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Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Sacramento Kings fan hits halfcourt shot, wins car

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For a while there it seemed like fans were knocking down halfcourt shots left and right — or maybe that was just in Oklahoma City. But then things slowed down, at least until last night in Sacramento, where a fan drained a halfcourt shot to win a new car. (And check out the shot of the guys who are on the hook for the car.)


VIDEO: Kings fan hits a shot to win a car

Lance reaches into his bag of kicks

Hawks fans came into Sunday expecting a herculean effort to beat the Pacers in Indiana. Struggling or not, the Pacers have won 34 games at home (most in the NBA). Besides, Atlanta had lost 21 out of its past 29 games.

It took three possessions in to see who was the better team. A hundred or so possessions later, the Hawks unleashed droppings all over Bankers Life Fieldhouse en route to a 107-88 victory.

But the Pacers didn’t go down without a fight. Early in the fourth quarter, Lance Stephenson decided to show Paul Millsap how much he could channel Liu Kang on a basketball court.

I’m not sure if Millsap enjoyed his martial artistry as much as I did:


VIDEO: Lance Stephenson drives to the cup, but not before unleashing a kick on Paul Millsap

Rockets teammates get a little bit of NCAA fever

By Jeff Case

ICYMI last night, the Final Four from Dallas, Texas had two classic games: No. 1-seeded Florida vs. No. 7-seeded UConn and, in the late game, No. 2-seeded Wisconsin vs. No. 8-seeded Kentucky. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s a UConn-Kentucky national championship game tomorrow).

As you’d expect, such great matchups weren’t lost on many of the NBA’s best players, some of whom took to Instagram to reveal who they were rooting for … or to show you which game they were attending.

The Florida-UConn game saw Houston Rockets stars Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons (an ex-Gator himself) in the crowd.

Former Georgetown star Allen Iverson surprisingly had some nice words for the UConn Huskies after the win … mostly because Iverson’s former Sixers teammate (and an ex-Husky himself) Kevin Ollie coaches the squad. Here’s what AI had to say:

Congratulations K.O. this couldn’t happen to a better person. I’m very excited about you being in the National Championship game. I never thought I could pull for UConn, but I will this year because you’re there. Good luck and God bless you … #TheAnswer

 

Jeremy Evans can really, really leap

Whenever Jeremy Evans’ name is mentioned around these parts, it’s because of his deft ability to defy gravity and complete jams no human has a right to complete.

He is tall (6-foot-9), so he’s supposed to be able to dunk, right? Fair point. But Friday night against the Pelicans, he might have outdone himself on a feed from Ian Clark. Regardless of his height, this took a deal of hand-eye coordination, body control and flexibility to pull off.

With all due respect to the Lob Brothers in L.A., Evans might have given us the best alley-oop of the season:


VIDEO: Jeremy Evans reaches way back to complete the oop from Ian Clark

George casually nails absurdly long trey

Anybody in the whole free world with half an NBA eye knows the Pacers are struggling. Those with a whole eye see their superstar Paul George as being in the vanguard of the struggle, as illuminated by Sekou Smith here recently.

So what does Mr. George do to get folks off his back? He launches a 3 from the half-court logo in a one-point game with a little over three minutes to play, that’s what. It wasn’t a buzzer-beater either, although he may have thought it was…


VIDEO: Paul George goes YOLO — or gets desperate — and sinks ridiculous 3

Indiana ended up winning 101-94. Does this shift their season for the better? Who knows. One thing for sure: Uncle Pauly hasn’t lost his confidence.

Heat’s King James puts on very own dunk contest versus Bucks

By Nick Margiasso IV

This season, the Milwaukee Bucks on TV isn’t prime-time viewing unless you are hosting a Draft Lottery party. But when they play the Miami Heat, the chances of some worthwhile viewing get markedly better. Furthermore, when LeBron James decides to make it his own personal slam dunk contest, well, you can just toss the remote out the window and enjoy.

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VIDEO: LeBron throws it down on the break

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VIDEO: James gets fancy on the reverse slam

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VIDEO: LeBron makes a poster out of Udoh

Stat, Tyson play bully ball in Oakland

Coaches are fond of telling their team that whoever plays with the most physicality will win nine out of 10 times. The Pistons of the late 1980s took that to heart and it led to a dynasty and adulation many years later.

It didn’t work as well for the early to mid-90s New York Knicks, who boasted a trio of imposing bruisers — Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason — but couldn’t get out the East. Throughout the years, plenty of teams followed the rough and tumble blueprint. While it doesn’t always result in a championship, a physical brand of basketball does make things competitive…which is ultimately what we want to see.

Sunday night at ORACLE Arena, the (current) Knicks discovered what a bit of nasty could do. First Tyson Chandler got demonstrative on Jermaine O’Neal, capped off by a searing stare-down:


VIDEO: Tyson Chandler sends Jermaine O’Neal to the ground, then scowls at him

Then a quarter later, Amar’e Stoudemire did exactly what a 6-foot-10 person is supposed to do when a 6-foot-3 person is in his way under the rim:


VIDEO: Amar’e Stoudemire snatches board from Stephen Curry and throws down

Gotta love how Stephen Curry just helped himself to his feet, wiped his mouth off with his jersey and trotted up the court. As fierce as any competitor in the NBA, he dropped a cool 32 points and single-handedly almost led Golden State to a dub. But for another night at least, the bullies captured the flag.

James Harden illustrated

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I got an email the other day from an All Ball reader named Filip Peraić, who is a designer in Croatia. As an NBA fan and an artist, Filip hit on a way to “sharpen creativity”: He’s drawing James Harden‘s profile over and over. And over. And over.

What makes it so interesting is that in each version he puts together, Filip is doing essentially the same image but in completely different ways — in camo, out of dots, without skin, etc. (He chose Harden because of his “unique, awesome bearded profile.”) It’s really creative, and rather cool.

I posted a couple of my favorites below. To check out more, go to the James Harden Illustrated site…

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Nick Young gets swaggy too soon

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While former coach Phil Jackson has recently moved East to take a gig running the Knicks and Kobe works on his business chops, the Lakers have managed to still play hard, such as last night when they delivered a decisive 127-96 win over the Knicks. Even as their fortunes have flagged, guard Nick Young has been relentlessly upbeat, what with his irrepressible swag. Being swaggy is fun and all, but as we saw last night, you have to make sure you know when to let your swag show…for instance, maybe wait until the ball is all the way in the basket…


VIDEO: Swaggy Three