This Week's NBA Highlights 2nd week of Dec. '08

Dec. 14 NBA highlights started out with pretty standard stuff, with the Hornets beat out the Raptors 99-91. Posey had 5 threes in the 1st half, further feeding the ‘Celtics might not win because they lost him‘ train of thought from the armchair analysts out there.

It really picks up at :37 though, when D-Wade…, well, watch the video first:

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What do I think of Flopping? Let Red Auerbach's 30 Yr Old Video Explain.

Here’s a gem from the brilliant guys at Ball Don’t Lie, a video circa ’70s summarizing what Boston Celtics Legend Red Auerbach thinks about flopping – which he quaintly calls ‘falling down’, but is 100% the same.

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Where Non Calls Happen; Boston Wobbles to Win + Predictions

When I heard Spur’s Coach Popovich’s technique was to inundate them with videos of their offense from games past, I knew there was one particular player on that team that would respond:

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Spurs – Hornets use Strategy; LA – Utah Is Streaky; and More (gasp) Predictions

Game 3 LA – Utah Notes:
Boozer finally brought game but even so seems far from the dominating PF we know him to be. I’ve been waiting for flashes of that brilliant hop skip move and head and shoulder fakes for either a teardrop semi hook or a power jam, but today we had fadeaways(?!) and 8 foot (well guarded) jumpers. Deron on the other hand was his usual brilliant self, but again not really the Playoff level player I’d like to see, and why does he keep wanting to dunk so much?

On the other side, Kobe needs help but it is not forthcoming with Radmanovic missing open 3s and Walton fumbling the ball away after a clear possession on a jumpball against Williams and Gasol in the dying minutes. Odom seems to be playing well but must assert himself further if he’s going to make a difference.

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All Tricks, Magnets and Mirrors According to David Blaine

To all the people crazy about that show that explains how magic tricks are done, you’ll get a kick out of these. David Blaine explains how Steve Nash uses mirrors:

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