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LION FACE/LEMON FACE 5/3/13: WHY DID THAT SERIES HAVE TO END?

Night 13 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs is officially in the books. We had one series that people can’t wait to end and one series that people wish was a best of 15. We had Lion Faces; we had Lemon Faces. Let’s get to them.

Lion Face: The Nets starting lineup

Consistency can be a beautiful thing in a starting lineup over the course of a game, and the Nets had plenty of it last night. Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson all scored 17 points while Gerald Wallace dropped in 15. While Reggie Evans only managed 2 points, he pulled down 15 rebounds. With their powers combined, the starting five helped Brooklyn to force a Game 7 in this series as they head back to New York.

Lemon Face: The Bulls health

Derrick Rose remaining on the bench despite being cleared to play limited the chances of the Bulls to make any sort of playoff run as it is, but additional injuries to Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich coupled with Luol Deng and Nate Robinson suffering flu like symptoms is just overkill of a cruel joke by the basketball gods. Deng was a late scratch, but Robinson and Noah gutted their way through 42 and 43 minutes respectively. The Warriors may have played the late game, but there were warriors in the early contest as well. While the Heat would still be overwhelming favorites in the East, it’s a shame that we never got to see Chicago at full strength this year since they could have at least made Miami work for it.

Lion Face: Nate Robinson (yes, again)

We might need to start renaming Lion Face to Nate Robinson Face if this keeps up. Robinson played through the flu and scored 18 points for the Bulls, but it was this move that he pulled on Kris Humphries that secured him a Lion Face:

GIF via @cjzero

Looks like Kris Humphries would like to have that highlight annulled/was left at the altar/[insert your own awful Kardashian joke in this space].

Lemon Face: Fans that bought tickets to the Rihanna concert at Barclays

Apparently the Nets win last night forced Rihanna to postpone her concert in Brooklyn on Saturday night to Tuesday which has left fans none too pleased. Rembert Browne of Grantland retweeted some of the folks affected by this change, and it also serves as a reminder to never read Twitter in times like this or Internet comments at any time.

Lion Face: Kosta Koufos

Sadly, I am no longer able to claim that I have made as many three pointers in the NBA as Kosta Koufos after last night. Demonstrating no regard for the shot clock in the middle of the first quarter, Koufos dribble the ball outside the arc, looked up at the shot clock on the opposing basket, and chucked up a triple that found nothing but the bottom of the net giving him his first three in his seven year career. As the saying goes, a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while.

GIF via SBNation

Lemon Face: The Nuggets on the road

With the loss last night, the Nuggets fell to 1-13 in their past 14 playoff games on the road. Not that it is by any means easy to win a playoff road game, but Denver is approaching unchartered territory here. Their inability to win on the road forces them to be perfect at home if they have any chance of winning the series as a higher seed with home court advantage, and it basically seals their fate if they enter the series as the lower seeded team. Atlanta and Houston frequently get branded as the epitome of “Treadmill of Mediocrity” teams, but the Nuggets are doing their best to usurp that title. This is now the ninth time in the past ten seasons that Denver has made the playoffs and failed to advance past the first round.

Lion Face: Steph Curry’s Second Half

Image via NBA.com

Image via NBA.com

5-8 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc, 16 points, and the added benefit of energizing the raucous Oracle crowd. Curry’s performance in the 3rd quarter (4-6 FG, 14 points) helped the Warriors pull ahead and they never looked back in moving on to the second round for the first time since the 2007 “We Believe” team. It’s a good thing Curry stepped up in the second half because…

Lemon Face: Steph Curry’s First Half

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Image via NBA.com

1-6 from the field, 0-2 from beyond the arc, 6 points. Oof. Curry’s been sensational in this series, but he cannot afford to have too many halves like this if the Warriors want to have any chance of upsetting San Antonio. Roaracle can only do so much to impact the outcome of the game, but at the end of the day, as always, it’s going to come down to the players on the floor.

Statistical support for this story provided by NBA.com

We Found Love in a Hopeless Place

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Being a season ticket holder for a bad team is a curious place to find yourself. You convinced yourself to buy tickets for three reasons: camaraderie, love of the sport, and the team’s promise of a new era. With good friends and a good game, 2/3 of the reasoning still sits atop solid footing. But that promise. Oh yes, that promise.

The Wizards organization has chosen to start this season with a rebranding campaign: new jerseys, new court design, new slogan, new direction. The campaign is called “New Traditions,” and it immediately made me hopeful for the dawning of a new era of Wizards basketball. Just check out this intro:

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Pretty cool, huh? Makes you feel like you want to be a part of all this newness, eh? That’s how I felt. Then I went to last night’s Wizards-Celtics tilt (rematch: tonight!). I sat down in my seats, in a sea of red and green (to be fair, there was a lot less green this year, probably because there was some pretty cool new Wizards gear to buy), watched the intro, and then immediately got slammed in the face by mediocrity.

Last night, the Celtics were playing a step slower than their ideal speed. Blame it on NYE hangovers, or adjusting to Pierce being back in the lineup, or being an older team on a compressed season schedule. But they still outplayed the Wizards. The fact is, the Celtics are a better team than the Wizards. They defend better. They move the ball better. They score better. They make it difficult for other teams to score. That’s their style, and that’s their reputation. And even playing below their ideal, they still whomped the Wiz.

The Wiz are afflicted by something I like to call “The Disease of the Long Two.” When the players on this team post up, they score better. However, for some reason, these guys like to avoid penetrating the paint. They ISO or spot up outside the paint, jack up a long two or three, and scurry back on defense. Relatively little ball movement. Often contested. These jumpers are flying, and there’s no stopping them. Are these the plays Saunders draws up? Are the players ignoring the playbook? Are other teams just that much better that they force the Wiz out of sync, cause them to break plays and chuck shots from the other side of the moon off one foot?

There were bright spots, to be sure. Most of them occurred when John Wall decided to get aggressive and get into the paint to draw a foul. But other than that, guards and forwards alike were letting the ball fly from 18+ feet without a care in the world.

I love this team, and I love going to these games. But if these guys don’t start playing up to their potential, my relationship with this team will soon be deemed unhealthy.