The West Isn't Winless
Of the 30 NBA teams, there are still three that have yet to win a game. It's not suprising that those three teams haven't won yet - Atlanta, New York, Toronto - but what is kind of weird is that they're all in the East. Every team in the West has won atleast one game this season. Of course to offset that, the only two undefeated teams - Detroit and Washington - are also in the East. What does that mean you ask? I don't fuckin' know, I just saw the shit!
Detroit Is Mad Good
I know, it's very obvious, as they've spent the better part of the past three years dominating the East. There were questions as to how the team would respond to a new head coach. Well, for one, you know Rip Hamilton is happy because he's been given a little more slack on offense, and it's been effective so far. On average, the Pistons are outscoring their opponents by 17 points a game this season, compared to 3.8 points per contest last year. Their scoring average is 9 points per game higher than it was last season, dumping 102.3 points on opponents on an average night. They've also dropped their opponents scoring average as well, 89.5 last year to 85.3 thus far this season. So Flip, how's Detroit? Loving it? I bet. You now coach a team that is really good, plays together, and most importantly, really cares about the game of basketball. Man they're good.
Sam Cassell Stearin' The Clip Ship
Yeah, that's right, the Clippers began the season 3-0 for the first time in 20 years. Of course they lost their next game because God - aka KG - said it was their time to lose. Did you see Sammy's first game? 35/11/5 2 steals, a block and 54% from the floor. Damn kid! Git some! Of course, have you seen what he's done since? In the three games following he scored a total of 35 points and 14 assists, all while shooting a blistering 29%. Oh yeah, and 8 turnovers. Ouch. It hurts to be old don't it Sam? Now don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing Sam per say. It's just all those Clippers fans that thought they were going to win a championship. They thought Sam Cassell, with both S's and both L's, would take them to the promised land - well, okay maybe not the promised land, but atleast to the playoffs. Well, here's the thing guys. It's Sam. He's good in the first year with a new team, or rather he has been good. He's old, he's broken, and there ain't much gas left in the tank. You're not going to get the Sam Cassell the Wolves had two years ago. You'll get a little bit healthier version of the Alienosaurus from last season. Again, I'm not trying to be too hard on Sammy C because I really do like him - or atleast when he's not bitching about his contract.
You Want Some Gravy On That?
Smush Parker. Have you seen this guy? Here's a guy who's career scoring average going into this season was somewhere between zero and four. Now, in Phil's offense he's droppin almost 18 points a night! Smushy's havin' some! In four games this season, he's scored 20 point in three of them, while averaging 3 steals, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per contest. Again, the triangle system turns someone with a bare upper lip into a contender. I'm not ready yet to say this is gonna be consistant, but Smush Mouf has finally gotten himself into a position to, as a friend of mine likes to say, 'Git Money!'
Pass the potatos kid, I'm out!