On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Clippers’ crowd, DeAndre Jordan’s big game, whether Joey Crawford iced Kevin Durant, Mike Miller, the Wizards taking care of the Bulls in 5. All that, plus playoff X-factors, what the Heat should do in their down time, and Trey shotguns a Diet Coke.
Shoutout: After Adam Silver put an end to Donald Sterling’s reign of horribleness in Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan went out and threw up a 25-point, 18-rebound, 4-block line in what may have been the most important home game in Clipper history. So that’s a pretty nice evening.
Not so much: The Chicago Bulls missed somewhere between 15 and 15 million layups last night — including this Jimmy Butler coup de
grâce that would have made things a one-point game — while on their way to dropping all three home games in their series loss to the Wizards. Again, the Wizards. Ugh.
Tops: Here’s the video the Clippers showed before last night’s game.
Just a great day for the NBA yesterday. There is still a ton of follow-through that needs to happen so that everything is officially settled, but what a perfect first step. (And hey, kudos to the Warriors for showing up and making it a game last night. Would have been very easy to lay a dud after being basically forgotten the past few days, but they didn’t at all.)
On Tuesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s press conference on Clippers owner Donald Sterling and what it all means. That, plus a recap of last night’s games, a quick goodbye to the Charlotte Bobcats, and a preview of tonight’s Game 5s.
Shoutout: EMOJIS! This is what I was shouting while Mike Scott was lighting up the Pacers with five threes in the second quarter — including a hilarious floated check — while also adding a lefty tip-in basket that left him staring at his hand like a skinny, far less impressive version of Shaquille O’Neal. Afterwards, he got a flame emoji tattooed on his hand, for obvious reasons.
Not so much: Well, those five threes by the Regional Manager helped lead the Hawks to a 30-point lead while playing in Indiana, so the Pacers seem like a good choice here. But to make things more specific, Roy Hibbert played 12 minutes, didn’t score, didn’t grab a rebound, turned the ball over once and posted just a single assist and single block. Then, once Chris Copeland came in, Indiana actually made a run. All in all, terrible night for the Big Fella, which has already become a theme.
So goodbye and farewell: After last night’s loss, the Charlotte Bobcats are no more, as they’ll become the Charlotte Hornets next season. The Bobcat era ends with zero playoff victories in eight games, four different uniform sets, a single All-Star appearance and a whole bunch of jokes about Michael Jordan’s jeans. That being said, this season was awesome, and so was this Kemba Walker T-Mac impression.
I’m not really going to miss the Bobcats, but I’m glad they had a quality season and a hard-fought playoff sweep as a sendoff. You were enjoyable to watch this year, Bobcats. Peach out.
On Monday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys break down another busy NBA weekend. Topics discussed include the Rockets’ poor execution, Wesley Matthews vs. James Harden, Vince’s unbelievable game-winner, no Nene-no problem for the Wiz, a gritty Raptors win, Reggie Jackson, and the Pacers using the Hawks’ favorite weapon. All that, plus Bones joins us in studio to discuss the Donald Sterling racism allegations.
Shoutout: 33 points, seven three-pointers, seven rebounds, seven assists, one happy mom and one happy wife for Stephen Curry, who led the Warriors to a big Game 4 victory over a Clippers team who justifiably had their minds elsewhere.
Not so much: 1-6 shooting, four points, and three turnovers — including a real game-killer — for Jeremy Lin, whose Rockets team just went down 3-1 to the Blazers. He’s averaging nine points and shooting 36 percent for the series, which is kind of how things have been going for all the Houston guards thus far.
Gargoyles: Trevor Ariza had such a good game against the Bulls that I’m not even sure which highlight to show you. I’ve gone with his bucket to extend Washington’s game-starting lead to 14-0 because it’ll allow me to tell you that Carlos Boozer was horrible during the same frame.
30 points, six threes and eight rebounds for Ariza in the Wizards win, which was helped by that great start. Of course, the main problem has been the Wizards’ starters outplaying the Bulls’ starters just as bad as the Bulls’ bench has been outplaying the Wizards’ bench, except that starters play way more than bench players in the playoffs. On the plus side, there aren’t many Boozer games left for Bulls fans.
On Friday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the grit ‘n’ grind Grizzlies, why the Thunder are playing 2-on-5 ball, DeAndre Jordan’s defensive impact, the Chris Paul no-call, and whether a Hawks win would be the biggest upset in NBA history. All that, plus wooden hats, Swaggy P’s Sports Spectacular, bench celebrations, and our Top 10 Plays of the Week.
On Thursday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss LaMarcus Aldridge goin’ supernova, what’s wrong with James Harden, Spurs’ turnovers, Jose Calderon’s third quarter, the Bobcats’ final play, Chris Bosh, and an inspiring Al Jefferson. All that, plus square dancing, old farts vs. young guns, and whether the league should consider axing the fourth game of a best-of-seven series when a team goes up 3-0.
Shoutout: I’ve basically never considered the possibility that we’d ever see another guy like Dirk Nowitzki, a really tall guy who takes over games with incredible perimeter shooting. But then LaMarcus Aldridge threw up 43 points in a Game 2 road win after 46 in a Game 1 road win, so I guess I’m wrong. Crazy to watch.
Not so much: James Harden was actually pretty solid defensively last night, holding Wes Matthews to nine points on 4-11 shooting and shutting him down on all three postups that people seem to think are a good idea. On the other hand, Jimmy H went 6-19 from the field, finished with just 18 points, missed a million shots in a row, had five turnovers and may or may not have been the one responsible for losing WessyWes on that backbreaking layup. Not a good night.
Silliness: Of all the bonkers LMA shots last night, this might be the bonkiest.
Have to wonder if LaMarcus has seen “Noah” yet, because I’m sure he loves arc.
On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Bradley Beal, the Pacers third quarter, Paul George vs. Jeff Teague, DeMar DeRozan, and the Raps rebounding. All that, plus deep dish pizza, playoff coaches on the hot seat, tucked in jerseys, Drake, lint, and more.