words // Brandon Richard

Controversial returns, sneaker debuts and playoff pushes shape our latest adidas Basketball weekly recap.

One of the bigger stories of the past week was Dwight Howard's return to Orlando, where he spent the first eight years of his  career. Met with boos, taunts and insulting fan signs, Dwight played one of his best games of the season. Thanks to a little help from Hack-a-Dwight, he scored a season high 39 points with an NBA record 39 free throw attempts and pulled down 16 boards to lead the Lakers to a 106-97 win. The bad news for LA is a severely sprained ankle suffered by Kobe Bryant in last night's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, so Howard may need more nights like this for the Lakers to make the postseason.

The Philadelphia 76ers aren't exactly rolling, but All-Star Jrue Holiday continues to play great ball. He put up 21 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in last night's gritty loss to the streaking Miami Heat. Holiday also became the second Team adidas player to lace up the brand new Crazyquick, breaking out a never-before-seen bright blue colorway.

Who is rolling? How about Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets, who have won 10-straight games and are surging at the most important time of the year. During the streak, the Nuggets have wins over current playoff-seeded teams like the Lakers, Thunder, Hawks, Clippers and Knicks. Seemingly unbeatable at home, the Nuggets may be a team to watch when the playoffs tip off next month.

Those are the stories on the court; now it's time to check out the kicks. The Crazyquick, Crazy Fast, Crazy Light 2, Crazy Light Low, D Howard Light, Top Ten 2000, Ghost 2 and Rose 3.5 all featured in today's NBA Sneaker Watch.

Jrue Holiday wearing adidas Crazyquick Blue

Jrue Holiday - adidas Crazyquick

Dwight Howard wearing adidas D Howard Light Away

Dwight Howard - adidas D Howard Light 'Away'

Antawn Jamison wearing adidas Top Ten 2000 Nightmare

Antawn Jamison - adidas Top Ten 2000 "Nightmare"

Avery Bradley wearing adidas Rose 773 Grey

Avery Bradley - adidas Rose 773

Sebastian Telfair wearing adidas Rose 3.5 Away

Sebastian Telfair - adidas Rose 3.5 'Away'

Iman Shumpert wearing adidas Top Ten 2000 Bright Lights Big City; Danilo Gallinari wearing adidas Crazy Fast

Iman Shumpert - adidas Top Ten 2000 "Bright Lights, Big City"
Danilo Gallinari - adidas Crazy Fast

Ricky Rubio wearing adidas adizero Crazy Light 2 Home PE

Ricky Rubio - adidas adizero Crazy Light 2 PE

Kenneth Faried wearing adidas Crazy Fast Yellow

Kenneth Faried - adidas Crazy Fast

Mike Conley & Damian Lillard wearing adidas Rose 3.5

Mike Conley & Damian Lillard - adidas Rose 3.5

Serge Ibaka wearing adidas Crazy Fast Home PE

Serge Ibaka - adidas Crazy Fast 'Home' PE

Perry Jones wearing adidas adizero Crazy Light 2; Alec Burks wearing adidas adizero Crazy Light Low

Perry Jones - adidas adizero Crazy Light 2
Alec Burks - adidas adizero Crazy Light Low

Derrick Rose wearing adidas Rose 3.5 Away

Derrick Rose - adidas Rose 3.5 'Away'

Eric Gordon wearing adidas Crazy Fast Away PE; Brook Lopez wearing adidas adizero Ghost 2

Eric Gordon - adidas Crazy Fast 'Away' PE
Brook Lopez - adidas adizero Ghost 2

Josh Smith wearing adidas Crazy Fast PE

Josh Smith - adidas Crazy Fast PE

John Wall wearing adidas Crazyquick PE

John Wall - adidas Crazyquick PE

Tim Duncan wearing adidas  Crazy Fast Home PE

Tim Duncan - adidas Crazy Fast 'Home' PE