Tag:Paul Pierce
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 11:36 pm

Jerry West: Lakers too old to be good for long

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West says the current Lakers are getting too old to be good for long. Posted by Ben Golliver. jerry-west

Even in retirement, former Los Angeles Lakers guard, coach and GM Jerry West is still regarded as one of the finest talent talent evaluators in the basketball world. When he talks, people listen.

On Friday, West talked, but the franchise he's long been associated with might not like hearing what he had to say.

The Orange County Register reports that West told a business luncheon crowd that the Lakers were getting too old to remain championship contenders for very long and hinted that he would pick LA's chief rivals, the Boston Celtics, to win the NBA title this year.
“I don’t think the Lakers will be good for much longer, ” he said. “You can keep a car running for a long time by changing the tires, etc. You can’t change a player’s tires.”
West said many of the Lakers’ current players are “getting long in the tooth.” 
“If there’s a loose ball now, how often do they get it?” West pointed out to the crowd, which was relishing the sports talk.
“I think Boston is a very dangerous team,” he said of the Celtics. “I would not want to play them every other night.”

In a study conducted earlier this month by Hoopism.com, both the Lakers and the Celtics placed in the top three oldest teams in the NBA when you weight their age by minutes played. As of Jan. 8, the Lakers' average age was 30.87 and the Celtics' average age was 30.48, virtually identical. It's worth noting that Boston's figure should come down slightly once center Kendrick Perkins, who is 26 years old, returns from injury and starts playing heavy minutes again.

Looking into the future, though, it's easy to understand what's troubling West. Guards Kobe Bryant (32) and Derek Fisher (36) are edging close to the twilight of their career. Fisher, in particular, has seemed to be on his last legs for like six years now, while Bryant figures to have a few very productive seasons left in him. But it's not just the backcourt: Lakers coach Phil Jackson is said to be retiring after this season and that likely makes everyone associated with the organization feel like the current chapter is coming to a close.

With that said, it's still too early to panic completely. Los Angeles sports key pieces like Pau Gasol (30), Lamar Odom (31), Ron Artest (31) and Andrew Bynum (23) who are not yet "long in the tooth."  In actuality, Boston may have even more questions in a few years than Los Angeles, with Kevin Garnett (34) contemplating retirement, and Paul Pierce (33) and Ray Allen (35) entering the twilight of their respective careers. 

The big difference between Boston and Los Angeles, of course, is that Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (24) has already solidified himself as the franchise centerpiece of the future. Arguably the best point guard in the NBA, Rondo will make any rebuilding effort that much easier. The Lakers, however, are left to ride Bryant for as long as possible and then pray that Bynum, who has dealt with knee injuries already in his young career, develops into a premier big man. Backup plan: wait for a dominant free agent to choose to come to LA.

Given the respective outlooks of the two teams, I think most people, like West, would choose Boston's future. Rondo's skill is more than enough to calm the nerves and provide hope.

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk

Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:56 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 12:01 am

Celtics close out Magic and a question of respect

Celtics' Big 3 take over down the stretch, as the Celtics regain the upper hand. Question is, is there a respect gap between Boston and Orlando?
Posted by Matt Moore

Welcome back, Kevin Garnett. And welcome back, playoff atmosphere, TD Northbank Garden. And welcome back, Celtics closing out big games. After the Celtcs blew a sizeable lead on Christmas to the Magic, they turned the tables on Orlando Monday night, with Kevin Garnett at the center of it all. Garnett snatched a huge steal to seize the game, throwing the outlet to Ray Allen who managed to run off several seconds before being fouled with the C's up 3. Celtics defeat Magic, 109-106 .

But Garnett's play was so much more than that in his return. And it was more than the 19 points and 8 rebounds he put in on the stat sheet. The defensive energy picked up as Garnett started barking orders, and the Big 3 looked very much like the components who ripped through the Eastern Conference last year with Rondo also doing his part. But it was the Big 3 who sealed this. Pierce with a combination of his patented pump-fake to draw the foul and his patented corner jumper set the Celtics up for their three-point advantage, but it was Ray Allen constantly nailing tough jumpers off multiple screens which allowed the Celtics to match Orlando three-for-three. Then Garnett with the steal, and that's your game. 

