Despite trailing by 11 after the 1st quarter, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Miami Heat last night to momentarily stake their claim as the East’s best team. They have the conference’s best record, but actually beating the Heat gives them the full rights to the throne – for the time being at least. We also saw the Brooklyn Nets defeat the Celtics in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s first game against their old club. There was also allegedly a basketball game played between the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, however, no one can confirm if these reports are true. Tonight, Doc Rivers makes his return to Boston and the Mavericks take on the Warriors in what should be a fun match-up. For now, check out some words about basketball with today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
Deconstructing Washington’s crunch-time breakdown against the Nuggets: By Thomas Pruitt (@TheRealTPruitt)
The other night, the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets played what might end up being the worst game of the season. The two teams shot a combined 62-162 (38%) and combined for 34 turnovers. Eventually, the Nuggets came away with a 75-74 win, but only because the Wizards blew a bunch of chances down the stretch. Over at SB Nation’s Bullets Forever, Thomas Pruitt details what went wrong for the Wizards in the final few minutes Monday night.
As you should be aware by now, Jordan Crawford is playing the best ball of his life this year for the Boston Celtics. Given a chance to be the starting point guard in Rajon Rondo’s absence, Crawford is averaging 14 points and 5 assists a night. Plus, his 46% shooting mark is 60% (!) better than his career average. He was also recently named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Over at FanSided’s Hardwood Houdini, Richard Spalding writes about why Crawford could win the Most Improved Player Award.