Sports Night Line

Lakers/Heat

The Masked Mamba continues to prove our “best players in the NBA” lists…wrong! He and the Lake Show hosted the Big 3 from South Beach. There was talk of retaliation from the All Star Game, where Dwayne Wade fouled Kobe Bryant from behind. It was hard enough to fracture his nose and and give him a concussion. Metta world Peace was thought to play the enforcer role, instead he let his play do the talking and made his presence felt. World Peace scored 17 points, while containing LeBron James as well as anyone has. He took him out the game in the final quarter.

Well, early in the 4th quarter Wade fouled out of the game. With Chris Bosh absent for personal reasons, LeBron James was the only All Star playing in the 4th quarter. In short, his passes were amazing as usual, but he deferred by passing and was not looking to score whatsoever. When the game came down to the wire, Point Guard Mario Chalmers was the handling the ball, setting up the offense, shooting the technical foul shot, and distributing. James faded when the Miami Heat needed him the most. Disappointing, because he should have learned from last week, where he passed up the big shot in the All Star Game and at Utah.

Kobe Bryant torched Shane Battier, finishing with 33 points. He showed he was the best player on the floor today. Credit Battier though, because Bryant didn’t get many clean looks. That was one of the best defensive spurts I’ve seen from a Bryant defender, Kobe was just feeling it and on the money. I’m talking about tough shots, Battier kept pushing him further from the basket. He did everything he could and Kobe legitimately stamped his home court.

Lake Show cooled off the Heat, 93-83. Lakers are now 17-2 at home.

Boston/New York

Rajon Rondo says he is being fueled by trade rumors. He was the star of the show with an awe-dropping performance. He posted 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 20 assists. Only Jason Kidd posted a 15-15-15 stat line, he did that twice. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson balled with 15-15-20. Rondo was everywhere and  brought the Celtics back to win in overtime.

Great game for Paul Pierce with 34 points. He hit a 3 to tie the game and force overtime with 3.4 seconds left. Carmelo Anthony scored 11 in the 4th, but he missed a 4th quarter buzzer-beater and went cold in overtime. I’m curious to see how much longer Amare Stoudemire takes the high road, he’s not getting max-player touches.

There’s a tea party somewhere in Boston tonight from Rondo’s fundamental performance, they fought their way back and beat the Knicks 115-111.

Deron Williams Scores 57 Points, Seriously

Deron Williams was en fuego. The explosive All star Point Guard lit up the nets for a career-high 57 points. The team ended with with a 104-101 win at Charlotte. The Bobcats did not double-team Williams and he outscored his own teammates 57-47.

Williams was 17-39 shooting, 4-11 from downtown, and 12-23 from the charity stripe. He also had 6 rebounds and 7 assists, he also made a 4-point play (and one from 3-point land).

New Orleans Bounty

Former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams will be meeting with officials on Monday, in regard to the bounty violations. The current Rams defensive coordinator could be suspended for part of the upcoming season. John Clayton from ESPN is suggesting a suspension from 4-8 games.Linebacker Jonathan Vilma reportedly put $10 thousand on a table.

Beast Mode in Seattle

Marshawn will not be franchise tagged, because he just signed for $18 million guaranteed. A 4-year deal was agreed upon worth $31 million.

Stevie Johnson Staying in Buffalo

According to Adam Shefter of ESPN, Johnson and the Bills will be getting a 5-year deal done by tomorrow. He posted back-to-back thousand-yard seasons and has put himself on the map of good receivers.

Franchise Tags

Safety Michael Griffin is expected to get the franchise tag from Tennessee, but San Diego is not expected to tag wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

When it’s all Said & Done

Willis McGahee says that he wants to someday retire with the Broncos. The running back has revived his career in Denver and there are reports that McGahee wants more money. He has 3 years left on his contract.