Crazy movement on this week’s dirty. Philly is back from the dead, on the way up. Utah goes the other way. Some teams can’t win, and the Pistons never lose. That’s why they take over the top. It’s been a while, but could the East finally be catching up to the West? It’s starting to look that way.
This Week
Last Week
Team
Why?
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6-0. Undefeated. An easy call for a new #1.
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5-2. It looked like Manu was enjoying some early season naptime, but he’s starting to wake up. When he gets going, you’ll see the real Spurs. T Robot, get a haircut ya hippie.
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4-1, The bandwagon was already loading up. Then they pulled off that comeback over Indy. They’re better than hot. The Bucks are good.
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5-1. Speaking of H-O-T: Gilbert Arenas. A surprise super-early MVP candidate.
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4-2. When Dirk is their leading scorer, they’re 4-0. When anyone else is (Terry and Van Horn so far) they’re 0-2. That’s a trend to watch.
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4-2. Look good, except having some trouble closing out games. Drastic example: The Milwaukee choke. Plenty of time to figure it out though.
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3-3. I know just about anyone can get stats playing in this offense, alongside Nash, but Barbosa genuinely looks good. Not Joe Johnson good, but good enough to start.
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4-3. The Heat have started a pretty soft stretch of their schedule, so look for them to win a lot, and gel. They could have Shaq back right in time for a trip West.
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5-2. Elton Brand is putting up BIG numbers on a WINNING team. One of those capitalized words is a new thing for him. Maggette off the bench? We’ll see how long that lasts.
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5-3. New players, same old balance. It seems to be working again.
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5-2. LeBron has been looking to score a little too much, but as Larry Hughes gets more comfortable, the roles will fleshout more, and the triple double Bron could return.
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3-4. Camby’s been the monster so far, not Melo. And that’s good, because the Melo explosion is coming soon. Maybe even tonight at Dallas.
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4-3. Back fom the dead. Very impressive Philadelphia! For all these new jack scorers with their big numbers like Michael Redd and Gilbert Arenas, look who hasn’t put up less than 25 yet.
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5-3. J-Rich and Murphy, last year’s mystery twin big contract boys are doing more than just making Baron’s job easier. It’s too bad there’s only one more GS-MIL game this year. What a crazy thing to write.
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2-4. Here’s a story idea: someone explain why Jeff Van Grumpy overthinks, tinkers with, and controls his team, making everything too complicated. We’ll call it Rocket Science.
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3-4. Something’s not right. The energy isn’t there, which I think means Kidd is getting old. He’s 11th in the league in assists per game? Wow.
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3-3. Is the Lafrentz trade actually working out now? Did he really score 32? Ainge, for this week you’re a genius.
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3-3. They have one of the better benches in the league. That’s because the bench players should be starting. Skiles, have a nice power trip.
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3-4. Looks like the genius of Zen this year is to get Kobe to score 30+. I thought the triangle was supposed to balance your team. Whatever, get that money Phil.
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3-3. Alright, last year it was the Vince Carter trade watch. This year it’s KG. I’ll throw out a random team: Boston, for Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, and whatever else they need to match salaries. Why not?
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2-3. It’s still a work in progress, but it looks like Z-Bo and Darius are responding to Nate McMillan. There’s a 7 game road trip starting Sunday.
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2-5. Season falling apart. Errrrrrrrrrrt. Emergency break. Two game win streak. Breathe again. Lakers-Knicks tomorrow night, Larry vs. Phil. Yawn.
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4-4. Last year the Andrei injury killed them. This year it could happen again. When the owner is publicly yelling at the coach during the game, you’ve got problems.
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2-3. As long as Chris Paul and J.R. Smith are out there playing and learning, it’s a positive year. Come on J.R., I’m not asking for the impossible.
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2-5. I’ve been consistent in saying the Kings aren’t this bad, and they can turn it around. And now, I’m abandoning ship. Window of opportunity, closed. Shareef, never making the playoffs.
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2-4. Dwight Howard is a beast. He’s the best player on thsi team and they should be pounding the ball into him over and over. But… Steve Francis.
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2-5. Okafor put on twenty five pounds of muscle? Is that even possible with steroids? He might want to lose some of that weight if he keeps playing like this.
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2-4. One thing the Sonics are really good at is getting blown out. Let’s move on.
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0-6. This is the best damn winless team in the whole NBA. And now a Texas-two step at San Antonio then Dallas. Say hello to 0-8. Don’t feel bad though, the Bulls were 0-9 last year.
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0-6. Anyone that wants to mail me an apology for cursing me out for keeping the Raptors down here, you can go ahead if you want to. I enjoyed your profanity though, so don’t be too nice.
By Sam Rubenstein