Are the Lakers and Nuggets Rivals If Nobody Actually Cares?

 

The Lakers played the Nuggets last night past the east coast’s deadline of caring about NBA games and were able to upset them with a 112-103 victory. The game was definitely chippy and was highlighted by one of the loudest chants during some late game free-throws.

I’ll give credit where credit is due — that’s a pretty loud chant. Count on Lakers fans to do it while their own player is shooting free throws and not even the Nuggets’ players but I guess baby steps?

I had no idea where the Murray hate came from but a few minutes digging around on the internet and here’s the reason the Lakers fans (& players) were butthurt at Jamal Murray.

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Dribbling around their golden boy — I actually loved the move when he did it. Completely unnecessary but got a cheap laugh out of it. Regardless, this was the reason for the chant and count on the smallest and pettiest player on the court to stick his nose in the drama:

Has there ever been a quicker turnaround of going from being loved to hated than IT? Crazy. He throws the ball at Jamal Murray to end the game as kind of payback. We got this little skirmish between Jokic and Randle to end the game as well.

I’m all for a little bad blood between teams but this one just seems so random? Does anybody really care if the Nuggets & Lakers get in a fight after midnight eastern? I don’t know. I am a bit intrigued on their next matchup to see if anything happens but I’m not circling it on my calendar.

David Blatt Pokes Fun At Cavs, Gets Blown Out

Look at David Blatt weaseling his way into the spotlight! The ex-Cavs coach was in charge of Team Europe in the Turkey all-star game against Team Asia and took some shots at the Cavs after they let up 148 on Saturday.

And the result? Well Blatt’s Team Europe lost 151-142. It’s an all-star game so it clearly isn’t meant to be serious but it’s hard to not find humor in the irony of the statement. Even in Europe, Blatt continues to take L’s. I’m sure Ty Lue will be joining him in the ran-out-of-Cleveland by LeBron club shortly.

12 Years Ago Today, Kobe Bryant Dropped 81 Points

It’s the 12 year anniversary today of Kobe’s famous 81 point game. The Raptors were in town against the Lakers and well, Kobe took over.

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Absolutely crazy statline. Of course, he didn’t break Wilt’s record of 100 but 81 points is still no minuscule feat. The most impressive of it all was that he managed to do so on nearly 61% FG. This was easily one of the top highlights of one of the greatest players to play the game.

Kris Dunn Eats The Floor After Dunk Attempt

The two-year NBA player won’t be smiling like that for a while. Kris Dunn went up for a dunk against the Warriors last night and well..

Didn’t go so great. He fell in exactly the worst way possible. He clearly needed Draymond to save him.

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I’m not sure if details came out yet but he had to lose at least one tooth there — today is not a good day to be Kris Dunn.

Isaiah Thomas Needs To Stop

Here we go again. IT and the Cavs return once again to the Garden on February 11th to face the Celtics. As you remember, IT declined the tribute video the first time he returned because he wanted his family to be there. Fair enough I suppose — the little guy did transform the franchise during a rebuilding period and is a big reason for the success of the Celtics now. Sure — nobody ever really declines a tribute video but we gave IT a pass there. Now he tweets out this today:

Isaiah, come on. Are we going to have to play him a tribute in the playoffs? This is why you don’t push it back. All of Boston loved IT, still does. The man put his heart on the line during the playoffs last night and pushed through when his sister died. All the respect in the world. Boston now lines up with Kyrie Irving who is an upgrade while IT and the Cavs are a disaster at this point.

There were some ramblings that Pierce was upset that they’d be showing the IT video during his night, which he should be. If IT would have just sucked it up and allowed the Celtics to show the video the first night he was back — this wouldn’t even be mentioned. Here we are now though, and at this point there shouldn’t even be a video shown. IT did great for the Celtics and he will always be appreciated but in the grand scheme of things, he spent 2 and a half years there. He’s not going to be mentioned with the Garnetts and Pierces of the Celtics and nobody is even thinking about retiring his jersey. He never actually won anything for the Celtics so it’s time to move on. Thanks for the memories IT but you shouldn’t really be dictating what’s going on in Boston anymore.

 

The Cavs Are In Mid-Season Meltdown Form

Somehow Cleveland does this every year and absolutely is garbage in the middle of the regular season. They’ll figure it out but LeBron emasculated his coach again last night like he’s done in the past:

Ty Lue is nowhere to be found while LeBron is taking over as coach. Who enjoyed this rant the most?

Kyrie is fresh off a 22 point comeback in London against the Sixers and is enjoying the 1 seed without their second best scorer in Boston while LeBron is taking over the coaching duties from this guy:

This is where it all makes sense why Kyrie left but let’s be honest — the Cavs will absolutely turn it on for the playoffs and do the same thing they do every year. For now though, it’s fun to see them melt down a little bit. They have one more easy game coming up against the Pacers and then Monday’s opponent?

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The Balls Invaded Lithuania While Nobody Was Paying Attention

While everyone was clambering over fake news about the Patriots and bomb cyclones, America’s favorite family was busy shutting down Lithuania. LaVar and his two kids that are too shitty to make the NBA arrived in Lithuania and were greeted like they were the most famous people to pass through that country (they might be though?).

LiAngelo and LaMelo will be starting for BC Vytautas in what will be must watch Lithuanian TV. Will they actually be good? I have absolutely no idea. Does LaVar now have to split his time between Lithuania and LA? I have so many questions but no answers. I do know that the team announced them with a jersey reveal —

And they gave LaVar one too! I can’t get enough of the Ball family and LaVar’s antics so I’m all aboard the train. Kudos to him if this actually lands both kids in the NBA. I doubt it will but I’ll be checking the BC Vytautas box score.