So the question you're left with, after all the history between these two teams, and with the season series knotted at 1-1 is this: Does Boston respect Orlando? And the feeling you get is no. Not at all. Not even now. 

Kevin Garnett was his usual bullying, screaming, spitting self, and at one point he and Dwight Howard had a staredown of sorts which epitomized the two players. Garnett mouthing and snapping like a guard dog, staring down Howard. Howard laughing and confused at what Garnett was doing. In the end, Howard walked away, which you'd criticize him for, if it weren't for his technical foul situation and the need for him to stay in the game. But it was very much a study in contrast of personality, if not character. Garnett not only refuses to back down to anyone, but constantly chests into everyone. He'll start a confrontation with anyone (the question of him ending said conflicts is another, more complicated issue that involves a lot of "hands up, walk away" behavior).  Howard on the other hand, is smiling, pleasant, still the laughing man-child, even as his status as a franchise leader requires more out of him. And perhaps for that, along with the equally complicated issue of how the officials treat both teams, Boston continues to appear to take Orlando as a second-rate squad.

For all the success, Orlando's had, Boston holds this attitude still. After the Magic were eliminated from the Finals in 2009, Paul Pierce referred to the Magic as "poodles." This after Orlando had eliminated the Celtics in seven games without the services of Kevin Garnett, which allowed both the teams and the fans to dismiss the win entirely. This despite the Magic also having considerable regular season success against the Celtics as well, and eliminating the Celtics on their home floor in a Game 7. But the fact they needed seven games spoke loudly to many. That attitude was furthered when Boston easily dispatched Orlando in the 2010 playoffs. So the two have quite a bit of history, even with all the changes to both teams, and yet there is still an attitude gap with Boston. 

But that could be more about the Celtics in general than the Magic specifically. There's a begrudging respect for the Lakers after being defeated by them last spring. But the Celtics rely on their brash, overtly physical, cocky attitude to take over games mentally. To surrender that attitude with any measure of respect would decrease their edge. 

So what will it take for Orlando to win Boston's respect? No amount of regular season wins, or close losses, will do it. They have to topple them in the playoffs, with the Celtics at full-strength. And with Kendrick Perkins close to returning, Delonte West back soon after that, and the C's still capable of that extra gear that blasted them through the entire East last year, it's hard to see Orlando hitting that gear. Respect has to be earned, and the Magic need so much to go right in order for them to do just that. 

Some final game notes: 
  • Bizarre game for Jason Richardson. Started off terribly, forcing shots and looking lost in his role. Then he started to step into shots in the second half, and looked on his way to a solid game. Then he was put on Ray Allen for a long stretch in the fourth instead of J.J. Redick (who may be the best Ray Allen defender in the league), and Allen just destroyed him. He had no idea how to handle him or the multitude of screens the Celtics routinely send Allen off.
  • That Allen wound up 8-11 shows you how good he is. J.J. Redick was right with him on every attempt when he was on the floor, but Allen adjusted, even hitting shots off the dribble.
  • Ryan Anderson was the story in the first half for the Magic, but the Celtics adjusted rapidly in the second half, allowing Davis to extend further than his usual range to guard him on the perimeter. Then, when Anderson attempted to dribble around Davis and his round mound, help was constantly there, either from the corner or the elbow. Just enough to take a not-great-dribbler off his dribble and end the possession. Great adjustment by Doc Rivers.
  • Shaquille O'Neal is getting so much credit from people for his play. And while the offensive work with Rondo is nice (who can't score with Rondo helping you?), O'Neal had as many turnovers as rebounds Monday night. Two.
  • Dwight Howard was great on offense (33 points) and did his work on the glass (13). But zero blocks for the reigning defensive player of the year and he was missed inside on several possessions. Howard seemed to A. want to avoid early fouls and B. want to extend too much to attack the Celtics at the point of paint penetration, instead of managing the rim defense.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:57 pm

Could Erik Spoelstra wind up as All-Star coach?

