Reminiscing With Ratke
"But Kyle, why didn't you prepare and finish this article earlier in the week?"
Ah, funny you should ask, imaginary reader.
I actually did finish this week's article and it is currently saved on my desktop at work. I am not at work. I am at deer hunting camp as I write this. All of the elements are working against me here.
(Also, if you get the chance to sit in a deer stand for five hours in 20 degree weather, don't do it.)
This is going to be short and sweet this week, so enjoy!
Observations of the Week
Phoenix Looks Pretty Smart...
Now let's not get crazy here. The Suns are 4-2 right now. I don't think anyone expects them to keep this up, but this team isn't as bad as a lot of us thought they would be. One big question mark going into the season would how the trade with the Los Angeles Clippers involving Eric Bledsoe would turn out.
Bledsoe was good last year with the Clippers, but he wasn't given the keys to a team with Chris Paul in charge.
The Clippers traded Bledsoe, wisely, to a young team looking for an identity. So far, so good.
Bledsoe has the ability to play both point and shooting guard, even though he stands at 6-2. In six games, he's averaging 20.3 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and two steals. Some of that is inflated after the ankle injury to fellow guard Goran Dragic. It will be problematic sometimes when both players are on the court at the same time, especially when trying to guard shooting guards like James Harden or Kobe Bryant (when healthy).
Anthony Davis is Going to be Really Good
We saw this coming in the preseason. Well, to be fair, I guess we saw this coming when he was a freshman at Kentucky.
In last night's 96-85 win over the Lakers, Davis put up 32 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks while shooting 12-of-18 from the field. Davis has the all-around game that reminds me a bit of Kevin Garnett. Scary to say, but Davis is doing more (so far) in his second year than Garnett did.
New Orleans is another team that will be a fringe playoff team. The Pelicans (FEAR THE CLOWNBIRD!) made it clear they were all in this offseason acquiring Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday. If Davis continues what he's doing (23 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.3 blocks per game), the Pellies should be right around the eighth seed in March and April.
Corey Brewer is an Elite Defender
The word "elite" is thrown around far too often today, but after Brewer's week of holding Kevin Durant to 13 points and Carmelo Anthony to 22 points while shooting 8-of-21 from the field, it's tough to argue with his impact on the defensive end on the court.
Fun fact: Anthony has 50 pounds on Brewer. 50 POUNDS! 50 LBS! Fifty POUNDS!
Brewer has been able to score as well this season, averaging 13.8 points per game. The best part of his offensive game is his ability to cut hard to the basket. Technically everyone has this ability. Brewer actually does it and he can run the court to catch touchdown passes from Kevin Love.
Wolves fans are happy to have Brewer back in town.
Well, that's all we've got today, folks.
As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend.