Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 3/20/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1:  It's all or nothing with Orlando

Either Dwight Howard and the Magic are clicking, or they're not.  Last night, they were not.  The Bulls defense certainly had a hand in that, but the Magic only scored 59 points last night.  The Dallas Mavericks had 63 by halftime.  In a game where John Lucas had 20 off the bench for Chicago, the entire Magic bench managed just 13 points.  

I wonder if Dwight Howard is experiencing another change of heart?  I wonder if Otis Smith is having some buyer's remorse on Glen Davis.  Davis is averaging 7.2 ppg while shooting 37.8%.  Last year he was scoring 11.7 points, on about 45% shooting.  And Orlando gave him $26 million over four years for that.  Meanwhile, Brandon Bass, the guy they sent to Boston for Davis, is scoring 11.8 points on 48.4% shooting. 

Ouch. 

2:  Dirk's heating up

After three straight 27 point games, Dirk dropped 33 on Denver last night.  He shot 12-19, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 6 dimes.  And he did it all in 31 minutes of play.  

So earlier in the year, when Dirk was sort of kinda not into it?  Yeah, that's done now.  His post All Star game scoring is up four points and his March production is up in most relevant categories.  

Dirk's heating up.  Would you want to face the Mavs now that he's getting going? 

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Deron Williams with the vicious facial

     

Joakim Noah finishes strong... as Big Baby delivers one of the more hilarious fouls you'll see

 

Jeff Teague catches Ray Allen on the break

4:  Line of the night:  Kevin Love - 36 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists

I get a kick out of seeing huge numbers followed by "2 assists."  It looks funny next to the others.

There's nothing funny about another monster night for Love.  And once again, his monster statistical night included shots from everywhere on the floor.  three makes at the rim, one from 3-9 feet, two from 10-15 feet, four from 16-23 feet and three from 3-point range.  He's a threat from anywhere on the floor and he still manages to get four offensive rebounds.  And the Timberwolves won... so everything was coming up Milhouse for Kevin Love last night

5:  You can quote me on that:

“I don’t even know who you are talking about. That guy’s a nobody."
     -Kevin Garnett, when asked if Atlanta guard Jeff Teague's post-dunk taunting fired up the Celtics (who responded with a 34-11 run) 

"One thing you know about Derek Fisher is that he's a winner; he's not afraid of the moment and he's won multiple championships.

"I don't know what our plans are but I don't see it as a bad fit it if happens. What we have we're comfortable with, but he could fit anyone's team because of his leadership and his commitment to winning."
     - LeBron James, on the possibility of Derek Fisher joining the Heat 

[follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: NFL official under investigation for domestic violence

Álvarez/Golovkin result gives boxing another black eye

Jerry Jones defends Elliott amid criticism over lack of effort

NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

RG3 fires back at Santana Moss over Mike Shanahan comments

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chris Long donating game checks to fund Charlottesville scholarships

WATCH: Tigers’ Jeff Ferrell responsive after taking 103-mph liner to head

College football's biggest winners and losers so far

Ben McAdoo throws Eli Manning under the bus

The Giants are just as bad as they look

Winners and losers from 'Monday Night Football' in Week 2

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

College football 2017 Week 3 predictions

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

The 'Will the Indians ever lose again?' quiz

What's to become of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?

NFL Week 2 predictions

The 'Kobe finally does something that Jordan did not do' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Ranking the best college football fan bases

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Getaway Day: Time runs short as postseason nears

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House sticks it to sports

The 'Not so elementary, my dear Watson' quiz

September chill hits Astros, Dodgers at worst time

Three Up, Three Down: Cleveland hits historic heights while Cubs struggle

The 'Will the Indians ever lose again?' quiz

What's to become of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?

College football 2017 Week 3 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker