NBA Roundup: Show Us Some Love, Rondo MVP?
The first ten games of the season are a thing of the past and some teams just are not living up to all the pre-season hype. Most notably, the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, and New York Knicks are not who we all thought they’d be as they are all underwhelming fan expectations and under-performing on the court. The Rockets have sputtered out of the gates after dealing away Trevor Ariza and losing Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks to injuries, anytime the Heat lose the media reacts like nuclear war is on the brink, the Clippers are just the Clippers again, and the Knicks have actually looked worse this year than they have in the previous two years despite swapping out David Lee and Chris Duhon for Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton…does any of this make sense?
This past week saw a magnificent performance from Minnesota’s Kevin Love. He went off on Friday night for a 31 point, 31 rebound performance against the lowly Knicks. This was the first 30-30 game in the NBA since my boy Moses Malone did it in 1982. And up in Boston, Rajon Rondo continues to make a claim for the starting point guard slot for the Eastern Conference All Star team, as he’s shattering the field by averaging 15.1 assists per game to go along with nearly 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The next closest in the assist department is Deron Williams with 10.3 per game.
This weekend features a couple of great games and a couple of terrible games. On Friday night, the Spurs invade Utah while the Bulls take their talents to Dallas for a premier point guard battle between phenom Derrick Rose and the timeless Jason Kidd. If you are really into self inflicted torture, check out the Knicks versus the Clippers in LA on Saturday night or the Wizards versus the Pistons on Sunday. Due to the official rules and regulations of the league, one of these two laughingstock franchises will be forced to win!
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