Thursday Bullets

  • Blake Griffin looks good against Tim Duncan. Gregg Popovich calls him "a monster."

  • How many players do NBA coaches typically use in a game. Almost always at least nine. Most commonly, ten.

  • Pistons rookie Deron Washington is something of a dunk machine. But a beat writer who covered him in college says that he can't even palm a basketball.

  • Matt McHale of By the Horns: "Joakim Noah continued his strong play with 14 points on nearly perfect 7-for-8 shooting to go along with 7 rebounds. His offense has looked really good the last couple games. Unless my eyes were deceiving me, he even stuck a jumper or two last night. He also didn’t have any blocked shots, which was weird. Okay, who is this guy and what has he done with Joakim?"

  • John Krolik, Cavs blogger, on Gilbert Arenas: "Yup, Gilbert’s back. Looks like Cavs-Wizards 4 might be in the works after all this post-season."

  • Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Michael Beasley was terrific, arguably as good as he's looked in a Heat uniform. He opened 6 of 7 from the field and had 20 points within the opening minutes of the third quarter. He scored on everything from a feathery jumper to an alley-oop from Mario Chalmers to several slashing assaults on the rim."

  • Can shoes make you run faster or jump higher? I think that would be very tough to prove, which is why you don't see shoe companies make that claim. Everyone hates to be accused of false advertising. But gosh ... this campaign comes extremely close to claiming that, doesn't it?

  • Not yet old: Steve Nash. Mike Schmitz of Valley of the Suns: "Nash was MVSteve tonight, posting 23 points and 15 assists on 10-for-16 shooting in a team-high 33 minutes. He showed that he can still fill it up and dish it out with the best of them, and do it as efficiently as any point guard in the NBA. Just look at his numbers post All-Star break last season: 19.2 ppg and 9.7 apg on 55 percent from the field and 47 percent behind the arc. Nash still has it."

  • Early worries about Andre Miller fitting in with Brandon Roy.

  • Kevin Durant was plus-9 against the Heat last night. If he can keep that up, we can move quickly into "can you believe anyone ever worried about this guy" mode.

  • President Mutombo.

  • Howard Wasserman on Sports Law Blog, the court granting Chris Bosh all those URLs: "That's an interesting remedy. But I wonder if the court actually could grant this. After all, Bosh is not injured because Zavala owned britneyspears.com."

  • Stiff an NBA player overseas, and Congress may have something to say about it.

  • Truth About It, trying to love Andray Blatche: "Yes, Blatche had a bounce-back ’statistical’ game with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to only 3 fouls and 1 turnover. And I don’t want to come down too hard on the guy … I did see several good things from him. But still, it’s the little things that continue to frustrate me — Andray reaches too much when he’s guarding the ball. He needs to better keep his balance/position and move his feet instead of becoming an AAU-style matador. He also closes out on shooters at bad angles. He doesn’t break down into a defensive stance enough when playing the drive against non-shooting big men when they’re away from basket. And finally, over and over, Blatche falls for pump fakes. Discipline my friend, discipline."

  • Has Luc Richard Mbah a Moute earned a starting spot in Milwaukee? How about Hakim Warrick?

  • Jazz big man Paul Millsap is richer because of an off-season free agent offer he got from the Blazers. He says that when he sees the Blazer front office next week, he should give them all a hug.

  • Knick Larry Hughes is not optimistic he'll ever see Knick LeBron James.

  • The Blowtorch: "I learned a lot of things about Pau. For instance, he shaves hourly. His 'beard' just grows back that fast."