Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): When the Nets, Thunder and Warriors meet reality


What you missed while waiting in a very sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arise….

Heat 101, Nets 78: This was our Game of the Weekend, check out the details here.

Mavericks 99, Clippers 83: The Clippers just missed everything — they started the game 3-17, but they were outworking the Mavericks on the boards and stayed close. In the second half they just kept missing, with the team’s starters shooting 30 percent for the game. Give the Mavericks a little credit for their defense, but the Clips were just cold.

Meanwhile Dallas has the depth to just keep overwhelming the Clippers. Six Mavericks got into double figures but the catalyst was Caron Butler, who attacked and gut several Clippers into foul trouble. The one bright spot for Los Angeles was the spark rookie Eric Bledsoe brought off the bench — every Clipper reserve had a positive plus/minus. It was the starters the Mavericks easily outplayed.

Jazz 120, Thunder 99: Mild upset here thanks to the Jazz front line — Paul Millsap was a stud with 30 points and 16 boards, while Al Jefferson added 20 points and 10 boards. Just a rough outside shooting night for the Thunder, who shot 9-45 outside 10 feet for the game.

Lakers 107, Warriors 83: The Lakers gave Ron Artest the job of shutting down Monta Ellis, and it worked early as he was slowed allowing the Lakers to jump out to a 20 point lead after the first quarter. Lamar Odom was the other reason the Lakers jumped out — he has played very well early.

That was the ballgame, basically. The Lakers shot better than the Warriors, but also were more aggressive attacking the rim, got to the line more and grabbed the offensive rebounds. They simply dominated.

Ellis ended up with 20 points but needed 20 shots to get there. Which frankly was better than Artest, who chose tonight to return to his “I want to take a lot of bad shots” form. The Lakers easily overcame that, but it was entertaining.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.