Monday, 15 November 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (11/15/10)
The start of the Lake Shows season was certainly an asset but now the Los Angeles Lakers are becoming a loss leader of sorts. The Lakers have now dropped their last two games and yesterday they suffered their first home disadvantage. Phoenix proved that even though they've lost Amare, their still hot as they burnt the Lake Show 121-116. Phoenix rose from the ashes of critical doubt and let the rainbow three's shine. In dropping the Lakers, Phoenix sunk the second most 3 pointers in NBA history and Jason Richardson had a monster performance, roaring with 34 points and 7 threes. As his team defined history for the first time, legend Steve Nash once again defied age with 21 points and 13 assists. Channing Frye and Hedo Turkoglu also contributed from deep adding a respectful 20 and 4 threes and 17 and 5 threes respectively. The Suns were just one 3 ball shy of over shining Orlando's 2009 record as they made 22 of 40 shots still Phoenix still filed away the Lakers at Staples for the first time since 2008. LA's players still saw some sunshine as Gasol hit 28, Kobe 25, Odom 22 and Artest 13. Still Phoenix's threes were too much for the Lakers to escape with one 'W'. As the clock read zero the Lakers were out gunned and out numbered.
It wasn't just the Phoenix orange that had a stellar night beyond the arc. Red head Matt Bonner was red hot with a shower of threes against the Oklahoma City Thunder as the role player stepped it up and led his San Antonio Spurs to a 117-104 win against Oklahoma. This Spur was clicking with 21 points and he too just missed a record when his 7 three's where just short of a San An franchise record. Last night Bonner netted three three's in a 21-8 run that helped the Spurs extend their winning streak to 7. You do the math, like Lil' Jon, 3, 6, 9 was a great amount of points to make the Spurs OK. Steve Smiths perfect 8 against his old Portland team in 2001 may still be the franchise record but Bonner has helped the Spurs become the best three point team in the L. Now you've got nothing to say about their age or his hair, even if Tim Duncan can tussle it.
It wouldn't be an addition of 'Through The Wire' without a trip through the injury list. It seems that a top rookie has hit the wall as Washington Wizards rising star John Wall has sprained his left foot. I guess he's going to have to take it easy on the dancing now. As the Wiz wait on his return it looks like Gilbert Arenas and Nick Young can continue to take turns in playing. The chilling list doesn't stop their for the Wizards as someone will have to spell the injured Yi Jianlian. The recent signing also left the play against the Chicago Bulls as he suffered a right foot injury. Across to the Pacific coast another new addition is out of action. Golden State forward David Lee had surgery to clean out an infection in his left elbow. Oakland's finest hope this ludicrous rebounder will be back to throwing bows in the paint in a week or so. That should give David enough time to go back to Madison Square Garden and give his former team mate Wilson Chandler his tooth back. TIM DAVID HARVEY.