Darren Collison racked up a triple-double last night in New Orleans' win over Indiana. Ryan Schwan of Hornets247: "My favorite Collison moment of the game was during a brief close-up during an inbounds play, when TJ Ford was clutching and bumping him, hoping to slow him down so he couldn't get to the ball. For just a brief second, Collison cocked his head and gave Ford a look I can't call anything but a sneer. He knew TJ couldn't handle him. Crazy confidence."
Gregg Popovich has spoken frankly about how hard it's been this season to find the right combination for success. The Spurs took another one on the chin in Philadelphia last night. Timothy Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell on the Spurs' being stuck in neutral: "The San Antonio Spurs are the same curious lump of clay that began the season, more shapeless than molded, and more or less stuck with the same questions that hounded them back in October. And where they have answers (Will Richard Jefferson fit? Can they stay healthy?), there is cause for discouragement."
Antawn Jamison had an inauspicious debut for the Cavs in his hometown of Charlotte, going 0-12 from the field. John Krolik of Cavs: the Blog: "Since 86-87, 14 players have shot the ball 12 or more times without making a field goal. The last time it happened was in December 2008, when Vince Carter went 0-13 against the Raptors."
Here's an interesting bundle of data from SeatGeek TicketPulse measuring the best value tickets in the NBA. The report also tells you which stars spike ticket prices, and which second-half games will command the highest resale value.
It's difficult to get a sense of how much discomfort Brandon Roy is experiencing from his injured hamstring, how much discomfort the Trail Blazers' staff thinks Roy is experiencing, Roy's value on the floor at less than 100 percent and how substantial the rewards are for having him play. Portland Roundball Society tries to perform a cost-benefit analysis.
Who slowed down Carmelo Anthony in Washington last night? None other than Al Thornton. Although Thornton is a poor decision-maker as a rotator and help defender, he can be adequate -- and occasionally effective -- in one-on-one matchups, particularly against elite players. Guarding Melo, there are few decisions to make because the strategy is to stay home at all costs. That's beneficial for Thornton, whose usefulness as a player is inversely proportional to the complexity of the decisions he has to make on either end of the floor.
The Celtics turn the ball over at the highest rate in the league. They did a decent -- not great -- job last night in Portland protecting the ball. Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub: "When this team doesn’t turn the ball over, they can be so good on offense. It’s a shame they keep turning it over."
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the big three-way deal between Houston, Sacramento and New York? Francisco Garcia, who will start tonight at the 2 for the Kings against the Clippers.
It's worth remembering just how young LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are.
A snapshot of why the Nets are 5-50: "At the 3:05 mark DeMar DeRozan made a back door cut and was able to blow by Devin Harris on the right to get a wide open path to the basket along the strong side baseline. Josh Boone, Yi Jianlian, Terrence Williams and Keyon Dooling, the other four Nets players on the court at the time, all had their backs to DeRozan and seemed completely unaware that the play was either developing. It was such a shocking development for me that I rewatched the play a few more times and saw the same thing – outside of Devin Harris, who was able to foul DeRozan to prevent the dunk, I don’t think a single Net knew where the ball was – and if they did know where it was, they seemed completely disinterested in trying to be a help defender and either attempt to block the shot, draw a charge, or take DeRozan down to prevent the easy bucket. Four NBA players should not look so clueless on a play."