On a day when most eyes were trained on something called the Academy Awards, the NBA did its best to offer up its share of basketball buzz.
Joakim Noah showed why he’s become Bill Walton 2.0 for the Chicago Bulls, who used a historic performance from their firebrand big to send the New York Knicks spiraling even faster down the drain.
A few hours later, the San Antonio Spurs welcomed back one of their own stars just in time to best in-state rivals the Dallas Mavericks.
Elsewhere, the Indiana Pacers got a big boost from a resident bruiser, the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks decided to take the night off on defense, and the Orlando Magic got a career performance from a guy with plenty more ahead of him.
Hollywood can have its starlet celebrities. I’ll take Jimmy Butler running through the crowd.