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You have to appreciate the slow maturation of this process – the initial puke, the secondary lurch, the player-by-player exit from the bench, the seemingly oblivious equipment guys, the “Oh, you just puked, here’s a Gatorade bottle” guy, all of it.
Amazingly enough, this is not a technical in the NBA, although it may be a first. The Nuggets and Lakers playoff game was interrupted by a woman who wandered on the court, seemingly in search of a quick convo with the Nuggets’ Ty Lawson.
“I just broke your ankles,” is a basketball term reserved for those unfortunate souls who are crossed over so horrendously that they trip or stumble or otherwise look foolish because of an opponent’s dribble. But actually breaking someone’s ankles? That rarely (if ever) happens — yet poor Ryan Anderson was a ligament or two away from being that guy yesterday.
In the closing moments of the Magic’s loss to the Nuggets, Anderson rolled his ankle while trying to defend Ty Lawson on a pick and roll. According the Magic, an MRI of Anderson after the game showed only a sprain and no structural damage. Watch out for that change of direction, kids.
The Nuggets’ Ty Lawson scored 37 points last night, which would be impressive enough even if you didn’t know that 30 of them came from beyond the arc.