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Pierce and Garnett Return to Boston: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/27/14

  • Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett made their return to Boston last night, and it was magical. Not because of the actual game, of course, that was actually embarrassingly bad. Rather, it was the first time the Celtics and the Boston fans had an opportunity to honor the two and thank them for all the effort they put forth through their many years in the city. It was a celebration of what Pierce – especially Pierce – and Garnett had meant to those who watched them finally bring a championship back to the Garden and try over and over to do it again. There were tribute videos, there were tears, and there were new memories. It was a special night, one unlikely to be forgotten. (For the tribute videos, go here, and for Paul Flannery’s awesome piece on the night, go here.)

 

  • So, yeah, that Anthony Davis guy. He’s pretty good, huh? The Pelicans sent the Magic home with yet another loss last night, thanks to Davis’ 22 points, 19 rebounds, 7(!) blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals. It was a masterful performance from the big man, reminding everyone once again that he can really play. He’s averaging 20 and 10 at just 20 years old and hasn’t even finished his second full season. I don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll be hearing a lot more from us about Anthony Davis next week, so stay tuned. Oh, and he also did this last night.

 

  • Steph Curry was incredible last night, as the Warriors picked up a much needed win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Western Conference is brutal, and every win matters because you really want to be in the top four. More than likely, every first round matchup will be tough, but it would be much more difficult meeting the Spurs than say the Dallas Mavericks. Curry finished with 38 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, leading the way to a 103-88 victory. It was Curry’s second straight 30 point performance, and his third in the last five games.

 

  • The Miami Heat eased everyone’s worries by handling the Spurs yesterday afternoon. They pulled away in the 3rd quarter and coasted to a 113-101 win. LeBron was impressive as always, putting up 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in just 28 minutes. Plus, he threw a brilliant pass to Chris Bosh. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again (and probably many more times afterwards): LeBron’s passing is seriously underrated.

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