Tuesday, October 13, 2009

NBA Preseason-October 12th

Atlanta 107, Charlotte 90

The Good
: Jeff Teague had his second solid showing in as many days, tallying 17 points and 7 assists off the bench, and Zaza Pachulia and Juan Dixon added 14 apiece in the Hawks' second win on the preseason. Gerald Wallace made all 12 of his free throws on his way to 20 points and rookie Gerald Henderson scored 13 points on 4-of-6 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws for Charlotte.
The Bad: Charlotte committed 22 turnovers and shot just 16.7% (2-for-12) from the 3-point arc in the loss.
The Ugly: Vlad Radmanovic and Raja Bell combined to shoot a horrendous 2-for-13 from the field for the Bobcats.

Cleveland 111, Olympiakos 94

The Good
: As a team, Cleveland shot 55.1% from the field and 45.5% from behind the 3-point line. The Cavs had 7 players reach double figures, including reserves Koby Carl and J.J. Hickson. Former NBA 6th men Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza had 16 points apiece for Olympiakos.
The Bad: Cleveland is loaded with scorers, but it appears defense (especially on the perimeter) could be the Cavs downfall. The Grecian side shot 47.5% from the field, including 42.1% from behind the 3-point line.

Oklahoma City 110, Phoenix 105

The Good
: Kevin Durant posted 30 points and 11 rebounds in only 31 minutes for Oklahoma City, who held on to beat Phoenix in Overtime. The Thunder outscored the Suns by 24 with Durant on the floor, but struggled without him in the fourth quarter, blowing a 17 point lead. Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 20 points and 6 rebounds.
The Bad: After a couple of strong outings, Channing Frye struggled against the Thunder, shooting just 2-of-10 from the field. While Durant played well, he did commit 7 turnovers for Oklahoma City.
The Ugly: The Suns' defense struggled mightily on the perimeter, allowing the Thunder to shoot 52.9% (9-of-17) from beyond the arc.

Orlando 102, Memphis 83

The Good
: The Magic remained unbeaten in the preseason behind double-digit performances from 6 players (Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat and J.J. Redick). The Magic outscored Memphis by 26 points with off-season addition Jason Williams on the floor and 25 points when Redick was in the game. Sam Young led Memphis with 22 points.
The Bad: Hasheem Thabeet took only one shot and went scoreless in his 18 minutes, but did post 2 rebounds and 3 blocks in his second straight start. Memphis managed only 65.4% from the free throw line in moving to 1-3 on the preseason.
The Ugly: Ryan Anderson got off 10 shots in 16 minutes (including six 3-pointers), but only made 2-of-10.

Milwaukee 96, Houston 92

The Good
: Michael Redd was the game's high scorer with 18 points and Carlos Delfino added 16 points and 8 rebounds in Milwaukee's win. Ryan Andresen led Houston with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
The Bad: Houston shot just 37.8% as a team, including a 1-for-6 showing by Shane Battier, a 3-for-10 performance by Aaron Brooks, and a 3-for-12 effort by Chase Budinger.
The Ugly: Two games ago, I was ready to anoint Brandon Jennings as the NBA's next big thing. Today, I'm not so sure. Jennings was just 1-of-8 for 3 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist in 14 minutes.

LA Clippers 124, Golden State 117

The Good
: The Clippers got 27 points from Rasual Butler, 22 points from Eric Gordon, and 15 points and 9 rebounds from Blake Griffin. Golden State was led by 32 points from Anthony Morrow and 24 points from Monta Ellis.
The Bad: Stephen Curry was back to his old self, shooting just 3-for-10 from the floor.
The Ugly: If you like offense, there was nothing ugly about this game. If you prefer defense, the whole thing was ugly. Both teams shot 50% or better from both the field and the 3-point line in combining for over 240 points.

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