10 Fun Facts From Last Night’s NBA Games

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Phoenix Suns vs Maccabi HaifaThe first day of November featured 26 NBA teams in action in 13 games, 10 of which were decided by single digits. Three teams won by three points or less, and one game went to overtime.

There were game-winning 3-pointers, stunning upsets and uncharacteristically poor performances by some of the best players in the world. Here’s what you need to know about what transpired on November 1.

1. With a 101-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat have dropped to 1-2. It’s the first time since Jan. 10, 2013 that the Heat have lost consecutive games and the first time since Oct. 26, 2010—the Big Three’s first game together—that Miami is below .500. Did we mention that it’s only been three games?

2. During the Nets’ win over the Heat, LeBron James was 2-of-8 with three turnovers when Paul Pierce was the primary defender and 9-of-11 with two turnovers when he wasn’t.

3. Kevin Durant scored 13 points in 27 minutes during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-81 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was his lowest scoring output in a game in which he played at least 27 minutes since December 19, 2009.

4. Kevin Love (24 points, 12 rebounds), Nikola Pekovic (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Ricky Rubio (14 points, 10 assists) all recorded double-doubles for the Timberwolves. It’s the first time that all three have recorded double-doubles in the same game.

5. Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers has two career games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both of those performances were against the Denver Nuggets, with the second coming last night. The former Marquette star scored 21 points and grabbed 12 boards in a 113-98 win.

6. Sacramento Kings backup point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the line. Starter Greivis Vasquez had eight points on 2-of-5 shooting.

7. Milwaukee Bucks reserve center Zaza Pachulia scored 20 points for the first time since April 10, 2007. That 2007 game was against the Boston Celtics—the same squad he torched last night.

8. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points during the Toronto Raptors’ 102-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Dating to 2012-13, DeRozan has topped 30 points in three of his past five games.

9. Xavier Henry of the Los Angeles Lakers required nine stitches to cover up a cut on his forehead.

10. Eric Bledsoe hit his first career game-winner to give the Phoenix Suns an 87-84 win over the Utah Jazz. Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock.

Bonus Fact: Both the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers are now 2-0.


Maxwell Ogden is a regular contributor to SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter.


The Numbers Say… Favors Worth the Money; Lin perfect for Rockets; Center position is not dead

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favorsThe Utah Jazz have signed power forward Derrick Favors to a four-year contract extension worth $49 million. Favors, 22, was selected No. 3 overall in the 2010 NBA draft and was a critical piece in the infamous Deron Williams trade between Utah and the Brooklyn Nets.

There’s undeniable reason for skepticism, but the numbers say that Favors is worth the long-term investment.

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PODCAST: Thunder will be haunted again by Harden trade

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James Harden cropEver heard of the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City?

It is haunted, and a good number of NBA players have reported paranormal activity while staying there.

You know what else in Oklahoma City is haunted? The Thunder.

And you know why?

Because of the monumental act of stupidity known as the James Harden trade. That haunting will carry into the upcoming NBA season, and the Thunder will be nowhere near the top of the West, I state in this podcast with Sam Mayes and Colby Daniels of 107.7 The Franchise in OKC.

While you are listening, give a read to this column on the Thunder by Chris Bernucca. Safe to say he is not particularly fond of Clay Bennett.


Tweet of the Day: Players Take Issue with ESPN’s #NBARank


Anytime expert analysts and writers are tasked with ranking the competitors within their industry, unless it is based solely on statistics and analytics, people will always find fault with them.

Such is life.

No one can perfectly judge a group of individuals—much less 500 of them—when weighing their value, ability, talent and skill when using a blend of factual numbers and subjective opinions and biases.

Yet, that seems to be the expectation.

Once again, while compiling its complete 1-500 NBA preseason player rankings, the four-letter network has people complaining.

Entering his 18th NBA season having finished second in total points at the age of 34 and coming off of a ruptured Achilles, Kobe Bryant was ranked 25th among all active players.

His ranking places him just behind Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh, which might be perceived as an insult by some.

Certainly, it ruffled the feathers of a few NBA players.

NBA Players’ Response and Support for Adrian Peterson

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Adrian PetersonThere are many tragedies in life that many hope to never have to experience.

One of the saddest realities in life is that of a parent outliving their child.

There are also many things—evil, terrible things—that no one should ever have to bear in life.

The worst of which, perhaps for a parent, is harm inflicted on their child at the hands of a criminal—whether verbal, physical or sexual abuse or even abduction or death. The burden of knowing that your child suffered such trauma is immediate cause for pain, sorrow and anger and can leave scars that can take years to heal.

Sadly, such tragedy struck the family of Adrian Peterson, 2012 NFL MVP and star running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson’s two-year-old son, who had been in critical condition since Wednesday, died Friday due to wounds inflicted by the man in whose care he had been entrusted—his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson.

Patterson is in custody and will face felony charges. Peterson and his family, meanwhile, are faced with the difficult task of grieving a loss is incomprehensible.

Several NBA athletes took to Twitter to pour out their heartfelt and sincere condolences.

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