Rude Awakening

01.07.08 10 years ago 52 Comments

If you stayed awake long enough during Cavs/Raptors, you caught the fourth quarter when LeBron went nuts and scored 24 points to put the Raps to bed and finish with 39 points, 11 boards and 8 assists. ‘Bron hit a handful of threes during the run and did most of his damage on Anthony Parker, who after a while was running under screens and didn’t appear to want any parts of LeBron … The Raptors blew a 20-point lead and the game, and again got killed on the boards; three guys on the Cavs had 10-plus boards (LeBron, Gooden and Varejao), while Chris Bosh only had 5 rebounds — four fewer boards than Parker … Someone in the NBA TV studio — we wanna say it was Andre Aldridge — dropped a gem after they showed old highlights from a Mavs/Wolves playoff game in ’02. Pointing out that the playoff series in question helped add a lot of fuel to the argument that Kevin Garnett couldn’t carry a team, Aldridge (or whoever) said, “Guess what? He’s doing a pretty good job of that in Boston.” Really? KG is carrying the Celtics? They don’t have two other future Hall of Famers who can go off for 25-30 on any given night? It’s all KG? Think before you speak … The Spurs continue to struggle/sleepwalk, having a tough time with the Clippers yesterday despite having all of the Big Three for the first time in what seems like a while. It was tight all the way through, and after Tony Parker (26 pts) hit a rare three, the Spurs were up by two with under 5 minutes left. That’s when L.A. blew it. Tim Thomas threw an awful alley-oop to Al Thornton that the rookie couldn’t convert, followed by Cat Mobley missing an easy look inside. San Anton responded with a Parker layup, a Manu trey, and some free throws by TP that basically ended it … The Clippers broadcast cameras showed Eva Longoria more often than your average national TV Spurs game — no problem, since she was looking right — and after Tony scored on an and-one in the fourth quarter, one of the announcers goes, “And Eva says, ‘That’s why I love that little Frenchman.'” … With about a minute and half left, Tim Duncan (17 pts, 17 rebs) bumped knees with Corey Maggette and went down in a heap. Spurs Nation was going for the trash cans to collectively vomit before TD got up and seemed to walk it off OK … In garbage time, Richie Frahm threw down a follow dunk. No, we’re not lying. It really happened … Isn’t Emeka Okafor supposed to be a stud defender? We still can’t forget the disgusting things Dwight Howard has done to him this year, and then yesterday in crunch time, the Bucks were aggressively going to Andrew Bogut and letting him go to work on Okafor in the post. Bogut (25 pts, 8 rebs) threw some moves at ‘Mek and scored on him lefty with about a minute and a half left to tie it, then with 20 seconds left, Bogut scored on a hook shot for the go-ahead bucket in Milwaukee’s win … Stat line of the day: Ohio State point guard Jamar Butler had a J-Kidd-ish 10 boards, 11 assists, and zero points in the Buckeyes’ win over Northwestern … Speaking of the amateurs, if you’re in the New York area this weekend, do what you can to get out to the Nike Super 6 this Sunday. If you don’t know, the Super 6 is a one-day showcase of some of the top high school squads and players in the tri-state region. This year’s slate includes St. Patrick’s (NJ) and star junior guard Dexter Strickland, Rice H.S. (NY) and senior PG Kemba Walker (UConn), and St. Benedict’s (NJ) and senior big man Samardo Samuels (Louisville), among others. Get your tickets HERE … Yes, we’ve reached a point where the Grizzlies can convincingly beat Miami and no one is surprised. No Shaq for this one, and D-Wade came off the bench for 18 points and 9 dimes … Allen Iverson hung 38 points on his old team in Denver yesterday. We know the Eastern Conference and West don’t play that often, but the Nuggets announcers were talking about Lou Williams like he was a rookie and no one had ever heard of him. Kid’s been in the League for three years now … Garbage time, and Mo Cheeks puts in Louis Amundson, who’s apparently from the Denver area. The Denver announcers make a big deal about how he’s a local kid, the crowd gives Amundson a decent ovation, and he checks in to guard ‘Melo. The ball gets inbounded and ‘Melo immediately spins on Amundson and catches an alley oop dunk on his head. Welcome home, Lou … We’re out like Frahm in the dunk contest …

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