Good morning. Let's basketball.
END OF THE ROAD: The Spurs lost, and everything you know is a lie. The Thunder beat the Spurs to end S.A.'s 19-game win streak. The result also means OKC swept San Antonio this season.
Kendrick Perkins lost the war with Tim Duncan, though. Don't step to Big Fun.
Russell Westbrook got REALLY funky in the closing minutes. Three knee surgeries in nine months. Psh.
MAV UP: Dallas won a thoroughly entertaining game against the Clippers that featured some wild Blake Griffin dunks, a Blake Griffin triple-double and ... how did the Mavericks win again? Oh, Dirk Nowitzki can't be stopped and Jose Calderon was on fire. Dallas takes a half-game lead on Memphis and Phoenix in the West.
WHAT DOES THE COACH DO? Doug Eberhardt breaks down the ol' pre-game routine.
WHO'S THE BIG WINNER? A chart showing how all 30 teams stack up in terms of 50-win seasons.
AWARD VOTE SOLICITATION SEASON: We have determined that the Bobcats' campaign to get Al Jefferson votes is the best of the year.
WITHER THE BLAZERS: Lee Jenkins on what the Blazers need to do.
YOUNG AND THE RECKLESS: The Lakers and Celtics each got a whole lot younger this season. Only one of them did it by choice.
RONNIE BREWER TO CHICAGO: It appears former Bull Ronnie Brewer might be signing with the team.
MASCOT CHAMPIONSHIP: The Sixers' Betsy Ross did the NaeNae. The tank job is forgiven.
WEST COAST BIAS: The Lakers are really popular compared to all other teams.
PLAYOFF SPOT REVOKED: The Wizards included Drew Gooden in their celebratory playoff-clinching graphic.
THE WEIRD DIGNITY OF THE BULLS: Neat essay by Robert O'Connell at The Classical.
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY: It's Wrestlemania Weekend, so now's a good time to share this amazing longform on WWE announcer Jim Ross. The Marv Albert of wrasslin', really.
Happy Friday. (It's Friday!) See you next time.