NBA round-up 27th December
With only two games commencing on Thursday nights NBA schedule the avid fans were hoping they were action-packed and kept them entertained. With the Dallas Mavericks facing the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics taking on the Los Angeles Clippers fans were hoping these four big named teams could provide constant NBA excitement. Indeed they did.
The Dallas Mavericks are a struggling team this year while OKC are a young and dominant team. OKC improved to 22-6 as they beat the Mavericks 111-105. This defeat meant the Dallas Mavericks fell to 12-17 for the season.
Kevin Durant led both teams with a stunning 40 points, Ibaka led with 17 rebounds and Westbrook led with 10 assists. With this OKC trio dominating in all of the main stats it was inevitable the Mavericks would find it difficult to defeat the in-form Thunder.
The OKC Thunder are out to gain revenge on their last season NBA finals defeat. They are young, consistent, well rounded and now have experience. With all of these factors taken in to consideration they must be considered one of the biggest threats to win the NBA finals this time around.
The Boston Celtics took on the Los Angeles Clippers. Clippers won 106-77 as they improved to 23-6 and Boston continued their miserable form as they slid to a 14-14 record.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points for the Celtics as Barnes had 21 points for the Clippers. Odom finished with 13 rebounds for the Clippers and Chris Paul had 11 assists for the dominant Clippers.
Although it looks like the Celtics will gain a playoff place it looks obvious that they’re nothing compared to the Celtics teams of old and will need a massive improvement in order to compete consistently in the season games before they can consider winning playoff games. The Clippers have been very consistent and have been the team to beat in LA and the NBA this season. With players like Griffin, Odom, Paul and other great ones they have a lot of the tools required to be a successful NBA team.