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Horry Scale: Johnson’s Dagger Wins It For Nets

VIDEO: Joe Johnson banks it in from beyond the arc as the buzzer sounds

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Admittedly, this was not the sort of scenario with which Robert Horry typically was associated. A fellow who became synonymous with clutch postseason shots would seem to have nothing in common with a pair of NBA cellar dwellers. The Denver Nuggets, in 11th place in the Western Conference, were in Brooklyn to take on the Nets, the East’s 14th place club. Combined, the team were 36 games under .500 when the night’s action began.

They remained 36 games underwater when the night was over (funny how the math works), but there was at least the drama of Joe Johnson, Brooklyn’s veteran sharpshooter, drilling a 3-pointer as time ran out to boost his club past Denver, 105-104.

That outcome might not have quickened Horry’s pulse the way it does when he polishes his seven NBA championship rings, but it did link him in another chapter of All-Ball’s Horry Scale. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation, importance and celebration. Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, whom our own Fran Blinebury refers to as “the patron saint of last-second answered prayers.”

We’ve already made clear this was a pretty humdrum matchup between teams stuck in standings mud, though the Nuggets remain a cut above the dismal Nets. So we’ll focus on the remaining categories:

DIFFICULTY: The clock was not Joe Johnson’s friend, and neither was his location on the floor. Only 1.3 seconds remained when teammate Merkel Brown inbounded the ball. Johnson had broke to the top from down in the paint, his defender, Denver’s Danilo Gallinari, trailing a step or so behind. Johnson took the pass, had time for a quick rhythm dribble and one step to his left, then launched from 27 feet. The ball banged in off the glass, a nice touch but hardly flukey. Johnson is a professional gunner, after all, and has hit similar shots hundreds of times, if not always as buzzer-beaters.

GAME SITUATION:  There had been some drama here late in an otherwise lackluster game. Brook Lopez‘s work under the rim had tied it 102-102 with more than a minute left, and then Denver missed two long jumpers while Brooklyn had only a turnover (nice steal by Nuggets guard Gary Harris) to show for most of the final minute. A 50-50 ball had forced a jump between Kenneth Faried and Lopez that the Nuggets won. Then, with 4.7 seconds left, Denver inbounded to Faried, who bolted toward the basket and launched a running jumper from about six feet. That had the Nuggets up 104-102 with first 0.9 seconds left, adjusted via replay to 1.3.

CELEBRATION: Johnson looked happy, a nice in-the-moment reaction to what generally has been a bummer season for the seven-time All-Star. He is shooting just 40 percent, is scoring at his lowest rate (12.4 points per 36 minutes) since his 2001-02 rookie season and has bandied about the “buyout” word as a way to exit the Nets gracefully while preserving what’s left on his $24.9 million salary for this season. There was an announced crowd of 13,043 on hand at Barclays Center to witness Johnson’s bank shot. And yes, that was Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov caught by the cameras, in a luxury suite high above the court, high-fiving his guests.

GRADE:  The shot was sweet in a season short on highlights for Brooklyn, but the blah backdrop – two teams headed nowhere, unrepresented in the All-Star Game next Sunday in Toronto – was too much to lift this one beyond two Horrys.



ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

POSTERIZED: Weekend Update

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of our ongoing attempts to chronicle every time someone in the NBA gets POSTERIZED, in order to have a most perfect Posterized Poll when that time comes, I’m doing my best to keep up with every posterization happening. And this weekend there were a few developments.

To begin with, Harrison Barnes POSTERIZED Dwight Howard. There’s no arguing this one. Also, notice the celebration by the Warriors bench in the background…

VIDEO: Barnes on Howard

There were two other dunks worth noting, although I don’t believe either should qualify for the POSTERIZED Poll. I believe the rules are open to interpretation, however, so I am willing to hear arguments for or against in the comments section.

First, Boston’s Avery Bradley had an awesome dunk yesterday down the stretch against the Spurs. And while it was a thunderous dunk, the closest Spur to the finish is probably LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t think we can definitively say that Aldridge got POSTERIZED.

VIDEO: Bradley dunk

The other play worth considering came in the Thunder/Nuggets game. Russell Westbrook threw down an incredible put-back dunk, over a couple of Nuggets players, most notably Danilo Gallinari. But I am hesitant to consider this an official POSTERIZED play because Gallinari had his back turned. I guess he still got dunked on, but my definition of being posterized is when you are face-to-face with the dunker.

VIDEO: Westbrook dunk

Am I wrong? Right? Let us know in the comments below…

Danilo Gallinari does Italian play-by-play

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is currently sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery, but instead of staying home and chilling out, Gallinari went to last night’s Nuggets/Mavericks game. At one point the game, Gallinari joined the Denver television broadcasters, and just as they asked Gallo to do some play-by-play in his native Italian, J.J. Hickson threw down a monster dunk.

