You know I’ve wanted to find a way to write about the NBA for a while now. A couple years ago I tried doing prediction like I do for college football or the NFL, but I can’t. The NBA has so many games that it would be impossible to do so. Finally I think I’ve found a way to do so and that’s basically a recap of the biggest moments and action of the week. With the NBA starting last Tuesday, there has been some crazy moments this season already. Let’s Get Started!!!!
We kicked off the opening night of the season with a pair of marquee match-ups. The first one being the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the new look New York Knicks. On this night, Cleveland received their championship rings and started where they left off. They beat the Knicks 117-88 and were led by Kyrie Irving’s 29 points. We head out West as the San Antonio Spurs hosted the defending Western Conference champions. This was the debut of Kevin Durant for the Warriors and the first game without Tim Duncan in almost two decades for the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard showed why he’s the new leader of the team by leading the Spurs to a 29-point win over Golden State.
Wednesday October 26th
Wednesday night was highlighted by big games from three of the biggest stars in the game. The first game for Oklahoma City in the post-KD era saw Russell Westbrook almost notch a triple-double against the 76ers. He finished the game with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in the win over Philadelphia. In the home opener for the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis went off against the Denver Nuggets. Davis would go on to finish with 50 points and 15 rebounds in the loss to Denver. The final big game of the night came from James Harden, who started his first game at the point guard position. James Harden finished with 34 points and 17 assists against the young Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the big game, the Rockets fell short against the Lakers.
Thursday October 27th
On Thursday night, we saw a couple of all-stars debut with their hometown teams. The first being Dwight Howard returning to Atlanta with the Hawks as he signed a 3-year deal during the off-season. In their opener, Atlanta took out the Washington Wizards as Howard finished with 11 points and 19 rebounds. In the other hometown debut, Dwyane Wade led the Bulls to the victory over the Celtics as he finished with 22 points. Kawhi Leonard continued his great start to the season as he scored 30 points against Sacramento to spoil the debut of their new arena. The brewing rivalry between the Clippers and the Trailblazers was renewed as the Clippers won 114-106.
Friday October 28th
The big game of the night took place in Toronto as the Raptors faced the Cavs in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland went on to win 94-91, despite the big night from DeMarr Derozan as he finished with 32 points leading all scorers. Golden State picked up their first win of the season over the New Orleans Pelicans as Kevin Durant had another big game for the Warriors. The big news from the game had to be Anthony Davis as he finished with 45 points and 17 rebounds. Once again, Russell Westbrook had a MONSTER game in the home opener for the Thunder against the Suns. He finished with 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists and had the go ahead bucket in OT.
Saturday October 29th
We start Saturday off with the new look Bulls continue to roll with a blowout over the Pacers. This time it wasn’t Dwyane Wade or Jimmy Butler leading the way, but Doug McDermott finished with 23 points leading Chicago. The San Antonio Spurs continued to take care of business as they laid the smack down on the Pelicans. In the process, they held Anthony Davis to 18 points. In the Mile High City, Damian Lillard scored 37 points as Portland won in OT. The Atlanta Hawks blasted the 76ers by 32 points in the team effort that produced 31 assists in the game.
Sunday October 30th
Sunday was all about Russell Westbrook once again as he notched another triple-double in the win against the Lakers. He finished the game with 33 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds. For the year, Westbrook is averaging 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game. On the other hand, the Clippers and Spurs continue to roll while Durant put up 37 as the Warriors beat the Suns.
This is the big news coming out of the NBA during the opening week. With crazy numbers being put up by quite a few players thus far, can it continue? Do you play Fantasy Sports? If so, click this link to sign up for FanDuel and enter promo code: DADDYSHANGOUT.