Lil B to Attend Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Things Just Got Real

And by “things” we mean “the Based God curse”

It began with Kevin Durant. Lil B and the former NBA MVP got into a war of words on Twitter, and Lil B hexed the Univ. of Texas alum, claiming he will never win an NBA Championship until he apologizes. Since then (2011), Kevin Durant has lost in the NBA Finals, been eliminated by the Grizzlies and Spurs in consecutive years, and this year missed the playoffs entirely, largely due to the fact that he missed most of the season with a foot injury. Sure, that can all be accredited to tangible issues within the Thunder organization.

Or, the Lil B curse is very much alive.

This year, James Harden, the NBA MVP runner-up, and ridiculously talented franchise player of the Houston Rockets, has adopted a new celebration, where he rotates his left hand–as if he’s beating eggs–over his right palm, a dance known widely as the “cooking dance” Lil B created years ago during his meteoric rise on the internet. Unfortunately, Lil B didn’t take too kindly to not being credited by the former 6th Man of the Year. He’s tweeted about Harden consistently over the past week, warning him that if he doesn’t apologize for “stealing” his dance, the curse will be placed.

Needless to say, Harden has yet to apologize. His 45-point Game 4 performance indicates that he may have steered clear of the curse, so Lil B is going to do Harden one better: show up to Game 5.

 

Outside of the obvious storyline–every game from here on out is win or go home for the Rockets–Lil B will personally be in the building, enforcing his curse on Harden. Just imagine the camera panning to Lil B every time Harden misses a shot. This’ll be a blast.

Matt Barnes is Asked About his Comment to James Harden’s Mother

Barnes attempts to move past a very embarrassing moment

Last week, outside of the normal headlines surrounding the Rockets and Clippers’ contentious second round series, there was one floating around that was a real head-scratcher. Matt Barnes Tells James Harden’s Mother to “Suck My D*ck, B*tch”. Jeeeeesus Chr…

At the time, Barnes didn’t know he was speaking to Harden’s mother, he was, in his mind, rebutting some front row heckling, but that didn’t help his case. He later apologized according to Harden’s mother herself, and Barnes told his own story of his mother dying of cancer, which added some weight to his apology, but that’s about as brutal as a retort gets, even today.

Before last night’s game–which featured Barnes’ Clippers blowing the Rockets out in L.A.–Matt was asked repeatedly about his comments to Harden’s mother, and he acknowledged the fact that she engaged him first, but swerved on questions asking him to detail what his comments were.

Matt Barnes Has Been Punished for Cursing Out James Harden’s Mother

The commish has spoken

Yesterday, some pretty brutal news surrounding Matt Barnes‘ trash talk and one particularly significant Houston Rockets fan surfaced, and it wasn’t pretty. According to several sources, early in the first half of Thursday night’s Game 2 between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers, Matt Barnes, frustrated after fouling James Harden, told Harden’s mother–who allegedly heckled Barnes shortly before–to “suck my d*ck, b*tch.”

The fallout was widespread, but by the time the story hit the internet, it had allegedly already been resolved. TMZ reported yesterday that Harden’s older brother alerted Barnes of the significance of the fan he’d cursed out, and forced the abrasive Clipper forward to apologize.

Still, the NBA undoubtedly caught wind of the explicit nature of Barnes retort, and today has handed down its punishment: $50,000. A small dent in the checking account for a man that made $4 million this season, but still a reminder that the defensive specialist should think before he speaks. Especially if that’s what’ll come out of his mouth.

Matt Barnes Reportedly Told James Harden’s Mother To “S*ck My Dick, B*tch”

We’d say Matt Barnes lost all his chill, but he never had any to begin with

Matt Barnes has a reputation for being an abrasive, nagging defender, which is more than likely why he’s a starter in the NBA. Last night however, that may have gotten him in trouble with more than just the referees.

Early in the 1st half of Game 2 of the Clippers vs Rockets Conference Semifinals, James Harden–as he does a gazillion times a game–drove to the rack and was fouled by Barnes, who gave him a nice little bump after the play right in front of a referee, drawing technical foul whistles.

Apparently, after that brief incident, a woman shouted out “you suck” from the stands at Barnes, and he responded by saying “suck my d*ck, b*tch.”

