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NBA Awards – Wed 12/5/12

Tuesday Night Headlines
 1) LeBron Big, Wizards Upset of Heat Bigger – The Wiz went into this home game against the Heat with 1 win in 14 gms; the Heat were 12-3. LeBron had his 1st tri-double of the season, 33rd of his career, while Washington starters scored just 41 total pts. BUT…the Wiz bench scored an amazing 64 pts while all Miami got outside of the Big 3 was 11 each from Mike Miller & Ray Allen. Off the bench, Kevin Seraphin gave Wash 16 & 10 rebs while Jordan Crawford contributed 22 & 6 asst, and the Wiz had reason to celebrate early in the holiday season.
2) Lakers Find New Way to Lose – They were up 11 pts at the half, then 90-77 with 9:38 on the game clock, but it wasn’t enough. They forced Harden into a nightmarish 3-19 from the floor, but that wasn’t enough. They finally started Chris Duhon over Darius Morris, but that wasn’t enough. Houston came from behind and beat the shorthanded Lakers 107-105 as Pau stayed home with tendinitis in both knees, Steve Blake decided on surgery for his abdomen (out 6-8 more weeks), and Nash hoped to be playing a week shy of Christmas. Things are quite a mess in Lakerville, and pretty soon, if not already, they gotta start worrying about Dwight Howard’s willingness to sign up for 5 more years there. After all, they have no talented young youth to develop around him, and the extra money he makes by resigning w/ L.A. is mostly gobbled up by the brutal California/Los Angeles tax man, as opposed to FLA, TX, etc…
3) Zach Goes Nuts, Lead Mem to OT Win – Memphis struggled at home to take care of the pesky but out-manned Suns, trailing by 6 with under 5 min left in regulation before forcing OT and getting the win, 108-98 (they outscored Phx 24-8 from that point in the 4th Q). Zach Randolph had a double-double in the 1st half, 16/10, and then got another in the 2nd half & OT, 22/12, to finish with 38/22. 
4) P George Emerges from Funk, Leads Pacers to Tight Win – Coming off an 0-7, zero point performance Sat night, Paul George went off against the Bulls, scoring 34 pts and grabbing 9 rebs in an 80-76 win over Chicago. He scored 42.5% of the team’s pts as no one else on the team scored more than 10. George went 14-25 (56%) while the rest of the team went 15-55 (27.3%).
5) Fat Lines Everywhere in Thunder Win Over Nets – D-Will had his best game of the season, going off for 33/4/7 asst with 5 treys, but KD (32, 6 asst, 12 FTM) and Westy (25, 9 asst, 3 stl) were too much as OKC became the first team to notch 15 wins this season, against just 4 losses so far. Andray Blatche was also big for Brooklyn, as he had 19/11 rebs & 3 stls. He’s another player who, like JJ Hickson, saw the darkness (crappy 2011-12, amnesty cut in off-season), recommitted himself to getting into shape, and signed a 1-year minimum salary deal with the Nets.
 
The Other Tuesday Night Game
Sorry, there’s no exciting headline for the T-Wolves 105-88 win over Philly as no one reached 20 pts, and the only double-doubles were by JJ Barea (11, 10 asst) and Josh Howard (16, 10 rebs). The excitement here is #1 – Minnesota is 8-8, and #2) Josh Howard is still in the league after starting the season on the outside looking in. He signed with Minn in the middle of November and has given them decent play so far, this being his best game by far. 
 
 
The Akeem Olajuwon Award —  Zach Randolph  —  38 pts, 22 rebs, 0 asst, 8 FTM, 1 stl, 3 blk, 0 treys, and 15-22 shooting…Zach was just 5 pts and 3 rebs off his career-highs as he continued his strong start to the 2012-13 campaign. He’s now averaging 17.7 & 13.3 on the year, shooting 48.7%, 77.8% from the stripe. Randolph played just one season at Michigan St., only 19.8 min/gm, but showed enough potential in the post to be taken 19th overall in the 2001 Draft by Portland. He rode the bench for a couple years before emerging strongly in the 2003 NBA Playoffs, becoming a starter the next season and turning in the first of his 5 career 20/10 seasons. He’s not the strongest or most athletic big man out there, but he’s rock solid in the post with good footwork and delicate touch. He was very big in the 2011 playoffs when the Grizzlies upset San Antonio before losing in 7 to OKC. He averaged 22.2 & 10.8 in those 13 playoff games, and is at 17.2/9.7 in 28 career playoff contests.
 
The Jerome Moiso Award —  Michael Beasley —  6 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asst, 0 FTM, 1 stl, 1 blk, 0 treys, and 3-13 shooting in 29 painful minutes…If he hits just one or two more shots in regulation, maybe the Suns pull of the upset over Memphis last night. But it was yet another stinker for the #2 overall pick of the 2008 Draft, as his fresh start in Phoenix is quickly turning stale. A maddening head case, he has shown flashes of his talent this year, garnering at least 5 dimes in 4 games, but with only three 20+ scoring performances, and only three games of 7 or more rebs, his stinkers have overwhelmed his solid performances, resulting in averages of 11.5/4.1/2.4 asst and a FG% of 38.1 while playing 27.8 min/night. I’ll never forget how torn Pat Riley was when he drafted him, wanting D Rose so badly, suspecting that Beasley was a SF/PF tweener, but eventually still taking him anyway over guys like Westbrook (4th), Love (5th), and Brook Lopez (10th). At this pace, Beasley will be out of the league in a couple more years.
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