Scoreboard: Dwyane Wade For MVP? Or Chris Paul?
A quick take on what happened last night in NBA hoops.
Dwyane Wade could win one-on-five: I mentioned yesterday that Atlanta was fading a bit while the Heat are playing exceptionally well. Well, Wade had 28 points, 8 rebounds and four assists (as well as his trademark dives to the basket), Michael Beasley is starting to finally look like a capable secondary option and the Heat beat allegedly the fourth best team in the East by 17 with only two guys in double figures.
And the Vinny Del Negro death watch is right back on: It was a nice reprieve for Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, who was reportedly on the verge of being fired before the Bulls pulled out some nice wins. Last night, however, they had a horrible third quarter (out-scored 32-14) and blew a halftime lead in a loss to the Thunder. Russell Westbrook out-played Derrick Rose, 29 points/7 rebounds/6 assists to Rose's 19/3/7.
Paul rivals Wade for doing more with less: I've never been a huge fan of the whole "makes his teammates better" storyline. It's always seemed kind of lazy. That being said, what Wade and Chris Paul are able to do with truly mediocre talent around them is pretty impressive. Paul hit the game-winning shot as New Orleans closed ground on Utah in the playoff chase.
Juwan Howard is still alive: The Blazers dusted off Howard, who scored 16 last night, but they still lost to the Clips by 10. Brandon Roy only scored six and Portland played without LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as injured centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, who are both out for the year.