The First NBA Transaction Rumors Begin; UNLV Upsets Top-Ranked UNC

By: 11.27.11  •  30 Comments
Baron Davis

Baron Davis

Two names are already being mentioned by The Los Angeles Times as possible Laker targets: Baron Davis and Rashard Lewis, should they get cut by their current teams for financial reasons. We don’t like the Davis suggestion at all, even though he’d be a major talent upgrade at that spot. B-Diddy and Hollywood just wouldn’t mix right. Too many distractions. But Lewis could work. They need shooters in the worst way, and Lewis would give them a big target who could step out and make shots. Two problems though: would he agree to play for less on a team where he literally would play less? And he’s not exactly the strongest defender. Do you think either of these players would fit? … As for the college ball still going on: Texas A&M, Cal, Wisconsin and Gonzaga all won easily. But No. 1-ranked UNC took it on the chin … You could feel it right from the start: playing in basically a home game in Las Vegas, UNLV had the crowd and energy pulsating immediately, and in the second half they used a barrage of threes to run away from North Carolina, 90-80. It started with a 14-0 spurt near the beginning of the second half, and every time the Heels made a push, Mike Moser (16 points, 17 rebounds) or Oscar Bellfield (18 points, nine assists) would bang a three. Drive and kick. Drive and kick. Over and over. As a team, they made 13-32 treys, and were paced by Chace Stanback (28 points, 10 boards). UNC could never catch up, and started playing completely out of character (sloppy, selfish, in a rush) … Jay Bilas made an interesting point during the first half: Kendall Marshall (eight dimes) is probably just as fast, if not faster than Ty Lawson was. He didn’t mean it literally. It’s just when Marshall pushes the rock through the pass, he’s rushing the tempo up higher than even Lawson could with his jet-like speed. And any coach will tell you: the ball moves faster with the pass … UConn, coming off a shocking collapse against UCF, nearly lost again. Shabazz Napier, who played pretty badly against the Knights, responded with 26 points, and Ryan Boatwright (14 points, another guard playing in his first game for the Huskies) hit big free throws as UConn survived in overtime against Florida St., 78-76. The ‘Noles had a shot to win it, but Michael Snaer‘s (20 points) trey was off at the buzzer. Jeremy Lamb added 19, and Andre Drummond went for 12 points, 10 boards and seven blocks … Portland played Kentucky pretty even for the first 25 minutes, but the ‘Cats turned up the pressure and ran away in the second half, 87-63. On one sequence, they had two consecutive steals in the backcourt, the first one resulting in an oop from Marquis Teague to Anthony Davis. The second ended up in a disgusting facial handed out by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, crowning some unlucky kid from Portland. Nasty … And you know something ain’t right when a high school kid has his own top 10 dunk video AFTER TWO GAMES. Shaquille Johnson has been a regular around these parts for a while, but this video is still wild … We’re out like the lockout.

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