The excitement of the NBA is back! After a busy and fun-filled offseason, the NBA tip-offed this last week and in case you missed what’s been going on, here are just a few of the major storylines that developed this week and a look at the teams who are starting off their 2012-2013 campaigns on fire.
New-Look Rockets 2-1, Harden Leading the Way
After executing a surprising blockbuster trade that brought James Harden to the Rockets right before the start of the season, Houston has gotten off to a hot 2-1 start. In just three games with his new team, Harden is averaging 35.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. With new faces Harden, and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets could make some serious noise in the Western Conference this season.
Same-Old Spurs, 4-0
Instead of looking to mix things up this offseason, the Spurs decided to keep their unit the same and for good reason. This is the franchise that has led the league in wins for the past two seasons and it’s no surprise that they have the best record in the NBA once again after the first week at 4-0. Look for the Spurs to be the favorite again in the Western Conference this season.
Brooklyn Nets Make Debut
Hurricane Sandy delayed the Brooklyn Nets’ opening night game in the brand new Barclays Center, but the Nets still got off to a winning start, beating the Toronto Raptors in their first NBA game in Brooklyn. The New York borough hasn’t had a professional sports team since the Dodgers left in the 1950s, so people are understandably excited about their new squad. So far the Nets are 1-1 and will hope to compete in the tough Atlantic Division.
New York Knicks Off to Best Start Since 1999
The Nets may be the new kid on the block, but the Knicks are the talk of New York after week one. The Knicks are partying like its 1999, as they are off to their best start (3-0) in nearly 15 years. Not only have they been winning, but winning big, as they are outscoring their opponents by an average of nearly 20 points per game. Are the Knicks for real? It’s still a long season, but so far so good for New York.
Defending Champs Looking Good at 3-1
The Miami Heat began their title defense by whooping up on the Boston Celtics 120-107 and have gone 2-1 since for a 3-1 record after week one. Not bad, but interestingly they are not in first place in the Southeastern conference, as the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic are 2-0 on the year.
Lakers Off to a Shaky 1-3 Start
Meanwhile, the team that Howard does play on now, the Lakers, got off to their worst start in 34 years after dropping their first three games of the season. The impressive offseason acquisitions of Howard and Steve Nash haven’t benefited LA as much as expected, as Nash has missed the last three games due to injury. The Lakers finally got their first win of the season on Sunday against the winless Raptors in a rout 108-79. Of course, with the amount of talent LA has, don’t expect them to stay down for long.