The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet
Derrick Rose’s season hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start, as prior to Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he’d failed to score in double figures in three straight games for the first time in his career. Combine that with all the frustrations about injuries (including his most recent one, a broken face that’s left him with double vision) and recent rumblings that Rose and the Chicago Bulls are headed for a breakup, many have essentially given up on the hometown kid. However, Rose gave a throwback performance in a big win over the Thunder, scoring 29 points and hitting big shot after big shot down the stretch. He’s not quite done yet.
We remember all the back and forths that go on between the Thunder’s superstars. With each saying that the other is better, this bizarre game of ‘no, you go’ is being blown out of proportion. When it comes down to it, neither care who’s seen as the best player, they just want to play and win games. It does bring an interesting view on the team, though. Durant is the smoother scorer and makes the game look easy while Westbrook overpowers his opponents with athleticism and tenacity. I give Westbrook the edge as the more important player because he does more for the team – creates, collapses the defense and scores on offense and disrupts and pushes the tempo on defense.
Whew. Well, maybe all teams other than Golden State should look at this article because as of now, no one can stop Wardell Stephen Curry. The man is just on another level and is so locked in the game looks so easy for him. With all the weapons Golden State has, it’s so hard to contain #30. It would be a different story if your team could constantly double Curry and force him to take tough shots at the end of a shot clock, but the fact remains Golden State has so many good players that it’s picking your poison with that team.
Read Tjarks’s take on the Orlando Magic, who seem to have established themselves as a legitimate team in the Eastern Conference. The first five games of the Magic season have come against five playoff teams from last year, and while the record shows 1-4, the competitiveness of the games shows hope for the Magic. Losing in double-overtime to the Thunder (a game they would’ve won were it not for a half-court prayer from Westbrook) and losing to a very good Bulls team by five indicates that the Magic might have found something with their new four-out, one-in formation. Read more on how the new offensive strategy is helping the Magic get better looks.
The Memphis Grizzlies have gotten off to a 3-3 start, which on the surface isn’t that terrible considering two of those losses came to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. However, those two losses were by a combined 80 points, and the Grizzlies lost by 19 points to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. That’s three blowout losses, leading many to question whether this Grizzlies team is a serious contender. Reynolds isn’t declaring the season over by any means, and he lightened the mood a bit by penning a Grizzlies-themed version of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”