NBA Highlights From Last Night That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Cry Again.

The NBA is in full swing, going into the 4th week of mostly terrible, beginning of the season, all-star-game-quality-defense basketball, unless you’re a Golden State Warriors fan.  Damn they’re good.

Last night barraged us with several worthy highlights that would make the Top 10 and the NOT Top 10 lists.  He’s a quick overview:

–Normally I’d never discuss a Timberwolves @ Magic highlight for any reason other than horrific injuries or Yeti sightings.  But last night the two possible playoff 8-seeds had a game-winner scenario hit by the French-est of NBA Frenchman, Evan Fournier (don’t google the french meaning of his last name, I promise).

In my head as I watched this, Fournier screamed out, “RASBERRY CREPES!” when the ball went through the cylinder for the go-ahead bucket.


–Dallas Mavs @ Boston Celtics game last night, Kelly Olynyk pulled out a Dirk Nowitzki ON Dirk Nowitzki!

Olynyk looks like someone….but i can’t quite put my finger on who:

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–Toronto Raptors’ guard and dunk-machine, Demar DeRozen put the Utah Jazz’s posterized-big man, Rudy Gobert INTO THE BASKET with this ridiculous, man-hood reducing dunk last night:


–Dion Waiters of the OKC Thunder has a growing problem, missing wide open layups.  This happened last night as the OKC Thunder took on the New Orleans Hornets:

Dion did the same thing in January of last season:

And AGAIN last January:


 –The Phoenix Suns took on the Chicago Bulls in Chicago last night.  It was a solid, efficient, nothing-flashy kind of game on both sides with Chicago grinding out the win.  Jimmy Butler (killin it) finished with 32 points for the game, with 14 of them coming in the 4th quarter.  The REAL highlight is the fact that yet again, Derrick Rose is hurt and on the sideline, NOT in uniform for Chicago.  When is enough…..enough?  If you’re a Chicago fan, when do you break ties?  Sidenote:  Jimmy Butler is the best player on this team, he’s better than Derrick Rose now.  Deal with it.  

Gronk Confused

Watching Gronk’s reaction is priceless, he looks like a puppy when you fake throw a ball over his head.

The puppy stands with a tilted head to the side looking all…….Gronk-ish.  With a confused-half-grin, Gronk is still excited but not sure why.

Maybe Gronk was waiting on a deflategate joke?

After the trick, Gronk was quoted off-camera:

“Gronk no like football no more, small man make football scary when he hide Gronk’s talky-talk inside ball and throw to touchdown place.”

“Mat Franco’s Got Magic” will air on NBC on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET.

Steph Curry is REAL

You know a player is competing at a higher level than his opposition when he makes things look effortless and easy all the time.  Similar to when an actor sucks you into the story that completely makes you forget you’re watching a film, DeNiro in Taxi Driver, Nicholson in The Shining, Brando in The Godfather, McConaughey in Dazed and Confused (what? He’s awesome).

The “different level” player always seems to be moving fluidly and without distraction from anything or anyone like a wave in perfect harmony with the breaks and swells flowing into the beach.  With every action, the player reacts without struggle in the perfect and most unpredictable way, and in the case of Steph Curry it usually ends in a soul-crushing three-pointer to win the game.

If you haven’t been paying attention to Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors, you need to.  They’ve announced their presence with authority as serious Western Conference contenders.  Curry is averaging 23.8 ppg, 7.8 ast, 1.9 stl per game this season for the Warriors, while shooting 49% from the field and an unbelievable 42% form the three point arc.  I call that unbelievable because he leads the league in three point attempts AND makes as well.

That puts Steph in rare air as far as shooters go, he’s on track to reach the triple crown of long-range gunners, the 50-40-90 club.  Only TEN players in the history of the NBA have shot 50% from the field, 40% from three-point and 90% from the freethrow line, Curry is at 49-42-92 right now.

In case you were wondering:

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These aren’t your Dad’s Warriors, there’s no Tim Hardaway or Chris Mullin or Latrell Sprewell or Chris Gatlin “Gun” in the bay area anymore, this new wave of talent in Oak-Town is legit and ready to make everyone look silly.

Even Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless (the obnoxious duo) are in love with Steph.