inside the AmericanAirlines Arena.

This year, as the Heat chase a three-peat, DJ Irie has come up with an official playlist. So if you want to watch a Heat game like a Heat fan who is in the arena, you can download or stream this playlist and listen along at home…

HYDE AMERICANAIRLINES ARENA NBA PLAYOFF PLAYLIST BY DJ IRIE

1.       Booyah – Showtek feat. We are Loud! & Sonny Wilson

2.       Turn Down for What – DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon

3.       Drop That Nae Nae – We Are Toonz

4.       Animals – Martin Garrix

5.       Trophies – Drake

6.       Stand Up – Henry Fong

7.       23 – Mike Will Made It feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J

8.       My Hitta – YG feat. Young Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan

9.       I Won – Future feat. Kanye West

10.     Watch Out For This  (Bumaye) – Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green

Raptors mascot eats Nets fan

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Emotions definitely run pretty high during the postseason. And not just among players — I’m talking fans and mascots as well. Check out what happened last night in Toronto, where a Nets fan was blindfolded and essentially fed to the Raptors’ inflatable Raptor mascot. I’m not saying this wasn’t set-up in advance, but, well, either way it’s pretty funny…


VIDEO: Raptor eats Nets fan

(via TNLP)

Drake sits courtside in Toronto, rolls lint off pants

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Raptors/Nets game was big for Toronto, where the Raptors won their first playoff game since 2008 to even the series against Brooklyn at 1-1. But the moment of the game that won the internet happened off the court. Like, literally just inches from the court.

Sitting courtside at the game was Toronto’s “global ambassador,” music superstar Drake. Part of being a celebrity is looking as great as you can at all times, of course, because at one point during the first quarter last night, cameras caught Drake in the background as he vigorously wiped his pants clean with a lint roller.

Started from the bottom now he’s here…right around the knee area…

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(via Ben Golliver)

NBA Journal: Raptors make a run

Patrick Patterson, left, against Andray Blatche in Game 1, is in the NBA playoffs. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

Patrick Patterson, left, against Andray Blatche in Game 1, is in the NBA playoffs. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

By Patrick Patterson, for NBA.com

This is the most excited I’ve been to write a blog post since I started — the Toronto Raptors are in the Playoffs!  This is what I have wanted ever since I was a rookie and I am so proud to be part of this team.

When we clinched our spot, there was a feeling of relief, but we were also so proud of ourselves and one another.  We worked so hard for this all season, to finally achieve it is a great feeling.  We all celebrated with a team dinner, just having fun and enjoying the moment.

What makes it so much better is that our success this year was really a team effort.  Whether everyone’s unselfishness and willingness to move and share the ball, or DeMar and Kyle’s ability to become those leaders and star-caliber players we needed, every single person on this team contributed. We all knew individually what we had to do for this team in order for us to be successful, and all bought into what the coaching staff was telling us. We work hard and play hard, with lots of energy and young guys on the team.

Prepping for the Playoffs has been all about watching film, correcting previous mistakes against our opponent, knowing what they like to do and how they took advantage of us as far as plays on the court, mismatches and areas of the game we have to get better at.  Practices and workouts are short and sweet, a few reps, a few contact plays.  It’s all mental and all based on what we see on film, just trying to memorize game situations.

My personal goal for the Playoffs is to get to the Eastern Conference Finals. I want to make sure I work hard every single game so I don’t ever wonder, “What if I had given more?” I want to always be satisfied at the end of every game knowing that I gave it my all.

An added benefit of having my first Playoff series with this team is that I’m alongside two guys that were there my first year in Houston when we finished 9th – Kyle Lowry and Chuck Hayes. These guys have always treated me like a younger brother, watching out for me, so being able to have this experience with them is great, and hopefully there will be more to come!

