On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Mason Plumlee’s block, whether the Heat should be worried about the Nets, Dirk and Nash’s milestones, Joe Dumars forthcoming resignation, the “Portlandia” Trail Blazers, and Tastradamus. That, plus a few leftover Starties awards: Best Game of the Season, Least Improved Player, and Biggest Surprise.
Shoutout: 33 points in 33 minutes for Terrence Jones, who helped lead the Rockets to a 145-130 regulation victory that was the highest scoring game in the season. However, as with all statistical accomplishments against the Lakers this season, none of these stats should count. It’s too easy.
Not so much: Kevin Durant only scored 23 points, while not playing a single fourth quarter minute, meaning his streak of 41 consecutive games with 25 or more points has finally come to an end, just one game after breaking Michael Jordan’s modern record. He sucks now.
What?: If I were to tell you that LeBron James and Mason Plumlee were going to meet at the rim to decide a one-point game, what do you think would end up happening?
I can’t imagine you would have guessed “rookie blocks four-time MVP and current best player in the world on game-winning dunk attempt,” but maybe you’re a sage or some other mystic. I also can’t imagine there is universal agreement that this is in fact a clean block, but that was the ruling and the Nets took home a 4-0 season sweep of Miami, finishing as the only team this season who can say the champs haven’t beat them.