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Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  66 responses

Post Up: Harden!

James Harden impresses in his Rockets debut and the Lakers lose their second straight.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Thanks to Sandy, I’m without a television and extremely envious of everyone enjoying their free week of League Pass while I’m stuck following games on Twitter and watching bootleg feeds.

Nine games on the slate last night:

Pacers 90 (1-0), Raptors 88 (0-1)

With Danny Granger out indefinitely with a knee injury, the Pacers needed someone to step up and reassure their fanbase that they would be okay without their star (and I use “star” very lightly). Last night, David West stepped up and played the role of go-to guy for Indiana.

West scored 14 of his 25 in the fourth quarter and led the Pacers to a tough road victory in Toronto. Down 84-74 with under six minutes to go, West scored on back-to-back possessions to cut it to six and kept Nap Town in the game. West’s persistence set the stage for teammate George Hill to provide som late game heroics.

Hill, who missed all of the preseason with various injuries, scored six of his eight points over the final three minutes of the game. First he nailed a three pointer then followed that up by hitting one of two free throws to tie the game at 88. After the referees gave the ball back to Indiana after an official’s review, Hill dribbled down the clock before working his way around Kyle Lowry to get himself in the lane to hit the game winning floater.

Quick Hitters: –Lowry, who will be even further under the radar now that he’s in Toronto, finished with 21 points, 8 dimes and 7 boards.

– The 40 million dollar man DeMar DeRozan finished with 10 points.

– Jonas Valanciunas made his NBA debut and notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.

– The Pacers are deep and Frank Vogel is going to use a lot of different rotations. Last night he played 10 players in double-figure minutes.

– Roy Hibbert and Paul George each finished with 14 points. George also added 15 boards and 5 dimes.

Sixers 84 (1-0), Nuggets 75 (0-1)

A lot of people (including myself) expected the Nuggets to come out and drop 100+ points with no problem every game this season. The Sixers apparently didn’t get the memo and they completely shut down the high-octane Denver attack. On opening night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers held the Nuggets to under 40 percent shooting and only three Denver players (Lawson (16), Dre Miller (10) and Iguodala (11)) scored in double-digits. Philly actually shot a lower shooting percentage than their opponent, but in true Doug Collins coached team fashion, they played hard nosed defensive, grind it out ball and forced 20 turnovers while getting to the free throw line 10 more times than the Nuggs.

Late in the third quarter, Philadelphia stretched the lead to 13 and were on the verge of running Denver out of the gym heading into the final quarter of play. The Nuggets were able to claw back into the game during the fourth and Ty Lawson cut the lead down to one with 4:39 left, putting momentum on their side. Up one, Philly turned to Spencer Hawes who hit a few huge mid-range jumpers and grabbed some big time boards to help the Sixers preserve the victory.

Quick Hitters: –Much like last year, the Sixers got a full team effort as five players scored in double figures. Spencer Hawes led the way with 16 points, 12 boards and 5 blocks and the Philly faithful rained down chants of “Spen-cer Hawes!”

– Philly fans inexplicably booed Iguodala proving once again that Philly fans, regardless of sport, are assholes.

– Both teams shot terribly from two-point range and beyond the arc (Philly 7-25, Denver 4-18). The game was won at the free throw line as Philly shot 17-21 compared to Denver’s 4-18.

– Jrue Holiday vs.Ty Lawson: Holiday – 14 points, 11 assists, 6 boards and 2 steals / Lawson – 16 points, 7 assists 5 boards, 2 steals

– The Nuggets controlled the paint and outrebounded their opponent 54-47. They also outscored them 48-26 inside.

Rockets 105 (1-0), Pistons 96 (0-1)

James Harden: Welcome to Houston. Before the ink was dry on his new max deal contract, the bearded lefty got busy in the Motor City. Harden finished his H-Town debut with an impressive stat line of 37 points, a career-high 12 assists, 6 boards and 4 steals–to put it simply, he was unstoppable.

