Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Round Up - February 4th, 2013.

Stats Rundown

Gear switch: For some odd reason, when the two best defensive teams in the league play against each other, it is their offense that goes off charts. The Indiana Pacers defeated the shorthanded Chicago Bulls, who were missing Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich, due to injuries. First time All Star, Paul George had 21 points (6 of 14), 11 rebounds and 5 assists. David West scored a game-high 29 points (11 of 18), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. George Hill finished it up with 22 on 7 of 10 and 6 assists. The Pacers have now won 14 straight at home.

Chemistry: Teammates rewarding teammates.

Three Times: With his 20 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons, Tyson Chandler becomes the first Knick in 43 years to grab 20 boards in 3 consecutive games. Looks like New York has found their shooting touch again going 14 of 34 from the three (41 percent) in the Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points (10 of 17), and 7 rebounds in the win over the Detroit Pistons.

Boards: DeAndre Jordan grabbed a career high 22 boards last night in the loss to the Washington Wizards. The Clippers are in desperately need of Chris Paul, they have already dropped their last 3 road games and still have 4 more to go. Blake Griffin sat out for this game with a sore left ankle.

Storm: The Dallas Mavericks allowed a franchise high 68 points in the first half to the Oklahoma City Thunder and as you would have guessed Dallas would not comeback from the deficit. Russell Westbrook went for an efficient 8 of 16 from the field for 24 points, and 7 assists. His better half, Kevin Durant had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, one of which was a beauty to a cutting Kevin Martin.

Burned Claws: The Charlotte Bobcats almost pulled one out in Miami, until they allowed their opponent to a 16-4 run to end the game, essentially giving the win to the reigning champs. Bosh and Wade played great, but none of their stats matter. LeBron James, certified NBA's best player, goes off for 31 points on a near perfect 13 of 14 shooting (career high 93 field goal percentage), 8 rebounds and 8 assists. What is more impressive about his line is that, for the first time in his career, he did not attempt a single shot outside of 15 feet. Everything was in the paint. EVERYTHING.

Via: @jphanned
Whimper Howls: Despite the Portland Trail Blazers turning the ball over 28 times, the Wolves would fail to take advantage of the opportunity. Unfortunately, the Blazers shot a ridiculous 59 percent from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge had a game-high 25 points (12 of 17), 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The rookie, Damian Lillard added 21 points (9 of 17), 6 assists and got his shot destroyed by Greg Stiesma.

The Wolves had 2 chances to win this game down the stretch. Down 2 with 7 seconds left, Ricky Rubio attempts a poorly advised 8 foot jumper that gets blocked by Aldridge. Another opportunity arrived when Aldridge misses both of his free throws to make it to a 2 possession game, but Dante Cunningham would miss the 18 footer and thus, making the 40 point fourth quarter by Minnesota, pointless. Ricky Rubio had a nice game, 15 points (4 of 9) and 14 assists, 10 of which came in the last quarter of the contest.


Swaggy P: A 360 dunk from Nick Young. Totally inspired by Javale McGee.

Jokes: The Minnesota Timberwolves thought it was funny to turn the lights off in the Target Center to poke fun at the Super Bowl power outage.

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