by Brett Edwards
Before we get to tonight's match-ups, there were 13 games last night, with plenty of items that warrant discussion. Here's a sampling of some of the events that caught our interest last night:
-The Mavs won their 10th straight game, coming from 10 down in the 4th quarter, and 3 down with 40 seconds left to beat the Grizz in Memphis. There was some D in Dallas, as they held Memphis to 13 points and 28% from the field in the 4th quarter. Predictably, Mark Cuban was excited.
-What happened to the Nuggets? After winning 11 of 13 games, including 7 straight, the hype machine was in full force, until they lost two nights in a row to the Clippers by a combined 51 points. Now they've lost 4 straight, and the wheels are coming off the Carmelo Campaign.
-It's worth mentioning that the Lakers got killed in Indiana by a squad that rolled out Scot Pollard and Jeff Foster in the starting lineup, and that featured substantial contributions from David Harrison and Danny Granger. The Lakers scored 79 points and lost by 26. It appears that unless Kobe scores 40+, L.A. is in for a long night.
- The President triple-doubled en route to the Cavs beating the Nets. LBJ was really on his game, and although he was only 8-21 from the field, he was smart enough to get to the line 12 times. As for the Nets, there was no way the wife beater was going to pull another game out of his ass like he did against Detroit the night before. In that game, J Kidd went for 23, 12, and 7, and made 5-8 3-pointers. Last night Kidd played more like he always does, which means 4-15 from the field and only 5 assists. O-ver-RAT-ed clap, clap, clap-clap-clap.
- It was Super Bowl night at The Palace, as many players from the Steelers rolled in and sat courtside. Combine this with the fact that the Pistons lost the night before, and that they were playing their new coach's former team, and the result was no surprise: an easy 14-point win for your 2005-06 Champs. I wonder if Big Ben hit the party scene again after the game?