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Last night in … sneaking a peek

by Micah Hart

There were several funny moments in yesterday’s Celtics-Heat game in Boston (Glen Davis, cough cough), but perhaps the most hilarious came when Rajon Rondo decided to try to get a closer look at Miami’s strategy. Roll it!

Hilarious. Not exactly sure what Rondo thought was going to happen there, but the way LeBron keeps shoving him away while he keeps trying to creep around the huddle is awesome, and not at all unlike this.

The Celtics beat the Heat, by the way, running their record against them to 3-0 this season and making it all but certain that no matter how the standings finish up, everyone will pick Boston to win the East.

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Last night in a … testament to greatness and longevity

by Micah Hart

It seems only fitting that Jerry Sloan would choose to retire on the day Ray Allen set the all-time 3-point record. Both are a testament to where hard work and determination can get you, and both will be remembered by NBA fans for their impact on the game long after they are gone.

Congrats, Ray, and farewell, Jerry.

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Last night in an … MVP vote

by Micah Hart

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose – blah blah blah. For me, the MVP debate is finished after last night, and the man whose name should be on the trophy is Atlanta’s Al Horford.

Horford has now missed four games for Atlanta this season. Yes, the Hawks are 2-2 in those games. But the two wins were over Washington and Charlotte, which doesn’t move the needle much. The two losses, on the other hand, were to New Orleans and rejuvenated Philadelphia, and the Hawks lost those games by — let me make sure I have this right — a bajillion points. At home no less.

I can’t think of a single other NBA team that performs as poorly sans one player as the Hawks without Horford.

/checks standings, sees Cleveland

Oh. Right. Well, maybe a second-place vote for Horford then.

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Last night in a … sad trombone

by Micah Hart

This is usually Kevin’s territory, but with the Cavaliers breaking the NBA record for futility last night with their 25th straight loss, it seems only fitting to play the infamous ditty in their honor:

Hang in there Cleveland – only 30 games left to go.

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Last night in a … change of pace

by Micah Hart

Most people were probably focused on the Heat-Clippers or Celtics-Magic games yesterday (if not entirely on a certain football game), but slightly below the radar might have been the Pacers’ 105-86 road win in New Jersey. With the win, Indy is now a perfect 4-0 under interim head coach Frank Vogel. Small sample size? Sure. But Vogel guaranteed a playoff berth when he stepped in for Jim O’Brien a week ago, and so far his team is backing up his words. Perhaps we’ll know if this turnaround is legit after Tuesday night, when the Pacers travel to Miami to take on the streaking Heat.

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Last night in … bragging rights

by Micah Hart

I know the Lakers won the NBA title last year, but this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of league, and the Celtics now have the upper hand in the rivalry after Sunday’s 109-96 win in Los Angeles.

It’s interesting that last week former Lakers GM Jerry West said the team might be too old to play defense, then the Lakers go out and allow Boston to shoot 60.3% from the field. Seems like the Logo is on to something.

We’ll see how long those bragging rights last – the two teams go at it again just 11 days from now on February 10.

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Last night in … Blake

by Micah Hart

Here is the deal. Blake Griffin is a highlight machine. He is the kind of player that makes you want to tune into every game he plays, just in case he does something crazy like dunk from the 3-point line or backflip for an alley-oop.

Unfortunately, unless you live on the West Coast, watching a Clippers game usually means staying up late, and many of us don’t have the ability to do that night after night.

That’s where we come in. For the rest of the season, we are going to post a recap of the “Blake Show”*, a highlight of anything and everything Griffin did in his latest game, just so none of us will ever have to feel like we missed a single highlight.

*Tentative title – feel free to post your suggestions in the comments

Last night, the Clippers fell to the Rockets 96-83, and while Griffin is suffering from an elbow contusion suffered the night before in a loss to the Mavericks, he still was able to put up a solid double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Blake Show – if he did it, we got it*.

*tentative tagline?

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Last night in … a return

by Micah Hart

The Lakers beat the Celtics in the Finals last year to become the 2009-10 NBA champions. Most of you are probably aware of that fact, but there is a certain segment of the population that thinks the Lakers are fake titlists, and that had a certain someone not gotten hurt in Game 6, then the final results would have been different. I’m not going to tell you who this segment is, but it starts with a B, ends in an S, and has Oston Celtics fan in the middle.

That certain someone, a.k.a. Kendrick Perkins, made his return to the Celtics lineup last night after missing the first half of the season recovering from a torn ACL, chipping in seven points and six rebounds in a 112-95 win over the lowly Cavaliers.

With Perkins back, the Celtics are now whole again (though I am skeptical they’ll remain so through the rest of the season), and ready to prove to the basketball world that last season should have had a different ending — or so they claim. Whether that’s the case or not, we won’t know until the playoffs.

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Last night in … futility

by Micah Hart

Rough night for the Raptors. Not only did they lose 100-98 to the Grizzlies, their eighth straight defeat, but their NBA-record streak of 986 straight games with a made 3-pointer came to an end after an 0-13 performance from deep.

986 games! That’s a long time.

The last time the Raptors failed to make a trey was in February 24, 1999, almost 12 full years ago, when hating Vince Carter was just a gleam in a young Toronto fan’s eye.

Sorry, T-Dot.

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Last night in a … near Horry

by Micah Hart

It didn’t by definition qualify for the Horry scale, but Monta Ellis‘ game-winner against the Pacers was pretty nice nonetheless:

Ellis dropped 36, five and six on the Pacers in the Warriors’ 110-108 win.

I tell ya — someone in the Western Conference is going to be awfully mad when the All-Star team is announced. There is just too much talent to go around this year…

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