NBA Recap: Spurs, Pacers, and Blazers ROLLING
If any team is not named the LA Lakers or Miami Heat, we do not hear any news about them, even if they’ve only had a couple of losses so far in a young season.
The Spurs are 13-2, but lost to the Thunder this past Wednesday night 94-88 on the road. Still, their stats are good and tell us why they’re rolling early in the season. They are 4th overall in assists per game at 24.6, are 11th in points scored per game at 101.2 and 14th overall in rebounds per game (43 per game). These indicate that Coach Gregg Popovich’s system is running smooth. And, Tiago Splitter is leading the team in rebounds per game at 7.3 and Tony Parker is scoring 17.7 points per game. A balanced system, indeed.
The Pacers are 14-1 and are not getting any ESPN love. ESPN wanted the Heat to beat the Chicago Bulls’ record last year, but they aren’t calling for the Pacers to do the same. Paul George is scoring 23.7 points per game, Roy Hibbert rebounding 8.9 per game and blocking 3.9 shots per game. They are going to be the top 2 in the Eastern Conference, considering the injury to Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls. Their team stats are not impressive, but they’re playing Coach Frank Vogel-ball of possession and giving the ball to Hibbert or George.
Best part of ESPN’s SportsCenter, even when they are hosing the Pacers? The Hangover star Ken Jeong interviewing Roy Hibbert:
The Blazers are 13-3 and are flying under the radar, with the well-documented struggles of the LA Lakers, Miami Heat and the New York Knicks. According to ESPN.com, They’re scoring 104 points per game (7th overall), 8th in rebounding at 44.4 per game, and 9th in assists per game. LaMarcus Aldridge is torching opponents at 22.1 points per game and 9.6 rebounds, while second-year pro point guard Damian Lilliard is averaging 5.8 assists per game and is scoring 19.9 points per game.
How is ESPN not reporting this? Why did ESPN air the LeBron James-led Miami Heat visiting the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Spurs?
Oh yeah, the network that brought us Tebowmania and Mark “Sanchize” Sanchez hoopla decided that the best team in the Eastern Conference versus a bottom-dweller should be aired over Spurs-Thunder.
Thanks Skip Bayless and ESPN.