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The NBA: Jazzing Things Up


No hype.

No problem.

The Utah Jazz are currently tied for 4th in the West and are 6-1 at home. They have a better record than 4 playoff teams from last year – Portland, Denver, Dallas and Memphis. By all indications, they’ve exceeded early expectations.

This is not really how it should be, right? I mean, on paper, the post-D-Will Jazz should be struggling just as bad or worse than, say, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have two potential All-Stars in double-double monster Kevin Love and the wildly popular, not to mention flashy, Ricky Rubio. But the Jazz are 4 games ahead of the T-Wolves and have been more impressive all throughout.

Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are chiefly to blame. Neither of them will probably get a nod for the All-Star game, but they’ve been rock solid down low for coach Ty Corbin. In a combined 62 minutes per game, the dynamic duo has produced roughly 34 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals per game. They’re also shooting a combined 52% from the floor.

Awesome stats? Not really.

By the numbers, Al-Jeff and Millsap’s scoring has actually dipped a little bit this season, same with Devin Harris and CJ Miles. Utah is in the Top 10 in only 3 categories – FG%, blocks per game and turnovers per game. Not exactly a meteoric rise from last season.

So far, though, those good-but-not-quite-great stats have been enough to make some pundits turn their heads. All of a sudden, Memphis, the toast of the previous postseason for its grit and unwavering spirit, might be the odd man out. Granted it’s still too early, but the way the team has been playing, Utah is certainly jazzing things up.

Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

GSW over DET, 99-91 – Warriors bounce back after losing to the Cats, getting one on the road even as Greg Monroe pumps in 25 points for the Pistons.
UTA over DEN, 106-96 – Potential playoff teams match up with the frontline duo of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson wreaking havoc for the Jazz.
SAS over PHX, 102-91 – TD turns back time and drops a double-double on the flickering Suns.

Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
Paul Millsap (UTA) – 26
Greg Monroe (DET) – 25
Tim Duncan (SAS), David Lee (GSW) & Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 24

Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 15
Paul Millsap (UTA) & Al Jefferson (UTA) – 12

Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
Steve Nash (PHX) – 10
Tony Parker (SAS) – 9
Ty Lawson (DEN) – 8

Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
Al Harrington (GSW) – 4
Ekpe Udoh (GSW) & Dorrell Wright (GSW) – 3

Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
Ekpe Udoh (GSW) & Chris Andersen (DEN) – 4
A LOT with 2

Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
Ben Gordon (DET) – 3
A LOT with 2

Jan. 15, 2012 First Five
C – Greg Monroe (DET) – 25pts, 8rebs, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk
F – Paul Millsap (UTA) – 26pts, 12rebs, 3ats, 1stl, 1blk
F – David Lee (GSW) – 24pts, 6rebs, 3asts, 2blks
G – Gordon Hayward (UTA) – 19pts, 4rebs, 3asts, 2blks, 1stl
G – Monta Ellis (GSW) – 22pts, 7asts, 2rebs

Honorable Mention:
Al Jefferson (UTA) – 18pts, 12rebs, 2blks, 1ast
Tayshaun Prince (DET) – 20pts, 7rebs, 1ast, 1blk
Danilo Gallinari (DEN) – 18pts, 4rebs, 4asts, 1blk

For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Ryan’s Rising Stock


    Not bad for a 21st pick.

    Not bad for a guy who played Division II HS ball.

    Not bad for a guy whose Pac-10 leading 21.6ppg in the ’07-’08 NCAA season was overshadowed by bigger names (OJ Mayo, Kevin Love, and the Lopez twins).

    Not bad for a guy who didn’t play in the NCAA March Madness tourney.

    Not bad for a guy picked after the likes of Joe Alexander, Jerryd Bayless and Alexis Ajinca.

    By and large, Ryan Anderson is having a career season, and he’s on track to be a serious contender for the Most Improved Player Award. He’s still the second-best big man on the Magic’s roster, but considering that Dwight Howard is the #1 guy, being #2 ain’t so bad.

