Observations from Saturday night NBA action
Most takeaways from the night’s game predominately point at the trends of the season as most teams continued to do their thing on the floor. But there were a few through-provoking gems that stood out in 10 good basketball games from the night:
1. A single win doesn’t say much
Nearly two weeks ago, the Miami Heat fell to a humiliating 105-101 defeat at the hands of Washington Wizards. But when the Miami Heat hosted the Washington Wizards on Saturday, they were looking to set the record straight – the Heat losing to currently worst NBA team was a big mistake.
The Miami Heat dropped 102 on the Washington Wizards while limiting them to only 72 points Saturday night. While forward LeBron James scored 23 points, maintaining his 20-points streak, everyone member of the Miami Heat contributed. Meanwhile only two Washington Wizards players scored in double-digits.
The only are where the Miami Heat weren’t as impressive was on the boards. The Miami Heat failed to turn a 30-point lead into an opportunity to crush the Washington Wizards on the board, out-rebounding them by only 3 boards. The Miami Heat also shot only 30-percent from beyond the arc.
2. Kyrie Irving – Cav’s masked hero
Despite breaking his jaw in Cleveland Cavaliers’ Thursday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Kyrie Irving played through the remaining game, and again offered some hope in Saturday’s 103-102 loss to the New York Knicks.
Kyrie Irving led the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offense with career-high 41 points in the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kyrie Irving led his team back from a significant first half deficit and setup Anderson Varejao for a winning drive at the basket that landed him at the free throw line after getting fouled on the play.
Had Anderson Varejao landed the second basket the Cleveland Cavaliers would have led the game into overtime with a tie, Kyrie Irving could have witnessed the fruition of his efforts.
3. Ricky Rubio sparks Timberwolves offense
Although Ricky Rubio played only 18 minutes during Saturday night’s return in the 114-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard left his stamp on the offense.
In his first nine minute stint, Ricky Rubio led the Minnesota Timberwolves from a 10 point deficit late in the first quarter to within two-point margin (39-37) midway through the second quarter.
Ricky Rubio came back in the third quarter, with the Minnesota Timberwolves leading in double-digits, but the Dallas Mavericks cut within eight points and later led the game into overtime.
The Minnesota Timberwolves still won the game in overtime, but the two-stretches go to show the energy and Ricky Rubio light’s up in the Timberwolves’ offense as he prepares to slip back in the lineup.
4. David West can be Indiana’s Clutch man
Ever since Danny was ruled out before the start of the season, the Indiana Pacers have been trying to been trying to figure a body to burden with the job of late-game scoring. Although the Indiana Pacers posted a remarkably inconsistent performance in the first month, they’ve finally established a clear sight on someone to hold-up to the late-game scoring task.
Enter David West who extended the Indiana Pacers 68-66 fourth quarter lead into a 88-77 win over the Detroit Pistons on a 13 point scoring spree – that included an 11-0 run at one point.