Erik Spoelstra has a better than decent shot at being named All-Star coach for the East. 
Posted by Matt Moore

If things were to continue on the pace they're going, with the Boston Celtics sliding due to injury and the Heat rolling through weak opponents, Erik Spoelstra could wind up as coach of the Eastern Conference team at All-Star Weekend. It would be a tremendous honor for the young coach, and be a reflection that he's done, particularly since there was a tremendous amount of fire on him with rumors that he was close to being canned. 

It would also be a really awkward situation. 

Also on that squad will be Boston Celtics and New York Knicks and Orlando Magic players. And while every year there's one team better represented than the rest, with three possible representatives on one team, there could be some ugliness about having their coach on the roster as well. Granted, most of the time these guys put aside their differences and just hang out as professionals, but Spoelstra's a young coach with three stars who pretty much do what they want on his roster, and in the All-Star game (should Bosh wind up making the cut). It's hard to see Kevin Garnett being too respectful of that development, or Paul Pierce, or Dwight Howard, all of whom have expressed frustration with the amount of press the Heat have gotten. 

It should also be mentioned that between now and then, the Heat play the Thunder, the Bulls, the Magic, and the Celtics, which is a pretty steep hill to climb on top of all the other games in order to close the half-game gap the Celtics currently enjoy. The Celtics have less incentive to push themselves and more incentive to coast, so this is still very much possible, but it's far from a lock. 

Either way, it would be a great turnaround for a coach on the hot seat for much of the season. 
Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 8:08 pm

The Game Changer: Memphis mauls the Lakers

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


This really was kind of a bizarro game. The Lakers fell behind early to a quicker, more athletic Grizzlies team and never had the firepower to really make up the deficit.

It was basically the formula you see good teams use to beat bad ones. A couple 6-2 runs placed in between bigger 10-2 ones and before you know it, the margin is 20. And that's what the Grizzlies did to the Lakers all night.

Kobe tried to shoot the Lakers back into the game late finishing with a fourth quarter flurry of points, but it was too late. Rudy Gay had already done too much damage, Zach Randolph had already had his way inside and O.J. Mayo had already gotten hot from outside.

Obviously the look here is at the Lakers who have lost again, this time big against a sub-.500 team. But really, shouldn't we be impressed a little with the Grizzlies? They've started playing much better the past few games and take away Tyreke Evans' miracle and they've won four of five. As it stands, they're three below .500 but have three straight tough ones playing the Thunder twice and the Jazz in the middle.

But while the Lakers will gain most of the chatter for getting worked over by Memphis, I think it's at least courteous to give a little credit where credit is due. The Lakers don't lose just by playing bad. Someone had to make them do it. And the Grizzlies did Sunday.


Blake Griffin had a very Blake Griffin night. Big highlights and 31 point and 15 rebounds.

DeAndre Jordan was actually quite good as well: six points, 12 rebounds and six blocks

DeMarcus Cousins had the best game of his young career with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists

Danny Granger finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to the Knicks.

Antwan Jamison dropped 35 and pulled in 10 boards, but the Cavs lost to the Mavericks.


It wasn't against a great team or anything, but the Celtics got Rajon Rondo back and took care of business, dispersing the Raptors. Paul Pierce scored 30 on 15 shots, but it was having Rondo back that was the story. He played 34 minutes, scored four points and ` out eight assists, but just his presence commandeering the Celtics was a huge difference.

With Rondo, there's a different level of execution. The spacing is terrific and the team plays just with a looser, more confident feel to it.

Getting Kevin Garnett back is the next goal, but just having Rondo on the floor again is nice for Boston.


For Cleveland, that's 17 out of 18 in the loss column. For the Mavericks, it's now one out of four without Dirk Nowitzki. I just thought that was worth pointing out. Plus I wanted to say "Mavs beat Cavs."


In a battle for the now-getting-more-and-more-interesti
ng eight-seed spot, the Trail Blazers took down the Rockets behind a big game from Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Even without Brandon Roy when the Blazers play in the open floor the way they did, they look like a capable playoff team. They always defend, they always rebound, but it's the offensive execution where sometimes they lack. But against the Rockets, everything was on point especially when the Blazers ran.

