Last night was a night of upsets in the NBA, as both the Heat and Thunder fell to lesser opponents on TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader. First, the New York Knicks picked up a huge win without any help from J.R. Smith, who was benched by Mike Woodson. Carmelo Anthony lead the way, scoring 29 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and chipping in 5 assists. In the late game, the Nuggets won 101-88 over the Thunder, despite 30 points from Kevin Durant. Randy Foye had a big night for Denver, dropping 24 points on 7-11 shooting. The action picks up tonight, with 12 games set to go. Until then, take a few minutes to check out some good words about basketball in today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
As I am sure you know by now, the Chicago Bulls recently sent Luol Deng to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Bynum, whom they swiftly waived, and a few picks. Deng had been with the Bulls since 2004, when they drafted him 7th overall in the 2004 Draft. It was a tough loss for Bulls fans, something Caleb Nordgren wrote about over at Hardwood Paroxysm.
David Lee has been on fire lately, averaging nearly 24 points and 12 rebounds over his last five games. Over at Hickory High, Dan Lewis wrote about appreciating Lee, who – with all the firepower Golden State has – is often the overlooked man.