"I'm always surprised when he's not on it," Odom said. "He should be put on it every year. He's one guy you should kind of stamp down for that. I don't know who plays better defense, especially at the forward position. ... I wish the players picked."
I'll be taking quick notes as I watch the game here. Feel free to drop in your comments below. They update in real time.
- What is Andrew Bynum drinking? A pre-game shot shows him chugging a foaming red liquid from a water bottle.
- OKC tosses the ball to Durant for the first play. He dribbles around for a few seconds before tossing up an awkward brick. Bad opening.
- Pau connects on a shot with so much arc the ball came down with snow on it.
- That red stuff is obviously working for Bynum, who connects on his first attempt.
- Durant botches an open layup. Let's hope that's a fumble and not a sign of the pressure getting to him.Read More
The Quick Hit: For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic, it’s all or nothing.
The all is having Commissioner David Stern hand over the Larry O’Brien trophy in two months and pronounce them world champions in a champagne soaked ceremony.
Only the all will do. Only the all will satisfy their demanding fan base. Only the all will satisfy their demanding owners, who have taken on multi-million dollar luxury tax payments for this precise moment.
While nothing, or falling short of an NBA Title, will force Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Orlando to make wholesale changes this off-season. Right or wrong, fair or not, these are the stakes when playing for a contender.
Gregg Popovich, the brutally honest and sometimes abrasive coach of the San Antonio Spurs, summed up what every team in the Western Conference was thinking when he told us all that no one wanted to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. In doing so, he broke one of the unwritten rules of sports: Never let your opponent know you're afraid of them. You can be afraid and they can know you're afraid, but you can't actually say it. Once you do, they have an advantage over you. They don't only know that they're better than you, they know that you know they're better than you. And at that point, they're free to impose their will upon you and send you home in four or five games.