The Saturday Night Scratching Post

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There had been a lot of talk leading up to tonight’s game between the Wizards and Cavaliers about the two former #1 picks, Kyrie Irving and John Wall, and which one was the better player. But as Kyrie found out tonight, it’s not even close. John Wall is quicker, faster, stronger and bigger. He has better handles, better vision, better dance moves, and better dunks. Most importantly though, Wall is better at deciding on where to go to college. The legend of the “Wizard of Wall” continues. Let’s get to the news…

NBACats in Action

– Proving that John Wall is 10x better than Kyrie Irving, the Wizards defeated the Cavaliers tonight 101-98. Wall made Irving look silly all night, scoring 24 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and dished out 5 assist while also adding 2 steals and 1 block. Irving finished with only 20 points, and sucked throughout the game. Former NBACat Joe Crawford’s little brother, Jordan Crawford, added 31 points for the victorious Wizards. A full post game recap can be found here.

– Not wanting to give up his title of the person you should hate the most in the NBA, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy did not play DeAndre Liggins tonight in the teams 114-98 victory over the Bucks. Surprisingly, Daniel Orton played 1 minute, and showed everyone why he was a first round draft pick two years ago by grabbing 1 rebound. A full post game recap can be found here.

Nazr Mohammed and his Thunder mates lost to the Atlanta Hawks tonight, 97-90. Much of the blame for the loss can be attributed to Nazr only playing 7 minutes. He scored 2 points and 3 rebounds in those minutes, but had he played more, he would have scored an additional 8 points, leading the Thunder to a 98-97 victory. A full post game recap can be found here.

– In an effort to try and land #FutureNBACat Anthony Davis next year, the Pistons lost to the Grizzlies tonight, 100-83. Brandon Knight played 41 minutes in the game, the most of any Piston, and finished with 15 points (5-16 shooting), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Tayshaun Prince had another solid outing, adding 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in the loss. A full post game recap can be found here.

Enes Kanter and the Utah Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks tonight 102-96. Kanter had a very quiet game, scoring just 1 point (0-1 shooting, 1-2 FT) and grabbing just 4 rebounds in 14 minutes of action. A full post game recap can be found here.

NBACats in the News

– Found this interesting tidbit about Brandon Knight on Bradenton.com:

QUICK STUDY: How quick a study has Pine Crest, Fla., product Brandon Knight been? In February, he became only the second Detroit Pistons rookie to average at least 14 points in a month, with at least 10 appearances, the past 30 seasons, according to Elias. Grant Hill did it in five separate months in 1994-95.

That’s pretty good company, although I hate when a former UK player ends up in the same paragraph as a Puke Devil.

– Two guys in Boston named Craig and Larry sat down and discussed whether the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo and what his trade value would be. If you’d like to listen to them, here is a link to the audio.

– The Bleacher Report put together another list, this time of the NBA’s most high maintenance players. Demarcus Cousins was included in the list, and so was Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwight Howard.

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