The NBA season is now in full swing, with teams across the league quickly realizing their dreams are doomed, or thinking they are the team of destiny (looking at you, Knicks).
Each week I’ll be taking a look around the NBA and look at some things I like (Ball Don’t Lie), some things I don’t (Ball Lies), and some highlights, lowlights, and upcoming matchups.
It’ll be a small spreadsheet for everything you may have missed in the NBA.
BALL DON’T LIE
Klay & The Warriors
This is beginning to look like a weekly occurrence, but the Warriors are truly the story of the NBA. After Klay’s 60-point outburst earlier in the week, the Western Conference leaders followed it up with a drubbing of their top competition in the Clippers. The Warriors feature the top three in the NBA in effective FG %, and these guys are playing like a video game.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) December 6, 2016
Giannis Leads the Bucks
Speaking of video games, Giannis Antentekompo is playing like he’s in one. He’s got the Bucks playing their best basketball in years, and it looks like this whole 6’11 point guard thing might work. Couple that with Jabari Parker figuring out how to be an NBA player, and the Bucks may be something – even without Khris Middleton.
Giannis is averaging 2.2 SPG & 2.3 BPG. List of guys to do 2 SPG & 2 BPG in a single season:
— Full Court Prez (@fullcourtprez) December 8, 2016
Mo Calls Out Clippers
As we touched on previously, the Warriors dismantled the Clippers this week. That went over about as well as you’d expect, and the newcomer to the group in former Warrior Maurice Speights sounded off on his new teammates, saying they should stop trying the same crap that’s gotten them where they have been for years. Love it – give them hell Mo’ Money!
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) December 8, 2016
Magic’s Magic Lineups
If you really want to watch something interesting this NBA season, find the Orlando Magic during a game. With literally 10 big men on the roster, they trot out the biggest and most awkward lineups you’ve ever seen. Seriously, they’re like the anti-Warriors, and they are surprisingly doing pretty well at it. I mean, who doesn’t love a good Bismack Biyombo jumper?
— plusminustats (@plusminustats) December 2, 2016
Lou Williams is the Man
If there’s one bright spot in the Lakers’ losing streak, it’s that Lou Williams is killing it. The crafty veteran guard has notched 137 points over the last four games off the bench. With this run of form, he now leads the team in scoring, and has to be the early favorite for Sixth Man of the Year as the best bench player on the league’s best bench.
HIGHLIGHTS: Williams continues his hot streak as he pours in 35 points, but the Lakers falls to the Suns 119-115. pic.twitter.com/walveyRDLv
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 10, 2016
Rockets Contract Drama
Man, there’s nothing worse than offseason drama in the middle of the NBA season. The Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas are dead in the middle of it, after the big man agreed to an offer sheet with the Nets. The Rockets promptly matched, leaving Motiejunas to just not show up for the physical. A deal got done today, but seriously, just get on the floor.
Donatas Motiejunas was a no show for his physical this morning, source said. Rockets weighing options.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 6, 2016
Jazz Injuries Pile Up
The Utah Jazz somehow are hanging around in the West, and winning, despite some serious attrition on the roster. In the beatdown the Warriors gave them, they were missing four of their five starters, and have only had their preseason starting five for two games this season – games in which they are 2-0. Get healthy, Jazz! (a certain writer picked you way higher than you are right now)
Bulls Thin Bench
The scorched-earth start for Chicago has cooled slightly, with the roster around Jimmy Butler regressing pretty hard. But it’s not for lack of trying; the Bulls bench is just incredibly thin. In fact, they’ve been outscored in 13 consecutive games, and most nights it hasn’t even been close (see last week against the Lakers: 56-18). If the Bulls are going to go anywhere, they need their bench to step it up.
Remarkable how much worse the Bulls are when Gibson and Lopez are on the bench.
— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) December 9, 2016
Lakers Start to Regress
We all knew the Lakers probably couldn’t sustain their hot start for long, but the return to earth has been pretty tough. The Lakers have now lost five straight and eight of their last 10 to fall a decent margin behind the playoff race. It’s still a massive improvement from last year for the Lakers, but here’s hoping they can get back to competing.
CP3 Puts Them on Skates
Some players age like milk, others like fine wine.
CP3 put him on skates. https://t.co/E5LbMvxmjf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2016
Cavs Have Fun
It sure must be nice to be this far ahead most nights to just play a different game.
This is more disrespectful to New York than Kendrick’s “Control” verse. Knicks gotta fight the Cavs https://t.co/qAY5z4OIWi
— Zito (@_Zeets) December 8, 2016
Ball Movement, Ball Movement
This is what the league feared when KD was brought in.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 8, 2016
Bucks Get Lillard
I mean, how you gonna go after a man’s rap career like that?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 8, 2016
DeAndre Dunks It Home
This is a pass for that whole dunking on your teammate thing last week.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) December 8, 2016
GAMES TO WATCH
Blazers @ Clippers – Tuesday (AEDT)
Dame and CJ look to right the ship against the surging Clippers.
Grizzlies @ Cavs – Wednesday (AEDT)
The Grizzlies are winning without Conley, but get a big test in Cleveland.
Celtics @ Spurs – Thursday (AEDT)
Brad Stevens and company is looking to climb the ladder.