Rounding Up the Weekend's Best NBA Tweets
It was a fun-filled weekend in the NBA, and if you missed a lick of it then I would suggest going back and taking a look at everything that went down firsthand.
Of course, most people don't really have that time on hand, so I'll go ahead and give you a little bit of help along the way.
Let's take a look back at the weekend (well, the Friday, Saturday and early Sunday at least) with all of your favorite NBA tweeters giving us a nice little recap of what we saw around the league since Friday.
Just scratching the surface would be Steve Nash's return to the Los Angeles Lakers, the DeMarcus Cousins incident, Terrence Ross continuing to wow us and a timeless matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Let's get down to business, but we're starting just outside of the NBA, taking a step down to the Developmental League.
Fab Melo's Triple-Double
In case you've been wondering where Fab Melo has been for the Boston Celtics, he was relegated to the D-League for the second time this season a few days back.
There are definitely worse places to spend your winter days than in Maine playing basketball with the Red Claws, but Melo has made the most of his time there, notching 14 blocks in a loss to the Erie Bayhawks.
I wonder how many of those Fab Melo 14 blocks were against his own team tonight.— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 23, 2012
Melo's 14 blocks came in a game in which he notched a triple-double for the Red Claws, and the 14 rejections ended up being a D-League record.
Mike Dunlap on George Karl
I'm starting to dig Mike Dunlap after a short "getting to know you" period as he came out of nowhere to end up being the head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.
It seems like he's a very competent coach with the ability to get the most out of some guys, and it doesn't hurt that he's pretty funny to boot.
Dunlap on what makes Karl so good at weathering 82 games: "He's older than time." to @rick_bonnell
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) December 23, 2012
For the record, George Karl is just 61, six years older than the youthful 55-year-old Dunlap.
Terrence Ross' Ridiculousness
In case you've been too wise to stay away from watching any Toronto Raptors games this season, I'll just tell you that Terrence Ross has been electrifying.
While he seems to be a near-lock to be an All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest participant, he's got the range to end up doing more than just that.
Terrence Ross should try for the dunk comp & 3-point shootout double.
— Leigh Ellis (@LeighEllis) December 22, 2012
Hell, he should go further than that. Convince Matt Bonner to join him and a local women's basketball player to enter the Shooting Stars Competition, or even go ahead and do the skills competition because he can handle the ball relatively well.
Tyler Hansbrough's Weird Feud with Cleveland
In the first game between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyler Hansbrough came to the aid of his baby brother, Ben, after he and Tristan Thompson got into a scrum for a rebound.
It was a lot of loud words and big eyes from Hansbrough, but he did his best to come in and protect his brother.
The two teams played again on Friday, and Hansbrough was involved in yet another showdown with a Cavs player.
Boobie Gibson vs Tyler Hansbrough is my new favorite NBA feud. Great quotes from both: indycornrows.com/2012/12/22/379…
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) December 22, 2012
After the game, Boobie dropped a lot of four-letter words, and Hansbrough called him "Bibby" Gibson. Fun was had all around.
Toronto Continues the Win Streak
In other Raptors-related news (two in one slideshow, crazy I know), the Toronto ballers are on a five-game winning streak after losing 12 of their previous 13 games.
Ever since Andrea Bargnani went down over a week ago, the Raptors have looked like a completely different team, and Eric Koreen likened them to the Springfield Isotopes.
'Topes win, despite missing a final opportunity to foul after a Redick miss. 93-90.
— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) December 22, 2012
Let's hope the Raptors continue to win so they eventually get a real-life Homer Simpson to dress up as the team's new mascot.
J.J. Hickson's Effectiveness
It's been a while since anybody gave any kind of regard to J.J. Hickson's stats unless he happens to be on their fantasy basketball team.
Apparently, he hit a pretty interesting milestone against the Phoenix Suns, notching his seventh double-double in a row.
JJ Hickson has his 7th straight double-double (13-10) at half. Last Blazer to do this was not your Vydas, not my Vydas, but Arvydas Sabonis
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) December 23, 2012
The NBA Fantasy Twitter account is good for funny little quips like this every once in a while, and when they get one like this it's pure gold.
Phoenix's Atrocious Game
The Phoenix Suns hit an extreme low in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers, losing 103-77.
It's not as if the Clippers ended up playing a perfect game; they turned the ball over 16 times, barely won the rebounding battle, allowed Phoenix to grab 12 offensive rebounds to their five, and shot a pathetic 55 percent from the free-throw line.
Phoenix was just that bad shooting 36 percent from the floor, and an almost unimaginable 17 percent from the three-point line.
How bad was it for the #Suns tonight? The Gorilla just fired the t-shirt cannon straight in the air and had the shirts land at his feet.— Chris O'Leary (@olearychris) December 24, 2012
Boogie Cousins' Benching
One of the biggest stories of the weekend that led to people taking a trip over to ESPN's Trade Machine was the suspension of DeMarcus Cousins.
It wasn't the league that took offense to Cousins this time, but Kings head coach Keith Smart, who benched Cousins on Friday night for arguing with him in the locker room.
Full Boogie Cousins experience tonight: played hard, had some nice passes, took some bad shots, openly pouted, then disappeared at halftime.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 22, 2012
That just about puts an average DeMarcus Cousins game in a nutshell.
The Bulls-Knicks Debacle
The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks battled in a never-close four-point game Friday night that ended up being a lot more interesting that it would have seemed.
Referees never had control of the game and ended up tossing Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler, all in the fourth quarter.
Whoops, just got kicked out of the Bulls-Knicks game.
— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) December 22, 2012
Luckily, Rasheed Wallace wasn't at the game as he battled a sore foot. We would have seen a fifth guy run from this one.
...On Steve Nash's Return
The Lakers' 118-115 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors Saturday night was an extremely fun game to watch, though it ended with a lot of frustration from the Warriors.
Of course, it was Steve Nash's glorious return to action, and his comeback definitely ended up matching the hype.
David Lee seemed to be a bit irked about the questions surrounding Nash after the game, however.
David Lee to a Warriors PR employee: "If one more reporter asks me about Steve Nash, I swear ... One of us is 18-9." Well then.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 23, 2012