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Lion Face Lemon Face 01/03/13: Is…Is That You, Magic Johnson?

I’ve got to tell you all something: This isn’t the happiest Lion Face/Lemon Face I’ve ever done. There were some great moments last night, sure, but there were also a pair of nasty injuries, which, let’s be honest, kind of ruined the night. I guess not much has changed so far in 2014.

Don’t worry, though, because the Knicks are still terrible, Nick Young is still the best and Kendall Marshall is working on becoming the best Lakers point guard since Magic Johnson, so we can all try and be happy again. Okay? Good. Now let’s get to those Lions and Lemons.

Lion Face: Mr. Clutch

Since the 2012-2013 season, Andre Iguodala had hit three game-winners heading into last night’s game against the Hawks. The only players with more: Damian Lillard (four) and Joe Johnson (five). That’s it. Only those two. Not LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul. Just a man who is horrendously overpaid and a sophomore who was born with ice in his veins. And, thanks to the Hawks’ head scratching defensive scheme on the last play of the game last night, Iguodala is now tied up with Lillard and is only one game-winner behind Iso Joe for the most in the NBA.

Lemon Face: Chris Paul’s injury

We’re only four days into 2014 and one of our beloved Point Gods has already suffered an injury. With just under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter against the Mavericks, Chris Paul fell to the floor after being fouled by Monta Ellis and on his way down, he slammed his shoulder on the hardwood, which ended up separating it. While we are still waiting to hear how bad of an injury it actually is, Doc Rivers told the media that Paul will probably be out for four-to-six weeks. This is very, very sad.

Lion Face: Kendall Marshall #PointGod

Put your hand up if you thought Kendall Marshall would be picked apart by Trey Burke in just his fourth career start last night. Too shy? It’s okay. Look, my hand is up way high. We all thought it was going to happen. I mean, if someone told you 24 hours ago that Marshall would join Magic Johnson as the only other Laker in the last 25 years to put up at least 20 points and 15 assists in a game, while shooting 65 percent from the field, you would’ve called them crazy. There you go! RAISE THAT HAND! BE PROUD! Now watch all his highlights and never doubt Kendall Marshall again.

Lemon Face: J.R. Smith’s boneheaded play

Ugh. Here we go again, New York.

With 43.3 seconds remaining in their game against the Rockets last night, the Knicks had the ball on the sideline and drew up a play which ended up with Beno Udrih missing a pretty open three with milliseconds remaining on the shot-clock. But then, Tyson Chandler grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked it out to to Beno, which gave the Knicks a chance to run one more play in regulation to either win the game or go into overtime. But for some reason, the ball found its way into J.R. Smith’s hands who, instead of holding it out, jacked up a three, which went off the back iron. Aaron Brooks got the rebound, Beno fouled him and he calmly knocked down two free throws to give the Rockets a two point lead.

And you wonder why the Knicks are as bad as they are…

Lion Face: Dirk Nowitzki is the next Ron Burgundy

I would watch the news more if Dirk Nowitzki, Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert were all anchors. And if they all wore moustaches and it ended up being as cheesy as the video below, all the better.

Lemon Face:  Ryan Anderson’s scary fall

Ryan Anderson suffered a scary injury last night after colliding with Gerald Wallace, which left him on the floor for several minutes before being taken off to a local hospital on a stretcher. He has since been diagnosed with a cervical stinger. The good news is that he was able to move his arms and legs and according to Monty Williams, he looked okay, so hopefully Ryan Anderson will be good to go soon. Keep your eyes peeled for any updates on his injury later today.

Lion Face: Nick Young is Kobe Bryant

In happier news, Nick Young pretended to be Kobe Bryant in his pre-game interview last night and it was all sorts of hilarious.

Lemon Face: DeMarre Carroll’s layup

I didn’t know that the Heat played the Hawks last nig…wait, so you mean that wasn’t LeBron James who swatted DeMarre Carroll’s layup into the first row? Well, who was it then? Kent Bazemore? THE Kent Bazemore. Oh. That’s too bad. Sorry, DeMarre.

Lion Face: The Raptors are streaking

Here’s a shocker: The Toronto Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference since they traded Rudy Gay on December 8th. No…no, really. Look!

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Photo: Twitter/@ESPNStatsInfo

Lemon Face: Jordan Crawford, Jared Sullinger and Courtney Lee miss everything

The Celtics lost by three points on their home-court against the Pelicans and a lot of that had to do with how Jordan Crawford, Jared Sullinger and Courtney Lee played, as the trio combined for 20 points on 6-for-37 shooting. And the rest of the Celtics? Well, they were much better, scoring 72 points on 25-for-52 shooting. It wasn’t pretty and if you watched the game, I apologise on behalf of Boston.

Thanks to r/NBA for the videos.

Scott Rafferty