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Mamaleek & The Splash Brothers: Stay Woke

The mysterious black metal duo Mamaleek just released their newest slab of experimental lofi murk in their album Via Dolorosa.

So little is known about the band, their scant biography only has them as a pair of brothers from the Bay Area of San Francisco, and the only published photo of them is as children-

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And who even knows if that is really them?

But within the shadows of invented mythology of metal bands, there is probably a more sinister truth to the core of Mamaleek: They are the Splash Brothers.

Yes, the backcourt duo of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, currently ready to do battle against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Preposterious? Absurd? That’s just what THEY want you to believe, cause I deal in #factsonly and provide the following evidence.

According to Encyclopedia Metallum, Mamaleek was formed in San Francisco in 2008. That year they released two albums, their self-titled debut and Fever Dream.

Steph Curry was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

So, the origins of metal bands are always rife with smoke and mirrors, obscuring the birthplace of who and what and where, so we can take their origins with a grain of salt. There is no disputing that they were always a duo, however the project could have just been one brother working on the music without the full help of the other brother.

In 2011, the same year Klay Thompson was drafted by the Dubs, Mamaleek released their album Kurdaitcha on the Enemies List Home Recordings label. The album proved to be a huge jump in the aesthetic performance of the band.

Shifting way far out of the form of a bedroom black metal duo, Mamaleek combined the lofi aesthetic with Arabic influences, a slower pace and knee deep in experimentation. The duo shook the dusty, rigid format of black metal while not attempting to make it a crossover, still put an indelible stamp on it.

The Splash Brothers took a similar approach to their basketball play, honing in on similar skills, a pairing shouldn’t work between the two of them, but it’s easily the best grouping of the NBA.

Same with Mamaleek’s approach to their experimentation, the combining of a vast array of influences and sounds, even pop music, combined with the increasinly graying sound of black metal would be wasted in the wrong hands, but the chemistry of the group outshines the possible deficiencies.

The Brothers Splash/Mamaleek still ascended in 2014 with a hard fought first round exit in seven games against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Mamaleek album He Never Spoke a Mumblin’ Word.

Shortly after their playoff loss, Warriors coach Mark Jackson was fired amid a flurry of personel issues between other coaches, management and Jackson.

One report was that given Mark Jackson’s sidejob as a pastor, he had frequently spent time preaching to his team. Known for being a boisterous player and play by play man, Jackson wasn’t shy to speak his mind.

Is it possible that the title of Mamaleek’s fourth album is a direct reference to Jackson? Watch this video of Jackson preaching the gospel on the streets of Los Angeles to see if that voice could be attributed to the idea of a man who never spoke a mumblin word.

Jackson was replaced by Steve Kerr and the Warriors ascended to a great height as they lean on the edge of winning the franchise’s first championship since the 60’s.

In addition to that, Mamaleek have released their latest album Via Dolorosa. The title comes from the Latin phrase “Way of Grief” and is frequently used to reflect the passage within the City of Jerusalem that was the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

Steph Curry is a devout Christian who frequently speaks about his faith, so the title being used by him would make a lot of sense. But it also could describe the path of former coach and fellow Christian, Mark Jackson.

The facts are there that the identity of the Splash Brothers are the same as Mamaleek. But we can keep a secret, no reason to ruin a good thing.

 

NBA Weekly Grades for Week Ending January 25th

A weekly wrap up of who did what this week and how good or bad they did it.

Klay Thompson

Grade All Hail the King Klay

I was wrong about Klay Thompson. When the Golden State Warriors signed him to a max deal, I thought he was not the right Dubs guard to be getting that money, but after this season, including this weeks 52 points against the Kings, I’m making amends.

37 points for Klay came in the 3rd quarter, but really it was only in 8:20 of the third. Even if the Splash Brothers break up, the Dubs having Klay is the right step. And holy mackeral his shooting.

Brandon Jennings

Grade Oh My Gawd/UGH MY GAWD

Poor Brandon. In the same week where he had 24 points and 21 assists in under 35 minutes, joining a couple of guys named John Stockton and Magic Johnson and being the first 20 pt, 20 assist guy since Steve Nash did it in 2009, he also tore his ACL.

Jennings has the obvious star after the Piston jettisoned Josh Smith and he carried them with great confidance. The injury is a huge blow and puts the Pistons playoff chances on hold. With Greg Monroe being a free agent next year and the rest of the season probably seeing Detroit flail in the wind, this could lead to a big shake up.

