In week 3 of the 2017-2018 season, the Eastern Conference is led by the Celtics and the Magic who both stand 6-2, while the Western Conference is led by the Rockets and the Warriors, who are both 6-3.
On the Court
#34 Giannis Antetokounmpo
Drafted 15th in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo (don’t worry, I triple-checked the spelling) is proving his worth this season with the Milwaukee Bucks. In points per game, Antetokounmpo is ranked number one with 31.3 points per game. His field goal percentage is at .600. He plays about 36 minutes per game and has appeared in all 8 games of the Buck’s 4-4 season. The Bucks play Friday at 7:00pm, but having him on the bench won’t help the Bucks put up points to defeat the Pistons. I am optimistic that Antetokounmpo will be able to put excellent points up for his team as long as he can stay out of foul trouble.
Off the Court
Kevin Durant & His Social Media
@KDTrey5 – Everything about this twitter page makes me chuckle. Over 23 thousand kind-of-crazy tweets later, Kevin Durant has entertained sports fans on twitter since 2009. In the location tab, where most people would say “California” (maybe “the Golden State” to be clever), Durant writes “at the crib dog!” His pinned tweet (the tweet at the top of his page, or the first tweet that users see, for those non-tweeters) is a link to his YouTube channel, which is a silly firsthand look at what “being KD” is like. He has a series of episodes called “Parking Lot Chronicles” with special guests for post-game conversations, held in parking lots. Durant also has a website (kevindurant.com – super original) with general KD news, a (very vain but cute) photo gallery, and a tab about his basketball court building foundation for low income communities. My point here is that this dude is just really cool and his social media is an excellent reflection of his personality.
The Court Itself
Stain VS Color VS Obnoxious
I challenged myself to pay special close attention to the designs of the NBA courts. This forced me to notice some interesting details that I usually look past. I noticed that I tend to favor the lightly stained courts, with lighter maple wood, rather than the way Portland makes a two-toned court by putting dark stain outside of their three-point arc. As for coloring, I love the bright purple color that Sacramento brings to their court as it is eye-catching, yet simple. However, the most obnoxious detail and bottom line for my court criticizing is this: please take your team logos and keep them under 16 feet. The Spurs take their logo too far (it is about 25 feet tall) along with the Heat (their flaming basketball is just as big!) To me, it’s just plain obnoxious. I challenge other NBA fans to examine the NBA court’s game and try to notice which teams are dropping the ball (pun intended).
Nina is a 20 year old college student from Massachusetts. She loved playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Nina is also the captain of the Lesley University Lynx Cheer team. Her favorite teams are the Patriots and Celtics and wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynk are playing!
Image source: twitter.com/celtics