Kudos to Brent who compiled the Recap today, I really didn't have the time.
One problem I'm noticing is I'm making so many blog posts in one day, it's getting to the point where it might be better to start consolidating. Do you guys think the Recaps belong here, or should I actually start a seperate/linked blog for real life NBA views and keep this one gaming related?
Sixers - 125 Kings - 91
The Kings start the year with four straight losses, but the next game is awfully winnable with a home game against Memphis next on the schedule.
Green 16 pts 5-6 fg 2rebs 2ast
Thompson 17 pts 8-12 fg 6rebs 5 ast I'd be shocked if he wasn't starting soon.Young 18 pts 8-14 fg 2 rebs 1 ast 1 stlBoth Kareem Rush and Donyell Marshall cracked double figures in limited minutes, but it was just from open jumpers in garbage time after the Kings made it obvious they weren't interested in playing and defense.
DudsBrand 15 pts 4 rebs 29 min. Even with limited minutes the way Elton had been rebounding (14.3 rpg before tonight) you expect more from Elton.Martin 14 pts 4-10 fg 0 rebs 0 stl 1 ast. Continues to struggle out the gate scoring under 20 for the third time of four games this season.Moore 0 pts 0 rebs 18 min. Started and did almost absolutely nothing (3asts) needs to step it up to keep getting minutes (4.5 pts ONE reb per game this season in 19.3 mpg)The Kings defense, they allowed 125 pts 59% fg shooting and 77%! from 3 from the sixers. They got out worked and out hustled ALL night.
Pistons - 101 Bobcats - 83
Larry's homecoming was rather uneventful as the Piston's cruised to an easy victory, at least his losses don't make the front page anymore like they did in New York
Brown (the player) 16 pts 4-8 fg 3 asts 4 stls 0 to in 26 min. Actually ran the offense for about 10 minutes or so, impressive performance off the bench for someone who seemingly was struggling to stay in the league.Hamilton 19 pts 9-18 fg 5 asts 4 rebs Typical Rip, I'm curious to see how the Iverson trade will affect him, running the offense more often? Less shots?Bynum 23 min 12 pts 4 asts 1 to Did a more than adequate job when Stuckey was on the bench, can't see him getting many minutes when Iverson comes to town though.
Brown (The coach) starts his new job 1-2 with his starting forward off the active roster for essentially being too fat, when will the calls to the front office for trades start?Richardson 4 pts 2-10 fg 5 asts 33 min Wasn't so much the Pistons defense (although Rip and Prince when called upon did a good job) as it was Jason even missing open shots tonight.
Magic - 96 Bulls - 93
The Magic pulled out the win to scrape back to .500 as Gordon missed a game winning shot, and Nocioni missed a game tying shot that was predictably followed by complaining to Dick Bavetta for about the 50th time tonight even as both teams were heading to the locker rooms.
Gooden 21 pts 9-16 fg 3 rebs 3 asts fouled out. Will the real Drew Gooden please stand up? Consecutive games of 7 pts 21 rebs and 21 pts 3 rebs continues his career of seemingly random production.Lewis 21 pts 11 rebs. Although he struggled from deep (2-9 3pt fg) Lewis even played really solid defense helping the Magic shut down Deng all night.Howard 22 pts 15 rebs (8 offensive!) 5 blks Another monster game from superman.Nocioni 21 pts 3-4 3pt fg 7 reb
Deng 0-8 fg 1 pt 7 rebHinrich 34 min 5 pts 5 rebs 3 asts A trade is becoming more and more likely as Kirk hasn't shown the ability to effectively play the two next to Rose.Noah Only 5 minutes. 12 minutes in his last two games. Gray is worth more time on the floor, really Del Negro? Played 42 min combined their first two games.Hedo shooting 3-16 but making up for it with solid defense 7 boards and 7 assists
Warriors - 75 Grizzlies - 83
Memphis starts the year off 2-0 at home for the first time in franchise history largely due to the Warriors struggling from the 3pt line shooting just 3-20!
Biedrins 16 pts 22 rebs 9 offensive Continues his great start to the season with his eleventh straight double double dating back to last year.Gasol 27 pts 16 rebs 9-11fg Battled back and forth with Biedrins, showed some more offensive game then some people thought he had showing a few jumpers including a long 2 and a 3 that was waived off (shot clock violation). Depending on health Gasol might end up being the center on the all rookie team when all is said and done.
Maggette 13 pts 2 stl 4-16 fg 0-5 3pt fg Couldn't buy a bucket outside the paint all night.Harrinton 6pts 3-15 fg 0-4 3 pt fg 6 rebs Similar to Corey his shot was just off, I'd say maybe the trade talk/demands were distracting him but they seem to be around him every season anyways.
Cavaliers - 100 Mavericks - 81
The Cavs took out the Mavericks in Dallas largely due to what carried them last season, defense and rebounding, out-rebounding the Mavericks 52-35 and holding Dirk to EIGHT points. Ben Wallace also woke up after being a shell of his former self for the better part of the last two seasons, who know how long this will last?
James 29 pts 8 rebs 3 asts 2 stl 1 blk. Typical LeBron, actually a lil short on assists but when you are complaining about 29 and 8 you don't have much to complain about.Illgauskas 17 pts 11 rebs 2 blks. The forgotten man this offseason when people talked about the cavs this summer as LeBron and scrubs.Cav's starting backcourt Gibson and West combined for a total 28 pts 3 stls 11 asts 4 3pt fgs and 8 rebs. Keeping this up will take alot of pressure off James.
Nowitski 8 pts 3-11 fg 6 rebs. Was really shut down by the combination of Wallace, Varejao, and even LeBron here and there. Was denied the ball all night being forced to start outside the three point line instead of the pinch post and top of the key where Dirk is by far the most comfortable.Terry 5 pts 1-8 fg 3 asts 3 tos. A combination of blanket defense by Delonte West and just not looking himself tonight.
Jazz - 89 Clippers - 73
Although they are still missing Deron Williams the Jazz were clearly the much more talented team tonight against the Clippers who are working Davis and Camby back into the fold after injuries.
Millsap 24 pts 8-12 fg 9 rebs 2 asts 2 stls 1 blk. This guy is a beast off the bench it would be interesting to see if he keep put up his per minute averages if he had an opportunity to start somewhere else, may see next year if Boozer bolts.Kaman 19 pts 10 rebs 3 blks. The one Clipper who really showed up tonight scored on all the big men the Jazz threw at him tonight.Ak47 15 pts 4-10 fg 11 rebs 4 stls 2 asts
Boozer 13 pts 8 rebs. Not terrible but when these are the only two stats Carlos really contributes you really want more out of him in both fantasy and real life.Mobley 10 pts 4-15 fg 3 to 37 min. It's hard to hate on an alumni of the University of Rhode Island but Mobley could not do ANYTHING against Brewer tonight, alot of his shots were just forced in frustration it seemed.Brewer He played his typical great defense but after shooting above 50% last season 1-8 and 2 pts just isn't enough.