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Lion Face Lemon Face 12/22/13: Welcome To Lance Stephenson’s World

Here’s the SparkNotes version of what happened in the NBA last night: The Pacers destroyed the Celtics because of course, Kevin Love nearly single handily beat the Clippers but came up just a tad short and the Raptors spoiled the Thunders’ perfect home record. But if you wanted a little more on all that, you’re in the right place.

Let’s get it!

Lion Face: The triple-double king

Lance Stephenson scored 12 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists against the Boston Celtics last night, marking his third triple-double on the season. Crazy thing is, nobody else in the league has more than one through these first 30-something games, putting Lance in a class of his own. Oh, and according to NBA.com, he’s the first Pacer to mess around and get at least three triple-doubles in a season since Detlef Schrempf did it in 1992-1993. My sources tell me that’s pretty impressive. Like, most improved player of the year impressive.

Lemon Face: Courtney Lee’s ankles

Speaking of Lance Stephenson, he did this to Courtney Lee last night, which I’m pretty sure is illegal in 49 states, especially when you rub it in their face by celebrating with a slightly provocative dance.

Lion Face: Blake Griffin flying high

Yesterday, Blake Griffin made Lion Face/Lemon Face for his fancy, un-power forward-like handles. Today, he makes it for this insanity:

I think I may have said this before, but he’s pretty special, isn’t he?

Lemon Face: Kendrick Perkins’ swag

No words. Just no words. That NBA chain, though…

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Photo: Twitter/@crabdribbles

Lion Face: Kevin “I’m the best power forward in the league” Love

45 points on 15-for-23 shooting from the floor, 19 rebounds and six assists. Holy moly, Kevin Love is good at basketball. But if you wanted some more reassurance, nobody has put up those types of numbers in a game in…17 years and that person was Hakeem Olajuwon. That’s some pretty solid company. And it made for a wonderful shot-chart.

Lemon Face: Matt Barnes’ anger

Matt Barnes has been back for two games since tearing the retina in his left eye and he’s already been ejected for a flagrant foul. Are you surprised? Because I’m not. Even though it wasn’t all that terrible.

Lion Face: Give me some Raptor news

This is one of those games that I’m not sure what really happened. It was a close in the first-half, then the Thunder went nuts in the third and then they let, of all people, John Salmons go off in the fourth (he scored nine of his 14 in that final frame). The Thunder were undefeated at home on the season, but now they’re not, thanks to those scrappy Raptors. And, hey, will you look at that? The Raptors have the best record in the Atlantic at 11-14. Oh, man. That’s…so very sad.

Lemon Face: JaVale McGee is working on his shooting stroke

JaVale McGee + an injury = tons of free time to mess around, shoot threes and record them with Google Glass.

WHEN WILL YOU BE BACK, JAVALE? WE MISS YOU.

Thanks to r/NBA for the videos.

Scott Rafferty