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Line Of The Night — 04/18/2011


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As seen on SLAMOnline:

Line Of The Night:

Derrick Rose — 36 points, 8 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals

The MVP voting has already concluded, but Rose has only cemented the conventional wisdom thus far in the pre-season.  He is the Chicago offense.  Iditarod helped him out a little this game, but it was Rose driving, hitting the J, whatever the Bulls needed offensively, all game.  Impressive.

Worst Of The Night:

Somebody get that cameraman in Chicago that sprained Darren Collison’s ankle a copy of Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3.  Didn’t anybody tell him we off Timbos?  You have gotta be kidding us that a construction boot might have cost the Pacers a shot at a huge Playoff upset.  And why do all cameraman controversies have to involve the Bulls?

Worst Of The Night Part II:

Tyler Hansbrough — 6 points on 2-12 shooting

After a key performance in Game 1, Psycho T fell back to Earth, missing several open jumpers.  He was active as usual, impacting the game in the frantic way only he can, but the Pacers desperately needed a second scorer with Collison injured, and if one had materialized, we might be talking about a 1-1 series.  Game 3 will go a long way in establishing where Hansbrough fits in the playoff food chain.  Also, we blame him and his nickname for subliminally influencing Chris Webber to say “psyche” after one player’s fake.

Contraction Club Of The Night:

Illadelph 76ers — 73 points vs. Miami

Jumpshot, jumpshot, jumpshot, clang, clang, clang.  Jumpshot, jumpshot, jumpshot, clang, clang, clang.  That was the Philly offense, especially in the first half.  Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner got a little loose off the bench, but that was about it.  Iguodala… what’s up, mane?  Why you gotta be so an-ti?

Plays Of The Night:

D-Wade putting young Evan Turner on skates with the crossover got the most hype, but give us that LeBron pass to Chris Bosh at the beginning of the 2nd quarter — a no look, bullet chest pass right on target.  So nasty.

Somebody owes Dick Stockton BIG, apparently.  That dude is officially senile, and still rocking the mic… Rick Adelman out as head coach of Rockets… Dang, Mike Miller.  Two thumb braces cannot be a good look for a shooter… T.J. Ford, A Love Story…  There is not much worse than the Iditarod side-to-side head roll celebration…  Where’s Baby?  Where’s  Weezy?  Ross?  Anybody other than Rony Seikaly?  Can someone please fill the gaping “NBA celebrities in the crowd coverage” hole?… Josh McRoberts needs to relax on all that goofy juice…

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