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 inventing a robot that plays beer pong….
Nicolas Batum. Not for what the Blazers guard did in the team’s win over Miami (8 points and 0-4 from three) but for his pregame warmup shirt.
As you can see Batum, who is French, wore a “Je Suis Charlie” shirt, which translates to “I am Charlie” and is a sign of support for the dozen people killed at the tragic attack at French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris — and the message also is one of defiance to the radicalized Islamic followers that the people of that nation (and the world, Je Suis Charlie trended everywhere on twitter) will not live in fear and censor themselves. Good on Batum.
Kemba Walker. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry deserves to be — and almost certainly will be — an All-Star this season selected by the coaches. (Note to Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin — stop saying “hashtag NBA Ballot” after every time you say Lowry’s name. Just stop it. Even Drake finds it annoying.) But on Thursday night Kemba Walker just outplayed Lowry. Walker had 29 points (first game in four he didn’t break 30), he had 8 assists and 7 rebounds, plus with the game close late he hit the stepback three for the dagger. It was a huge night and the Hornets have pieced together a four game winning streak now largely on Lowry’s back.
Langston Galloway. It’s all about grabbing the opportunity while you can. With all the roster moves to clear out cap space by the Knicks, some guys are going to get opportunities. Galloway impressed the Knicks both at Summer League and on their D-League teams so he got a 10-day contract and made his debut in the loss to Houston Thursday — and he scored 19 points (and he got 31 minutes of burn in the extended garbage time game). Galloway looked good and earned a little future run.