But the worst part is not being able to see Jennings the rest of the season. After a rocky start that saw him being benched for DJ Augustin, Jennings got his head right and took over the team, being as integral as Monroe and Andre Drummond.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Grade Hanging Tough

The Pels won 4 out of 5 this week, defeating the Raptors, Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks. They also lost to the Knicks in what is the most Pelicans week of the season really. Anthony Davis sat out the Knicks and Raptors games with a sore toe, but came back to score above 20 points in the last three straight wins.

The Pelicans are 23-21 still three games behind Phoenix for the 8th spot and the Thunder are right behind them with 22 wins and rising quickly.

They need more weeks like this one, but even without Davis, they should have defeated the lowly Knicks. The inconsistancy will keep them out of the playoffs unless they make a big roster or coaching change or both.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Grade Two Thumbs Up

LMA tore a ligament in his non-shooting hand and was all set to sit out 6-8 weeks and get the surgery, until he wasn’t. A late announcement a couple of hours before a home game against the Washington Wizards saw LMA say he was going to wait to get the surgery till the offseason and play through the year.

And after a slow start for the Blazers, Aldridge finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 103-96 win. This year is a contract win and everyone outside of the Blazers would be a little hesitant to want to go after Aldridge hard, with skipping the surgery, he is going all in on the Blazers right now. It’s a remarkable dedication to his squad and one the Blazers front office will keep in mind when they offer him a contract this summer.

Charlotte Hornets

Grade Bew bew bew, Sneaking Out the Back Door

Very quietly the Hornets have won 9 of their last 12 and last week won 4 out of 5, only losing a blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  They had two ugly wins, a 78-76 one over Miami and a 76-71 win over the Knicks. It even took them to overtime to get 80 points against the Pacers.

And late Sunday night the rumor was talks between the Nets and Hornets were starting to warm up again, but this time to get Joe Johnson in a teal uniform. The Hornets would dump Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams for Johnson. Joe has struggled this season, but the Hornets are thirsty for someone who can just shoot and it appear Michael Jordan is intrigued enough to wash away some of the recent acquisitions of Charlotte.

The Nets want out of their Big 3 contracts and cannot seem to get anyone to bite on Derron Williams. The Hornets and Nets are in close contention for the last playoff spot, but will that move benefit them both?

 

Trip Metal Guide to the NBA Western Conference

Trip Metal is the nebulous growing force, littering the underground with implied confusion. But if you follow the TM on twitter one diversion tactic is the invention of new micro-genres. And what better way to understand every NBA team than a specific genre for them? Now we head west.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Canadian Lean

Get turnt on Wiggins.

Los Angeles Lakers

Hollywood Zepplin

Bloated, weird and old

Utah Jazz

Mormon Skronk

Quin Snyder is becoming as personable as Miles Davis these days.

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Sacramento Kings

Gay Boogie

The Future is Now.

Denver Nuggets

Psych Boredom

End The Brian Shaw Era Now

Oklahoma City Thunder

Post Frack

The atmosphere is killing Westbrook’s fashion sense.

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New Orleans Pelicans

Funeral Jass

More like Mardi Grass, amirite?

Phoenix Suns

Desert Stank

Like Meat Puppets II, but not

San Antonio Spurs

T Shirt Tucked into Jeans Core

Drown your kids in the Riverwalk

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Los Angeles Clippers

Post Early Skrewdriver

Where have you gone, Donald Sterling Donald Sterling?

Dallas Mavericks

Commercial Jingles for Shark Tank products

No, because it’s different for Mark Cuban. He doesn’t wear a tie.

Houston Rockets

Neu NASA

We have liftoff, brah.

Memphis Grizzlies

Goofy Hat Blooze

Like Parrotheads, but worse.

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Portland Trail Blazers

Riot Loppz

Robin Lopez In a Dress

Golden State Warriors

Splash Wave

Gett Wett

 

NBA Road Trip: The Heat Head West

The Miami Heat headed into a week plus road stretch on the West Coast with a 15-20 record. The Team Without LeBron has yet to square their identity entirely, but have been really hamstrung by injuries. As soon as Danny Granger came back, Josh McRoberts went down indefinietly.

But there’s a small spark coming off the bench in the three youngsters of Shabazz Napier, James Ennis and Hasan Whiteside. They’ll get tested hard on the long road west.

Miami 83 at Portland Trail Blazers 99

The surging Trail Blazers are not a great way to start a road trip with LaMarcus Aldridge took it to the inside for 24 points while the backcourt combined for 34 points and 8 assists.  The Heat were under the rumor mill all day before the game with the report that the Memphis Grizzlies were trying to trade for Luol Deng to bolster their three-point shooting, and Deng shot 3 for 11 from the field, 1 for 3 from three point and ended with 7 points. Bosh and Wade were in typical form, scoring 18 and 23 respectively and Hassan Whiteside came off the bench for 10 points. It’s a hard bet for anyone to stop the Blazers really, but the Heat had nothing to match for them and it appears the trade rumors got into Deng’s head for the night.

