1. New Teams, New Numbers
scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds playing himself back into basketball shape with 32 minutes of action, but the Kings lost 94-84 to the Celtics
in his debut. Artest wore #93 but maybe should have gone with #52 (the amount of days since he last played a game on Dec. 6) if his new teammate Brad Miller didn't already sport the number. Meanwhile Wally Szczerbiak
scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in his Boston birth wearing #55 (5+5 = 10, his number with the Wolves). Speaking of the Wolves, don't forget about Ricky Davis
. Davis had the best game out of the traded trio, as he scored 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting in Minnesota's 96-92 road win
over the Rockets. Davis switched to #31 after wearing #12 in Boston. Peja Stojakovic
wore street clothes as he watched Indiana lose
to the Cavs from the bench. When he does suit up though, he'll still be wearing #16.
2. Carpe Diez
The SAT question would read something like this, "The best way for a team to reach 70 wins in a season is: A) Balanced scoring. B) Suffocating defense. C) Improving throughout the year. D) Running off long win streaks." Detroit seems to be accomplishing all of the above as they beat the Grizzlies
95-89 at home Friday. The win pushed the Pistons' win streak to 10, their longest of the season, and came against a Memphis team that played them as tough as anybody has this year, as their last meeting went to double overtime
before Detroit prevailed. The Pistons outscored the Grizzlies by 10 points in the fourth on Friday to take control, thanks in large part to 16 points by Chauncey Billups in the final frame. Detroit is now 36-5. "When you play 82 games, it's tough to play at an unbelievably high level all 82 games," Pistons coach Flip Saunders
said. "Right now we're playing at a high level. Our level that we're playing at is where many teams' mountains are."
3. Blanked on the Boards
The Nuggets had their season high seven-game win streak snapped on Friday, 105-87 by the visiting Clippers
who are on their own four-game tear. The reason? How about Carmelo Anthony playing 38 minutes and grabbing zero
rebounds. The last time Melo, who averages 5.6 rebounds per game, was blanked on the boards Denver experienced the same result, a loss
. Despite Marcus Camby
's return to the lineup following a pinkie injury, the Nuggets as a team were outrebounded 47-32 by the Clippers. Denver gets a chance to redeem itself on the glass when they face the Clippers again Saturday in L.A.