QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, on the drama surrounding the team this season (hat tip to Hoopsworld): “I dealt with LeBron leaving Cleveland and guys bringing firearms in the locker room. This is mild.”
LINE OF THE WEEK: LeBron James, Miami at Houston, Nov. 12: 40 minutes, 14-26 FGs, 5-8 3-pointers, 5-8 FTs, 10 rebounds, six assists, zero turnovers, 38 points in a 113-110 win. After a quiet first half, James scored 16 points in both the third and fourth quarters, draining eight jumpers of at least 19 feet. He had 10 points in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half and eight points in the game’s final two minutes.
LINE OF THE WEAK: Jan Vesely, Washington at Charlotte and at Dallas, Nov. 13 and 14: 26 minutes, 0-1 FGs, 0-4 FTs, four rebounds, zero assists, one block, seven fouls, zero points in a pair of losses. That’s right – Vesely had consecutive disappearing acts in which he produced next to nothing coming off the bench. He got a start in his next game, which is all you need to know about woeful, winless Washington.
TRILLION WATCH: Brooklyn Nets forward Josh Childress moved to the head of the class with an awesome 8 trillion featuring a minus-12 in Thursday’s nationally televised win over Boston. Childress may have the top spot for a while; aside from Quincy Pondexter’s staggering 11 million, last season’s “best” was an 8 trillion.
GAME OF THE WEEK: LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, Nov. 21. There is a school of thought that says the Clippers are the team the Thunder don’t want to see in the playoffs. The Clippers already have beaten Memphis, the LA Lakers, San Antonio and Miami, all on their own floor. This will be a true road test.
GAME OF THE WEAK: Cleveland at Orlando, Nov. 23. Yeah, you’re clear to hit the mall on Black Friday.