The mid-way point of the NBA season has past us, All-Star weekend is done, and now it's time for the Thunder to get back to business. They have today and tomorrow off and resume their season on Wednesday in Philadelphia. At 27-7, they are tied for the best record in the NBA Let's see if they can duplicate that effort in the remaining 32 games.
Sharp does a phenomenal job recapping the All-Star weekend. His last two photographs are so perfect.
Young writes that Kevin Durant is now able to check off another accomplishment from his list. Since he's only 23 years old, I'm pretty sure this will not be his last MVP trophy.
Hollinger grades the players. Kevin Durant was awarded an A, but surprisingly Hollinger gave Russell Westbrook high marks too, as well as noting that he really deserves to be in the dunk competition.
Mayberry got a quick word with Charles Barkley, who does not think that the Thunder are even the best team in the West. I think I'm about ready to stop paying attention to him on this matter because he's turning into Skip Bayless. It's one thing to argue that the Spurs are best suited for a playoff run because of XYZ, but Barkley doesn't say that. He just says he doesn't like the way the Thunder execute (i.e. they're a jump shooting team) but gives no reasons why, or how that is any different from the Spurs (who are also a jump shooting team). To me, that's a script, not an opinion.
Durant spoke out against the weak slam dunk showing over the weekend, clamoring for the stars, including his teammate, to step up and put on a show.
Hollinger wonders, with Durant and Westbrook on one end of the court and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the other, if we just got a sneak peak of this year's Finals.
I love this. It tells me that Cole Aldrich is aware at how goofy his celebration is, but he doesn't care because in a small way it helps the team.
That's right, I'm turning Ricky Rubio's last name into a verb. This play, so subtle and small, might be my favorite moment of the weekend. It is the kind of play that simply puts Rubio on a different basketball level.
Jerry West played in an era that existed before statistics such as steals were kept. Here is one attempt to calculate them ex post.
The East All-Stars did a little dance during their intro. Well, all except one.
Well, in All-Star total points scored, anyway. There is something to be said for being old and good.
Finally, a spot for Andris Biedrins.
Coach Nick takes a closer look at the Heat's brutal efficiency this season. It all starts with the post. Who is in the post? Whoever Miami wants to be in the post.
David Stern may be winding down his career as commish, but rest assured he has a succession plan in place. And it is the guy who looks like Lurch.