*Though the Chicago Bulls have been doing surprisingly well without superstar Derrick Rose (14-6 record), Sunday night’s 78-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder showed 2 things –the importance of a Derrick Rose-less team shooting well beyond the arc and the importance of having Ross back soon.
The final score showed the game to be closer than it was. With the Thunder starters resting pretty much the entire 4th quarter after three quarters of OKC leading Chicago 80-51. The duo of Westbrook and Durant had a combined 53 points in 3 quarters of play.
A little dunking highlight of Westbrook over Omer Asik below.
Poor Asik, he wasn’t even close to stopping Westbrook.
*Injury prone Los Angeles Laker Andrew Bynum just had some karma dealt. His antics of the past week ranging from being benched for his terrible three-point attempt, surprisingly disrespectful comment of him saying afterward that he would keep taking them and Bynum’s statement Saturday of “getting his Zen on” as being a reason he didn’t take part in team huddles all have contributed to his bad juju.
The entire season he was luckily (and surprisingly) avoiding being injured but last night in the first quarter that changed. Suffering a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of the team’s 120-112 win against the Golden State Warrior, Bynum did not return to the game after limping off the court.
X-rays to Bynum’s ankle were negative, and the team said he had a moderate sprain. Bynum will be re-evaluated today.
Kobe Bryant on the other hand had a great night. One night after a horrendous shooting performance, Kobe Bryant returned to MVP form with 40 points.
*Despite losing Jermaine O’Neal, Chris Wilcox and Mickael Pietrus for the season, and along with Ray Allen missing six games in a row due to an ankle injury, the Boston Celtics have stormed past the Philadelphia 76ers for the Atlantic Division lead. 15-5 after the All-Star break, a more realistic scenario of making a postseason run has been buzzing, especially after Boston’s 91-72 win over the Miami Heat.
Rondo, who has been having an unbelievable season, finished with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, reaching the triple-double mark yet again. Bosh on the other hand was a mess. Matching his season low of four points (also had four in opening win over Mavs) he missed nine of his 11 shots.