We interrupt this Donald Sterling discussion for actual basketball...
While it's not the most tragic part about the whole "Donald Sterling Hates Minorities and Now We Really Have Audio Confirmation of It" situation, the interruption of a great first week of NBA playoff basketball certainly qualifies for an honorable mention.
This has been an amazing week of hoops, marked by all but one series seeing both teams win one of the first three games and lower seeded teams holding a lead three games in in six of the eight series.
Granted, it's a small sample space, but that's still pretty incredible, considering the line had been fairly clear that six teams, at most, would have a shot at winning it all. (Of course, the one team jumping out 3-0 was the defending champions, the Miami Heat.)
The weekend technically starts on Friday night (At least, that's what peppy beer commercials would seemingly tell me.), so let's start there....
Troy Daniels Three Pointer Saves Rockets Season
This video actually synchs up the Rockets' radio broadcast with the television feed, because these moments are always more spine-tingling when the announcers are openly rooting for the team. In the "things happen for a reason" category, the only reason Daniels was in the game was because Chandler Parsons (who couldn't hit a three to save his life that game) had fouled out. If Parsons doesn't foul out, who knows what happens in the end. Really cool moment for a young player who hit 240 three pointers this season in the D League.240!!
Vince Carter Shatters the Spurs at the Buzzer
This shot came after Manu Ginobili hit a bank shot to put the Spurs up by two with 1.7 seconds left in regulation. For Dallas, Monta Ellis had been a beast down the stretch in this game, and Dirk Nowitzki is always a threat to close out a game. That it was Vince Carter, who has been slightly below average at playing basketball for some time now, and that it was a fadeaway three from the corner, which Carter hasn't hit since the Bush administration, is truly salt in the wound.
Did LeBron Stare Down Michael Jordan?
Watch this play, and understand that Bobcats owner and legend-with-whom-LeBron-is-most-often-compared, Michael Jordan, is sitting at courtside next to the Bobcats' bench. Did he stare down Michael? Could he have? For his part,LeBron says he did not
"No, no. Don't start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not," James said. "I was able to read McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn't look at MJ, for sure."
It took LeBron a full three years to get everyone to love him again after "The Decision," so I suppose a heel turn à la Richard Sherman was too much to ask.
Reggie Jackson Bails Out His More Highly Touted Teammates
Kevin Durant had been terrible, Russell Westbrook had been inconsistent and James Harden wasn't walking through that door, so someone had to save the Oklahoma City Thunder's season on Saturday night in Memphis. It wasn't just the three point shot in the above video, nor was it the follow-up bucket that sent the game to overtime that made Reggie Jackson the Thunder hero. In his role of "versatile scorer off the bench" (a role Harden perfected during his stint in OKC), Jackson was a monster all night long, notching 32 points overall. For the record,Harden's career playoff high
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as a member of the Thunder? 30 points. Just sayin'.
All right, back to your regularly scheduled programming...