Houston has been coming on strong lately, and a team Portland will likely be fighting with for months to come. It's not a statement so much as it's a leg up on the nearest competition. The Blazers are potentially good enough to solidify themselves as an eight-seed or higher contender despite injuries, but winning games against the direct competition is key.

Paul Pierce SMASHY

Blake Griffin had himself another stellar finish yesterday, but Paul Pierce gets the dunk award for the day with this Griffinesque cram.


The Clippers did a very Clipper thing by blowing a late lead over the Hawks by surrendering 37 fourth quarter points. This Clipper team has some really nice pieces. But they're obviously one of those young groups that isn't exactly sure how to win or finish. They keep reminding me of the Thunder from two years ago. Clearly talented but just not ready to win consistently. Patience is key here, but I think by April, we're going to have reason to be impressed.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:29 pm

Video: Shaq on his $35,000 fine: "WHHHHY?!?"

Posted by Royce Young

Shaquille O'Neal was fined $35,000 for comments after Boston's Christmas Day loss to the Magic. Basically, Shaq said the referees were "control freaks" and called official Bob Delaney out by name. Well, actually by number I guess saying, "I guess they came out to see number 26 today ... He (No. 26) was a great player out there today."

So naturally, I'm sure Shaq could see the fine coming. Which is why we saw the reaction from him when asked about the penalty.

Shaq is always fun and the fact he's willing to always have a good time no matter the situation is what makes him so endearing. He immediately screams "WHYYYY?!?" and runs over to hug Kevin Garnett for support. Garnett struggles a bit so Shaq ends up pulling him down for one of those awkward fall down moments. Then he moves to Paul Pierce who kind of puts out one of those, "OK, you're going on with this for kind of a long time" fake laughs.

Pierce even notes, "I bet he gets fined for this too," which makes Shaq say, "All I said was 'why'." I don't think that's a fineable offense, but then again, who knows.

The best part is how after Shaq carries on with the routine for a solid minute, he comes back and the reporter goes straight into "Now can you talk about Jermaine [O'Neal] coming back?" and Shaq seriously answers it. Quality comedy. It was almost like it was scripted.
Posted on: December 25, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2010 8:00 pm

Hedo and Bass help Magic rally over Celtics

Brandon Bass and Hedo Turkoglu help Magic come from behind to beat Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and the Celtics.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Celtics are probably sitting in their locker room with a stunned look on their faces, asking "What just happened ?" 

The answer? Brandon Bass, believe it or not. 

The Magic offense stalled the entire day, looking out of sync and generally being run over by Boston's physical toughness, Brandon Bass delivered in a huge way. He provided a stretch 4 that could also work to get shots in the paint, something missing from previous Orlando-Boston matchups and finished with 21 points on 8-15 shooting and nine rebounds. His mid-range jumper with 2:02 remaining tied the game. Then the wackiness started. 

Paul Pierce airballed a turnaround jumper after being automatic the entire game. Jameer Nelson, who had been terrible the entire game and finished 3-9, nailed a three, J.J. Redick popped a mid-range jumper and the Magic wouldn't look back. In the midst of this, Kevin Garnett would miss a key free throw. Because that happens a lot. 

The Magic prevailed despite Dwight Howard being in foul trouble, and Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson combining for 4-17 from the field. It was a dreadful game for both players, Arenas seemingly bothered by knee trouble and having issues with his handle, and Richardson unable to land his spot-up threes weren't just non-contributors, they were liabilities. But the newly acquired Magic did have one guy who showed up to play, and he brings just one word. 


Hedo Turkoglu's stats weren't out of this world, until you consider his role. Turkoglu finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, one block, and no turnovers. Turkoglu threaded passes to Dwight Howard (the only guy who seemed committed to getting the big guy involved), hit  big threes, and most importantly, played terrific defense, as he helped on doubles to keep Pierce off the elbow jumper, and closing off passing lanes. Turkoglu may have been the best overall player on the floor for the Magic today behind Bass. If you expected that coming in, you get a cookie. 

