Michael Grange of the Toronto Globe and Mail, on Chris Bosh: "His dreams of national exposure are turning into the nightmare of being exposed; his too-slow-rotations, excused in Toronto when he was putting up big numbers at the other end, make him suddenly part of the problem ..."
M. Haubs of The Painted Area: "We think [John] Wall is significantly ahead of [Derrick] Rose at the same age, and projects to be significantly better. So far, we think John Wall looks like a potential all-time great. Increasingly, with Wall's combination of lightning speed, court vision, handles, finishing ability, defensive potential, and competitiveness (not to mention, noticeably improved shooting form), we think we might be looking at a 6-4 Isiah Thomas."
Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak on Ray Allen's 3s: "Allen did not make one three over a hard contest. Not that it always matters– Allen has hit his share of leaning 26 footers with a guy in his chest—but when he has opportunity to jog into a transition three or set up unmolested on the weakside, it’s unlikely he’ll miss. Ever. The Heat shouldn’t see his performance as a fluke. This was Allen doing what he does best, and the Heat defenders showing a disheartening lack of awareness." NBA Playbook digs into the video, and finds the series of mental errors that led to Ray Allen being wide open, again and again, from behind the 3-point line.
In what appeared to be a spur-of-the-moment decision, Joe Maloof promises lieutenant Jeff Mennicke a new car if he can hit a free throw, and he rattled it home. Wonder what kind of car it'll be.
Is it worth taking a bad shot to guarantee your team an extra shot at the end of a period? I bet Daryl Morey knows the answer to that.
Pau Gasol has been amazing this season, but had a forgettable night in Denver, and the Lakers had their first loss. In his new book, Jackson does not talk about many Laker opponents, but says that the Nuggets worried them last season. "We are very concerned about our matchups versus Denver," he wrote months ago. "They are painting themselves to be our challengers in the West in the playoffs. ... Derek Fisher versus Chauncey Billups and Ron Artest against Carmelo Anthony. ... The Nuggets have one of the strongest front lines in the game, even though they give up some height. In the past two playoffs, we have won with our big men scoring in the lane and with Kobe's scoring prowess. This season they have geared their team up to try to match our strengths."