Wednesday, 19 January 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: TUESDAY
24. Derek Fisher couldnt recreate his clutch magic against the Clippers this weekend but he was up to his old tricks against Oklahoma hitting big buckets and threes. He scored a season-high, 15 points en route to the Lake Show's 101-94 win against Oklahoma City. Pau and Kobe also helped weather the Thunder, both collecting 21 points. The Lakers won their eigth of nine as Russell Westbrook (32 points and 12 assists) and Kevin Durant's (24 points)strong play wasn't enough. The team that almost beat the Lakers in the playoffs last year, showed they could still match up to the Lakers in this regular season game. Phil Jackson had a lot of respect for his opponent but also appreciated his own team saying, ."It's a good win for us. Our intensity was right on a back-to-back night. We had the energy necessary to win against a young and very active team."
48. The other Los Angeles team really are making a name for themselves and this is thank to their big rookie, Blake Griffin. After beating the Lakers the Clippers won again thanks to Blake's huge game. With a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds, Griffin showed his offensive skill set with dunks, hooks and three-pointers. Behind this rooks grown man performance the Clips beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107. L.A. and Blake's 7 point win over the Pacers helped write off even more critics, "It's cool because all I hear is, 'He can dunk and jumps high,' " Griffin said silencing those who thought he and his team where limited. With his 33rd double, double this season Blake capped off an incredible run of form for him and his team. His new nickname should be, 'monster', because that's what he's playing like.
82. There's something about the Atlanta Hawks and guys named Wilkins. The ATL unit have signed swingman Damien Wilkins to a second, straight 10-day contract. D. Wilkins has played 17 games and is averaging 2.4 points per game. I guess the Hawks are liking their latest Wilkins, who is supplementing well in reserve for injured Joe Johnson. Maybe they should extend his contract to a full-time gig. He is Hawk legend Damien Wilkins nephew after all.
O.T. Russell Westbrook is hot right now, once again being named the Western Conference Player Of The Week. Derrick Rose took the honors in the East...more on the Miami Heat injuries. Bosh will sit out of the next game while LeBron will be a game time decision...in other injury news Brandon Roy has had the surgery on both his knees. Portlands new nickname should be the pain-Blazers. Get well soon Roy. TIM DAVID HARVEY.