Tuesday, November 6, 2012

11/6: MNF, Spurs, etc.

Greetings! Trying something new and setting up the post for a bit later deployment in the day (traffic, son!) so bear with me...
  • Monday Night Football - New Orleans may have put an end to the Vick/Reid era in Philadelphia with a 28-13 victory last night in the Superdome. There was a 99-yard interception return to kick the game off and NO controlled things throughout as a result. Philly actually outgained the Saints by nearly 100 yards, but Drew Brees didn't throw it to the opposition, and New Orleans was able to run the ball effectively by committee with 140 yards on 25 carries. I didn't think Mike played particularly poorly, but it wasn't enough.
  • There are 4 undefeateds left in the NBA and two of them held serve last night. San Antonio became the league's first 4-0 team with a 101-79 win over Indiana. It was a typically balanced offensive effort from the Spurs, with no player having more than 17 points (Gary Neal, of all people) and defensively, the Spurs held Indiana to 34% shooting on the night. I was all-in on the Spurs preseason and I'm holding to that as the Western conference favorite. In the East, New York got their 3rd straight win by a 110-88 margin on the road in Philly. There were 7 players in double-digits for the Knicks, and what I take from this one is that Ray Felton isn't the same fat guy that was in Portland last year. He's averaging 14 and 6 with nearly 2 steals a game through 3 games, and if he's even solid, the Knicks could be pretty good. 
  • NBA Round-Up - Minnesota outscored Brooklyn by a crazy 32-10 margin in the 4th quarter to steal a road win after being down 22 points. Nikola Pekovic led the way with 21 points for the T-Wolves. Miami got a ho-hum 23 and 11 from Lebron in blowing the doors off of Phoenix 124-99. OJ Mayo has back-to-back 30 point games for Dallas as they are 3-1 and doing so without Dirk. It's easy to forget how good Mayo was as a prospect, and he's still a mega-talent. Dion Waiters' career-high (young career I know lol) 28 points led the way for Cleveland in upsetting the Clips in LA last night. And finally, DeMarcus Cousins is pretty good. 23 points, 15 rebounds and the Kings got their first win of the year in beating Golden State.
What to watch for on Tuesday...
  • NBA - Raptors @ Thunder - 8:00 NBA-TV - Oklahoma City is suddenly "reeling" a bit at 1-2 after the James Harden. I, for one, am not worried at all about them, as I still see an upper-echelon West team. This is also a good time to get a look at the new and improved Raptors featuring Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas.
  • Last day of NBA League Pass free preview! - Orlando @ Chicago (8:00) features the surprising 2-0 Magic against the Rose-less Bulls, and the late game is Detroit @ Denver (9:00) as the Nuggets try to avoid a ghastly 0-4 start.
  • NCAA Football - Ball State @ #25 Toledo - 8:00 ESPN2 - It's not often you get a ranked team on Tuesday night football, but one fits that bill. The Toledo Rockets are 8-1 as they lead the MAC with a 5-0 record. Their running back (David Fluellan) has already rushed for 1181 yards and 11 TDs in 8 games, so that's the guy to watch. It's not must-see TV but if you're jones-ing for football, this is your answer.

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