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Kyle Korver had an awesome 65 seconds

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The thing that has made the Atlanta Hawks so tough to defend this season is that offensively, the Hawks are completely committed to finding the best possible shot they can find. This means that you often see players give up good shots in order to find a teammate with a great shot. Which means you might get multiple players who are named All-Stars, but there may also be nights where those guys don’t score a ton and instead act as facilitators for the other players.

This was the kind of game Kyle Korver was having last night for the Atlanta Hawks, acting most as a decoy and making life easier for his teammates. Then, all of a sudden, halfway through the third quarter everything opened up for Korver and he got 4 consecutive long jumpers (three threes and one with his foot on the three-point line). Before you watch this clip below, remember that Korver had not scored at all in the game when this stretch below happened. He didn’t score after this stretch. And the Hawks won by 13.


VIDEO: Korver threes

Jared Dudley perfects backward shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was only one NBA game last night, but the lack of action doesn’t mean there wasn’t any All Ball worthy action. Milwaukee’s Jared Dudley, for instance, got open in the corner and took a shot that somehow went the exact wrong direction from where he was aiming. It was obviously a mistake, but my guess is that it won’t stop this from being a Shaqtin’ moment…

(via FTW)

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since being traded from the Denver Nuggets, Timofey Mozgov has only been in Cleveland for a few weeks. The good news, though, is that Mozgov appears to have found a home away from home in The Land, at a local establishment called The Brew Garden. In this local ad for the Brew Garden — and you know we love local ads here at the All Ball blog — Mozgov literally wipes out a competitor and delivers a stern tribute for the restaurant…


VIDEO: Mozgov local

Tim Duncan hits a 3 to win a $100 bet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan has been in the NBA for almost two decades now, so without getting into too much detail, it’s probably safe to assume that Duncan has grossed a lot of money throughout his career. So for Duncan, a bet with $100 at stake probably isn’t a big deal. At least, the $100 part of it isn’t a big deal. Winning the bet? That might be where the motivation comes from.

Last night during the Spurs/Thunder game, with the Spurs up big and the shot clock running down midway through the third quarter, Duncan had to hoist up a long three-pointer from the corner.

And as Duncan’s girlfriend pointed out on Twitter, there was more to that shot than just beating the buzzer…

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with J.R. Smith

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At a recent Cleveland Cavaliers game, one lucky fan won a contest that involved throwing chickens (rubber, presumably) at a target on the court. His prize? A dinner with Cavs guard J.R. Smith. Luckily for us, cameras were brought along to capture their dining experience. I really love this video because the time they share seems to be pretty boring and normal and low-key. But more than anything, it’s normal.

NBA players may be huge superstars, but in this video, these dudes talk about the weather, they chat about golf, they talk a bit about basketball, and of course there are also some awkward silences while they eat. In short, it’s a totally normal meal between a few people who don’t know each other very well but are trying to make the best of it.


VIDEO: Dinner with J.R.

Phoenix Suns go with 8-bit intros

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Tonight in Phoenix, the Suns host the New Orleans Pelicans in something they’re calling #TBTSuns, a nod to Throwback Thursday. Tickets are available for $8, which is what they cost back when Suns coach Jeff Hornacek was playing for the Suns. And to celebrate the late-’80s/early-’90s vibe, the Suns dropped an NBA Jam-inspired lineup introduction video…


VIDEO: Suns ’80s

Stan Van Gundy leaves Dave Joerger hanging

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The big story where the Memphis Grizzlies are concerned is their recent skid — they’ve lost four of their last seven games. And last night in Detroit, after losing to the Pistons, Zach Randolph was not thrilled with the way things are going.

But maybe Memphis coach Dave Joerger is the one who shouldn’t be thrilled. Because after the game, he shared a customary post-game handshake with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. But then, as Joerger tried to continue the conversation, Stan Van kept it moving, leaving Joerger standing there a bit…confused?


VIDEO: Stan Van Gundy blows off Dave Joerger

The NBA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Did you wear green yesterday? It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, which in the U.S., at least, means we celebrate Irish culture and heritage. A simple way to do that is by wearing green, and we saw that throughout the NBA last night, from players to fans.

Here’s an entire gallery of pictures from Los Angeles, where the Clips made everything green for the night…

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In Houston, a couple of strategically placed leprechauns did their best to jinx the Magic…


(via SBN)

And in Cleveland, the Cavs want you to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you wear your green wig…


VIDEO: Cavs Day

John Wall can fly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season when I made an attempt to photograph an NBA game, the thing I was most worried about was not taking the photos, but getting into somebody’s way. When I expressed my concern to my photo mentor, Nathaniel Butler, his advice was if I saw an NBA player coming at me, get as small as I can and be as still as I could. Because even if I couldn’t get completely out of the way, NBA players are good enough athletes that they would be able to avoid me.

That was what I thought about last night when I saw Washington’s John Wall go head-first into the stands trying to save a loose ball. I don’t know who coached him, but the kid in the red shirt handled it perfectly — he got small, he got still, and John Wall incredibly managed to completely avoid him. Nice soundtrack, BTW…

Manu Ginobili calls technical foul on referee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What if NBA players could call technical fouls on referees? Probably not a great idea. But if it were allowed, I think Manu Ginobili would have a pretty good case in this instance from yesterday’s Spurs/Wolves game…

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(via r/NBA)