Most Awkward Moments of the 2012-13 NBA Playoffs
We've gone through the majority of the playoffs up to this point, every single moment, great and terrible, hilarious and awkward. After going back and taking a look, there have been plenty of the latter.
From Jason Kidd's historic performance to Brandon Jennings stoic confidence, we have one of the most awkward playoffs in recent memory.
We've had quotable moments, Kodak moments, gifable moments and moments that wouldn't be really appreciated unless you watched them unfold live.
So many things have happened that it's pretty easy to tell the story of each series through awkward moments of the past month.
In fact, it's almost gotten to the point where you can tell the entire story of the playoffs solely through these embarrassing moments, so let's do just that.
Bucks in 6
The playoffs started with a prediction that pretty much everybody considered to be ridiculous: Brandon Jennings thought the Milwaukee Bucks would beat the Miami Heat in six games.
What's he going to say, right? He's not going to predict that the Bucks are going to lose, but I suppose he could have been a bit less ambiguous.
After losing the first two games in Miami, Jennings was still adamant that the Bucks would win in six.
SPOILER ALERT: Miami swept.
Z-Bo's a Lover, Not a Fighter
For years, Zach Randolph reacted unfavorably to any and all excessive contact when he thought it was purposefully aimed to slight him.
So, whenever he gets up after a hard foul and wheels around to quickly march at the player who knocked him down, it's a bit of a concern.
Instead of going down that path after a hard foul from Matt Barnes, Z-Bo saves himself a suspension just in time by hugging Barnes for the free throws.
Brook Lopez Is a Loner
The Brooklyn Nets lost three straight games to the Chicago Bulls after taking the first one at home.
After the first two losses, they dropped a triple-overtime game in which they held a 14-point lead well into the fourth quarter.
Brook Lopez made a rather candid admission after the Nets took Game 5 to stay alive and play another game, via NBA.com:
I don't really have a social life. I like hanging out with the guys here. So I definitely didn't want the season to end.
Chicago ended up winning in seven games, so Lopez probably hasn't left his house in about two weeks now.
J.R. Smith Doesn't Know That Guy
New York Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith got suspended for Game 4 against the Boston Celtics for elbowing Jason Terry in the head in Game 3.
When asked about Terry's solid Game 4 (his best of the series), Smith pretended that he had no idea who Terry was:
Asked about Jason Terry, J.R. Smith says, "Who? I don't even know who that is?" #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 30, 2013
Terry went on to score 17 points in Game 5 on the way to a Celtics win.
The Oklahoma City Thunder really didn't want to play another game against the Houston Rockets.
That's why when Omer Asik came flying into the lane toward Kevin Martin and Derek Fisher, both hit the deck after a bit of contact from Asik.
It was definitely a charge, but c'mon guys.
Worst Possible Layup
Veteran players have been having rough stretches all over the place during the postseason, but almost all of them can say that they didn't miss a shot as badly as Gerald Wallace.
Wallace missed a jumper to start off the possession, and once he got the ball back, he went up for a layup with nobody guarding him and just tossed the ball up and over the rim.
To make things worse, he caught it on the way down and was called for a travel.
The Screaming Lady
Have you ever wanted to simultaneously annoy about 10 million people? Hunt this lady down, and she'll be happy to give you a few tips.
This woman started screeching after that Danny Green three-pointer in the fourth quarter and didn't stop screaming for positive Spurs plays until the game ended.
The clip shows under a minute left on the clock, but it was in Game 1, which went into double-overtime.
Mute buttons everywhere got a workout that night.
George Karl Is Coach of the Year Post-Elimination
Of course, the Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the playoffs on May 2, just six days before Karl was given the award.
It was a bit of an awkward press conference as the representatives from the Nuggets organization all seemed extremely excited, while Karl forced a smile and went on with the questions.
He actually gave a very insightful interview, even though it was obvious that he was a bit disappointed.
When you're sitting in the lower portion of the lower bowl at an NBA game, it's important to remember that you could show up on television at one point, especially if a player shows up in your vicinity.
If you want to do everything possible to keep the Internet from hating you, don't go flipping the bird to a giant man who was just ejected from a game.
Kevin Durant Wears a Supersonics Hat
If you're like most sane people in the world, you're happy that the Sacramento Kings didn't move to Seattle, but the fact that the Seattle SuperSonics no longer exists kind of sucks.
What's worse is the reminders that the Thunder, one of the best teams in the NBA, could have been Seattle's team.
That's why seeing Durant wearing a Seattle SuperSonics hat is a hard thing to swallow.
I'm not sure who it's more awkward for, though, SuperSonics fans or Durant himself?
Tony Allen's Towel Toss
Tony Allen aided the Oklahoma City comeback in Game 5 of the semifinals by accidentally tossing a towel on the court during a Derek Fisher three-pointer.
It's bad enough that Fisher is knocking down shots at all, but giving him another free point when they're starting to get on a roll is rough.
Oklahoma City cut a 14-point lead to just two by the end of the third quarter, but it did go on to win by four.
Kendrick Perkins' Atrocious Flop
The Oklahoma City big man had one of the worst playoff performances in recent memory, playing too many minutes, barely scoring, being slow-footed and getting torn apart on defense.
Kendrick Perkins actually registered a negative PER in 11 games, which seems impossible.
This flop was perhaps the worst moment of the playoffs for the big man, completely crumbling to the ground on the slightest contact from Marc Gasol.
Memphis and San Antonio have a bunch of older, stockier players who couldn't be described as "athletic" in comparison to other guys in the league.
Least athletic of all, they feature Randolph and Matt Bonner, who thankfully were featured in one of the worst jump balls in the history of the NBA.
In case you couldn't tell, both players did indeed get off the ground in an attempt to grab the 50/50 ball.
Memphis' Layup-Missing Clinic
In the second quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had an assist on every shot they made.
Pssshhh, whatever. Memphis had five offensive rebounds on one possession and didn't score a single point.
That's a much more impressive accomplishment as far as I'm concerned.
Ball to the Face
NBA players don't use their feet enough.
Sure, if you end up kicking a ball, it gives it right back to the other team, but when you're on defense, they can be a solid weapon.
Tim Duncan is a veteran, so he knows exactly what to do in every situation. Interestingly enough, in Game 3, the situation called for kicking the ball and putting it directly back into Marc Gasol's face.
I had to save this one for last, because it's easily my favorite terrible moment of the playoffs, and it's unlikely to be trumped.
Kidd made a shot in Game 2 of the first round against the Boston Celtics, played in every single game of the rest of the first and second round and failed to make another shot.
That's 10 games, 17 consecutive missed shots and 189 minutes played without contributing so much as a free throw to the cause.
Coincidentally, the Knicks lost to the Pacers in six games.
Historically speaking, Sasha Vujacic and Erick Dampier are the only players since 1963 to have more than five consecutive playoff games in which they went without a single field goal, missing at least one.
Kidd's streak got up to nine games before he went without an attempt in New York's final game.
Maybe it's time for the old man to consider retirement.
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