Good morning. Let's basketball.
OH KYRIE: Cleveland stunned the Thunder in OKC on Wednesday, winning by 10 after scoring 42 in the fourth. Kyrie Irving finished with 31 points on 10-19 shooting and nine assists against the No. 4 defense in the league. (Tristan Thompson was also quite good.) It was a signature win for the Cavaliers.
... and the Thunder's third straight loss since Russell Westbrook returned. Welcome To Loud City insists that OKC will never trade Westbrook, but criticizes Scott Brooks and the Thunder bench for last night's performance. The defense has been pretty awful since the All-Star Break.
L.A. RISING: The Clippers cooled down the Rockets in a big Western battle after beating the Thunder on Sunday.
WELL, THAT GOT OUT OF HAND: The Nets lost to the Blazers ... by 44 points.
THE BIZARRO 2005 FINALS: No one who remembers that series will believe that the Spurs beat the Pistons 120-110 in regulation on Wednesday. (In that Finals, one of the teams scored less than 70 as many times as one time scored more than 100.)
FLAT TIRE: During that game, Manu Ginobili's sneaker basically exploded.
UM, WHAT?: The Bulls beat the Warriors by 20.
SCORES SCORES SCORES: All the recaps you need.
A BARGAIN OF DISASTROUS PROPORTIONS: On June 23, 2011, three mediocre teams shook up the lottery and their rosters. No one involved would be the same again. It's the Threeway of Incomparable Regret.
THE GOOD GAVEL: The arena project in Sacramento will not go on the ballot after a judge threw out a lawsuit by anti-arena activists. Further appeals are possible, but groundbreaking is on schedule for September.
THE FAMOUS FOX CAN'T REACH THE GRAPES: The best translated bits of Andrea Bargnani's Italian blog.
SILVER LININGS FOR THE PURPLE AND GOLD: Matt Tynan on the solace in the Lakers' awful season.
SILVER LININGS FOR THE BLUE AND ORANGE: Mike Jones on the upside of Kendrick Perkins' injury.
EVERY TEAM'S SEASON IN ONE CHART: Showing cumulative offensive and defensive efficiency. Chicago is a self-parody.
THE BEST THERE IS: Thanks to LeBron's largess, the entire Miami Heat roster can now pretend to be WWE champions. (Chris Bosh remains the best.)
THE ALL GOLD STRIKE TEAM: Ben Golliver on 10 second-round picks who have made it big in the past decade.
DREADFUL ARMADA: A few days ago I explored whether the Sixers were too awful, such that their rebuild would be stunted by the depths reached this season. Sean O'Connor of Liberty Ballers has a well-considered response.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: The five worst Sixers performances of February.
hahahaha: "Lance Stephenson the best."
A MAGICAL SCRUBBING: Rob Hennigan took over the Magic two years ago. Orlando has just one holdover player ... and Hennigan kept him on an extension. How did he make over the team so fast?
AFTER SLOAN IT'S THE AFTER-PARTY: If you're attending Sloan in Boston this week, you'll definitely want to attend The Rock On Foundation's after-party on Saturday night. More details here or contact @Ananth_Pandian.
Happy Thursday. See you next time.