NBA’s Saturday Night Musings
I’m experimenting with this since many games are played on Saturday nights. I might as well be the person to share some thoughts on each game and see how it fits within the context of the season.
Boston Celtics vs. New Jersey Nets (105-85) – The Nets just didn’t bring shit tonight. They left their energy and jump shots at home. Wait…they were playing at home. Jeez, that sucks. Kevin Garnett had it easy. He could have gotten a triple double if he played longer than 27 minutes. Ray Allen scored and scored but didn’t do anything else. Why should he, right? They blew those dudes out the building and that’s with Brian Scalabrine starting. Have they gotten their hearts back from the Los Angeles Lakers?
Trail Blazers vs. Bobcats (97-102) – Lamarcus, Lamarcus, Lamarcus. It’s no wonder why the Blazer hardcore faithful wouldn’t mind trading you in the future. He’s merely a slightly more athletic version of Juwan Howard. How can he play 41 minutes and grab only 6 rebounds without any blocks? He’s been consistent doing this, which leaves me to say one thing about him: He’s soft. Bobcats might just be a better team that their record indicates. Emeka is actually playing like the 2nd pick in the 2004 draft and G-Force went crazy.
Hornets vs. Pistons (91-85) – Chris Paul: 23 points, 14 assists, 5 rebounds. That’s all you need to know. The Answer tweaked his ankle (or knee) a bit, but it didn’t matter. He’s upset. RIP is unhappy. It’s time to start building around Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince. I wouldn’t mind trading RIP by the deadline or in the offseason.
Sixers vs. Knicks (107-97) – Andre Iguodala looked like Lebron James. Chris Duhon disappeared. Jared Jeffries starting at center? Cot damn. Is that a David Gallinari sighting?
Spurs vs. Bulls (92-87) – This was a close battle throughout. That was surprising. Despite getting 17 points and 15 rebounds, Andres Nocioni lost the game for the Bullies. He made too many blunders at the end. D-Lightning hasn’t leaped over the rookie wall and Kirk Hinrich still sucks. A trade has to be made here soon. Keep racking up those DNP-CDs, Larry Hughes.
Heat vs. Rockets (86-93) – Michael Beasley. Hey man, I’m going to be real with you. If you’re going to play like that, Pat Riley got suckered in taking you at number 2. They probably should have taken Brook Lopez instead; a true center, not some midget PF. STD-Wade is wondering, “When is Jermaine O’Neal coming?” The deal, which will send Shawn Marion to Toronto, is coming closer to reality. For Houston, Von Wafer is quietly emerging.
Jazz vs. Mavericks (108-115) – Deron Williams had a nice game with 30 points, 9 assists. Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki still doing their thing though, but are they a championship caliber team?
Magic vs. Nuggets (106-88) – Jameer Nelson with 23 points, but just 5 assists. Yeah, I know. They’re a scary team but that assist stat from Jameer is scarier. Dwight Howard shot horribly yet he got 20 rebounds and 3 blocks in 33 minutes. No sweat for this beast. The Denver Nuggets shot horribly; absolutely terrible. These are the nights where they miss Marcus Camby.
Bucks vs. Clippers (92-101) – The Clip Show actually won a game? Please do Ramon Sessions a favor, Milwaukee. Trade him to a team that will start him. He’s too talented to be bottled up like that.