Hawks top in East; Foolish Duck; Waiters new home; ECF Preview
If I told you last summer, after the Cavs built their "superteam", that the Atlanta Hawks would be the best team in the East by January 10th, you probably would laugh at me, I would even laugh at myself. Well it's no need to laugh because it's not joke, the Hawks are the #1 team in the East. Since December 2nd, the Hawks are 18-2, currently on a 7-game win streak. They are ranked 3rd in points allowed and 8th in points per game. This is a balanced team that shares the ball and play defense. And to think, their doing all of this with no superstars or player that averages 20, Jeff Teague leading the team averaging 17 points per games. I'm not sure how long this hot streak can last for the Hawks but we can't sleep them people.
Its only one game left in the season, which is the most important one. I understand as a college kid, one might want to party and bullsh*t, which may include alcohol and marijuana. When you're a athlete though, you must stay away from those activities, especially when you're about to play in the National Championship. Oregon will be without their #2 receiver, who scored twice in the Rose Bowl, because of a failed drug test. It's no telling when Carrington last engaged in such activities but its still irresponsible on his part to get suspended the week before the National Championship. Do better Freshman.
I'm happy for Dion Waiters. He seemed to be in an unpleasant situations in Cleveland, now with a new opportunity on a better team in my opinion, I think he will be able to shine and really display his talents. Hitting daggers like this in your first home game with you new team is a great sign that the future is bright. In his second game with the Thunder, he scored 15 points, with 4 steals, and this dagger three pointer. After the trade, KD spoke highly of Waiters and for him to trust in Waiters this early shows you the type of guy KD is. Going forward, I'm curious to see how the Thunder will manage the 6 guards they have on the roster, not including Russell. I think eventually Jeremy Lamb will be shipped somewhere, since he still hasn't stepped into that 6th man scoring role they need him, reason why they bought Waiters in. With Waiters, the Thunder may have found that 2-guard they have been needing since James Harden departed.
I think this is a preview for the Eastern Conference Championship. Even though the Wizards won easily, both of these teams are very evenly matched. If it does happen, expect great duels at each position, neither squad have an advantage. You might could say the Bulls have an advantage with Jimmy Butler matching up with Paul Pierce, especially with Jimmy the basketball of his life. Pierce is a crafty veteran though that never seems to lose his edge, especially in the playoffs. Both teams have great benches, Bulls with Aaron Brooks and Taj Gibson, Wizards with Rasual Butler and Kris Humphries. And what I think is the best matchup of them all, Derrick Rose vs John Wall. Both players are fast, athletic, and great around the rim. The more I think about it, I really hope this series happens in late May.