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Blog: NBA Weekly Recap: Week 2

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By Peter Lancaster

NBA Weekly Recap.

This week’s action saw a new king of the mountain crowned on Friday night with the Grizzlies beating the Knicks, the only unbeaten team in the NBA. The Grizzlies’ record stands at 8-1 with big wins this week against the Thunder on the road, against the Knicks at home and another road win against the Bobcats. The Grizzlies have a balanced attack with Rudy Gay, team’s leading scorer, Zach Randolph, NBA’s leading rebounder, and Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies own the best record in the league and have two games against playoff caliber teams this week. The Grizzlies will face the Nuggets on Monday and the Lakers on Friday. The Grizzlies’ style of Grit-n-Grind basketball is sound defensively and balanced on offense. The Grizzlies are a true contender in the Western Conference and the NBA is now well aware of these men who do not bluff.

The Knicks are still atop the Eastern Conference and had big wins on the road in Orlando and San Antonio. Even though the Knicks lost their first game on Friday, they still showed their veteran savvy by making a late 4th quarter run against the Grizzlies. The Knicks won against the Pacers at home on Sunday and now their record stands at 7-1. The Knicks were under the spotlight this week and they played well and showed why they are leading in the Eastern Conference standings. The veteran backcourt of Felton and Kidd has developed quickly and Carmelo has improved his team basketball mindset. The Knicks are still without Amar’e Stoudemire, but Rasheed Wallace’s role has expanded in his absence. Wallace has played very well and has added additional toughness to this roster.

The Eastern Conference is filled with mediocre teams and very uninspiring basketball so far this season. The Knicks, Heat, Nets, Bucks, 76ers, Celtics and Bulls are the only teams with records above .500. This has been a problem in the Eastern Conference for the past three seasons and this year looks no different. The Wizards have yet to win a game and the Pistons & Cavs have just two wins. The Conference only having 6 teams with winning records sets the course for two teams qualifying for the playoffs with losing records. The only team that has surprised the Conference so far has been the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are leading the Central Division and have only lost to the Celtics and Grizzlies. The Bucks are led by their explosive back court of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. The Bucks have three games this week against the Bobcats, Heat and divisional foe, the Bulls. This week’s schedule will show if the Bucks are contenders or pretenders in the Central division.

The Western Conference also has the same issue early in the season, with just six teams having a winning record. However, the teams in the West will not let this be the course for the whole season. Teams like the Blazers, Nuggets, Lakers, Jazz and Warriors have enough talent to turn their seasons around. The Blazers young back court of Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews has developed into a formidable duo to go along with all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.  The Lakers are now led by new Coach Mike D’Antoni and he will fully join his new team this week. The Lakers are anticipating the return of point guard Steve Nash to help run the new offense brought in by D’Antoni. The Lakers have four games this week, starting with the Nets at home and then a three game road trip with the Kings, Grizzlies and Mavs. The Lakers new scheme will be tested during this four-game stretch this week. The Lakers also have a chance to get back in the thick of the Western Conference standings or find themselves on the outside looking in.

 

Key Games this week

 

Monday:        Spurs vs. Clippers

 

Wednesday: Clippers vs. Thunder

                          Bucks vs. Heat

 

Friday:            Thunder vs. Celtics

                         Lakers vs. Grizzlies

                         Clippers vs. Nets

            

NBA Regular Season Standings as of November 18th, 2012

East                                                        West

1.  Knicks                                            1.  Grizzlies

2.  Bucks                                             2.  Spurs

3.  Nets                                               3.  Clippers

4.  Heat                                               4.  Thunder

5.  76ers                                              5.  Timberwolves

6.  Bulls                                               6.  Mavericks

7.  Celtics                                             7.  Warriors

8.  Bobcats                                          8.  Jazz

 

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