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The Rebounds (Best) & Blocks (Worst) of the NBA this week in the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week, thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article:
- Russell Westbrook keeps the Thunder Going- Russell Westbrook shrugged off his triple-double.He was much more excited about the surge his Oklahoma City Thunder are making in the standings. Westbrook had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers 105-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win. The Thunder, who are 9-1 in February, closed within 2 1/2 games of the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference. Westbrook claimed his third triple-double of the season and 11th of his career despite resting for the entire fourth quarter. He’s found a rare groove, despite working with two new starters. Since being voted All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook is averaging 27.0 points, 11.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds, and the Thunder are 4-0. He has had at least 10 assists in all four games. The Thunder have won seven straight games & nine out of ten.
- Kevin Garrett Returns to the Twin Cities is Minnesota- Kevin Garnett never wanted to leave Minnesota when the Timberwolves traded him to Boston nearly eight years ago, never wanted to jump from a sinking Celtics ship before Paul Pierce convinced him to follow him to Brooklyn two years ago.And he sure didn’t feel great about uprooting his family in the middle of a season when the prospects first arose to return to his beloved Minnesota last week.Sitting at his Malibu home over the All-Star break, the only true superstar in Wolves history thought long and hard about what that move would mean. He thought about mentoring Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. “It’s perfect,” Garnett said on Tuesday at a re-introductory news conference that came five days after he was acquired from Brooklyn in a trade. “If you have a story, this is a fairy tale. This is a perfect ending to it. This is how you want to do it.”
- The Mavericks are under the radar- Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 as the Dallas Mavericks hit seven of their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 99-92 on Tuesday night.The victory was Dallas’ third straight, its longest winning streak since early January, and pulled the Mavericks within one game of second-place Houston in the Southwest Division. Dallas’ Rajon Rondo sat the final 20 minutes after having words with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle during a timeout. Rondo was dribbling past midcourt, the Raptors leading 62-53 four minutes into the third period, when Carlisle called out to Rondo and then called timeout. Rondo played 18 minutes, more than 10 less than his average since joining Dallas in mid-December. He scored four points. Dallas’ backup backcourt provided 27 points — 14 from Devin Harris and 13 from J.J. Barea.
- Key Injuries to star players- Kevin Durant(procedure performed on his ailing right foot to aid with the pain; Out indefinitely), Derrick Rose(will undergo surgery after an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee; Out indefinitely), Anthony Davis(sprained his right shoulder; out until Mid March), Dwight Howard(ankle; out until early March), Chris Bosh(blood clots in his lungs; Out for the Season)
- Lately Everyone is beating the Wiz- The Wizards loss on Tuesday Night at home vs. the Warriors 114-107. After dropping their fourth straight, and ninth in 11 games, the Wizards bemoaned the turnovers, but not their effort in taking Golden State to the final minutes after a pair of blowout losses. The Wizards came over a blowout lose Friday in DC vs. the Cavaliers & Sunday in Detroit, the Wiz are running out of gas at the wrong time & right now Everybody is beating or having there way with the Wiz.