Apparently, there were a pair of important NFL games on last night, so it turned out to be a pretty quiet night in the NBA.
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.
Unless you are either a Timberwolves, 76ers, Hawks, Nets, Magic or Clippers fan, you might not have taken in any NBA action last night and if that was the case, I don't blame you. Two of the games ended in a blowout, while the other ended with a Nets victory. So, yeah, it wasn't one of the most memorable nights of the 2013-2014 season, but we still had highlights, injury updates, big performances and silly moments, so a Lion Face/Lemon Face is in order.
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.
Unless you live 15 million miles away from an NBA arena like I do, last night marked the first games of 2014, which is exciting because, you know, it just is. While there weren't any blockbuster games going on, there were some upsets, some ridiculous highlights and some drama, per usual, so let's take a look at it with the first Lion Face/Lemon Face of 2014.
If you were watching the NFL last night, you missed a lot. Hell, if you watched just one or two of the five NBA games, you may have missed something, so let me help you out by pointing out all the good and bad stuff that went on. I've even thrown in some D-League news for good measure. Let's get to it, folks!
There were only four games last night, but a lot of stuff happened. The Hawks and Cavaliers had to go through two overtimes to determine a winner, the Rockets somehow beat the Grizzlies despite playing terribly, Danny Green came back into our lives and helped the Spurs beat the Mavericks and the Clippers lost another thriller, this time against the Trailblazers.
When the schedule for this season leaked several months ago, the Christmas Day games looked awesome. A matchup between Derrick Rose's Bulls and the championship-calibre Brooklyn Nets? Awesome. How about a potential, but unlikely, finals preview between the Thunder and Knicks? Sounds good to me. The Big Three taking on Kobe Bryant? Who says no to that?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Eveeeeeeerywhere we go. Not really. There are no NBA games tonight, which doesn't scream, "IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON" to me. But hey, maybe I'm just being picky. After all, there were 11 games last night and most of them were bags and bags of fun. So instead of complaining about it, let's just take a look at the best and worst moments from all those games.
Here's the SparkNotes version of what happened in the NBA last night: The Pacers destroyed the Celtics because of course, Kevin Love nearly single handily beat the Clippers but came up just a tad short and the Raptors spoiled the Thunders' perfect home record. But if you wanted a little more on all that, you're in the right place.