Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 12.8.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 12.8.15

Welcome back to another edition of the Triple Double Tuesday column. I took last Tuesday off to celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Not too much has changed in the NBA landscape since my last post. The Warriors are still undefeated and the Lakers and 76ers are still terrible. However, a few things have changed like the Nets have been playing .500 basketball since starting 0-7. Let’s not spoil all the news in the opener and get to the column. Three Positive Plays Steph Curry Is Breaking The NBA Everyone is trying to compare Steph Curry to past greats and some of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history. However, it’s impossible. At least in my point of view. There has never been a Steph Curry before and there will probably never be another one. This doesn’t stop talking heads from trying to make comparisons and contractions amongst other players. His three point shooting in the modern NBA is out of this world. He has already made more three pointers only a quarter of the way into this season than most players will get in an entire year. He’s averaging 5 made three pointers a game, whereas no one in NBA history has ever averaged 4 made per game prior. There are many images and stat breakdowns being passed around twitter but the one that really grasps the greatness of Steph Curry this season is this one: The Eastern Conference I know it’s still early in the season but the jokes can stop about the Eastern Conference being a joke. The Eastern Conference so far is beating the Western Conference...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.24.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.24.15

It’s almost that time for teams to hit the panic button. The Rockets did it last week by relieving Kevin McHale of his coaching duties after a dismal 4-7 start of the season. What’s the old phrase? “You can’t fire a whole team so you fire the coach.” The Rockets weren’t playing for him anymore, the move had to be done. Now it will be up to the front office to see if they can find someone to motivate this current group because they are getting beat by effort most nights. And with that, let’s jump the weekly column. Three Positive Plays Steph Curry and the Warriors Talk about a tale of two cities. One on hand we have the runner up MVP in James Harden having an awful year so far and the other we have the best and most exciting player in the league currently, reigning MVP, Steph Curry. But don’t take my word; here are some of the many articles being written about basketball’s lord and savior: Eye on Basketball – Veterans Have Never Seen Anything Like This GQ Steph’s Ball Handling Secrets Business Insider – Steph Curry Is Only Going To Get Better SB Nation – Steph Curry Shoot Better Than Everyone Did I mention they have won 15 in a row to start the season? Did I even need to inform you about that? Carmelo Anthony I have always been hyper critical of Carmelo Anthony, gone as far as calling him a loser. To be honest, it has more to do with my expectations of him compared to what he’s been able to accomplish....
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.17.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.17.15

The NBA season is shaping up and we are figuring out what teams are. There are a lot of things we all missed like the Rockets being average, the Knicks being average and Portland is giving everyone who thought they’d be a bottom dweller the middle finger. However, the season is far from over and we have a million questions that will be answered as the season progresses such as; will the Warriors lose a game? Kidding, of course they will lose a game but how many is the question? Let’s kick off this weekly column. Three Positive Plays The Boston Celtics Are Really Good This team is who I figured they would be, fighting for a 4-6 seed in the Eastern Conference with their ability to wear teams down because they are so deep. Other teams play a few guys 35+ minutes on a nightly basis in order to accomplish the most wins they can. The Celtics have 3 guys who play 30 minutes and 7 guys who log 24 or more minutes a game. They are 5th in pace, 4th in defensive efficiency, and 6th in points differential. Their ability to plug in someone else when a player is hurt or having a bad night is an asset that is often overlooked in the sport of basketball due to it being a superstar league. This team is doing it without a superstar. Outside of Isaiah Thomas, there are no other players scoring 20 points a game. Every player does have a respectable PER rating with the highest being Jared Sullinger (21.8) and lowest, out of the players...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.10.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.10.15

We are two weeks into the young NBA season. There are some things we know like the Nets and 76ers are winless and Kobe has as many shot attempts as points (81 points in 79 shots), whereas the league’s MVP Steph Curry has scored 237 points in 233 minutes of playing time. The season is young and we are already off to a great start, now onto the weekly update. Three Positive Plays Bucks Win 4 In A Row After starting the season 0-3 the Milwaukee Bucks took advantage of their soft schedule to win the next four games. What really improved for the Bucks was their defense. After allowing 122, 118 and 106 to their opponents, they held their next four to below 100 points per game. The efficiency of Giannis is out of this world. He is scoring 154.6 points per 100 shots, essentially the opposite Kobe. The main reason for the turn around was Jabari Parker returning to the lineup. Although he has struggled out of the gate, his presence makes the bench a little deeper.   Greg Monroe continues to impress with his new team putting up 18 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The Bucks were able to weather an early storm but will look to make a push for home court in the first round as Kris Middleton and Jabari Parker find their groves. The Bucks are getting players back at the right time as John Henson returns and they await the return of OJ Mayo. Orlando Is A Must Watch League Pass Team Another team that started 0-3, although their three losses include...
Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.3.15

Triple Double Tuesday – Weekly Column 11.3.15

Welcome to the start of my weekly Tuesday column. We will take a look around the league from the past week. The season is a week old but there is plenty to take a look at in the early part of the season. In this weekly column we will look at three things that are related to the success of teams or individuals, two things that relate to the lack of success, rookie watch and list the triple doubles for the week. Three Positive Points Detroit Pistons 3-0 This was not supposed to happen. The Pistons in the beginning of the Stan Van Gundy turn around are looking like they may be extending their schedule beyond the regular season. They jumped out to a 3-0 record with wins over the Bulls, Hawks and Jazz. They are leading the league in rebounding behind Andre Drummond and are 4th in points allowed per game. The biggest surprise has to be Marcus Morris, although I am not 100% convinced he’s not really Markieff. Marcus is leading the team in scoring with 19.3 per game along with 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Stan has been playing 3 guys over 33 minutes which will come into question when injuries and fatigue arise but for now, the Pistons are looking like a playoff team with a potential all-star this year in Andre Drummond with his 18.7 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 2 blks and 1.3 stls per game. Minnesota Timberwolves 2-0 Another team that was not suppose to win more than 25 games has jumped out to a 2-0 record, although they only beat two other non playoff...