- Just in case you aren't convinced that Phil Jackson is the best coach in the history of the NBA, his brain was picked and everyone who consumes basketball will consume it better just by reading these points.
- Finally, some sanity is being restored. CP3 never stopped being the best PG in the NBA, people. I'm still oddly offended that people acted as if he had to re-prove himself. I love Deron, D-Rose, and Rondo, but CP3 never gave any reason on the court to not believe in him, yet people thought there was some sort of conversation to be had on the #1 PG topic. It offends my basketball shorts. Thank you, Zach Harper.
- "Here are 10 of the wackiest stats that have intrigued me at the almost-two-week mark of the 2010-11 season," from Scott Carefoot at The Basketball Jones. I'm intrigued as well.
- "I'd gladly give up that trophy to make a playoff run," Blake Griffin told FanHouse regarding himself as a Rookie of the Year candidate. Watching him play, I truly believe him.
Baron Davis is benched, the 1-6 Clippers should trade B-Diddy, but why would anyone take him? Situations like this are when I wish Isiah Thomas was still running the Knicks.
- Strong win for the Mavs (4-2), battling the Celtics (6-2) for the 89-87 win. With 3.8 seconds left, the Mavs left Rondo wide open for a 3pt shot that he missed.
Ballsy, but smart way to deny the ball from the more efficient scorers.
Jason Terry had 17 off the bench, but Tyson Chandler owned the paint
with a 12-13 double double on 5-for-5 from the floor exploiting easy
scoring opportunities. Dirk's 25pts on 9-for-16 shooting was a game
high. KG's 18-15 double-double and Paul Pierce's 24pts didn't cover up
the bench inefficiencies and Ray Allen's 4-for-11 night.
- No 81-1 for the Hawks (6-2), who lost to the Magic (5-1), 93-89.
Dwight Howard beast-liness continues to roar. He scored 27 with 11rbs.
Better for the Magic, he took 20 shots and hit 7-for-11 from the FT line.
Only four shots at the rim and no offensive rbs when you're a
3pt-shooting team that goes 4-for-22 from beyond the arc isn't so good,
though. That said, Howard's starting a very loud MVP campaign. Maybe even a campaign for the most efficient player in the NBA?
- Though he held Richard Jefferson to 6pts on 3-for-9 shooting, Gerald Wallace only went 2-for-11 himself and scored only 6 himself in the Bobcats (1-6)' 95-91 loss in San Antonio (5-1). Not lookin' good for the team I picked to be the #7 or #8 seed in the East early on.
- Zach Randolph's 23-20 monster double-double pushed the Grizzlies (4-4) past the Suns
(3-4), 109-99. The Suns' 23 turnovers didn't hurt either. Wanna know
why I'm convinced the Suns can't make the playoffs? Grant Hill led the
team in scoring with 19. This team is dependent on Jason Richardson, who
scored 17 on 7-for-18 shooting. All five Memphis starters were of the
six Grizzlies who scored in double figures.
- Golden State reportedly refused to trade Monta Ellis for Carmelo Anthony.
Manufactured drama, if you ask me, because there's no reason for anyone
to believe that 'Melo would outright say something like, 'Trade me to
GSW if you want, I'm not signing an extension there,' so yeah, 'Melo for
one season isn't enough for Ellis. GSW (5-2) beat the CRaptors (1-6), 109-102, thanks to Stephen Curry's 34 and Ellis' 28, though Ellis had to leave the game with a back injury. He's staying in Toronto to get checked out. Bad defense and sloppy turnovers made this game much closer than it should've been.
- Zach Lowe asks,
"Did Ginobili violate some unwritten code of player safety" in his
defensive effort against Aaron Brooks' half-court buzzer beater attempt
shot? Brooks will be out 4-6 weeks.
- Ron Artest seems to believe Brandon Roy is playing hurt. Roy says he's keeping himself from getting hurt. Hmm.... All of this said, after winning their first three, the Blazers have lost three of their last five.
- Peja Stojakovic continues to make $183k per game to be Ammo Scalabrine for the 6-0 Hornets. The NY Times post makes me feel bad for him, then his salary re-appeared in front of my eyes. The 6-0 Hornets are effectively playing right at the salary cap with the unmovable Peja.
Question: it's the 4th year of his contract. His whole contract can't
be guaranteed, right? Either way, waiving keeps them over the cap. You
know what? To hell with Peja. He exercised his player option to pocket
$15m this season. He's an albatross.
- Flip Saunders walked out of and canceled Wizards practice because the players were bitching about the calls while scrimmaging. Seriously.
- If successful, the Lakers will be the first franchise in NBA history to three-peat three times...
Well, technically, they'd be the first to win a series of more than two
titles three times, because of course the Celtics won those eight
straight. Pretty sure, only the Yankees have won three series' of
championships of more than two titles in the four major sports. They've
done it... three times.
- Marvin Williams could sit for two weeks due to a bruised right knee. All the more need for Josh Smith, "the talented and versatile but still temperamental forward," to conquer his "inconsistency."
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