- Less than one second left in a two point or less game. The question most frequently is who gets the ball, but the better question is: why don't coaches call the 2-3 zone to defend against the obvious lob play, which is completely dependent on screens to offset pressure? In their 116-114 OT win against the Heat (5-3), the Jazz (4-3) did just that and shut 'em down.
Utah's comeback behind Paul Millsap's career-high 46 (that included an offensive rebound and bucket to send the game to OT) and 3ptrs with 12.1 and 4.3 seconds remaining nullified a 22-point deficit.
LeBron had a 20-14-11 triple-double (29th of his career), but there was something cheap about it, as if he was crashing the boards to make up for how soft Bosh was playing and trying not to pass the ball to guys who could create a shot, but toward situations where or guys who could be relied on to not put the ball on the floor. D-Wade scored 39, including 12-for-16 from the FT line and 3-for-5 from 3pt range. If you can catch the replay of this one, it's one of the more entertaining and well-played games you'll see in the first month or two of the season. (Box Score)
- The Darkopuppies got season-high 10pts -- shooting almost double his season rate coming into the game at 45% -- out of their Manna From Heaven, Kevin Love grabbed a carrer-high 24rbs to go with his 23pts. They out-rebounded their opponents, 54-42.
Did I mention their opponents were the undefeated-through-seven, back-to-back champion Imperial Lakers? Did I mention the Puppies turned the ball over 27 times in 100 possessions and only shot 38% from the field? Yeah, the Lakers (8-0) beat the Darkopups (1-7), 99-94, fool! That said, Derek Fisher was pissed at the 'irresponsible, reckless, disrespectful, complacent, arrogant,' way his team played. Phil-Jack basically called Kobe's performance selfish and immature without using those exact words. (Box Score)
- CP3 and the Bebop Ensemble (7-0) is still undefeated after their 7th game, beating the Clippers (1-7), 101-82. The Clips never scored more than 23 in a quarter against what's been a suffocating New Orleans defense. CP3 had 13pts, 8ast, and 3stls. The Del Negros turned the ball over 25 times in only 93 possessions, a rate of almost 27 per 100. Baron Davis played 10 useless minutes off the bench. (Box Score)
- I refuse to dig some bright side of Quintin Dailey out of my ass just because he died yesterday. I'm an atheist, but there's a guy I
wouldn't mind hoping will burn in hell, if I'm wrong about the whole
afterlife voodoo. Wanna know why? Sam Smith put it together very well and cheers to him for not deifying the scumbag.
- The Pacers (3-3) hit their first 20 shots in the 3rd to score 54pts in the quarter, beating the Nuggets (4-4), 144-113. The box score's just silly. Watching the highlights, it's pretty clear Denver gave up defending after Indy hit their first four or five. Really silly: Indy dropped all of those points with Danny Granger only taking 10 shots in the game.
- The Clown College Cavaliers (4-3) are on top of the Central Division
after beating the Absolutely-Nots of New Jersey (2-5), 93-91. The Nots
allowed the Cavs' bench to drop 52 on them in Byron Scott's "balanced attack." (Box Score)
- The deer is being feared. Them Bucks (3-5) done beat up them damn
Knicks (3-4), 107-80. D'Antoni's defense has looked extraordinarily well
on paper, so variance kicking in was inevitable, as Milwaukee scored 41
out of the gate in the 1st quarter. Skiles probably skwered his squad
for scoring too much, so they scored 23, 26, and 17 in the remaining respective quarters.
God forbid someone on a Skiles team scores 20 in a game. If that
happened consistently, his team would potentially ascend past
mediocrity, which isn't allowed. (Box Score)
- Clippers owner Donald Sterling is an intense racialist at best, judging from former GM Elgin Baylor's recent court testimony, he discriminated based on race in hiring coaches. Baylor described it a "plantation mentality."
- Andrea Bargnani's negative WS/48 is worse than you might think, this season. At this rate, he'll lose -- what -- 13+ games for the CRaptors? (h/t: TrueHoop) Seven damn feet and less than 4.5 rebounds per game? My God, BAD!
- Monta Ellis is day-to-day after his nasty fall in Toronto.Luckily, the injury wasn't serious, according to doctors. He rejoined the team in New York, Tuesday,
where GSW plays the Knicks, Wednesday, in the first of a back-to-back
that lands them here in Chicago to play the Bulls, Thursday. The Bulls will be their fourth opponent in five days on this week-long road trip that ends in Milwaukee, Saturday.
- Zach Randolph got some maff skillz! Unfortunately, he also has no contract extension. He really likes playing in Memphis, according to his agent, who denied the rumors of Randolph being traded to Detroit.
Z-Bo's wish of getting Pau-type money doesn't look good, but neither
does the list of available bigger men in the 2011 off-season.
- The Suns still have the wrong Lopez.
- With their top two (LOL relativity) PGs in ouchy mode, the Darkopuppies are holding tryouts at the position, instead of the other option: shifting the whole franchise to the D-League.
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