Lion Face/Lemon Face 1-12-12: This Is Not About Jeremy Lin, I Swear

Lion Face: Kobe Bean Bryant

It wasn’t the best performance from Kobe, but in the end, he used the last 2 of his 27 points to add yet another game winner to his resume. COUNT TEH GAME WINNERZZZ KOBEZ DA CLUTCHEST DA MVPZZZZ. RINGZZZ


Lemon Face: Rasual Butler

With 4.2 seconds to go in the game, Dwayne Casey called on Butler to be the trigger man for the out-of-bounds play with the Raptors trailing 93-92. Butler held the ball for too long before trying to call timeout and was issued a 5 second violation, turning the ball back over to the Lakers. And what kind of name is Rasual anyway?











Lion Face: Rajon Rondo

Rondo messed around and got a triple double, posting 32 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the Celtics’ win over the Bulls. He was by far the best player on the court. He controlled the entire flow of the game on both ends, got great shots for himself and his teammates and made 10 of his 13 free throws. His was just the tenth 30-10-15 game since the merger.


Lemon Face: The Bulls’ bench

The quartet of Kyle Korver, John Lucas III, Taj Gibson and Omer Asik combined to shoot 6-for-23 and scored just 16 points in 54 minutes combined. Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls needed to get production from their role players, and these guys simply didn’t show up. Meanwhile, with Jermaine O’Neal sitting out, his backups Chris Wilcox and James Johnson combined for 23 points and 13 rebounds in 59 minutes played.

Lemon Face: The Pistons, all of them

They lost to the Wizards. By 21. At home. #FreeGregMonroe

Lion Face: JaVale McGee, Nick Young and John Wall

McGee put up 22 points on 13 shots and snagged 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Young shot 8-for-13 and poured in 22 points. Wall was 1 point and 3 rebounds short of a triple-double and tallied 15 assists. He made several highlight reel plays and looked like he had some fun on a basketball court for the first time in a while. He had a few particularly nice dishes to McGee for high-flying dunks that we hadn’t seen in some time. This trio led Washington to just their second road win of the season.


Lion Face: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

I don’t have too much to say about this game because it was a truly terrible game to watch, but these guys had some nice round numbers to type up. LeBron had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and was +26. Wade had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and was +24. Bosh, despite a poor shooting day, still made an impact as he had 14 points and 16 rebounds and was +22.

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Lemon Face: Me

For not watching enough of the Warriors-Rockets fame to properly determine who should get Lion Faces and Lemon Faces.

Lion Face: Al Jefferson

He was dominant inside against a Memphis team that has some strong inside presence as he went 10-17 on his way to 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. He also blocked 2 shots.

Lemon Face: The Grizzlies

For wearing those stupid Oakland A’s uniforms again. For letting Gordon Hayward drop 23 points. For turning it over 18 times. For not capitalizing on a rebounding and free throw shooting edge. For losing by double digits at home to a team that came in with a 2-7 record on the road.

Jared Dubin

Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He is the co-editor in chief of Hardwood Paroxysm and the HPBasketball Network.