Taking a look at Wednesday’s Western Conference action, in DC the Rockets were victimized by rookie John Wall’s first career triple-double in his 6th career NBA game. Wall went for 19 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds, adding 6 steals and a blocked shot for good measure, all versus 1 turnover. Fantasy owners everywhere are patting themselves on the back.
With the loss the Rockets spin further into Western Conference oblivion and now sit at 1-6 on the young season. Kevin Martin had a solid night himself, going for 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Rockets starting PG Aaron Brooks remains out for at least four weeks with a severely sprained ankle. Ishmael Smith, an undrafted rookie out of
The Thunder cashed in twin 31-point efforts from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to knock off the Sixers, 109-103, and improved to 4-3 on the year. Durant put on a free throw clinic as he drained 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. The 76ers’ Jrue Holiday continued his upward trend with 17 points and 11 assists, while rookie SG Evan Turner, filling in for an injured Andre Iguodala, went for 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Finally, the T-Wolves, fresh off of a close battle with the Lakers on Tuesday, knocked off the Kings in Sactown, 98-89. The Wolves (2-7) were led by Michael Beasley, who dropped a career-high 42 points on 17-of-31 shooting while sitting on my fantasy bench. (Thanks, Universe!) PG Luke Ridnour sat out his second straight game with a strained hammy, and fill-in Sebastian Telfair managed just 1 assist in almost 40 minutes of run. Omri Casspi led the way with 17 points for the Kings (3-4), who dropped their third game in a row on a night that saw Tyreke Evans completely disappear (1-for-5, 5 points). RekeDaFreak did throw in 9 assists – some consolation for fantasy owners.
Check back here tomorrow after the Warriors go for their third straight road win and take on the Bulls. Thursday’s games featuring Western Conference teams:
LA Lakers (8-0) @
At the end of Wednesday night, here’s what Mapping the Western Conference looks like:
LA Lakers 8-0 --
Golden State 6-2 2.0
LA Clippers 1-8 7.5