This may be my favorite dunk of the young season — Rudy Gay gets around LeBron James off the dribble, goes through pretty much the entire Heat defense and throws it down.
Gay had 21 points in this one and the Grizzlies showed how good they can be — Zach Randolph had 18 points on the inside, Wayne Ellington had 25 and knocked down 7 three-pointers, and then there was Gay slashing to the rim. The Heat defense has not been sharp this young season (not that it has mattered much) but the Grizzlies really exposed it for a night.
Rockets’ Clint Capela on Warriors: ‘I expect to beat them’
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
Watch Pacers fan boo Paul George during introductions (video)