Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday's Starting Five

(An all NBA Edition following a banner day/night in the Association. With no football on television the NBA picked up the slack. There was a slate of 10 games, two-buzzer beating winners, an average margin of victory of 4.4 points and seven contests decided by 3 points or less)

1. Lebron James. The King (and the Cavs) reigns in Los Angeles. And so does actual rain, which leaked through the roof and paused the game during the first quarter. LBJ scored 41 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter and put the clamps down on Kobe in the late going as well.
2. Hedo Turkoglu. The Istanbul native hit a deep, deep off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer to knock off the Celtics. And, yes, the C’s were without KG.
3. Andris Biedrins. The lanky Latvian cleaned 26 rebounds off the glass in Oakland last night, many of them over and around the much more substantial Eddy Curry. This was a season-high for the NBA and the latest indignity suffered by Curry on the court.
4. Kevin Martin. Not to be outdone by Hedo, the new K-Mart went almost the length of the floor before dropping in a winning midrange jumper at the buzzer. Of course, beating the woeful Sonics at the alarm isn’t a good as beating Boston.
5. Al Jefferson. Looking to become a regular in this space, the Rain Check scored 40 and grabbed 19 as the T-Wolves overtook the Nets last night.

Benched: The Nets. By snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Minny on the same weekend that Kidd's trade demands go public, Ratner's bunch are currently (meaning at this very moment) the most dysfunctional team in the NY metro area. Ouch.

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