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We’re introducing a new weekly series here at 3 Shades of Blue, checking in with our Eastern Conference comrades.  Be sure to join us every Sunday for a snapshot of what’s going on out East!

Who’s cooking with fire:

– At first glance, any discussion of hot teams has to begin with New York Knicks.  As the only team in the conference yet to face defeat, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are reaping the benefits of playing with some real point guards.

– Our opponents this evening, the Miami Heat, are stomping out everyone in their  path not named the Knicks.  Check our our game preview or discuss in our forums  for more on them!

– The Charlotte Bobcats.  Okay, well maybe not so much, but hey… when you haven’t won a game since St. Patrick’s Day, it has got to feel good to get a couple W’s on the board.  Not to mention, Kemba Walker’s play has been encouraging.

Who’s leaving a bit to be desired:

– A whole lot of teams in the East have failed to kick off to the start that they wanted to.  Early season favorites like Boston and Indiana have been a bit slow to the punch.  Boston’s win column has been bolstered sweeping back to back games against Washington, which is not exactly impressive.  Indiana’s struggles can be largely attributed to the absence of their leader, Danny Granger, who’s sidelined for up to three months with knee troubles.

– Oh man, those Pistons are pumping in the wrong direction.  The lone bright spot for them in this young season has been Greg Monroe, who posted an awesome triple-double against the Kings.  However, the Pistons couldn’t even mount that horse to victory.

– The Brooklyn Nets haven’t been bad exactly, but they have shown that they’re still the Nets.  They were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter by the Timberwolves en route to blowing a 22 point third quarter lead.  But hey, this is a Grizzlies blog… who are we to talk about blowing a late lead?

Some good reads by our ESPN TrueHoop Network brethren:

– Over at Cavs Blog they’ve got a fascinating study underway regarding correlations (or lack thereof) between draft combine data and performance.  Numbers guys and gals, this one’s for you.  It’s in its early stages, but is definitely something to keep tabs on as it evolves.

– The crew at Raptors Republic has a piece up with some interesting analysis regarding the on-court relationship between Jose Calderon and Amir Johnson.  I’d be intrigued to see something like this based on a couple of our guys.

– The writers over at The Brooklyn Game (formerly Nets are Scorching) offer a look into the history of professional sports in Brooklyn, and what it means for the Nets today.

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