Russell Westbrook Shows Out Again; Spurs Lay A Late Easter Egg

By: 04.10.12
Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (photo. Jeff Forney)

Oklahoma City should show some love to Russell Westbrook for getting them back into first place in the West. The Thunder rolled on Milwaukee by 20 behind their superstar point guard. Westbrook destroyed the new look Buck backcourt, going for 26 easy points and seven rebounds in only 26 minutes. Kevin Durant added 19 and Thabo Sefolosha had a reverse dunk that even Kobe would’ve enjoyed … Who caught the Mike Dunleavy and Serge Ibaka tussle? Ibaka reached out to grab him by the shoulder, and Jr. busted out the most epic karate chop we’ve ever seen in an NBA game … The Thunder are back in first because Devin Harris got revenge, and Paul Millsap got freaky in the fourth. We nearly had to perform heart surgery on Harris after Tony Parker disgraced him on one particular move this weekend, but last night the Utah point guard came back for 25 points, including 11 straight in one stretch in the fourth quarter. As for Millsap, he had 18 and 10, and with the game up for grabs late, he canned a baseline J before putting down a follow-up dunk. After that, he stole a bad pass, was fouled and hit both free throws to put it away … In typical Gregg Popovich fashion, he basically called the schedule bulls$%^ and then proceeded to sit his three best players with a No. 1 seed on the line … Another average game in the season that used to matter in Minnesota. Kevin Love had 25 and 13, but the Wolves lost by a mere 24 against Phoenix. If the ‘Wolves had designs over the final few weeks to try to make every team they play look like gods, they’re doing their job … Kenneth Faried dropped 27 and 17 in only 24 minutes as Denver ran all over Golden State, 123-84 … Houston is looking like a playoff team, and they can thank Goran Dragic for that. The Rocket point guard (22 points, seven assists) could smell the future money going against the Blazers last night in Houston’s five-point win. It’s pretty much a given by now: someone is going to give that dude A TON of money this summer … Supposedly, the FIU men’s basketball team says they walked out of the school’s banquet in protest over Isiah Thomas‘ firing … Keep reading to hear about Metta World Peace’s interesting night …

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Ron Artest

Ron Artest, Dime #21

Big Baby is going to win a few fantasy leagues in the next week or two. With injuries giving Davis more time over the last four games, he’s averaging 21.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. Then he gave Detroit 16 and 16 as Orlando emptied the Pistons’ holsters, 119-89. In the postgame, he was so hyped we thought he might try giving the guys in the NBA TV studios hugs through the camera, or start an impromptu dance off. His interview with them had us laughing, but also showed Orlando is somehow probably going to survive the fact that Dwight Howard tried to leave Stan Van Gundy stranded in Disney World. This team is full of such goofy characters that they’re bound to get over it. As long as J.J. Redick (20 points) keeps forgetting he’s in the NBA and not Duke, and as long as Jameer Nelson (18 points, nine assists) doesn’t turn back into Zombie Jameer, they have a good shot to do some damage in the playoffs … During the Grizzlies’ nine-point win over the red hot Clippers, a stat flashed up that made us nearly s$%^ a brick: in a 10-quarter stretch against Miami, Dallas and then Los Angeles, Memphis had the lead for everything outside of a few seconds. Is it safe to still call them a sleeper or are they just downright scary now… especially with homecourt advantage in the first round staring them straight in the face? 20 turnovers nearly cost them, but you can overcome that when you build a big first half lead and place six players in double figures (Marc Gasol led them with 18) … Metta World Peace could’ve pulled out the Sam Cassell “Big Balls” dance after he banged a triple from the top of the key to put L.A. up three in New Orleans in the closing moments. If he “could’ve” then Ramon Sessions (17 points) “should’ve” started dancing with his imaginary massive nuts because his crazy triple off the inbounds pass on the following possession to go up six iced the W for the Lakers, 93-91. Without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum dominated inside, combining for 43 points and 20 rebounds. But the best part of the game for us was World Peace’s final in-bounds pass. We were literally on the floor crying after seeing that one. That was EASILY one of the five worst in-bound plays we’ve seen in the past few years. He almost rolled a pass to no one in particular back towards his own basket, and was lucky Jason Smith was snoozing or else the Hornet could’ve picked it up and tied it … They were calling it the “Leandro Barbosa Bowl” in Indiana, and the Brazilian (14 points) buried a dagger triple late in the Pacers’ 103-98 win over Toronto … And the Bobcats just lost at home… to the second-worst team in the NBA… with John Wall scoring two points… by basically 30 points. At least Bad Porn had 23 points … Jan Vesely got his Tom Chambers on with a NASTY finish off a lob on the break … We’re out like Mobb Deep rumors.

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