The Celtics have to wonder how they let this one get away, with Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and Jameer Nelson having bad games and Kevin Garnett playing at an MVP level today. Rajon Rondo being gone is a huge caveat, and it's December, not May. But this is a loss that may bother the Celtics until the two teams meet again.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 5:00 pm

Human error, the clock and instant replay

Posted by Royce Young

By now, you've seen Paul Pierce's game-winner that beat the Knicks. Which means you also saw Amar'e Stoudemire's almost-game-winner that came just a couple tenths of a second late.

But have you seen how maybe Stoudemire should've had more time to shoot? At least 0.6 seconds it appears instead of the 0.4 he got. When I saw the play happen live, I wondered if the Knicks should've gotten more time put on the clock. I thought, "Oh they'll review this at least to make sure." Boy, wasn't I surprised when I found out that's not a play that "triggers" a review as the league told CBSSports.com.

I always assumed that play was reviewable. But it's not. NBA replay rules state replay may also be used in cases where the "game clock malfunctions and play continues to decide how much time to take off the clock."

Specifically, this is the rule:
[Replay may be used when] the game officials are reasonably certain that a game clock malfunction has occurred during the play. (A game clock malfunction includes situations caused by a mechanical malfunction or human error, such as a clock starting too soon or too late or an inbound play, stopping during play (whether or not it is re-started), or running too quickly during play, but does not include discrepancies resulting from what the officials determine to be normal reaction time or reasonable anticipation in starting the clock.
So like the league told us, replay doesn't fall under Pierce's shot. There was no malfunction there. The clock operator (being totally human) just got the clock stopped when he/she did. Maybe you could say it was under the "human error" guise outlined in the rules, but again like the league said, that allows for when a ball is inbounded, not for when it passes through the net. And notice the last line: "But does not include discrepancies resulting from what the officials determine to be normal reaction time or reasonable anticipation in starting the clock." I would say an operator stopping the clock in Pierce's situation counts as "normal reaction time."

The only way it would've been reviewable is if the clock would've went to zero. Then there could've been a review to see how much time should've been placed back on the clock.

Clearly, that's settled. The officials handled everything correctly. No foul play, nothing done wrong. But that's not the question. The question is, shouldn't that have been reviewable?

I'm reminded of the 2009 Big 12 Championship football game where Texas quarterback famously threw the ball out of bounds with one second remaining on the clock. The ball bounced out of bounds, but the final second ticked off. Nebraska, thinking they had won, ran on to the field celebrating. The officials used instant replay to see that one second should be put on the clock, Texas got a shot at a field goal - which it made - won the Big 12 title and played for the National Championship.

That wasn't a malfunction either. Just a clock operator being a little slow with the trigger finger. I don't think anyone would blame the clock operator in that situation. Nobody is going to get that right. It's not scientifically possible to react that quickly, to see something, process it and then have your brain tell your finger to push a button. It's just not possible.

But if the NBA rules say that the clock is supposed to stop when the ball comes through the net, aren't the Knicks owed those two tenths of a second? And if replay is there to make sure black and white issues like that are correct, shouldn't replay be used in that situation?

Replay is used in almost dozens of other clock related situations, so why not this one? Obviously the counter here is that the clock stops after every made basket, meaning that dozens of tenths of a second are lost throughout the game. Really, after every dead ball you could review to get the clock correct. So should every play be reviewed? Clearly no. Again, what if the shot comes with 1.8 seconds but there should be 2.4? What if it comes with 9.5 and there should be 9.8? You could have games go on for days.

But in a late, crunch time situation like with the Knicks and Celtics, it makes sense to a degree. Again, like the college football game, seconds are lost all the time throughout it where the clock person doesn't get the button pushed on time. But in that big moment where things needed to be correct, replay was used and they got the call right. And it decided the outcome. Maybe the same thing would've happened with Stoudemire's 3 had that play been reviewed. Maybe in that specific circumstance is to allow review when the clock winds to where it's under where a guy can catch and shoot. Since there's a much, much bigger difference in 0.4 and 0.6 seconds than there is with 1.8 and 2.0.

