By Mike Dyson

Here’s what caught my eye this weekend in the world of sports:

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DEATH AROUND THE CORNER

R.I.P to Anthony Mason, the former enforcer of the NY Knicks from the ’90s.  The ex-power forward succumbed to heart failure this past Saturday after having been hospitalized recently for heart trouble.  This comes on the heels of former Trail Blazers Jerome Kersey’s passing.  It’s been a rough stretch of deaths in the basketball world as of late.

In the last two months, we’ve lost Stuart Scott, Jerry Tarkanian, Dean Smith, Jerome Kersey , Earl Lloyd (the NBAs first black player) and Anthony Mason.  God bless the dead.

 

Untouchables

The University of Kentucky Wildcats (28-0) have extended their robust winning streak to 28 games after their home win against Arkansas this past Saturday.  The WildCats are just too big and when they play bully ball (relentlessly going to the rack and dominating the glass, especially offensive rebounding), they’re unbeatable.

The difference between UK and the rest of college basketball: Kentucky has 9 Mc Donalds All-Americans, the rest of the field seem to have Krystal and Burger King All-City Players.

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TEAM of the WEEK

New Oleans Pelicans:  The Pels’ have quietly won 5 games in a row and inched themselves within a half game of OKC for the 8th and final playoff spot in the West.  Anthony Davis has been Anthony Davis but Tyreke Evans has also stepped up to the plate.  Evans has averaged 16 ppg, 9 apg and 4 rpg during the stretch.

 

PLAYER of the WEEK

Russell Westbrook:   In his last 5 games, Westbrook averaged a triple double:  30 ppg/12 apg/ 11.5 rpg.  If OKC were at least a top 4 seed in the West, he would no doubt be the leagues frontrunner for MVP.  What DeAndre Jordan is doing in L.A. is phenomenal as well but to average a triple double for a week is insane!

 

STAT of the WEEK

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27.2:  That was LeBron James free throw percentage (3/11) in Sunday’s 105-103 road loss at Houston to the Rockets on national television.  He had a stellar game but Lebron’s MVP campaign took a hit with 2 missed free throws at the end of the game that could have defeated the Rockets.  Come on LeBron, you making me look bad!