- Tim Duncan's 15-18-11 triple-double led the Spurs (15-2) to beat GSW 118-98.
Also: The Spurs speeding up their offense is something beautiful. More important, it displays a genius -- maybe humble? -- quick adaptation by one of the greatest coaches in NBA history.
- Lenny Wilkens is trying to get an NBA team back in Seattle. I really do hope this happens, as long as it doesn't mean the league expands, of course. How about the Kings? No one really gives a shit about them and Sacramento to Seattle isn't as much a climate difference as other options -- if this is an option. I seriously just threw that out there.
- After blowing a 19-pt lead in Utah, the Lakers (13-5) lost to Indy and have now lost three straight after getting knocked off by the Grizzlies (8-10) 98-96 in Memphis. From the AP preview: "After averaging 112.5 points in its first 14 games, Los Angeles
has been held to 95.3 per game over the last three while shooting a
combined 39.9 percent." The Lakers shot 31.8% in this loss.
Six Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by Mike Conley's 28. Rudy Gay had six blocks, furthering the added hustle in his game -- and that's after getting paid. L.A. out-rebounded Memphis 42-29 and was more efficient in a higher volume at the FT line (21-for-25, 80% to 12-for-16, 75%). "This season, the Lakers are 2-3 when Bryant attempts at least 25 shots
in a game, compared to 11-2 when he attempts fewer than 25 shots," according to ESPN Stats.
- The Magic (13-4) beat the Pisspots (6-12) 90-79,
but I hope the Bulls study how Detroit was able to hold Dwight Howard
to nine points and only two shots from the FT line. As we saw a month
ago, this isn't the Piston squad we're used to; they're very soft and
more athletic down low, yet not very skilled. The Magic hit 10-of-24
threes. That's their offense when Dewey isn't gettin' it done.
Orlando'll come into Chicago winning their last four.
- Knicks (10-9) have won seven of their last eight in beating the Absolutely Nots of New Jersey (6-12) 111-100.
NY shot 51%, Wilson Chandler -- my guy! -- had a 27-11 double-double
with three blocks, out-rebounded the Nots 42-37. Earlier this week,
Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov said: "I don't think we want to be like
the Knicks. I think we'd more like to resemble the Lakers." Let that
simmer for a second.... BWAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAA!!! The owner's actually more
delusional than the fans who were praising the monumental acquisition
of Travis Outlaw.
- Why the Heat could be using the pick n' roll too much. Also: Are LeBron and D-Wade's recent short-term 'declines due to chance?' A 2.76% chance, Neil Payne calculated.
- The Pacers (9-7) beat the Queens (4-12) 107-98 behind Danny Granger's 37 pts with the flu. Indy's a half-game back of the Bulls in the Central.
- B-Diddy is a gametime decision to play Wednesday against the Spurs.
- Hakim Warrick could permanently replace Hedo Turkoglu in the Suns starting lineup.
Hedo's had fatigue issues that are probably a combination of all
speculations -- FIBA, the Suns being a faster team, and his age making
him even slower. Not to mention, the whole Hedo-at-PF FAIL! Of course,
seriously no one really plays the four or five in Phoenix, but he still
has to defend other fours... HAHA! Almost gotchu' there! No one plays
defense in Phoenix, either, silly! Not even on the football field.
Really doh, Hedo's been on the fast track to OMGAWFUL since winning Most Improved Player in 2008.
- Shaq's "anxious to see if [LeBron's] going to do that powder thing."
He said "we" -- Celtics teammates? -- are betting on whether or not he
does it. LeBron and D-Wade are acting like it's not a big deal, meaning
he'll do it and act like a martyr when he's asked about it after the
- The Blazers (8-9) scored 11 in the fourth and shot 37% in their 88-79 loss to the 29ers (5-13). That's real bad.
- Stephen Jackson went and loss his damn mind in the first quarter against the Bucks. He's suspended for one game "for verbal abuse of a game official and for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection."
- via FanHouse: "If the Pistons are going to trade Hamilton, though, it won't be anytime
soon, according to Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations"
- DeMarcus Cousins said the behavior that led to him getting kicked out of practice was " 'selfish' and deemed the situation a 'good lesson.' "
- It's uncertain when Delonte West will return to the Celtics after surgery to repair the wrist he dislocated hitting the floor after a layup attempt.
- Six of Business Insider's top 12 sports agents are NBA guys.
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