Over the summer, the league expanded replay rules to include a number of different things. Maybe after the light controversy this called in one of the best regular season NBA games we're going to see this year, next summer there might be another change.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:37 pm

The Game Changer: Dirk downs Portland

The Mavericks put away the Blazers, the Celtics escape the Knicks, Nate Robinson stumbles, the Suns are elated, the Denver television reporter that blew the Carmelo Anthony story 'fesses up, and plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 


On Wednesday, after the Celtics were done breaking the Knicks' heart, the Dallas Mavericks stepped onto the ESPN stage and staked their claim to the title, "legit title contender."  The Mavericks are among the league leaders in stability, we've been watching this game core group for at least 46 years now, and, in related news, they are near the top of the leaderboard in, "Well, that was bound to happen," moments for their opposition. Wednesday night was just another one to tack onto that track record. Championship-quality teams pull out wins on their off nights, and that's exactly what happened in Texas, as the Mavericks staved off a Portland rally in the fourth quarter. A struggling Dirk Nowitzki proved for the 12,000th time that he is essentially unguardable down the stretch, scoring eight of his 21 points on an array of post moves in the final 2:24, overcoming a season-best performance from Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavs caught some breaks,  a crucial no-call on Jason Terry during an Andre Miller drive swung momentum late and some poor clock management and slow fouling from the Blazers made the endgame easier for Dallas.  Another key against the Blazers, and a major x-factor in assessing the Mavericks' legitimacy as a title contender, was the play of Caron Butler. He was very effective, especially going to the basket, and his solid all-around night -- 23 points, seven rebonds and four assists -- helped provide the winning margin. His production on the year is still below his career numbers, but the total output is less important than the fit. If Dallas has things clicking and Butler is able to provide an auxiliary offensive threat alongside Nowitzki, this team will be an extremely tough out come playoff time.  The Mavericks are 20-5 on the season, and NBA.com notes that is the second best 25-game stretch in franchise history. The Western Conference -- with Dallas, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers all off to solid starts -- is shaping up to be a familiar three horse race.


Paul Pierce: 32 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a game-winner in 41 minutes in a Boston Celtics road win over the New York Knicks. Amar'e Stoudemire: 39 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks in 42 minutes in a New York Knicks home loss to the Boston Celtics. Carlos Boozer: 34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block in 26 minutes in a Chicago Bulls road win over the Toronto Raptors. Blake Griffin: 20 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in 39 minutes in a Los Angeles Clippers road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Steve Nash: 11 points, 19 assists, two rebounds in 31 minutes in a Phoenix Suns home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.



The Phoenix Suns survived a crazy game with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Arizona on Wednesday night, cashing in 15 three-pointers on their way to a 128-122 victory. Check out this great shot of guard Jared Dudley, who nailed three treys himself, making it rain cheers. jared-dudley


The Denver television station that reported on Tuesday night Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony had been traded to the New Jersey Nets ridiculously "stood by its story" Wednesday, prompting CBSSports.com's Ken Berger to set them straight.  On Wednesday night, the station's sports reporter Lionel Bienvenu admitted on Twitter that the station hadn't gotten it right. "We jumped the gun with a tweet that wasn't worded correctly. we never reported the trade was done. just the tweet," Bienvenu tweeted.  As any media professional should know, a good chunk of NBA breaking news is, in fact, reported on Twitter. That imaginary barrier was crossed years ago. To attempt to distinguish between a report on television and a report on Twitter is ridiculous. At this point, we should expect nothing less.  


Via Twitter superstar Jose3030 and SB Nation, comes this hypnotizing graphic of Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson celebrating Paul Pierce's game-winner. Robinson leaps in the air not once but twice, and then comes crashing back to Earth in painful fashion. nate-rob


In case you missed it, there was an epic finish in New York between the Knicks and Celtics. Paul Pierce didn't hit the only game-winner Wednesday night, as San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a break from seeing UFOs to down the Milwaukee Bucks.  But did he travel? Watch the video from letreeman on YouTube and decide for yourself. Rob Mahoney investigates the "Was it a travel?" question here.


The Miami Heat won again, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-95 on Wednesday, to extend their winning streak to 10 consecutive games. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 65 points, 23 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. Good lord.
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