The streak is over! My Wolves’ franchise record 18-game losing streak is over!!
Kevin Love was magnificent with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while hitting step-back threes like a shooting guard. I mean, who grabs 17 boards and goes 5-of-6 on threes … in the same game? There isn’t a big I’d rather have in fantasy hoops, including Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin.
It was very fun to watch Love work pick-and-rolls with Ricky Rubio in the fourth quarter, when both players turned a close game into a runaway victory over the champs. Rubio had seven assists to go with 14 points, as he stroked two triples on three attempts. I’ve watched every Wolves game this season, so I can confidently report that Rubio’s shot is much better than advertised/dissed.
By the way, when I watch Lamar Odom play this year, I can’t help but think he did not work out — at all — during the lockout. LO’s frustration with his lack of conditioning and ineffective play was clearly visible as he missed 5 of 7 shots in 14 minutes against the Wolves. But hang in there, as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will come around eventually.
Irving showing his worth
I’m a big fan of Kyrie Irving, especially in fantasy circles. He has vast potential because he hits threes (three of four from deep on New Year’s Day), steals the ball (four swipes in four games) and blocks shots, too (three blocks in last two games). Those three categories are fantasy gold, as I talk about frequently on Fantasy Insider, which you can see Mondays at noon ET on NBA.com and 5 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
The only problem with Irving is his coach, Byron Scott, who has given the No. 1 pick 30 minutes or more in just one of the Cavs’ four games. Scott’s present deployment of Irving is annoying, but ride it out because the best is yet to come.
Bynum second-best big man?
Andrew Bynum got back to work on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day posting huge numbers in both games. After going for 29 and 13 on Saturday, Bynum dropped 18 and 16 on Sunday in just 28 minutes.
Not only is Bynum in the midst of a breakout season and not only is Bynum the second best true center in basketball, but he is going to make his first All-Star appearance this year as well.
Happy New Year, basketball fans.