Sunday, October 11, 2009

NBA Preseason-October 10th

New Orleans 88, Oklahoma City 79

The Good
: Chris Paul had another magnificent performance, shooting 8-of-9 from the field on his way to 23 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals, without committing a turnover. Serge Ibaka had a solid showing for Oklahoma City, tallying 12 points and 9 rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Bad: Kevin Durant managed only 11 points on 2-of-11 from the field, and and the Thunder shot only 37.8% in a loss.
The Ugly: New Orleans got the victory, despite shooting only 36.8% from the field. They also received another troubling performance from third-year small forward Julian Wright, who followed up a 1-of-6 showing against Charlotte with a 1-of-11 effort against Oklahoma City.

Cleveland 102, Charlotte 96

The Good
: Cleveland came from behind in the 4th quarter to beat Charlotte and remain undefeated on the young preseason. Each team got a stellar showing from a second-year big man, as Cleveland's J.J. Hickson and Charlotte's Alexis Ajinca posted 15 points and 7 rebounds apiece.
The Bad: Jawad Williams was 0-for-4 from 3-point range and 0-for-6 overall, and went without a point in his 23 minutes for Cleveland.

Milwaukee 98, Chicag0 86

The Good
: Milwaukee got a solid showing from off-season acquisition Hakim Warrick, as their presumptive starting power forward tallied 13 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Rookie James Johnson had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead the way for the Bulls.
The Bad: Luol Deng shot just 2-for-9, as the Bulls were outscored by 15 points while he was on the floor. Derrick Rose and Tyrus Thomas didn't play for Chicago, who recorded 27 turnovers as a team.
The Ugly: Coming off of a knee injury, Michael Redd had his second-straight poor shooting performance, with a 1-of-6 showing, in which he recorded only 5 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist in only 12 minutes.

Golden State 104, Phoenix 101

The Good
: Anthony Morrow scored 30 points off the bench for the Warriors, who also got 15 points and 13 rebounds from Anthony Randolph, 8 point and 15 rebounds from Andris Biedrins, and 17 points from Corey Maggette. The best (and most important) showing for Golden State, however, was posted by Stephen Curry, who broke out of his shooting slump by making 6-of-12 field goals on his way to 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Channing Frye made two 3-pointers and contributed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Suns.
The Bad: The Suns' bench was badly outplayed in this game. Their 5 starters combined for a +/- rating of +52, while their bench combined for a -67. Earl Clark posted a -19, while shooting 4-of-16 from the field.

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