We Got One – As expected, James Harden is an All-Star. Harden is the first Rocket to be selected since Yao Ming in 2009. You can read reaction here, here, here and here. Then you can listen to that song and do a little dance for joy (it’s okay, no one’s looking).
Debate topic: does thanking people while announcing your own All-Star selection count as a #humblebrag?
Stat Check – Yesterday I pointed out that Houston’s 3-point shooting has dropped significantly this month, which would probably contribute to all the losing. The team’s turnovers are also up to 17.3 per game in January from 16.7 for the season, and up from 16.1 in December. But consider this: the six teams with the fewest turnovers in the league are NY, TOR, PHI, MIA, PHX and CHA (Suns and Bobs are tied at 5th). That’s not a high correlation with winning. The top five teams for 3-point percentage are OKC, GSW, MIA, NY, and ATL (Spurs are 6th, if you’re curious). By the way, the next two most turnover-prone teams behind Houston are OKC and GSW.
Could turnovers be a red herring?
Carrot v. Stick – Kevin McHale believes in the power of positive reinforcement.
Shoot This, Not That – Hardwood Paroxysm explores how Marcus Morris’ shot selection is improving, but the Beard is still the master.
Fly, Pelican! – It’s official, New Orleans has a new mascot, and Charlotte might be following suit:
I should point out that I sat behind a group of women wearing Muggsy Bogues jerseys in Charlotte on Monday, so bringing back the Hornets seems very plausible.
Got any suggestions or sweet links? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or message John Eby on Twitter @Ebynews.