Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Round Up - January 23rd, 2013.

Stats Rundown

Gold Rush: The Golden State Warriors are not kidding around. Stephen Curry validated his All Star candidacy today by straight up outplaying Russell Westbrook. The 13 year old had 31 points on a rare 11 of 27 shooting night, where he was cold from the three, hitting only 3 of his 14 attempts. He also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a shimmy on his knees to rub it in the face of Westbrook.

Bad Russ had the worst night of his life, going for only 10 points (3 of 16), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kevin Durant however, picked up the slack with 33 points (10 of 17), 5 boards and 9 dimes in the loss.

Note: The Warriors are the only team that has defeated the Heat, Clippers and Thunder, so maybe they could make another miraculous run in the playoffs.

Carl Landry's legs folded at the sight of an incoming Kevin Durant and I don't blame them.

Feathers: Josh Smith has longed for a night where he actually scores the basketball with efficiency. His dreams came true today against the Bobcats, he had 30 points (15 of 24), 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks in the win because the Bobcats are the Bobcats. The only reason that this wasn't a blowout, was due to Ramon Sessions dropping 27 points to keep the game closer than it really should be.

Oh Canada: The Toronto Raptors did it again, after building a 15 point lead in between the third quarter, they blew it again and allowed the Miami Heat to comeback for the win in overtime. Jose Calderon led Toronto with 17 points from 5 of 6 three point shooting. While LeBron James grabbed his second triple double of the season with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Dwyane Wade chipped in another 35 points on 13 of 19 shooting and 7 assists to put the Raptors into extinction.

Don't call it a Comeback: Trailing by 17 early in the third quarter, the Chicago Bulls rallied 28 points in the 4th to outscore Detroit's 14 to take the W at home. Joakim Noah was huge late in this game, saving the ball from going out of bounds and into the hands of Marco Bellinelli, who drew a three point play to win the game.

Replacement: Filling in for the injured Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter went 10 of 11 from the field for 25 points and 7 rebounds in the victory over the New Orleans Hornets. His teammate, Tony Parker added 24 points (10 of 18), 4 rebounds and 13 assists. No biggie, he does that in about every game.

Ripped in another City: The Indiana Pacers suffered a 20 point defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. LaMarcus Aldridge had a game-high 27 points on 12 of 17 shooting and 6 rebounds. The future Rookie of Year, Damian Lillard got 20 points (9 of 16) and 8 assists.


Fancy: Ricky Rubio doesn't care that you are in the way, he will just pass the basketball right through you.

Stampede: Nate Robinson got really hyped after doing good things for the Bulls.

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