Despite Harden’s dominance, the Pistons had a chance to put the Rockets away in the fourth quarter. Detroit led by nine entering the fourth quarter and eventually pushed the lead to 11 before falling apart down the stretch. Harden hit a three to start the comeback, then Greg Smith converted a dunk followed by consecutive Carlos Delfino three-pointers which cut the lead to two. Houston had all the momentum at that point and after Chandler Parsons tied the game with a layup, the Pistons had no chance. Harden sealed the game with a three-point play with a minute and a half to play and put an exclamation point on his Rockets debut.

Quick Hitters: — Since 1987, only four players have had a stat line of at least 37 points, 12 assists, 6 boards, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot. They are: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Dwyane Wade and James Harden.

– Jeremy Lin rebounded nicely from a tough preseason with a 12-point, 8-assist effort.

– Outside of Carlos Delfino, every player on the Rockets is under 30 years old.

– Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 15 points while Greg Monroe had 14 points and 8 boards.

Bulls 93 (1-0), Kings 87 (0-1)

Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls are going to have to win ugly more often than not this season and last night’s victory was the first of what Bulls faithful hope will be many tough victories. At times, this one was unbearable as the two teams combined for 37 turnovers and 48 fouls while shooting just over 40 percent from the field at the United Center.

Chicago only took nine three-pointers in the contest as their frontcourt of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer dominated the paint against Boogie Cousins. Noah and Boozer combined for 41 points and 18 boards while outhustling and outworking their opponent. Noah played particularly well as he added 5 steals and 3 blocks to his 23 points.

After Tyreke Evans got off to a hot start–he finished with 21–the Kings hung around for much of the first half and only trailed by four going into the break. Evans was then mysteriously benched and the Bulls proceeded to go on a 12-2 run and built a 14-point lead that the Kings were unable to overcome. The Kings eventually cut the lead to four but a costly five-second violation on an inbounds play with half a minute to go killed any opportunity to steal a victory.

Quick Hitters: –Many, including the staff at SLAM, are expecting Cousins to have a big year. Let’s hope last night was not an indication of things to come. The talented center turned the ball over 7 times and committed a technical foul in 25 minutes of play.

– The Bulls were one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the League last year. Last night, they went 25-33 a trend they will hope to continue. No other team will rely on getting points at the stripe like the Bulls, they may have one of the lowest point per game averages in the NBA this season.

– ‘Reke Evans was damn near unstoppable in the first quarter, then was taken out by Keith Smart and benched for a considerable amount of time. It made no sense to me and I thought he could have gone for way more than 21; he was doing whatever he wanted against the Bulls defense early on.

Spurs 99 (1-0), Hornets 95 (0-1)

Even though it doesn’t happen as often as it did a decade ago, whenever Tim Duncan swings a game in favor of the Spurs with all of his fundamental greatness it is still a joy to watch. With the Spurs down by four and only a few minutes left, Duncan took over. In a minute and a half span, the power forward scored seven points, grabbed a rebound and took a charge that completely changed the energy of the game and put the Hornets–who started two rookies–on their heels.

Trailing 95-94 with a little over a minute left to play, Kawhi Leonard drove the paint drawing multiple defenders before kicking the ball to Tony Parker who nailed what would be the game winning three-pointer for the Spurs. On the other end, Greivis Vasquez’s shot hit the front rim and bounced to Duncan who was fouled and hit both of his free throws to ensure victory. Duncan finished with a game-high 24 points and 11 boards while Leonard had 19, 7 and 5 steals. Parker chipped in with 23 points and 6 dimes.

Quick Hitters: –Anthony Davis was impressive in his Rookie debut, finishing with 21 points and 7 boards while shooting 9-9 from the stripe. Rookie teammate Austin Rivers wasn’t as great. Doc’s son shot 1-9 for 8 points.

– Eric Gordon missed another game due to knee problems. Uh-oh.

– Anyone else think Kawhi Leonard is ready to take the next step?

