Lebron James sets a Miami Heat record of 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on March 4. This may be one of the best performances that Lebron James may have of his career. James may need more scoring baskets to catch Kevin Durant, the forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder to be the regular season MVP.
For Eric Gordon, this has been an unfulfilled season for him. Unlike moments where he can hit a game-winning shot, nothing comes easy for the New Orleans Pelicans. A losing season and an All-Star appearance for Anthony Davis says something about their win-loss record. Whatever the Pelicans can sanction from here, they must be able to stay tuned to all the things they have acclaimed since they were the New Orleans Hornets. Before they changed their name, the Pelicans were a team from North Carolina who knew how to play basketball. From Anthony Davis to Eric Gordon to Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson to Tyreke Evans, nothing comes easy for these players starring. What is here to make of it stays here in the Pelicans’ fortunes of landing a franchise player in the future.
Kyrie Irving is the All-Star game MVP and Lebron James chipped in in the East’s victory over the West as the Western Conference All-Stars finally lose a game in three years. Irving is the man in Cleveland and he will be for years to come. No closure yet on how Lebron James will say if he will leave Miami and go back to Cleveland. Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant were the leading scorers for the Western Conference All-Stars as they were humble in the loss. Time will tell if the L.A. Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be able to figure out why their respective teams will go further in the NBA playoffs.
Kevin Durant has been on a tear recently. His basketball surges of 30+ points per game has been outstanding. If anything, he should continue this tear and show the basketball world what his talent is. Recently, against the L.A. Lakers, he scored 43 points, 19 in the fourth quarter as OKC won 107-103. Durant is a pure scorer, because all he does is score points for the Thunder. He is a fantastic three-pointer shooter with range and can find his way to the hoop with ease because of his long lanky frame. He has no trouble at all posting up shorter defenders and with bigger guys defending him, he’ll blow right by them. It’s Kevin Durant scoring with a style in the NBA.
If the USA wants to get better with the world about basketball, it’s time that they decide that they need basketball players who love the sport. They need to develop younger role models who have a passion for the game of basketball and have a physical desire to get better at it. No longer are NBA players dominating the world and so American basketball players have sort of become a dinosaur and the world is playing spectacular basketball with countries like Croatia, Argentina, Spain, Australia, and France. U.S. basketball players won’t surprise the world with their basketball performances, but they will try and get other world basketball teams to adapt to their speed and athleticism, which I hope they won’t ignore too mildly, because agility and the ability to shoot has puzzled the American basketball team at times. No longer will the world stare in awe of the U.S’s basketball greatness. It’s time for the U.S. to show that they need their teenagers to love playing basketball again.
Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 26, breaking Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points at Madison Square Garden. He hasn’t been much of a contributing factor against much basketball opponents because he hasn’t shown much performance in his game since the outburst. If you want to talk about basketball outbursts, look at Kevin Durant and his scoring binges. He has scored 30+ points in the last ten games, grabbed 7 rebounds, averaged 4 assists, shot 57% from the field, and has been nearly perfect from the free throw line. Lebron James has also played very good basketball games, but none outperforming Kevin Durant as of late. It will be interesting to consider who will be MVP of the league and of the NBA Finals, if the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder meet again. Lebron James outdueled Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant will rely on his supporting cast to help him out, as he leads the team in scoring. It will be hard for Durant to manage without Russell Westbrook, as he recovers from his injury.
Anthony Davis is developing, however it’s only his second year in the NBA. The power forward/center for the New Orleans Pelicans is maturing quite nicely for someone who has Kevin Garnett’s game, but doesn’t quite have the shooting touch for a big man yet. He is making strides when it comes to setting pick-and-rolls and staying low on the weak side when his point guard attracts attention when he is penetrating in the lane. Davis knows how to rotate in the lane, because now he can move around in the paint and knows how to avoid the 3-second violation because he understands he can’t be in the lane for more than three seconds. He knows how to move after setting a screen and when he sets the pick, his point guard understands where he’s going to move and he sends Davis the ball on his way to the hoop. Give him a few more years and Davis is a solid rotational player who knows his fundamentals in the Pelicans’ lineup.