I don’t normally write the Saturday Dose, so to celebrate the occasion I’ve decided to go with music headlines for each item today. It’s something I used to do a lot more of, and while some people are glad I ditched the policy, I know others will be glad to see it return. In any case, here’s what went down on Friday night. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
The Swish – The Hold Steady
Some dude swished a hook shot from half court to win $75,000 on Friday night in Miami, and if that wasn’t spectacular enough, LeBron James became overwhelmed with emotion and tackled the guy at mid-court. The fact Bron showed so much emotion for someone else’s good fortune, and disregarded the fact he was still in the middle of an NBA game, was pretty awesome to see. LeBron’s “Decision” is officially a thing of the past, and he can’t seem to do anything wrong these days. If you somehow haven’t seen it yet, check it out by hitting this link.
Too Far Down – Husker Du
The Hawks overcame an incredible 27-point deficit to come back and eventually beat the Celtics in double-overtime, led by Kyle Korver’s 27 points and his career-best eight 3-pointers. Josh Smith couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, hitting just 7-of-20 shots and 3-of-9 free throws, but also played well at times, made some key defensive stops to keep his team in the game, and nearly triple-doubled. The trade rumors on Smoove aren’t going to go away anytime soon, especially after he said Friday that he fully expects to be a max-contract guy, which might be too rich for the Hawks’ blood. Al Horford (hamstring) and Devin Harris (ankle) both returned and played well for the Hawks. Horford didn’t show signs of his injury, going for 24 points and 13 boards in 51 minutes. The sad news is that I turned the game off and watched "Trouble With The Curve" with the family instead of witnessing the comeback.
Perfect Circle – R.E.M.
Kobe Bryant was outscored by Steve Nash, Nash was out-assisted by Kobe, and Dwight Howard ignored his sore shoulder looked like a beast as the Lakers rolled over the Jazz like they were standing still on Friday night. Kobe just missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine boards and a season-high 14 dimes, Nash had 15 points and just two assists, and Howard added 17 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. This could signal the end of Earl Clark’s run, as he had seven points and six boards in 27 minutes, while Metta World Peace had 17 points, five boards and five 3-pointers in the easy win. The Lakers and their fans were giddy after this one, which was probably the best game they’ve played all season. Maybe the closed-door team meeting helped, but we’ll have to see how they look against the Thunder on Sunday before officially starting the celebration. But Friday night was definitely a step in the right direction.
Heartbreakin’ Man – My Morning Jacket
Ersan Ilyasova blew up for a season-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. His new owners are dancing on the ceiling over his recent success, while the ones who hung in there with him all year, only to drop him just before he got his stuff together, are pulling their hair out. Sell high if you like, but I think Ilyasova is here to stay for the Bucks the rest of the way – finally.
Alarmed – Built To Spill
Deron Williams suffered a left quad contusion in last night’s blowout loss and didn’t return to the game. The Nets are hoping he can play against the Rockets today, but I’m thinking he’s more of a game-time decision than anything else. And if he misses tonight’s game, he’ll also probably be iffy for Monday’s game against the Magic.
Call the Doctor – Sleater Kinney
Blake Griffin’s sprained ankle doesn’t appear to be a big deal and he’s expected to play on Saturday against the Blazers. And if he makes it through that one, look for him again on Sunday against the Thunder. Chris Paul could also play in both games, but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one, as his knee injury continues to scare the bejeezus out of his owners.