Turns out excitement sounds about the same in any language…

VIDEO: Gallo call

Denver Nuggets forever

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It has been the season of their discontent in Denver. After finishing last season 57-25, but also making their fourth consecutive first round exit, the Nuggets parted ways with reigning coach of the year George Karl and embarked upon a new campaign. But after injuries sidelined JaVale McGee and Danilo Galinari for basically the entire season, and new coach Brian Shaw butted heads with Andre Miller, the Nuggets have basically stumbled into rebuilding mode.

They aren’t far from being back and contending — time and health and the Draft should make huge differences next season — but in the meantime, Denver poet Ken Arkind has written and narrated a tribute to the history of the Nuggets that is a lot of fun to watch. Well done, Denver…

VIDEO: The Scripture Of The Mile High

Nuggets’ Unique Gallinari Celebration

By Jeff Case

If you haven’t heard Chris Webber‘s dramatically elongated (and hilarious) pronunciation of Danilo Gallinari‘s last name (which Webber also does with a mock Italian accent), well, here you go:


Now that we’ve established that Gallinari (who, for the uninformed, was born in Italy) and his heritage are a talking point for Webber, NBA fans, television announcers and more, it appears the Nuggets’ bench also likes to have a little fun with their second-leading scorer’s birth place. Check out this bit of Italian gesturing between Gallinari and the Nuggets’ bench after he nails a back-breaking 3-pointer against Utah last night:


After nailing the shot, Gallinari (according to this web site on Italian gestures) gives his Denver teammates the “Eccellente!” (aka bringing the fingers to the lips with a kiss), which they respond with the “Ma che vuoi?” (Fingers bunched together, tips touching and pointing upward while holding your arm about a foot from your body and moving the hand up and down at the wrist, which means “What do you really want?”).

Fantastic celebration that we’re sure to see more of as the playoffs get closer

Three For All: Denver Nuggets, Part II

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Denver Nuggets, who for the second time this season played three straight, this time from Feb. 2-4.

The Nuggets are the first team this season to take on the three for all challenge twice (12 teams will do it more than once this season). The first time around they put up six points, due in large part to winning the last two games of the challenge, and were a Danilo Gallinari bunny away from sweeping the thing altogether. We’re a month longer into the season, and the Nuggets have played pretty well overall. Could they do even better this time around? Let’s take a look.

Game 1: Nuggets 112, Clippers 91 – A terrific start, getting a win at Staples Center against the up and coming Clippers. Denver’s rep this season is as one of the deepest teams in the league (thanks in part as we all know to the Carmelo Anthony trade, which they seem to have gotten the better of so far and by a longshot), and they used that depth against LAC, putting five players in double figures, led by Gallinari’s 21, and three more chipped in with eight.  3 points (1 for the win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

Game 2: Lakers 93, Nuggets 89 – In a weird schedule quirk, the Lakers comprised 50% of the Nuggets’ three for all challenges — Denver played them twice the first time around and once in this edition. Once again it came down to the wire, but Al Harrington missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds and the Lakers held on. -1 point

Game 3: Blazers 117, Nuggets 97 – The Blazers have been nearly unbeatable at the Rose Garden this season, and with Denver gasping for air in the last night of the challenge it’s no real surprise how this one turned out. Nicolas Batum hit nine 3s on his way to a career-best 33 points for Portland. 0 points

So we see almost a perfect negative of the Nuggets first threeplay — a win followed by two losses instead of a loss followed by two wins. 2 total points for Denver, and thankfully no more back-to-back-to-backs for the rest of the regular season.

Up next: The Utah Jazz and Miami Heat both play three straight Feb. 12-14.

Three for all Top Ten:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets I (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)

Full Three for all standings

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Three for all: Denver Nuggets

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Denver Nuggets, who played three straight from Dec. 31 – Jan 2.

Game 1: Lakers 92, Nuggets 89 – Denver was a blown layup from perhaps becoming the first team to sweep the three-fer, instead Danilo Gallinari‘s shot missed the mark and the Lakers prevailed in Los Angeles. -2 points

Game 2: Nuggets 99, Lakers 90 – The rare back-to-back between the same two teams, and the Nuggets get their revenge in Denver with a nine-point win. Safe to say at this point the Nuggets are a better team? 3 points

Game 3: Nuggets 91, Bucks 86 – Gallinari atones for his miss at LA, as he dropped 21 and 10 to help the Nuggets pull out a win over the Bucks. 5 points

Ah, what could have been for Denver. Justthisclose to sweeping the thre games, but I am sure they’ll take 2-1 with the only loss coming on the road at Staples Center. Not quite as good as Houston, but still a nice showing for Denver with with 6 total points.

Up next: The Sacramento Kings are on deck, with three games in a row Jan. 3-5: at Memphis, at Denver, and home against the Bucks.

Previous three for alls:
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)

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Blake Griffin All-Star poster

by Micah Hart

All Ball reader Shane D. sent us this poster he created all the way from Australia, and we just had to share it. Well done Shane:

I guess it’ll have to be updated now that Mozgov and Gallinari have swapped teams, but seems like a pretty good list. Anyone disagree with the lineup? Let us know in the comments.

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Last night in a…haiku

by Micah Hart

Threes and threes and threes
Did the Knicks play ball last night
Or NBA Jam?

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