- Awesome artwork by Dustin Watson. His current project is doing 30 illustrations over 30 days -- one player from each NBA team. Day #13, he did Carlos Boozer and posted it at "Blog-a-Bull":
- Even more awesome artwork by Ziarekenya Smith. Dan Devine noted that this has been around for a while, but until his post I hadn't seen it:
I highly suggest enlarging this one.
- The Bulls remain a half-game behind the record setting Celtics. They set a franchise-low for points allowed in a shot-clock era game, beating the Bucks 87-56 in Sunday. Kurt Helin now has the Bulls 2nd in his power rankings, behind only the Spurs. I'm not sure about that. I'd definitely put the Lakers ahead; maybe the Mavericks and Celtics.
- Tom Thibodeau's addition to the Bulls was a subtraction from the C's, right?
- R.I.P. Kevin Love's four-month, 53-game double-double streak. He had 12 rebounds, but only six points against the Warriors.... Wait? Only six against the Warriors?!? Don't let that fool you; he's a highly efficient scorer.
- Russell Westbrook "even caught himself off guard" with a recent dunk, the AP noted. He just 'jumped and moved the ball around,' he said, before deciding to finish with a huge dunk on people to finish the possession at the 0:12 mark (h/t: Trey Kirby):
- I endorse Team Zach Lowe on Philly's limits and the Mavs being extremely compelling. Dallas hasn't become my "favorite team" to watch, but they're up there with the Celtics, Spurs, Blazers, Lakers, Nuggets for me. (Yes, the Blazers are rising.) The Sixers have recently entered that watchability level, but more along the lines of why I love watching the Warriors and Clippers.
- The Spurs advanced scouting of the Heat was likely how they recently blew Miami out. Lost in a lot of criticism pointed toward Miami, they haven't been getting blown out, maintaining a very high average margin of victory this season. The Spurs' spacing and ball movement created a ton of catch-and-shoot opportunities to continuously exploit in their first matchup. The two teams play Monday night and I can't wait for this game, to be honest. (h/t: Henry Abbott)
- The Knicks' terrible screen switches. I never ceased to be amazed by Mike Antoni's teams looking so clueless on defense. It's one thing to not be very good at something; it's another to display a scheme isn't even attempted to be communicated.
- George Karl is very optimistic about his new team and fairly and continues to generously jab at 'Melo's defense. He recently said: "I don't think there's any question that our personality of trying to get 'Melo to be a little bit more involved with how we wanted to play versus his talent, which is scoring points. There's a value to that and I have a lot of respect for what 'Melo can do for a team. I don't think you're ever going to be a bad team with 'Melo's personality, but you've gotta work around his personality a little bit. I think sometimes the team is more important than the individual. You need individual talents, you need individual skills, you need the ability to score, but we were just cheating the game so much on the defensive end of the court, cheating the game in some offensive situations that I didn't think we were getting enough team into the game as much as we were just getting scoring into the game."
- Goran Dragic's travel sheds light a weird provision in the NBA rule. If he landed on his right foot with the hopstep after gathering on the left, he's clear, but he instead hopped on the left
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