The Magic announced Tuesday evening that point guard Jameer Nelson (foot) and center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will miss Tuesday night's game versus the Sixers. Nelson sprained his left foot in last Wednesday's 105-94 win over the Sixers and has missed Orlando's last two games. Jason Maxiell will get the start in his place.
Sometimes, all the stars and the planets and the celestial rhythms line up just right, and something fun happens. Take Friday night, for example — four distinct moments of perceived NBA injustice, four separate reactions to the slights, and one harmonic convergence of Good Basketball Internet Stuff.
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Al Harrington didn't think he fouled Brook Lopez on this play in the Washington Wizards' overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets:
Isaiah Thomas didn't think he fouled Robin Lopez contesting this alley-oop in the Sacramento Kings' road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers:
(As an aside: That was pretty awesome, Isaiah.)
Jason Maxiell didn't think he fouled Jared Sullinger in this bit of wrasslin' during the Orlando Magic's home loss to the Boston Celtics:
And Kendrick Perkins didn't think he fouled Greg Monroe in this fight for rebounding position during the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-110 dispatching of the Detroit Pistons:
(As an aside: You're out of your mind, Perk.)
Luckily, while the arc of the basketball universe is long, it bends toward justice. Said arc is laid plain through missed free throws, and identified with a single, powerful expression:
Long may that expression run.
Hey, Rasheed Wallace, how happy are you about four different players in four different games invoking your trademark turn of phrase?
Just as I suspected: He's thrilled .
Hey, do me a favor: Next time you hear someone let loose a hearty BDL during an NBA game, drop me a line about it, huh? Email , Twitter , Facebook , whatever. I'd hate to miss out on the next 'Sheed singularity. Thanks, friends.
Hat-tips to @BenAgent0 , @a_jukic , @thomas_rogan and @Shamusss .
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Jason Maxiell is a hard-banging power forward – just like Horace Grant.. Maxiell signed with the Magic – just like Grant. Maxiell is wearing No. 54 – just like Grant. They’re basically twins, except Grant’s trademark goggles. But they could share eyewear choice soon. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstripe Post: Maxiell underwent surgery on Easter…
The NBA can be a fun to league to follow in large part because it's not defined merely by its generationally important superstars. For instance, any list of the most memorable players of the early-to-mid-90s would be incomplete with Horace Grant, the sports-goggles-wearing power forward for the first Chicago Bulls three-peat and the Shaquille O'Neal/Penny Hardaway Orlando Magic. He had a noticeable look, was an essential member of some very good teams, and added color to a league that typically welcomes it.
In 2013, one of the newest members of one of Grant's old teams plans to bring his look back to the hardwood. Orlando Magic forward Jason Maxiell, signed this summer after eight seasons with the Detroit Pistons, has always worn Grant's No. 54. However, after getting eye surgery this summer, Maxiell says he will mimic Grant's spectacles on the court this season. From Evan Dunlap for the Orlando Pinstriped Post (via EOB ):