Thursday, 10 February 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: TUESDAY (02/08/11)
24. A storm really is coming and the heat is on. The Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. These two former and forthcoming All-Stars were honored for games played between January 31st and February 6th. LeBron, achieved the honor once again, (his fourth time) after leading his team to another clean sweep. Miami's record over 7 days was 4-0, as James averaged, 26.5 points, 7.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He also hit a season-high, franchise road-high 51 points against Florida rivals, the Magic. Oklahoma also had a clean, 3-0 sheet week behind league leading scorer, Durant (29.3 points). Kevin is also ninth in the league with rebounds, (11 per) and scored over 40 points for the fifth time this season with 43 against New Orleans. Congratulations to both guys who put up big number and big plays for a notoriously B.I.G. week.
48. Now Marvel at this. The NBA is full of superhero's, iron man that keep playing all season, hulking strong frontcourt players as strong as Thor and captains of various cities throughout America. So it's only right that the greatest basketball association in the world merged with one of the best comic-book franchises in the world (we see you DC). After a very popular, artistic season preview for ESPN magazine, Marvel Entertainment LLC have teamed up with the NBA for a range of clothes. So expect to see characters like Spiderman and the X-Men and many mores on exclusive team t-shirts and caps. Pairing teams and characters it's just a shame that Superman is on DC. Sorry Shaq and Dwight. This is still a great move for comic-book fans and hoops geeks alike however. Now will we see some courtside cameos from Stan Lee now too?
82. Nobody can knock or keep Ron Artest down, even if you bloody hid nose. He'll just come back and shoot all the critics down and that's exactly what happened last night in Memphis. Again Ron Artest hit a 3, which is no longer unlike him or unusual late in the fourth. This spearheaded a run that led the Lakers to a 93-84 win. Ron traded departure talk for once again lifting up and saving his team. Need anymore proof that Ron, Ron is for the Lakers. It was Pau's brother, Marc Gasol who was the Grizzlies player that knocked Ron's nose. Despite drawing blood the younger brother denies it was a foul, I wonder what Pau thinks however. Ron on the other hand doesn't remember being hit, saying, "Once I got my head cleared, (I) toughened up a little bit and got out there and played basketball. You do what it takes to win.'' Artest had a great game with 13 points and 4 steals as he hounded Memphis star, Rudy Gay all night. The Lakers had a balanced attack as Kobe scored 19, Pau had 17 and Odom 15 and 11 boards. This ensured that the Lakers stood on steady ground to start their road trip. Will it be steady as they go for their upcoming journey.
O.T. The Raptors have offered Trey Johnson a second 10 day contract as the player averaged 4.0 points and 1.6 assists in 5 games. Now how about a starting gig?...as this is what the Phoenix Suns have done with Zabian Dowdell, after his own impressive set of two, 10 day contracts, averaging, 3.2 points and 1.8 assists. TIM DAVID HARVEY.