- Let's kick things off with a look at the NBA, shall we? Kobe Bryant exploded for 38 points, 12 boards, and 7 assists to outlast a big-time effort from Dirk and the Mavs. It was a throwback game for Kobe in the face of "rumors" (not rumors at all, but speculation at least) about a potential amnesty provision on his contract. That was old school Kobe at his best. Golden State went into Minnesota and knocked off the T-Wolves 100-99 behind a big game from Jarrett Jack. The former Georgia Tech standout had 23 points and 8 dimes for the Dubs. Another day, another win for Miami, who has now won 11 straight games. Lebron had 28/8 and Wade finished with 24/6/5. It's insane. Memphis snuck out of Brooklyn with a win in the ugliest game of the day by a score of 76-72. Z-Bo led the way with 16/14, but it was the Grizz defense that won this game. And finally, Chicago's offense is a complete disaster. They went into OKC and got blown out by 30 points, but the story was their putrid shooting. Chicago shot just 29.1% from the field on the night, including 4-18 on threes, and committed 17 turnovers to boot. This is becoming an alarming trend for one of the East's top teams, and they need a spark (ahem, Derrick Rose) badly.
- Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 and Danica Patrick finished 8th. That is all I have on this topic.
- Yankees CF Curtis Granderson fractured his arm yesterday while being hit by a pitch, and will reportedly be sidelined until May. This is a blow for an already-depleted NY lineup, and the focus shifts (even more now) to Brett Gardner as he returns from an injury-laden season. Not a great start to the year for the Yanks.
- For reasons passing understanding, the OKC Thunder appear to be in talks to re-sign veteran PG Derek Fisher. Fisher hasn't posted a PER north of 10 (which is still far below-average) since 2008-2009 and he's basically a bad player. Score one for "veteran leadership".
What to watch for on Monday...
- 7:00 - NCAAB - #8 Syracuse @ #17 Marquette (ESPN) - Syracuse is coming off of a huge home loss to Georgetown, so they'll be angry. That said, nobody (besides Georgetown lol) seems to be winning on the road, and this is a tough spot.
- 7:30 - NBA - Hawks @ Pistons (SportSouth) - Few things are more exciting than a trip to Detroit in February!
- 9:00 - NBA - Celtics @ Jazz (NBATV) - Kevin Garnett faces a huge challenge in the picture of a 4-man gauntlet of a front-line from Utah. Should be an interesting style match-up.
- 9:00 - NCAAB - #9 Kansas @ Iowa State (ESPN) - The Jayhawks face a tough battle in Ames against Fred Hoiberg (the Mayor!) and the Cyclones.