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Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven

VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Dwight Howard continues dominating against little kids

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months ago we saw Houston big man Dwight Howard honing his skills via an unusual training regimen — dunking on a little kid. Well, as we see from this video posted this week on Instagram, Dwight’s at it again, although this time he’s working on his defense. Don’t bring that weak stuff in here, kid!

(via TNLP)

Driver runs into Chandler Parsons, asks for his autograph

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The first time I visited Houston, Texas, was just after Christmas in 2002. I was there for SLAM magazine to write a profile on Yao Ming and Steve Francis, and I spent about a week hanging around the Rockets. I also saw one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen while driving.

The Toyota Center, their current home, was not yet built; back then they played in the Compaq Center, previously known as The Summit. On a Sunday morning while I was there, the Rockets held a shootaround at their arena. It was relatively early, and because it was a weekend morning, I remember how quiet things were on my drive to the arena. I was in no hurry, so I cruised along, looking out the windows and trying to get a feel for Houston.

And then I came upon a railroad crossing. As I pulled up to it, the light above it turned red and the crossing flags began to lower, blocking the road and signaling that a train was coming. I slipped my rental car into park and settled in to sip my coffee and wait for the train to pass.

In my rear view mirror, I noticed a late-model sedan coming toward me. This car was in the lane next to me, so it wasn’t in danger of hitting me, but it was coming fast, much too fast to stop in time for the train crossing, and it seemed to be accelerating. I looked ahead and saw the train nearing the intersection. I turned my head just in time to follow the car as it hit the wooden crossing flags at full speed, shattering the wood and sending shards flying. The car shot across the train tracks, bouncing as it hit the other side of the road. Maybe two seconds later the train barreled through the intersection, as I sat there, my heart pounding, wondering if I was being Punk’d.

(Initially I wondered if the car was being pursued by authorities, but no other cars ever came along. I just sat there, totally alone, at the intersection until the train passed. I combed the local papers the next few days but never saw any mention of what I’d witnessed.)

I bring all that up because we have another NBA-related driving story out of Houston. Last night on his way to the Toyota Center, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in a minor car accident. How do we know it really happened? The other driver asked Parsons for an autograph after hitting his car…

A driver outside Toyota Center ran a red light and hit Parsons’ SUV near the entrance to the loading dock. Parsons said he and driver were not hurt, though it made him a few minutes late for treatment before shooting to see if he would be cleared to play.

“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons said. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.”

I think we can say Parsons was fine — he played 40 minutes and scored 21 points.

James Harden illustrated

By Lang Whitaker,

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…






Dwight Howard adds breakdancing to repertoire

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In a video posted yeterday by the Houston Rockets, we see center Dwight Howard at a school in Houston attempting to breakdance. He’s not that great at it, it turns out.

But as it also turns out, this isn’t the first instance of Dwight getting down in public. Let’s take a look at some of his greatest hits…

Dwight Howard trains for space

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Houston, we have a problem.

OK, not really. But that sentence should remind us that besides hosting the Houston Rockets, the city of Houston is the home of the Johnson Space Center, which NASA uses for spaceflight training and mission control. With some time off yesterday, Rockets center Dwight Howard paid a visit to NASA HQ to undergo some astronaut training and meet actual astronauts…

(via TNLP)

Last night’s Shaqtin moments

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Rockets/Thunder game was a scrappy, physical affair that was reminiscent of playoff basketball. It wasn’t the only entertaining game last night, but it also didn’t provide the lone potential Shaqtin’ A Fool moment. Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Taj Gibson, come on down!

VIDEO: Dwight’s pass

VIDEO: Brewer’s dunk

VIDEO: Taj’s dunk

James Harden The Cowboy

By Jeff Case

Things couldn’t be going much better for the Houston Rockets than they are right now. They’re in the midst of a three-game win streak and have won eight of their last 10 games, they’re within striking distance of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and, overall, they seem to be hitting their stride on the court.

Off the court, they’ve been in a pretty good mood all season and have delivered classic moments like getting spooked by the team’s mascot, singing ‘Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel’ around the holidays, rallying around Dwight Howard after a round of jeering from Lakers fans in L.A. and more.

Another classic off-the-court Rockets moment came yesterday via the team’s Twitter feed when the team snapped a photo of star guard James Harden donning a cowboy hat at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

(h/t TNLP)

Orlando Magic’s Video Tribute To Dwight Howard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwight Howard may currently be a member of the Houston Rockets, but before Houston (and Los Angeles before that), Dwight spent the first eight seasons of his career playing for the Orlando Magic. Wednesday marked Howard’s first return trip to Orlando as a member of the Rockets, and despite the bad feelings surrounding Howard’s departure, the Magic paid tribute to Dwight for his contributions to the organization …

VIDEO: Orlando Tribute To Dwight

Kid Finds New Way To Score Against Dwight Howard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — My favorite thing about this clip of a kid going through the wickets on Dwight Howard is the crowd — it’s hours before a game in Sacramento, but somehow everyone in the arena is focused on this one-on-one match-up between a tiny child and Dwight. Listen to the oohs and aahs as the defensive stopper meets his match…

VIDEO: Kid Schools Dwight

And as it stands, maybe Sacramento is a good place for the Rockets — James Harden seems to have met his match when it comes to beards…

(Dwight via Deadspin)