Everything we thought about the Eastern Conference before the season was wrong. Okay, so maybe it’s way too early to make that bold statement, but a few teams that were supposed to be legit playoff contenders are off to slow starts. And the Bobcats are 3-3, even though they still refuse to play Ben Gordon. Hey, show BG7 some love.
Here in Chicago, Derrick Rose obviously doesn’t look like his old self yet. In the past, Thibs’ teams could compete on off nights because they were relentless on the defensive end. But so far, the offense is stagnant and the defense isn’t as dominant. Be patient with the Rose/Butler backcourt, and we can all hope that Jimmy Buckets transforms into that second scorer this team so desperately needs. As for the bench, Mike Dunleavy Jr. finally had a good game against Cleveland. Maybe he will stop looking so confused all the time. (Thanks to our friends at BarstoolSports for this lovely image.)
Coach Mike Woodson might already be on the hot seat, judging by chants during the Knicks’ embarrassing 31-point home loss to San Antonio on Sunday:
There it is: the first “Fire Woodson” chant of the season. Brief and contained to one section, but there it is.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) November 10, 2013
Speaking of that beat-down, Tony Parker took Iman Shumpert to the woodshed. Whoa, there’s our old pal Mr. Bargnani, unable to move.
How far can they get? Well, as we’ve learned, never underestimate KG:
-On paper, the Rockets look like one of the best teams in the league. But Dwight Howard needs to start demanding the ball in the post and James Harden should at least pretend like he cares about playing defense.
-Speaking of new superstars, Anthony “The Brow” Davis has officially arrived in New Orleans. Not only is he averaging 23 and 11 in the young season, but he’s actually become the Pelicans’ go-to offensive threat in the 4th quarter. Just don’t make me look at the team’s mascot:
“YOU MUST CHEER FOR THE BASKETBALL TEAM OF NEW ORLEANS. MY BEAK IS RED WITH FRESH BLOOD. TRAMPOLINE DUNK TIME.” pic.twitter.com/DCPvOnIYiI
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) October 31, 2013