Happy Friday everyone. In case you didn't notice, there were 11 NBA games tonight, and 16 players with ties to the Northwest saw action.
Let's get to it.
|Tony Wroten (76ers)||31||11-27||3-10||6-8||5||2||3||7||1||0||2||34|
|Terrence Ross (Raptors)||18||7-15||4-6||0-0||5||2||3||1||0||0||3||29|
|Jeff Green (Celtics)||15||5-12||3-7||2-2||7||2||5||1||0||0||3||30|
|Nate Robinson (Nuggets)||14||6-14||2-7||0-0||0||0||0||5||1||0||1||26|
|Kelly Olynyk (Celtics)||12||5-7||2-2||0-0||5||2||3||2||1||0||2||28|
|Avery Bradley (Celtics)||11||4-12||1-4||2-2||3||1||2||1||0||0||2||29|
|Aaron Brooks (Bulls)||10||4-8||2-4||0-0||1||0||1||4||1||0||1||17|
|Luke Ridnour (Magic)||8||4-8||0-1||0-0||1||0||1||2||0||0||2||14|
|Marvin Williams (Hornets)||5||2-7||1-4||0-0||2||0||2||1||1||0||1||24|
|Reggie Evans (Kings)||5||0-3||0-0||5-6||2||3||5||2||0||1||2||11|
|Zach LaVine (Timberwolves)||4||1-2||0-0||2-2||0||0||0||2||1||1||0||8|
|Nick Collison (Thunder)||3||1-3||1-1||0-2||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||25|
|Isaiah Thomas (Suns)||3||1-4||1-4||0-0||1||0||1||4||0||0||1||14|
|Quincy Pondexter (Grizzlies)||2||0-2||0-2||2-2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||16|
|Rony Turiaf (Timberwolves)||0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Joe Harris (Cavaliers)||0||0-1||0-0||0-0||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||2|
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Tony Wroten led all scorers in the Association with a career high 31 points. It'd be nice to see Wroten be more efficient, he was 11-27 from the field and a mere 3-10 from deep. However, Wroten is not exactly being surrounded by the best players in the league, so he gets a slight pass for the low shooting percentage. Also, its important to point out that scoring 31 points against the Chicago Bulls widely considered the best defense in the NBA, is an impressive feat, no matter how many shots it takes to get there. Wroten also added seven assists. Unfortunately for Wroten, his impressive night was not enough to take down the bulls, as the Sixers lost 118-115, dropping to 0-6 for the second time in franchise history.
Toronto's Terrence Ross, Wroten's teammate on arguably the most disappointing team in recent NCAA history also had a solid night. Ross got off to a hot start, hitting his first four shots and overwhelming Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce. He would end up scoring 18 points on 7-15 shooting. Ross fans and Raptors fans alike are hoping that he can ride the momentum of this solid outing and turn the corner. It is year three for Ross and the Raptors have high hopes for him, after all Ross is the reason why the Raptors felt comfortable trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Gay has seemingly reinvented himself in Sacramento, and if Ross doesn't take a big jump soon the Kings may come away as winners in that trade.
Isaiah Thomas's first game against his former team did not go as he had hoped. The suns lost a tough game in double overtime to the Kings 114-112. Thomas, who is not exactly happy with the way the Kings treated him this off-season, really struggled to score the ball. He did not take a shot from inside the three point line tonight, and connected on just 1-4 of his attempts from deep. He also failed to get to the free throw line, and played only 17 minutes, which left some of us here at Sonics Rising scratching our heads.
Denver Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson sat out tonight's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a sore ankle. This allowed Nate Robinson to make a spot start in his place. Robinson played pretty well, scoring 14 points on 6-14 from the field, converting on some tough finishes at the rims against the Cavs bigs. However, Nate only shot 2-7 from three, and was limited to 26 minutes due to the fact that he is still trying to get back to 100 percent after tearing his ACL last February.
Zach Lavine fans have to be a little disappointed that Lavine only saw eight minutes of action, especially after Ricky Rubio left the game due to an ankle injury in the second quarter. (Get well soon Ricky) However, while showing bursts of amazing athleticism, Lavine has looked overwhelmed by the speed of the NBA game so far. I understand why the Wolves have kept Lavine in the NBA so far, but I think it is just a matter of time until the T-Wolves send him down to one of their D league affiliates.