    Being #2 hurts even less when one considers the following stats for Anderson:

    - 18.3ppg (career-high and about an 8-point jump from last season)
    - 7.3rpg (career-high and about a 2-rebound jump from last season)
    - 89.7 FT% (awesome for a big man and about 8 percentage points higher than last season)
    - 44.8 3pt% (2nd best among Forward-Centers in the whole league)
    - 3.6 3pt shots made per game! (TOPS in the whole league!)
    - 46.9 FG% (almost 4 percentage points higher than last season)

    Needless to say, Anderson is a big reason Orlando is tied for 4th in the East and tied with the Hawks for the top spot in the Southeast Division. He’s also a big reason why the Magic are Top 10 in ppg, 3pt% and FG%. And definitely the biggest reason they’re #1 in 3pt shots made per game.

    I doubt he’ll be considered for an All-Star appearance, but if the Magic manage to sustain their play and bag one of the top 4 seeds in the East, then they’ll have to give a lot of love to Ryan Anderson. Of course, having Big D around to draw all the defensive attention helps, too.

    That means Ryan Anderson is praying to the high heavens a miracle happens and Big D sticks around.

    Too bad that won’t happen.

    Still, for now, this 21st pick ain’t having a bad season. Not bad at all.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    ORL over NYK, 102-93 – Magic continue rolling with a 4-game streak while the Knicks are floundering anew.
    MEM over CHI, 102-86 – The Bulls’ winning run is stopped as Mike Conley flirts with a triple-double.
    CLE over CHA, 102-94 – Don’t look now, but the Cavs are holding on to that 7th spot out East, ahead of both the Knicks and Celtics.
    HOU over WAS, 114-106 – Wizards kept winless by Kevin Martin’s 25 points and 8 assists.
    PHI over MIL, 94-82 – Sixers are now 9-1 in their last 10 games and are just a game behind the Bulls for the top spot in the East.
    POR over NOH, 84-77 – Blazers have cooled off after a hot start, but they’re still good enough to beat the West’s worst team – the Hornets.
    LAC over NJN, 101-91 – Blake Griffin has another monster double-double for the Clips, who have won 3 straight and are sitting pretty as the West’s #2 team.
    ATL over TOR, 93-84 – Josh Smith continues to pick up the slack in the absence of Al Horford.
    MIN over SAC, 99-86 – Luke Ridnour has the hot-hand for the T-Wolves, who have gone .500 in their last 10 games after going 0-3 to start the season.
    OKC over BOS, 97-88 – Perk returns to haunt the Celtics. OKC thunders to its 7th win in a row while the Cs tumble to 10th in their Conference.
    LAL over DAL, 73-70 – Low-scoring reunion between Odom and the Lakeshow go the Lakers’ way thanks to Derek Fisher’s clutch shot.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    John Wall (WAS – 38
    Kevin Love (MIN) & Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – 33
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 30

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Josh Smith (ATL) & Andrew Bynum (LAL) – 15
    Blake Griffin (LAC) – 14

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Raymond Felton (POR) – 12
    Jose Calderon (TOR) – 11
    Randy Foye (LAC) & Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Jrue Holiday (PHI) – 5
    A LOT with 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    DeAndre Jordan (LAC), Ed Davis (TOR) & Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 7
    Luke Ridnour (MIN) & Hedo Turkoglu (ORL) – 4

    Jan. 16, 2012 First Five
    C – Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 30pts, 7rebs, 7 treys, 1stl
    F – Kevin Love (MIN) – 33pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 2stls
    F – Josh Smith (ATL) – 28pts, 15rebs, 2asts, 1blk
    G – John Wall (WAS) – 38pts, 8asts, 6rebs, 4stls, 1blk
    G – Luke Ridnour (MIN) – 25pts, 9asts, 4 triples, 3rebs, 1stl, 1blk

    Honorable Mention:
    Joe Johnson (ATL) – 27pts, 6asts, 5rebs, 3 triples, 3blks, 2stls
    Kevin Durant (OKC) – 28pts, 7rebs, 4asts, 1stl, 1blk
    Mike Conley (MEM) – 20pts, 8asts, 7rebs, 4stls

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Live by the Three


    The San Antonio Spurs probably thought they had Miami’s number.

