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4.24 The Cooler

Spurs Are The West’s Best; Paul George Shows Off The Future

By 04.24.12

Paul George

The Pacers starters last night were A.J. Price, Paul George, Dahntay Jones, David West and Jeff Pendergraph. Shout out to the final week of the regular season. And yet they STILL won, courtesy of a Detroit team that chases its own tail half the time. Indiana pulled it out, 103-97 as Paul George had 27 points and 10 boards. In a sleepy Fieldhouse where some of the Pacer starters weren’t the only ones taking the night off, their future star was blowing up. George secured the win with two veteran plays: hitting all his free throws and grabbing the clinching rebound for his eighth 20-point game of the year. We’re assuming he at least doubles that next year. In the fourth quarter, he also pulled off a one-eyed dunk. He caught the ball 30 feet from the hoop, feigned like someone had hit his eye, and when Austin Daye stood up straight, he blew by him for a ferocious one-handed tomahawk. The ol’ fake eye injury trick. Works every time. The whole thing – the dunk, the injury – looked so Vince Carter-like that it was scary … For everything he’s improved on this year as one of the lone bright spots in Detroit, Greg Monroe (18 points, 12 rebounds) had a terrible fast break turnover and missed three of four freebies in the final minute of a one-point game. His turnover on the break came because he hit a fat guy in the eighth row with a chest past. Then to top it off, he gave up an offensive rebound to Tyler Hansbrough, who made both free throws to push the Indiana lead out to three … Being that this was the final Nets game in Jersey before the move to Brooklyn next year, you’d think Prokhorov‘s boys would be out for blood. Instead, they fell behind by 13 after one to the Sixers, and ended up bowing out weakly, 105-87. The final shot in the franchise’s history in Jersey was a 20-foot air ball from Johan Petro. Nice … Now that the New Jersey Nets will no longer technically exist soon, let’s reminisce. We’re going to miss Jamie Feick. Remember him? Fred Kerber of the New York Post tweeted this: #Nets Stephon Marbury once took 36 shots. “What you want me to do, pass the ball to Jamie Feick?” Feick was 2 feet away … Deron Williams wasn’t out there, but Jordan Williams was suited up to carry on their namesake. Are we sure the two aren’t related? They look eerily similar, right down to the headband and annoying chinstrap … Now everyone on here who talks a big game gets the chance to back it up. The NBA D-League just announced they will be holding one-day tryouts in Los Angeles (May 12, Next Level Sports Complex), Chicago (June 2, Moody Bible Institute), New York (June 16, Basketball City) and Houston (June 17, Legends Sports Complex) for anyone who can meet the league’s requirements. You’ll play full-court games in front of scouts and execs, and have the chance to actually get drafted into the league. Of the players who participated in last year’s tryouts, 18 players were actually selected, and one – Dennis Horner – even earned NBA call-ups. You just gotta pay $150. Who is willing to pony up? … And James Harden is being listed as day-to-day right now by OKC. He underwent tests yesterday and is expected to go through more today. In other words, no one has a clue what’ll happen … We’re out like Deion Sanders live tweeting a domestic assault.

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