It is not going to be an easy road to the Finals.  First up is Brooklyn, a team full of veterans with Playoff and Championship experience.  After that, we would face the winner of the Miami and Charlotte matchup.  LeBron and his basketball IQ alongside D Wade and Bosh, all returning champs, all extremely tough to beat.  Charlotte can slow down the game and have Al Jefferson who will punish you inside and get rebounds, in addition to Kemba Walker’s one-on-one ability.

Whatever matchups come our way, I am so confident in our team and know that we will leave everything we have on the floor every single game.  We the North!

Before the Playoffs started I had a chance to see Oculus, my next #patspicks movie review.  The plot of this movie made it one of the best I have seen in a long time.  It was able to jump from flashbacks to present day in a way that was intriguing instead of confusing.  You were on the edge of your seat trying to guess what happened next, but there were so many twists that threw you off.  Overall I give it an eight out of 10.  I originally thought this was a horror movie, which is one of my favorite genres, so I was expecting a little more gore, but this was definitely more of a thriller that messed with your mind.

Rockets, Blazers continue first round matchup on Twitter

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Many pundits have predicted the Rockets and Trail Blazers to have one of the most exciting first-round matchups. The Game 1 victory by Portland seems to be a good predictor of a well-played series.

If you had any questions about the emotions involved in the series, you only need to look as far as Twitter. During game one, when Portland’s Robin Lopez was whistled for a technical foul, the Rockets’ twitter account decided this was a perfect time point out that Lopez may or may not resemble Sideshow Bob from “The Simpsons”…

Then, just a few minutes later, after the Blazers won game one, the Portland Police Department noted that at least in this one instance, theft was perfectly fine by them…

Game two is Wednesday night…

(via NIS)

Lance Stephenson gives local students ultimate prom experience

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is not only in the running for most improved player in the NBA, he also seems to be doing great things off the court as well. Last Saturday in Indianapolis, three high school students received free prom dresses (and tuxes for their dates) courtesy of Stephenson’s Ultimate Prom Experience. The three girls were selected after submitting essays explaining why they deserved the opportunity. Stephenson then teamed up with Indianapolis-area dress shop RaeLynn’s Boutique to make a few dreams come true.

Stephenson posted the following image on Instagram of the winning entrants…

(via TNLP)

Trend Alert: Blakeing

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the internet, it doesn’t take much to constitute a trend. So after Blake Griffin dumped a cup of water on a fan during the Clippers’ game one loss to the Warriors — perhaps by accident, perhaps not by accident — Michelle Beadle over at “SportsNation” decided to try making this into a a new trend: Blakeing.

So if you see Beadle around, maybe stay a few steps back…

Hawks’ Korver Loves Swatting 7-Footers

By Nick Margiasso IV

You know what Atlanta Hawk Kyle Korver is really good at? Right, shooting 3-pointers. You know what he’s just as good at? Right, swatting the shots of 7-footers … wait, WHAT?!?!

That’s right, in the Hawks’ Game 1 win over the Pacers, the man with the NBA’s longest 3-pointers made streak sank as many long-distance shots as he had blocks of Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Read that again. And then watch it …

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VIDEO: Atlanta’s Kyle Korver blocks Indiana big man Roy Hibbert

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VIDEO: And then does it again

Watergate 2: Blake Griffin vs. Fan

By Nick Margiasso IV

Maybe NBA franchises just need to buy less-slippery cups.

After fouling out of Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game late, Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin made it two controversial drink spills in the NBA this season. This time, there was a victim. This time, it was water. Call it “Watergate,” but that’s already been taken. Purposely or not, Griffin doused a Golden State fan positioned directly behind him at the scorer’s table as the L.A. star reacted by throwing his arms back in disbelief upon seeing the replay of his last foul on the arena jumbotron.

And, oh yeah, he had a cup full of water in his hand. So, this happened…

VIDEO: Blake Griffin of the Clippers douses fan with water

Remind you of anything?

VIDEO: Jason Kidd, coach of the Nets, spills drink on court mid-game