- An excellent, concise case made by a Piston fan why Dennis Rodman belongs in the HOF. Rebounding wins championships. Look it up. Whether star power is up or down, about half of shots attempted are missed in basketball. Cleaning up that mess creates the blowouts that accumulate the wins and prevent the blowouts that create losses and keep your team in every game. I wonder how much of this is related to him being a drunk, sex-crazed junkie who treated a lot of people like shit. Seriously, who doesn't wanna give this guy the mic after M-Jeff's vomitfest? Are Patrick Hayes and I being homers on this one?
- The Jazz (15-5) beat the Pacers (9-8) 110-89 to keep Indy a half-game back of the Bulls in the Central Division. Deron Williams had a 24-26 double-double on 10-for-15 shooting, all five misses were threes. Doug Thonus asked Wednesday, "Would you trade Rose for anyone in the NBA?" Umm.... yeah? A guy who played in this game for one. lolbsrs!
- The Imperial Lakers (13-6) got beat by the Rockets (6-12) in Houston 109-99. It's L.A.'s fourth straight loss. Second consecutive really good game between these two. Not sure how to explain it, exactly.Shane Battier's four threes was pretty good. "Usually the Lakers give up that corner 3 because Kobe doesn't really
play me. He roams off of me," he said, late adding: "I shot the first one, and the second
one was tougher because Gasol was running at me."
- Chris Paul isn't taking less shots in the "clutch" situations, he's making less of them.
- The Wizards owner is adamantly shooting down trade rumors of Gilbert Arenas to Orlando.
- The Absolutely Nots of New Jersey (6-13) lost in triple OT to the
Durant-less Thunder (13-6) in Newark 123-120. Russell Westbrook's stat
line is obscene: 38 pts. on 14-for-32 shooting, 10-for-12from the FT
line, 15 rebounds with five offensive, nine assists, three steals. Not
sure sure if five turnovers in just under 48 minutes as the first option
is much to gripe about. "Kevin Durant sat out with a sprained knee and
Devin Harris sat out with a
knee strain; the crowd watched some truly brutal basketball at times," Jake Appleman wrote at NBA.com.
The Nots fouled up three in a stupid moment
that highlight commentators are treating as a Stephen Graham goof-up;
how do we know Avery Johnson isn't one of the irrational foul-up-three
discples? I'm not sayin', seriously asking. I don't have evidence either
- Joe Johnson will be out 4-to-6 weeks after elbow surgery. The Hawks (12-7) won without him 112-109 Wednesday, hosting the Grizzlies (8-11).
Maurice Evans started, but Jamal Crawford got th ebulk of the minutes.
Key stat: 33 assists and six players scored in double figures for the
ATL with Joe-Johns ball-stopping. Larry Drew's doing a very good job
incorporating more ball movement into that offense.
- Ryan DeGama predicts Shaq will be the C's starting center when Kendrick Perkins returns.
It wouldn't shock me as Glen Davis is playing the middleman minutes in
the fourth now. Perkins could get rested for second half defense
domination. Doc seems really comfortable with Shaq posting up a lot in the first quarter of games. It hasn't looked pretty, but Shaq's basketball I.Q. has really been back on display this year, I'll admit.
- The Suxcramento Queens mess of a roster can't learn the damn playbook? Is Mike Martz running the team? It's the NBA, FFS!
- What happens when Bill Simmons' daughter says: "I love purple. Purple is my favorite color"? He's not sure yet.... I think?
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