- A look at Dwight Howard's early argument for the MVP.
Also: Dewey routinely takes 12-15 seconds to shoot a free throw.
Petty, but the rule is a ten second max or the attempt is taken away.
Considering he average 13 attempts per game this season, his awful 53.8%
translates into seven points.
- Since losing to the Bulls, the Mavs (13-4) have won six straight after beating the Rockets (5-12), 101-91, and Dirk only had to score 20 in the game. He's been carrying the team's offense as the only consistent finisher and was named Player of the Week in the West for this stretch.
- The Hornets offense has been struggling to convert possessions for over a week and it's biting them in the ass. Nawlins (12-5) scored less than 20 in the first and fourth quarters against the Thunder (12-6) and lost, 95-89, and I'm beginning to wonder if I underrated the weak-rebounding OKC squad. It's not the 67% winning percentage, but the teams they've managed to find wins against that's been really impressive. I do admit that I greatly underrated Russell Westbrook before the season, who with LeBron James is the only player averaging 20+ PPG, 5+ APG, and 5+ RPG. There's also doing this a lot, though he's already turned down an invitation to the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest:
I also admit that I have difficulty giving credit to shooting 37%; I don't give a shit if it's a win or a loss.
The Hornets bench is looking completely anemic as they couldn't capitalize on Chris Paul's 17-14 double-double and five steals, Emeka Okafor's 13-11 double-double and David West's 20 pts. Kevin Durant went 12-for-13 from the FT line because if this is gonna be ridiculous, it might as well be super-ridiculous. I'm not hating on KD, but it seems he's constantly scoring 25 without threes and shooting under 40%. It's getting old, refs.
Also: Thabo Sefolosha went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the FT line for 13 pts. It's the 11th time in this five-week-old season someone's shot 100% from the field and FT line, taking at least four shots and three charity attempts. "Over the last couple of seasons, this sort of thing is a five-to-six times a year [occurrence]."
- Andrew Bynum will reportedly be back to the Lakers in "less than three weeks."
- A good argument for Deron Williams as the best point guard in the game over Chris Paul.
- Before breaking his foot in the CRaptors' loss in Boston on Friday, Reggie Evans was rebounding Rodman-esque.
- "On the week he returns to Cleveland, LeBron James seems interested only in selling out his coach," Adrian Wojnarowski wrote at Yahoo!
that LeBron's problem is that, for the first time, people are saying
'No' to him. My take: it's not LBJ's fault -- it's Cleveland's. Dan
Gilbert is Frankenstein and he created a monster. That said, at least
this monster doesn't skip practices, beat women, or drive drunk like
people who play sports who really deserve to be hated.
- DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Queens practice by Coach Paul Westphal Monday
reportedly "for having numerous arguments with Westphal during
practice." Another sourse said, "They always fight. They can't get
along." After being in the Western time zones and stumbling on some
Suxcramento basketball, it wasn't surprising to see this group of dopes
melt down against the Bulls and turn their joint effort toward pointing
at each other on the hardwood for everyone to see. Sadly, I speculated that Westphal will be the fall guy and right now,
it would be the rational move for the team, but Westphal being the
first out of the job this year shouldn't keep him out of work too long,
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