One of the main reasons that I didn’t do some sort of All-Star weekend recap was because from what I actually saw, I was severely disappointed. Particularly Saturday night’s events. They seem so mundane and repetitive that it’s no wonder the crowd is dead to the point where the NBA has to seriously consider making changes to the formats. What Saturday night really lacks (especially the dunk contest) is some serious star power to get the juice back. I can remember as recent as the mid-2000s or even 2008 to a degree, when the dunk contest was THE event to watch. Just tossing out some ideas that can improve Saturday night for the fans but enough complaining, this is an important week in the NBA. Before we get to some trade stuff, we gotta take a quick look at some of the action that went down last night. There was plenty:
I’ve come to the conclusion that Tuesday is the most underrated night of the week in the NBA. Maybe it’s because NBA TV has ‘Fan Night’ so i’m able to catch game I wouldn’t be able to unless I had NBA League Pass. Ahem, Moe? So, we all know about Wednesday and Thursday, when ESPN and TNT have marquee games featuring the bigger teams but something crazy always happens on Tuesdays. Last night featured a surprisingly close and exciting game between the Nets and Bucks, culminating with Joe Johnson heroics to seal the victory for the Nets on a buzzer beater in OT. Jay-Z was in attendance and gave Johnson a standing ovation after the game was over. If that doesn’t indicate that you’re doing something right, I don’t know what does. With respects to Joe Johnson and Tony Parker, I gotta give the performance of the night to Joakim Noah (15pts, 17 reb, 5 ast, 3blk) who despite fighting foot injuries looked like his old self. The Bulls and Grizzlies looked really solid while the Celtics (slow) and Warriors did not.
As usual this time of year, there are tons of trade rumors floating around the NBA and to no one’s surprise Atlanta’s Josh Smith seems to be part of every team’s trade rumors. Normally i’d denounce the rumors and include them as part of this week’s traditions but this season the Smith trade possibilities have some serious legs. For starters, this is Smith’s last year on his current contract and all signs point towards him leaving the Hawks once this season ends so Atlanta is trying to get something while they have the chance. There are several teams interested but the Nets and Celtics seem to be where the strongest rumors are. Kevin Garnett would have to waive his no-trade clause so i’m hesitant to picture him leaving Boston anytime soon but like he said “anything is possible!”
Top 10 plays from last night: