Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
At least after one game...
- The Wizards didn't look like a team I expected to make the East's top 8 in the spring. Martin Gortat better anchor that defense as a healthy Emeka Okafor would have because the Bullets Wizards were allergic to guarding.
- The Pistons Big 3 had a breakout first night. 56 points, 29 rebs, 20 of 34 shooting. Smith 3 of 7 on 3s (uuhhhhh, don't get happy now), Monroe 12 of 15 on FTs. They dominated Washington's interior. Foul trouble got Drummond as he didn't play much in the 4th, and while Smith showed off some sneaky passing skills around the lane - 5 assists - 10 turnovers just may be the norm for that trio. Which will force Brandon Jennings, upon his return, to be extremely careful with the handle.
- DeAndre Jordan led the NBA last year nailing 64% of his field goals. Drummond, who was 6-7 last night, and whose range is inside the restricted area of the restricted area, may equal or better Jordnan's '12-'13 stat, though we'll see if he has enough shots to qualify to be a league leader.
- As strange as this sounds, the Pistons may need to outgun teams this year. The interior defense was as expected, allowing just 28 points in the paint (Pistons had 56!), but Detroit may not have a single defender capable of guarding the 3 point line, or any wing scorer who can hit mid range jumpers.
Washington, led by Trevor Ariza's 6, was 10 of 25 on 3's. They were an incredible 10 of 15 on non-paint 2s. Meanwhile, the Pistons were 1 of 16 on non-paint 2s.
- It's just one game, so no need to make final evaluations now. This newly refined Pistons interior will face a truer test on Friday when they head to Memphis, a team, with Randolph and Gasol, I thought Detroit should begin to model itself upon the early emergence of Drummond last year.
- I learned on Twitter and from the NBA app, that MCW shocked that Heat...who I had no idea weren't playing Dwyane Wade, which makes sense after 36 minutes on Opening Night. #1and81ForWiggins
If MCW can do that to the #heat, I would've felt sorry for DePaul. Wait, no. Wake forest.— Eric Chase (@Eric_Chase) October 31, 2013