Oddly coincidental timing for a Thunder/Kings game: Earlier on Friday, news broke that Kings ownership sabotaged a deal with the city to build a new arena, and that the Hornets are being sold to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who will most likely keep them in Louisiana. So in Oklahoma City you had the old Seattle Supersonics playing what could very well be the new Seattle Supersonics — one team with two original Sonics on its roster (Kevin Durant, Nick Collison) and one with two Seattle natives on its roster (Isaiah Thomas, Terrence Williams) … And that was about as interesting as it got, because the game itself was a dull pounding by the Thunder. Did something happen on a DMV-area playground between Durant and Donte Greene that we don’t know about? Whenever Durant (29 pts) found Greene guarding him, he want at him hard. The highlights included a tomahawk dunk down the middle of the lane, and a baseline blow-by for a layup … So if Anthony Davis turns out to be exactly as good as Serge Ibaka (7 blks), would that be good enough for a No. 1 overall pick? Leading the league in blocks and contributing a few points and boards per night for a championship contender certainly isn’t bust material, but everybody wants No. 1 picks to be guys that carry franchises, not just contribute … Amazingly, DeMarcus Cousins and Kendrick Perkins guarded each other for an entire game and never came to blows. But they were throwing glares and mean-mugs at a rate Manny Pacquiao would admire … Kobe (shin) and Mike Brown (personal reasons) missed Lakers/Nuggets, but Matt Barnes (24 pts) played like a tatted, skater Kobe stunt double to help L.A. clinch its playoff berth. Barnes was hitting rainbow fadeaway buzzer-beaters, going spread-eagle on left-hand dunks, and he hit a huge three and a floater late in the fourth quarter before finding Andrew Bynum (30 pts) with a halfcourt alley-oop that put the Nuggets to bed. Not sure what had gotten into him, but Barnes didn’t even get buckets like that at UCLA … Other stat lines from Friday: Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 to help Dallas edge Portland; Eric Gordon poured in 25 points as New Orleans beat Utah; DeMar DeRozan scored 22 to lead Toronto past Boston; Kris Humphries put up 18 points and 13 rebounds in New Jersey’s win at Philadelphia; Brandon Jennings had 20 points and 10 assists in Milwaukee’s win at Detroit; Jannero Pargo had 17 points and 3 steals in Atlanta’s rout over Orlando; and J.R. Smith dropped 23 off the bench as New York molly-whopped Washington … In the midst of that debacle at MSG, John Wall caught a lob from Jordan Crawford and damn near hurdled Baron Davis for a two-hand dunk. Exactly how long do you think Wall has been fantasizing about the island vacation he’s going to take as soon as this season is over and he can get away from this clown college squad? Wall might be the only player in the NBA who doesn’t play as himself on NBA 2K12 — or maybe he does, but he traded himself to the Lakers months ago … We’re out like the Kings …
Smack / Apr 14, 2012 / 3:05 am
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