— One may remember the name Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State University fame. The same Norfolk State who butchered brackets in 2012 defeating No. 2 Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He’s also the same O’Quinn who posted a solid 15 points, eight boards and two blocks on Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston in Tuesday’s 101-90 loss to the Brooklyn Nets (aka the hottest team in basketball in 2014).
Unfortunately, he missed out on a third block by reserving his spot on a poster by the incomparable Andray Blatche, who led Brooklyn with his own 18 points and five boards. Not to focus on the man’s shortcomings in the past either, but this Blatche video will never not be funny, no matter how well he’s playing in New York.
— Kevin Love nearly notched a triple double with 19-13-8 as the T’Wolves easily waltzed out of Salt Lake City with a 112-97 win over the Jazz. I know most probably don’t give a damn about this game, and that’s fine. But mark my words, despite being a restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward will be one of the most sought-after names in the league in about T-minus six months.
— In an ideal world, Pelicans/Kings in the years to come are headlined in the playoffs by heavyweight battles between UK diaper dandies Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Last night wasn’t that as Rudy Gay poured in a whopping 41 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 114-97 Sacramento win. On 64% shooting, too! The Kings are 9-11 with him now.
— Dwyane Wade missed his fourth game in the past six work nights because…well…knees. While the Heat struggle to gain a sense a familiarity with their rotation, LeBron, Bosh and the gang (which included Greg Oden) needed 11 fourth quarter points from James (29-8-4-2) to defeat a bombed out and depleted Boston squad 93-86. Meanwhile, following the game, the reigning MVP revealed one of the most used apps on apps on his Samsung – his KD tracker.
— That’s because the overwhelming favorite for MVP, Kevin Durant, notched yet another resume building effort to support the cause. 24, 48, 21, 48, 30, 33, 37, 36, 54, 30, 46. Those just happen to be KD’s scoring outputs in January thus far. The 46 came in a defiant statement victory over Portland, which included 11 in the final 3:23 and KD visibly jawing back-and-forth with the Blazers bench. How’s this for dose of history, too:
• Durant has scored at least 30 points and handed out at least four assists in each of his past eight games.
Elias notes that only seven other players in NBA history have done that within one season: Oscar Robertson (six times), Nate Archibald (three), Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and LeBron James.