Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Lakers, Heat and Celtics dominate.

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What you missed while you were watching the election results roll in, then drinking to celebrate or drown your sorrows…

Sixers at the Wizards — better known as No. 1 John Wall vs. No. 2 Evan Turner — was our game of the night, get the details here.

Magic at the Knicks was postponed due to asbestos falling from the ceiling at Madison Square Garden.

Hawks 100, Cavaliers 88: This one looked like a runaway early as the Hawks forced Cavalier turnovers, got out and ran and just ran away from Cleveland all the way to a 17 point lead. Then in the third the Hawks shot just 25 percent, the Cavs were 9-17. And suddenly we had a ballgame.

The Hawks pulled away late thanks to a strong final quarter from Jamal Crawford and Marvin Williams.

Celtics 109, Pistons 86: Boston brought the balance, with five players in double-figures. One of them was not Rajon Rondo, who had 17 assists but no turnovers. This one was never really close. But look at the bright side Pistons fans, at least it wasn’t a blowout.

Heat 121, Timberwolves 96: The Timberwoves hung in for the first half, better know as the Dwyane Wade show, what with his 22 points before the break. The second half was all LeBron James show ant that left the Wolves in the dust. James had 14 third quarter points, and after a 20-1 Heat run it was all over. Michael Beasley held his own against his old squad — 11 points on 4 of 9 shooing and a couple of boards — until he had to be helped off the floor after bruising his hip.

Trail Blazer 91, Bucks 76: The Bucks were up 6 and looking good after a quarter, then the Blazers defense tightened a little while the Bucks went ice cold. The Bucks missed everything, John Salmons in particular looked off (he was 2 of 14) and as a team Milwaukee was 3 of 15 from three. The Blazers continue to impress.

Lakers 124, Grizzlies 105: Another Lakers blowout win where the offense was unstoppable and he defense not great. Although, it’s a little hard to judge because of all the garbage time. Phil Jackson was bored and started playing around with lineup combos, playing Derrick Caracter at the five or leaving Lamar Odom out with the second unit (as it will be when Bynum gets right).

The time on Team USA has done Rudy Gay some good — he seems to be attacking the rim and even posting up a little now. Which is why he put up 30 on the Lakers, He should still do more though, he was 2 of 7 on deep twos.

Stan Van Gundy calls out Andre Drummond’s effort after loss to Thunder

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After a promising start to the season, the Pistons have lost three of their last four games and seven of their last 10. And although he’s been outstanding for most of the season, Andre Drummond has not been above receiving criticism from Stan Van Gundy. The coach called out Drummond’s effort on Friday night after a loss to the Thunder.

Via Sportando:

“I didn’t think he brought much energy to the Milwaukee game, and I didn’t think he brought much energy tonight,” Van Gundy said of the two beatings the Pistons received this week. “Why that is, I don’t know. But we need a lot more from him than we got tonight.”

Calling out your best player in the media is bold, but Van Gundy has enough of a track record and a reputation, going back to his days in Orlando with Dwight Howard, that he can get away with it. It also sends a message to the entire team that Van Gundy isn’t going to hold his star to a different standard than the rest of the team.

Despite a couple of poor performances, Drummond is having a career year, leading the league in rebounding at 17.1 per game while also averaging 17.9 points.

Lopez twins don’t live together because their cats don’t get along

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The Lopez twins have always been close. They were teammates at Stanford, they’re both heavily into comic books (and even write their own together), and they both have Instagram accounts for their cats (here’s Brook’s cat, Poupin, and Robin’s cat, Prince Edward Zephyr). So naturally, this summer, when Brook re-signed with the Nets and Robin signed with the Knicks, the logical thing to do would be to live together. Apparently that isn’t happening, because their cats don’t get along.

Via Kirsten Fleming of the New York Post:

“Brook’s cat is very two-faced,” Robin tells The Post. “Everybody loves Brook’s cat. To everybody’s face, he’s such a nice cat. And it may sound like I’m joking, but I am dead serious. He acts like a lazy, sweet cat when everybody is looking. But when their heads turn, he’ll try to chase after [my cat] Edward. The second I lay eyes on him, he’ll act like, ‘I’m a cherub. I’m innocent.’ I’m not buying it.”

Brook agrees that it would be a bad idea.

“We thought about it,” Brook tells The Post. “But the cats really wouldn’t get along. They just wouldn’t allow it.”

This is an extremely valid reason, even though it’s a disappointing. The Lopez twins are two of the most entertaining people in the NBA, and them living together would have had off-the-charts reality TV potential.

Byron Scott isn’t thinking about next year’s draft

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A month into the season, the Lakers the only team in the Western Conference that can absolutely be written out of any hopes of playoff contention. They’re in an awkward position with the upcoming draft: they still need talent long-term, and they owe their pick to the Sixers if it’s outside of the top three. Not surprisingly, Byron Scott isn’t thinking about it at all.

Via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

With the Lakers fielding the NBA’s second-worst record, how much effort will the franchise put in retaining its top-3 protected draft pick?

“I don’t think about that whatsoever,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I probably won’t until April. That’s something I can’t control.”

The Lakers are in a precarious position. They appear likely bad enough to lose a lot of games. But will they lose enough to land in the top three? Otherwise, the Lakers owe Philadelphia their first-round pick as part of the Steve Nash trade.

“It’s impossible to think about the team, try to get our young guys better, the team better and also thinking about a pick,” Scott said. “That’s six months away and you might not even get it.”

Given Scott’s mentality, it’s not at all surprising that he isn’t thinking about the draft. But with his insistence on playing Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams more crunch-time minutes on this dismal Lakers team than D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, it’s pretty laughable that he talks about wanting to develop their young players.

Scott may not be thinking about the draft, but with the position the franchise is in and the likelihood that they lose their pick, he should be.

Report: Jahlil Okafor stopped for driving 108 MPH three weeks ago

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Jahlil Okafor‘s first month in the NBA has been eventful for all the wrong reasons. Early Thanksgiving morning, he was caught on video getting into a fight with a heckler in Boston. Then, a report surfaced of another altercation from October, in which Okafor apparently had a gun pulled on him. Now, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Okafor was recently pulled over in Philadelphia for driving 108 miles per hour:

Four sources independently confirmed to The Inquirer the 76ers center was pulled over on the Ben Franklin Bridge around three weeks ago for 108 miles per hour. Anything over 40 m.p.h. is considered reckless driving.

108 miles per hour in a 40-mile zone isn’t a minor speeding infraction—it’s incredibly dangerous. It might be possible to write off any of these incidents by themselves—particularly the one where he had a gun pulled on him, which doesn’t seem to have been his fault at all. But together, the Boston incident and this speeding report aren’t a good look at all for Okafor. He’s had a solid start to the year for the Sixers, but off the court has been another story.