As long as he’s in the NBA, Nate Robinson will always have one of the hardest on-court sneaker games in the league. Last night, he did the Chicago Xs proud by blowing up for 24 points and 13 dimes as Chicago held down their homecourt advantage against Milwaukee, 100-94. Filling in for Kirk Hinrich, Nate did it all: hitting a 35-foot buzzer-beater to end a quarter, throwing an off-the-glass alley-oop to Jimmy Butler on the break, and even lighting up Brandon Jennings for 10 points and six assists in the first quarter alone … Andy Rautins (20 points) led Oklahoma City to a 120-98 thumping of the Charlotte Also-Rans, and while that was surprising, what was probably most exciting for the Thunder was Perry Jones‘ night. He was 8-for-10 from the floor for 17 points, four boards and five dimes. If the Baylor underachiever can give them anything this year, he can be that floor stretcher, that four man who can help them play more small ball, which is quite obviously their best lineup … There are a lot of Midwesterners waiting on what feels like the inevitable breakout for Paul George. At times last year, he looked a little like a 20-year-old Tracy McGrady, and even though he probably won’t ever statistically reach superstar status – at least in Indiana just because of the way they play as far as spreading out minutes and the wealth – one of the league’s most athletic players needs to take a step forward this year so that the team can follow suit. In Indiana’s 102-98 win over the Hawks, the 6-9 pogo stick filled out the box score with 20 points (11-for-11 from the line), eight boards, four dimes, three combined steals and blocks, and one nasty alley-oop finish where he nearly hit his cranium on the rim. It was a good all-around night for the Pacers’ top players. As a team, they finished with 13 blocks, and Roy Hibbert had six of them (as well as 16 points and 11 rebounds) … And so far during the preseason, between O.J. Mayo‘s ugly struggles (before he finally broke out in their last game), and Dirk Nowitzki‘s bum knee, Dallas can’t be happy with how they look. When a decaying Vince Carter is playing like one of your best guys, it’s time to reevaluate the program. Now, ESPNDallas.com is reporting Delonte West is suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team,” which in this case was a locker room outburst during their recent big win over Houston. No word yet on what exactly that was, but considering West’s history and his bipolar disorder, it could be just about anything from an argument about playing time (West played just 16 minutes) to a wet willy … We’re out like the Pelicans.
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