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Last night in the NBA Playoffs: Wizards Win and the BasedGod curse strikes again

Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Los Angeles Clippers bench celebrates teammate center DeAndre Jordan (6) making a free throw to increase the lead over the Golden State Warriors to 10 points in the 4th quarter of game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Just another amazing night in the NBA Playoffs. And we have so much to discuss, so let’s get into it.

Miscellaneous

OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD Adam Silver “Iverson stepping” over Donald Sterling! @talkhoops is the GOAT. 2014 is so amazing.

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Related: Adam Silver dunking on Donald Sterling’s head. A great effort by @nick_pants. AS GOD AS MY WITNESS, HE IS BROKEN IN HALF!

Changing subjects now. A common theory regarding the Pacers’ collapse is that it’s Evan Turner’s fault, because, well, everything is Evan Turner’s fault. Our friend @hickoryhigh was helpful enough to put together some possible trade scenarios that are pretty interesting. Who knew Johnny Lawrence’s PER was just 14?

Okay, now time to get to the games.

Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

WIZARDS WIN! WIZARDS WIN!

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FLEX TO THE LEFT, THROW SOME MONEY OUT YOUR HANDS. WE DO IT FOR THE CITY, YA WE DO IT FOR THE FANS. TO BALL LIKE WALL BOY YOU GOTTA DO THE DANCE. EVERYBODY DO THE JOHN WALL, JOHN WALL, JOHN WALL.

Go ahead, John. Dance all you want. You’ve earned it.

Meanwhile, shout out to @WallaceNBA_ESPN for being the only ESPN “expert” to pick the Wizards.

 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Here we’ve got a nice little Russell Westbrook dunk to get us started.

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(h/t to @cjzero)

Not like it was any contest or anything, but that dunk was way cooler than whatever it was that Westbrook showed up wearing this evening.

The Grizzlies held a big lead last night, but couldn’t win the game in regulation, partly because they were atrocious in the fourth quarter. Protect your eyes before you look at their shooting chart from that frame.

grizz fourth

But how exactly did the game get to overtime?

#LETWESTBROOKBEWESTBROOK because #WESTBROOKISWESTBROOK

Unfortunately for the Thunder, they had no chance in overtime–for a couple of reasons. First of all, this guy showed up.

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 All hail the Mystic Wolfman.

And now sure, the Mystic Wolfman showing up and hitting two threes to start off overtime was important, but let’s not forget about the real reason the Thunder lost: the BasedGod Curse.

The BasedGod Curse is very real, and you’re only lying to yourself if you don’t believe in it. Question: Have the Thunder won a title since Lil B cursed Durant? Answer: No. There you have it.

We saw the curse rear its magical, mysterious head once again last night–this time in the form of Joey Crawford.

BasedGod curse stronger than ever. It’s #JustFacts.

You better believe Ibaka would have gotten this potential game-winner off in time if BasedGod curse wasn’t in effect. But alas, KD just won’t play Lil B in 1-on-1, and until he does, the Thunder aren’t winning any titles.

 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

With Commissioner Silver flexing on Sterling earlier in the afternoon, there was a better atmosphere in the arena, with everyone knowing the problem was being dealt with. Check out some of the shirts and signs the fans showed up with to voice their own displeasure with Sterling.

Oh yeah, some cool things happened on the court as well.

OH HAI BLAKE.

This Iggy putback of his own miss was pretty sweet too.

But the off-the-court stuff overshadowed this game, though, and that’s just fine. Today was an important and memorable day in the history of the league.

WE. ARE. ONE.

Clippers fans chanting, "We are one."

Jack Maloney