Sniff, sniff, sniff. Can you smell that? It smells like…turkey, stuffing and potatoes, which must mean that it’s THANKSGIVING! Hey, I’m British, so I didn’t actually smell all that and I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday because, well, you know, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited. There is one downside, though, and that is we have no NBA games tomorrow night. However, there were four fun games last night and there are 13 more tonight, so make sure you enjoy them while they last.
In saying that, let’s take a look at the best and worst from last night’s action with the help of Lion Face/Lemon Face.
Lion Face: Victor Oladipo’s dunk
Who cares if Victor Oladipo winds up averaging something ridiculous like four turnovers per game in his rookie season if he’s filling up the stat sheet and doing things like this on a nightly basis? I sure as hell don’t.
Lemon Face: Quincy Acy’s wasted celebration
With just over five minutes to go in last night’s game against the Nets, the Raptors were on the brink of suffering a double-digit loss on their home court. Then, out of nowhere, they scored 11 straight points and cut the deficit to four points with 61 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Now, Rudy Gay wasn’t having a good night at all – he finished with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting and turned the ball over seven times – but he hit a huge three in the closing seconds that not only gave the Raptors a chance at winning the game, but made Quincy Acy do this:
So why is this a Lemon Face? Well, because that lovely celebration went to waste, as you’ll see below.
Lion Face: The Brooklyn Nets win a game!
What?! A Lion Face for the Brooklyn Nets?! WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO??? Okay, let’s take a step back for a second because their win last night came against the Toronto Raptors. Sure, it was a game on the road and the Raptors are at the top of the Atlantic division, but it’s the Raptors – they’re still under .500 and have lost four games at home this season – so there’s no reason to act like the Nets are finally putting it all together. I mean, you know things are bad when your head coach reacts like this to a regular season win:
Lemon Face: The Knicks are now worse
If you’re wondering how the Knicks could get a Lemon Face on a night that they didn’t even have a game, I’ll tell you: With the Nets’ win last night, the Knicks now have the worst record in the Atlantic, the second worst record in the Eastern Conference and only one more win than the Milwaukee Bucks. All I can say to that is, “LOL!”
Lion Face: The Point God that is John Wall
Over his last three games, John Wall is averaging 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals on 61.4 percent shooting from the floor. That’s Point Godly, folks. And to make things even more exciting, he’s blocking shots into the first row, breaking out AND1-like moves on the fast-break and throwing down 360’s like they’re nothing. If you ask him, he’s the best point guard in the league. Kinda hard to hate on that if he continues to play like he has recently.
Lemon Face: The NAIA’s rules
Remember that Oklahoma City Thunder fan who hit the half-court shot to win $20,000 a couple of weeks ago? Not the first one, but the second one. The guy who wore the backwards hat. Got it? We’re on the same page? Cool. Well, it turns out that he may not ever see that money because he plays basketball at Southwestern College in Kansas and by the NAIA’s rules, he’s not allowed to, “profit off his athletic ability,” per Ball Don’t Lie. But while we wait to see what comes of it, he’s already said that if he can’t have the money, he’ll donate it to a charity in his name, which deserves a big round of applause.
Lion Face: All you need is Mavs
Because the Mavs are all you need.
Lemon Face: Fox Sports New Orleans forget they’re the Pelicans now
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Making the adjustment to the New Orleans Pelicans was tough. Very tough. (It may have taken me a whole summer and pre-season to catch myself from saying, “Hornets” all the time). But I can now proudly say that I don’t make that mistake anymore. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I said, wrote or heard, “New Orleans Hornets.” You know, until I just wrote it. And until I saw that Fox New Orleans made a mistake in their telecast last night:
That sound you just heard was a collective gasp from the city of Charlotte.