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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day A Success: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/21/14

  • Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the NBA continued its tradition of celebrating one of the most important people in American history. Many players wore special shoes and they also started a new campaign called “Dream Big.” It is a program to honor the contributions made by African-Americans to both the NBA and the world. With a majority of the league African-American, the day holds special meaning in the NBA. It was cool to see the league continue to honor Dr. King and all that he did for improving the lives of everyone – not just African-Americans – in America and across the world. The guys on Inside the NBA also discussed the impact of Dr. King and the whole civil rights movement.

 

  • In one of the early games yesterday, the Nets walloped the Knicks, giving the Knicks their fourth loss in a row. It appeared a week ago or so that the Knicks were starting to turn things around, winning five games in a row. But now they’re right back to their losing ways. The team is just a mess. They’ve got plenty of injuries, Andrea Bargnani is still doing whatever it is that he does, and now Beno Udrih is demanding a trade. Even though I still think they’ll end up making the playoffs, it’s going to be a very long few months until this season is mercifully over for the Knicks.

 

  • The 76ers lost last night to the Wizards, but Michael Carter-Williams put up a great game, scoring 31 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists. The point guard out of Syracuse has been fantastic this season. I didn’t think he would be that great in the pros, but there’s no question about it, he’s been the rookie of the year so far. He’s averaging 17.5 points, almost 7 assists and almost 6 rebounds a night, which would be great for any player, let alone a rookie.

 

  • The Bulls and Lakers played to an exciting finish last night, with the Bulls winning 102-100 in overtime, thanks to a Taj Gibson buzzer beater. Also in this one, Nick Young was extremely swaggy, dropping 31 points to try and drag the Lakers to a win. It was a season-high for Swaggy P, and strangely enough, the third time he’s set a season-high in the last four games. A week ago he scored 28 against the Cavaliers, then two nights ago he put up 29 on the Raptors, and last night he went for 31. Looks like we’ll have to pay special attention on Thursday to see what he does when the Lakers take on the Heat on TNT.

 

  • The Heat lost again last night, but LeBron James did this, just in case you had forgotten he was good at basketball.

 

  • The Pacers and Warriors had a really fun matchup last night. The first half was a bit dull, but things really picked up in the second half. When Curry starts cooking and the Warriors are getting out in transition, they have stretches where they’re completely unstoppable on offense and incredibly entertaining to watch. Even the Pacers’ top-notch defense is no match for the Warriors’ hot streaks. The Pacers pulled away at the end however, taking advantage of Bogut being off the court. Those last few minutes showed how important Bogut is to the Warriors’ hopes of making a deep playoff run. Sure, there will be plenty of nights where they just outscore teams, but they’ll need Bogut healthy to deal with the likes of Dwight Howard, and if they make it that far, Roy Hibbert.

 

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