Saturday, January 9, 2010
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Andrew Bogut had one of those nights that makes you say, "Oh, I can see why this guy was a number one pick.” As Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball describes, the uber-competitive Bogut Friday night traded blows with Brad Miller and even yelled at the Spalding.
- In Portland, there's nothing like a little schadenfreude watching a certain superstar struggle. Andrew R. Tonry of Portland Roundball Society: "There's something rather sublime about watching Kobe Bryant struggle. And Friday night, there was a wealth of opportunities. After missing a free throw to the crowd's raucous delight, Bryant wildly pressed Brandon Roy full court only to end up with a frustration foul. A few plays later he bobbled what should've been an easy catch out of bounds. Grown men in the crowd are hugging."
- The absence of Pau Gasol has been devastating to the Lakers over the past week or so. Brian Kamenetzky of Land o' Lakers: "With Pau Gasol on the sidelines, the last three games have shown stronger signs of a Lakers team slipping back into 'Save us Kobe! Mode,' too willing to defer to Bryant."
- Baron Davis says that sporting a beard is one thing, but maintaining it is an entirely different matter: "If you're going to trim your beard yourself, you'll need the right tools."
- As of this morning, the Western Conference has 11 teams over .500, while the Eastern Conference has only six. Steve Perrin of Clips Nation says that the League should retool the playoff brackets:"[A]t some level it's totally illogical NOT to have the best 16 teams playing in the postseason."
- It's fair to classify Cleveland as an elite defensive unit. But they're vulnerable against scoring point guards when Delonte West isn't on the floor, as John Krolik of Cavs the Blog explains.
- When Phoenix went to a zone to slow down a scorching Dwyane Wade, the rest of the Heat capitalized on their opportunities and drained shots.
- How Andrea Bargnani is like those old "Less Filling, Tastes Great!" ads. Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic expands on the newfound intensity the Raps are bringing to the court.
- Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm on the virtues of playing in a small market. For one, teammates are much more likely to hang out with one another away from the gym.
- In the second half in their loss to Washington, the Magic got away from their patented brand of inside-out/pick-and-pop ball. Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: "I don't recall Orlando playing this much one-on-one ball since Brian Hill ran isolation plays for Grant Hill in that ill-fated 2007 season."
- Feels strange to say it, but the Memphis Grizzlies are one tough bunch.
- The Hawks have been cratering, but they got off the mat Friday night to beat Boston. Bret LaGree of Hoopinion enumerates the many reasons Atlanta won, but "[w]hichever perspective one gives greatest weight as to the reasons for it, the result itself was unimpeachable."