Great night of games last night, let’s recap.
Heat @ Celtics – This pretty much turned out the way I thought. The Celtics looked good in spurts and they were egged on by the home crowd. You got the majority of what you’ll see all year long: Pierce (19 pts, 7 rebs), Allen (20 pts), Garnett (10 pts, 10 rebs), Big Baby (13 pts) and Shaq (9 pts, 7 rebs) will show up every now and then. Rondo had a terrible scoring game but led the Celtics with 17 assists (only 3 turnovers). Welcome back Marquis Daniels, the Celtics really need you (could have used you last year too). The Heat were slow out of the gates, with the exception of LBJ. I can’t believe that he actually posted Paul Pierce up. I mean, yes, he missed the two foot bunny, but he POSTED Paul Pierce up. If that’s not something to be happy about, I don’t know what is. The Celtics were able to hold on and win this game, and we know the Heat will be better, but I agree with Charles Barkley when he said that Mike Miller should renegotiate his contract right now, because without him, the Heat have no outside shooting.
Rockets @ Lakers – The good thing for the Rockets is that Yao Ming didn’t get hurt. He actually played pretty well and so did the Rockets backcourt of Aaron Brooks (24 pts, 9 asts) and Kevin Martin (26 pts, 3 rebs, 2 asts). The Lakers got their Championship Rings and it was good to see each player introduce the next. Interesting note, Adam Morrison has a Championship ring, let that marinate with you for a moment. Kobe was Kobe (27 pts, 5 rebs, 7 asts) on his gimpy knee, Gasol put on a clinic (29 pts, 11 rebs, 2 blks) and the Lakers bench helped with the play of Shannon Brown (16 pts) and Steve Blake (10 pts, 3 asts). The scary part is when they get Bynum back, they have to be odds on favorites to repeat. This team could be scary. Take a look at the Lakers' Ring.
Suns @ Trail Blazers – Maybe Steve Nash had a point about being upset about the team around him. Outside of his performance (26 pts, 4 rebs, 6 asts, 9 TOs) the Suns pretty much stunk. Yes, Jason Richardson had 22 pts, but for some reason he stopped shooting (he was 9-13 last night). Turkoglu disappointed by getting two early fouls and he was pretty much done for the night. If there is a sliver of hope, it’s Hakim Warrick’s play (10 pts, 2 rebs). He’s not Amare, but he can do some of the things that Amare can do. Give him some time. The Blazers were led by Brandon Roy (24 pts, 3 rebs, 6 asts, 3 stls) and Nicolas Batum (19 pts, 11 rebs). Interesting note, the Bulls should STILL be killing themselves for not picking Roy (and picking Tyrus Thomas back in the 2006 draft) especially now that they really need a 2 guard. This Portland team may be ready to make some noise this year.