I didn't watch a lot last night, all that time trick or treating kept me away from the tube, spent most of my time watching the NBA and the doubleheader on ESPN. Although I was excited to see that NHL Network now seems to be a fixture on DIRECTV. Channel 215 if you are a subscriber.
I was impressed with the Denver Nuggets in the time I saw them. The Nuggets have some of the best talent in the NBA. With Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby and Kenyon Martin, Denver is clearly one of the most loaded teams in the league. However, watching the game I couldn't figure out why they couldn't shake the Sonics. Finally, upon waking up this morning, and seeing that the Nuggets had won by close to 20, I realized what I think the issue is. Denver just doesn't have a bench. It doesn't have the depth. It has a great first four or five players. You could argue that the four or five, I listed above were the best college players in their final years of their collegiate careers, but they just don't have a lot coming off the bench. So even though I think Denver will do well this year. I just don't see them as a true contender for the deep Western Crown.
Kevin Durant struggled to find his shot in his first game as a pro. Still numbers wise it wasn't a bad debut. 18 points, 5 rebounds for the rookie. But the problem was it took him 22 shots to get the 18 points on just 7-of-22 shooting.
Mike Tirico showed his broadcasting versatility last night working the Seattle/Denver game. Two nights after handling the Denver/Green Bay Monday Night OT game, he's paired with Hubie for the NBA. I enjoyed their coverage.
If you watched the Cleveland game, and saw the Cavs in their bright orange jerseys, you had to immediately think of the glory days of NBA past. You know back when guys like Roy Hinson and Craig Ehlo were wearing that Orange for the Cavs. Cleveland sure laid a bomb in the opener. But it was an East team versus the West, and I think shows early on that the West will continue to dominate in the NBA.
How good is Columbus? The Blue Jackets moved to 7-3-1 on the season with an easy 4-1 win in LA. Jason Chimera scored a pair in Columbus' fourth straight win. This was the featured game on the NHL network, which could become a must have for hockey fans. The Blue Jackets sit in second place in the Central Division 6 points behind the red hot Red Wings.