Cardiac Kemba with his 3rd buzzer beater of the season — tonight coming at home on the honeycomb floor vs. the Pelicans. Just watch how tough this shot is. Gotta love the heart from this undersized guard who’s been doin’ it big ever since leading UConn to the ship. Tonight was his 3rd 30+ point game in a row, leading the Hornets to a 98-94 victory over New Orleans.
Kemba Walker has 4 tying/go-ahead FG in last 5 seconds of 4th Qtr/OT this season. The last player with more in a season was Kobe in ’09-10
Other notable plays tonite: Kyrie Irving doing some Uncle Drew things (albeit in a losing effort), Marc Gasol doing some Larry Bird things (fantastic), and Russell Westbrook dunks on the Kings (again) with Jalen Rose paying homage to the late great Stuart Scott.
There were plenty of amazing highlights to choose from for our nightly NBA post, but the best one didn’t actually happen in a game.
That’s because at Suns Team Practice today, Gerald Green put on a show in an impromptu dunk contest versus teammate Archie Goodwin. Archie himself had some nice flushes, but it still didn’t touch what Gerald did with his last 3 dunks above. Especially that last one, wow.
As for the games, Monta Ellis continues his hot scoring stream and burns his old team on a game-ending buzzer beater. This sounds cool, but is considerably less so because Monta took four steps to put up the shot. Somehow this wasn’t a travel, even in the NBA.
In Charlotte, the hometown Bulls may have got the win, 102-95, but Kemba Walker crossed up rookie Nikola Mirotic so bad that it’s the enduring image of the game. It pains me to post this, but I do love me some Kemba crossovers.
The first double digit slate of NBA games were tonight and League Pass has their usual free trial 1st week. Between that AND the thrilling Game 7 of the World Series, it was all a lot of awesome to consume.
Starting off the night was the earliest game of the night — Milwaukee visiting Charlotte for the latter’s first official game as the Hornets again. The honey comb floor and the teal jerseys were so lovely to watch (moreso than the Knicks playing offense and defense, that’s for sure). On top of the beautiful aesthetics, the Hornets came back from 24 points in the 2nd half to force overtime, then eventually get the win.
A big reason: Cardiac Kemba!
Above, his game-tying 3 with a second remaining — a pretty, high-arcing shot that you were definitely rooting to go in, and also had the feeling that it actually was.
Love him or hate him, this is Lance Stephenson. Don’t change, Born Ready.
Earlier this summer, Lance made some waves, not only for the Double Lance Cam but for his redux of “Hot N****” that featured some lines about missing the Indiana days before moving onto his new team, the Charlotte Hornets. As the weather stays summery across the most of the country, so does the relevance of “Hot N****” so it’s the perfect time for Lance to drop the music video above.
It features a custom Born Ready neon light tower, Lance in vintage Hornets gear (authentic LJ jersey, naturally), a cameo from new backcourt mate Kemba Walker, and a humorous convo with a random fan as police stopped traffic on the set. Plus, what I like about Lance is that he keeps it real and keeps it loyal as he celebrates with his hood and homies and gives us an unfiltered look at Lance. Just an entertaining video all the way around, and needless to say, I’m excited for Lance in Charlotte.