Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.1: All Miami Everything
My apologies to people sick of hearing about Miami all the time. I tried to not write about it. But the sheer force of nature that is LeBron and DWade is just too much to ignore. They're better this year than they were last year. A lot better.
The Heat are not infallible. But they are the NBA's embodiment of the almost invulnerable Greek warrior Achilles. Impervious to all attacks except for a spot on his heel (hence the term, Achilles heel), Achilles decimated all foes in his path. The Heat, when they are rolling, are similarly unstoppable.
Last night, LeBron and Wade combined for 71 points, 16 assist and 13 rebounds in a 14 point win in Portland that wasn't that close. It's hard to watch a Heat game and think that LeBron and Wade can't do whatever they want, any time they want.2: Turning back the clock in Phoenix
For one night, a 39 and a 38 year old were probably the two best players on the floor. Grant Hill scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Steve Nash had 13 points and 17 assists... powering the Suns to a nine-point win over Minnesota and proving that the old geezers still have a little something left in the tank
The Wolves, playing their third game in three nights, were the ones looking sluggish out there as the AARP tandem forced the issue in the second half and took control. It didn't help that Kevin Love was sick and JJ Barea missed the game due to a calf strain. But it shows just how good these guys, Nash and Hill, really are. You can try to craft an old-man game out of what you once were, but you need the talent and brains to be able to pull it off. People forget just how amazing Grant Hill was, mostly because his injuries robbed us of his best years. But he was a dominant player.
Plus, some guys just have the good genetics. Hill and Nash look the same as they did 15 years ago. Which pisses me off, honestly. I want their anti-aging secret. And don't tell me clean living because it's just too late for that.
Moving on....3: HIGHLIGHTS!!!
How many times are LeBron and Wade going to connect on plays like this before it's no longer amazing? A no look alley oop? Really???
Tyreke Evans shows the Clippers other teams can throw lobs too
LeBron James... master of the chase-down block
BONUS HIGHLIGHT: Martell Webster didn't quite get high enough on this alley oop... with amusing consequences
4: Line of the night: Kevin Durant - 38 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
KD does it again... in a game where they needed every one of his points to combat Dwight Howard's 33 point, 9 rebound night and beat Orlando by 3. That's two straight tough games for the Thunder out of the break. 18 of Durant's point came in a fourth quarter in which OKC outscored the Magic by 14, overcoming an 11-point deficit for the win.
Takeover mode, son! What are YOU gonna do about it?
Nothing. That's what.5: You can quote me on that
''I was so down on myself. I was really going down after the first quarter,'' Durant said. ''But my coaches and my teammates continued to encourage me and told me they believed in me. It just clicked for me and I started to make a few shots and free throws. Once your teammates give you that confidence, no matter what you feel good, and I was able to make some shots.''
"My relationship with Rajon is as strong as it has ever been. Our communication has never been better. I want him here. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty he will be here with us when the season ends. I'm tired of this stuff. It's not fair."
-Doc Rivers, on rumors that Rajon Rondo is being shopped due to a rift between them
“We’re just playing basketball at an all-time high as far as us together"
-LeBron James, on his chemistry with Dwyane Wade
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