Gayby's Monday Musings

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Salon’s Broadsheet is unfortunately no more, but Monday Musings is still here. Cue the Billboard No. 1 song from 34 years ago today.

On Sunday night, the Miami Heat joined elite company with the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the second team this season to win 30 games. However, the San Antonio Spurs remained ahead of the Heat in the total wins column (take that, ESPN!), notching their 31st victory against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, 94-91. Six of the nine Spurs receiving minutes posted double-digits in scoring, led by Manu Ginobili’s 21-point offering.

Kevin Love, Minnesota’s walking double-double, completed another day at the office against the Spurs with 18 points and 17 rebounds. For the season, Minnesota is now 0-5 when Love notches 17 rebounds (arbitrary finding to appear an expert). If the NBA enacted the Most Valuable Prisoner award, aimed at designating great players on dreadful teams, Kevin Love would certainly be the leading vote-getter. At least, Kevin Love got to experience The Suite Life.

Thirty-seven games into the 2010-2011 NBA season and the Spurs continue their best start in franchise history at 31-6, besting 2004-2005’s 29-8 start. Keep in mind, the Spurs won the 2005 NBA Finals.

The Spurs experienced their first losing streak of the season, after losing two straight games during last week’s New York/Boston road back-to-back. Nonetheless, the Spurs responded by squeaking out a victory at Indiana on Friday night, besting the consummate energy man Tyler Hansbrough (The NBA’s closest thing to Tim Tebow, overachieving college player whose projected professional success is questionable, but his boundless energy and hustle is a constant wild card factor.) and his fellow Pacers.

This Week’s Games -

Tuesday AWAY versus Minnesota Timberwolves @ 7:00 PM  FSSW

Wednesday AWAY versus Milwaukee Bucks @ 7:00 PM  FSSW

Friday HOME versus Dallas Mavericks @ 7:00 PM  ESPN, KENS

Sunday HOME versus Denver Nuggets @ 8:00 PM  ESPN, CW35

NBA Standings -

Western Conference - 1) San Antonio Spurs (31-6) 2) Dallas Mavericks (26-10) 4.5 games behind 3) Los Angeles Lakers (27-11) 4) Oklahoma City Thunder (25-13) 5) Utah Jazz (25-13)

Eastern Conference - 1) Boston Celtics (28-8) 2) Miami Heat (30-9) 3) Orlando Magic (25-12) 4) Chicago Bulls (24-12) 5) Atlanta Hawks (25-14)

DeJuan Blair’s Twitter Affirmation of the Week - "Those that talk down to you are just trying to walk tall by making u feel small. Rise above" January 5, 12:31 pm.

First installment of NBA lookalikes. - Lamar Odom & Skeeter Valentine. Michael Rapaport & Brian Scalabrine.

Sean Elliott's Homer Announcing + Best Start in Franchise History + Best Fans in NBA = Best Local Television Ratings in the NBA

I’m rooting for DeMarcus Cousins, so are his teammates. ‘Tis better to receive a Francisco Garcia hug than a technical foul.

The only thing scarier than the Cleveland Cavaliers league-worst record is this picture.

Welcome to the BK Lounge, starring Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. - Los Angeles Clippers rookie, Youtube sensation, most athletic redhead ever, Blake Griffin has posted 22 straight double-doubles, starting November 20. Thirty-six games into his NBA career, Blake Griffin has 29 double-doubles compared with the 21 Tim Duncan tallied through his first 36 games during his 1997-1998 Rookie of the Year campaign. The only player with more double-doubles this season is Minnesota’s Kevin Love with 33 in 38 games. Griffin and Love serve more double-doubles than Burger King’s two-patty/two-pickle culinary abomination. (The obligatory Blake Griffin link. This time with Kevin Love.)

If you have Triskaidekaphobia, look away. - The Miami Heat just won their 13th straight road game. No need to supply more information, the Heat  have their own PR machine in ESPN to do the work.

A must-watch for any Tim Duncan fan - Money.

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