THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT: The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which includes “players” such as model Erin Heatherton, actors Jesse Williams, Columbus Short, Michael B. Jordan and Nick Cannon, radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, TV show hosts Stan Verrett, Terrence Jenkins and Kristen Ledlow, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, has a ticket price of $50.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Cleveland Cavaliers TV analyst Austin Carr, asked by the AP about his retired No. 34 banner that was apparently stolen from the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena:
“Maybe I’m coming out of retirement.”
TANKAPALOOZA!: Coming off a season-best 29 points vs. Iowa State on Wednesday, Kansas phenom Andrew Wiggins shot a season-worst 2-of-12 and fouled out for the first time this season at Texas on Saturday. Just sayin’.
LINE OF THE WEEK: Al Jefferson, Charlotte at LA Lakers, Jan. 31: 39 minutes, 18-32 FGs, 4-6 FTs, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals, two turnovers, 40 points in a 110-100 win. En route to matching his career high, Jefferson torched Lakers bigs Pau Gasol and Robert Sacre, occasionally flashing a one-handed push shot that recalled George McGinnis.
LINE OF THE WEAK: James Anderson Philadelphia vs. Atlanta, Jan. 31: 29 minutes, 0-6 FGs, 0-1 3-pointers, 0-0 FTs, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers, zero points in a 125-99 loss. Anderson also was minus-21. We don’t expect much from him, but we expect more than this.
TRILLION WATCH: This was an absolutely fantastic week for the heroes of zeros. Magic guard Doron Lamb had a 6 trillion Tuesday at Detroit and became the first player this season with two 5 trillions. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins started Wednesday’s game at Miami with a thoroughly empty five minutes that included a minus-13 and never returned to the court, while backup Steven Adams had a 2 trillion in the same game. Wolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute crashed this space for the second straight week, following last week’s 6 trillion with a 4 trillion Monday at Chicago. And Clippers center Ryan Hollins posted his own 4 trillion Wednesday at Washington.
GAME OF THE WEEK: Portland at Indiana, Feb. 7. These teams played a pretty good one at the Moda Center on Dec. 2, with the Blazers overcoming a season-high 43 points by Paul George for a 106-102 victory. Portland is 15-8 on the road. Indiana is 21-2 at home.
GAME OF THE WEAK: LA Lakers at Philadelphia, Feb. 7. The Lakers are 29th in defense at 106.1 points allowed and have lost 18 of their last 21 games. The Sixers are last in defense at 109.9 points allowed and have lost 12 of their last 15 games. Awesome.
TWO MINUTES: Hawks swingman Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer streak is up to 115 games, and the only folks who have taken notice are those at USA Basketball, who included him in the initial player pool. But here’s how remarkable Korver’s streak is: Kings guard Isaiah Thomas was up to 35 games entering Monday’s game at Utah. He started despite a stomach bug, threw up at halftime and played sparingly in the second half, finishing 0-of-2 from the arc. Korver’s whose free-throw streak ended Saturday at 30, has a potentially tough week as he faces Indiana (2nd in 3-point defense at .331), visits New Orleans (9th, .349) and meets Memphis (10th, .349). … Over the last 13 nights, there have been 14 individual games of at least 38 points, including two each by Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry and Carmelo Anthony’s 62-point eruption. Those teams went 10-4. … In either their last game before or first game after All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, eventual snubs Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley and Lance Stephenson combined to average 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 9.5 assists. … The Pistons had lost four in a row – their third skid of at least four games this season – to fall 10 games under .500 before temporarily snapping out of it with home wins this week over East patsies Orlando and Philadelphia, which guard Will Bynum said could not have come any sooner. “We needed it a lot. We’re losing, a lot of bad things are around in the air — a lot of negative energy,” he said. When asked if teammates were still trying to determine their roles in the rotation, Bynum said, “You don’t want to know what I think; it’s out of my pay grade to tell you what I think.” … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has 16 games this season of at least 17 rebounds – or the same number the entire Nets managed in Friday’s abomination against the Thunder, the fewest by a team in NBA history. … The Suns don’t look like they are going away. After Eric Bledsoe went down with a knee injury in late December, Phoenix lost five of its next seven games to fall to 21-16. But the Suns rebounded to win eight of their next 10, including a pair of convincing wins over the Pacers in which they dropped 62 and 66 in the first half – the two biggest halves this season – against Indiana’s top-ranked defense. … … The Raptors went 8-6 in December and 11-6 in January, marking the first time they have had consecutive winning months since December 2009 and January 2010, when Chris Bosh was still on the team. … When the shorthanded Spurs fell to the Rockets on Tuesday, they became the last team this season to lose two in a row. No NBA team has gone an entire season without consecutive losses. On the other end of the spectrum, the Bucks have yet to win two straight. The 2011-12 Bobcats (7-59) did not win consecutive games, but the last team that did not win two in a row in an 82-game season was the 2004-05 Hawks (13-69). … It took 33 games, but top overall pick Anthony Bennett of Cleveland finally reached double figures in an NBA game, scoring 15 points in Tuesday’s loss to New Orleans. According to Elias, the next longest double-figures drought of any No. 1 pick since the common draft began in 1966 was nine games by Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani in 2006.
Trivia Answer: Tristan Thompson. … Happy 45th Birthday, Robert Pack. … Were the Broncos tanking?
Chris Bernucca is the managing editor of SheridanHoops.com. His columns appear Monday during the season. You can follow him on Twitter.