Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Round Up - January 7th, 2013.

Stats Rundown

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists in the overtime win against the Orlando Magic. For the last few years, this guy has been consistently posting up 20 and 10 every night, but his effort always goes unnoticed due to the lack of success. Fortunately the arrival of Damian Lillard and growth of Nicholas Batum gives him a team that he finally deserves. Portland will be a fun team to watch in the next couple of seasons.

Missed 6: What does J.J Redick and Gordon Hayward have in common? Well, they both missed only six shots in their respective 27+ point games. Redick went 6 of 10 from the 3, scored 29 points and dished out 5 assists. Gordon Hayward had 27 points (4 of 5 from the three), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the Utah Jazz victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Hayward needs more playing time, he is solid on both ends of the floor and will reward you with plays like this. I know nobody keeps count, but aside from LeBron James, and Kenneth Faried, this guy might lead the league in transition blocks.

Grizzly Surprise:Wayne Ellington first made his name in the blowout victory over the Heat at the beginning of the season, but he has been quiet ever since. That was until last night, where he shot 6 of 7 from the three, and scored 26 points on 11 shots, he only missed once.

Dimes: Jameer Nelson has become the Orlando Magic' all time leader in assists with 2,777. Not to take anything away from Jameer, but it can't be too difficult when you played with a healthy Dwight Howard early in your career.

Rookie Watch: Bradley Beal has earned 3 consecutive Rookie Watch honors and deservedly so. This is by far his best game in terms of contribution. He had 22 points (7 of 17), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and the game winning shot to embarrass Kevin Durant in his hometown.

Time Machine User: I think every Boston Celtic fan should thank me because ever since I uploaded my piece on their problems, not only have they fixed those said problems, they are now also on a 3 game winning streak. Paul Pierce went off for another big night at the MSG, going for 23 points (10-18), 3 rebounds, 6 assists and a couple of daggers down the stretch to get the victory.

The Celtics got into the heads of the Knicks in this game, especially Carmelo, who shot 6 for 26 from the field. Apparently Kevin Garnett said some things to cause Melo to go into the Boston locker room for a yelling match. Later, he was filmed waiting for Garnett in front of the team bus. Nothing physically actually happened off court, but people on twitter said (not legitimate sources) KG made sexual remarks (involved cheerios, or something) about Melo's wife during the game. 

Smash: J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler executes the perfect pick and roll.

Headbands: The New York Knick leads the league in using head bands to cover up cuts on players' heads. (Via: @BeyondtheBuzzer)

Bizarro World: First, the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, making them probably the best championship contending team killers. They are 2-2 against the Heat and Thunder, 3-26 versus the rest of the league.

Then we have the Chicago Bulls shooting lights out from behind the arc. For a team that usually makes 5 threes a game at a rate of 36 percent, they went for 10 of 14 against the Cavs last night, and 71 percent of them fell. It is a miracle.

Jokes: Every single tweet from Kobe has been gold so far. He even addressed the rumored fights with Dwight Howard in the most twitter way possible, via photo. (Via: @kobebryant)

Pop Death Stares: You can already guess that Coach Pop doesn't sit well with losses. (Via: @HPbasketball)

Don't be like Pop, enjoy your morning.

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