Contrary to my prognostications, the Lakers rallied and won their first game since Kobe Bryant’s/LAL return. The Trail Blazers were the only team playing the first of back-to back games, so they were motivated to blast the Sixers, which they did. The Cavaliers put up a good fight against the Heat, which was good news for those banking on a big game from LeBron. Elsewhere, the biggest surprise was the Raptors’ easy win in Chicago over the Bulls. There are
With the exception of the Thunder destroying the Lakers, none of the games ended with a greater than ten point margin. In two high scoring games, the Rockets outlasted the Warriors and the Suns beat the Kings to earn important road wins. The Cavaliers, Bulls and Jazz also scored road wins. Tonight, there are eight games on NBA floors. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
Despite Blake Griffin’s/LAC bum ankle, he gave it a go against the Nets. The tired Clippers dug themselves a big hole, eventually letting the reserves play out the fourth quarter. Brooklyn took the win, but received bad news as Brook Lopez/BKN sustained an injury. If Lopez’s absence is lengthy, the Nets will be severely undersized in the paint. In the nightcap, Jeremy Lin/HOU returned and Dwight Howard/HOU and James Harden/HOU played well. However, the Rockets could not handle LaMarcus Aldridge/POR,
Oklahoma City and San Antonio continued their winning ways with road wins over weaker opponents. The Bucks were blasted so thoroughly by the Spurs in the first half that their starters were benched en masse in the second half. The Pelicans beat the Pistons in overtime and the Celtics fell to the Clippers. The Knicks built a large lead and held on for a win over the Bulls. The Timberwolves’ first half defense was abysmal: they fell behind early but
The odds are good that we saw a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. The Indiana Pacers used superior roster depth and the home crowd to win a close one over the Miami Heat. Kyrie Irving/CLE was unstoppable as the Cavaliers beat the Knicks. The Thunder continued their excellent run with a clinical defeat of the Hawks. The Bucks took advantage of the Noah-less Bulls to earn a low-scoring road victory. The Lakers lost their second straight with Kobe, this
The Clippers handled the Sixers as expected, but instead of an up tempo game we saw a more pedestrian effort as far as scoring was concerned. The Magic continued to scuffle as they lost to Memphis. Portland put in a solid road effort to beat Utah, while the Mavericks suffered a disappointing defeat to the new look Kings. Monday illustrated the importance of selecting players from games you think will be high scoring. The Wizards lost to the Nuggets by
Kobe Bryant’s/LAL return was spoiled by a superb performance by Amir Johnson/TOR and solid games from Kyle Lowry/TOR and DeMar DeRozan/TOR. Bryant is obviously not in game shape yet so it is too early to draw any conclusion about his effectiveness. LeBron James/MIA and Chris Bosh/MIA were solid and the Heat defeated the Pistons. The Knicks ended a string of very good games by getting thrashed on Sunday afternoon by the youthful Celtics. The Thunder took advantage of favorable circumstances
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