Woah.

That’s a pretty brutal thing to say to any woman in range of other ears, but if it was in fact aimed at the mother of James Harden, this year’s MVP runner-up and beloved Houston Rocket, things could get pretty dicey in this series from here on out. Not to mention, the 4th game of this series is on Mother’s Day. Luckily for Barnes, it will be played in Los Angeles.

 

According to TMZ Sports, Barnes later apologized (after Harden’s older brother confronted him), and admitted that he didn’t know he was speaking to someone’s mother. This is, according to Harden’s mother herself.

What he told me was that he would never want to disrespect anyone’s mother because his mother passed from cancer, and that he was sorry.

Will the Real NBA MVP, Please Stand Up?

As the 2014-15 NBA regular season comes to an end, there’s still one lingering question, who is going to be this years Most Valuable Player? In previous NBA MVP races, there have been two likely winners, in other years there’s often one unanimous winner. This MVP race, however, is much too close to call. This year’s candidates for the NBA’s most prestigious individual award are Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Lebron James, and Anthony Davis, and you can make a valid argument for each player, as to why they should be named this year’s MVP.

Should it be Stephen Curry, since his Golden State Warriors have the best record in the league, or should it be James Harden for carrying his Rockets without Dwight Howard? LeBron left South Beach for a second stint with Cleveland, and his Cavaliers sit comfortably as the Eastern Conference’s #2 seed, hoping to make a championship run in the playoffs, while the Heat–just one year removed from an NBA Finals appearance–need a miracle just to play postseason basketball this time around. Davis and Westbrook are the two fringe candidates, and one of their hopes will coming crashing down within a week, considering only one of their teams will sneak into the Western Conference playoffs as the #8 seed. Though they’ve both enjoyed ridiculous years statistically, whoever’s team is left out of the playoffs will have to watch their name will be pulled from MVP consideration, as there has never been an MVP whose team did not make the playoffs.

We’ve built a case for why each player has a real case to win this year’s 2014-15 NBA MVP award. Let us know if you agree or disagree.

-Darius Hawkins (@Dee_Hawkie)

James Harden Thinks He Should Win The MVP, Not Steph Curry

Harden is humble, but sure that the top spot is his

2014-2015 will be remembered as the year when everything was up for grabs. Outside of the top spot in each conference (kudos to the Hawks and Warriors) nothing else was certain. There are no sure-fire bets for the Finals, the scoring championship is currently separated by such a small margin you have to expand your truncation by several decimal points just to prove it’s not really a tie between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and the MVP race is as wide open as it has ever been. Legitimate cases could be made for no less than five players, but in reality, there are two front-runners, and it really is a toss-up.

James Harden the fearless anchor of the 53-25, 3rd place Houston Rockets has kept his team not only afloat, but dominant, despite the prolonged absence of their starting center, Dwight Howard, a top 5 player at the position. Further out west, the 1st place Golden State Warriors have been led by the record-setting Stephen Curry all season, but many claim it’s his ridiculous supporting cast–one of Curry teammates, All-Star Klay Thompson, scored 37 points in a quarter earlier this season, and two others are Defensive Player of the Year candidates–that would’ve made it nearly impossible for the Warriors to be bad this year.

Last night, in an interview with NBA.com, Harden acknowledged the year Stephen Curry is having, but was very clear about who the real Most Valuable Player is.

I feel as though I am the MVP. I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously, you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league, and we are. I’m not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I’ve been consistent all year. I’ve just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we’ve had to deal with. I’m looking at all those things put together. Not taking away from Steph or that team. It’s an unbelievable season that they’re having. But we’re having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we’ve been going through this season…Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge.

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Dwight Howard & The Houston Rockets Continue Their Dream Start By Going 6-0

 With a dominating 98-81 victory over the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs the Houston Rockets became the first team since the 1985-86 Denver Nuggets to win their first six games by double figures. The win gives Houston a dream start and the league’s best record in the new season and drops San Antonio’s record to 2-2.

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale had his eye on a few matchups, specifically one to get Dwight Howard in the post so he could dominate like the All-Star Center he is. With no Tim Duncan or Tiago Splitter inside, Houston had a decided advantage down low and exploited it from the beginning.

