Every couple of weeks I think I will make a The Good, Bad and Ugly post.
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are the last undefeated team after beating the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. They have the number one offense, are second in assists and third in points allowed.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson get all the attention because they are the big time scorers but Andrew Bogut should not be overlooked. He’s only averaging seven points per game but he’s healthy and playing 30 minutes a game. He grabs 11 rpg and blocks two shots per game.
They will try to remain undefeated when they visit the Phoenix Suns tonight.
Although they lost last night the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies are 6-1 and are being led by their defense. Memphis has the best defense in the league only allowing 87.6 ppg while the Rockets are second at 90.9 ppg.
The Rockets were without Dwight Howard last night and the Grizzlies lost on a late three point play by Brandon Knight.
The Toronto Raptors sit atop the Eastern Conference at 5-1 after crushing the Washington Wizards on Friday Night. Led by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry they have four players in double figures. They get good production from their bench while playing solid defense.
Anthony Davis has been big time for the Pelicans. He continues to average 24.4 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 4.4 bpg. He leads the league in both rebounds and blocks. After a subpar game against the Grizzlies, he bounced back with two monster games that led to wins over the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs. Davis is a big time talent, so try to check him out on League Pass.
Not to be overlooked the Sacramento Kings are 5-1 with good wins over the Blazers, Clippers and Suns. They are fourth in points per game and first in rebounds with game at 49.2. DeMarcus Cousins is having another big year averaging 24 and 11 while playing just under 30 minutes a game. So far Darren Collison is looking like a good replace for Isaiah Thomas, scoring 15 ppg and dishing out 6.2 assists. Although Rudy Gay is coming off his worst game of the season at Phoenix only scoring 11 points on 5-22 shooting, he did hit the go-ahead jumper in the second overtime.
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers won their recent game against Denver they still end up on this list. They were 1-2 on their West coast road trip losing games to both the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz. They were blown out against Portland and were on the verge of being blown out by Utah until LeBron decided to play.
The Cavs are 2-3 and have less wins than the Boston Celtics. They looked much better against Denver but like I said before it will take more than one good game to make them a good team. They are still working things out but for now they are bad.
The Lakers only played one game since my last review but they are still winless along with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers lost their last two games by a combined five points. They are the only two teams without a win this season and things will get tougher for both teams.
The Lakers next five games: Hornets (H), Grizzlies (A), Pelicans (A), Spurs (H) and Warriors (H)
The Sixers next five games: 4 away games against Raptors, Mavericks, Rockets and Spurs. At home to Celtics
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks have lost four in a row. The triangle is not working and Carmelo Anthony can’t find his shot. He’s scored over 20 points just three times and his shooting is horrible. He became the first player to take at least 20 shots while making five or fewer in consecutive games since he did it back in 04.
Along with his struggles on the offensive, Melo is no longer rebounding the ball. His assists are at a career high but I’m guessing Knick fans would want Melo to pick up his scoring now more than ever. The Knicks are currently 28th in points per game at 92.0. They are in the middle of the pack in points allowed at 99.4.
They have some winnable games coming up against the Magic, Jazz, Nuggets, Bucks, Wolves and Sixers.
There were more injuries in the league. Marcus Smart went down and was taken off the court on a stretcher Friday night. Many thought it would be as bad as Lakers’ rookie Julius Randle but Smart only suffered a sprained ankle and bone bruise. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
On the same night Wolves’ guard Ricky Rubio went down with an ankle injury. Rubio is out indefinitely with a badly sprained left ankle. He will be on crutches for about two weeks and then reevaluated.