Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Round Up - January 25th, 2013.

Stats Rundown

Not a great slate of basketball last night, of the 11 games played, 8 were blow outs and they weren't even the fun kind, that is unless you are a fan of the winning team.

Rocket Fuel: James Harden blasted off for 30 points (8 of 15 shooting), 4 rebounds and 8 assists in the Rockets' 3rd win in their last 10 games. If they are not careful, they might let the Lakers slip into the playoffs. This the Beard's 13th game this season with 30+ points, tying his Hairness to LeBron James for 4th most in the NBA.

Burning Motor City: When all three of the Big 3 each have double digit points, there is nothing you can really do about it, especially if you are the Pistons. In the second quarter, LeBron and Wade combined for 26 of the Heat's 30 points in the period to outscore Pistons' 20. LeBron finished with 23 points (9 of 14), 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Dwyane traveled back in time to 2006. Putting up 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in the win. Shout out to Greg Monroe for scoring 31 points (12-17) and grabbing 12 boards to keep the Pistons within 25 points against the reigning champions.

Boards: Dwight Howard actually tried today and got himself 17 points (8 of 12) and 13 rebounds. Maybe it is a good idea to stop faking your injury. In other Laker news, Kobe Bryant, for the 4th time in his career, played 30+ minutes and had more assists (14) than field goal attempts (10). Steve Nash had only 2 assists. I don't even know this world anymore.

Rookie Watch: Bradley Beal has not failed to impress as of late, he had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting and 4 blocks (I don't know how) in the victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the victims of the 8 blowouts.

Don't Call it a Comeback: Call it a new-low for the Boston Celtics. Just when it looked like Boston was going to leave the Highlight Factory with an easy win, the Atlanta Hawks fought back from a 27 point deficit to comeback for the double overtime victory on Kyle Korver's franchise setting 8 three pointers in the second half.

After scoring only 10 points in the first quarter, the Hawks would outscore Boston 85-54 after the first half. The Celtics are now on a six game losing streak.

Skewered Buck: Despite the Milwaukee Bucks shooting 14 of 28 (50%) from the three and Ersan Illyasova going off for 30 points on 11 of 21 shooting and 7 rebounds. They would get outmatched by another solo effort by the masked Kyrie Irving, who dropped a game-high 35 points on 17 shots to win it for his Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the 6th time this month, where Kyrie has scored 30 points or more.

Triple Double-Doubles: Three of the Chicago Bulls' starting front court, Joakim Noah (14/16), Carlos Boozer (15/13) and Jimmy Butler (16/12, his first) all got double-doubles last night in the win against the Golden State Warriors. We don't say this enough, but Kirk Hinrich has been great for the Bulls, he had 25 points on 6 of 7 threes and 4 assists to improve Chicago to a 3 game winning streak. Yay for Mr. tiny goggles.


Long Jump: If you watch closely, Kevin Durant can extend his limbs to any desirable length.

Fake Out: Paul Millsap fooled at least three players on the Lakers with one move.

Reverse: Did you forget about Chris Bosh again?

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