Monday 18 December 2017 / 08:37 AM

BALL DON’T LIE: EDITION No.21

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.

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.

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.

PotatoGate

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!

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.

BALL LIES

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.

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.

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.

QUICK HITS

Lance Has Fun

I like guys that can laugh at themselves, especially Lance.

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I’m weak

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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.

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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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