The NBA Closer is written by McHale, who loves Madness as much as the next guy but is really tired of hearing the phrase You can tell they ‘t want to go home! I mean, seriously, do the announcers need to tell us that over and over? Are there Frank Clark Authentic Jersey teams of players that DO want to go home? Anyway, when he’s not nitpicking tournament cliches, he can be found picking a peck of pickled peppers at chokes game, Stack chokes Manu. The Mavericks regurgitated a 12-point third quarter lead and not only lost to the Spurs 88, they lost Nowitzki to a left leg injury when The Flying Dutchman fell down awkwardly after trying to block Ime Udoka’s shot. Depending on whom you ask, could be out anywhere from two weeks to the rest of the. The Mavs probably be without Stackhouse for at least a game or two as well, thanks to the way he pulled Manu Ginobili to the and gave him a little Happy Easter chokehold. And while Cuban is busy waging a one-billionaire war against the blogging menace, his team is melting down faster than Chernobyl, only without the fun glow–the-dark animals and mutant babies: The Mavericks have lost three a row at home for the first time years, are 0 against winning teams since trading for Kidd, and are about two from being out of the playoffs. Speaking of J-Kidd, he pulled off a minor miracle by scoring a whopping 7 points – more than double his output from the last two – and even hitting a semi-clutch three-pointer the fourth quarter. Didn’t help, though. Tim shot like he had a 20-sided die stuck his eye but still finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Ginobili was unfazed by The Strangler’s strong-arm tactics, finishing with a game-high 26 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Stack led with 19 points. and achieve mutual gratification.. winning. As of last night, this was ‘s front- headline for the Toronto game:. They said, combine for 69. Uh huh-huh-huh, huh-huh, huh. God, I’m such a 12-year-old. Anyway, Iverson scored 36, added 33, and the Nuggets actually held opponent to only 100 points and 50 percent Garry Gilliam Authentic Jersey shooting their 109 win. That’s a pretty good defensive effort for them. And actually, Kenyon ‘s crazy- defense on Bosh probably won the game for. Jamario had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the not–mighty dinos, losers of eight of their last 10. Hey, Detroit, you can wake up. The Pistons are just one victory away from reaching the 50-win plateau for the seventh consecutive, which is almost enough to make you forget that they’re only 10 since the All- break. Last night, Detroit shot bad, defended worse, and lost to Washington 95 despite strong efforts from Rip Hamilton, McDyess, and Billups. Antawn was the Wizards’ magic with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 0 assists, and Tough Juice tossed another 17. Agent Zero update: Arenas took part the the Wizards’ morning shootaround and expected to get a little PT, but Washington’s team doctors wouldn’t clear him to play. And the Hibachi was. About hour before the game, was heard muttering, I’m not coming back this year. Then, during the game, he told, I was ready, but they went out there with a fishing pole and yanked me back. Ooookay. What, does have some kind of communicable disease or something? So much for and the Lakers owning the Warriors. The Golden State Warriors built a 26-point lead, let the Lakers back into the game, and then withstood a Kobe Bryant barrage to beat L.A. 115. Monta Ellis had 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Warriors, but was Mr. Clutchtastic, out-dueling The Mamba by hitting three-pointers with 38 and 8 seconds left to cockblock the Lakers’ comeback. And while you could point to several reasons why the Lakers lost – 41 point shooting, 18 turnovers, and the fact that Ronny Turiaf kind of looks like a special needs child – the real problem was that recently said that his squad was the team to beat the West. And that’s what we like to call the stat curse. Bryant had 36 points, a -high 14 rebounds, and 8 assists, and Lamar Odom added 19 points and 22 boards for L.A.