Today is New Year¡¯s Day. That means 2016 is officially over and in the past, and the world has moved on to 2017. That¡¯s good news for Oakland A¡¯s fans, because 2016 sucked for almost every reason imaginable for our baseball team.
The flip of the calendar brings a clean slate and a renewed sense of hope. The flaws and mistakes of yesterday can be addressed, our dreams for the future come one step closer to realization, and most importantly the club is back in a five-way tie for first place.
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It¡¯s Harden¡¯s precocious drive-and-kicks and his ability to shed any other defender in the league if you give him a couple of screens that keeps the offense humming. And it¡¯s his lightning quick lefty jumper that bails the team out when a possession does break down. That doesn¡¯t happen much, though. The Rockets only take 12 percent of their shots on offense with less than seven seconds on the shot clock ¡ª something Mike D¡¯Antoni has directly inspired from his success with the Suns last decade, of course.
Authentic Mens Kevin Minter Jersey This is the season of ridiculous stat lines ¡ª mostly triple-doubles. Harden spearheaded the push on Saturday, the last day of 2016, but Westbrook is right there with him. He had an absurd evening himself on New Year¡¯s Eve, recording a triple-double in the first half ¡ª the quickest he¡¯s ever done it in his career.
Where has the sanctity of the triple-double gone? The statline is so highly regarded that the official NBA application sends you a push notification every time it happens. They¡¯re sending so many this season, they might have to reconsider. Besides Westbrook and Harden, even rising Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon recorded one on Saturday. Whatever the record is for triple-doubles in a season, this year will break it.