Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Round Up - January 14th, 2013.

Stats Rundown

The Dynamic Duo of the Oklahoma City Thunder went ahead and dropped 77 points on the Phoenix Suns. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news or anything, but 47 of them came in the second half and that's not all. I just want you to know that the entire OKC team scored only 51 points after half time, think about it for a second.

Kevin Durant went for 41 points on 15 of 30 shooting, while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists and blocking 2 shots. Russell Westbrook got 36 points (14 of 24), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in annihilation of the Suns.

Did you know Russell Westbrook can euro step from the three point line, and make a lay up from the free throw line?

Honorable Mention: To Rajon Rondo's third triple double of the season, his 17 points (8 of 11), 10 rebounds, and 12 assists led the Boston Celtics to victory against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Celtics are now on a 6 game winning streak and pushing themselves into the top of the East.

Boards: Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins has been on a roll in 2013, he had 26 points (7 of 14), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks in the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rookie Watch: The Cleveland Cavaliers have more than just Kyrie Irving, although their 2012 number 4 pick, Dion Waiters usually misses more than he scores, he is unstoppable when he gets hot. He came off the bench for 33 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He shot 12 of 18 from field and was perfect from the three (3-3).

The Battle of the Uglies: The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls are one of the better defensive teams in the league that also happen to be pretty bad on offense. This was suppose to be a scrappy, low scoring affair that will melt your eyeballs, but instead it turned into an Atlanta beat down.Where do I begin? Oh, the Hawks scored a franchise low 5 points in the 2nd quarter, where they turned the ball over 11 times, 3 more than field goals made. They only had 20 points (second lowest in NBA History, tying the New Orleans Jazz in 1975) in the first half, the fewest points Bulls have ever allowed. It didn't get much better after the break, Atlanta would finish the game with 58 points, setting a new opponent franchise low. As for the Bulls, Carlos Boozer is a consistently good now, so that's a thing. He had 8 doubles doubles in the last 9 games, and leads the Eastern Conference with 20.

Take a look at the Hawk's shot chart in the first half. (NSFW)
Via: @HPbasketball
The Bulls were having fun.

Two great things about this play besides Taj smashing the basketball on Anthony Tolliver, Stacey King and Al Horford, watch his reaction on the bench.

Join the Club: Andrei Kirilenko becomes the 15th player in NBA history (since 73'-74', where steals and blocks started to count) to record a minimum of 2000 assists, 1000 steals and 1000 blocks. The only other active player in this elusive club is Kevin Garnett.

Shout Out: To LeBron James for carrying his garbage of a team with 32 points (13 of 19), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, wait.. he plays for the Heat and with 2 superstars? Were they hurt? No? Then what happened? Well, Coach Spo decided to sit Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for the fourth quarter and left LeBron on the court alone with a bunch decent players that played like scrubs. Down 21 after the third quarter, the Heat outscored the Jazz 32 to 20 to make things interesting, but as good as LeBron is, he can't do everything.


Buzzer Beater: Is it really necessary to throw a no look lob pass? We all know you looked. Turning away for a split second doesn't make the play any better.

Early Burial: R.I.P Marcin Gortat. You never should have underestimated Kevin Durant's wingspan.

As nice as the play was, if I was KD, I don't think I would do it again. I would rather not have Kendrick Perkins slap me on the side of my head after falling on my ass. Even the Durantula agrees with me.

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