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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the NBA is back for Week 9 of the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week as, thanks to NBA & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- Chicago Bulls 7 game winning streak: The Bulls are rolling on a 7 game winning streak, but held on in Indiana 92-90 on Monday. Chicago tied the four-game season series with the Pacers at 1-1 and won for the first time at Indiana after losing the previous four games. The Bulls are ranked 4th in the NBA in Rebounds 45.5 per game & 2nd in Blocks at 6.1 Blocks per game. The Bulls, who lead the Central Division, have put up big offensive numbers lately and scored under 100 points for just the second time in the last seven games.
- Phoenix Suns 6 game winning streak: The Suns are staying in the 8th spot in the Western Conference mainly because of points, the Suns average 105.7 points a game, along with the top FT pct in the NBA @ 80%. Phoenix is on its first five-game road winning streak since February 2011. With Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas on the floor together in the final minutes, the Suns had more than enough options to keep their winning streak rolling. Dragic scored 24 points, Bledsoe had 20 of his 22 after halftime, and Phoenix beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Sunday night for its sixth consecutive victory.
- Southwest Division, 7 games is the difference between 1st Place & Last Place: Maybe the toughest 5 team division in all of Sports have all 5 teams at .500 or more winning pct(Memphis 22-8, Houston 21-8, Dallas 22-10, San Antonio 19-13, New Orleans 15-15), all 5 times could make the playoffs in the Western Conference which will be fun to watching going into 2015.
- Kevin Garnett blows in David West’s ear on Saturday Night from ESPN NY article by Mark Mazzeo:Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett did his best Lance Stephensonimpression, blowing in David West’s ear and drawing a technical foul on the Indiana Pacerspower forward in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game at Barclays Center. Garnett fouled West, then got in his face and blew in his ear, causing West to push him. The two continued jawing and had to be separated by the officials. “I didn’t like that. I didn’t like it,” West said after the Pacers’ 110-85 rout of the Nets. “I just know it was too close and I didn’t like it. It was just too much. I don’t really play them games. We’re out there to play basketball, so let’s play basketball. “Everybody was kinda looking at me trying to figure out what made me push him or whatever, but he blew in my face, an aggressive blow at that. I think Lance’s was more sensual, you know? That was an aggressive one.” Garnett did not address the media after the game. This is not the first time Garnett has pulled shenanigans on the court this season in an effort to get under an opponent’s skin. In late November, the 38-year-old veteran tried to bite Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. Garnett later said he was just kidding around. Stephenson became a sensation for blowing in LeBron James’ ear during last season’s Eastern Conference finals. The incident quickly went viral, and an image of it became a meme.
- Cavs bad loss @ Home vs. the Pistons: After falling down by as many as 27 points en route to a 103-80 blowout loss on Sunday to the Detroit Pistons — a team that came into the game with the fourth-worst record in the NBA — LeBron James did not sugarcoat the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers.”We’re not a very good team,” James said after the defeat dropped the Cavs to 18-12. “As far as on the court, we’re still trying to find our way as well. We’ve won some good games, we’ve lost some games. But right now, we’re just not very good in every aspect of the game that we need to be to compete every night.” It has become a common refrain for James. After the Cavs’ Christmas Day loss to the Miami Heat, he said, “We’re not that good right now.” The next day, after a comeback win over the Orlando Magic, James said Cleveland was playing “nowhere near championship ball.” It was so bad against Detroit that the Cavs were booed off the court by their hometown fans during a third-quarter timeout amid the Pistons’ outscoring Cleveland 86-52 over the final three quarters. Although the Cavs are 11-6 at Quicken Loans Arena this season, their past three home losses have all come by 17 points or more — although the previous two routs were at the hands of the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the East, respectively.