The NBA season is now in full swing, with teams across the NBA quickly rocketing up the standings, or heading straight into tank-a-polooza!
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. Without further adieu, let’s get things going.
Ball Don’t Lie
Do The John Wall
Let me preface this with the fact that the Wizards are terrible. But John Wall is putting on a clinic in recent weeks. His jumper is returning, he just scored 50 points, and he’s managing to keep his offense afloat by himself. On the negative side, the Wizards lost that 50-point game (somehow) and are sinking toward tank level. Oh, and that stupid song will be back.
— Marcus M. (@EGLeBron) December 16, 2016
Eric Gordon > Steph Curry?
Eric Gordon is currently second in the NBA in made threes with 100. Steph Curry? 101. Oh, and Gordon has taken 38 less attempts. Seriously, that’s a real stat. Gordon has reenergized his career, and as long as he’s healthy, he’s turning into the shooting guard threat we all thought he’d be after his break out rookie season.
Rockets Firing Those Threes
Yes, this one is going to be Rockets heavy – so sue me. Not only is Eric Gordon an incredible story, but the entire Houston offense is crazy. Basketball purists will hate watching it, but the Rockets are shooting three pointers at a record breaking pace. In fact, if this season were to continue this direction, the Rockets would shoot the fewest percentage of two-pointers in NBA history. And they’re winning!
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 8, 2016
Deal Goes Through
Of course, the biggest news in the NBA this week is the passage of a new CBA, thus ending speculation of a lockout. The NBA had said publicly that they wanted to be sure that another lockout was avoided, and managed to please both the owners and the players. Turns out everyone just enjoys money! Good on the NBA for getting something figured out quickly and quietly, and the NFL could learn a few things from the way this whole thing was handled.
The NBA and NBPA have reached an agreement in principle on a new 7-year CBA, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 15, 2016
We knew it would become an issue coming into the year, but Nerlens Noel has made the issue too hard to ignore. The Sixers are a chemistry nightmare, with Joel Embiid calling out Jahlil Okafor’s defense, and then Nerlens Noel complaining about minutes. Things aren’t getting any rosier, and with the losses piling up, the Sixers can’t afford to have drama like this mess up the progression going forward.
Nerlens Noel: “I think I’m too good to be playing 8 minutes. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. We need to figure this s— out.”
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) December 17, 2016
Trail Blazers Fall
The Blazers have been pretty average this season – and that’s for a few different reasons. They overachieved last year and the rest of the West has gotten better. But getting beat by 45 points by the Warriors is embarrassing, and can’t happen. Damian Lillard has made his point known that he won’t take this much longer (but won’t play defense), but I’m not sure what they can do about it.
— ESPN (@espn) December 18, 2016
DeMarcus the Headache
You won’t find a bigger ‘Boogie’ fan than me, but he’s beginning to just create controversy out of nothing. The most recent escapade is his tirade against a Sacramento Bee reporter after the columnist wrote a negative article about the team’s play. While I get not liking criticism, to treat journalists like that is a big no-no, and Cousins knows better.
— RHARE MARKETING (@kidyungn) December 17, 2016
D-Wade and the Bulls Slide
Remember when Wade found a three point shot and the Bulls rocketed up the East standings? Yeah, me too. Those days are gone, however, as Wade’s shooting percentages have fallen off a cliff, and Rajon Rondo is playing really inefficient basketball. The Bulls are still in the playoff hunt, but the dream of seeing them among the East elites looks like a far-fetched one.
The regression of Dwyane Wade’s 3-point shooting:
OCT: 56% (3 gms)
NOV: 34% (14 gms)
DEC: 23% (9 gms)
— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) December 17, 2016
Blazers Petty Twitter
Seriously, you gotta follow these guys. It’s a gem every week.
Big leads > triple doubles pic.twitter.com/AIgMIoB3Ay
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 14, 2016
RIP Craig Sager
The NBA lost an icon this week, and we’re all worse off for it.
ICYMI: This was the “Moment of Joy” to honor Craig Sager that Steve Kerr led at the Warriors-Knicks game last night. pic.twitter.com/L2zEwYUfsR
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 16, 2016
Rockets Erase Gap
All those three’s turn into exciting comebacks like this.
Rodney Hood is the Man
The Jazz have quite the budding shooter in Hood, who just shows how much ice he has in his veins.
RODNEY. HOOD. 💰💰💰 https://t.co/Wg58SvKhsj
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 17, 2016
Games to Watch
Cavaliers @ Bucks – December 21 (AEDT)
This has turned into quite the rivalry again, and Giannis playing the way he has should be a nice matchup for LBJ.
Spurs @ Rockets – December 21 (AEDT)
Two of the bets offenses square off to show who’s the top challenger to Golden State.
Jazz @ Warriors – December 22 (AEDT)
Speaking of the Warriors, the Jazz were thought by many to be well equipped to handle them. We’ll see how well they fare.