Hart Vs. Ferrell
Which actor packs more punch: Kevin Hart or Will Ferrell? The funny duo brought their verbal and physical sparring skills to the SportsNation set. Watch the battle »
You can throw any talk of hyperbole out the window when discussing how good Stephen Curry has been this season.
Curry, who is averaging 23.7 points, 7.8 dimes and 4.2 boards a contest, has compiled a season worthy of high praise, whether you want to describe it as MVP-caliber, otherworldly, dominant, and yes, even on fleek. That incredible play has resulted in an endless stream of highlights to satisfy the appetites of hoopheads around the globe while elevating his case for MVP. We take a look at five of the best offerings Chef Curry has served up this season:
No defender's ankles are safe with Curry pounding the rock --- even if said defender is four-time NBA All-Defensive first-teamer Chris Paul. Curry caught his Clippers counterpart slipping multiple times this season, with the latest reducing Paul to a break-dancer, or, as comedian Kevin Hart put it, a Twister player. The move was so good, it set NBA Twitter ablaze and left CP3 no choice but to give Curry props.
Unfortunately for Paul and the Clippers, it wasn't the only time they got cooked by No. 30. In mid-March, this incredible display of handles left four Clippers flabbergasted and bolstered Curry's stock as an unguardable entity.
Curry is an unrelenting scoring machine and was in full cyborg mode in dropping 51 points on Dallas. He dazzled with an array of bombs from and beyond the arc, and his step-back game was simply jaw-dropping; just ask Raymond Felton.
Curry's various skills make him lethal in clutch situations, helping Golden State to an NBA-best 61 wins.
Saucy dishes have been a Curry special this season, helping him to sixth in the league in assists per game and fueling the Warriors' top-ranked scoring attack.
Appearing Tuesday on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show, former NBA great and current TNT analyst Chris Webber went in on the Kentucky Wildcats and, specifically, junior big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
"Let me just say Kentucky's great," Webber said to Mike Greenberg and guest hosts Jemele Hill and Michael Smith. "But they have three big guys, guys that are 6-10 and taller. So when you have three 7-footers in college there's no way you shouldn't dominate the boards.
"[Notre Dame 6-foot-5 senior Pat] Connaughton ... beasted them inside."
Connaughton indeed pulled down nine rebounds against a front line of Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, while Cauley-Stein scored just six points and grabbed four rebounds in 33 minutes of Kentucky's 68-66 victory in regional final.
That, Webber said, is clear evidence Cauley-Stein -- who averages 9.1 points (on 57.8 percent shooting) and 6.5 rebounds in 25.8 minutes -- is not the future DeAndre Jordan many say he is.
"It's really tough because he's a college kid and I don't want him to be [subject] to the type of dogging of athletes that we're going to do at this level," Webber said. "But that's where we get in trouble. There's no way in the world that he is a DeAndre Jordan. That's one of the most ridiculous statements that I've ever heard. That's almost as ridiculous as coach Larry Brown saying they could win a division or a game in the Eastern Conference.
"These days in basketball, if you're a junior in basketball, and you're 7-feet and you don't average 10 points, you're telling me he could be a DeAndre Jordan? There's no way. ... There is no way in the world. He can't jump as high. DeAndre Jordan is like 7-15, he's big, he weighs like 1,000 pounds. This kid is like 7-foot, he weighs like 200.
"He will not start in the league. He's a great kid, and hopefully he will have an NBA career."
Now, in fairness we must point out that Jordan averaged only 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds on a much-less-stacked Texas A&M team, but that was as a freshman (and in 20.1 minutes per game). Also, Cauley-Stein is listed at 240, not the exaggerated 200 Webber said.
Kentucky Twitter, however, did not react with even-handedness. And Webber did not back down.
If you say any big on Kentucky's team is like Deandre Jordan on the Clipps, you don't know B-Ball. You are a ... http://t.co/2MmO4Xtght— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
The truth hurts.... I see!— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
I'm going to get a time machine for these grown men on my timeline -that left their life back on the highschool bleacher... #obviouslybitter— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) March 31, 2015
Hoop heads remember the theatrics Blake Griffin utilized during the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. There was former NBA player Kenny Smith playing hype man while a church choir bellowed out R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." And ex-point guard Baron Davis serving up a perfect lob. Oh, and then there was the Kia vehicle parked just below the free throw line that Griffin cleared en route to clinching the title.
It was a show-stopping viral moment that left everyone talking.
Which brings us to this recent dunk contest in Mexico and an attempt at re-creating Griffin's dunk that is sure to have people talking -- for completely different reasons. Enjoy!
Now stop laughing for a second. To his credit, he did nail the do-over. But let's be honest, it's going to be tough living down that ugly first try.
Last month, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine's out-of-this-world athleticism breathed some life back into the NBA dunk contest. Monday night in Chicago, a pair of McDonald's All-Americans did their best to keep pace, putting on a dunking clinic at the Powerade Jam Fest in Chicago.
Florida State-bound wing Dwayne Bacon (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and uncommitted big man Stephen Zimmerman (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas) took turns electrifying the crowd with an array of scintillating slams -- including the likely inception of the "selfie dunk" -- that would make some of the pros jealous.
Check out the highlights of their dunk-off below:
And here's the cameraman's view of that crazy selfie dunk:
While Zimmerman got props for his ingenuity, Bacon walked away with the hardware thanks to a celebrity cameo.
Ronda Rousey continues to conquer the world.
At WrestleMania 31, the UFC champion was sitting ringside when she was invited into the ring by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- and challenged Triple H and WWE chief brand officer/part owner Stephanie McMahon.
THE ROCK AND RONDA ROUSEY! WHAAAAAT!?! pic.twitter.com/caQw7gvkdf— SportsNation (@SportsNation) March 30, 2015
As basically nobody could take out Rousey at this point, the confrontation went as expected, with the MMA star doing this to McMahon:
All the while, the Internet lost its mind:
Even UFC president Dana White enjoyed it: