These were some of the random thoughts running through my head during Thursday’s Warriors/Heat game:
1. “Thursdays with no Inside The NBA is un-American.”
2. “David Lee sure is having his way with Chris Bosh.”
3. “Hmmm, so the Warriors are 9-12 from the three point line in the first half. That means they missed a fourth of their shots. Slackers. What an overrated bunch of shooters they are.”
4. “Dammit, ‘Bron, stop turning the rock over.”
5. “Jesus, did Curry just shoot that from his hip?”
6. “Ehh, he’s all right, but he’s not real. I could beat Curry in a three point shooting contest. Straight up, too. And by straight up I mean he’s blindfolded, spun around in circles 50 times and forced to take five shots of his favorite liquor with his shooting hand tied behind his back.”
7. “Oh, sh*t. ‘Bron just cut it to six with that three. Comeback? Nope, nevermind. Curry just killed my vibe.”
Lost in Sugar Bowl hoopla were the Warriors winning their seventh straight, the latest coming in the backyard of the two-time defending champs. David Lee’s 32-14 clinic in the post and wing on Chris Bosh was amazing to watch, but it was Curry’s ridiculous display that had everyone talking after the game. Including LeBron.
“One of the best shooters this NBA will see. I mean, if you can find a better shooter than him right now, especially with the way he handles the ball — and the light that he has, it’s more than green, it’s fluorescent — you just hope that he misses,” said James.
When all was said and done, Steph – second only to Chris Paul in assists/game – waltzed out of American Airlines Arena with 36 points (8-15 from three), 12 dimes and four steals. The distinction puts Curry in iconic company. Before last night, only Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson were the only two players in history to post 35-point, 12-assist games versus Miami. And that leads me to my last thought.
F*ck up again if you want to this year, All-Star voters and coaches.
— Thus far, it’s been a nightmare of a season for both NYC professional basketball teams. But January 2, 2014, stopped the bleeding, at least momentarily. Joe Johnson suffered another miserable night shooting only totaling nine points as Deron Williams’ 29 and Paul Pierce’s 18 did the heavy lifting. But Iso Joe knocked down the most important two of the game. The shot that gave Brooklyn a 95-93 road win over Western powerhouse Oklahoma City.
— No Kyrie, no problem. Anderson Varejao’s 18 points and 25 rebounds led Cleveland in a 87-81 win over Orlando.
— In Chicago’s 94-82 win against Boston, my mother’s favorite player (Joakim Noah) nearly notched a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. I’m pretty sure she’s unaware what a triple-double is however.
— Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks’ lineup and brought with him 27 points and 12 rebounds. And left San Antonio with a 105-101 win. Take that all you “glazed donut face ass” haters.
— Eric Bledsoe was sidelined with a strained right knee he suffered in Phoenix’s blowout victory over the Clippers. Memphis took full advantage of the Suns being down their best player and escaped with a 99-94 win led by Zach Randolph’s 20 points and 15 rebounds.
— Someone out there watched the Jazz beat the Bucks 96-87. I just know it. Anyway, it’s been a long ass time since the Bucks won in Utah.
The Jazz haven't lost to the Bucks in Salt Lake City since Oct. 30, 2001. "I'm Real" by Jennifer Lopez (featuring Ja Rule) was at No. 1.
— Aaron Falk (@tribjazz) January 3, 2014
— Portland has rebounded just fine from their two-game skid near the end of 2013. To prove such, the Blazers blitzed Michael Jordan’s Bobcats 134-104. And in the process, they tied a franchise-best with 21 three pointers.
— Once again, DeMarcus Cousins put up big numbers in a losing effort Thursday versus Philadelphia. The face of the franchise had 33-14-10, as in 33 points, 14 rebounds and notching his tenth technical of the season in a 113-104 loss. Thaddeus Young (28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six steals) and Evan Turner (24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists) led the Sixers.