Friday night saw an inordinate number of blowouts, but that changed last night. Most of the games stayed close well into the fourth quarter. The Pacers held a 22-point lead over the Spurs entering the final frame and held on for the win. LeBron James/MIA dominated all aspects of the Heat-Wolves game and Golden State’s shooters got hot and the Grizzlies couldn’t keep up. Detroit took advantage of Luol Deng’s/CHI injury and outmuscled the Bulls to earn a precious road win 92-75. The seemingly invincible Trail Blazers lost a close one to the visiting Mavericks. Sunday sees a lighter schedule with one early game and four evening tilts. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Tim Duncan Joins 24k Club, Monta Ellis Beats the Buzzer, 4th Eastern Conference Team Hits .500
For all of the attention that was given to a wild day of college football, the NBA offered its fair share of excitement on Saturday, December 7. From buzzer-beaters to legendary feats, there was a little bit of everything on this day of professional basketball.
Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s action.
A little more than a month has passed in the NBA season, but it seems like we’ve already had a full year of distractions, both good and bad. Portland great; Indiana even better. The Knicks and Nets taking turns who’s bad and who’s worse. Kobe close to returning; Rose out for the year. Dwayne Wade hurting; the Atlantic Division hurting even more.
Meanwhile, the last team other than the Miami Heat to win a championship is quietly turning into a solid team, which is interesting for two reasons.
1. How is it that anything Mark Cuban owns is quiet?
2. After winning their first title, the Mavericks took such an unusual approach in trying to win a second.
Roy Hibbert would win the majority of physical challenges he enters.
Perhaps that’s why the Indiana Pacers center is recruiting his teammates to compete on a “Tough Mudder” obstacle course.
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) December 7, 2013
We all know Hibbert is one of the most gifted big men in the NBA with both his basketball ability and his excellent physical condition. But these training courses aren’t just about physicality, mental strength is important, too.
As described on its website, “Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.”
It’s strange that Hibbert feels this would be beneficial to the Pacers, who have their best start in franchise history with a 17-2 record.
Maybe he’s on to something, a little team building never hurt anyone. If one of the best players on one of the best teams says this is worth a shot, let’s go all in.
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Let me explain.
Let’s start out with a simple question:
Does anyone still take the Clippers seriously as Western Conference favorites? We’ve seen this act before: Chris Paul and Lob City put up highlights every night and make fans drool over the thought of a potential star-studded Heat-Clippers Final.
When the playoffs eventually come around, however, the Clippers recede back to looking like the fourth- or fifth best team in a loaded Western Conference. Sure, they pushed the Grizzlies to seven games last year. However, if you think DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin can effectively defend top-ranked opponents for an entire postseason, I’d like to invite you to play a quick game of “Name That Big Man.”