November 12, 2012 11:15 AM by Braxton
After starting out 1-4, the Lakers front office fired Mike Brown, only a day after saying that his job was safe and telling him that he was going nowhere. Many believed that Mike Brown was the main reason for the slow start, and the Lakers playing horrible defense, which stemmed from them not being able to run the “Princeton offense.”
The biggest disappointment so far this year is the Detroit Pistons. Many people thought they would improve from last year, but that does not look good. They are 0-6 with no signs of improving. Rodney Stuckey, one of their longest tenured players, has made 12 of his 50 shots. That’s an embarrassing .217% field goal percentage. He’s a horrible player on a horrible team.
With Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio out due to injuries, many believed the Minnesota Timberwolves would crash and burn. So far, that has not been the case. They have started out 4-1, including an 11-point win over the Nets and a 15-point win over the Magic. They have been winning by committee, with five of their players averaging 10.6 points or more. Andrei Kirilenko has been a very nice surprise as he is shooting .629% from the field, and .500% from behind the arc so far.
Lines of the Week:
Ben Gordon at New Orleans: 34 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
Shannon Brown at Charlotte: 24 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 6-for-8 from 3-point range.
O.J. Mayo vs. Portland: 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 6-for-8 from behind the arc.
Moment of the Week:
When an NBA player falls down, their teammates are usually quick to come over and help them up. Sometimes, even opposing players will help them to their feet. This was not the case when Zaza Pachulia extended a hand to Udonis Haslem after he fell over. Being the tough guy he is, Haslem looked down at Pachulia and wasn’t helping him up. As Haslem went to walk away, Pachulia tripped him, and ended up getting a technical foul. Smooth move, Zaza. Smooth move.
Andre Drummond had a standout game among the rookies this week, when he played 20:30 against the Thunder and finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 of which were offensive rebounds, on 8-of-10 shooting.
Highlight of the Week:
Andre Miller, the 36-year old veteran Point Guard for the Denver Nuggets is listed as 6’2’, and that is probably being generous. Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors is listed as 6’10”. You think the latter would be dominating the former, right? Wrong. Andre Miller had a HUGE block on a Derrick Favors dunk attempt on Friday night.