January 18, 2007

Some NBA Thoughts

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

Webber brings it for Detroit

What he brought, I don’t know, but it ended in a loss to Utah. Number 84 wound up with an outstanding line of 2-5-3 on 1/5 shooting over 17 minutes. I guess the new Michigan Fab Five aren’t going to be nearly as good as the previous incarnation(s). In a related note, He’s also on the verge of being cut from my fantasy team.

Huge NBA Trade

Yesterday, Indiana acquired Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy Jr. as part of an eight-player deal that sent all-head case team Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to Golden State. I’ll be honest. I didn’t even know Murphy was white until I saw his highlights when I heard the trade. As for Dunleavy, a former top 3 draft pick hasn’t lived up to that billing, but then again, the 2002 NBA Draft wasn’t the most star studded of all time.

The best part about this trade is the fact that Stephen Jackson has been traded to an area of California known as “The Bay Area.” This consists of San Francisco and Oakland. Can you even begin to imagine what kind of trouble someone as insane as Jackson can do in a club in Oak-Town? I’m actually giddy thinking about it.

The Suns Keep On Shining

Shawn Marion and the Phoenix Suns rolled to their 11th straight victory last night with a 100-91 victory over Houston. Bill Simmons of ESPN.com brought to light in his article yesterday that if it weren’t for two plays, Nash missing a 3 near the end of regulation against Washington (a game they lost in OT) and Dirk Nowitzki hitting a jumper with less than a second left on the clock, from being on a ridiculous 29-game winning streak. In a new world of sports where parity reigns, it’s becoming surprisingly and increasingly difficult for teams to put together strings like this. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in Washington on the 23rd to judge how long this streak may last.

Finally, remember when Jalen Rose was arguably one of the best players on the Raptors? He now is racking up DNPs on the Suns bench.

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