Too much Stackhouse
1. Finals Rematch
Thanks to some clutch shooting in the fourth quarter by Jerry Stackhouse, the Mavericks were able to defeat the Heat 99-93 on Sunday. Dallas continues to mow down opponents, winning seven games in a row and 20 of their last 21. But Miami put up a decent fight as they wait for Shaqs return to action. The Heats starting backcourt went off for 48 points and Udonis Haslem came close to a double-double with 15 and eight. Even the recently pudgy Antoine Walker got into the act with 11 points. Miamis record isnt pretty but if they can make the playoffs with a healthy ONeal, then they cant be counted out simply because of a low seed.
2. Wishful Thinking
Phoenix is like the Energizer Bunny; they just keep winning and winning. And they do so in fast breaking fashion. Last night, the Suns put up a whopping 131 points against Minnesota in regulation. Steve Nash has led the Suns to 13 straight victories, scoring over 105 points in ten of the contests. The Suns have three legitimate All-Stars who are capable of going off on an opponent on any night, which can be bad enough, but when the trio of Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion are all clicking at the same time, it turns into to 120+ point night quite easily. If only the NBA would arrange a mid-season seven game series between the Suns and Mavs. Oh, what a series it would be.
3. Hairy Situation
Its not just the Suns win streak that continues to grow longer with each victory. The teams facial hair is beginning to get out of control as well. Steve Nash isnt even sure how the trend got started but sometime during Phoenixs current win streak, some of the players on the team decided to avoid the razor and let their beards appear. Nash admitted to hating the look but like most athletes, hes just superstitious enough to buy into the routine. Shawn Marion, on the other hand, isnt giving in to temptation. “I can’t do it, man,” Marion said. “My face gets too itchy.”
Sundays Player of the Day: Dwyane Wade vs. Dallas 44 min, 31 pts (FG: 12-21, 3FG:1-4, FT: 6-9), 6 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
Mondays Game to Watch: Memphis (10-31) @ Denver (20-17) Memphis sucks but who cares, after all, hes baaaack!! Carmelo Anthony will be in Denvers lineup for the first time in 36 days after being suspended 15 games for his part in the mayhem that occurred between the Nuggets and the Knicks in mid December. Finally, after all the speculation and anticipation, we will get to see if Melo and Allen Iverson can coexist when Memphis makes the trip to The Mile High City tonight. Since A.I. joined the club, the Nuggets have gone 5-8, which included several double-digit losses. Anthonys presence on the floor can do nothing but help as he remains the leagues best scorer with 31.6 points per game.
Buzzer Beater: Josh Smith gave a double barreled salute to the crowd as he walked to the locker room after being ejected in the second quarter of a 104-85 blowout loss in Charlotte on Saturday. There must be something in Atlantas water, or should I say in Atlantas water bottles, to make this Hawk think throwing the bird would fly in Mr. Sterns NBA. Expect the commish to dish out some punishment early this week, possibly today.