Otto Porter - Washington Wizards (9-3, 1st in Southeast Division)
Otto and the Wizards have gone 3-1 since our last check-in. They beat the Magic 98-93, lost to the Mavericks 105-102 and then rattled back-to-back wins; first a great home win over LeBron and the Cavs 91-78 and then a solid 111-100 road win against the Bucks. Otto had a really good night against the Magic with 13 points on 6-8 shooting from the field. He played key minutes in the fourth quarter and added 4 rebounds and 3 assists as well.
Otto Porter shines again at the Verizon Center - Bullets Forever
Otto Porter's second half performance lifted a Wizards team that had begun to stumble in the third quarter against the Orlando Magic.
In the loss against the Mavericks, the Wizards welcomed back Bradley Beal, but turned the ball over too much and could not get enough going in the halfcourt to overcome a big night from Monta Ellis. Otto had another solid (if unspectactular) game with 6 points (two three-pointers) and 5 rebounds. He also made a number of nice defensive plays. It was awesome seeing a John Wall-Bradley Beal-Otto Porter lineup in action for the Wizards and the unit definitely played well together.
Otto followed that up with another 6 point performance against the Cavs and added 3 rebounds. His shot was a little off however and he looked as "not sharp" as he has all season despite the 6 points. He left the game in the fourth with an apparent leg injury and didn't return, but also did not play against the Bucks due to "left hamstring tightness." His status for the Wizards' next game is still up in the air, but the injury does not appear to be serious.
UPDATE: Looks like Otto is probable for tomorrow.
Good to see Otto quick return after last season. MT @JMichaelCSN: Nene didn't practice. Otto did fully I'm told #WizardsTalk— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 24, 2014
Jeff Green - Boston Celtics (4-8, 3rd in Atlantic Division)
The Celtics went 1-3 over the last week and a half. They lost to the Suns in a tight battle that featured some fireworks (that Jeff played a big role in) towards the end. Jeff led the Celtics with 28 points (though he only had 2 rebounds) and had a couple of highlight reel dunks. First, in the first half he basically levitated:
Then, with under a minute to play and the Celtics down by 1, Jeff made a steal at the top of the key and was off to the races.
Unfortunately for the Celtics, Eric Bledsoe basically did the same exact thing to the Celtics on their next possession to take the lead back for good. Jeff missed a three pointer just after that and the Suns went on to win.
Eric Bledsoe one-ups Jeff Green with game-sealing steal - SBNation.com
More looks at Jeff's dunk and then the heartbreaker from Bledsoe.
The Celtics beat Hollis, Henry, and the 76ers two nights later in Philadelphia 101-90. Jeff only had 11 points, but led the Celtics with 10 rebounds and also had a sweet reverse dunk off of an alley-oop.
They followed-up the win against the 76ers with two straight losses. First, they got blown out by the Grizzlies in Memphis 117-100. Jeff had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the game, but struggled with his shot going 3-11 from the field, including 0-3 from 3-point range. Sunday night, the Celtics lost to the Blazers 94-88. Jeff led the team with 19 points and added 3 rebounds.
Roy Hibbert - Indiana Pacers (5-8, 4th in Central Division)
Roy and the Pacers went 2-2 over the last week and a half. They followed-up a nice win against the Heat (covered in the last update) with a listless 108-87 home loss to the struggling Nuggets. Roy had a quiet 9 points and 4 rebounds.
The next night, they went on the road to Chicago and beat the Bulls 99-90. Roy only had 8 points, but added 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the Pacers got 21 points each from A.J. Price, Solomon Hill, and Luis Scola.
Wednesday night, the Pacers hosted their old pal Lance Stephenson and his new team, the Charlotte Hornets. Roy led the Pacers with 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Pacers were able to win the game 88-86 on a buzzer-beater from Solomon Hill. Saturday night, they hosted the Suns and got blasted 106-83. Roy was only able to contribute 2 points and 2 rebounds, before being lost for the game to a sprained ankle in the first quarter. His status for the Pacers' next game is questionable.
Greg Monroe - Detroit Pistons (3-10, 5th in Central Division)
The Pistons are not very good. They're 3-9 on the season so far and they went 1-4 over the past week and a half. Their one win came in overtime against the depleted Thunder 96-89. Greg had a solid 14 points and 9 rebounds to help in the win. Greg followed that up the next night with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Greg struggled (for him) Monday night against the Magic with 6 points on 2-9 shooting and grabbing 7 rebounds as the Pistons got blown out 107-90. The Pistons followed that up Wednesday night with their third straight loss, a tight 88-86 home loss to the Suns. Greg had a really solid game with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. (The other) Josh Smith was benched by Stan Van Gundy for the final 16 minutes of the game.
On Saturday night, the Pistons lost to the Hawks in Atlanta 99-89. Greg had 10 points and 8 rebounds in the Pistons' 4th straight loss.
Henry Sims & Hollis Thompson - Philadelphia 76ers (0-13, 5th in Atlantic Division)
The 76ers are even worse than the Pistons, sporting an NBA-worst 0-13 record. They lost 6 games over the past week and a half and didn't score over 100 points once. They've only eclipsed the century mark three times this season. They lost a very close game to the Rockets, but they were absolutely blown out in 3 of the other 5 games. Henry started each of the 6 games, even putting up 14 points a couple of times and chipping in a couple games of 7+ rebounds. Hollis started 4 of the 6 and hit double digits twice, including a 10-point performance off the bench against the Knicks in the Sixers' most recent loss. The 76ers' road to a victory does not get any easier in the week ahead.
Schedule for the week ahead
7:00 PM ET - Trail Blazers at 76ers - November 24, 2014
8:30 PM ET - Pacers at Mavericks - November 24, 2014
7:00 PM ET - Hawks at Wizards - November 25, 2014
8:00 PM ET - Pistons at Bucks - November 25, 2014
7:00 PM ET - Wizards at Cavaliers - November 26, 2014
7:00 PM ET - Nets at 76ers - November 26, 2014
7:30 PM ET - Clippers at Pistons - November 26, 2014
8:30 PM ET - Pacers at Spurs - November 26, 2014
1:00 PM ET - Bulls at Celtics - November 28, 2014
7:30 PM ET - Bucks at Pistons - November 28, 2014
8:00 PM ET - Magic at Pacers - November 28, 2014
7:00 PM ET - Mavericks at 76ers - November 29, 2014
7:00 PM ET - Pelicans at Wizards - November 29, 2014
7:30 PM ET - Pacers at Cavaliers - November 29, 2014
1:00 PM ET - Spurs at Celtics - November 30, 2014