TSNs Jack Armstrong offers his thoughts on Anthony Bennetts big game, the skills of Jeff Teague, the performance of Nick Calathes, the energy of Joakim Noah and the compete level of Amir Johnson. 1. Anthony Bennett (Cavs): Congrats! Finally. Its been a very frustrating and disappointing rookie campaign for the young Canadian out of UNLV. The Cavs have won three in a row after an embarrassing loss at home to the undermanned Lakers and firing their GM Chris Grant. A wake up call? Maybe. For Bennett, its got to feel good and hopefully the fact that hes rounding back into shape will help his confidence and he relaxes and plays his game. Lots of pressure being the #1 overall pick in the draft to say the least. 2. Jeff Teague (Hawks): For the Raptors to win Wednesday, they have to control this guy at the point of attack. Hes terrific at getting into the lane and outplayed Kyle Lowry in their first meeting back in early November. Hes had a nice season at 15.7ppg and 7.3 apg. Lightning quick and he changes speeds really well. Gets into the lane almost at will. His penetration and ball-hawking skills defensively will be factors to watch. 3. Nick Calathes (Grizzlies): Awesome job filling in at the point guard spot vs. the Wizards Tuesday night with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Not a bad performance at all. Loved how he played with great poise at the end of the game vs. John Wall and concentrated on getting his team organized in their half-court offence and getting the ball to their two bigs and playing the power game. He really impressed me with his command of the game plan. Nice pick for them. 4. Joakim Noah (Bulls): Fabulous game Tuesday night vs. the Hawks. Watched the game and was blown way by the energy he had and the impact he had on the game. Posted a triple-double with 19 points, 16 boards and 11 assists. He competes at the top of the list for players in the NBA; not many that play harder in the entire league. A winner. With the Raptors currently (big game Wednesday vs. Hawks) in the third seed right now in the East with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards occupying the 3-6 range of the East, the team I fear the most for a first round matchup for the Raptors is the Bulls. In spite of Derrick Rose being out and Luol Deng being traded, this team has what it takes to win in the playoffs and grind the game to a screeching halt and make you play ugly. For a young Raptors team in their first playoff series, this would be a matchup Id prefer they avoid. I know the Raptors have beaten them two of the first three games theyve played this year (they play again on next Wednesday in Toronto, coming off a back-to-back with Washington) but just ask last years Nets if you want to deal with the Bulls in the playoffs. Led by Noah, this club gets after you at a level in the playoffs that takes some getting used to. 5. Amir Johnson (Raptors): One of my all-time favorite Raptors. Not sure if hell play vs. the Hawks Wednesday but hes always been a gamer and wonderful competitor. The All-Star Break couldnt come at a better time for him than now. He needs the break to heal his injuries and fatigued body. He gives it his all for you and I respect that. I think hed be the first to tell you that he needs to play better and with more consistency down the stretch for the Raptors to be Atlantic Division champs and to also secure the third seed. If you watch the Raptors enough, its pretty obvious that when Johnson and Terrence Ross are going good and compliment Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas and the bench, this team can play with anyone in the league. The night in and night out high level performance of Johnson and Ross, in my eyes, is the key to this team making a run here down the stretch. Consistency needed. 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Hi Kerry, Love reading your column and loved watching your analysis on the TSN broadcasts!And were now in Round 2! Bruins! Canadiens! We know all about the great games of the past from the players, the broadcasters and the writers.OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has nothing but good problems right now.Its the beginning of the dog days of the NBA season, he said, those few weeks before the All-Star break when the newness of the schedule has worn off and players begin to physically and emotionally tire. And despite more lapses than hed like, Kerrs team just keeps on winning — and usually by a lot.The NBA-leading Warriors continued their latest roll Wednesday night, overwhelming the undermanned Miami Heat 104-89 for their eighth straight victory. Golden State (31-5) has won by an average of 19.8 points during its current streak.I think it hits every team, regardless of your record, Kerr said. If anything, it should be easier for us. This has been so much fun. Everybodys playing and we are winning. Its been a fantastic season to this point so that should help carry us for a bit.With a strained left hamstring sidelining Heat star Dwyane Wade, the Warriors mowed down Miami the way they have most opponents recently.Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points, and Klay Thompson scored 19 to help the Warriors build a 19-point lead in the second quarter. They responded every time Miami moved close, winning their 15th consecutive home game, tying the longest streak since the franchise moved West before the 1962-63 season.I think our team has done a good job of keeping our energy up and keeping our spirits up, said forward David Lee, who had eight points, six rebounds and five assists off the bench. And I think it all goes back to having that depth and having that cohesiveness as a team that helps us at these times.Chris Bosh had 26 points and seven rebounds but couldnt carry the Heat alone. Luol Deng added 19 points, and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points and 12 rebounds in his first start for Miami.Wade left with the hamstring injury in the first half of the Heats win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The team said he is day to day.Miamis victories at the Lakers and Clippers inn a three-day span marked the first time since Nov.dddddddddddd. 23 the Heat had won two straight — a stunning span of 24 games for the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions, who are still adjusting to life without LeBron James.A night later in Northern California, the Warriors wore down the depleted Heat (17-22) behind a familiar formula: smothering defence, pushing the pace in transition and finishing on the other end — often from long range.Curry and Thompson got Golden State off to a strong start behind their potent 3-point shooting, and the second unit helped stretch the lead to 19 points in the second quarter. The Warriors led 55-38 at the half.Miami moved within single digits in the third and fourth quarters, but in routine fashion, the Warriors quickly pulled away each time behind a big burst.Curry shot 11 for 19 from the floor, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Reserves Andre Iguodala and Leandro Barbosa each scored nine points for Golden State.In the first half, we didnt bring enough of a competitive disposition, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. We competed better in the second half, but it was still not good enough basketball. They make it tough on you.HOME-COURT ADVANTAGEThe Warriors, who have won 17 of 18 games at home this season, celebrated their 100th consecutive sellout at Oracle Arena with videos thanking fans during stoppages.JOHNSONS MOMENTTyler Johnson, a native of nearby Mountain View native who attended the Warriors basketball camp growing up, made two free throws late for his first career NBA points.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside and rookie guard Shabazz Napier started for the first time in their careers. Napier finished with 10 points and six assists. ... Miami is 2-2 on its five-game trip.Warriors: Golden State is 13-0 against Eastern Conference teams this season. ... Backup centre Festus Ezeli sat out for the eighth straight game with a sprained left ankle.UP NEXTHeat: At Sacramento on Friday night.Warriors: At Oklahoma City on Friday night. 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