What you missed while undergoing virtual dolphin therapy…
Boston’s defense setting records against the Milwaukee offense was our game of the night.
Warriors 100, Timberwolves 77: Kevin Love’s double-double streak comes to an end — he scored just 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting (he still had 12 boards). Against the usually soft-in-the-middle Warriors. Did not see that coming, but credit David Lee with his second consecutive strong effort in the paint on defense. (Also, Love also was just off.) The Wolves were terrible on offense against one of the worst defenses in the league, shooting 36.6 percent. Michael Beasley was 5-for-12, Wes Johnson 1-for-9. On the other side the Warriors were not great but they did not have to be, they were good enough with Stephen Curry scoring 24.
Thunder 95, Cavaliers 75: OKC was in charge of this one from the opening tip and without Baron Davis the Cavs had no answer. The Thunder’s talent overwhelmed the Cavs as evidenced by Russell Westbrook’s 12 straight points in the third quarter. Not much to say, the Thunder were that good and the Cavs where that bad.
Bobcats 95, Raptors 90: D.J. Augustin came off the high pick of Boris Diaw and drove into the teeth of what passes for the Raptors defense all game long, especially in crunch time, and dominated the game. Diaw was 7-for-9 shooting, Gerald Henderson hit 7-of-13 shots for 18 points.
Magic 111, Suns 88: Without Steve Nash the Suns offense isn’t good. Their defense is never all that good. The result was Dwight Howard dominating the Suns front court with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 15 rebounds and five blocks, plus six other Magic players in double figures. Without Nash the Suns had no way of matching that firepower.
Pacers 106, Knicks 93: After six losses in a row and desperately trying to hold on to the eighth spot in the East after a Bobcat win earlier in the day, this was a huge desperation with for the Pacers. They did it without Danny Granger (and the Knicks lost with Chauncey Billups back). Indiana raced out to a first quarter first quarter lead as they knocked down 62 percent of their shots while the Knicks started out 1-8 from downtown (a key shot for their offense). Tyler Hansbrough had 13 in the third quarter when the Pacers took over.
Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.
Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.
Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.
“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.
“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”
This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.
It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.
Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.
Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.
A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.