– Greivis Vasquez finished with a 13:2 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Jazz 113 (1-0), Mavericks 94 (1-1)

One night after embarrassing the Lakers in LA, the Mavs got waxed by the Jazz out in Utah. With the score tied at 74 apiece in the third quarter, the Jazz took over behind the Brothers Williams who each finished with 21. First Mo Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers and a layup, then Marvin Williams hit a corner three of his own to push the lead to 11. After that, Enes Kanter blocked a shot and hit a jumper on the other end followed by a Marvin Williams layup that stretched the lead to 13 and helped the Jazz cruise to victory. During that decisive third quarter, the Mavericks shot 5-22, committied six turnovers and only scored two baskets over the final 7 minutes.

Quick Hitters: – Utah absolutely dominated inside, outrebounding the Mavs 61-40 and outscoring them 44-30 in the paint.

– The Jazz front office made it a point to improve their three-pont shooting in the offseason and it paid off in the first game as Utah shot 6-11 from behind the arc.

– Enes Kanter’s hat.

– After Vince Carter’s technical in the third, the Jazz went on a 23-6 run to end the third quarter.

Warriors 87 (1-0), Suns 85 (0-1)

In a back and forth contest between these two Western Conference foes, the Warriors were able to hold off the Suns and earn an early road victory. Carl Landry scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and helped push the Warriors over the edge against a Phoenix team that was wearing their road orange unis at home for some bizarre reason. Although the score was close, the game was tough to watch. Both teams shot horribly, the Warriors at 38.5 percent and the Suns at an even 40, and both committed 18 turnovers.

Down by 17 in the second, the Suns battled back and continued to chip away at the Warriors lead, eventually taking a one-point lead after a Marcin Gortat putback. The teams continued to trade buckets until Landry hit a driving layup with a minute and change left to take a 85-84 lead. Landry then nailed a 17-foot jumper with 54 seconds to go to make it 87-84. Jared Dudley had a chance to tie it up but his three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining fell short and the Warriors walked away the victors.

Quick Hitters: – Steph Curry played downright awful after signing a huge contract earlier this week. The Davidson alum didn’t hit his first field goal until there were about eight minutes left in the game and finished 2-14 from the field for 5 points. The career 90 percent free-throw shooter also missed consecutive free ones late in the game.

–Okay, Brandon Rush.

– Goran Dragic: 17 points, 8 dimes, 6 boards. Love that dude.

Clippers 101 (1-0), Grizzlies 92 (0-1)

Jamal Crawford claimed that he practiced his shooting for the first time in his career during this past offseason. If last night’s 29 points in 30 minutes is a hint at what is to come this season, opposing coaches should be very, very concerned. Along with Crawford’s 29, five other Clippers scored in double-figures–Vinny Del Negro has so many options this year, if he can figure out sensible ways to use everybody the Clippers could be dangerous. Chris Paul was tremendous as usual, posting a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists while earning 4 steals.

Quick Hitters:LA was able to convert 22 Memphis turnovers into 29 points.

– Rudy Gay finished with 25 points, Zach Randolph had 15 and 16 boards and Marc Gasol scored 20.

– Mike Conley had no answer for Chris Paul.

– Good to see you, Blake.

Blazers 116 (1-0), Lakers 106 (1-1)

NBA fans, say hello to Dame Lillard. The Rookie put on a masterful performance scoring 23 points and dishing out 11 dimes while keeping the Lakers backourt on their heels and giving the Blazers faithful a new kid to cheer for. Along with Lillard, all four of the other Portland starters scored in double figures and Nicolas Batuma and Wes Matthews each scored 20+.

The Lakers offense shouldn’t be their number one concern right now, if they don’t start playing some defense it won’t matter how many points they score. Add the fact that Steve Nash was last seen hobbling off the court and there is reason for worry out in LA–even if it has only been two games. Dwight Howard finished with 33 points, 14 boards and led(!) the team in assists with 5. Kobe added 30, 6 boards and 3 dimes.

Quick Hitters: — I feel sorry for Mike Brown.

– Hope Steve Nash’s injury is nothing serious.

– Can’t wait to watch Dame Lillard turn into a top point guard.

– Absolutely love Nicolas Batum’s game when he’s not pouting or hitting people below the belt.

– C’mon, Kobe! Fix this!

Stat Line of the Night: Who else but James Harden? 37 points, 12 dimes, 6 boards and 4 steals.

