The only logical reason not to join tonight’s Sheridan Hoops Freeroll would be a dislike of free money. It’s fun just to play, there is absolutely no cost and 15 people will win cash. First prize is $100, second is $60 and third $30. More details on Page 4, but first we look at what happened last night in the NBA and what might happen in a dozen Friday games.
February 28 Game Recaps
LAC @ IND: Steph who? Chris Paul reminded everyone that he is still the best point guard in the business, with 29 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds against the league’s best defense. Blake Griffin (18 PTS, 14 REB) was also impressive and new papa Jamal Crawford celebrated with 23 off the bench. Roy Hibbert (suspension) was missed, as Ian Mahinmi (5 PTS, 5 REB, 2 BLK in 25 minutes) wasn’t a huge factor. David West (22 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST) and Paul George (20 PTS, 5 AST, 4 REB) led the Pacers, while Danny Granger (12 PTS in 19 minutes) had his best game yet, but nobody could stop CP3.
PHI @ CHI: We told you Joakim Noah was going to be good, but never expected 11 blocks. 23 points and 21 rebounds made it one of the most impressive triple-doubles of the entire season. Taj Gibson (knee) is out for a while, so Carlos Boozer (21 PTS, 12 REB) is playing more minutes than usual. Kirk Hinrich (15 PTS, 6 AST, 2 BLK) managed to keep Jrue Holiday (22 PTS. 3 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL) somewhat under control; Spencer Hawes (20 PTS, 15 REB, 2 BLK) was the only other 76er to score more than 12 points. Coach Doug Collins is frustrated and openly complaining, never a good sign. Andrew Bynum (knees) has yet to play this season, and there’s an increasing possibility that he will be shut down, but he does lead the league in ill-advised hairstyles.
MIN @ LAL: It’s bad to worse for the Timberwolves. Andrei Kirilenko (calf) didn’t play, then Nikola Pekovic left early with an abdominal strain. The Lakers toyed with them; Kobe Bryant (33 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL) played less than 32 minutes and Dwight Howard (11 PTS, 13 REB, 4 BLK) didn’t have to do much more. Garbage time arrived early, so Steve Blake (13 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST in 25 minutes) enjoyed his best game of the year, Antawn Jamison (17 PTS, 8 REB) played 26 minutes, Jodie Meeks (16 PTS, 3 REB) hit four 3-pointers and even the third-stringers got some exercise. J.J. Barea (20 PTS, 5 AST, 4 REB) and Luke Ridnour (19 PTS, 4 AST, 3 BLK) had nice fantasy lines for Minnesota and Ricky Rubio (13 PTS, 13 AST, 8 REB) didn’t miss a triple-double by much.