Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Round Up - February 1st, 2013.

Stats Rundown

Twelve games on last night, and only two away teams came out with a victory. The other 10 teams held it down in their own home.

Toronto Pterodactyls: After signing Rudy Gay, the Toronto Raptors have officially changed their nickname to the Pterodactyls. It is really fitting now that they have three athletic dunk contest material players playing in the Air Canada Center. Missing Chris Paul for the sixth straight game, the Clippers struggled on both ends of the floor. The Raptors held their opponents to a franchise low 30 points in the first half and 46 in the third. Rudy Gay came off the bench for 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting, and 3 rebounds. His smaller counter part, DeMar DeRozan got 19 points and 7 assists. In a surprise to us all, Amir Johonson also scored 19 points, and grabbed 16 boards to go with it. This is the most exciting Raptors squad to watch in a while, hopefully they can start winning games.

Terrence Ross has not been invited to the Dunk Contest yet, but the Captain of the East team, Dwyane Wade wants him, so it will likely happen. Too bad he has to go against James White of the New York Knicks. If you don't know who he is, I suggest YouTube and make sure nothing fragile is near you.

New Additions: All three teams in the recent "Rudy Gay" trade won today. Jose Calderon didn't suit for the Pistons, but his new team still won, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers by 18 points. Tayshaun Prince came off the bench for the Grizzlies to register 14 points (7 of 11), and 3 assists in their win against the Washington Wizards.

Gold Rush: With the 15 point win over the New Orleans Hornets, the Denver Nuggets are now on a 6 game winning streak. Andre Iguodala led the team last night with a game-high 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Ty Lawson added 21 points and 13 assists.


Andre to Andre.

Antidote: The Indiana PAcers defeated the Miami Heat for the second time this season, staying 2-0 agains the reigning Champions that took down out in the second round last year. For the third time in his career, Ray Allen was held scoreless, this was the second time of this month.  Without any help last night, LeBron James carried his team with 28 points (9 of 17), 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss. David West single-handedly extended the Pacers' winning streak to 13 straight at home. He dropped 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting, grabbed 7 boards, dished out 5 assists and had zero turnovers.

Homecoming: In the return to his hometown, Tyreke Evans went off for 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Isiah Thomas chipped in for 24 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Meanwhile, Thaddeus Young dropped a team high 23 points on 11 of 17 shooting, and 15 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers. His All Star teammate, Jrue Holiday had 21 points, 7 assists and a hideous 8 turnovers.

FROLO: The versatility of Bynum's hair is equivalent to Michael Beasley's. If anyone is bringing cornrows back to Philly, I am glad that it is Andre Bynum. (Via: @machinegunbrian)

Hot and Cold: The Los Angeles Lakers tied a franchise high in three pointers made in the first half, hitting 10 of them before half time. Up 29 points in the early third quarter, the Lakers would suddenly miss everything, allowing the Wolves to cut it close. But Minnesota would run out of time, and was left stuck in the hole they dug themselves into. The Lakers have won 20 straight games against the Wolves, the longest streak against any opponent. Might as well never let them win, after taking their name, am I right? Pau Gasol led the way with 22 points (8 of 15), and 12 rebounds. Kobe Bryant flirted with another triple double last night, he had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. This new Kobe is scaring me, not like afraid to play him kind of way, more like what the hell is happening kind of way. Not good.

The Timberwolves are still very fancy with their passes.


Russian Connection: This is more of an example of Kobe Bryant's off ball defense. Really great.

Ironman: So nice, he did it twice.

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