Shoutout: 31 and 10 for Jarrett Jack, who led the Cavaliers to a hilarious win over the Knicks. Speaking of…
Not so much: HUGE anti-shoutout to the Knicks, who turned a 15-point halftime lead in to a six-point home loss while they’re in the middle of a playoff race. They’re currently three games back of the Hawks — who also lost on Sunday, meaning the Knicks had a chance to get even closer — and if you were looking for the worst possible loss at this time, at home to a non-playoff team when you lead by 15 at halftime while they’re playing without their All-Star point guard might take the moldy cake.
Ruh: I know we’ve all agreed Gerald Green is the league’s best in-game dunker, but I’m willing to allow Terrence Ross in to the conversation as well.
Main problem for me regarding Ross’ claim to the throne — while he is a great dunker who has won a dunk contest when you could still win them, all of his in-game dunks are one-handed tomahawks. They’re awesome, no doubt about that, but it’s the same thing every time. Raps won, by the way.
Way to go: DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay scored a combined 86 points in the Kings’ win over the Bucks, who STILL have the worst record in the Eastern Conference despite the 76ers’ one million-game losing streak. As with all notable achievements against Milwaukee, this doesn’t actually count.
Obvious: Hey, Joe Johnson made a clutch shot again, this time to send the Nets and Mavericks to overtime, where Brooklyn went on to win.
Part of me feels like Joe Johnson wishes he could finish every game 3-14 as long as those three were three straight clutch baskets in the final minute.
Nutshell: The Timberwolves took a 10-point lead in to the fourth quarter of their game with the Suns, then were promptly outscored by 17 points in the final 12 minutes, leaving them with a seven-point loss, in case you’re bad at math. They’re 29th in fourth quarter scoring margin, which is why they’ve lost a game in this manner something like 5,000 times this season.
He’s back!: The Raptor is back, my friends.
It’s been a long time, but it’s good to see one of the league’s best mascots back on his feet. Or talons or whatever they call those things.
Others: The Nuggets beat the Wizards, leaving Washington in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Lakers beat the Magic, which had literally no relevance to the league this season aside from eliminating Orlando from playoff contention, which was pretty well decided already.
Tidbits: A rare highlight rebound from Kawhi Leonard … Yay, hugs! … Booooooo, sadness! … Pau Gasol is pretty sick and has been hospitalized … Bradley Beal is making a late run at the King of the Chasedown crown