Shoutout: LaMarcus Aldridge went for a Blazers-record 46 points and 18 rebounds in their overtime victory over the Rockets in Houston in Game 1 of their first round series, stealing home court advantage like it was a really nice Wilson Jet Evolution basketball and it was the last day of his senior year of high school. Aldridge also hit two threes after making three all of the regular season, so maybe we should change his name to LOLaMarcus Aldridge.
Not so much: The Mavericks held the Spurs to 90 points and 3-17 shooting from three-point range, but still lost because Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis put up matching 4-14 for 11 points lines as Dallas dropped a really winnable game that they needed if there was any chance of an upset. Bad timing for two stinkers from your best players.
Biggen: Here’s Nene being huge, both metaphorically and literally.
24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, probably 10 other great passes that eventually led to scores, two steals and a block for the series’ x-factor. No surprise then, that Washington also took home court advantage with a win in Chicago, though it was definitely a surprise that they won considering John Wall and Brad Beal went 7-25 from the field.
Update: According to the league, that Chris Paul turnover to lose Saturday’s Game 1 against the Warriors should have been called a foul, which would have gave L.A. two free throws while down two, which kind of seems important. Then again, CP3 bricked CP2 free throws earlier in the quarter, so who knows?
Obvious: The Heat beat the Bobcats by virtue of being Miami for the entire game. Doesn’t mean Josh McRoberts isn’t the best highlight from the game.
Personally, I feel pretty happy that we are living through the salad days of the Josh McRoberts enlightening. It’s going to be a formative time for all those young metalheads out there who love throwing behind-the-back passes as much as they love note-heavy guitar solos.
Injury to insult: Also bad for the Rockets is that Patrick Beverley has a sprained right knee, which had him visibly limping last night and which makes it even weirder that Kevin McHale had him guarding Damian Lillard down the stretch. If you ask me, I think it’s better strat to have a player with two healthy knees guarding an All-Star point guard, but I’m not a coach.
Touching: If you haven’t heard, Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia and will miss the playoffs. That’s led to a lot of tributes throughout the league, the best of which was noted nemesis Gregg Popovich’s while talking with Sager’s son.
As a tall dude from the Chicago suburbs who dresses flashy, I send my prayers and thoughts to the Sager family.
Tidbits: The Raptors are saying it’s ESPN’s fault that the shot clock got messed up during Saturday’s Game 1 … Kemba Walker is very fun to watch with the ball … Some great sideline defense from Joakim Noah in this picture … Paul George caught some fish to get over being sad about the Pacers sucking against the Hawks … Good look, Jeremy Lin … Here’s Houston’s mascot, Clutch the Bear, creeping everybody out in an Easter Bunny costume