The Miami Heat haven’t exactly found their defensive groove just yet, but the offense hasn’t missed a beat with South Beach Bros averaging north of 108 points per contest. Phoenix’s Marcin Gortat learned that lesson first hand after getting dunked on by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. In the same game.
Looking at this from a little league standpoint, credit Gortat’s effort for attempting to make a defensive play to get his Suns teammates fired up. From a realistic perspective, however, his timing was off during the Wade dunk. And for the James edition, Marcin ending up in the front row of photographers had to be some sort of humbling experience. Regardless, one thing’s for sure, two thing’s certain. The Miami Heat can still score a shitload of points, even more efficiently now with Ray Allen and a Rashard Lewis who actually appears engaged during the infant stages of the season. And LeBron/D-Wade fast breaks are still fun as hell to watch. Unless of course, you’re Marcin Gortat.
As of Election Day 2012, the New York Knicks are the undefeated and would be the #1 seed in the playoffs if David Stern decided to axe the season and start the postseason now. In all seriousness though, the squad looks crisp, committed on defense and Melo appears to be already in rare “post-Olympics-high” form. That and it’s crazy what the addition of Jason Kidd has done for their ball movement. As noted on Twitter last night, if the Knicks continue to play this well, there is a strong possibility they treat Amar’e like this upon his return six, or seven, or eight, or nine, or ten, or however many weeks he’s out with his knees turning into BC Powder.
During their second game of a home-and-home against the still Andrew Bynum-less Sixers (both resulting in rather easy wins), J.R. Smith got himself one with a dunk that was as powerful as it was fluid to witness. There’s two dope things to make note of about this flush from the guy who should’ve been an UNC Tarheel.
1. Pablo Prigioni – who is like a 35-year-old rookie making him the Chris Weinke of the NBA, a dubious distinction – had a great defensive play, damn near ruined it with a brain fart until being bailed out by the trailing Smith thus finishing with an assist. Life happens quick.
2. The camera angle was f*ckin’ awesome. It’s like J.R. literally appeared out of nowhere with the momentum of a mack truck. The non-verbal showmanship with the crowd afterwards wasn’t anything to frown upon, either.
The play was colossal, and worthy of all the credit in the world. That said, until J.R. helps bring a title to New York and win Sixth Man of the Year in the process, his greatest Knick contribution was bringing the Twitter world an ass-out Tahiry. And if for some reason neither happens during his time in the Big Apple, said Instagram pic is still more than 95.7% of Knicks players have done since Ewing got traded.
So yeah, it’s like J.R.’s playing with house money as is. And I respect that.