Trans. Apr 3 11:30 ET (Apr 3 11:30 ET ) At first, the ref didn't believe Nate Robinson when he tried to argue the call — yeah, we've all seen the Chris Paul commercial , but I mean, come on, that can't really happen in a game, right? But later, after seeing the miniature Chicago Bulls point guard somehow extricate himself from this Washington Wizards trap and race to the rim, he had to wonder ... could Nate (and other NBA players) actually have the power of transferring himself from one place to another without actually physically traveling the distance? And, if so, are the underpinnings of the entire profession of officiating essentially meaningless?
Come out to ref, wind up with an existential crisis. Par for the course when the Bulls and Wiz match up, really.
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In our last adventure : C'mon, Willie Green. The Bernie Lean's a Bay Area thing , not an L.A. thing, and definitely not a basketball thing.
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan hit a 16-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left despite being fouled by Willie Green, and added a free throw as the Spurs held on for a 104-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at the AT&T Center.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : Orange County Register . Kevin Ding — not a bomb-thrower by temperament, but a dude with heavy hands when they're needed — offers a condemnation of Dwight Howard's early-season effort that's sure to stick in the Los Angeles Lakers center's craw: "Dwight never wanted to follow in Shaq's footsteps, but he's already following in some of his missteps."
PF : ClutchFans . If you missed James Harden going off for 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a Wednesday night win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, do yourself a favor and watch the bearded maestro work. To the rim, always and forever to the rim, again and again. It's dynamite.
SF : NBA.com . In a discussion of how the point guard's role has evolved the NBA over the years, Isiah Thomas proclaims the Los Angeles Clippers' group of Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups and Willie Green "the most complete set of guards" in the league. With L.A. rolling at an NBA-best 22-6 and riding a 14-game winning streak into Thursday night's matchup with the Boston Celtics, it's hard to disagree.
Maybe it was the bog-down effect of flu-like symptoms . Maybe it was a premonition that Tuesday night would end with a ridiculous dance/call and a sharp slip-and-drive/defensive lapse . Maybe it was a momentary freak-out brought on by the pressure of realizing that his team could be under .500 after 15 games despite him playing maybe the most efficient offensive ball of his career .
Whatever it was, clearly, Kobe Bryant just needed a minute here. So let's give it to him.
OH MY GOD WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE LAKERS WHAT ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO DO FIRE D'ANTONI TRADE PAU HIRE PHIL TRADE DWIGHT GET NASH ROBOT LEGS BRING BACK LUKE WE NEVER SHOULD'VE GIVEN KAREEM THE STATUE WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY
Whew. Boy, it's hard to not freak out about the Los Angeles Lakers for a minute. I finally get Lakers fans now.
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In our last adventure : Willie Green just takes it. Poor Willie.
... and considering he's getting housed in mid-air by a sweaty Al-Farouq Aminu, who's still in good position to get a decent shot off despite ostensibly Thesz pressing the Los Angeles Clippers guard, I really can't blame him. This is probably not one of Willie Green's career highlights. (Although, when you consider Willie Green's career, it might not be as far from the top as you'd think.)
Speaking of "think," what do you think is going through ol' Willie's head here? Best caption wins a nice, long, calming and cleansing bath to wash the New Orleans Hornets swingman clean off of you. Good luck.
In our last adventure : Jamal Crawford and Billy Crystal are best friends, and the new "City Slickers" is going to be amazing .