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4.25 The Cooler

Jazz beast Suns for playoff spot; Paul Pierce joins the D-League; Metta Gets His Punishment

By 04.25.12
Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Unless you’re a really big Dexter Pittman fan, ditching Heat/Celtics for Thunder/Kings on League Pass was the way to go. OKC is locked into the No. 2 seed and Sacramento is locked into seeing if they can get Anthony Davis, but Kevin Durant is battling it out with Kobe for the NBA scoring crown and the Kings didn’t play defense even when they were still trying … Durant finished with 32 points (15-16 FT), but it was Daequan Cook who carried OKC to the win — no, seriously — dropping 19 points in the fourth quarter. Of the six shots he made in the final frame (four treys), Cook might’ve seen the ball touch the rim once. He was making the net sing … The Clippers needed to beat the Hawks to have a chance at vaulting the Lakers for the Pacific Division title, but you can’t beat the Hawks if you let Joe Johnson re-enact the Jordan vs. Bird “Nothing But Net” McDonald’s ad. The last three of Johnson’s 28 points came with Atlanta clinging to a four-point lead in the final minute and Joe trapped about 30 feet from the basket. With the shot clock running down, he twisted his body in mid-air and threw up a rainbow that kissed the glass on its way in. It was the dagger that took out the Clips, who got 36 points from Blake Griffin and 34 from Chris Paul … And in the only other game on the NBA schedule, Marco Belinelli scored 23 and had the game-winner on a layup with 0.7 seconds left that was goaltended by Chris Wright. Don’t think it was a dumb play by Wright, though. Belinelli was wide open and would’ve made the shot — Wright busted his ass to chase him down and had to take a swing … Metta World Peace was given a seven-game suspension for his ‘bow heard ’round the world on James Harden. It’s funny how so many people are convinced Metta threw the elbow at Harden’s head intentionally because he allegedly could see Harden in his peripheral vision. Since when is that man’s peripheral vision so good that he can see people behind him? If it is, how come we never see Metta dropping no-look passes? Seven games sounds about right … We’re out like Messi …

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