Last night was a strange one across the Association. Despite 43 from Steph Curry, the Charlotte Bobcats upset the Golden State Warriors, the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards (our ill-fated Game of the Night pick) played an awful game that ended 75-74, and DeMarcus Cousins dropped 32 points and 19 rebounds to lead the new-look Kings over the Dallas Mavericks. Tonight, we get Paul Pierce (hopefully, as he’s currently on his way back from a broken hand) and Kevin Garnett’s first regular season match-up with their former team, the Boston Celtics. Plus, the Indiana Pacers are taking on the Miami Heat in a likely preview of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Before you check out either of those, or any other game, check out some good words to read in today’s suggested basketball readings from across the web.
In recent years, the NBA has seen a large shift towards the analytics movement. Even casual fans are now versed in advanced stats thanks to the new NBA Stats site and more recently the SportVU data. Over at Hickory High, Kevin Ferrigan wrote about just being entertained by the play, and not worrying about whether or not a certain shot was efficient or not. After all, isn’t being entertained what basketball’s all about?
Fringe Events – P.J. Tucker: Even the Birds Are Chained: By Brian Schroeder (@Cosmis)
Even though he’s become a starter out in Phoenix, it would be a fair assumption to say most casual NBA fans are unaware of P.J. Tucker. And if they have heard about him, that is where their knowledge ends. Well if you are one of those people, you should check out Brian Schroeder’s piece about P.J. Tucker from over at Hardwood Paroxysm.