Lion Face Lemon Face 01/15/13: Why, Hello There, Greg Oden

In my best Kanye West voice, “Last night was mad real.” The Bulls went into triple overtime for the second time this season, Greg Oden played his first regular season game in forever, the Clippers made a ridiculous comeback, Nick Young got ejected and ,well, SO MUCH MORE. It was a good night to be an NBA fan.

So with that being said, let’s get right to all the fun.

Lion Face: The Clippers make a comeback

With just under five minutes remaining in the game, the Clippers found themselves trailing Dallas, 123-106. Then, they caught fire, nailed some threes, hit some free throws, playing some lockdown defense and before you knew it, they ended up winning the game by a final score of 129-127. That’s right, they went on a 23-4 run in the final five minutes of a game they were getting blown out in. Who says the Clippers need Chris Paul? (Everyone, actually).

Lemon Face: Chalk up another loss for the Bobcats

Get this: In his seven year NBA career, Thaddeus Young had only attempted one potential go-ahead bucket in the final ten seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime heading into last night’s game…and he missed it. Well, against the Bobcats, he improved that percentage by 50 (not really because 0 x 50 = 0, but you know what I mean) by knocking down this trey:

The Bobcats have now lost 10 of their last 13 games. Welp.

Lion Face: Nate “The Great” Robinson has a revenge game

Nate Robinson went into, “Game 4, Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets, is this NBA Jam?” mode against the Warriors, scoring 24 points in 22 minutes off the bench, including 14 in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors even resorted to kidnapping him in an attempt to slow him down. It didn’t work.


Lemon Face: Nick Young (#nuffsaid)

Nick Young only played 10 minutes against the Phoenix Suns because he got thrown out for pushing some people and punching Goran Dragic. Not smart. After the game, Young told reporters he was mad that his teammates left him riding solo against five angry Suns and had they helped him out a little bit, it, “wouldn’t have escalated that much.” His response: “liking” this on Instagram and then “un-liking” it a few hours later, according to Kevin Ding:

Drama. Fights. So many injuries. Petty internet games. Tanking. Nick Young. Kendall Marshall. Your 2013-2014 L.A. Lakers!

Lion Face: Greg Oden

Probably the biggest storyline on the jam-packed Wednesday night in the NBA was that Greg Oden played in his first regular season game since December 5th, 2009. It didn’t take him long to get it going because within 17 seconds of checking into the game, he got an offensive rebound and threw down a big two-handed dunk. When the night was over with, he played a total of eight minutes and finished with a pedestrian six points and two rebounds. But what’s important here is that he looked healthy, bouncy and, well, just overall good. Hopefully this is the start of something for Greg Oden.

By Oden's beard!

Lemon Face: The Miami Heat lose to the Wizards, drop their third straight game in a row

Wait. The Heat play the Sixers on Friday and the Bobcats on Saturday, you say? DON’T PRESS THE PANIC BUTTON. NOT YET. IT’S STILL TOO EARLY.

Lion Face: So many ridiculous performances

There were so many impressive performances last night, so instead of making this the longest Lion Face/Lemon Face in the world, I’ve decided to just list them all here:

  • Joakim Noah: 26 points, 9-16 FG, 19 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
  • Victor Oladipo: 35 points, 15-24 FG, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals (8 turnovers)
  • Jared Sullinger: 25 points, 7-14 FG, 20 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Terrence Jones: 25 points, 10-17 FG, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks
  • Eric Gordon: 35 points, 11-17 FG, 6-9 3PT, 6 assists, 3 rebounds
  • J.J. Redick: 33 points, 10-14 FG, 7-9 3PT, 5 assists, 3 rebounds
  • James Johnson: 15 points, 7-13 FG, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks (!)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge: 32 points, 12-26 FG, 18 rebounds, 4 assists
  • JJ Hickson: 13 points, 6-12 FG, 24 rebounds, 2 assists and all the clutch plays

Lemon Face: Jimmy Butler played a lot of minutes against the Magic

The Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic needed three overtimes to decide a winner and out of those possible 63 minutes, Jimmy Butler played 60. Sixty. 60 whole minutes. One hour. To no surprise, that’s now a franchise record. Way to play your banged up starting shooting guard on an already depleted team an unhealthy amount of minutes, Thibodeau.

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Oh, and the Bulls won, by the way.

Lion Face: James Harden ices the game

R.I.P Austin Rivers’ ankles.

Lemon Face: Kris Humphries missed Rajon Rondo

Remember when Rajon Rondo was assigned to the D-League? No? You were getting a shower? Oh, that explains it. Well, let me fill you in, then. The Celtics announced yesterday that Rondo had been assigned to the Maine Red Claws and then two hours later, they recalled him. So if you were hoping for him to play at least one game in the D-League, it’s not happening. Sad, I know. But that makes one person very happy:

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All those stats that made me look really smart came from Elias. And I didn’t make any of the GIFs. Props to SB Nation for those.

Scott Rafferty