Monday, 14 February 2011


24. This years Western and Eastern Conference players of the week really are big guys. Out East Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic was given the honor after a huge week. The All-Star was all numbers over the last seven, with a 16.8 rebound average to go along with four double, doubles (four of his 14 straight) en route to a 3-1 week for his Magic side. Dwight's statistical vision was a perfect, 20/20 (points and rebounds) against the Clippers. This is the fifth time Howard was seen stats like this, this season. Despite the criminal All-Star snub, Portland's stud talent LeMarcus Aldridge led the one time Jail-Blazers, to a scorching hot undefeated week. Blazing a trail of 3 points or more in all three games, the big forward pushed his Portland Trail Blazers further up the Western elite. Showing true grit in his performances including 42 points against Chicago. Aldridge joins fellow player of the week Howard and probable Rookie of The Year, Blake Griffin as the only player to average 22 points and 9 rebounds. All these bigs numbers really do add up and equate to something...recognition.

48. The Lakers, engines are only purring on their road-trip at the moment as they couldn't claw a victory against the Charlotte Bobcats. Coach Phil Jackson was so upset after his former player, Michael Jordan's Charlotte franchise blew the Lakers lights out, 109-89. The second coming, Kobe had nothing to say to the press to go with 20 points in contest that was matched and bested by the fierce cat, Gerald Wallace. He also had 11 boards and Gerald Henderson pulled away with 18. This makes it 8 out of 10 in favour of the city that used to house the Hornets. They used to be a tough test for the Lake Show but these Bobcats appear to be a bogey side for L.A. in fact in 13 unlucky contests the Lakers have only picked away 5 wins to Charlotte's 8. The only other team the L.A. Lakers have a negative record with is the Boston Celtics...and we all know about the history of those two teams.

82. The Orlando Magic may have been fishing for big names recently, still one of their best contributors is real, role playing talent, Brandon Bass.Bold as brass, Brandon is a crowd favourite and ever the dependable player. The star has been out injured recently with a sprained ankle, but he was turned things over and is looking to get might healthy and well-balanced in the second half of the season and playoffs. One of the contenders biggest contributors returned during the Magics weekend win over the Lakers. "It felt good just to get back on the court and to be out there playing with the guys," Bass told, giving instead of fishing for compliments. He doesn't need to, it's clear his team and his fans love him.

O.T. Following his suspension, Sacramento rook, Cousins will now have to relate his wrong with some money, as the Sacramento star has been fined by his team...the injury problems are getting worse for the transitional Utah jazz. Their versatile forward, Andrei Kirlienko missed the teams game against Phoenix with injury problems...Speaking of the Suns the team who have been re-tooling over the years almost looks nothing like that of the past when their Point Guard was a two-time MVP and they where out-right contenders. Still their star player Steve Nash still believes he won't be traded. This season or the next. Good, because the Suns would be burnt without him. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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