Eastern Conference All-Stars M-I-A
The Heat and the Bulls won Tuesday night, without their team MVP and leaders. Dwayne Wade (ankle) and Derrick Rose (toe) sat out because of injuries, but their teams managed to win convincingly. LeBron James and Chris Bosh led Miami to feats on the Spurs in the 2nd half, winning 120-98. The other “Beast in the East,” Chicago, engineered a blowout in Phoenix. The team played a well-rounded game without the MVP, and Carlos Boozer paved the way to victory despite a strong effort by the ageless Steve Nash, 118-97.
David Lee had a big game, and Kyrie Irving is well on his way to a Rookie of the Year award, what a ballplayer he is. He had some help with Anderson Varejao notching a double-double. Golden State’s bench was the difference in this one, with Nate Robinson, Brandon Rush, and Klay Thompson combining for 45 points en route to a 105-95 road win.
Lockdown in Utah
The Jazz had a good defensive effort and took advantage of CP3 sitting out with a hamstring issue. Lob City was grounded in Utah, and C.J. Miles provided a consistent spark for a 108-79 clinic.
Dwight Howard with another monster night, 25 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The young Bobcats have some promise, but tonight they came up short in Orlando, 96-89.
Nuggets Dipping In
Denver got the best of Milwaukee Tuesday night, 105-95. Brandon Jennings is a raw baller, but he needs more help from Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. The Nuggets hit them with a team win across the board, hitting 12 treys and 29 free throws.
Kevin McHale got production from everyone in his rotation tonight, fueled by Samuel Dalembert and what he has brought to this team. 6 players scored in double figures, but Detroit had nothing inside and fall 90-87.