Ballin: Just because they need anybody to do something on offense, David West’s 30 points on 10-14 shooting in the Pacers’ win against the Wizards seems extra huge. Which therefore means that the 13 points and four rebounds he had in the fourth quarter are extra super good. That’s what the math says, anyways.
Not so much: Alternately, the Wizards remain the only winless team in the NBA, losing last night’s game to drop to a franchise-worst start of 0-9. Depending on how things go against the surprising Bobcats this Saturday, there’s a very real chance Washington could start the season 0-17, which would be just a game shy of the worst NBA start ever. I say go for it.
Icy veiny, part 1: Danilo Gallinari has had a terrible shooting year and is killing my fantasy team, but maybe this will get him back on track.
That shot ended the Grizzlies’ 8-game winning streak and will probably leave them falling from the No. 1 spot in all those power rankings that came out yesterday which are totally worthwhile.
Billy Baldwin: Which is more surprising — that the Bobcats are 5-4 (which they haven’t done since 2007-08) or the fact that they are 4-0 this season in games decided by four points or less? Trick question. The answer is that they are actually fun to watch.
Icy veiny, part 2: Oh Chris Paul, you are crafty.
You can’t play much better defense than Tony Parker played — and an offensive foul wouldn’t have been a horrendous call, even though I’d agree this is a “play on” situation — but it is just a matter of fact that great offense beats great defense.
Barf central: According to the AP recap, three players (Al Horford, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick) were sick heading in to last night’s Hawks-Magic game. They went a combined 10-26 with just 25 points, so I’ll believe it.
Elevation: David Lee had five shots blocked last night, giving him 27 blocks against for the season. He’s taken 160 shots, so that’s a solid 16 percent that he’s had thrown back in his face. Ball fake, maybe?
Pretzel Combos: Pay attention to this DeMarre Carroll-Jazz big man-Patrick Patterson combination for a second.
Nice inbounds play, with DeMarre Carroll hooking up the big guy Patrick Patterson was guarding for a dunk. Hope you liked it because a different variation on the same theme happened a couple plays later.
Contrasting: In the last five minutes of the Bucks’ loss to the Bobcats, former Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis went 2-2 from the line, 1-4 from the field (including a terrible three down two with five seconds remaining) and made a pass that led to a 13-foot jumper by Samuel Dalembert. Milwaukee scored six points during the final five minutes they were running things through Monta. In their overtime win against the Mavericks, current Warriors guard Stephen Curry had six points and three assists during Golden State’s extra period, contributing to all but two Warriors points in the final five minutes.
Other things: I am actually surprised that a person exists who is such a big Gregg Popovich fan that they would get a replica jersey made, but then would decide to put No. 69 on it … It was a broken finger fest last night, as we learned that both Kyrie Irving and Stephen Jackson will be missing time with non-displaced fractures … JaVale McGee really wants that offensive foul call … Some Air Force I popsicle molds, for the Nelly in you … Party at Robert Sacre’s house