NBA Fast Break: 5 Things We Learned From Heat/Bulls, Thunder/Lakers

03.09.14 4 years ago 24 Comments

1. Joakim Noah should get MVP consideration. No, that’s not saying he should win or anything of the sort, but he at least deserves to finish in the top five. The team has rallied around him since Derrick Rose’s injury and over the past two years has become the face of the franchise. His 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks today were impressive enough on the surface alone in Chi-Town’s 95-88 win. Instead, it’s his intensity, especially when playing the Heat, that becomes contagious to his teammates and the fan base – most notably Jimmy Butler, whose defense on LeBron forced overtime.

2. Yep, that’s three L’s in a row for the Heat who’ve hit the proverbial “wall” since winning nine of 10. LeBron hasn’t resembled LeBron since he dumptrucked the Bobcats, his jumpshot apparently wasn’t notified of the quick three-game road trip and failed to get to the free throw line once (the first time that’s happened in five years). But somehow, Miami’s still sitting only two games behind the Pacers, who just happen to be on a three-game skid of their own.

Westbrook Dunk

3. To be fair, Russell Westbrook has had better games in the past and will in the future (only 7-23 from the field and eight turnovers). But we learned “Russy being shot out of a cannon without a moment’s notice” is still one of the most exhilarating roller coasters in the NBA. Just look at Robert Sacre’s reaction.

4. For those wondering, Jodie Meeks’ ankles are perfectly fine after allowing Ty Lawson to strap dynamite to them and press the button Friday night. In an upset no one saw coming, Jodie pulled his best #HeThinkHeKobe impersonation dropping a whooping 42 points on the Thunder. And the Lakers celebrated, because after the week they had – including a loss to their “little brothers” by damn-near a half century – letting your hair down and having some fun is well within their right. And we get a Swaggy P sighting, which is why we’re all here in the first place.

5. I’m sure it’s been said plenty of times by now, but there is something explicitly evil about this Lil B curse (8-19 from the floor). Despite Kevin Durant’s 27-10-12 triple double, KD himself had a less than stellar shooting exhibition and the Thunder are 0-1 under “The Hex of Brandon McCartney.” Oh, and the Thunder – with the loss – fell to a half game behind the Spurs for the top seed out West. No word yet if Word found cow tongue and goat horn.

Bonus: For sh*ts and giggles, this guy in the blue shirt is locked in while Kirk Hinrich gets a mouth full of Right Guard.

* – I am also now fully convinced Joakim’s hatred for LeBron is Lenny Cooke-related. This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, but it’s a great subplot. I think so at least.

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