Buzz That Was: Smoked out
In case you were too busy attending your fifth holiday party of approximately 237 and were unable to follow your favorite sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
No playing with fire
While the term "on fire" or "en fuego" is often used in basketball games and NBA Jam, on Wednesday night the San Antonio Spurs-Minnesota Timberwolves game could actually be described as such.
The teams were scheduled to play in Mexico City in the first regular-season game in Mexico since 1997. The key word here is "scheduled." About 45 minutes prior to tipoff, the arena was evacuated when a fire in the generator room resulted in smoke pouring into the building. The players were practicing on the court when the smoke began, and the power partially went out. They were brought to their respective buses and after about an hour, the game was postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date in Minnesota. Just like David Stern was imagining when planning the much-hyped Mexico return, I'm sure.
The scene earlier tonight in Mexico City, where the arena was evacuated about an hour before Spurs-Wolves tipoff. pic.twitter.com/GtrqDZ1Oeg— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 5, 2013
Maybe the NBA should just spin this as some elaborate cross-promotional stunt with "Catching Fire." This is nothing an adorable sound-bite from Jennifer Lawrence couldn't fix.
It's no secret the NBA's Eastern Conference is about as impressive this season as the latest Adam Sandler movie. Need proof? Just watch tonight's New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets game. You'll get it. And while just about everyone has taken their turn in making fun of the teams not located in Miami and Indianapolis, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to entertainingly jump in on the fun on Wednesday.
Is it too late to join the Eastern Conference? Asking for a friend.— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 4, 2013
But the fun didn't end there. The Phoenix Suns helped quell the Twitterverse's collective 2:30 feeling with an equally LOLZ-worthy follow-up.
@trailblazers We asked you to keep that on the down low. That eager to get rid of us already?— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 4, 2013
We'll now be impatiently awaiting a response from the Milwaukee Bucks. Have a feeling we might have to wait longer for that than the inevitable two weeks we'll have to wait until their next win.
Courting the youth vote
The Golden State Warriors combined two of America's favorite pastimes -- cute children and viral videos -- to urge fans to vote for their players for the All-Star Game. Six young fans, who look like kid versions of the six nominated players, get their "Kid President" on and tell you the importance of voting. For a basketball game that is, not for like a political election or anything.
While I want to love this video, I'm having a hard time getting past the inconsistent Australian accent of little Andrew Bogut. C'mon kid, keep it together. You could have just quoted Men at Work's "Down Under" and it would have been more convincing than that. But at least this campaign is far more effective than Diddy's ill-fated "Vote or Die" stunt, in which several participating celebrities proved the statement to be false by not voting and still being around to incessantly promote their latest attempts at relevancy. I'm looking at you, Paris Hilton.
Worth the wait
While standing in the rain waiting desperately for tickets to Wednesday night's game against North Carolina, a group of Michigan State students were rewarded for their dedication with a stack of pizzas delivered by players from the team.
The #1 team in the country is delivering pizzas to their student section. In the rain. Doesn't get better than this.— The Izzone (@ThisistheIZZONE) December 4, 2013
While the top-ranked Spartans were stunned by the Tar Heels, they still get the vote for most thoughtful team of the week. Which will count for absolutely nothing when the next week's rankings are announced.
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