Yesterday’s games were few in number, and incredibly forgetful, with only one game being decided by less than 12 points. Included in those contests, was the crushing defeat the Los Angeles Clippers handed to the now Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. It was our first glimpse at this Bulls team without their star, and it wasn’t pretty, as the Clippers won 121-82. Tonight we have some interesting match-ups – including Minnesota vs. Indiana and New Orleans vs. San Antonio – that will hopefully provide more entertainment than we got yesterday. As always, we’re here again with some words for you to read, so check out today’s suggested basketball reading from across the web.
The hockey assist in the NBA: more valuable than we thought?: By Kevin Yeung (@KevinHFY)
Earlier in the season, the NBA released data from their SportVU cameras to the public. Part of the data they released includes “hockey assists.” Over at SB Nation’s Grizzly Bear Blues, Kevin Yeung gives a good explanation of the stat and how it works. He then applies it to the Grizzlies – specifically Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
The young Orlando Magic weren’t expected to be playoff contenders this year, but with as bad as the Eastern Conference has been, they find themselves only one game out of the eight seed, even at 4-9. With the team currently on a four game losing streak, Evan Dunlap over at SB Nation’s Orlando Pinstriped Post wrote about what the team needs to do go get back on track.