Thursday, January 15, 2009

Three random observations ...

... about the NBA:

1. Now here's the Celtics we know. Boston held Vince Carter to 1-for-10 shooting last night and the 17 points by Devin Harris was the highest total for any Net. The C's got solid contributions off the bench as well, which had been absent during their struggles. Glen Davis had 12 points, Eddie House 10 and Leon Powe grabbed eight rebounds for a reserve crew that saw plenty of action in a game that was blown open in the third quarter.

2. Dwayne Wade has been getting more work at the point lately, and he's showing why he's almost as effective a distributor as he is a finisher. Wade posted 13 assists last night, which mitigated a 5-for-20 shooting night. Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley picked up the scoring slack, hitting for 20+ each off the bench in a win for Miami over the Bucks. Maybe the Heat should try going big for a while, with Wade at the point and Marion at the 2.

3. No one saw this coming, but Roger Mason may well have be the single most important offseason acquisition made by a contending team. He's become one of the league's best clutch shooters as witnessed by his game-winner last night against the Lakers, and has taken over the defensive stopper role that Bruce Bowen played expertly for years in San Antonio. Can you imagine what he could have done for the Hornets, considering their troubles at the off guard spot?

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