And the preseason rolls on

Hey all, here’s what I saw today:

Orlando 93, Indiana 86: Vince Carter was pretty damn good, scoring 25 on 8-11, 6-8 and 3-3 shooting, in just 19 minutes. But it’s early, so we’ll give it a while before makes up for his dreadful playoff performance last season. Also, Mike Dunleavy would probably struggle to guard a fence post at this point. Dwight, however, wasn’t good, scoring just 10 points on 2-8 from the floor and 6-14 from the stripe. It seems Roy Hibbert plays him rather well (with Hibbert going for 26/8 against Dwight in an Indiana victory back in January). Ryan Anderson grabbed 16 boards off the bench for Orlando, which is nice. For Indy, Collison was solid with 18 points and A.J. Price scored 15 off the bench. It’s really great to see Price back after he injured his knee in a charity pickup game back in May. Initial reports suggested he may have been out for up to six months, putting his return as far away as December. However, he’s out there with a brace and attacking the rim, which is awesome.

Milwaukee 110, Detroit 115 OT: Austin Daye was excellent in this game, hitting jumpers and generally showing real improvement from last year, his rookie campaign. Detroit’s bench got a lot of minutes in this one, with DaJuan Summers and Ben Gordon getting 15 and 19, respectively. Despite losing quality depth in White and Jerebko the Pistons still have enough quality guys to make a run at a playoff spot (I have them sneaking into the 8th seed). For Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings was a stud, making plays and tossing in 18 points. The Bucks shared the ball in this one, with 7 guys getting into double-digits. The rook Larry Sanders didn’t shoot real well (5-17, 12 points), but he was active enough to get 9 boards and block 5 shots. Milwaukee are counting on his energy to help out Bogut down low during the season.

Washington 96, Chicago 107: Derrick Rose is quick, and very talented. He did a lot for the Bulls in this game, scoring 18 points to go with 5 assists. There was a lot of work done off the pick-and-roll, with Rose either splitting through the D for the layup or finding the bigs rolling to the bucket. Kyle Korver continues to be hot in the preseason, scoring 17 on the night. For the Wiz, Gilbert was actually very effective, getting 16 points while nailing 4 3s. John Wall was solid but not spectacular, 11/6 for the rookie.

Oklahoma City 96, Miami 103: LeBron had 22/7/8, Bosh had 23 (10-15 from the floor, 3-6 from the line), and Haslem was his usual terrific self with 17/9 on just 4 made field goals – 4-6 from the floor while going 9-9 at the line. For the Thunder, Durant got 21 and Westbrook was decent with 18/4/6 with 5-11, 1-1 and 7-7 shooting. Jeff Green struggled after his hot start to the preseason (he scored 25 in Oklahoma’s preseason opener), getting just 4 points on 1-11 shooting. Ugh.

Portland 99, Denver 109: Well, the Nuggets still have ‘Melo, and he contributed 24 on 7-12, 3-4, 7-8 shooting in only 24 minutes of action, which helps. Sheldon Williams also played well, with a surprisingly monstrous 21/14 on 7-10 from the floor and 7-10 from the line. For the Blazers, Dante Cunningham continued his solid preseason, with 15/10 along with 4 steals in a starting role. The Blazers need all the solid guys they can get, as they tend to got unlucky with injuries.

L.A. Clippers 87, Golden State 127: The stellar backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis was superb in this game, combining for 40 points on 14-18, 7-7 and 5-5 shooting, with 10 assists, 5 boards and 4 steals between them. The Warriors shot 56% from the floor and 67% from distance which is just ridiculous for a preseason opener. For the Clips, they’d have to be happy with just how good Blake Griffin looked, but downright appalled with everything else. Losing by 40’s never good, even in preseason.

Finally, some injury news. Al Harrington came up limping after grabbing a steal in Denver’s game, it appears he injured his left foot and he’s listed as day-to-day; injuries strike Portland yet again, this time with promising young big Jeff Pendergraph having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. His return this season is doubtful. Lastly, the Nets are saying off-season acquisition Troy Murphy will be out indefinitely with a lower back strain. The Nets were planning on starting Murphy at power forward, allowing them more time to develop 3rd overall pick Derrick Favors. However, all reports on Favors suggest he’s looking very good early on and New Jersey might find themselves starting him sooner than they’d planned.

That’s all from me, until next time.

 

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