Author: Kurt Helin

Al Horford

Hawks’ Al Horford says he will play in Game 2 despite finger injury


Atlanta’s Al Horford suffered a dislocated his little finger on his shooting hand during Game 1 of the Hawks playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets. Then he came out on Monday and said he wasn’t sure of his status for Game 2 Wednesday.

By Tuesday, he was sure of his status, speaking to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Is this really a surprise? It’s the playoffs.

That said, Horford will have his little and ring fingers taped together, something he admitted bothered his shot a little in Game 1. Horford had 10 points on 12 shots in Game 1. The injury didn’t bother him in close, he was 4-of-5 shooting inside eight feet of the rim, but he was 0-of-5 on deeper midrange shots and threes that he normally can knock down.

The Hawks didn’t look dominating like a traditional No. 1 seed in Game 1, they still seem to be trying to get their flow back. Horford is going to have work to do on the defensive end slowing down Brook Lopez, who was the Nets best player in Game 1.

Brilliant spoof: Zach Randolph’s deep thoughts on cats, shirts, more

Zach Randolph

Well done, Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies. Very well done.

Apparently, there are multiple versions of these deep dish thoughts.

If you’re a little confused right now, you were probably too young to watch Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. In general, you didn’t miss much. But there were some moments, and the few years of strange and funny Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy was one of the best (remember, this is the same era everyone loved The Far Side comic).

Okay, if you’re boring and want more serious Z-Bo, here he is on the Dan Patrick Show talking about his old school game.

Klay Thompson’s drops 26 to power Warriors’ victory (VIDEO)

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

Golden State needed to make a couple of big runs to win Game 2 Monday night. One came later in the second quarter to give the Warriors a small lead at halftime. The other came late in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Klay Thompson was the catalyst for both.

Thompson finished with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, and he had 14 points in the fourth quarter to help secure the win and put the Warriors up 2-0 in the series. It wasn’t a pretty win for the Warriors, but you can’t expect them all to be a coronation. Sometimes you have to grind out playoff wins.

Can the Warriors do that as the series shifts to New Orleans is the question.