Here are some snap judgements to the games I watched last night:
Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers
- Evan Turner is lost. He just lost the ball on multiple occasions and had his pocket picked on others. And playing with the ball in his hands was supposed to be his strength. If he cannot even do that, why is he out there when the Sixers have a bevy of wing players?
- Spencer Hawes played the best game of his life. Team Mullet.
- I wish Jrue Holiday was a little more aggressive like he was in the preseason. He has the ball handling ability to get around defenders whenever he wants. He settles for jumpers way too often when getting switched off on centers off the pick and roll.
- Between Nick Young, Jason Richardson and Dorell Wright, it is like bombs away out there. I don’t mind the 3′s. I mind the off balance 3′s.
- I just want to see this Sixers team with Bynum already.
- Denver played a sloppy game. So did Philadelphia. It was almost like the Sixers won by default.
- Andre Iguodala is still Andre Iguodala. Sixers aren’t missing much. Thinking he was going to break out is ludicrous.
- Andre Miller remains such an “ole reliable.”
Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons
- This game was all about James Harden. Before we go overboard, let’s get two things out of the way. The Pistons are bad. Like really bad. And Harden would never get this latitude while playing for the Thunder. He was was directing traffic out there last night. Nice sign for the Rockets, and if you are the Thunder, you can live with this move.
- Jeremy Lin looked like a solid NBA point guard. It’s not Linsanity, but it is good enough to start in this league.
- So Terrence Jones & Royce White didn’t play but undrafted Greg Smith did. I didn’t see that coming.
- Detroit looks like they have no plan out there.
- Brandon Knight would be so good on a team that wasn’t so inept.
- Greg Monroe is not a go-to guy in the NBA.
San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Hornets
- I thought this game was going to be a blowout. I usually don’t like to give coaches too much credit, but in this case I will say that Monty Williams coached this team up and they almost upset the Spurs.
- Anthony Davis looked like Anthony Davis. Long, active and changing shots defensively.
- Austin Rivers did not shoot well at all last night. He also started slow at Duke. I wouldn’t be worried because it doesn’t look like Eric Gordon wants to play.
- I like the idea of a Robin Lopez/Anthony Davis pair with a Jason Smith/Ryan Anderson backup.
- I never really felt like the Hornets were actually going to win this game, even though they were up 10.
- Tony Parker and Tim Duncan never wavered. Even during the comeback, it looked like it was just another day at the office.
- Kawhi Leonard looked good. He could be a perfect blend of youth added to the veterans already in place on the Spurs.
Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns
- This is not the run and gun Warriors team of years past…or they were just way off last night. I am hoping its the latter.
- On nights when Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are both on, there needs to be an NBA TV alert, a bat signal, something. Last night was not that night. Steph Curry shot just 2-14.
- This game wouldn’t have been nearly as close if David Lee could hit a shot from 2 feet out. Instead he was 2-16 from the field.
- Harrison Barnes didn’t even log 14 minutes. He must have been a helluva high school player in Iowa because since he has been in the public eye, I just don’t see what everyone else sees.
- I am not buying into the Suns as a team who will be a surprise in the west. They are going to struggle to win games.
- Michael Beasley was another guy who people felt would all of a sudden break out. Sure he will have some 25+ point games, but he will have more games like last night.
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers
- I don’t know why people get surprised when Clippers games get chippy. They attempt to show up every opponent. Don’t get me wrong, it makes for great TV. I just don’t get the shock when people take cheap shots at them.
- I am convinced that Jamal Crawford can help any team. He had 29 off the bench.
- Crazy stat I saw on Twitter last night. This is Jamal Crawford’s 13th season and he has had a different head coach every season. Sometimes more than one coach per season due to firings. Can someone figure out if that is record?
- Rudy Gay chipped in 25 points. I can see him averaging 20+PPG this year.
Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trailblazers
- Damian Lillard is going to be a problem for point guards who aren’t athletic freaks. He absolutely abused Steve Nash and Steve Blake for 23 and 11 in his first NBA game. The Blazers take on the Thunder Friday so I will be watching that Westbrook/Lillard matchup.
- If the Blazers had any sort of bench, they would be a top 5 team in the west.
- If they didn’t play in Portland, Oregon, they would be household names.
- Look at that starting 5: JJ Hickson (13 & 10), Aldridge (19pts), Batum (26pts & 3 steals), Wes Matthews (22pts) and rookie Damian Lillard (23 & 11 assists). Usually teams have a core of up to 3 young players to build around. Portland has 5.
- The Lakers lost but they seemed to abandon the Princeton Offense once Nash went out in the second half. There was a lot more of Kobe taking control in an effort to keep LA in the game.
- I haven’t seen Kobe Bryant that frustrated in a long time. I am guessing he wasn’t just frustrated by the Blazers and the officials. There is a lot of change going on with that team and I am not so sure Kobe is in favor of it.
- The Lakers are in even more trouble if Nash is out for any extended period of time.