Televisions in hotel lobbies and saloons this fine country over will be back to broadcasting basketball’s youngsters Thursday night, which made it nice to see the NBA making the exciting most of its Wednesday slate.
A titan’s clash was everything we could've hope for, with the Indiana Pacers prevailing over the Miami Heat to the bucolic sounds of Lance Stephenson getting kicked out of the arena.
Elsewhere, a pair of Los Angeles Clippers enjoyed wildly different nights—well, one of them enjoyed it, anyway—while the surging San Antonio Spurs made it 15 in a row against another hapless foe.
In our nation’s capital, two predicted also-rans offered a giddy glimpse of two teams on the rise, while Minneapolis bore witness to one team’s ever-lengthening free fall.
Plus: A floundering franchise finds one last gasp, a pair of East playoff hopefuls take their business to overtime and a West staple in a battle for its playoff life nearly gets upended by a team from someplace called “Salt Lake City,” named thus because its NBA fans probably cry a lot.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’re not watching the New York Knicks!