After the Bulls games of Thursday and Friday, I didn't have the stomach for much basketball, this weekend. Not watching any games until Monday's Bulls game vs. Denver. I'm really missing baseball, ttytt.
- Great lob play in the final milliseconds of the Grizzlies-Suns game, Friday night, to Jason Richardson. Consider that Memphis' best defensive asset is their feet, but their defensive I.Q. is somewhere between Miggs (Silence of the Lambs reference, people!) and the crowded short bus. I love the way the pre-inbound movement baits the defenders to empty the paint with 0.4 seconds left... OK, the Grizzlies are just morons without the ball.
- Count the best point guard in the NBA in for the 2012 Team USA with Kobe, LeBron, and Dwight Howard. If you think I'm talking about Derrick Rose, stop yourself!
- Fouls have definitely gone up, but shot at the rim have still floated at a abnormally low rate. I must say my eye test seems to have revealed primary defenders fouling faster to avoid the And-1 instead of the help defense fouling at the rim. It's a strategy to stop players from getting to the rim. Completely situational. In-game, it feels sloppy looking, but I'm unsure whether or not this isn't a sustainable movement in the game' evolution.
- Leave to the Absolutely-Nots of New Jersey to orchestrate the Miami Big Three's first 20-20-20 and Dwight Howard's first 30-point game of the season.
- The Clippers are looking to deal Baron Davis. Apparently, he's never recovered from his knee surgery in 2007. He's been out of shape since that Feb. 2007 surgery and this explains a lot. I never saw him as a lazy-ass and I have to admit his conditioning issues have surprised me. Of course, he could still be a lazy ass that didn't rehab correctly, but who knows?
- Stephen Jackson was fined $50k for what wasn't heard by refs, but caught via reading his lips. This is getting beyond ridiculous.
- When did Kevin Durant turn into a passive chucker? (h/t: TrueHoop)
- Was John Stockton, literally, the most valuable player in NBA history? (h/t: TrueHoop)
- Stevie Franchise is takin' his talents to Beijing. I guess him and Starbury are gonna "make history again."
- Two of Portland's four -- yes, four -- centers were ouchy; then, one retired with a cardiac condition, so they've gone to Sean Marks.
- After Allen Iverson signed a 2yr./$4m deal to play in Turkey because he enjoys feeling wanted, he plays harder to get with his new mates by missing his flight.... Sigh.
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