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By Peter Lancaster

NBA Weekly Recap: Week 10

The week started off with a bang. The Celtics vs. Knicks game had a heated confrontation between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. But the conversation did not stop there on the court; Anthony was waiting outside by the Celtics bus. The league decided to suspend Anthony for one game this week. Garnett is known for his trash talking and this time he crossed the line with Anthony. This was the first meeting of the season for these divisional foes and it should amp up their future matchups this season.

This week also brought the second coaching casualty of the season with the firing of Milwaukee Bucks’ head coach, Scott Skiles. The Bucks currently have a winning record and have the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks have decided to name Jim Boylan the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Bucks are a young team and this move does come at a surprise but it was a mutual decision on both sides.

The Nets are now 8-2 since the firing of Avery Johnson and they have moved back into the top 4 of the Eastern Conference.  P.J. Carlisemo has lead this team in a revival of their season and with the team’s recent success, it could land him the head coaching job for the remainder of the season. The Nets have three games this week against the Raptors and the Hawks twice. A big win yesterday against the Pacers supports their improvement efforts and should be motivation for the season’s course.

There are some teams that are improving as the season rolls on and those teams are the Portland Trailblazers and Denver Nuggets. The Trailblazers are a young team with eight players in their rookie or second year. The NBA’s best rookie so far is Damian Lillard and he is guiding his team to a stellar 7-3 record in the last 10 games returning Portland to a playoff contending team. The Trailblazers’ veterans have played a big part in their recent success, like Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Nuggets are winners of five straight games and are moving up in the standings in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are 8-2 in their last 10 games with wins over the Clippers, Warriors and Lakers twice. The Nuggets have the right combination of talent and will be a team that no one wants to play in the playoffs. The Nuggets will have a string of big games this week; they play the Trailblazers and the Thunder twice. They have an opportunity to gain ground on the five teams ahead of them in the Western Conference with their schedule this week.

A team to watch is the Detroit Pistons, who are just three games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are 7-3 in their last 10 games with wins over the Heat, Hawks and Bucks twice, all playoff contending teams. The Pistons have developed a great rotation with their bench players which includes improved play by Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva. Also, the development of 1st round draft pick Andre Drummond has those in the Motor City encouraged with this proud franchise’s future. Greg Monroe leads the Pistons in scoring and rebounding and has made a case for his first All-Star selection in his third season. The Pistons have a chance to gain ground in the standings with games this week against the Knicks and Celtics.

 

Key Games this Week

Monday

Clippers vs. Grizzlies

Hawks vs. Bulls

 

Tuesday

Clippers vs. Rockets

Trailblazers vs. Nuggets

 

Wednesday

Nets vs. Hawks

Nuggets vs. Thunder

Grizzlies vs. Spurs

Heat vs. Warriors

 

Friday

Bulls vs. Celtics

Hawks vs. Nets

Warriors vs. Spurs

 

Saturday

Spurs vs. Hawks

Grizzlies vs. Bulls

 

Sunday

Thunder vs. Nuggets

 

NBA Regular Season Standings as of January 13th, 2013

East                                        West

1.  Heat                                 1.  Thunder

2.  Knicks                              2.  Clippers

3.  Pacers                              3.  Spurs

4.  Nets                                  4.  Grizzlies

5.  Hawks                              5.  Warriors

6.  Bulls                                  6.  Nuggets

7.  Bucks                               7.  Trailblazers                                               

8.  Celtics                              8.  Rockets

 

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