Sunday , Dec , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Guards Gone Wild!

The talk of the NBA has Kobe Bryant’s performance for the ages. 62 points in 33 minutes on 18-31 shooting is simply incredible and something we won’t see topped for a very long time. However, Kobe’s performance has sparked some great play out of some of the other top guards in the league.


Guards Gone Wild!

Allen Iverson dropped in 38 and 53 in his two games since Kobe’s 62. In both games he shot very high percentages, but his team went 1-1. The loss came in Iverson’s impressive 53 point effort against Atlanta. While he had plenty of help scoring, having 3 teammates in double figures, the defense was just not there. If you give up 111 points to any team it’s going to be tough to beat them, 53 points or not.
 
A big reason why the Hawks won was their 70 million dollar man, who nearly notched a triple double. Though they probably spent way too much money on this guy, he’s averaging near 20 points a game and Atlanta needed him for every one of their seven wins.
 
The Knicks disappointing high paid back court came to play tonight, combining for 50 points on route to a rare Knick win. The hope of Utah ever having a good point guard again Deron Williams wasn’t much to speak of tonight. If this guy can ever get Kirilenko and Boozer on the court to play with him, he’d be putting up Paul like numbers.
 
Not letting down the trend of guards going crazy, Michael Redd lit up the Hornets for 36 points on their way to a 101 96 win. While Chris Paul’s 24 and 8 strengthened his rookie of the year case, it wasn’t enough to get the Hornets a win. Wonder if Atlanta would prefer Paul’s 16, 6, and 7 over Marvin’s 6, 4, and .8.
 
Brevin Knight, though hardly a top guard, dropped 21 points in a loss to the Clippers. Brevin Knight getting 21 points and 4 assists is probably the worst thing for the Bobcats as they really depend on his ball distributing more than his scoring. A big effort from Knight may have been enough to get them the win had Elton Brand and Chris Kaman not dominated the game in such a convincing fashion. The two combined for an incredible 60 points and 44 rebounds.
 
Vince Carter caught the Heat looking ahead to Sunday’s big game against the Lakers. He had a whopping 51 points on 13-25 shooting while going 19-20 from the line. He had his way with the Heat tonight and if their perimeter defense is indicative of what it’s going to be Sunday, expect big things again from Kobe Bryant, who we’ll get to later.
 
Wade must really mean it when he says he doesn’t get into the whole Kobe-Wade thing and being the new sidekick. If he did he probably would have tried to answer Kobe’s 62 with a more convincing performance than 4-20 in a losing effort.
 
Rip Hamilton had an extremely efficient night, hitting 12 of his 19 shots on his way to dropping 28 points. While Chauncy had a quiet night, these two guys are one of the best back courts in the NBA. They look poised to lead the Pistons to their third finals in a row. Can these guys get in an all-star game, please?
 
"Been there, done that" was Tracey’s response to what he though of Kobe’s 62 point performance. Shortly after he talked about how he was going to have to start having big scoring nights in order for his team to win without Yao. Well tonight 17 points on 4-17 shooting sure didn’t get it done because the Denver Nuggets destroyed the Rockets.
 
Quite a point guard battle went on in Phoenix today as Gilbert Arenas and Steve Nash went head to head. Arenas’ 41 points along with 5 assists topped Nash’s 27 and 9 assists along with getting his team the victory. The more things change the more they stay the same in Phoenix, as they’ve got the offense to win a championship and the defense to win the lottery.
 
Back to the guy who started it all, Kobe Bryant. How do you come off a 62 point game where everyone is awed in your scoring ability but disregards your teammates as non factors?  You go out there and get 9 assists and let your teammates take control of the game. All Laker starters, including Kobe Bryant, were in double figures. Orlando went out there with controlling Kobe on their minds. Because of that, Mihm had 21 and Lamar had 18.
  
So while Kobe’s 62 is by far the most impressive, it’s not the only noteworthy performance of the week. Many other guards went off themselves, while some just laid an egg. Sunday will be a great finale for what probably is the best week of guard play we’ll see in the NBA this year, hope you enjoy it.