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24-second thoughts: Shaq's boasts, D-Will, and Heat problems


Posted Nov 30 2010 7:29AM

24 -- Step forward if you had the Cavs within 1 games of the Heat a month into the season. Not so fast if you don't have written proof.

23 -- Back to back losses to the Jazz and Pacers. Is it time yet to break out those panicky "What's wrong with the Lakers?" stories yet?

22 -- Do Ron Artest and Joakim Noah have alibis for the game that left President Obama with 12 stitches in his lip?

21-- Might want to hold up on that Michael Beasley renaissance and turnaround after his fourth-quarter meltdown against the Spurs.

20 -- The Celtics must be flattered to hear Shaquille O'Neal saying of all the teams he's played on, they are the best. Of course, after feeding that line to the Lakers, Heat and Suns, in five years he'll be telling the Liaoning Dinosaurs of the Chinese Basketball Association the same thing.

19 -- OK, if we accept that the sideline incident with Erik Spoelstra was inadvertent, when might LeBron James and the Heat accidentally bump into a three-game winning streak again?

18 -- Even with the longest active string in the league at 628 consecutive games played, it would seem doubtful that Andre Miller will crack the top three of A.C. Green (1,192), Randy Smith (906) and Johnny Kerr (844). Then again, the way things started out with Nate McMillan, itseemed doubtful he'd still be in Portland.

17 -- One point guard, one game, right now, I want Deron Williams.

16 -- Is there any reason to even hold the Slam Dunk Contest this season? Just let Blake Griffin put on a show with his personal toy Timofey Mozgov.

15 -- Is it 2006 all over again? Dirk Nowitzki's playing like an MVP, the Mavericks are piling up impressive wins and still whipping Miami -- in the regular season.

14 -- Wouldn't Tyson Chandler still be in New Orleans if he started out every season playing with this kind of fire and production?

13 -- So in the space of one month Erick Dampier goes from being a big man the Heat didn't want to the latest answer to their problems?

12 -- How was Phil Jackson to know Stan Van Gundy was so sensitive?

11 -- How was Stan Van Gundy to know Phil Jackson is still playing him like a bass fiddle?

10 -- It seems even Tracy McGrady has given up on the Heat. Pretty bad when a guy averaging 3.8 points a game is cracking on you.

9 -- Did anyone outside of David Kahn think we'd live long enough to see Darko Mlicic have a better week than LeBron and Dwyane Wade?

8 -- More and more teams are taking advantage of the D-League. Are the Nets the first to make it "D" for Detention with Terrence Williams?

7 -- All the whispers about Chris Bosh being the soft spot in the lineup for the Heat. Has anyone noticed that the plus-minus numbers when James and Wade are on the floor without Bosh are in the -30s and plunging?

6 -- Looks like $20 million doesn't go as far as it used to. The Magic re-signed J.J. Redick only to watch him shoot 35 percent from the field and 25 percent on 3-pointers so far.

5 -- That funny stuff with clocks in Utah has been going on for years. Ask Wayne Hicken. In Game 4 of the 1994 Western Conference finals, with 13.5 seconds left and the Jazz down by two to the Rockets, the official timekeeper didn't start the game clock for 10 full seconds. The referees were unaware, the Rockets screamed and played defense simultaneously and still managed to hang on and win.

4 -- First star to move this season: Don't you have to figure that Andre Iguodala has moved ahead of Carmelo Anthony on the pack-those-bags list?

3 -- It's hardly the Titanic. But why would Pat Riley take over as Skipper at least until Gilligan James and Professor Wade patch up that gaping hole in the hull of the S.S. Minnow?

2 -- Ah, to be young and Kevin Durant. On his last-second 18-footer that missed in 99-98 loss to the Rockets: "It felt good. Of course, all my shots feel good."

1 -- When NBA security says that offensive apparel will be banned for his celebrated return to The Q, does that include Video LeBron's Heat jersey?

Fran Blinebury has covered the NBA since 1977. You can e-mail him here and follow him on twitter.

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