Despite Josh Smith unleashing the fury again in Milwaukee (30 points, 18 rebounds), the Bucks clipped the Hawks’ wings, beating them 108-101. One night after being an train wreck in Manhattan, Brandon Jennings (18 points, six assists) and Monta Ellis (33 points, eight assists) were the difference. Great timing; we were just about to write that Ellis just doesn’t look right in those awful Milwaukee uniforms. It’s like someone stole his soul. Yet he was unconscious down the stretch. Ellis hit a ridiculous fadeaway in the final minute to put it away after Joe Johnson‘s bottle of Paul Millsap‘s crunch time “secret stuff” had run out (dude airmailed a three by about four feet on the previous possession, and was 2-for-5 in the quarter if his goal was to shoot an air ball.) … The Wolves might be a good outside shooting team, but the Grizz broiled and ate them inside during Memphis’ 93-86 win. Seriously, it was bad. The Grizzlies set a new season high in second-chance points, and even had Dante Cunningham (13 points, 14 rebounds) in there mashing heads like a mini Gregor Clegane. Kevin Love had 28 and 11, but the rest of Minnesota is proving their worth right now without the rook … It’s gotten to the point with the Grizzlies that every time they put together a great play, all we want to see is Tony Allen‘s reaction. In the third quarter, Rudy Gay (21 points) had one of his patented LeBron-lite dunks, and we sat there on the edge of our seats hoping for a view of what Allen was doing. He’s vaulted into our top five most entertaining players because of his celebrations, great defense, his tweets and just his pure randomness. During an interview with us last season, dude got so into it that after it was over, he kept hounding us, “Yo make me sound good aight? Can you do that?” Allen does or says crazy/unique stuff all the time … With a few of the spots in this summer’s NBA Draft beginning to take shape – Dion Waiters, Austin Rivers – it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Harrison Barnes, the Kobe Bryant clone turned Danny Granger. Like this draft class as a whole – outside of Anthony Davis, most of the top prospects were all underwhelming – Barnes’ college career fizzled and died before anything of substance happened, and he exited basically how he came in: slightly unfinished. Are you still as excited about this class as you probably were before? … And Magic Johnson was a part of a group that purchased the Dodgers for $2 billion last night … We’re out like Portland’s homecourt advantage.
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