Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: 24 HOURS ON HARDWOOD 2.21.08


by HP, Hardwood Paroxysm

Your Word Of The Day? Trade. As in, "I'd trade everything in my possession not to have to hear anything more about trade rumors or how the Lakers made the only good trade of the season." Here's what happened in the last 24 Hours in the NBA...

Kobe Bryant Is Very Good At The Game Of Basketball: I could tell you how the Suns killed them on the offensive glass, 16-7. I could tell you how in the playoffs, it's highly unlikely that the Lakers will shoot 57% from the field in a seven game series. I could even tell you about how Sasha Vujacic probably won't be averaging 15 points per game come April. But none of that would be fair to the greatness that is Kobe Bryant. There was absolutely nothing Bryant didn't do last night in the Lakers' 130-124 win over the Suns in their first game with Shaquille O'Neal. Bryant scored 41 points to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. That is, as the kids say, fucking amazing. The Big Fella had 15 and 9 in the loss. There's a lot to take from the win for the Lakers and a lot of questions for the Suns. Starting with, "How do you let the Lakers' shoot 57% from the field?"

This Did Not Work Out As We Planned: Jason Kidd debuted with the Mavs tonight. And after 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 turnovers, the Mavs lost to the Hornets 104-93. That's a little disappointing. Chris Paul had 31, 5, and 11, because he's what's considered "awesome". Dirk had 31 and 8 in the loss that dropped the Mavs to 6th in the West. You sneeze in the Western Conference and you're out of the playoffs. Which is funny, because saying "Nowitzki" sounds a lot like sneezing.

Maybe They Should Trade For New Identities And A Lot Of Drugs: Every now and then, I start to wonder if God loves any of us, or if he cares at all. I wonder if he ever gets angry or vengeful towards us or if he's just apathetic towards the lot of us. Then things like the Sixers beating the Knicks by forty (40!) happen. Isiah said after the game that the trade deadline may have been the culprit. Which is kind of like blaming global warming on Puff the Magic freaking Dragon. Philadelphia is currently in the playoffs. May God have mercy on your soul, Eastern Conference.

We Know Who To Blame. That Garnett Fella: The Celtics are now 0-2 since KG got back. Everyone, panic! Boom Dizzle nailed a jumper with .3 to play to give the Warriors a 119-117 win over the Celtics in the Roaracle. Dizzle had 29, Ellis had 26, and Harrington had 22 points in 28 minutes. Because, you know, Chris Webber (5 points and 2 turnovers in 20 minutes) was totally worth the dough. Ray Allen had 32, KG had 17 and 15, and Rajon Rondo had no rebounds for the Celtics who all of a sudden look very mortal. Did I mention the Warriors were without Stephen Jackson? Because that's not a good sign for the Green.

Elsewhere: Yawn. LeBron had another triple double in a win over an inferior Eastern team (Pacers). Yawn. In an awesome matchup of young big men, Bosh outdid Howard with 40 points and the Raps whupped the Magic. Ron Artest led Bibby's old team over Bibby's new team. Milwaukee beat Detroit. I know. I'm scared, too.

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