Happy hump day everybody.
There were 11 NBA games tonight, meaning that many players with ties to the Pacific Northwest got some run in.
Terrence Ross scored 14 of his 16 points in the final quarter tonight, knocking down three triples in the process, as the Raptors pulled out a big win against the league leading Memphis Grizzlies, 96-92. Ross's 14-point fourth quarter helped foil Vince Carter's emotional return to Toronto.
Ross's performance tonight was both encouraging and a reminder of his shortcomings in his career thus far. He is an incredibly gifted athlete who threw down some huge dunks, and is capable of putting up some serious numbers, but he's also been inconsistent on a night-to-night basis.
The Raptors sit at the top of the Eastern Conference at 9-2, but for Toronto to seriously contend come playoff time, Ross will need to figure out how to produce in this way (outside shooting, solid defense) on a nightly basis.
It seems like Jamal Crawford finds a way to get recognition in the 206 Tracker every time he takes the floor, that's probably a surprise to no one.
Crawford made the most of his 24 minutes, putting up 22 points on 8-12 shooting from the field, as the Clippers took care of the Orlando Magic, 114-90. The Clips have gotten off to a rocky start so far this season, so playing against an over matched Magic squad must have come as as a relief to Steve Ballmer's club.
|Jamal Crawford (Clippers)||22||8-12||2-3||4-4||0||4||4||3||1||1||1||24|
|Tony Wroten (76ers)||21||7-19||1-6||6-9||1||2||3||7||1||0||2||28|
|Terrence Ross (Raptors)||16||6-14||3-6||1-1||0||2||2||1||1||1||1||36|
|Jeff Green (Celtics)||11||5-13||0-4||0-1||1||9||10||2||1||1||1||38|
|Rodney Stuckey (Pacers)||11||5-13||0-1||1-3||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||26|
|Spencer Hawes (Clippers)||10||3-6||2-3||2-2||0||6||6||1||0||4||0||21|
|Kelly Olynyk (Celtics)||9||4-9||0-2||1-2||0||3||3||4||1||0||3||25|
|Marvin Williams (Hornets)||8||3-8||2-3||0-0||0||3||3||0||1||0||0||23|
|Avery Bradley (Celtics)||7||3-11||1-4||0-0||1||4||5||13||2||0||3||30|
|Nate Robinson (Nuggets)||6||2-3||2-2||0-0||2||0||2||2||1||0||0||12|
|Aron Baynes (Spurs)||6||3-4||0-0||0-0||2||1||3||0||0||1||1||13|
|Isaiah Thomas (Suns)||5||1-9||1-1||2-2||0||3||3||2||1||0||2||23|
|Jason Terry (Rockets)||5||2-7||1-4||0-0||0||1||1||2||1||1||2||20|
|Quincy Pondexter (Grizzlies)||4||2-6||0-2||0-0||1||0||1||0||2||2||0||25|
|Austin Daye (Spurs)||3||1-3||1-3||0-0||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||9|
|Zach LaVine (Timberwolves)||2||1-5||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||17|
|Luke Ridnour (Magic)||0||0-2||0-2||0-0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||14|
|Rony Turiaf (Timberwolves)||0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|C.J. Wilcox (Clippers)||0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nick Johnson (Rockets)||0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
At this point I feel like I am beginning to pick on Isaiah Thomas, but everyone has had high expectations for the young guard after his breakout campaign, last season, in Sacramento. It is still very early, but Thomas has struggled to consistently live up to those expectations in Phoenix, thus far. Thomas shot just 1-9 from the field and recorded only 5 points in 23 minutes of action.
It would be foolish to believe that Thomas won't figure it out, but hopefully that comes sooner rather than later.The Suns are determined to make the playoffs this season after missing out by one game last year.
They will need to cut down their rotation as the playoffs approach, in order to make that push. Isaiah will most likely have figured it out by then, but if he doesn't he may find himself riding the pine much more than expected.
Tony Wroten's solid season continued on Wednesday, as he came off the bench, put up 21 points for the struggling Philadelphia 76ers. Wroten connected on only one of his six three point attempts, but was able to add seven assists. However, his effort wasn't enough to give the 76ers their first win of the season, as they fell to the Boston Celtics 101-90. They are now 0-11 for the year.
There has been a lot of talk recently about if the supposed best team in college basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats, could possibly defeat an NBA team. Naturally, the 76ers are the team that is most often mentioned who the Wildcats could potentially knock off. Head coach John Calipari quickly took to twitter and attempted to dismiss this, saying that his Cats would get "buried by any NBA team."
However, one of Calipari's former players, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, isn't so sure. During an interview on SiriusXM radio, Bledsoe was asked who he believes would win a seven game series between the two teams. He had the following to say:
I'm definitely taking Kentucky," Bledsoe said when presented with the scenario. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."
Look, I know the 76ers are terrible, and may go down as one of the worst teams in NBA history, but I simply cannot pick against an NBA team in this type of scenario. I believe that the 76ers would expose the Wildcats, but I also believe that in world of the hypothetical I could beat LeBron James one-on-one. Okay, I'm not that dumb, but I'm not a big fan of "What if?' scenarios like this.
That's it for me, see you all next time.