Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday’s Monster’s

A full slate of games yesterday brought more than a few monster performances in league. Coach loves big performances, last night featured big's, floor general's, specialist's and of course just all around studs.

Let’s first start in New York where the Suns fresh off of a spanking in Boston came in to face Coach D and the Knicks. Now the Knick record is not pretty but when was the last time they mailed it in at home? You can’t remember can you? The Knicks are playing hard on their home court and thanks to the double double machine David Lee’s 25 point and 16 rebound performance and Nate Robinson’s 20 points off the bench the Knicks defeated the Suns 114-109 last night at the Garden. But here are the interesting numbers for the game: The Knicks were a -12 with David Lee on the floor, +24 with Nate Robinson, +21 with Danilo Gallinari and a +12 with Al Harrington. Hard to believe a positive player like David Lee could be a -12 with a 25 and 16 evening. None-the-less he controlled the glass and the Knicks had a 60 point second half.
Down south in Miami the Celtics came out of the gate quickly in the first quarter out scoring the Heat 29-10. Kendrick Perkins returned to the middle which means Scal went back to the bench but the story was Ed House’s six 3 pointers in the second quarter, and Ray Allen’s 27 points including 5 treys of his own.
The Cavs got two huge performances in Portland as the King posted 34 points and 14 assists, while Mo Williams drilled six 3 balls and finished with 33, that is an impressive win following Monday’s loss in LA…Chris Paul and Devin Harris matched up last night and CP3 was dominant with a 29 point, 9 rebound, 8 assist and 3 steal showing while Harris, well, if you really want his numbers you can find them in any local paper, rough night for the former Badger…staying with the PG’s Deron Williams had a big showing in a big game against the Rockets with 32 points and 11 dimes, but it was the scoring balance, three point shooting and rebounding that lead the Rockets to a big win over Utah.

But the MONSTER of the night was Andrew Bynum against the Clippers. 42 points on 17-24 shooting and 15 rebounds, 8 of them on the offensive glass. He simply destroyed the Clippers in the paint. Now he was facing DeAndre Jordan and Brian Skinner but 42and 15 is still 42 and 15.

Huge game tonight in Orlando as the Celtics take on the Magic. It is going to be intense, nasty and very entertaining. The homecourt race in the Eastern Conference makes these games that much more important. The Champs need to make a statement this evening.

1 comment:

ybloc said...

finally you are coming to your senses coach...a laker at the top of the post!!

bynum is turning into one of the best big men in the game. the kid is going to be hard to handle from here on forward.