We’re down to just a month to go in the regular season of the NBA, and that means things are getting juicy. And with no dominant team this year, everything is up in the air going forward. So, what better place to get yourself caught up each week than right here.
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
Vince Still Getting it Done
With the regular season coming to a close, the Grizzlies are going to find themselves planted in the postseason yet again, despite lackluster play from their big free agent acquisition Chandler Parsons. So instead, Vince Carter just kept right on balling. That’s right, 40 year old Vince Carter is still out here putting up 30-point games, dunking all over everyone, and just being a boss in general. Go Vince.
Vince Carter blocks are almost as fun as his dunks ✋️ pic.twitter.com/yCIhLSkzKL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 22, 2017
Sigh.. Spurs Are Surging
So, they probably won’t catch the Warriors, but the Spurs have been absolutely dealing in the last month. They’ve kicked it up for playoff mode, and haven’t stopped growing on offense. Kawhi Leonard has been great all season, but now the defense is matching him, along with revived offense for LaMarcus Aldridge and the bench. Once again, the Spurs look like the air apparent to stop Golden State.
Kinda nuts how we’re almost 400 games into Kawhi’s career, and he still has more total steals than fouls. Think about how easy it is to foul
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) March 28, 2017
Ricky Rubio is More Than a Flashy Pass
I’m the world’s largest Ricky Rubio critic. In fact, I very much think he was a flop at the level he was taken way back when by the Timberwolves. But he’s come up quite nicely to turn the season around for him. Rubio started the season on the trading block, and I think that may have triggered him into some of the best ball of his life. Rubio’s finally got a jump shot, and maybe there’s a case to keep him in Minny.
If you’re someone with a job and a life, you may have missed the recent development on NBA Twitter. Just brace yourself for this: NBA stars are getting mailed potatoes. No, I don’t know why, but Dirk started it, then Kevin Durant, and now it’s spreading across the league. We need more of these stupid things going on, send me a potato!
Whoever sent me this POTATO!!!! Much appreciated…. pic.twitter.com/fVaqRvvgTn
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) March 15, 2017
Kings Promising Bigs
I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but the Kings may have an Ewing Theory going on. For those that don’t know, Ewing Theory is named after former Knick great Patrick Ewing, whom while was a HOF player, the Knicks had a better record in games he missed. That seems to be the case in Sacramento for right now, with Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein having great resurgence in Sacramento.
It went unnoticed Sunday night… Kings closed on a 22-3 run to steal one from the Clippers! WCS’ put-back is better w/Titanic music! 🏀🚢🎼 pic.twitter.com/okhYy2MCy7
— 🚢Titanic Hoops🏀 (@TitanicHoops) March 28, 2017
Hornets Bad Luck
Lost in translation of an incredibly dramatic NBA season is a really bizzare story in the East. The Hornets were one of the most promising risers last season, and looked to better this year. But the Hornets have had more games lost by chance than any team in NBA history, according to Elias. It certainly feels that way, but a tough break for a promising young team.
Chicago… Poor Chicago
One of the things I most can’t wait for is the Bulls season ending. Dwayne Wade has been ruled out the rest of the way, the front office has gone into full hideout mode, and the stars are openly criticizing ownership. The Bulls are a growing dumpster fire, and this offseason is going to be very, very interesting.
When Chicago Dwayne Wade sees Miami Dwyane Wade … pic.twitter.com/84dp1NgS6r
— Punberto Bau (@Alf954) March 25, 2017
The Rest Debate
Over the course of the last few weeks, the NBA has been ignited into debate over resting players. A policy the Spurs have had for a while that more teams are adopting, stars like LeBron, Curry, and John Wall have all chimed in on the spectrum, and none seem to agree. There’s seems to be no reasonable answer in sight, so don’t expect this bad boy to go away.
No idea why y’all mad at NBA players making millions and getting rest as you steal time at work to tweet
— ROBBY IS NOT NICE. (@RobbyRav) March 22, 2017
Embiid Back to the Operating Room
Man, I really hate all the bad things happening to Joel Embiid. After finally getting on the floor this year and showing how incredible he is, Embiid is now going through another surgery, his fourth in three years. More rumors are swirling about his future in the league, and I really hope the experiment in the process isn’t done yet.
Knee surgery for Sixers center Joel Embiid is “very likely,” according to league sources. Story on the way momentarily
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 22, 2017
Lance Has Fun
I like guys that can laugh at themselves, especially Lance.
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Chris Paul is a Bad Man
Russ Dime to Dipo
Who else can’t wait for playoff Russ?
Manu Free Throw
That one hurt me, man.
— Sportando (@Sportando) March 16, 2017