*The next two opponents on the Wizards' schedule met Saturday night in Charlotte. Washington is hoping for a better fate than the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 101-97 losers in overtime against the Bobcats. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist energized the Bobcats first-ever win in 17 games against the Mavericks by exploding for 25 points and 12 rebounds. Drafted one spot ahead of Wizards rookie Bradley Beal, the Bobcats assertive 6-foot-7 small forward remains raw offensively, but made 8 of 12 shots and reached the foul line 10 times against Dallas. Not sure how much the two former SEC stars will guard each other Tuesday night in Charlotte (2-3), but a potential Chris Singleton-MKG battle has overly aggressive defensive battle written all over it.
*All eyes in the NBA world Monday night will focus on the goings on in Houston where the Miami Heat's Big 3 meet the Rockets newly established backcourt of James Harden, the league's second-leading scorer, and Jeremy Lin. If past is prologue, the defending league champions should if nothing else make the duo worked extremely hard offensively. Last season when the world was witnessing the height of "Linsanity," the Heat held the then New York Knicks guard to eight points on 1 of 11 shooting. During the five-game NBA Finals against Oklahoma City and Harden, Miami (5-2) held the bearded wing guard to 37.5 percent shooting and 12.4 points. Now we get to see how LeBron James and crew defense the intriguing pair as a unit. Get your popcorn ready.
*Remember when the Orlando Magic opened the season with consecutive wins and stood atop the division standings? So adorable! Yeah, talk about your outlier situations. The Dwight Howard/Stan Van Gundy-less squad has since dropped four straight including a staggering 39-point debacle at home Friday against Brooklyn. Two days later in the rematch, the Magic kept it close, but still fell 82-74. Without the injured Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu, points have been at a premium as Orlando (2-4) ranks last in the NBA (87.8), one spot behind Washington.
*The first of a four-game road swing took Atlanta (2-3) to the City of Angels for a meeting against former Hawk Jamal Crawford on Sunday night. Crawford and the Clippers bench proved devilish with 35 points, becoming the first reserves to outscore the Hawks backups this season. Atlanta did themselves no favors with 22 turnovers, which led to 24 points for Los Angeles. With the loss, Miami became the only Southeast division squad with a winning record. Not a major shocker, but...