Rockets make it rain, Lakers win despite injuries and other news around the NBA
Of course it sucks that NFL season is over, there’s nothing quite like it here in the US but luckily for sports fans around the country, we have the NBA to fall back on. Maybe it was just pure coincidence but as the football season ended, it seems like the NBA is getting into the best part of the season, where teams realize where their season is really going and games start to get played at a higher level. Trade rumors have been heating up as the season heads into the All-Star break (just over a week away) and the trade deadline hits on the 21st of this month. The biggest trade made was Rudy Gay heading to Toronto (seems good, so far) but other than that, it’s just been rumors headline by Kevin Garnett’s departure to the Clippers. Though Garnett and the Celtics shot down the rumors this week, it’s still interesting to see what the Celtics are going to do post-Rondo injury despite still being undefeated without him.
Last night’s action included the Houston Rockets absolutely making it rain on the Warriors, going 23-40 from behind the 3-point line. How ridiculous was this? Well set aside the 140 total points that Houston scored and the fact that it tied the NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game. Out of the 11 players that the Rockets had on the floor during the game, only it’s two big men DIDN’T make a 3 point shot. The Houston crowd wanted “one more 3!” at the end of the game but Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson decided to intentionally foul. What a buzz kill, right? The big game last night was between the Lakers and Nets (caught a lot of it on NBA TV) and despite being without Howard and World Peace, the Lakers showed heart and took the win over the cold-shooting Nets. Gasol was hurt during the game and is awaiting MRI results as of this morning but enter Kobe, with a pretty sick dunk (video below) over Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace. All of a sudden the Lakers are playing well and have a legit shot to make the playoffs.
There are tons of games tonight so chances are your team is playing. If not today, then tomorrow’s TNT games should be an interesting watch. I’d keep my eye on the Warriors visiting the Thunder tonight. That game should have plenty of offense and who knows, we’ll find out if the Warriors have what it takes to make some noise in the west.