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Miami  104 at Los Angeles Clippers 90

The Hassan Whiteside Show slipped right into Hollywood mode as Whiteside had 23 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals to rip open the very shaky Clippers defense. Luol Deng was able to shake off the trade rumor blues and scored 10 points with 3 rebounds and 4 assits. But the interior belonged to Chris Bosh with 34 points and Dwyane Wade notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.

The Heat limited DeAndre Jordan to 4 points and 6 rebounds but let Blake Griffin nab 26 points and Chris Paul got his 23 points. Defensively the Clippers have been really bad this season, 19th defense with 100 ppg allowed and only scoring 106.4 ppg (for the 5th highest offensive rating). Blake and CP3 will almost always get theirs and teams like the Heat will allow them as long as they can stop the rotating shooting guard and Jordan in the paint. Matt Barnes isn’t going to go off on offense and he’s not been great this year defensively.

 

Miami 78 at Los Angeles Lakers 75

Yikes. Chris Bosh had his season low 8 points, Dwyane Wade has a season low 4 points, but the game was saved by Mario Chalmers and Chris Anderson? Not a recipe you want to cook with every night, but bad games happen. Wade only played 14 minutes after feeling his hamstring get tight and did not want to chance it.

Danny Granger and Luol Deng continued their Dissapointment Tour, Granger played 24 minutes and only attempted three shots and missed all of them to finish with 2 points. Deng went a long 38 minutes and attempted 13 shots to get 8 points.

Hassan Whiteside continues to make the case that he would be starting on any other team with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. I keep trying to play with lineups on the Heat to make it possible for Whiteside to be on the starting squad, but their bench is either entirely too old or entirely too young to pick up the scoring slack. If Josh McRoberts was still around, maybe you could package McBob with Deng for some bench offense, but they’re really stuck right now.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat

Miami 89 at Golden State Warriors 104

*sees Shabazz Napier and Hasan Whiteside get starts. Rubs hands together like Birdman*
It’s good to see Spolestra sensing a change in his lineups, but just as I suspected, the bench was abysmal. 17 points total from the Heat bench with the highest scorer being Shawne Williams with 5.

The pairing of Napier and Mario Chalmers is a little terrifying, they both dribble a lot and have really similar skills, but they combined for 11 assists, 4 steals and 5 turnovers. Napier ended with 10 points, Chalmers with 7. But how did that pairing help out the rest of the floor?

Luol Deng ended with 19 points & 7 rebounds, Chris Bosh had 26 points & 7 rebounds and Whiteside paired 10 points with 12 rebounds. Deng’s 19 was the highest scoring game he’s had all month and the highest in 9 games.

Defensively, the Deng-Bosh-Whiteside front court was crazy effective. They bothered Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut for a combined 12 points. They kept the hot Green to 28.5% shooting and Barnes to 16%.

It was a promising step, but until McRoberts is back, how much is that bench going to sink into the ocean?

Miami 95 at Sacramento Kings 83

Whiteside hoped to show up his former team, but was limited due to fouls, but that didn’t stop the Bosh-Deng show from going in on the declining Kings. 30 from Bosh and 25 from Deng and Shabazz Napier subbed in from Dwyane Wade with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Granger still stunk it up, the Bench still struggled to score with 17 points total and two players getting  a goose egg.

Pairing Chalmers with Napier appears to have some potential, but Chalmers off the ball moves are less desired than someone like Wade. Will Spolestra pair up Napier and Wade and just hope the bench doesn’t give the game away? Maybe Chalmers on the bench can help direct an offense that is kind of listless.

In the End, the Heat finished their trip 3-2, which is solid, the wins against the Clippers and Lakers seemed expected, but losing against the future Western Conference leaders in the Warriors and Blazers was also expected.

The wing position on the team is a weakness that is easily exposed and the bench is just awful.

 

Last Nights Number: Golden State Warriors vs Philadelphia 76ers

29

The Dubs rained down on the hapless Sixers and got 29 fast break points while holding Philadelphia to 38.4% FG shooting. Marreese Speights went 9 for 13 in the field and 5 for 6 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 23 points. He rounded out his stat sheet with all fours: 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks.

Michael Carter-Williams, almost certainly not tanking, went 1 for 7 shooting in 38 minutes. The Sixers also had 28 turnovers which lead to 43 points.