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The Rebounds(Best) & Blocks(Worst) of the 2015-2016 season is here again & lets take a look below from Week 3 & 4, also thanks to ESPN.com for stats & articles also.
- Golden State ties history with the best start by a defending champion at 15-0– Who’s counting? The Golden State Warriors certainly are. The wins are piling up, and they’re moving closer to NBA history. But they’re focused not so much on a number as on winning in general. Klay Thompson scored 21 points, and the Warriors tied the best start in league history by beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 on Sunday night to move to 15-0.Golden State matched the start of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and ’93-94 Houston Rockets. The Warriors can break the record Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.”It’s kind of a quiet confidence that we don’t feel like we’re going to lose anytime soon,” Stephen Curry said. “The way we’re playing … we can get even better.”That’s a scary thought, considering this Warriors team just surpassed the ’57-58 Boston Celtics for the best start by a defending champion.”It’s a huge accomplishment,” Curry said of his squad’s blistering start. “Obviously, coming off a championship and taking care of business 15 straight times to start the season — couldn’t ask for a better start.”As good as it gets right there — until Tuesday anyway.
“It would be a cool milestone,” Thompson said. “Shows how special this team can be.”
The Nuggets saw just how special the Warriors can be firsthand. The Warriors hit 15 of 29 3-pointers. They dished out 35 assists. They played suffocating defense. They also turned the ball over 21 times, to interim coach Luke Walton’s chagrin, but that didn’t seem to hurt them. The Warriors host the LA Lakers on Tuesday to break the record.
- Kristaps Porzingis is the real deal(stats & info in this article provided by Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer)– I questioned Phil Jackson taking a project in Porzingis 4th in the NBA Draft, boy was I wrong. Twenty-year-old Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in the Knicks’ win over Houston on Saturday. He’s just the fifth rookie in the past 20 seasons to post at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the same game, per ESPN Stats & Information.The Knicks have won four straight for the first time since the final four games of the 2013-14 season. New York (8-6) hasn’t been over .500 this late in the season since 2012-13. The club also hasn’t won in Houston since 2004.Plenty of credit goes to Porzingis, who is the hottest young big man in New York since Patrick Ewing. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Porzingis is the only rookie besides Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Dean Garrett to post at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in a game in the past 20 seasons. Porzingis is also the first 20-year-old to post his stat line in a single game since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992-93.The 7-foot-3 forward also made several key plays in the closing minutes to help New York seal the win in Houston Saturday Night. He had an offensive rebound and drew a foul on a put-back attempt with 1:22 to play. His two made free throws gave the Knicks a 100-99 lead. On Houston’s next possession, Porzingis blocked James Harden’s runner.Overall, in the final 5:03, Porzingis had six points and five rebounds, three on the offensive end. His seven blocks against Houston were the highest single-game total for a rookie this season. He also owns the highest single-game total for a rookie this season in points (29) and is tied with Jahlil Okafor for the highest single-game rebound total (15), per ESPN Stats & Information.
- Eastern Conference looking good so far top to bottom compared to the Western Conference– Right now the Eastern Conference would have more teams at .500(11) than the Western Conference(7) as talk of the Eastern Conference not being exciting as the Western Conference. Also in the East their is more teams(10) than the West(6) that is in +Point Differential. Through the first 52 inter-conference games played, the East has a 27-25 record against the West. And when you factor in Margin of Victory and Strength of Schedule together to come up with Simple Rating System, the East is +.29 while the West is -.21. No matter how many directions you look at it, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the facts stipulate, that at least so far this season, the East has outperformed the West.
- The Sixers still at a 0 for wins– For much of the night, Philadelphia was in control. The 76ers had their biggest lead of the season at one point, and still led by 11 midway through the fourth quarter.And then …”A very, very cruel loss,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Even for a franchise that’s known nothing but misery of late, this one stung more than most.Philadelphia is still winless this season, after Dwyane Wade scored 27 points,Justise Winslow came up with a huge tip-in with 27 seconds left and Miami held the 76ers without a field goal for a critical 7-minute stretch of the fourth quarter on the way to a 96-91 win on Saturday night.The 76ers are now 0-14 this season, with a losing streak of 24 games when factoring in the end of last season. The Sixers are a -14.1 in Point Differential. The Sixers are dead last in Points scoring 90.1 points a game. The Sixers for the 2nd straight season is trying to avoid the worst start in NBA History that the 2009-10 Nets set at 0-18. Bad part for the Sixers is their next 4 games are on the road in Minnesota, Boston, Houston & Memphis before coming back home to play the 2-11 Lakers.
- Rockets fire Head Coach Kevin McHale– The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale, the team confirmed last Wednesday. Assistant J.B. Bickerstaff will serve as interim coach.”The team was not responding to Kevin,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “There is no time in the West.”The Rockets were 4-7 this season heading into Wednesday’s game, including a four-game losing streak that prompted a players-only meeting last Tuesday morning at the Toyota Center. The Rockets failed to reach 100 points during the losing streak — the team’s longest since 2013 — and were averaging 20 fewer points in their losses overall this season. They snapped the skid with a 108-103 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.”We were starting to address some of the issues that were the reason I was let go,” McHale told the Houston Chronicle after news broke of his firing. “We just weren’t playing with any juice, with any rhythm. We haven’t been able to get the problems solved. We probably had more meetings in last six weeks than in my previous four years here.”It wasn’t working.”McHale, in his fifth season with the team, was in the first year of a three-year extension worth more than $12 million that he signed in December. He was coming off an 56-26 season in which the Rockets reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last returning NBA head coach to lead his team to the conference finals and then not make it through the following season was Stan Van Gundy of the Heat. Van Gundy resigned 21 games into the 2005-06 season, and then Pat Riley took over and led that team to a championship.
McHale was hired by the Rockets before the 2011-12 season. He was 193-130 overall with the team, including three straight trips to the playoffs. The Rockets had improved every season under his tenure going into this season.
James Harden, the Rockets’ best player, has gotten off to a bumpy start. Entering Last Wednesday’s games, Harden had maintained his scoring average (27.3 points per game) from a year ago when he finished second in MVP voting (27.4 ppg), but he had required 2.2 more field goal attempts a game to do it, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Twenty-nine players were averaging at least 15 field goal attempts per game this season, ESPN Stats & Information said, and among them, only Kobe Bryant (33.6) had a worse field goal percentage than Harden (37.2).