Tag: Chris Bosh

Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

Sunday night winners and losers: Boogie wonderland


It’s a make or miss league. With that comes the simple fact every night in the NBA there are winners and there are losers.

In this new column at PBT, five nights a week we will lay out the nights winners and losers in NBA action for you — not just the teams and on the scoreboard, but in every facet of the game. No better time to start than on an interesting opening night.

source:  DeMarcus Cousins and the surprisingly entertaining Kings. Fresh off a win over the Trail Blazers, the Kings were impressive again in a road win against the Clippers. Cousins was dominant, with 34 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks, and Rudy Gay had another excellent game. But most impressive of all was the job Darren Collison did on Chris Paul defensively. The West is too deep for Sacramento to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs, but they’re starting to look like a basketball team for the first time in several years, which is good to see.

source:  Miami’s big two. The Heat are the only undefeated team left in the Eastern Conference, picking up a 107-102 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. We knew they would be playing with a chip on their shoulders, but there have been plenty of questions about the health of Dwyane Wade and the readiness of Chris Bosh to step into the role of first option. So far, so good on both fronts. Bosh has been phenomenal since the start of the season, and finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Wade was terrific too, logging 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks against Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas. Time will tell whether he can stay on the floor, but Heat fans have to be encouraged by the post-LeBron era so far.

source:  Damian Lillard. The Blazers have a lot of things to blame for their 95-90 loss to the Warriors, with late-game turnovers chief among them. But Lillard has been terrible. He shot 1-for-7 from three-point range on Sunday and 4-for-18 from the field overall. He’s missing a lot of shots he normally makes, so you have to think the stroke will come back eventually and this is just some early-season rust. The Blazers need Lillard to be the player he was last year if they hope to take the next step as playoff contenders.

source:  Carmelo Anthony. Melo’s 28 points helped the Knicks to a 96-93 win over the Hornets, but it wasn’t just his numbers. He made the two game-clinching plays down the stretch. He hit a contested jump shot with just over a minute to go that broke a 93-93 tie and gave New York the lead for good. Then, he secured the rebound with less than a second to go when Kemba Walker missed a jumper, sealing the win.

source:  The Raptors at the foul line. As a team, Toronto missed 15 free throws on Sunday, going just 24-for-39 from the line. Lou Williams missed both of his free throws near the beginning of the quarter, and Kyle Lowry missed two of three with 1:49 remaining. Lowry missed six foul shots on the night and DeMar DeRozan missed five.

Wednesday night’s NBA winners, losers: Chris Bosh wants you to know he is a No. 1 option

Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while watching the Giants beat the way more fun Royals…

source:  Chris Bosh, Miami Heat. On the first play of the first real game for the Heat without LeBron James, Miami looked confused and out of sync in their offensive set, so when they needed to be bailed out of the possession right before the 24 second clock expired they threw the ball to their new max-contract player — Bosh. Who drained a corner three. All night looked like a guy who is a legit No. 1 option, scoring 26 points on 50 percent shooting (3-of-4 from three) plus pulling down 18 rebounds. If you thought he forgot how to play in the post, you should have seen him school Marcin Gortat. The Heat caught a depleted Wizards roster, they needed to take advantage, and Bosh was the guy that made sure they did.

source:  Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets. The man is earning those big checks… okay, he’s not getting the big checks from his new four-year, $48 million extension yet (next season) but come crunch time he played like a guy who earned it. The Hornets came out in the sweet teal uniforms on the sweet honeycomb court and shot poorly despite some good looks, which is why they were down 24 in the third quarter. Those misses including Walker, he shot 34.6 percent on the night. He took 26 shots to get his 26 points on the night, but when they needed him to force overtime…

And then when they need a game winner in OT… it’s all Walker again.

source:  Milwaukee Bucks. Loser seems harsh here, you can say this is a learning experience for a young team, if you want. But the Bucks were up 24 points in the third quarter and lost this game. For more than a half they looked like the fun, athletic, young team that we all hope they can become, led by Brandon Knight with 22 points (on 29 percent shooting) and 13 assists. But when the Hornets started to hit their shots and crank up their defense the Bucks struggled — in the final 23 minutes of the game (from the midway point of the third quarter) the Bucks shot 39.4 percent and had 9 turnovers. Rough.

source:  The Portland Trail Blazers. In Portland they believe this Trail Blazers team can take a step forward off the 54 wins and second round of the playoffs they reached last year. Most of the basketball world isn’t as sold. But one of the keys to winning big in the NBA is take advantage when you get team that’s shorthanded — like the Thunder right now. Portland opened the season with a quality 106-89 win. Russell Westbrook had 38 points but only 2 in the forth quarter for the Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points, Wesley Matthews had 22 points and was 5-of-9 from three.

source:  Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers. For the second night in a row he’s put up pretty good if inefficient numbers — 31 points, on 11-of-25 shooting, he hit a couple of threes, had a few assists. Again he played as well as one should expect, and again the Lakers got crushed (119-99 to Phoenix). Why he gets on this side of the ledger is how frustrated he is just two games into the season. See for yourself.

Carmelo Anthony has cameo in latest “Sons of Anarchy” (VINE)

Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

“We got a call.”

And with that, Carmelo Anthony’s acting career was launched. (Actually, it was already launched on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, but you get the idea.)

What you see above is a six-second clip (thank you VINE) of the latest episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” a show that a number of my friends love (and are sad it is in its last season) but honestly not one I’ve watched any of. It’s on my list of things to get to, right after The Wire, which I have yet to start. Anyway, Anthony plays a knife-wielding henchman (other clips show the knife, check out Posting and Toasting). He makes a good henchmen… well, not on the court but off it.

Wednesday night the Knicks tip-off the season and the question there is what role will Anthony play in the triangle: Ball stopping, volume-shooting forward or ball-moving, in-the-flow team leader? Phil Jackson cast him as the latter, but we shall see.