Thursday, April 2, 2015

Random NBA observations: March 2015

NBA Observations March 2015


Robin goes Batman


Remember when Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had three consecutive triple-doubles in February? He had five more in March, bringing his total to 10 for 2014-2015. Russ is averaging 27.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 8.7 APG on the season, and it appears that OKC will be needing everything he can give them with Thunder buddy Kevin Durant, the league's reigning MVP, ruled out for the rest of the year. It will be up to Russ to lead his 8th-seeded squad in the playoffs.

Adidas calls it quits


The NBA's contract with Adidas will not be renewed after 2016-2017. According to the brand's global basketball general manager Chris Grancia, the deal hadn't been as lucrative as hoped. They will invest more in players on the court instead of in NBA uniforms and apparel. It remains to be seen which company will take its place, but Nike and Under Armour are the likely front-runners.


March Madness


NCAA March Madness came and went. Former 76ers and current SMU Larry Brown certainly drew some attention to himself when he announced that "Kentucky would make the NBA Playoffs in the East". Sure, the East is awful, with the Knicks and 76ers openly tanking and a bunch of other teams struggling, but Brown is delusional if he thinks that Kentucky wouldn't get buried by any number of Eastern Conference teams. Nets point guard Deron Williams said it best when he stated that "the Cavs had three No. 1 picks last year, and they didn't make the playoffs." Case closed.


Nash hangs 'em up


After a 19-year NBA career in which he won the MVP Award twice, Lakers point guard and future Hall of Famer Steve Nash has decided to call it quits. Nash, who hadn't played this season because of injuries, finishes his career with 10,335 assists, third-most in NBA history behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd. The Canadian was in the final year of a three-year, $27 million deal he signed with the Lakers in 2012. His body simply couldn't take the grind of the NBA anymore. 


Not Kevin Lovin' thoses comments


Apparently Cavaliers superstars Kevin Love and LeBron James are "not best friends". He also believes Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, and not his all-world team mate, should be the league's MVP. Love, who is averaging 16.5 PPG and 10.1 RPG, appears to be going out of his way to cause trouble, which is not what you like to see. His unwillingness to get with James and the Cavaliers program might ultimately cost them the Larry O'Brien trophy in June. Sure, Kendrick Perkins says the media is blowing his comments out of proportion, but it wouldn't be the first time K-Love alienated his team mates to a breaking point.


Atlanta does it


The Atlanta Hawks have clinched the No. 1 seed with a 99-86 victory over the Heat on March 27. Their dream season continues as the road to the NBA Finals now officially goes through ATL. 


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