Three days into the NBA regular-season.
19 games have been played.
A couple teams have played two games.
Most have only played one.
What have we learned?
On opening night, we learned that the Miami Heat won’t relinquish their crown too easily. After their ring ceremony they triumphed over the Chicago Bulls in Derek Rose’s return.
Also on opening night, the Lakers surprised the Clippers and the entire league by winning 116–103. The Lakers bench put up a statistical anomaly in 76 points with newcomers Xavier Henry, returnee Jordan Farmar and Nick Young shining.
On NBA night #2, Wednesday night, 28 teams were in action with the following notables:
- Dwight’s 1st game in a Rockets uniform produced 17 points in a career-high tying 26 rebounds as the Rockets defeat the Charlotte Bobcats.
- Mavericks win their first game of the season over the Hawks
- Kevin Durant puts up 42 points in a thunder win over the home team Utah Jazz
- Cleveland surprises the newly rebuilt Nets and ruin Jason kids coaching debut. Kyrie
- Kings beat the Nuggets at home by 2 points behind Demarcus Cousins’ 30 points.
- The Warriors bring the Lakers back to reality with a 125-94 home win. It was a rout from the start with Klay Thompspn scoring a career-high 38 points by shooting 15 of 19 overall field goals and 5 of 7 on three pointers.
- Suns beat the Blazers at home to overcome a big game from Damian Lillard.
- Pistons defeated the Wizards.
- Pacers squeaked by the Pelicans.
- And last but definitely not the least, rookie Michael Carter–Williams leading the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-point defeat over the defending champion Miami Heat. As the world knows, he brook several rookie and NBA records by scoring 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 9 steals!! ”What better way to start your NBA career” remarked LeBron James. I agree. He received praise from many and the likes of Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. Even I sent him a tweet! Waiting for the HoopsReportCard mention but I digress.
— HoopsReportCard (@HoopsReportCard) October 31, 2013
Its early but a few teams expected to miss the playoffs that posted huge wins – Kings over the Warriors in a huge home opener. Cavs and Kyrie Irving beat the new-look Nets. The Suns beat the Blazers.
Last night featured only 2 games. The Knicks visiting the Bulls and the Clippers hosting the Golden State Warriors. The skinny? Knicks lose by 1 point. And the Clippers bounce back in a real way again the Warriors putting up 126 points to win by 9 led by Chris Paul’s 42 points, 15 assists and 4 blocks.
At the conclusion of this weekend there will be winning streaks, losing steaks and division leaders. Yes! Already! Basketball is back!
Tonight there are 13 more games. The national spotlight is on the Spurs at the Lakers on ESPN.
We definitely will