The Saturday Night Scratching Post
NBACats in Action
– Eric Bledsoe got some playing time today, and played pretty well. Eric played 6 minutes and recorded 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the process. When Eric entered the game early in the 3rd quarter to replace Chris Paul, the Clippers rattled of 17 straight points to regain the lead at 67-65. Vinny then decided to pull Eric, and predictably the Clippers went on to lose to the Spurs 103-100.
NBACats in the News
– Cleveland.com has been keeping track of all the rookies playing in the NBA this season, and in their latest installment ranking the top rookies, NBACat Brandon Knight is ranked #1.
– Despite Rajon Rondo recording a triple-double and scoring a career-high 35 points in the same week, the Boston Celtics have continued to struggle. I think the majority of the problems stem from Doc Rivers allowing his son, Austin Rivers, to attend Duke. However, others such as Ben Rohrbach of WEEI believe the problem has more to do with Rondo and Paul Pierce being out of synch. Here is what he had to say…
It appears as though if one is in attack/create mode, the other falls into sit-back-and-watch mode. In the eight games Rondo missed, Pierce attempted 30 percent more shots at the rim. In the six games Rondo has exceeded 15 points, the Celtics point guard has attempted 93 percent more shots at the rim. It’s important to note the Celtics are 0-3 without Pierce and 6-2 in Rondo’s absence. Is that to say the Celtics are better without Rondo? Absolutely not. They just haven’t figured out how to maximize the impact of one player entering his prime and another entering the so-called twilight of his career. When one’s been hot, the other’s not.
I blame Pierce.
– Here is a sweet video of Demarcus Cousins dunking all over some guy named Jerebko. Get-r-done Boogie!!
– The Toronto Star is handing out mid-term grades and so far Jamaal Magloire is doing exactly what they expected…
JAMAAL MAGLOIRE C+
Another guy who is what he is on the court but a guy who helps in ways a lot of people don’t see. He’s the teammate who tries to hold others accountable, the most vocal defender and the toughest guy on the team. Offensive limitations aside, he’s given them what they expected and what they needed.
– And finally, in some news I couldn’t agree with more, The Salt Lake Tribune thinks John Wall isn’t getting enough attention. If ESPN would just start giving me a one minute spot to talk about NBACats I promise I can fix this. Does anyone have Stephen A. Smith’s phone number?