Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NBA Preseason-October 21st

Boston 96, Cleveland 82

The Good
: Boston coasted to an easy win in what many consider to be an Eastern Conference Finals preview behind 21 points off the bench from Eddie House and 17 points from Marquis Daniels, who started in place of Ray Allen. LeBron James had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Shaquille O'Neal added 16 points for the Cavaliers.
The Bad: Cleveland's defense only collected 5 steals and forced just 8 total turnovers. The Cavs also shot 57.1% from the free throw line.

New York 94, New Jersey 92

The Good
: New York got solid point guard play, as starter Chris Duhon posted 21 points and rookie reserve Toney Douglas added 13. David Lee barely missed out on another double-double, tallying 11 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 26 points for the Nets, who also got a double-double from Brook Lopez, who contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
The Bad: Yi Jianlian and Rafer Alston each shot just 4-for-11 and the Nets' bench added only 18 points for an already short-handed New Jersey squad, which played without Devin Harris, Keyon Dooling, and Tony Battie, among others.
The Ugly: Bobby Simmons shot 1-for-6 from the field and committed 4 turnovers and 4 fouls in just 16 minutes off action of New Jersey's bench.

Orlando 117, Indiana 87

The Good
: Orlando moved to a perfect 7-0 in the preseason with a convincing victory over Indiana on Wednesday night. The Magic will attempt to complete the franchise's first ever unbeaten preseason when the play Atlanta on Friday night. The Magic had seven players reach double-digits, led by Vince Carter with 21. Reserves Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass posted 15 points and 8 rebounds, and 13 points and 9 rebounds, respectively. Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 20 points and 5 blocks, and Troy Murphy chipped in with a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Bad: Solomon Jones was the only Pacer at or above 50% from the field, as the team managed only 39.8%. They also made only 3-of-26 3-point attempts (for 11.5%) and 14-of-23 free throws (for 60.9%). Dwight Howard was 6-for-16 from the charity stripe for Orlando.
The Ugly: Every member of the Magic posted a positive +/- ratio, while every Pacer posted a negative result.

Miami 99, Memphis 93

The Good
: Dwyane Wade scored 35 points and collected an impressive 6 steals as the Heat got their second win of the preseason. Udonis Haslem added 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench for Miami. Rudy Gay did his best for Memphis, scoring 28 points and collecting 9 rebounds.
The Bad: Both teams struggled from the free throw line, as Memphis posted 67.7% and Miami only managed 60.7%. Each team also had one awful shooting performance, as Yakhouba Diawara went 1-for-7 for Miami, while Zach Randolph struggled to a 2-for-12 effort.
The Ugly: Memphis only tallied 11 team assists on their 34 made field goals.

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