While the opening game of TNT’s doubleheader (a Brooklyn Nets 102-93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers) was pretty forgettable, the finale was well worth staying up for. Thanks to 31 points and 25 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Portland Trail Blazers defended their home court with a 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets, who got 32 points and 17 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Tonight we see the New York Knicks try to get revenge on the Boston Celtics for the 41 point beating they took a week ago. Plus, the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs, and we get to see the Houston Rockets again, as they face the Golden State Warriors in the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader. Until then, catch up on some reading with today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
Ever since he’s come back from injury this year, Ryan Anderson has been killing it for the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s averaging nearly 22 points and 6 rebounds a night on 47% shooting from three. But the box scores don’t tell the whole story. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Jack Winter wrote about just that, in trying to find just how important Ryan Anderson is to the Pelicans.
The Brooklyn Nets have started out the season just about as poorly as one could have imagined. They’ve picked things up a bit recently, winning three in a row, thanks in large part to their big man Brook Lopez. As James Herbert over at SB Nation writes, Lopez has been fantastic for the Nets this year.