Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday Night NBA

There were nine games in the association last night and several more big performances. Some of the developments were expected. Others came out of nowhere in another interesting night in the NBA.


New coach Larry Drew and his new offensive system have Atlanta playing like a different team. The Hawks (3-0) are sharing the basketball like never before.

They put on another impressive passing display in a win against a Washington team which didn't lay down for them.


After struggling in his NBA debut, John Wall took some time to work on his game. It paid off. He came out against Atlanta and looked like an All-Star.

Watching Dennis Scott break down some plays from the game on NBA GameTime, you could tell that from game one to game two the game has already slowed down for him.

After putting in the previously-mentioned work on his game, Wall shot 9-17 from the field (2-3 from three) and had 28 points and nine more assists. He is scary good.


Chris Paul led New Orleans to a victory on the road against San Antonio with 25-7-5-2. The best part is that Paul had to play only 31 minutes to keep the Hornets unbeaten at 3-0.

His double-crossover on George Hill (2:00) was a work of art, and the runner off the glass over Hill and DeJuan Blair which followed iced the game with 27.1 seconds remaining.

Paul is going to excel playing on a deep team where he can rest and doesn't have to do everything all the time.

New Orleans has done a great job building this team, and Monty Williams is doing a great job coaching it.


Power forward Tyler Hansbrough was huge in Indiana's back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday nights, hitting clutch shots and free throws, hustling for loose balls, providing energy off of the bench and showing a good floor game.

TJ Ford has also been crucial, with good floor leadership and spectacular defense.

Indiana wouldn't be 2-1 without them.

Watch Hansbrough and Ford help Josh McRoberts welcome Evan Turner to the NBA.

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