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article imageOp-Ed: The Good and the Bad side of Jan.6 NBA Games

By Michael Ngugi Kimani     Jan 7, 2010 in Sports
Find out who dropped 44 points but could not help his team win the game. Also inside, the Pistons losing streak has been extended to 11 games.
LA Clippers 102 - LA Lakers 91
Good
The Clippers ended a nine game losing streak against their home court greatest rivals.
Bad
The Lakers underestimated their opponents on the wrong night.
San Antonio 112 - Detroit 92
Good
The Spurs victory heightens their expectations of conquering the Mavericks on Friday in the highly anticipated Texas battle.
Bad
The most unwelcome guest in any NBA team continues to make himself comfortable at the Pistons tent. The guest who is called, ‘ Mr. Losing Streak’ has stayed in the tent for 11 consecutive games.
Atlanta 119 - New Jersey 89
Good
The Hawks clawed a difference of 30 points to record the greatest margin this year.
Bad
Any team that has a fixture against the Nets knows this is like a walkover.
Cleveland 121 - Washington 98
Good
The Cavaliers are back to winning ways in their quest of reclaiming the top place in the Eastern Conference.
Bad
The Wizards experienced a double loss on one night. One they lost the game and secondly lost Gilbert Arenas who been suspended indefinitely due to the gun incidence.
Toronto 108 - Orlando 103
Good
The Raptors squeezed a very important victory against the Magic who thought the Raptors were a better side to end their losing streak.
Bad
Each loss the Magic gets puts them far from the Conference title. Their three consecutive loses has made them lose their grip.
Boston 112 - Miami 106 (OT)
Good
There is no denying the fact that this season Rondo has really emerged from the shadows of his teammates. His superb form helped the Celtics beat the Heat in a game that had to be decided on overtime.
Bad
Wade season high of 44 points was enough to push the game to overtime but it wasn’t enough for the Heat to have the last laugh.
Golden State 107 - Minnesota 101
Good
No errors were made by the Warriors in recording a win against the only team they are above in the Western Conference
Bad
Another game, another loss. The domino effect is that the Timber wolves continue to occupy the bottom of the Western Conference.
New Orleans 97 - Oklahoma City 92
Good
The Hornets sting has grown more lethal. It has brought down four opponents so far. Hopes of getting a playoff spot have now been resurrected.
Bad
If the Hornets are planning on getting a playoff spot, then the Thunders loss paved the way for this idea to be resurrected.
Phoenix 118 - Houston 110
Good
After the Suns recorded some inconsistent performances last month, they are on the right track towards recovery.
Bad
Unless the Rockets do something, their playoff spot is under serious threat.
Utah 117 - Memphis 94
Good
The Jazz win makes the playoff contention at the Western Conference get more interesting. The Hornets, the Rockets, the Thunders and the Jazz are lined up for one serious battle.
Bad
The Memphis team is dropping games a time when they really need the wins.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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