After losing a game for the first time in nearly a month, the Mavericks will attempt to rebound tonight against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in a critical game 3 matchup with the series tied 1-1. The Mavericks' bench usually provides them an advantage, but it didn't in game 2 Thursday night as the Thunder bench outscored them 50-29, led by James Harden's 23.
The Russell Westbrook saga took another interesting turn when Thunder coach Scott Brooks went with Eric Maynor instead of the all-star Westbrook down the stretch in game 2. Westbrook is taking a lot of criticism for his allegedly selfish play, but his teammates continue to support him.
James Harden is on a short list of former ASU Sun Devils who have made an impact in the NBA. Others include Byron Scott, Eddie House, Lafayette "Fat" Lever, Alton Lister and Isaac Austin. As a former Laker and current coach of the Cavs, we know Byron Scott. But you might not know about Fat Lever. Beyond having a cool name, Lever was a two-time all-star who had hands that would make Jared Dudley proud.
Tonight's game: Mavs at Thunder, 6PM PDT (assuming the world doesn't end then), ESPN. Series tied 1-1.
For the last three months or so, I've been going through various mock drafts and checking out the players. Seth has run some features here about various players that could be possibly be selected by the Suns, but not recently. After we lost the lottery, I went to check out NBADraft.net, to see who they predict we'd take. I was suprised that I'd never heard the name before: Bismack Biyambo.
Biyambo is the definition of raw, but also of upside. The guy is a freak, and he turned a lot of heads at the Nike Hoops Summit. We don't know a lot about him, but his freakish athleticism and PF position makes my pants wiggle a little bit. Here's his NBADraft.net profile.
Now as Scott Howard has written, the Suns are in lottery wasteland. In that case, and considering where the Suns current situation (i.e. lacking athleticism or players with high upside), it makes sense to me that were a player with a huge upside like Biyambo available, that the Suns should take the risk and draft him. What do you guys think?
The Mavericks will try to take a 2-0 lead at home tonight, after Dirk Nowitzki's outstanding 48 point effort led them to victory Tuesday. Kevin Durant had 40 points of his own, but was overshadowed by Nowitzki's incredible shooting performance. It's highly doubtful either can replicate that performance tonight and, for the sake of the viewers' enjoyment, let's hope that the teams won't combine to shoot 79 FTs like they did Tuesday.
Tonight's Game: Thunder at Mavs, 6PM PDT, ESPN. Mavs lead series 1-0.