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Zach Randolph takes Blake Griffin to the ground

This is an absurdly dirty play by Zach Randolph. I don’t really know what else to call it. He just grabs Blake Griffin and tries to choke him out on the ground even though Blake is clearly trying to get away. It should have been a flagrant foul, and Randolph should have been ejected from the game.

But this is what happens when Joey Crawford is the game’s head referee.

by Jack Kuhlenschmidt

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Stephen Curry vs Nuggets Fan
(watch the full video here)

Things got HEATED in Denver.

nbaoffseason:

Stephen Curry vs Nuggets Fan

(watch the full video here)

Things got HEATED in Denver.

You stay classy, Chris Broussard

Jason Collins made a groundbreaking announcement this morning, letting the world know that he is gay. It is the first time an active male professional athlete has come out of the closet in the United States, and this announcement has been met with support by many big-name players like Kobe Bryant and Baron Davis as well as Collins’ former teammates like Bradley Beal and Martell Webster.

Chris Broussard, a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine, said on national television that he believes Jason Collins is “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.” Collins is a devout Christian who is well-liked by everybody who has ever met him, and it is not Chris Broussard’s job to judge Collins’ standing in the eyes of God. Judging from the precedent set by ESPN’s decision not to renew Rob Parker’s contract after Parker made some controversial comments regarding Robert Griffin III, it looks like Chris Broussard’s time as an employee of ESPN may be coming to an end. 

by Jack Kuhlenschmidt

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O.o this is pretty cool

Z-Bo and Matt Barnes hug it out

For all of the talk about how physical the first-round series between the Clippers and Grizzlies is (and it’s not being exaggerated — this is an incredibly physical series), it’s nice to see some love shown between two of the toughest players on the court after a flagrant foul. Good on you, Zach Randolph. And for the record, this is not a flagrant on Matt Barnes. Just a good play “in the mud,” as Z-Bo might say…

The best Magic Johnson highlight tape

If you haven’t watched this Magic Johnson tape, accompanied by the original play-by-play from the legendary Chick Hearn, you are missing out. It’s refreshing to watch a highlight tape that has the original broadcast playing instead of some overplayed rap song like “Remember the Name" or "Til’ I Collapse.”

It’s hard to believe Magic made plays like this on a daily basis. Also of note: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was freakishly nimble for a guy standing 7’2”, and his skills would have translated perfectly into today’s NBA. Enjoy.

by Jack Kuhlenschmidt

Jonas Valanciunas Rookie Highlights

Pretty cool rookie mix for Raptors center Jonas Valančiūnas that showcases his athleticism, defense, and silky jump-hook. The Raptors aren’t on national television a lot and Valančiūnas only averaged 24 minutes per game, so odds are that you haven’t seen very much of him. The kid is going to be a very good center in this league for a long team.

He has a pretty well-developed post-game and solid natural finishing abilities, and his mid-range jumper is starting to become a legitimate weapon as well. The Lithuanian spent a year overseas after the Raptors drafted him fifth overall in 2011, but scouts said he would have been the consensus #2 pick after Anthony Davis had he been drafted with the rest of his rookie class. Davis, Andre Drummond, and Valančiūnas look like a fresh crop of exciting young big men, something that has been missing in the NBA for a few years now.

by Jack Kuhlenschmidt

Chris Paul buzzer beater lifts Clippers over the Grizzlies

Ahh, so this is why they call him the #PointGod!! Game 2 looked like a game that Memphis could steal, but Chris Paul was never going to let that happen. He scored the Clippers’ eight final points, and hit this buzzer-beater over some of the best defense that Tony Allen played all night.

It looks like the Clippers are rounding into top form at the perfect time.