Tweet of the Night: Jay Williams questions no technical call against Warriors in final seconds against Dallas

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curryIt was one of those nights for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks: turnovers, turnovers, and turnovers.

Curry has been one of the best point guards in the league this season – arguably just behind Chris Paul as the very best in the league. He is third in the league in assists with 8.9 and leads all point guards in scoring with 23.6 points. Ironically, his biggest issue thus far has been his tendency to turn the ball over at an extremely high rate at times. He is second in the league among all starting point guards with 3.8 turnovers per game, and had another dreadful game in that department against Dallas with eight turnovers.

No matter.

Tweet of the Night: Jay Williams reacts to ugly game between Knicks and Nets

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Carmelo_AnthonyDespite holding a combined record of 8-26 heading into Thursday’s game on TNT, a crosstown “rivals” matchup between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets was a must-watch.

No one expected these two teams to be as bad as they have been over the first month of the season, but various factors – primarily injuries and adjusting to some new faces – have turned them into the laughingstocks of the league.

Someone still had to win the game, and the Knicks took charge of this one quickly in the second half to embarrass the Nets 113-83. All the shots that wouldn’t fall for New York during its nine-game losing streak finally went through the net, as the team shot an impressive 16-27 from beyond the arc. Brooklyn did little to stop the barrage, repeatedly leaving shooters wide open.

Too often through much of the season, the ball stuck to one player for the Knicks. Against the porous defense of the Nets, they moved the ball freely and managed 24 assists and 12 turnovers, with six players in double figures. It would be the Nets who refused to make simple passes and resorted to one stubborn isolation play after another, evidenced by 11 assists and 16 turnovers. It was truly an ugly style of play, and the game quickly got out of reach by the time it got to the fourth quarter.  

NBA players react to Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins’ first game against each other

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Andrew WigginsIt was a big night for college basketball and general managers around the NBA, as Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins – two of the biggest prizes for the upcoming summer’s draft – went head to head against each other in a much anticipated contest between Kansas and Duke on Tuesday.

With expectations sky high, the two made sure no one left disappointed.

Parker scored 19 points in the first half, including this impressive dunk, to capture much of the attention and finished with 27 points, nine rebounds and four steals. It would be Wiggins, though, that  took over in the second half, scoring 16 of his 22 points to go with 10 rebounds to help his team to a 94-83 victory.

Tweet of the Night: Jay Williams says Kobe would leave Lakers as a free agent if they aren’t contenders

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KobeKobe Bryant has never known any team other than the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his career in Los Angeles as a teenager, and only once did he flirt with the idea of switching jerseys during his 17-year career.

The guard has said throughout the latter part of his career that he would remain a Laker for life, but you never know how things can turn out in the NBA. This is the final year of Bryant’s current contract, where he will earn a whopping $30 million. Beyond that? No one can really say for sure because he is in the process of trying to come back from a devastating Achilles injury – something not many players have been successful at doing. We all know that if there is anyone that can successfully come back from it, it’s him.

Tweet of the Night: Jay Williams has a positive message for Lamar Odom

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Lamar OdomAt this point, most are aware of the fact that former NBA forward Lamar Odom has been dealing with drug issues and is likely in need of help and support from those that know and are around him. Those on the outside may judge him in a negative light – how can someone so successful take the things he has for granted to this extent and jeopardize everything over drugs?

The truth about Odom’s situation appears to be more than trivial when you look over everything the man has had to endure over the years. Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles wrote an emotional piece about the forward that provided a sense of why things seem to be spiraling out of control for him:

As Lee Jenkins wrote poignantly in a 2009 Sports Illustrated profile:

“The happiest Laker is one whose father was addicted to heroin; whose mother died of colon cancer when he was 12; who attended three high schools; had his first college scholarship revoked before the fall of his freshman year; became a subject of three college investigations; declared for the NBA draft; tried unsuccessfully to pull out of the draft; was picked by arguably the worst franchise in sports; violated the league’s antidrug policy twice within eight months; and, after finally getting his life together, went home to New York City for an aunt’s funeral and wound up burying his 6 1/2-month-old son, Jayden, then getting robbed at gunpoint.”