What I Saw, where it’s quickly becoming a point-guard league

Just three games today, let’s get to it:

Golden State 90, Chicago 120: I watched the highlights of this one, and I think it says it all that there was not a single Warrior highlight in the entire 2 ½ minute video. There was a whole bunch of Derrick Rose getting to the rim and dunking, however.

There would have been a heap of shots at the hoop for the Bulls, given that they shot 55% for the game to just 41% for the Warriors. Not only that, but their aggressiveness also translated to a bunch of attempts from the free-throw line, 21-23 on the night, while Golden State shot just 5-7 from the stripe. Luol Deng led the beat-down with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, while Rose had a double-double, 22 points and 13 dimes.

For Golden State, Monta led with 24 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while backcourt buddy Steph Curry added 17 points, but he needed 18 shots to get there. Also, David Lee was inactive, the AP has the scoop:

In that game, Lee sustained a cut on his left elbow when he inadvertently struck former Knicks team-mate Wilson Chandler in the mouth.

The blow shattered one of Chandler’s teeth into four pieces and dislodged another. One of the bits of tooth ended up in Lee’s arm. Lee was able to finish the game, scoring a season-high 28 points, but the wound became so sore afterward that Lee said he couldn’t remember experiencing so much pain.

Although I didn’t end up with any tooth in my elbow, I can totally relate to how sore Lee’s elbow must’ve been. I was able to play the day after, but like I said, there was nothing lodged in there either. Here’s to a speedy recovery for David.

Boston 112, Miami 107: The Celtics have the Heat all sorted out in the early going, defeating Miami for the second time this season to move to 7-2, while Miami sit at 5-4 for the season. Everybody did what they had to do for Boston, Ray-Ray and Pierce led the Cs with 35 and 25 respectively, 13-23, 7-9 and 2-2 for Allen, 10-16, 1-4, and 4-4 for Pierce; KG grabbed 13 rebounds; and Rondo had 16 helpers for an average of 14.9apg this season. 56% on threes for Boston, 9-16, compared to just 3-16 for Miami.

Wade struggled big time, just 8 points, going 2-12 from the floor, missing all 5 three-point attempts and making just 4-6 free throws. LeBron picked up the slack however, 35 points, 10 boards and 9 assists (narrowly missing a second-straight triple-double), on 9-21 from the field and 17-22 from the stripe, but he also missed all 5 of his three-point attempts. Udonis Haslem came up big off the bench, 21 points and 10 boards, making 9 of his 10 attempts from the field, and 3 of his 4 free-throws.

L.A. Lakers 112, Denver 118: The Lakers had this one well in hand, until Ty Lawson checked in and sparked the Nuggets to the victory, handing L.A. their first defeat of the season. 17 points and 5 assist in 22 minutes for the young fella, on 5-10, 1-2 and 6-8 shooting. Denver, as always, was led by Camelo Anthony, who had himself a huge game, 32 points and 13 boards, while shooting 14-25, 1-3 and 3-3. This is contrasted with Kobe; he had 34 points, but had to take 32 shots to get there, making 11, while converting on 3-10 threes and 9-13 free-throws. Pau Gasol took full advantage of the depleted Nuggets frontcourt, helping himself to 20 caroms to go with his 17 points. Lamar Odom grabbed 12 boards as he continues to start at power forward, but had only 3 points on 1-6 shooting, 1-2 free throws.

No need to sound the alarm if you’re the Lakers, sitting at 8-1. Denver’s a solid team, and if Afflalo hits the late 3 against Chicago and Indiana doesn’t go ridiculous in the third quarter in that game against the Nuggets, there’s a team that could be 7-2, even missing their bigs (Martin and Anderson). Just sayin’.

I’m out, cheers for reading.

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