Dunk of the Night: Al-Farouq Aminu catches the alley from Vasquez.

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  • Tilly Bagshawe

    If he plays at seventy percent of what he showed tonight, he’ll be totally worth it. His coordination with Lin was waaaaaaaay better than I expected.

  • Jeff

    Lillard for ROY!

  • PippenAintEasy

    Duncan with that old school stat line. 24 points, 11 rebs, 3 assists. Shades of his prime. Appreciate his game while he lasts.

  • The Philosopher

    Had Indiana and Philadelphia in my parlay last night.
    Good night for me last night.
    Opening night, as well.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    How many games do y’all think the Raps win this year?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    30-34

  • Rainman

    I was at the Raptors game, that was heartbreaking. We broked down defensively and offensively in the last couple posessions.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If Eric Gordon could ever get back onto the floor and play for the Hornets, they would be a pretty exciting/young team to watch. Anthony Davis will be a superstar.

  • James The Balla

    I have a man crush on Harden. Easily my second favourite player, far behind Kobe!

  • macaroni

    I can dig that

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I agree, I just can’t see them winning more than 32 games, which will probably leave them 9th or 10th in the East.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Yeah, and watching David West methodically dissect Bargnani possession after possession in the 4th quarter was almost too painful to watch.

  • Dagger

    Hard to say. Last year they were off to a very respectable start before Bargnani was injured, and Lowry is a HUGE upgrade at the point. He made some mistakes last night, but he also looked really great for most of the game. Valanciunas also looked really promising. I think the front court has the chance to be very good this year, and Calderon gives them a lot of back court depth/flexibility. The 2s and 3s, however, are really weak – especially defensively – and Derozan/Fields are laughably overpaid. That’s going to drag them down. Still, barring injury they’ll be a good defensive team and much better offensively than they were last year. 40 wins wouldn’t shock me.

  • Dagger

    I have a feeling that this year Harden will show everyone how much the (very profitable) Thunder miscalculated by trading him over, what, 1 or 2 million/year. And Lin will never be Chris Paul, but he is not at all a bad player.

  • Drig

    This sucked. Simple……..Kobe had an average game and threw too many sloppy passes which, more importantly, always resulted in a breakaway 2 points and a run by the Blazers…..

    LAL can put points on the board one way or the other. But cutting down on TOs ( which Trailblazers scored 28 points off of ) is what killed us.

    LAL better get up for Friday’s game or MikeB is gonna be in the fire. He’s supposed to be a good defensive coach yet there’s no defensive scheme to even criticize.

    ………..And I haven’t even got to the minutes the starters played. And the minutes Hill played even though he was perfectly healthy. SMH.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Tough Raps game to watch… David West pretty much took over in the second half. Sad.
    On another note, I guess I was wrong about Harden. Said he better average 25-5-5 with 2 threes and 2 steals. Looks like he’s got a nice head start.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Yea I think they’ll either JUST make the playoffs at 8th, or JUST miss it at 9th. Then at least our lottery pick would be given to OKC in a weak draft…

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Enes Kanter’s hat just made my day. Thank you for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    The question is, can he sustain it? Time will reveal all.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Harden just made the All-Star team already off that performance last night.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    BAMN, do you really think Gordon is actually hurt? Cuz I don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Harden is going to KILL bad defensive teams. But he is also going to struggle against the better ones. Especially those that pack the paint and rotate well. I could see him having a 12 point game against like Boston with a healthy Avery Bradley, for example.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You think he’s faking because he wants to be in Phoenix rather than New Orleans? He sounded sincere when he said he looked forward to helping Anthony Davis and taking some pressure off of him after the Suns’ offer was matched. If he’s not really hurt, I don’t know what his aim is. If the Hornets didn’t let him go as a restricted free agent, why would they trade him now if he asked them to? I just read an article and it seems like the organization is confused including Monty Williams. He thinks he may be faking. This could get ugly.

