What happened Saturday while you were setting your bracket on fire…
Bulls 98 Sixers 84: Welcome back, Derrick Rose. The Bulls snapped a ten game losing streak behind Rose, who Jrue Holiday couldn’t stop if he was Doctor Octupus.
The good news for the Sixers is Marreese Speights got some burn and showed up with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Speights deserves more time on the floor now that Philadelphia’s out of playoff contention. In January.
Raptors 100 Nets 90: Two bad defenses only combined for 190 points. Which means you had two teams misfiring. But Bosh was his usual brilliant self with 36 and Devin Harris was doing work. 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists for a point guard who may be on the market if the Nets land the #1 overall pick. That’s a bargain.
Courtney Lee can’t seem to stream any consistency together, which is a shame, because he’s got so much potential. Andrea Bargnani is the same, logging 5 points and 3 rebounds. Against literally any other team in the league that results in a loss.
Heat 77 Bobcats 71: The score will tell you something about this eye-gouger. If you liked the mid-90’s, this was the game for you. It was an offensive nightmare. Quentin Richardson led the Heat with 18 points, which he scored entirely in the first half.
The Bobcats shot .292.
Let’s all just pretend this game never happened. Deal?
Grizzlies 123 Warriors 107: A fun one, as you’d expect with the two teams involved, but too predictable with the complete lack of defense.
O.J. Mayo continues to illustrate within games that he can be a franchise player or a sixth man role player depending on the weather.
The Dubs were on a back to back, and when you have a bad defensive team that’s tired, easy losses pile up. The Grizzlies didn’t do that much right in this game, but avoided doing much wrong.
Celtics 102 Mavericks 93: Like we said, Rajon Rondo was the difference. He killed the Mavs. Both teams had trouble on the pick and pop. Boston showed too hard on J.J. Barea, allowing Nowitzki to kill from mid-range, while the Mavericks didn’t show enough and let Rondo get to the basket whenever he wanted.
Dallas gets tagged for not playing defense, but you always feel like they’ve got another gear behind it. Boston played great defense and the Mavericks still created good looks. Not just made shots, but good looks. This would be a fantastic Finals matchup.
Bucks 102 Nuggets 97: How bout those Bucks?
A back to back, on the road, against a playoff team, after playing the Kings in overtime the night before. And the Bucks lead for virtually the entire game.
The difference maker in this one was Ersan Ilyasova. The versatile big is capable of doing anything on the floor. In one extended fourth quarter sequence, he made a three pointer, made a sweet drive and dish, worked the high pivot, grabbed an offensive rebound, and made a delightful pound cake.
Birdman Anderson continues to be a defensive liability in any situation where he’s not simply jumping and blocking.
Jazz 106 Hornets 86: David West got ejected for a questionable flagrant foul 2 in the first half and that was pretty much that.
I miss Chris Paul, don’t you?