Stat Sheet Stuffer – James Harden put up his first career triple-double on Saturday night against the Bobcats. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, one block and one steal. That’s a legit triple-double, as opposed to the JaVale variety. Fortunately, someone distilled every one of his buckets, boards and dimes into one video.
He Went There – Bill Simmons addressed performance enhancing drugs in an unusually serious column this weekend. I highly suggest carving out 10-15 minutes to read it. Here’s one provocative NBA-related clip:
NBA players get tested up to four times during the course of a season. The fourth time can happen at any point from October to June, but once it happens, that’s it. So if your fourth test occurs after your 71st game, you’re clear the rest of the way. It’s a running joke within NBA circles, something of a get-out-of-jail-free card: Once you pee in that fourth cup, you’re good to go. Put whatever you want into your body. Feel like smoking enough weed to make Harold and Kumar blush? Knock yourself out. Feel like replacing your blood with cleaner blood so you have more endurance for the playoffs? Knock yourself out. Feel like starting a testosterone cycle because you might have to play 25 grueling playoff games over the next 10 weeks? Knock yourself out. Remember how competitive these guys are. What would they do for an edge? How far would they go? And why are we giving them the choice?
Punk’d – Disclaimer: this does not relate to the Rockets in any way, but if you want to see Caron Butler fake a high-five to Jonas Valanciunas in order to steal the ball and pad his stats at the last second, click here. I love this game.Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or message John Eby on Twitter @EbyNews.