Dec 26th Game Night Thread
I am about to watch Philly vs Portland. What games are you guys watching? Who has impressed? Who has disappointed?
Unimpressed with the Dallas Mavericks.
I know they have a new team, etc... And I know these two games probably won't matter in the grand scheme of things, but still... To get blown out two straight nights looks crazy for the defending champs.
watched the first half of indiana vs detroit and neither team really impressed me. Even though the pacers had a big lead, it had more to do with teh pistons being terrible. I have watched the whole wolves vs thunder game and its gonna be a fun season for wolves fans. DWill, rubio and barea bring a lot of excitment.
I watched some of the Detroit-Pacers game and I'm not understanding why Stephenson wasn't getting more minutes, he was finding open guys, creating for others and showed off his ridiculous handle, but only got 6 minutes. It's not as if the game was close, so I'm not sure why they weren't giving him some run.
Wolves are looking good too.
Michael Beasley should be the #1 option on a team I think Charlotte should try and grab him and build around Beasley, Kemba and Biyombo
^^^ Wondered the same thing about Stephenson ^^^
OKC vs. Minny:
Kevin Durant has been lights out! Great scoring and leadership!
Westbrook is frustrated by J.J. Barera, has elbowed and pushed him a few times.
Mike Beasley scores with ease, and can be really special.
Derrick Williams is looking good running the break and getting some easy scores from Ricky Rubio. Rubio is a great playmaker!
Kevin Love is a great passer from the post and can shoot the 3 pretty well!
Kahn is looking GOOD tonight as his young squad is sticking close to OKC.
@IndianaBasketball; that play where he split the two defenders with that low dribble and found the open man was filthy.
IF I was Westbrook, I'd be frustrated to... Turning the ball over seven damn times.
This Minnesota game has been awesome. Minnesota maybe the most exciting team to watch this year, of course next to the Clippers. Rubio is extremely smart.
I might be crazy, but I like Stephenson better than both Collison and Hill.
Toronto Raptors played really well in terms of defence against the Cavaliers, much better opposed to last year. The Raptors are sharing the ball, 7 players scored in double figures, and Calderon got everyone involved. Calderon went 15pts 11ast and 6reb. The Raptors hustled for the ball, made key blocks and were playing sound defense. As a Raptor fan I was happy to see that improvement and can see Dwane Casey's defensive technique put into effect.
hey man, the Mavs are not in it to win it this year, look at how many players over the age of 30 they have to rely on....Kidd, Terry, Carter, Odom, Dirk, Haywood, Marion, etc.... they are lacking athleticism, not to mention a lot of those old guys are out of shape. More than anything, I think their defense is really suspect....especially with no Chandler.
Lakers vs. Kings:
Jimmer is being defended by Devin Ebanks, this is where he proves his scoring prowess is as good as advertised.
So far, Ebanks has taken away his looks and swatted one away.
Kobe has got to distribute and make good choices with the basketball.
Tyreke needs to bounce back from his injuries of last year and show his rookie tenure form.
McRoberts should have a decent night.
@IndianaBasketball; Larry Bird had it right when he said Lance was their best player.
Also, that flop by Westbrook was hideous, can't believe the referees rewarded that, smdh.
When Tyson Chandler left the Mavs, so is their chance of repeating as champs...
if Aldridge gets jerked off the All Star team this year, will be criminal.
Blazers looking good.
Hey....all the Iguadala trade talks non-existant now?
This is why I am not a Westbrook fan... When you're not the best player on the team, you pass the effin ball during clutch situations to your best player (hello Kevin Durant?)... He is trying to do too much... As talented as he is, he has no business taking ill-advised shots/floaters or whatever...
oh god....Big Tigger super annoying. announcing the Wizards.
So glad I pushed back an appointment an extra half an hour to watch the 4th quarter of Wolves-Thunder, great game and Minnesota look dangerous, Adelman has transformed this team as expected.
When you consider that Williams had a terrible night from deep and they were still that close it's even more promising, because we know Williams is a good shooter from range but obviously the nerves got to him this time.
had to switch from Blazers/Sixers....gotta see DWill vs Wall.
Isiah Thomas looking good for the Kings
Jordan Crawford gets the start over Nick Young? Wonder is this the year Blatche puts it together, he is a terrific passer.
LOL, Shawn Williams just through up on the floor for the Mavs, guess he's not in shape, getting extended playing time in this blow-out.
oh, they just explained it, Nick not in tip-top shape yet.
sloppy play, but DWill is in great shape being that he played during lockout, he is dishing it, guys just not converting!
I'm cringing watching the Lakers right now. Lol. They look so different and....well....not competitive. The younger and athletic Kings are getting run-outs and fast breaks on them like it's not even funny. Kobe is matched up against Isiah Thomas, the OTHER Isiah Thomas from Washington.
But I'm just talking, they are ok and just need time to mesh and compete.
I don't know who the Kings shooting coach is, but in 3 years how hard is it to teach Tyreke Evans to not fade away on every single jump shot he takes?
