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[caption id="attachment_12423" align="alignnone" width="300"](November 2, 2014 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) (November 2, 2014 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)[/caption] By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff... Note: Every week, I’ll recap the most notable things about the NBA. Picks are my own personal selections. Week 4 of the NBA season featured a few close games and a lot of blowouts, but it was a very telling week. Teams like the Cavaliers and Clippers showed how mortal they really were, while other teams, like the Nuggets came out of nowhere to put things back in order. As the season starts to wrap up the first month, what are early season anomalies and what are genuine realities of the 2014-2015 NBA season can start to be divided and analyzed. Player of the Week: DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins has always had superstar potential, but for four years, it was never fully realized. He would get a little better but never make a big leap. This season, he has made that leap, and this week proved it. He averaged 25.7 points (.577 FG%) , 16.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks, getting three double-doubles and two wins for the Kings. His work helped Sacramento break the Bulls' 6-0 road record, an impressive feat for a team that was supposed to be decent at best. Cousins. This was a great week for a young guy who has been playing lights out all season. Team of the Week: Toronto Raptors This team decimated LeBron’s Cavs this week, but that’s not the only reason they get this spot. They put up three impressive wins in week 4, and have won nine of their last ten outings. They play on a great home floor, and they rank top ten in the league in offensive and defensive efficiency. Unlike other potential Eastern powerhouses, like Chicago or Cleveland, the Raptors have not had injury issues, and their chemistry is solid from top to bottom. Just how strong this team is will be easier to decide in the coming days, as the Raptors now have a large amount of road games to manage. It’s an important stretch of games for them if they want to hold back other teams in the East trying to reach the top spot. This team is built to succeed and they had a good week of basketball to prove it. Game of the Week: Hornets vs. Heat November 23 This was one of those games where the winning team and their fans breathe a sigh of relief and the losing team just shakes their heads. Charlotte lost 94-93, but probably should’ve won. They came back from a seven point halftime deficit to have an eight point edge in the final quarter. A Miami rally made the game close, and Charlotte tried to regain the lead, as Kemba Walker missed a jumper with 26 seconds on the clock, but a turnover gave him another shot. In a little UConn vs. UConn showdown, Kemba then tried to beat Shabazz Napier and missed again, and Al Jefferson could not tip the ball in as time elapsed. It was a tough game for the Hornets, losers of five straight games. They gave Miami 15 free throws in the final quarter, and could not manage a win despite the Heat shooting 38% in the second half. It was a fun contest though, with all the stars bringing their A game. Mario Chalmers had 20  points and 10 assists, Napier scored 14, Luol Deng had 26, and Al Jefferson had 22 and 12 boards. It wasn’t fun for Hornets fans, but games coming down to the wire are usually the ones that get the most excitement in a given week. Sixer stat of the week: Philly is so bad, it currently isn’t favored to win any of its 69 remaining games. Of course, they will win a few of them, but it shows just how pathetic this team is this season. It isn't fair for the fans of this franchise.

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