Miami @ Cleveland - This was the game that was circled on lots of calendars when the NBA schedule came out. This was LBJ's first return to Quicken Loans Arena as a visitor. There was a lot of hype prior to this game last night, but I'm not sure for what. The fans were going to wear their shirts, make their signs, and boo. That's about it. I think I'm with Shaq on this, 'if you spend your time writing up a sign to say something about me, you must really love me'. LBJ led the destruction of the Cavs last night with a 38 pts, 8 asts, 5 rebs, 1 stl, 1 blk stat line. To make things worse, he didn't play in the 4th quarter. I wonder what the Cavs owner was thinking then about his Championship promise? The Heat have dates against the Hawks (without Joe Johnson), Bucks, and Jazz so they should add at least 2 wins in the next 3 games. The Cavs have the Timberwolves, Pistons, and Sixers coming up and those are somewhat winnable for them.
Phoenix @ Golden State - The under card normally is before the big fight. On this night the Suns and the Warriors held this distinction of being the game AFTER THE GAME. Steve Nash (13 pts, 16 asts, 4 rebs) and Jason Richardson (25 pts, 3 asts, 2 rebs, and 3 of 4 from the 3 point line)led the Suns to a necessary win against the Warriors. Maybe NYSTOM was right about him? The other big cog in this Suns wheel has been Grant Hill (24 pts, on 9 of 11 shooting) who is quietly having one of his best seasons. The Warriors got great games from David Lee (25 pts, 8 rebs, 5 asts) and Monta Ellis (38 pts, 7 asts, 4 rebs) but the rest of the team was a no show. The Suns got back to .500 but have dates with the Pacers, Wizards, and Trail Blazers coming up. The Warriors are hurting from not having a back up point guard and their next three games are against the Thunder, Mavericks, and Spurs. Looks like 3 more losses for them.