We have one Thunder pre-season game in the books, and their second is tonight, with the Mavericks coming to town. It will be interesting to see if Rick Carlisle decides to give Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd some minutes tonight, since they both sat out in game 1. Last night, we also got our first look at the re-made Clippers and...wow. This is going to be a fun season.
It isn't just how good point guards pass to open guys; it is how good point guards make their guys get open.
Kevin Durant busted out the one-legged fadeaway against the Mavericks, later crediting Dirk Nowitzki's mastery of the shot. Even better, Durant was working off of the types of screens that HoopSpeak highlighted last week, which freed up Durant from the guard of Shawn Marion.
I look forward to reading that sentiment many times this season.
"Let’s not talk too much about how the sausage was made" - David Stern
"Are you not entertained?" - Maximus
Golliver thinks the Thunder will come out on top, but overall the division overall could be more competitive than it has been in years.
The Celtics are really striking out these days.
The Mavericks still rule the haunt, but the Grizzlies are the up and comer who can take a huge step forward this season.
More links after the jump.
In which the Rockets are compared to a debutante cocker spaniel.
Antonio McDyess was waived by the Spurs and intends to retire. He has definitely been one of the better role players in the league these past two decades; unfortunately, injuries robbed him of his high potential.