It Was a Pretty Good Christmas for NBA Fans December 26, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Overall, it was a pretty good Christmas for NBA fans. There were three games televised, and all three were entertaining. The Heat faced the Cavs, the Sonics faced the Blazers, and in the most anticipated game of the day, the Suns faced the Lakers.
Heat Turn Cold Against Cavs
This was the game I was looking forward to the least. While I love watching Lebron play, the Miami Heat are horrible. Lebron, and more importantly, the supporting cast played extremely well, beating the Heat 96-82. In addition to Lebron’s 25 points and 12 assists, the Cavs had four players record double figures in scoring.
The most obvious aspect of this game however, was how sluggish and slow the Miami Heat looked. Wade was bothered with a shore shoulder, but managed to score 22 points, shooting 7 of 18 from the field. Shaq had 13 points, but had a few careless turnovers. With this loss, the Heat fall to a record of 8-20, and I don’t see them having a surge to make it back to .500. They just look too old, slow, and beat up.
Blazers Blow Past Sonics
If Greg Oden were playing this season, I would have been glued to the TV, watching him and Durant go head to head. Nevertheless, the Blazers are doing just fine, as they beat the Sonics 89-79. With this win, the Blazers improved their winning streak to 11 games. The Blazers are playing extremely well, and seem to have a chemistry you wouldn’t expect from such a young team. Although he somewhat struggled tonight, Brandon Roy is steadily becoming one of the league’s elite players, averaging 23 points and 6.8 assists during the Blazers’ winning streak. Portland has an exciting team with young players that are improving every game. Just think how good they’ll be when Oden finally makes his debut.
Lakers Outshine the Suns
This was the game I was waiting for. While it’s too premature to call this match-up a rivalry, these games are always exciting to watch. I was really impressed with the Lakers’ play this game, as they beat the Suns 122-115. Kobe played out of his mind, scoring 38 points. Each and every Laker seemed to raise their level of play this game, especially Andrew Bynum. Bynum recorded a career high 28 points, adding 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. He has really improved this season and is emerging as a legitimate big man. Having been destroyed by the Suns in the past during the playoffs, the Lakers have beat the Suns twice this season. I’m really looking forward to another meeting between these two teams in the playoffs.
So it was a pretty entertaining day for NBA fans with some great highlights. I’m glad the NBA has finally decided to move past the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant bad blood Christmas game. They no longer need it.