The Sunday Morning Furball
NBACats in the News
– Brandon Knight became the first NBA rookie in over 12 years to have at least 20 points and 10 assists without committing a single turnover. Not too shabby my friend…not to shabby.
– Our man Eric Bledsoe earned the #3 spot in Sports Centers top plays last night with a beautiful pass to Blake Griffin for a monster slam. In case you missed it, here is the video.
– A website called the “Wiz of Awes” has taken the time to put together an article highlighting John Walls improved play in the month of February, even going as far as to call him Mr. February. Here are some excerpts from the article…
Wall led the Wizards to a 4-17 record through January. He averaged 16.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.1 assists on 39.6% shooting, which was an unexpected regression from his injury-riddled rookie season (16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.3 assists, last season). On top of that, he only had two double-doubles and had scored over 15 points only nine times. Many wrote him off and I was a sad Wizards fan.
Wall’s play was so underwhelming and infamously poor that Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal waited until the 7th round of the Rising Stars Challenge to pick him, selecting Jeremy Lin, Gordon Hayward, Markieff Morris, Paul George, Derrick Williams, Landry Fields, MarShon Brooks, and Norris Cole instead. I would prefer John Wall to any of those players, but he had been so awful early on that nothing he did later on could change his league-wide perception.
But his league-wide perception should undoubtedly be changing, as his play in February has been inspiring. Almost all of his stats are up and he has looked far improved to the naked eye. In February, Wall is averaging 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.5 assists on an astounding 48.9% shooting. Of starting point guards, only four (Nash, Stuckey, Calderon, Lin) are shooting a better percentage on over eight shots a game through the month. On top of that, only two other point guards are putting up over 18 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds a game – Derrick Rose and Chris Paul. Oh, and Wall is shooting a better percentage than the both of them from the field and the line.
NBACats in Action
We have several former Cats playing today, here is the lineup (we’ll be back later with live gamecast links).
– Daniel Orton will be looking to get some minutes this afternoon, as his Magic take on the Miami Heat today at 3:30.
– Demarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, and the Kings play the Cavaliers tonight at 6:00.
– Rajon Rondo and the Celtics battle Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince and the Pistons at 6:00.
– Enes Kanter and the Jazz and Patrick Patterson and the Rockets are set to duke it out tonight at 7:00.
– Jodie Meeks will look to get his shooting stroke back tonight as the 76ers take on the Timberwolves at 7:00.
– And finally, you can catch Nazr Mohammed and the Thunder tonight on ESPN at 8:00, as they take on the Denver Nuggets.