After 15 days since the new year started let’s take a look to who has been hot, and who has been not.
FIRE: Kevin Durant
What a news! Kevin Durant is on fire, we’re used to that. Since january 1st Durant is averaging 34,4 points, 6 rebounds and 5,6 assists, shooting with the 47,4% from the field on 22,3 attempts per game. In the seven games played so far this month, Durant has five games with 30+ points and he scored 48 twice, one of which in a losing effort against Utah on january 7th. Despite these amazing numbers the Thunders are 3-4 in the last seven games. Waiting for Westbrook’s return KD will try to keep his team on track in the super competitive Western Conference.
Honorable Mention: DeMarcus Cousins 27,5 pts, 12,7 rbd, 50,4 fg% Team record: 3-3
ICE: Paul Millsap
This is not an easy season for the Hawks big man, he was supposed to do a great couple with Al Horford, but since Horford got injured he has to carry the weight of Atlanta’s offense. He did a great job in the first three games without Horford, but in the last couple of weeks he got cooler averaging 14,8 points with the 32,6% from the field.On january 8th against the Indiana Pacers and their amazing defense he has scored just 4 points shooting 1 out of 10 from the field. He’s back on the right path in the last 2 games in which he has 20,5 pts and the 46,9% from the field. Without Horford Atlanta needs him more than ever, he took some bad games but now he seems to be ready to get back on the right pace.
FIRE TEAM: Brooklyn Nets
They took two months but now the Brooklyn Nets seems to be closer to the team that they were supposed to be. They’re 5-1 since january 1st, and they won three big games against Miami, Oklahoma and Golden State, stopping the Warriors winning streak on their road trip. They’re shooting with the 33,2% from the field which is not that good, but after the bad start they can’t be too picky. They’re allowing 91,7 pts per game which is much better than the 102,4 that they allowed earlier in the season. If they keep going on this pace they’ll be dangerous for all the teams they will play against.
COLD TEAM: New Orleans Pelicans
Until december 31st the Pelicans were struggling to stay above the .500 line and they were one of the surprise of this
season, helped by their raising star Anthony Davis. But the new years brought bad news for them with Ryan Anderson’s injury. Since january 1st they has won just 1 game, achieving a 1-7 record that makes them fell at the 12th position in western conference, 6 games behind the playoff line. The schedule wasn’t easy for them in the last two weeks with four games on the road against Minnesota, Boston, Indiana and Miami, before coming back at home to face the Wizards and then the Mavs in a back to back.Their last game of this streak was at home against the Spurs. Anderson’s injury has changed their expectation for the season, but if Davis will keep improving his game,proving that he worths the first pick that the Pelicans spent for him, the future can be bright for New Orleans.