By Jack Maidment
Four teams with realistic championship aspirations faced off against each other on Wednesday night with the NBA regular season finish line in sight.
Here’s what we learned.
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat.
@There are way too many hot, young women going out with old (rich) men in Miami. Man.
@My heart might want something different (I see you Chi-Town) but an OKC-Miami NBA Finals would be out of this world. The standard of play when both teams are on the floor is off the scale.
@Kevin Durant has acquired The Look.
@LeBron James-KD is the best player match up in the league by a long way. They play each other pretty much the entire game and guarantee the other a tough night, both offensively and defensively.
@OKC can be nasty when it needs to be. Between Ibaka, Perkins, Mohammed and Collison, the Thunder have four solid bodies who can dish out a hit and on Wednesday they did. Frequently. The game had more missed layups than any other I have watched this season and every one was down to players waiting for the crunch.
@If I was a Miami fan, I would worry about Chris Bosh. He was milk-carton missing on Wednesday night and wanted no part of a positively scary OKC frontline.
@On that note, OKC’s front line is the best in the league. Between Perkins, Ibaka and Durant the Thunder have everything you need to be a great team on both ends of the floor.
@If Shane Battier cannot consistently make the left corner three in the fourth quarter the Heat could be in big trouble.
@Eric Spoelstra must drink a lot of Red Bull prior to each game. He walks around a lot. (Could make a ‘he spends more time on the floor than Mike Miller’ joke here, but I won’t because I am all class.)
@There is no scarier defensive player in the League than Serge Ibaka.
@If OKC-Miami do meet in the Finals Mike Breen is going to need to take a deep breath.
@Mike Breen is the best announcer in the NBA and it’s not even close.
@James Harden is the slipperiest player the the league.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers
@There are way too many hot, young women going out with old (rich) men in Los Angeles. Man.
@Kobe Bryant is still Kobe Bryant. The ‘raise up’ wing three pointer he hits with alarming regularity is probably the toughest shot any player takes in the league and it is also probably the most demoralising for the opposition.
@Yes Blake, the dunks are nice. But they are still only worth two points.
@Pretty sure Vinny Del Negro pulls names out of a hat to pick his starters and their minutes.
@Chauncey Billups has some truly horrible ties.
@Andrew Bynum is the biggest and strongest player in the league. There is no one in the entire NBA who can play him one on one any more. He made DeAndre Jordan look like a 6-year-old on the low block.
@Blake Griffin looks lost in just about every half court set. Although to be fair, so would you if you had VDN teaching you.
@Randy Foye cannot play Kobe Bryant straight up. Who knew. Kobe was asked in his half time interview what he thought about the Clippers leaving Foye on an island. Kobe grinned and simply said in that situation ‘it’s just time to go to work’.
@Pau Gasol is the most skilled big man in the league. He is also the owner of the best stinkface. After Blake dunked on him a second time on Wednesday Pau gave a facial expression similar to the one given by a workman who arrives home to see his wife getting banged by an alligator. Amazing.
@A Clipper-Laker series would be fun, but the Lakers would win.
@Ramon Sessions is an upgrade over Derek Fisher in the same way that the animation in Toy Story is an upgrade over Steamboat Micky.