OMG, the Nets absolutely suck. DWill crossed over JWall sick....no help. My god the Nets are terrible. Humphries booed every time he touches the ball....is it that serious?
Saddly it is, appartently, really hard...
Ed Davis shot 7 of 7 FG's for 14 points, with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in just 17 minutes. He also looks a bit stronger at about 235-240. Davis is a very smart player with developing post skills, and good defensive skills although conistancy is the name of the game. He needs to go out there and do this against every team in the NBA not just Clevelands horrible frontcourt.
Amir Johnson is alot bigger. He looks like a cut 250 pounds. Against Cleveland he had few mistakes. With his new found strength he was not getting pushed around, maintained good position, good body control, and was not making stupid fouls. Clevelands frontcourt is nothing special but I like what I saw from Johnson.
Calderon looked like the Jose of old the year he had the best Assist to Turnover ratio and broke the NBA's record for free throw percentage. Although similar to the frontcourt Clevelands backcourt was horrendus defensively. Simple pick and rolls, and screens became a nightmare for Clevelands defense tonight. Calerons play is a great reason why the bigs shot so efficiently.
DeMar Derozan is adapting to the new offense and it definitely shows. The great thing about Derozan is he never forces the issue, is always team first, and understands when he is struggling. Today he struggled not playing in an iso based offence, his jumper was not falling and it took him a while to adapt. In the 4th qaurter down the stretch he scored 9 or 7 points down the stretch to ice the game for the Raptors.
The team seems very confident, is actually defending, although made alot of mistakes, stupid fouls, and easy turnovers while adapting to this system. But things are looking good, and Dwayne Casey even got Bargnani to consistantly defend high on picks. This season will be fun if they play that hard in every game although I want to see them do it to a team that will win more then 15 games this year.
I see why Kwame Brown was a "bust". He is outta shape bad. That can be excused for a star like Dirk, but you would think Brown would give himself the best chance to make an impact after the lockout....dude aint even good for 10 min per game.
^ about $1 million per minute, LOL!
lakers looked fine vs the bulls. They just blew it late after leading the whole game. But tonight they are playing bad Bad defense, not establishing pau down low and derek continues to piss me off. he had 2 stupid turnovers in the final 2 minutes of the first half. One of them he just fell over and lost the ball out of bounds for no reason whatsover. Wasnt even touched by anyone. Hell, he has jimmer up on him pressuring him 94 feet. Kobe looks old. I thought he played an overall great game vs chi until the finals seconds. But tonight he looks like 2 games back to back is hard on him.
boy is still crack. gettin to the cup is his specialty. he fades with that shot regardless, even when he is warming up with no one guarding him...but he is hitting it more now. I actually think Reke is a better shooter than he has shown and I think I will be proven right as he should shoot a better percentage this year.
that is exactly right, think he played 7 min yesterday. he bout da most sorry sum-uh-mah biatch.
been impressed with Ebanks, he is really versatile, hit Kob with a beautiful alley, good defender and hits the jumper.
Kob looks old sometimes, then sometimes he dont. I think he just plays slower to conserve energy. Kob is basketball genius.
Hayes is in Pau's chest. Jason Thompson is a really talented player, I am looking for him to get moved.
Salmons is back...really shooting well again.
Hilarious that when Reke isolates on Fish...you here the guys scream "help! help!"
is it me or does Hickson look a lot more lean and cut?
Man Reke is killing Fisher on iso, but bailing out sometimes by taking jumpers.
Kris Humphries silences the haters to the tune of 21 and 16.
IF the Pacers weren't able to sign West, I was high on them picking up Humphries to back up Hansbrough. He can play.
Demarcus Cousins is soooooo good. Cant pass up on Wall with #1 pick but sometimes I still think Cousins was the most talented guy in the draft. Ox strong, can step out, underated passer, etc...etc...he can do it all, just immature.
Jimmer showing good vision and IQ but shaky going to the hole. Isaiah Thomas is fearless, thought this was a steal pick for them. Marcus Thornton is a scoring machine.
win or lose, metta world peace has been awesome tonight. I mean as good as he has looked as a laker. Playing smart on offense, getting after it on defense.
Lmao @ 7'0" Pau Gasol getting blocked by 6' 6" Chuck Hayes.
December 27th Game Morning Thread
pau was off balance and falling backwards on the shot. Guys can get blcoked by shorter guys if they dont have balance and cant jump.
I just don't understand what is wrong with Pau Gasol.
He has all of that talent and skill. All of that height and length. He should be averaging 20, 10 and 5. That's how good he is. I just don't get it.
And not that Kobe has played bad, but the Lakers can't make it with him isolating one on one all season.
why do I always confuse Paul Westphal with Paul Westhead? lol, because they both focus on offense or because neither focus on defense? I forget.
seriously, Kings putting up good defensive effort, especially Hayes.
lakers gonna lose 3 in a row.
I hope Andrew Bynum is ready because he'll be more important this season than ever before.
LAL needs his aggressiveness bad because Pau just doesn't have it.