All Howard did was dominate the interior from the opening tip, scoring 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. The performance was Howard’s best all-around performance so far this season and gives him something to build around going forward. 

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”We looked at some stuff (on tape) and we got him in the post,” McHale said. ”I thought (Howard) rolled hard and got some late at the rim. He was really devastating on those high passes. It’s important that he gets in a rhythm and plays. It doesn’t matter who is out there playing for them, he’s got to play well for us.”

When Howard was not scoring inside, fellow All-Star James Harden filled the stat sheet, by adding 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Rockets. Harden had his share of points in the paint including a posturizing dunk of San Antonio’s Aron Baynes.

After the game, Harden made it clear how things are a lot easier when having the advantage of having a force like Howard inside.

”It’s tough with the best big man in the league rolling down the paint,” Harden said of Howard. ”He’s a lob target, and you have shooters around him. It’s tough to guard it.”

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Houston came into the game holding opponents to 29.1 percent from beyond the arc, a number which will improve after holding the Spurs to 2-for-20 shooting from 3-point range.

San Antonio started 0-for-15 on 3-pointers, before making their first with 7:02 to go in the third quarter, and finished 2 for 20 from beyond the arc. The tough shooting night finished with the defending NBA champs, who trailed by as many as 31, shooting just 34.4 percent from the field.

”It was a bad night tonight and I couldn’t hit a shot,” Tony Parker, who finished with just six points, said. ”Defensively, we did OK, but we never got into an offensive rhythm.”

 

 

Howard & Rockets cruise by Lakers in Kobe’s return

Behind 12 three-pointers and James Harden’s 32 point 6 assist performance, the Houston Rockets spoiled Kobe Bryant’s return to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 108-90 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night

Bryant scored 19 points in his first game back at Staples Center after missing most of the Lakers’ worst season in a half-century with two major injuries. Just by stepping on the court for his 19th season with the Lakers, Bryant extended his franchise record tying Utah’s John Stockton for the most seasons with one team in NBA history.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant knocks over Houston guard Patrick Beverley as he makes a move to the basket in the second period of Tuesday's game Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant knocks over Houston guard Patrick Beverley as he makes a move to the basket in the second period of Tuesday’s game Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Paul Rodriguez)

Bryant’s comeback game and the Lakers’ return from a 55-loss season went from bad to miserable when rookie Julius Randle left his NBA debut strapped to a wheeled stretcher with a broken right leg. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky collided with two Rockets under the basket and landed awkwardly, collapsing to the court in agony.

After his own Lakers debut ended somberly, head coach Byron Scott described the scene as ”heartbreaking.”

”The last three or four minutes, obviously we weren’t thinking a whole lot about basketball,” Scott added. ”We were just thinking about Julius, and hoping he’s OK.”

A few moments before Randle’s injury, Howard and Bryant received matching technical fouls when Howard elbowed Bryant in the face after grabbing a rebound in the fourth quarter, setting off a lengthy stretch of shouting and finger-pointing between the former teammates.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets exchange words during a secong half incident that resulted in a technical foul against each player, a personal foul against Bryant, and a flagrant foul against Howard at Staples Center on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockets won 108-90
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets exchange words during a secong half incident that resulted in a technical foul against each player, a personal foul against Bryant, and a flagrant foul against Howard at Staples Center on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockets won 108-90

Although teammates stepped between them, Bryant appeared to yell ”Try me!” at Howard, who wore his usual broad grin while responding. There’s no need to go into it. We won the game,” Howard said. ”It’s over with. It’s about basketball. I’m not even focused on it.

Howard got a flagrant foul for the elbow, and Bryant got a personal foul in addition to their technicals. Both veterans were pulled from the blowout immediately afterward.

Houston’s All-Star Center had 13 points and 11 rebounds before getting into the exchange with Bryant.

The Rockets big free-agent acquisition Trevor Ariza and third-year man Terrence Jones scored 16 points apiece. Ariza hit five 3-pointers for the Rockets, who took an 18-point lead in the first half and weren’t threatened.

The Lakers left shortly afterward the game for their road opener in Phoenix tonight, while the Rockets flew to Utah for another road game Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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