Three points from Rockets 145-130 win over the Lakers: Remember, the Lakers beat Houston in Houston in the sixth game of the season, holding the Rockets to 98 points and getting the win on a last-second 3-pointer from since-traded Steve Blake. Houston shot 38 percent on that game. In the three Rockets wins over the Lakers that followed, Houston shot 45, 50 and 58 percent, respectively.
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : Bleacher Report . A typically-fascinating look at the work of Tim Grover, who has been instrumental in helping steel Dwyane Wade’s legs in the months prior to D-Wade’s 2013-14 renaissance . PF : Sports Illustrated . DeAndre Jordan’s turnaround year coincides with the presence of new Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who swore to his center that he wouldn’t run a single play for his big man for the entirety of 2013-14. SF : Sports Illustrated . Lee Jenkins with a great feature on Al Jefferson, working in a career year, eating all the chicken parm. SG : CBS Sports . Ken Berger speaks with Tex Winter’s son Chris, who correctly pegs that Carmelo Anthony could flourish in the triangle offense’s pinch post. PG : The Point Forward . Rob Mahoney breaks down the stylings of five of the best post up players in the NBA. This is basketball porn, so click accordingly you sicko. 6th : Deadspin . Drew Magery took over the Atlanta Hawks’ Twitter account on Tuesday and did a bunch of silly stuff. 7th : Grantland . Zach Lowe talks with Goran Dragic about his early-career struggles, and how the threat of Channing Frye helps his game so, so much. 8th : Golden State of Mind . Andy Liu breaks down the myriad ways Steve Blake contributes to his new Golden State Warriors team that aren’t picked up by his hometown paper’s box score. 9th : Bleacher Report . If Phil Jackson has truly moved James Dolan to the side, then he’s already a step up on his Knick predecessors, according to Howard Beck. 10th : National Post . Bruce Arthur talks up Phil Jackson, New York’s new Saviour Machine.
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Steve Blake had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes off the Warriors bench on Tuesday.
The Scoop:The Warriors won handily and Mark Jackson was able to get Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson some rest late in this one. Blake also saw some extra run with Andre Iguodala out for three games with a sore knee, but we don't trust him enough to tell you to use him.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Guard Steve Blake didn't play long for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he hung around long enough to learn one thing. Blake applied that strategy to fellow Golden State Warriors backup Jordan Crawford on Tuesday night, setting the table for his backcourt mate to score nine consecutive points in a 100-second flurry bridging the first and second periods. Crawford's surge propelled the Warriors to a 108-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. 6 and 7 teams in the Western Conference playoff race, the Warriors (41-24) recorded a fifth consecutive win and moved three games up on the Mavericks (38-27).