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Last night in the NBA Playoffs: Zards Back and Clippers get Thunderstruck

I haven’t shared any #wisdom from Soulja Boy in a while, so here’s this. I think Soulja makes a great point here, and something we should all think about.

 

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers

This was a complete blowout. The Pacers were barely even awake, I think. Like this dunk by Ian Mahinmi was literally the only cool thing they did all night. I mean, it was really sick, but seriously, this is all you had in potential close-out game at home? Lol, okay Pacers. Good job, good effort.

(h/t @outsidethenba)

 

Except for that, it was all Zards.

HI, JOHN.

 

After struggling for a few games, Marcin Gortat was unstoppable, going 13-15 for 31(!!!) points. This Gortat was on firrrreeeeeeee. This Gortat was on firrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeee.

GORTAT

 

Also, I’m just going to leave this here. (Wizards fans have a lot of weird photoshops.)

There really wasn’t too much else to see here. The game was, for all intents and purposes, over about mid-way through the third quarter. And that made Roy Hibbert sad again.

 

Never doubt the strength of the Ottoman Empire. (Again with the photoshops.)

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers

This game was all fairly normal until about the last minute or so. The Clippers jumped out to an early lead, then the Thunder made a run and it was a close for a good portion of the contest, but in the final few minutes the Clippers started to pull away. A classic game storyline, until… the Thunder stormed back from seven points down in the final 49 seconds to snatch a win thanks to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, some uncharacteristically bad plays by Chris Paul, and a dubious refereeing situation.

But first, let’s look at some highlights from early on in the game, because any time the Clippers and Thunder get together, there’s going to be some highlights.

Here we have Thabo Sefolosha… wait, Thabo, really? Am I seeing that wr… Oh nope, it’s right. Here we have Thabo Sefolosha yamming one on DeAndre Jordan’s head.

Steven Adams was making plays too, throwing down dunks and throwing back shots.

 

And here you can see Russell Westbrook floating through the air.

GIF: Russell Westbrook floats through the lane for the layup on Twitpic

(h/t @JDonSports)

 

Then we have Blake Griffin making Kendrick Perkins look like a 50 year old man.

And then this happened.

That’s the full comeback, starting with Chris Paul’s jumper to make it a seven point game with about 49 seconds remaining.

Also, watch the Phantom Cam highlights because the Phantom Cam is awesome.

 

Now let’s break it down. Here is the Reggie Jackson out of bounds/foul play that has everyone worked up. It certainly seems like the ball goes off Jackson last, but only because he was fouled by Barnes. Multiple times a night, a similar scenario plays out, but the refs decide to just split the difference, not calling the foul, but awarding the ball to the team whose player got fouled. Late in games when plays can be reviewed, however, the ref’s compromise strategy puts them in a terrible position. In this case, they decided to stick with the compromise, awarding the ball to Jackson. I have no problem with the refs doing that, but I’m also not Doc Rivers or a Clippers fan.

As for the Russell Westbrook three? That’s most certainly a foul.

(h/t Eye on Basketball for the last two videos)

 

Rivers, however, was very upset, both on the court and after the game.

GIF: Doc Rivers says our ball, and you know it on Twitpic

(h/t @cjzero for the .gif and video)

 

As for Kevin Durant? He couldn’t even watch as Westbrook sunk three free throws to win the game.

 

Here’s video where you can see KD sitting down up in the top right hand corner for the first free throw.

(h/t @tomhaberstroh)

 

Well that was a lot to take in, so let’s end with this picture of French Montana chilling on a four-wheeler in the desert next to an elephant, because wow, if this isn’t stunting, then I don’t know what is.

Jack Maloney