Plays like this Draymond Green block saved the Golden State Warriors from a fourth straight loss on Tuesday with the Philadelphia 76ers in town. The Sixers got up to a 16-point lead in the third quarter as Oracle went silent. Eventually, the Warriors came back and won 106-104.
Since Kevin Durant's injury, the Warriors have been discombobulated on offense and the center position defensively has been been atrocious. (Can you believe Zaza Pachulia was almost an All-Star??)
But Green had one of those do-it-all, we're-not-losing games with 20-8-7, six blocks, and four steals. The Warriors struggled to stop Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric as the Sixers got on the break, drew fouls, hustled on the offensive glass, and just dominated Pachulia (-11 in his 12 minutes) and James Michael McAdoo (-10 in his eight minutes in relief of Zaza).
Sometimes, all you need is a win, no matter how you do it or who it's against. The Warriors got that on Tuesday. It wasn't pretty, but it doesn't have to be.
Scores Galore ...
DET 96, CLE 128
OKC 122, BKN 104
IND 81, NYK 87
POR 77, NOP 100
PHI 104, GSW 106
... And Plenty More
For the record, the Warriors are back in first place in the Western Conference.
Mike Prada did one of his big blow-out pieces trying to figure out how the Miami Heat are doing this. The big takeaway: because of their superlative conditioning, they never wear out.
Awesome piece by awesome Alex Wong on what Jeremy Lin's back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers meant to Asian Americans.
Carmelo Anthony had the audacity to sartorially prepare for the blizzard, and the internet went to town on him.
Paul Flannery and I talked through the races for the bottom three seeds in the East. What are the odds the Bulls capture all three spots just to mess with us all?
Larry Sanders talks about his return to basketball.
Pierre the Pelican no longer looks like a murder bird, but he still acts enough like a murder bird to scare the Dickens out of sideline reporters.
#LaVarBallSays is a thing. Brandon Jennings had the best joke, to be honest.
Gigi Datome received an extremely Harry Potter cut on his forehead during a game and now he's besties with J.K. Rowling. Klay Thompson is so jealous.
Canada too has a college basketball tournament. It seems far less mad than ours.
Best wishes to Cliff Robinson, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage.
While I support eating luxurious cakes on Pi Day (TEAM CAKE!), I'm not eating no damn cake that has a mouthguard on it, even if said mouthguard is fondant or something. No.
Be sure to check out SB Nation's comprehensive and awesome March Madness coverage this week.
And finally: CORGI RACE!