THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT: Just watch. (Thanks to Deadspin.)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman, on his winless team:
“I believe these guys can win. I don’t have any doubts. I come in here every day, thinking this is the night. I feel good. … I might be dumb.”
LINE OF THE WEEK: Paul George, Indiana vs. New Orleans, Nov. 21: 34 minutes, 13-21 FGs, 9-13 3-pointers, 2-3 FTs, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, zero turnovers, 37 points in a 115-107 overtime win. George posted a career high in points and also broke Reggie Miller’s team record for 3-pointers in a game but making all of his distance shots after halftime.
LINE OF THE WEAK: Chris Kaman, Dallas vs. LA Lakers, Nov. 24: 24 minutes, 2-12 FGs, 0-0 FTs, three rebounds, zero assists, zero steals, zero blocks, one turnover, six fouls, four points in a 115-89 loss. Kaman also had a minus-19 to go along with his Dairy Queen.
TRILLION WATCH: Magic guard Ish Smith, who usually plays at a speed highly conducive to turnovers, still posted a 4 trillion in Wednesday’s win over Detroit. That lack of effort was matched by Sixers guard Damien Wilkins in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City. Together, they merely equaled season leader Josh Childress of Brooklyn, who had an 8 trillion on Nov. 15.
GAME OF THE WEEK: San Antonio at Miami, Nov. 29. Someone should take the video from this game and produce and market instructional DVDs on the finer points of drive-and-kick offense and help defense. Will Kawhi Leonard be back to present some resistance to LeBron James? And can the slender Chris Bosh hold his ground against Tim Duncan? It should be a great strategic game.
GAME OF THE WEAK: Phoenix at Toronto, Nov. 30. The Colangelo Invitational, featuring six international players that no one cares about.