by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack
It was kind of a quiet Tuesday with only five games on the schedule. While I watched the Milwaukee/Dallas game (and hope you did, too), my favorite match up of the night wasn’t even an NBA game. The Kentucky/South Carolina game was awesome. With Kentucky holding the number one ranking, SC gave them all that they could handle and the second half went back and forth until the end where SC pulled away.
It was their first win against a number one ranked team and it was a great one. Felt for Kentucky who finally make it to number one and then lost it, but what a game. Devan Downey was awesome. Awesome, awesome. 30 points and some amazing plays down the stretch. How tall is this guy? He’s not very, but he’s proving himself to be a baller. Love when guys step up when they know they’ve got all eyes on them. Big game on ESPN. That’s fun.
In Dallas, the Mavs found themselves in a battle against the Bucks and they pulled out the one-point win after Carlos Delfino missed a buzzer beater. The win was the Mavericks 10th straight in the last 10 games that they have been in that were decided by one-point. Hope that made sense to you. Took me a minute to understand it.
Anyway, the offense in that game was awesome. Bogut and Jennings look like they’ve been playing together for years. Bogut was 13-for-14 from the floor for 32 points. That’s wild. Dirk was 11-for-25 from the floor for his 28 points. It was an efficient game offensively. It was fun. Was pulling for the Bucks, though. Or, at least timeout.
I kind of forgot that the wives of the Lakers would be in attendance when LA met with President Obama yesterday. Seeing him shake Khloe Kardashian’s hand just doesn’t seem right to me. Oh, America. Where reality TV stars and head coaches of NCAA programs get love from the president. But, for real, props to Coach Cal for “Hoops for Haiti”. That was awesome.
The Lakers took down the Wizards, 115-103, but the game felt more out of hand than that. The crowd chanted MVP for Kobe, he finished with 26 points and eight assists (also six turnovers). Pau Gasol scored 26 points on 10-f0r-15 fgs and he added 10 rebounds and four assists as well. Antawn Jamison continued to do all he could for the Wizards, scoring 27 points to go with nine rebounds. He’s not going to be able to be an All-Star because of that record, is he?
Speaking of All-Star, I’m hoping DeMar DeRozan’s ankle is good to go for the dunk-in because he’ll be one disappointed guy if it isn’t. He left prac early yesterday after rolling his right ankle on Hedo Turkoglu’s foot. He sprained his left ankle against the Lakers. Here’s hoping neither sprain is bad and he’s feeling okay.
In Phoenix, the Bobcats defeated the Suns, 114-109. The game went into overtime thanks to a 3-pointer from Stephen Jackson and unlike their OT loss to the Magic last week the Bobcats were able to outlast Phoenix in the extra session. Speaking of the Suns, Vince Thomas had Steve Nash as his fourth point guard in the West and, well, I just can’t roll with that. Your thoughts?
Oh yes, Jack had 30/9/5 in the Bobcats victory.
Dwyane Wade and the Heat are here today and I’m amped up for the game. The ACC will go nuts if the Raps can pull off another victory.