- The Mavs (24-6) got it handed to them by the damn Raptors (11-20) 84-76. Most astounding is that half the Toronto squad was injured and the other half is worse than bad, so the Raptors played with an eight-man rotation. Some guy named Ed Davis dropped 17 off the bench, FFS! The Mavs were without Dirk, who is day-to-day with a sore knee. See why the "MVP conversation begins and ends with him?
Also: Tyson Chandler is awesome when he's dunkin' on people. In the losing effort, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler put together a clinic for every point guard and big man to watch with this pick n' roll into an alley-oop:
- The Lakers (21-10) played like shit against the Spurs (27-4) and lost 97-82 because the Spurs played well while the Lakers were playing like shit. Kind of like how the Heat beat the Lakers on Xmas Day. Kobe Bryant scored 21 pts on 27 shots in the 94-possession game for 58 possessions converted per 100 possessions used. That's a 53.9% Usage Rate in a game where your team scores 82. MVP! MVP! (Box Score)
- Yes, D-Wade dropped 40 in the Heat's (24-9) 106-98 win against the
Knicks (18-13) for their 15th win in their last 16 -- their 16th
straight win against non-Dallas teams. Yes, they've allowed all opponents under 100 pts in those 16 games. Yes, LeBron and Bosh both had
double-doubles. The real story is Big Z grabbing 10 rbs in less than 15
min. WTF?!? ... OK, maybe the real news is the Dwyane Wade's a BAMF:
Oh yeah, Amar'e Stou_emire scored 30, but only grabbed 7 rbs, so it doesn't count when Big Z does that and Bosh has an 18-10 double-double. Sorry.... If LeBron haters, Knick lovers, and LeBron hating Knick haters want some fodder, Amar'e slammed one in his face. Of course, that's because LeBron actually contested the dunk instead of taking a play on the most important side of the ball off. (Box Score)
Magic (20-12) went dropped 19 threes to beat the Cavs (8-23) 110-95,
led by Gilbert Arenas' 22-11 double-double going 5-for-8 on threes. (Box Score)
(24-5) had their 14-game winning streak snapped by the Magic on Xmas
Day, but came out to beat the Pacers (13-16) 95-83. Paul Pierce scored
21 with 7 ast, manning the point forward, Ray Allen scored 17, and KG
had an 11-13 double-double. Danny Granger had a Kobe-like performance with 15 pts on 21 shots for
63 possessions converted per 100 possessions used. (Box Score)
- Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee are reportedly on the Wizards trading block after a recent fight in front of a nightclub.
- Marcus Camby's threatening to retire is he's traded to a non-contender. He reportedly "wasn't happy" to hear his name associated with rumored trade talks to the Bobcats.
grabbing 10.9 RPG and 1.8 BPG in 27.9 MPG this season, but his defense
on big men has looked really slow. Considering him a serious option for
the Bulls stunts the growth Omer Asik is getting with his PT. Camby
would add rebounding and blocks to the Bulls, but he doesn't rotate well
anymore. Terrible match for the system, considering why one would think
he'd be an addition.
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