Monday, January 28, 2013

The Round Up - January 27th, 2013.

Stats Rundown
Paul Pierce's reaction after learning about Rondo's torn ACL. (Via: @jose3030)
Missing Point: The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in double overtime without Rondo, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Apparently, none of the Celtic players knew about it until the end of the game. Paul Pierce led the charge with his 7th career triple double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Kevin Garnett added 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks at the TD Garden. LeBron James had 34 points (14 of 31), 16 rebounds, 7 assists and a clutch three pointer in regulation to force the first overtime. His sidekick, Dwyane Wade was rendered useless for the final 16 minutes of this game, as he failed to register a single point in the game's most important minutes.

Three Ball: J.J Redick was among a few players that were on fire from behind the arc last night. The Duke product dropped a career high tying 31 points on 8 of 11 threes. However, Brandon Knight's 31 points on 12 of 16 shooting would prevail in the battle, bringing the Detroit Pistons the victory against the Orlando Magic, who are now on a 5 game losing streak.

Ryan Anderson didn't do too bad himself, hitting 7 of his 13 threes for a game-high 22 points. He attempted nothing but threes in this game. Meanwhile for the Memphis Grizzlies, Zach Randolph recorded his 28th double-double of the season (20 points and 13 rebounds), the most in this NBA season in the loss to the New Orleans Hornets.

Hawk Hunter:While we are still on the subject of threes, Carmelo Anthony lit up the entire Atlanta squad by himself. Going off for 42 points on 15 of 28 shooting, a career high 9 of 12 from the three, and 5 rebounds in the win against the Hawks. Melo has tied the Knicks record for the most consecutive 20 point games with his 29th straight. Despite Atlanta outscoring the Knicks 50 to 22 in the paint, the Hawks just could not stop the Knicks from the outside. Allowing their opponent to shoot 60 percent from downtown is not a good sign. If there was a good sign for ATL, it would be Jeff Teague, who has developed into a solid scoring point guard in this seaon. He got 27 points (9 of 15), 5 rebounds, and 6 assists to give you a glimpse of his future.

Here is Melo's 42 point game summed up in less than 2 minutes.

Change Up: Kobe Bryant is ridiculous, he went off for 21 points (8 of 12), 9 rebounds and 14 assists to show off his versatility. This certainly doesn't solve all of LA's problems, but it is a start. As usual Kevin Durant had another 35 point game for Oklahoma City Thunder, however the lack of help from Russell Westbrook, who shot 6 of 22 from the field at the Staples Center, gave the Thunder, their 11th loss of the season.


Trickery: Tony Wroten doesn't need to look when he passes.

Quick Step: Blake Griffin has it.

Boshasaurus: Jeff Green is the asteroid that caused the extinction of Dinosaurs.

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