Can you believe it? We’re already back for a new NBA season! And if you can believe that, you really won’t believe that we didn’t get canceled! That’s right, Ball Don’t Lie is back for season number two, and as always, we’ve got everything you need right here for the week you need in the NBA. We’re two weeks into the NBA season, and it has been exactly as exciting as you were expecting, so let’s catch you up on what’s going on.
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Grizzlies Grit and Grind
After hitting the reset button courtesy of a slight revamp, with Zach Randolph and Vince Carter moving on, the Grizzlies were one of those circled for a step back. Instead, the Grizzlies have raced out to the league’s best record, and that’s over in the loaded West. They’re using the league’s highest rated defense and a surprisingly fluid offense, and that defense is smothering. They’ve already bothered teams into committing seven technicals on the young season.
Magic Show Some Magic
Raise your hand if you had the Orlando Magic at any point having the best record in the East? And that record isn’t just cake either: the Magic blew the doors off the Cavs and the Spurs in the same week, and have used some length to smother teams defensively. And their offense is nice too so far, with Vuc changing his game and earning himself a spot back on the floor, and the rest of the lineup looking finely tuned so far.
When the 2017-18 Orlando Magic see the 95-96 Chicago Bulls pic.twitter.com/BXEm89hsM8
— Hoops Provider (@HoopsProvider) October 28, 2017
Dipo and the Pacers Fun & Gun
The rebuilding Pacers have lowkey become my League Pass addiction. These guys are legitimately fun, and that’s largely part to Victor Oladipo. He’s been phenomenal, leading the Pacers in scoring and running the offense in a crazy way. Is it too early to think the Pacers may have gotten a haul out of George, rather than giving him away for peanuts? Dipo looks like a totally different player.
Victor Oladipo Pacer game winners: 1/1
Paul George Pacer game winners: 0/16 pic.twitter.com/0gY5TSvPvC
— JCSpookywine (@JCSourwine) October 29, 2017
Twin Towers Dazzle Big Easy
It hasn’t turned to big wins just yet, but how much fun is the Davis-Boogie connection in New Orleans? These two are just doing EVERYTHING for the Pelicans: passing, defense, rebounding and scoring. They are just a two man wrecking crew, and that’s shown in a pair of triple doubles for both on the young season. Boogie takes over one night, Davis the other. And that’s troublesome for long term success, but if these guys are enjoying it as much as they put off, just leave them alone.
Pistons Wreak Havoc
So, can I just cast my early MVP ballot for Avery Bradley? It’s no secret that I love the guy, but even I didn’t think that he would gel this lineup the way he has for Detroit. The last week of games, they are locking in on teams, with Jackson and Drummond both playing better on offense. But defense has been spectacular, with the lifeless Pistons looking like a new team with Bradley out there harassing everyone. Heck, they beat Golden State this week! In Oracle! Madness.
Avery Bradley is legitimately Curry’s father: pic.twitter.com/cPnV1OreUi
— Tribune of the Plebs (@Handsome_Jake_) October 31, 2017
Warriors Get Sloppy
I wrote last week about how the Warriors mentality was to just have fun and do what they needed to do. But after a full week, now I’m starting to get a little concerned. The Warriors have cranked up their “win on talent” approach to careless levels. I know that Steph and Durant will be fine, but this isn’t great for the bench, who needs to gel a little as we go through the year without all these turnovers.
Cavs Stink, Too
Man, Cleveland. How quickly you can go from Cloud Nine to getting beat by Brooklyn. The Cavs are getting very little production out of anyone not named LeBron or JR Smith, with the bench playing poorly and the starting lineup not coming together at all. They’ve already moved Wade to the bench, and Tristan Thompson is getting abused. He’s a non factor on the glass, and that’s pretty much all that he’s there for.
Tristan Thompson putting up a smooth 1/0/0. Finals started early I guess ♂️
— FLATBUSH JAYY (@BROOKLYN_SKII) October 30, 2017
Week of Fultz
You paying attention to all of this? The Sixers had Fultz, who had shoulder troubles over the offseason, work on his shot. That didn’t work, with the Sixers blaming his horrible shooting on that coaching for his shot. That turned out to be a stretch, with reports from Sixers camp reporting Fultz literally couldn’t lift his arm over his shoulder. Then the debate shifted to the Sixers playing him hurt, and now they’ve shut him down for at least the next month. This whole thing is so, so bizzare.
EMBIID: I feel great. Foot’s great. No issues
SIXERS: 12 mins a night
FULTZ: [shoulder slides off body, lands at halfcourt]
SIXERS: 30 mins
— Becks (@BecksWelker) October 24, 2017
Lonzo and Lakers Too Much
I love Lonzo Ball and Lavar about as much as anyone does, but after all the drama with John Wall, coupled with the media coverage, it’s hard to escape. But that’s not the trying part of this whole escapade: Lonzo is really, really bad on defense. Like, liability bad. He’s getting torched by almost everyone, and that is really tough when you consider that the Lakers have the most national games of anyone not named the Warriors this year. WHY?
Lakers prolly win 35 games this year and Lavar got us watching every one that comes on TV. The man is a genius.
— Money Mitch (@TrillestAC) October 26, 2017
Ballers Of the Week
Victor Oladipo had a week, leading his Pacers over some marque wins, including a dagger of a game winner. He’s also scoring over 20 PPG, and his teammates LOVE him. That’s something, considering he was Westbrook’s flailing side kick this time last year.
Talk about good weeks though: Blake Griffin owns this league. The point-forward has been dishing the rock without Chris Paul, and the Clippers offense is exploding. And Griffin is living his best life: he’s had two vicious slams, including one against Defensive Player of the Year favorite Rudy Gobert AND a game winner. Not a bad week at the office.
Blake Griffin dunks on Rudy Gobert then hangs on the rim like Shawn Kemp pic.twitter.com/olg3uNCybH
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 25, 2017
Here’s the Blake griffin game winner pic.twitter.com/O8yK5uhR2K
— Alex (@Dubs408) October 27, 2017
Gordon Hits Winner
Eric Gordon game winner! James Hardens reaction pic.twitter.com/jtQWqIgIkF
— #TrustAhmerzProcess (@AhmerzDFS) October 26, 2017
Green-Beal Go At It
Full Draymond Green vs Bradley Beal Fight!
Watch for the old guy at the end who acted like he also wanted to fight Beal. pic.twitter.com/xGJ9aIUJhn
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 28, 2017
Booker’s a Fool
Trevor Booker sneaked into the Cavs huddle pic.twitter.com/Q4p4rg1r1T
— NBAFL⚡️SH (@TheNBAFlash) October 26, 2017
Monk Forgets Where He Plays
Did Malik Monk forget he’s not at Kentucky anymore
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) October 29, 2017
Avery Bradley missed the wide open layup and then Patrick Beverly comes in for the block
— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) October 29, 2017
And Finally, for Halloween:
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) October 29, 2017
Lebron James as Pennywise..
Yeah he wins the “IT” competition pic.twitter.com/wvQuDOr8xr
— Silence Dogood. (@realBigBalls) October 31, 2017
See you guys next week!