Saturday 16 December 2017 / 02:31 PM

BALL DON’T LIE: EDITION No.18

The NBA season is now in full swing, with teams across the NBA quickly rocketing up the standings, or heading straight into tank-a-polooza!

Each week, I’ll be taking a look around the NBA and look at some things I like (Ball Don’t Lie), some things I don’t (Ball Lies), and some highlights, lowlights, and upcoming matchups. It’ll be a small spreadsheet for everything you may have missed in the NBA. Without further adieu, let’s get things going.

BALL DON’T LIE

Pierce and Draymond Go At It

It gets some bad press, but fights in the NBA are the best in sports. Trash talk makes the league so much more fun, and rivalries make us want to watch. And the Clippers and Warriors just flat out hate each other. That’s what makes Draymond Green so much fun: he just instigates everything. And those lines about Paul Pierce are everything right with rivalries in the NBA.

Chris Bosh Gets Back on TV

Chris Bosh has been sorely missed in the NBA since his blood clot problems forced him off the court. And with the unwillingness of the Heat to let him back on it despite protests, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him. But we’ll get Bosh back for at least this season in the booth for TNT. He’s one of the best personalities in the NBA, and getting him in front of a camera is a great thing.

Nets Get Picks

The Brooklyn Nets have been a laughing stock and running joke for a while now, particularly for not having control of any picks despite being the worst team in the NBA. But the trade deadline saw the Nets nab TWO first rounders, albeit in the later part of the draft. The rebuild is slow, but kudos to the Nets for getting something out of the draft.

Mavs Get the Next Chandler

The Mavericks haven’t been really good in a while, but they turned heads at the trade deadline by adding someone who no doubt will be a part of their future in Sixers center Nerlens Noel. Noel came with a cheap price tag, and they’ve got the next Tyson Chandler. Noel is a great pair for Dirk, and he can help fix his offensive game.

BALL LIES

Buddy Hield

We’ve given a lot of talk to how bad that Kings trade was. But we really need to talk about the real loser of this trade: Buddy Hield. Kings owner Vivek is stupid high on Hield, and has said he thinks that he’s the next Steph Curry. That can surely only backfire on Hield, as he’s definitely not going to live up to that hype, even though he’s going to be good. Poor guy is set up to fail.

Lakers Clean House

The Lakers have been bad for a while, and I’m sure that heads were bound to roll. But to think that firing your entire front office at the trade deadline, replacing them with the inexperienced Magic Johnson, and having your owner fire her own brother is a good look for your team, yeesh.

Chicago Keeps On Keeping On

So to recap the week for Chicago: they lose four in a row, trade away their help for Jimmy Butler, somehow add even less shooting, dangle Jimmy Butler in trade rumors again, alienate their head coach, and didn’t add anything good at the deadline. We say this a lot around here, but what are the Bulls doing at all?

Paul George is Gone, Isn’t He?

So, the random rumor that got more steam as the trade deadline came and went was the seeming determined Paul George mindset that he’s bound for LA. Almost everyone has confirmed that George is going to the Lakers next year, and that may have scared the Celtics away. Either way, the slim chance the Pacers had of retaining him is probably gone after the way they publicly tried to move him.

Shaq Acts a Fool

Shaq is pretty petty about a lot of things, and his Shaqtin’ a Fool segment is nothing but hate. But it’s all good, except this week. JaVale McGee, a frequent recipient of Shaq’s criticism, finally chirped back. Shaq took it way too far, and his mom had to get him to stop. Trash talk is great, but the old timers should really stay out of this stuff.

QUICK HITS

Nate’s Still Got It

Check out this guy!

NBA Player Emojis

The story of the trade deadline was all of these emojis.

Hayward Throws it Down

What’s gotten in to White Jesus?!

LeBron Chasedown

Look familiar?

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Austin Albertson

Austin is CBS' senior NFL and NBA analyst, bringing you commentary on everything between the lines and inside the hashes, from the film room to the scoreboard.

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