  • robb

    Kobe had a good game offensively. But man those turnovers and shitty D are killing the team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know, it could be the Hornets asking him not to play, right? He doesn’t want to be there. Everyone knows this. And he didn’t take part in camp more than going to his own basket and shooting around. And then, the day the season starts, he is out “indefinitely” with knee “soreness” —– and did you see Monty Williams take on this issue? He didn’t seem very happy.

    .

    “He’s going to be out,” Williams said. “The way I understand it, he’s going to be out indefinitely until we get some more clarity on what’s going on so I don’t have to answer these questions every day and give you guys the update. We’ll just go from there.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just think this situation is much too fishy. Especially with what Gordon said after the draft about how he doesn’t think his plans for the future are the same as NOLA’s and them drafting a guy that plays the same position, and all that. — I mean i realized he seemed sincere in his press conference, but he also just signed a max contract, i would have seemed happy too.

  • MUBWAR

    i paid $89 for that stupid collapse. Amir Johnson and Bargnani should never play together in the front court. they’re both bad at defense. I can’t believe Jonas didn’t play the entire 4th after a double midway through the 3rd. And y is Bargnani taking the last shot when he was 4 of 15 prior to that. Y not calderon or lowry. this one is on the coach.

  • robb

    I feel happy for Harden, that was an impressive game, but let’s see him play against good defensive teams before I can go and eat some crow

  • shutup

    Preach.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    patience. once Dwight is back in rhythm their defense will become a juggernaught

  • bike

    Big shout out to rookies Lillard and Davis. Something tells me they might go neck and neck for ROY.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ryan (Houston)
    .
    .This Eric Gordon situation stinks big time. Seems like he is refusing to play. Seems after all the good moves Dell Demps has made, this one is blowing up because he invested in a quitter
    .
    .John Hollinger
    .
    .(12:12 PM)
    .
    .Something isn’t right there, that’s for sure; it’s extremely rare for a coach to basically say out loud that the doctors think the guy is OK but he still won’t play, and Monty Williams isn’t exactly Mr. Throw Em Under the Bus. But Gordon needs to realize he has absolutely zero leverage here.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    29-33. 25 if they keep playing Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargani over Valanciunas

  • Bravoj

    Man raptors played so well last night, hope they keep this level of play up. Way more exciting than last season. But our wing players need to score more!

  • Drig

    If it was just missed rotations from Dwight, I wouldn’t be too sad but to see open shots go left and right, our perimeter being unable to prevent penetration, Gasol giving up just as much on D as he provided on O and Metta giving up as much on O as he earned on D, botched rotations, not boxing out ( carried over from previous seasons sadly )…….

    The other problem is that our bench simply can’t D up man to man. Ebanks uses his hands more than his feet a significant number of times, the less said about Jamison the better, Meeks is a subpar defender, Hill still has problems with foul trouble etc.

    The onus falls on MikeB to develop a system to mitigate these factors. He hasn’t come close to doing it and the devil in me believes he ain’t got a clue.

    Playing the starters so many minutes on a back to back, esp. one which is long in the tooth and has lingering effects of injuries worries me. These guys need to be on the floor to grow comfortable with each other no doubt but I would rather that happen in practices in a controlled environment to prevent risks.

    My patience is wearing out at an accelerated pace because all the teams that I support in various sports are more or less in the same place at the moment ( great on paper, play well for most of the game but lose courtesy of just few simple mistakes over and over again………. ). The D’s been a problem since pre-season which I attributed to players not giving enough effort. The starters might have a legit excuse but the lack of any defensive scheme for the bench is what’s making me grumble.

  • Drig

    Kobe had an average game. Took the wind outta our sails with erratic sloppy passing and unluckily, an airball 3 when the Lakers came close.

    Those kinds of things remove the shine off of his efficient night which unfortunately included a few frustrated shots…….

  • boooooo

    who’s ROY???

  • 23

    Oh yeah, playing good against the Pistons is always linked to clinching a spot in the all star game.

  • 23

    If you have a man crush on your harden, and he’s no where close to being your #1, what does that make your feeling about Kobe? Man-love?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol i’ll cede this to you. i think they will be fine, but those issues you just brought up are, um, glaring. I don’t disagree with anything you said.

