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Lawson Demonstrates Art Of The Mile-High Theft

by Zettler Clay IV

Over the course of an NBA season, there are plenty of gems that go unnoticed by even the most acute of basketball eyes. Don’t tell that to Nate Timmons of SB Nation, who records and delivers this beauty from the end of the Nuggets-Jazz affair in Denver on Saturday:

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Ty Lawson pulls off the perfect heist of teammate JaVale McGee, which is perfect only because of a Nuggets bench that either a) doesn’t see what’s going on or b) sees it, but pretends not to. This gives the scene a glow of childlike fun inherent in team sports since we started in the schoolyard.  

Kudos to Kosta Koufos, who nails the requisite “distract mark from fact he’s being took” role. McGee had no idea and for all we know, he still might be looking for that shoe.

H/T SB Nation

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Mullin gets some love in Oakland

by Zettler Clay

Last night in the Association, something cool happened involving Chris Mullin. Without further ado…


It’s always sweet to see these ceremonies, if only for an excuse to YouTube highlights of the honored and in this particular case, Run TMC.



The story of Mullin is well-known, but his battle and triumph over alcoholism is perhaps the most understated — and amazing — part about his journey.

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Last night in a … short poem

by Micah Hart

What’s that expression? A thing of beauty is a joy forever? Well that’s what Dallas’ comeback was last night — a 22-5 run of sheer bliss that deserves to be remembered in prose for posterity.

The Mavs comeback, as told in rhyming couplets:

Jason Terry strokes the J,
Flies down court and makes them pay.

A couple of freebies, Mavs moving fast,
Marion drives and puts it off glass.

Kidd is open, he drains a three!
A pull-up jumper from Mr. J.T.

It’s Dirk time now, making shots a’plenty,
A rattling jumper, a finish lefty,

A trey from deep, the Heat feeling blue…
The winner past Bosh. Take dat wit chew.

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Last night in a … near Horry

by Micah Hart

This doesn’t qualify for the Horry Scale because it merely tied the game rather than win it, but give it up to Emeka Okafor for answering the Hornets’ prayers, getting the game to overtime where the Hornets eventually won 121-117 over the Jazz.

The miracle shot will also hopefully help the Hornets overlook the fact that they lost their second-best player to a serious knee injury, if only for a night.

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Last night in an … ending

by Micah Hart

They say all good things must come to an end (whoever they is), and last night, Kevin Love‘s impressive streak of 53 straight double doubles came to an end with his six-point, 12-rebound performance in Minnesota’s 100-77 loss at Golden State.

First and foremost, am I the only one who assumed that the streak would end for a lack of rebounds rather than points? That’s not even to say that Love is a dynamic scorer, and with full knowledge that he is a beast on the boards, but still, points are generally collected two at a time.

I am tempted to consider Love’s accomplishment a tad overblown (as the stat isn’t officially counted by the NBA and, according to Elias, Wilt Chamberlain had a 227-game streak at one point), but at the same time, if it were so easy, then how come so many of the game’s other great big men (Shaq, Tim Duncan, Patrick Ewing), could never do it?

Regardless of the historical context of Love’s 53, it’s still an impressive output, and from a guy who as recently as earlier this season WASN’T EVEN STARTING.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

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Last night in … this pretty much sums it up

by Micah Hart

That pretty much sums up the Heat”s night in Thursday’s 99-96 home loss to the Magic, a game in which Miami blew a 24-point second half lead.

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Last night in a … question about sample size

by Micah Hart

The trade deadline passed yesterday, which means there are now no big events to focus on in the NBA until the start of the playoffs. Generally speaking, most teams have played close to three-quarters of their schedule. With Thursday night’s loss in Chicago, the Miami Heat are now 42-16 on the season, tied for the best record in the Eastern conference with the Celtics, who are 41-15 (the Celtics maintain the top seed by a few percentage points).

Taking a deeper look at their record, the Heat are now 1-7 against teams in the top three of the respective conferences (0-3 against Boston, 0-2 against Chicago, 0-2 against Dallas, with one impressive win over the Lakers in LA), and 42-9 against the rest of the NBA.

Does that mean anything? Eight games is a pretty small sample size. Then again, those are the teams the Heat are most likely to face come the latter stages of the postseason (Miami still has both games with San Antonio remaining on the calendar).

All I know is, with each passing loss to a fellow member of the NBA elite, whispers of doubt about the Heat’s title chances get just a little louder.

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Last night in a … dissent

by Micah Hart

After Wednesday’s blockbuster trade between the Jazz and the Nets that sent Deron Williams to New Jersey, a lot of people speculated that the game’s best point guard was upset with the deal. Turns out, they were right:

Tell us how you really feel, CP3?

I’ll be very curious to see what D-Will’s reaction is when Paul gets traded to the Knicks.

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Last night in an … immediately out-of-date (but still entertaining) interview

by Micah Hart

Carmelo Anthony appeared on Conan last night for a pretty amusing segment. Roll it!

Pretty funny to see ‘Melo talk about all the potential deals after his trade to the Knicks already went through. I think Conan does a pretty good job covering his bases there at the end though.

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Last night in … whaaaaa?

by Micah Hart

The Cavaliers beat the Lakers last night.

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