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Just a quick blurb on my boy Dwight Howard. He only scored 4 points on Sunday. The ironic thing is that all of his points came off of free throws. He is averaging 21.3 points per game this season and missed all of his field goal attempts against the Bobcats. I just hope this isn’t an omen.
Phoenix Suns Guard Leandro Barbosa has left the team and has gone home to Brazil after the death of his mother. The team is uncertain of a return date.
Charlotte’s Jason Richardson has missed the past couple of games with a knee injury that is described as stiff and sore. This looks to keep him out for at least a week and the team doesn’t want to rush him back before he is 100%.
In a stunning turn of events, Portland Center Greg Oden played a professional game and didn’t get injured in the process. He actually played in three games this past week after missing the previous six with a sprained foot.
Paul Pierce (SG,SF), Boston Celtics: For the week, Pierce averaged 29.3 points including a season high 36 against Toronto. He also had 7.3 reb, and 1.0 steals while shooting .474 FG% and making 13 three pointers.
Joe Johnson (PG,SG), Atlanta Hawks: Johnson continues to be a top player in the league with averages of 27 points, 4.5 reb, 6.3 assists, and 2.5 steals. Johnson shot .600 in his last two games after shooting .333 in the two contests before that.
Ray Allen (SG), Boston Celtics: Allen dropped 9 three pointers last week (20 on the season). He also had 22.3 points and 5.3 reb. Allen kept up his stellar FT% (93.9%) by going perfect from the line this past week (24-24).
Al Jefferson (PF,C), Minnesota Timberwolves: The former Boston big man continues to shine in Minnesota with 23.7 points, 10.7 reb, and 2.3 blocks while shooting .615 FG% and .875 FT%. If Carlos Boozer is a top 6 pick then, Jefferson is top 5.
Kevin Garnett (PF), Boston Celtics: KG shows no sign of slowing down in his 2nd year in Boston with 19.3 points, 9.5 reb, and 2.3 blocks. He shot an impressive .516 FG% and .917 FT% as well. In addition, he also attempted his first three pointer of the season…and missed.
Tracy McGrady (SG,SF). Houston Rockets: Although McGrady’s averages of 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds were good, his shooting percentages probably hurt you. He shot .429 FG% and and even worse .733 FT%.
Steve Nash (PG), Phoenix Suns: Nash not only got suspended for a game but, he also took a break from good shooting. He shot .419 FG% and averaged only 13.0 pints per game.
Kevin Durant (SG,SF) Oklahoma City Thunder: Durant still can’t find the basket. His 24.3 points per game look good but he only shot .409 from the field and .773% from the free throw line.
Emeka Okafor (PF,C), Charlotte Bobcats: Okafor is having a career year but, not in a good way. All his numbers are down across the board (except his turnovers are up). Last week was no exception when he shot .375 from the field and had 5.3 points per game.
Stephen Jackson (SG,SF), Golden State Warriors: Jackson’s points were good (21.7). His percentages were bad. He shot .390 FG% and .789 FT%. Compared to last season, his FT % has dropped from 83.2% to 76.8%. Not to mention, his rebounds and amount of three pointers are also on a steady decline.
Anthony Morrow (PG,SG), Golden State Warriors: Morrow just started playing within the last four games and even made his first career start. In that start, he scored 37 points and had 11 reb.
Jeff Foster (PF,C), Indiana Pacers: Foster had an all around good week in Week 3 with 11.5 points, 7 reb, 1.0 steals, and 2.8 blocks. He shot .607 from the field for the week as well.
Ryan Anderson (PF,C), New Jersey Nets: Anderson may have only had 12.3 point per game but, he made his money from beyond the arc. Anderson was nearly perfect from three point land by making 7-8 three pointers last week.