What happened to Sunday while you were filling out your brackets completely for fun with absolutely no wagers involved…
Cavs 104 Celtics 93: We already told you about the Celtics getting run around a bit, but I wanted to follow up with Antawn Jamison. Jamison finished with 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting which is terrible. But the number of looks he got at the rim which touched inside-iron and then rimmed or clanged out was pretty high. Those are shots he’s going to make in April and May, along with at least half of those six missed free throws.
Jamison tossed in 12 rebounds to boot part of a 51-43 advantage for the Cavs. He may not be showcasing the highlights, but he’s filling in the holes quite nicely.
Bucks 98 Pacers 94: Not televised, which is a shame since it sounds like it was fun. Plus, it was the one game a year where Solomon Jones is an actual storyline. Luke Ridnour had a good game, Solomon Jones led a comeback that failed.
Bobcasts 96 Magic 89: Throw Dwight Howard into the illustrious group of teams that refuse to admit the Bobcats shut ’em down. The Bobcats’ doubled hard and have the athletes to run off the three. No doubt the Magic had an off shooting night, but if there is a formula for beating the Magic, that’s it.
Doubling Howard forces him to make adjustments he’s not comfortable with and the Magic feast on the kick out and second rotation. But you have to run out effectively.
I’d love to give you some sort of insight on how Stephen Jackson dropped 28 on them but honestly it boggles the mind.
Heat 104 Sixers 91: Just so we can get this out there.
The Sixers lost to a Heat team without Michael Beasley (injury) and Jermaine O’Neal (ejection) and Dwyane Wade didn’t have to play in the fourth.
That my friends is a one-page recipe for Suck.
Jamal Magliore has flashes every now and again where he looks legit, like today in limited minutes. Go ahead and pencil in the Sixers for the best available point guard in the draft. Carlos Arroyo had 12 assists for crying out loud.
Thunder 119 Jazz 111: The Jazz for some reason did not play Kyle Korver much in their loss to the Bucks even though they needed a perimeter scorer to spread the floor. Then tonight they let him try and guard Kevin Durant for a bit.
Kyle Korver was then dragged to hell.
Westbrook and Durant scored 65 points on 33 shots. Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams brought it, but the Jazz lost in the paint which is insane because that’s where they should dominate. Serge Ibaka had 0 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, but of course there is no box score stat for “punking Carlos Boozer like a madman.”
Suns 120 Hornets 106: Amar’e Stoudemire is back, ladies and gentlemen. THAT Amar’e.
Stat has topped 30 points in four of the last five games and the one he didn’t he had 29. There was very little the Hornets could do in this one. It wasn’t even the usual Nash pick and roll slice and dice either. Stoudemire took whoever was defending off the dribble, got it in transition did the whole thing. A dominant Stoudemire is something for playoff teams to fear.
Blazers 109 Raptors 98: This was a Rudy Fernandez game. He dazzled in limited minutes the type of game that makes you wonder if he shouldn’t have more time on the floor. He lit up from the arc and made a big show with some dazzling assists.
The Raptors? I don’t want to say it again. Don’t make me say it again. There’s got to be a different way to say this.
Nope. Raptors can’t guard anyone. Or anything.
Kings 114 Wolves 100: Tyreke Evans had 29 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds.
Man if only the Wolves had gotten the #2 overall pick. Or hadn’t selected a point guard that prefers Spanish beaches and mild winters.