Blogtable: Quick fascinations

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

What player or team has impressed you the most, two days into the season?

Steve Aschburner: Hope we’re going alphabetically (as usual) so I don’t seem like I’m jumping on a Miami Heat bandwagon. But c’mon, even with the lofty expectations many of us had for Wade, James and crew, the Heat have transcended those in this sliver of a sample of a season. The pace at which they’re playing, in particular, should scare opponents, especially those coming off back-to-backs or, worse, back-to-back-to-backs. Feels like a wire-to-wire season for Miami.

Fran Blinebury: How can you not be impressed by Kevin Durant and the Thunder?  They’ve picked right up where they left off in June and appear ready to lead the charge in the Western Conference.  But for pleasant surprises, how about Eric Gordon taking over the starring role from Chris Paul in New Orleans and leading the Hornets to a win at Phoenix?  Hmmmm, does this make commissioner David Stern early candidate for Executive of the Year?

Scott Howard-Cooper: How can it not be Miami? Not just 2-0, but with wins over the defending champions, Dallas, and one of the better teams in the East, Boston. The talent has been there. Now this looks like a group that is particularly motivated and focused.

Shaun Powell: Eric Gordon. He could’ve complained all the way from L.A. to New Orleans, tweeted about some injustice, then pouted upon arrival, stuff like that. Instead, he’s been professional and determined and sank the big shot to help beat Phoenix in the opener. Great attitude and solid leadership from a promising young player. Hornets are lucky to have him.

John Schuhmann: They’ve only played one game, but you have to be impressed with the Nuggets. We all saw what George Karl was able to do after the Melo trade last season, but we had to wonder if his team could sustain that level of defense over a full season, especially with one of his best defenders, Kenyon Martin, no longer on the team. We’re still wondering, but holding Dallas to 93 points in a fast-paced game is a great start.

Sekou Smith: Since it’s freshest in my mind, I have to admit that Norris Cole showed me some things I wasn’t expecting from the Heat rookie guard. His 14 points in the fourth quarter in the win over the Celtics were revealing and probably made Mario Chalmers feel the heat immediately. If this is just a preview of what’s to come from Cole, the Heat might have found that other clutch performer they’ll need during crunch time to go along with Dwyane Wade.

24 Comments

  1. mattman says:

    although Minnesota as a team hasn’t gotten off to a good start, Rubio has..there was a lot of speculation on whether Rubio could be a star in the States just like he was in Spain but its pretty clear now that the guy can play..when he is in the game for the Wolves, they play better and look like a better squad…i wouldn’t be surprised if Adelman starts him sometime soon over Ridnour

    http://mindofmattman.blogspot.com/2011/12/rookies-rookies-rookies-are-we-buying.html

  2. P Rumm M says:

    One team has completely dominated two strong teams in the first two games = the San Antonio Spurs. Sleep on them but out in the West they look as good as anyone and have a deep bench and a defensive intensity not seen last year.

  3. Konstantine says:

    Eric Gordon? Give me a break. lol.

  4. Karlo Garcia says:

    Golden State Warriors. Beating Chicago Bulls. Who would have thought that.

  5. Adam says:

    Ah man that made my day…Clippers in Finals…Trollololol

  6. All you haters the best player in the first three games are LBJ 6, Look at the stat sheets. KD is close but rest of those players that everyone is hyping up got no kind of chance to be in those two guys shoes.

  7. jgmri says:

    we will miss gordan . good luck EJ!

  8. Jubilalolum says:

    I agree with you guys about gordon, he was terrific during the first game. what I disagree with scott and steve is about the miami heat, they really have good and athletic players witth LBJ and Wade but then what about OKC huh steve? scott? how about the celtics, having old veterans KG, Allen, even Pierce, who is not playing as of this time, miami beat them by measly 8 points? whose to be scared of the miami heat now? the rook Cole, was having his best day yet as NBA player, c’mon guys, you’re riding in the miami heat bandwagon already after what 3 games.I’m not discounting them as potential NBA champs, what would kobe say about that?

  9. Big J McSteamy says:

    I cracked up at Sekou Smith’s Lebron zing.

  10. TheKing6 says:

    I agree with Sekou about Cole. This kid has shown he can ball. I love it. Being a Heat fan, Cole is definitely a great new contribution to the team. The Heat need a legit point guard (no hate for Chalmers) and Cole seems like he could grow into a solid starter. Besides, in the second game of his NBA career, he scored 20 points against Boston while playing with The Heatles. Impressive.

  11. HEAT136 says:

    Look out for a beat year from LBJ averaging 29-8-6,5-1,5-1 and Kevin Love with 23-15-4-1

  12. Alvin says:

    Really impressed with rookie Leuer at Milwaukee Bucks. Nice big man game and a great complement to Bogut.

  13. Allen says:

    Brandon Knight of the Pistons…Watch out…This guy is a stud. Analysts were betting he would prove to be the steal of the draft. He looks slick handling the ball and gets off his jumper QUICK.

  14. Allen says:

    Jerebko of the Pistons…after a season ending achilles tear…comes back and plays 37 minutes with an efficient 17 points with 8 boards and solid defense.

  15. LOL says:

    wtf? played only one great game and there is already a norris cole bandwagon?? i wonder if he can repeat his performance once the nba teams starts focusing their defense on him

    • qwerty says:

      Why focus your defense on cole when you have to contend with lebron dwade and bosh. That why heat so dangerous

  16. NaptownNative says:

    They call him “EJ” because he is “Eric Junior”! I’m not sure why that is so hard for people to figure out. Get em EJ!

  17. Jordan says:

    Hopefully Eric Gordon will be an all-star this year

  18. jigsaw says:

    Albeit a force to reckon with on an individual-player level, Gordon still has, and needs, a lot of room for improvement. I still feel as though E/G (don’t know why people insist on calling him E/J) is a bit of a rock-hog, and displayed a tendency to use his teammates simply as on court spectators when he was with the Clipps. He’d use his athleticism to draw in low post defenders when slashing to the rim, but never kicked it out. He was an undersized 2guard and since he lacked the strength and length to get to the cup, that’s where he’d get into trouble. Inevitably, i think a team with serious Larry O’Brien aspirations may use this young guy as a punch off the bench (e.g. Jamal Crawford). I don’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling with putting E/G at the point, but with a guy who can play both ends of the court, Hornets will at least have a fun and competitive season.

  19. tapk69 says:

    i also think the clippers will surprise the league … i already see a Miami – Clippers finals…

    I really hope that westbrook or harden play brilliant this year , i like OKC but Weestbrook is to greedy ( unpredictable ) with the game on the line , and Durant ( a jordan/bryant type player ) doesnt take over the game in the 4th quarter..

  20. Fact says:

    Under the Radar Rookies that have potential to rise.
    Norris Cole is not afraid to do what he wants and his egos are always in check, Lebron and Wade loved him more than Bosh and Chalmers. I hope he wouldn’t follow Wesley Matthews footsteps that seems jeopardizing the mentality right now towards each game.
    Marshon Brooks probably won’t be the next Kobe Bryant but he has the potential to give the Nets double-double per game.

  21. allaroundballer says:

    i like clippers and really hope they’ll surprise the league

    and lot respect for gordon

  22. BBALLFAN says:

    EJ is the man. Because of the trade, I’m rooting for NO now. PEACE!:))

  23. Nbafan8 says:

    Eric Gordon was impressive in his debut with the Hornets. Played pg for most of the game due to Jack not being able to play, and hit a huge basket with team down by 1 to give the Hornets the win on the road. I am looking for a big season from him. Hope the national media starts to recognize him as an elite guard.