Looks like this rumored deal between the Maloofs and the Seattle investors group is finally getting somewhere. I know how much this sucks for Sacramento, but frankly, right now I’m happier for Seattle, where one of the NBA’s most loyal fanbases was betrayed five years ago.
Are the Lakers finally on the right track now? Two big wins over Utah and Oklahoma City has the team clicking both offensively and defensively. To top it off, Kobe Bryant (28) has more assists than Steve Nash (7). That’s 14 assists in each of the 2 games, including some absolutely beautiful ones like this.
Don’t look now, but the San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the league. They’re currently on pace for 62.8 wins for the season, which is a higher percentage than last season’s lockout-shortened 50-16. Would you also know that they’re on an 8-game winning streak? They’ve also won their last 16 at home. SIXTEEN. The Spurs haven’t lost a home game since falling to the Clippers on November 19 (they’re 20-2 at home so far this season, also tops in the NBA).
J.J. Redick was absolutely on fire Sunday vs. Detroit in the first half, with 21 points including six 3-pointers. Unfortunately, he cooled off considerably in the second half with only 10 points and the Magic couldn’t pull off the win. What a last possession it was for Orlando, though. In the Pistons’ win, Brandon Knight also quietly had a career game.
Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL. That’s never good. Whatever hopes the Boston Celtics had for this already-disappointing season is fading fast.
Nicolas Batum recorded two triple-doubles this week, the first two of his career. I’m glad he’s proving his off-season skeptics wrong. He’s a great kid who’s doing everything he can to help the team win, which includes improving his playmaking and passing ability. He was kind of a non-factor Sunday night against the L.A. Clippers, but I’ll write that off as fatigue on the second night of a back-to-back.
During one of Batum’s triple-double games, Jordan Crawford did this. Listen to how heartbroken the Blazers’ announcers sounded. Oh, the agony of defeat.
Toronto won a game on Thursday on a buzzer-beater for the first time since 2006 on this incredible DeMar DeRozan jumper. The basketball gods apparently don’t like it when anything lucky goes Toronto’s way, so, to maintain the balance of things, this happened the next game on Saturday.
Speaking of last-second game-winners, here’s one by Gerald Henderson. Yes, the Bobcats, of all teams. Poor Minnesota. They played a great defensive possession, only to fall to a ridiculous shot like that. I had them as a lock for the playoffs this year, but alas, I guess that’s not to be. I really hope they get their injury issues worked out, though, because they’re an incredibly fun team to watch.
That’s it for this week. Due to my obligations as a full-time college student, I will have to limit my posts to two per week from now on. One will be a weekly recap of interesting moments, starting from this one. I’m not exactly sure what to do with the other yet, but it should be either a mid-week review or a “best GIFs and images of the week” compilation (or something of the sort). I will continue to write editorials for Yahoo! Contributor Network from time to time, so stay tuned for those.