- Kevin Love led the Darkopuppies (3-7) to a to a victory against the Knicks (3-6), 112-103, in a big way with a 30-30 double-double, Friday. It's the first 30-rebound performance since Charles Barkley in 1996 and the first 30-30 since Moses Malone in 1982. Best part: the game was in Minnesota, but not on TV in Minnesota. Love's legit. I said in my preview of the Puppies that he can be an 18-12 guy, consistently. Early this season, he's averaging 18 PPG and 14.6 RPG in less than 30 MPG of playing time.
- The Hornets (8-0) blew out the Blazers (6-5), 107-87, continuing the dominant defensive play which has kept them undefeated. From the AP report: "The Hornets have held all of their opponents this season under 100 points.
This was the third straight time New Orleans allowed fewer than 90 points."
Seven Hornets, including Peja Stojakovic, scored in double figures, led Marco Belinelli and David West's 18 each, Emeka Okafor's 14-10 double-double, and of course CP3's 11-13 double-double with five steals. Scoring 107 in a 90-possession game with a shut-down defense is a strong statement to themselves and the league, IMO. CP3 is tied with Pau Gasol for second in total Win Shares with 1.9, behind Paul Millsap's two. Early on, he's way at the top of WS/48 minutes with 0.339.
- The Heat (6-4) beat the Raptors, 109-100, Saturday, behind D-Wade's 31 and LeBron's 23-11 double-double. Udonis Haslem played more minutes than Chris Bosh due to foul trouble -- 37-22 -- and had a 10-10 double-double of his own. (Box Score) For all of the hype due to the Heat's struggles against the unbeaten Hornets, the defending conference champion Celtics, and a Jazz team executing almost perfect second half basketball, 6-4 has them only half a game behind the pace of the Magic (6-3) in their division, tied with the Hawks, who've lost four straight. That said, they're only playing well against bad teams, but at least they're only losing to good teams.
- The Spurs (7-1) won their sixth straight against the 76ers (2-8), 116-93, led Tony Parker's 24pts and DeJuan Blair's 13-12 double-double. The 76ers only shot 41% from the floor and were out-rebounded 47-38. Andre Iguodala was held to 10pts in only 19 minutes of PT. (Box Score)
- Steve Nash's wife gave birth to their first son, Friday, and he took over the Suns' game to eat the Queens, 103-89, with 28pts, 14ast, 7rbs, and only 2 turnovers.
Without Amar'e and basically leading a team of sixth man small
forwards, Nash's shots, FT attempts, scoring totals, and scoring
efficiency numbers are up. The next day, he announced "that he and his wife have lived separately for several months" and "are in the process of a divorce."
- I fell asleep well before 11 p.m. on a Friday watching the unwatchable: the Thunder's win over the Blazers in OKC, 110-108. How did I fall asleep? The game had 90 possessions. The score was so high because both teams shot 54%. When is it more than rhetorical to ask if the Jazz are a top four team in the conference?
- Brandon Roy has been diagnosed with an arthritic knee, "which will require the guard to take anti-inflammatory medicine daily,
will cause pain so long as Roy runs and jumps using his left leg, and
means, effectively, that the Roy who swept into the NBA into 2006 is no longer the Roy under Blazer employ." The lack of cartilage in his knee causes bone-on-bone friction. He scored only two in 22 minutes against Nawlins, Saturday, where he left "limping" in the third quarter.
- NBA scouts top ten prospects for the NBA Draft.
Four freshmen, four Euros and two sophomores. "This is a bad draft,"
one scout said. "There will be a lot of players there, but no one
- John Wall left Saturday's game at the UC in the third quarter with a sprained left foot.
- David Kahn's Darkotourettes knows no end.
- NBAPA president Derek Fisher and vice president Theo Ratliff are
organizing to get as many players as possible to meet in L.A. during
All-Star weekend. They spoke with FanHouse about a possible lockout next season and the NBA commissioner threats of contraction. Ratliff cited the GSW sale for $450m to show that contraction's a false threat.
- Jerry Sloan will reportedly return for a 24th season as the Jazz head coach in 2011-12.
- Allen Iverson's Turkish debut was postponed because "he did not feel ready" to play Friday. AI is expected to debut in Besiktas' home game, Tuesday, against Hemofarm Stada.
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