February 24, 2010
This, by the way, is what a full NBA arena used to look like.
This could be a fun night, and I'm well aware that there are going to be plenty of things worth paying attention to.
Minnesota and Atlanta, honestly, could be good for stretches. Big bodies banging. Ryan Hollins(notes), too! Portland and Toronto might finish with 80 possessions and 220 total points. Memphis and Washington? Why not? Washington's good now, apparently. Orlando and Houston could be a battle, a real "this is important because" match for both sides, something worth reflecting on when it comes time to figure out just how well either team could do in spring.
The Thunder and San Antonio? Tell me that doesn't intrigue. Lakers and Dallas? Always worth it. I almost feel like handing over my badge, gun, and League Pass for not telling you to pay attention. The Bobcats and Utah? Both teams are going to have to turn in their guns before that one. It'll be a battle.
But at this point in the year, even without Chris Paul(notes), even without Michael Redd(notes) (stop laughing, just play along), I'm really interested in the Hornets and Bucks. The bees played last night, the Bucks are coming home from New York, both teams are fighting for their playoff lives, and both teams are coached by men (Tim Floyd, if we're honest, and Scott Skiles) that we've talked to in bright hallways.
Not sure how we lose, on a night like this. Comment away.
New Orleans Hornets: 30-27, 92.5 (17th), 106.8 points scored per 100 possessions (14th), 108 points allowed per 100 possessions (18th).
Milwaukee Bucks: 27-28, 92.9 possessions per game (19th), 103.7 points scored per 100 possessions (25th), 103.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (sixth).
All statistics courtesy basketball-reference.com.