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Another mention goes to Anthony Morrow of the New Jersey Nets. On Friday night he had 42 points against, again, the Minnesota Timberwolves. But as I wrote already, this year Minnesota is a tough team to play against and the Nets ended up losing this one by three, 108-105.
Quote of the week: Blake Griffin
“It’s the timing of when I got the pass and the late rotation. If all that comes together at the right time, then those things happen. It’s not like I caught the ball and thought, ‘OK, let’s go make something happen.’ It just came together and, fortunately, we got it.” (nba.com)
Looks like for Blake Griffin only the sky can be the limit, literally. On Monday night the Los Angeles Clippers beat the team with the best record in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Blake Griffin had 22 points and, another, monster dunk, this time on Kendrick Perkins, who is neither the smallest nor the softest guy in the league. Words, however, this time are not enough… Check out this video:
Stat of the week: 6522 assists (Steve Nash)
With 6522 assists Steve Nash has became the Phoenix Suns’all-time leader in assists, passing Kevin Johnson (6518). The Canadian is in the NBA since the 1996-97 season and has played 1109 games so far, averaging 14.6 points and 8.5 assists per game.
Steve Nash is sixth in the NBA all-time leaders in total assist. The player ranked first is John Stockton, with 15806 assists in his career, a number unreachable for any other player so far, considering that Jason Kidd, presumably almost at the end of his career, has achieved 11660 assists.
In the 120-103 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Steve Nash, who was not even 100 percent due to a bruised thigh, also added 30 points in less than 30 minutes on the floor.
Hint of the week
Even the NBA stops when it is Super Bowl time. The NBA schedule had only two games on Sunday and both ended way before the NFL final, this year held in Indianapolis. Not even Christmas has this power on the NBA.
Even though the NBA Finals are very fascinating, for me they are even better than the Super Bowl, more people prefer to watch the final act of the football championship. Why?
It might just be that people like American football more than basketball. But one reason might be the different calender. Thee NBA season has, usually, 82 games and the playoffs are best-of-seven series.
Every NFL team, on the other end, plays 16 games every season and every playoff round has just one game.
Could it be that this system makes every match a little bit more unique and interesting for the people?
NBA All-Star Feb 24-26, Orlando
The NBA has revealed who the starters, voted by the fans,in the All-Star Game will be. The All-Star Weekend will be in Orlando this year, home of the Orlando Magic. It is the first year since 2003 that the All-Star is held from one of the Easter Conference team.
Eastern Conference: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic).
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers).
The first eight teams of each conference go to the playoffs.
“Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team with the next best regular-season record, with the seeding of these four teams determined by regular-season record. The playoffs seedings of Teams 5 to 8 are based upon regular-season record.” (nba.com)
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