Tonight's match-up between the Cavaliers and Thunder may not have caught your eye at the beginning of the season, but to Cleveland's great credit they are winning some huge games and making a push for a low playoff seed only one season after finishing a conference-worst 19-63. Tonight's game will be a challenge for the young Thunder squad.
James Harden is getting to the free throw line consistently this season, and Mayberry examines the little wrinkle Harden has added to his game that baits defenders into taking a swipe at him or letting him drive to the rim. It is like the now defunct Kevin Durant rip-move, except Harden is actually trying to score.
Young runs down the list of potential competition the Thunder might have to face in the playoffs this season. The one possibility that scares me the most is if they were to end up playing Dallas in the 1st round.
Scott Brooks admits that he has considered shuffling his line-up in order to take advantage of Royal Ivey's emergence, which has also been coupled with Daequan Cook's struggles these past few weeks. With Ivey in the lineup, the starting five would definitely take on more of a resemblance to what the team has with Sefolosha. More importantly though, Ivey needs to continue to be used when the Thunder have issues stopping the other teams' guard play.
Amare Stoudemire has struggled since the middle of last season, and there has been all sorts of speculation as to why. I actually got a chance to see him up close and in person late last season, and my eyes tend to agree with this statistical analysis - he's getting old and he can't finish as well as he used to.
Well, yeah. I don't think they're going to get it though.
Looks like Chris Duhon has been watching some Pete Townshend footage. What are the odds that Chris Duhon even knows who Pete Townshend is?
Hedo Turkaglu grabbed a referee last night. I'm pretty sure you can't do that.
I really feel for Eric Maynor, who unquestionably is missed on the court. From his own perspective, I'm sure it is agonizing to not be out there with his teammates.
Dwight Howard is a bit of a prankster, and I like his dig at Shaq at the end.