2016 The Good, Bad and Ugly (Opening Week)

The NBA season is one week old. It has been a good week filled with big scoring nights, upsets and some career highs. Let’s see The Good, Bad & Ugly for the first week of the season.

The Good

First things first. Ring night was a success for the Cavaliers. Not only did the Cavs win big against the Knicks but LeBron James notched his first triple-double of the season. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, 19 of those coming in the 3rd quarter.

Joell Embiid’s debut – The Sixers rookie finally took the floor in NBA action after being sidelined for the past two seasons. He was on a minute’s restriction but he was solid posting 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. Late in the game the Sixers were giving him the ball to make plays. They lost a close game to the Thunder.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the big numbers that were put up:

Damian Lillard – 39 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists opening night.

Kawhi Leonard – Career high 35 points as the Spurs beat the Warriors by 29 points.

Dwyane Wade – Scored 22 points in his Chicago debut. He was 4-6 from the 3-point line. Wade only made seven 3-pointers in the regular season last year.

Anthony Davis – 50 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 4 blocks in a loss against the Nuggets. The following game he had 45 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a loss against the Warriors.

James Harden – He had 14 assists in the first half against the Lakers. He finished with 34 points and a career high 17 assists in a loss to the Lakers.

DeMar DeRozan – Scored 40 points which is a Raptors opening night record in a win against the Pistons.

Russell Westbrook – He missed a triple double by one assist on opening night. He followed that up by posting 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the next game. Then he dropped 33 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists after that. He is the fourth player to have two triple-doubles in the first three games of the season. He is also the first player with at least 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in the first three games of the season.

The Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs remain undefeated in this short season.

The Bad

Kevin Durant scored 27 points in his debut with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lost by 29 points at home against the San Antonio Spurs. It was the worst home loss in the Steve Kerr era. It was also the first time the Warriors have been under .500 in the regular season since November 2012. Last season they didn’t lose a game until Dec. 12 and didn’t lose a game at home until April.

The Warriors have a negative point differential despite being 2-1.They are also last in opponent’s points per game at 114.3.

The New York Knicks got the best of the Cavs on opening night two seasons ago when LeBron James returned to Cleveland. On this opening night the new look Knicks were plagued by turnovers and poor shooting. The game was close in the first half but the Knicks would go on to lose by 29 points. New starters Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah were held scoreless in their debuts.

The Ugly

There are seven teams that are still winless. The Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans are all winless after the first week of the season. Now some of these teams have competed in their games but have just come up short.