Monday, February 15, 2010
Post-All-Star Game Bullets
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Matthew Bunch of Hot Hot Hoops: "Dwyane Wade is a guy who looks like and sounds like he wants to win sooooooo bad, it hurts to watch him struggle. That’s why Sunday night was so satisfying. He glided across that court, surrounded by an exorbitant amount of people in Jerry Jones’ testament to his self-confidence issues. He melded with the talent around him, dishing when needed then turning into Mr. Big Shot when it mattered. When he wants to win, and he has the tools around him, he finds a way, even in a pointless exhibition."
- John Krolik of Cavs: the Blog: "Biggest TV in the history of the known universe, and Deron Williams still couldn’t see the score." After watching the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony and Usher's performance last night, Krolik also presents a strong case for lip-synching.
- Krai Charuwatsuntorn of ClipperBlog puts Chris Kaman's All-Star appearance into the broad context of Clipper history ... and developmental genetics.
- Interesting parallel by Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic between Major League Baseball's All-Star game, the NBA's mid-season exhibition and the different dynamics that govern each game at the highest level: "The MLB All-Star game never had a problem with effort because baseball isn’t a game which allows for much variation in a player’s effort. If a pitcher pitches at 70% of his capability, he’ll get hammered no matter who he is and nobody wants to get embarrassed. Same goes for a batter because nobody likes to strike out."
- Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse catches up with Dolph Schayes, who scored the first basket in NBA All-Star history.
- At Basketball Prospectus, Bradford Doolittle and Kevin Pelton take inventory of the League at the Break.
- Zach Lowe, Cliché Watchdog.
- Caron Butler and Josh Howard: two completely different guys.
- Skeets & Tas enlist NBA All-Stars to help them get out of the doghouse for skipping town on Valentine's Day.
- Like most of the undercard in Dallas, the H.O.R.S.E. competition was underwhelming, but Royce Young of Daily Thunder was sufficiently entertained -- and not by the trick shot attempts: "I don’t know if anyone can make a 30-foot jumper look so silky. Durant’s first shot was literally feathered in. I’ve never been that close to his jumper, but you really have to admire the rotation on his shot. It’s absolutely textbook. It couldn’t be more perfect. I know everyone watches HORSE for trick shots and crazy attempts, but honestly, I don’t know if anything is more entertaining than watching Durant chuck jumpers. It’s just pure."
- For all the hand-wringing over the Magic's bumpy ride, Orlando enters the second half of the season with the NBA's third-best record, behind only Cleveland and the Lakers. What to look for as the Magic makes its playoff push.
- Up against the Winter Games, All-Star Saturday Night lost viewers from last year's festivities. Ratings returned to 2008 levels.