The Atlanta Hawks signed Dwight Howard. This is huge for the organization. Not only do they upgrade, but they get him to play for his hometown Atlanta. The Hawks have a center in the middle who will maintain a presence, both offensively and defensively, in the middle.
Kevin Durant is being courted by several NBA teams and one only wonders where he’ll go. Will he make Golden State a better offensive team?
Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic on Draft Day. It’s clear that Oklahoma City is rebuilding. What happens to Russell Westbrook?
Luol Deng has signed a deal to play for the L.A. Lakers. Puzzling move for the Lakers organization.
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.
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.
What gives? Why did the NBA create those short-sleeve NBA jersey t-shirts for Christmas Day and for regular season wear? They look hideous as they cover the NBA player’s biceps and look tight on them. It’s better if they were loose so we wouldn’t really notice the bulge on their biceps. The Golden State Warriors, the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Miami Heat are such teams who are sporting such t-shirts. If anything, the Clippers t-shirt looks like a collector’s item to wear and the Bulls t-shirt is really ugly-looking, with the Bull in black covering the front part of the shirt.
This is the start of the NBA season and I have yet to witness, but read about it, Paul George’s basketball brilliance. He continues to expand his perimeter game and he is on the cusp of greatness, the same as Lebron James, and both George and James are continuing to put the hurt on opposing perimeter defenders with their long-range shooting and slashing to the hoop. Houston is 4-1, because of James Harden and new Rocket Dwight Howard’s post interior defense, scoring, and rebounding. It will all depend on Howard’s ability to finish games, because he was unable to help Kobe Bryant finish late in the closing seconds of basketball games when he was with the Lakers. Cleveland is 2-2 and I am keenly interested in how Jarrett Jack mentors the young Cavs in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Teams to watch out for as November games continue: the Brooklyn Nets with their starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Brook Lopez, and the Chicago Bulls and their star point guard Derrick Rose plays since his injury, and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, who got off to a fast start having 18 points and 6 assists against Utah on November 1, 26 points and 14 assists against OKC on November 3, and 25 points and 5 assists against New Orleans on November 5.
The Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets to go up 3-1 to win 142-134 and then Brooklyn beat Chicago in Game 5 110-91 to cut the series lead to 3-2. The Memphis Grizzlies beat the L.A. Clippers 104-83 to tie the series and 2-2 and goes back to Los Angeles for Game 5. Atlanta beat the Indiana Pacers 90-69 to cut the Pacers’ series lead to a 2-1 deficit and in the next game Atlanta beats Indiana 102-91 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 104-101 to go up 3-0. Later on, Houston survives by beating the Thunder 105-103 in Game 4. Boston beat New York in an elimination game to win 97-90 and Miami finished Milwaukee in four games straight 88-77. The San Antonio Spurs beat the LA. Lakers 103-82 to win their playoff series, 4-0. Golden State beat the Denver Nuggets 115-101 to go up 3-1 in their best of seven series. These are all worthy games that each team should be winning, although I am surprised the Chicago Bulls didn’t go for the knockout punch against Brooklyn in an elimination game. The Warriors are handling the Nuggets, because of Golden State point guard Stephen Curry’s scoring performances. No surprise from the Spurs ousting the Lakers. Or Miami finishing the Bucks in four games straight.
The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 3, 90-76. They really put the hammer down on the Boston Celtics by playing spectacular defense and spreading the ball around on offense and sharing the rock. The Knicks go up 3 games to none and make the Celtics face an elimination game. Also, the San Antonio Spurs beat the L.A. Lakers to go up 3-0 by winning it 120-89. The Spurs also put the Lakers in a bad position by having them face an elimination game too. The Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets by a score of 110-108. The Warriors really got this game. Stephen Curry had 29 points to lead the Warriors. Both the Warriors and the Nuggets are evenly matched.
The Chicago Bulls got run over by the Denver Nuggets last night. What havoc the Nuggets ran over the Bulls. The Bulls had no chance. The Celtics played much better basketball than the Lakers did. Whatever did the Bulls and Lakers do wrong here?
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder ruled yesterday’s games and the Chicago Bulls put away the New York Knicks 108-101. The Bulls played terrific defense until the last 4 and a half minutes of the 4th quarter. The Knicks came crawling back into the game. Luol Deng led all Bulls scorers with 33 points. Kevin Durant had 42 points, as OKC beat the L.A. Lakers 116-101.
Nothing much has changed about the Indiana Pacers, although they have recently acquired D.J. Augustin from the Charlotte Bobcats and Ian Mahinmi. How well will they play after last season’s finish against the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA playoffs? Will Danny Granger get any better? Will Roy Hibbert try and be a better offensive and defensive force?
If you’ve read my previous basketball posts, I am really excited by what the L.A. Clippers have done this summer. They have added Lamar Odom and Grant Hill and acquired Ryan Hollins, Jamal Crawford, and Willie Green. They really can’t and won’t do any harm for them this season, although I regret saying that if they do have had high expectations since last season, they will regress a bit this year.
I really can’t emphasize this any further, but can the L.A. Lakers get any better and bigger by trading for one of the biggest big men in NBA history in Dwight Howard. Steve Nash is also the Lakers’ biggest acquisition too. But one thing that will hold the Lakers back if they don’t win the 2013 NBA title is age.
One of the three characteristics that strike me most about the Memphis Grizzlies is hustle. They have heart and the grind. When they hustle, they really go after it. Tony Allen and Marc Gasol have to be two of the Grizzlies’ best hustle players. It’s really a shame that Memphis let O.J. Mayo go to Dallas in hopes of the Mavericks getting better last season after winning the NBA title two seasons ago.
I really liked how Miami went after Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis this summer. The starting five will give opposing teams field days with a lineup of Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen in the backcourt, Lebron James and Rashard Lewis in the front court and Chris Bosh at center. This star-studded cast of superstars will go after the NBA title again for another year. What will hold the Heat back? Repeating is harder than winning an NBA title for the first time.
The Bucks have an ultra fast back court in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. They eliminated the slow and fleet footed Andrew Bogut at center and sent him to the Golden State Warriors. What about their defense? It’s nonexistent now.