After last nights games which had some meaning for some teams and excitement for those who didn’t have anything to play for tonight’s games seemed boring by comparison. I did a few previews before but could never do a wrap-up due to certain time constraints so from now on I will do a review and preview all in one.
So let’s jump into it.
1. The Spurs have 60 wins and are have locked up the number one spot in the western conference with a 124-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings. The Spurs looked good as they cruised past the Kings with Manu Ginobili leading the way with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting and 5 assists. However lots of teams look good against the Kings. This is a game that a championship contender ought to be winning anyway.
2. The Lakers fall to the Golden State Warriors 95-87. This is the third straight game that the Lakers have lost. It’s not a good thing to fall into a slump right before the playoffs. This however is not a slump. It’s more of a funk. It’s that lack of intensity that LA shows when they don’t feel like they have anything to play for. This is the second game in a row that the Lakers have played after the Spurs have played. By the time they get out onto the floor they know wether or not they can realistically catch the Spurs for the number 1 spot. As it turns out they can’t and that they themselves are locked into the second spot in the west the result is the patented Laker lethargy. When they don’t care, they don’t play well.
Monte Ellis, Steph Curry, and David Lee combined for 68 points for Golden State. Kobe was 50% from the field and he scored 25 points in the loss. The Warriors David Lee and Lakers Andrew Bynum grabbed 17 rebounds each.
3. The Dallas Mavericks lose to the Denver Nuggets and have now lost 4 in a row. Jason Kidd registered a DNP for the Mavs. The main production for Dallas came from Dirk Nowitzki who had 20 points and Shawn Marion who had 21 points in the loss. The thing about this game was more about how well the Nuggets are playing right now. They’re point distribution is extremely even and well-balanced. J.R. Smith has been playing well coming off the bench as he pours in 23 points shooting 9 of 14 from the field.
I like Dallas. They’re a nice team. I’m just not seeing anything here that tells me this team can actually go the distance. Denver however has got a few things going from them. I don’t believe them to be a championship contender. In fact they may not make it out of the second round, should they get so far, but this is a team that’s going to be a tough out for anyone that runs into them.
4. The Milwaukee Bucks get the Miami Heat in their own house 90-85. John Salmons led the way with 17 points and he had some help from his teammates as he was one of four Milwaukee players in double figures. On a night in which Dwayne Wade was hurt and out of the lineup Lebron had to carry the load alone. He got pretty no help from anyone. He and Bosh were the only to players in the game to score in the double digits of points. Lebron had 29 points on 10 of 22 shooting and Chris had 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting on the night.
I notice that when one of Miami’s big three is out of the lineup on any given night it exposes how limited this team really is. None of these guys can have an off night because there’s nobody else they can really rely on to step up and do their part.