  • 23

    Yep, I’m sure OKC will regret losing harden when they’re struggling against Detroit in the NBA finals.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Think about it, the Asian community will vote Jlin as a starter in the all-star game and since Harden is his back court mate it’s basically a lock. And yes he did play against the Pistons but I expect Harden to play at this high level consistently throughout the rest of the season. Straight eff you Sam Presti Mode.

  • KipSmithers

    Brandon

  • KipSmithers

    He got it from the Kentucky Wildhats line.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehoteboy CCT

    HaHaHaHa!!!!! Sure it will.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if it doesn’t, Mike Brown will get fired.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Raptors still believe in Andrea Bargnani, who has probably the worst FG% in the league for a big man even though he’s supposed to be a shooter… That is why the Raptors suck and until they realize why they suck, they will continue to suck. Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas are the only reasons why they’re even slightly better than that suckage they produced last year.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    James Harden > Your favorite player.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Maybe they’re trying their best to trade him now. I remember when Philly just sent Iverson home while they were trying to trade him and eventually did. Apparently, a media relations person told him not to speak with the media yesterday. He may want to be a star and with the team drafting Davis and Rivers, he doesn’t see how he can stand out there. You’re right, Monty definitely isn’t the kind of coach who throws his players under the bus unless something is truly going on that he’s not okay with.

  • deeznutz

    Hibbert

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you see what Gordon just said to the media? lol —- he vaguely said he might sit out the season. in a weird, cryptic way, he said it’s a mystery what’s wrong with him.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Teddy, you forgot to mention Bargnani’s 3 “Beastly” rebounds in 35 minutes! Man, those extra 15 pounds of muscle he put on this summer were on full display last night!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Yeah I saw what he said. It’s weird, he says that an MRI showed some damage that happened after he got cut for the Olympic team and before training camp began. And he’s having another one this weekend. After that, he’ll know when he’ll be able to play. Usually, after guys get MRIs, the team announces exactly what the results are. He was asked about what kind of damage it is and he said he doesn’t know, it’s just damage.

  • Datkid

    smh 23 w/ the consecutive dagger 3′s

  • http://twitter.com/whitehoteboy CCT

    And replace him with who exactly? Try to bring Phil back and deal with a Canadian Nazi (look at the hairdo), a chocolate prima donna, a past his prime gunner, a moronic SF and a ball-less Spaniard? Not this time, kiddies.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Mike D’Antoni, Brian Shaw immediately come to mind.

  • JoeyE

    i like how you think, but Kobe is more popular among those Chinese. and Laker fans are pretty mighty to

    i also think CP3 will beat out Lin

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    I can see Valuncias entering into that conversation, he looked like a stud last night with the effort on the boards, definitely worth the wait for Raptors fans.

  • adlkjf

    I’m more interested to see how he matches up defensively against some bigger 2′s. I know he’s a good defender, but you can’t add size. And switching him and Lin defensive matchups won’t do any good.

  • ratguts

    Is anybody buying Rivers? I don’t think he’ll ever be as good as Gordon.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I am high on Rivers actually. Not that I’m an authority or anything lol but I think he’s gonna be a good pro. I doubt he’ll be as good as Eric Gordon, atleast not in anyway but as a scorer/creator. But drafting him was a pretty clear sign of the direction they are heading, I doubt they really thought he could play the Point better than Grievas, who is actually a pretty good player. Plus Gordon already said he didn’t want to be in NOLA, there were even reports of him saying he’d make the situation uncomfortable (atleast here in Phoenix where most of the rumors were at). So who knows what the real deal is with that team.

  • Jeff

    Well, I meant ‘Rookie of the Year’ – but I am sure for Portland he is a good replacement for the Brandon, too.

  • Aston

    ROY = Rookie of the Year. He isn’t talking about names here…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    neither Harden nor Lin are very good defenders. But Asik, & Patterson (when healthy), will do a good job of helping at the rim.

  • KipSmithers

    Oh, I knew. Just thinking of any “Roy”.

  • Brandon

    Fucking 76er fans.Iggy gave his blood and sweat for them, and this is what he gets in return?Talk about major unappreciative assholes.

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