    They were up by 14 at the half, thanks to fluid offense and Danny Green stepping up to make several big plays, including a buzzer-beating half-court heave to end the first 24 minutes.

    The Miami Heat were reeling. They lost three straight before this game, Dwyane Wade is out indefinitely and, well, Chris Bosh is their second option.

    They looked out of sorts.

    Until they unloaded 71 points in the second half, while limiting the visiting Spurs to just 35. They turned a 14-point deficit into a 22-point rout. That’s a 36-point swing.

    Without Dwyane Wade.

    Against a team known for its bordering-on-boring efficiency and toughness in the clutch.

    Well, I guess missing Manu Ginobili helped, too.

    As a team, the Heat made 16 treys, with LBJ and Super Mario accounting for four each and Mike Miller finally living up to his billing by making all 6 of his long toms.

    Will Miami shoot this way for most of their remaining games? I doubt. But this showed the Spurs, and the world, including this admitted hater, that the Heat, when they’re clicking, are so much more than the Big 3. Even when they’re down to the Big 2, or the Big 1 and Bosh, they’re still plenty good.

    Miami is scarier now more than last year, and their previous 3-game slump notwithstanding, they’re poised to make another big run at that Larry O’Brien.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    ORL over CHA, 96-89 – This win, Orlando’s 5th straight, put them at a tie for 2nd in the East.
    GSW over CLE, 105-95 – David Lee’s current numbers are closer to his 2009-2010 NYK self than last year’s mediocre version.
    MIA over SAS, 120-98 – Bosh and James lead a furious third quarter explosion that all but deflated the Spurs. Both didn’t seem to miss Dwyane Wade.
    DEN over MIL, 105-95 – Bucks lose their 3rd in a row and tumble half a game behind the sinking Celtics.
    HOU over DET, 97-80 – Samuel Dalembert has another nice double-double, and he’s shaping up to be one of the biggest signings of the preseason. Houston still won’t be a playoff team, but he should take some pressure off Luis Scola.
    CHI over PHX, 118-97, CJ Watson and Carlos Boozer do most of the damage as the Bulls climb to 13-3.
    UTA over LAC, 108-79 – This actually shouldn’t be that big of a surprise, since the Jazz have lost just once at home and the Clips haven’t exactly been immaculate on the road. And Chris Paul played just 22 seconds.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    LeBron James (MIA) – 33
    Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 31
    Chris Bosh (MIA) & Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 30
    David Lee (GSW) - 29

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 17
    Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 15
    Anderson Varejao (CLE) & Al Jefferson (UTA) – 13

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Andre Miller (DEN) – 11
    LeBron James (MIA) & Nate Robinson (GSW) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Chris Bosh (MIA), DJ Augustin (CHA) & CJ Miles (UTA) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) & Bismack Biyombo (CHA) – 4
    Andrew Bogut (MIL) & Ben Wallace (DET) – 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Mike Miller (MIA) & Danny Green (SAS) – 6
    A LOT with 4

    Jan. 17, 2012 First Five
    C – Dwight Howard (ORL) – 25pts, 17rebs, 4asts, 4blks, 1stl
    F – Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 31pts, 6rebs, 2stls, 1ast
    F – Chris Bosh (MIA) – 30pts, 8rebs, 5asts, 4stls
    G – LeBron James (MIA) – 33pts, 10asts, 5rebs, 4 triples
    G – Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 30pts, 6asts, 3rebs, 3stls, 3 triples, 1blk

    Honorable Mention:
    David Lee (GSW) – 29pts, 9rebs, 3asts
    Steve Nash (PHX) – 25pts, 9asts, 1reb
    CJ Watson (CHI) – 23pts, 5asts, 4rebs, 3 triples, 2stls

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Mr. Big Shot


    He’s no longer the starting PG of a championship contender (okay, that contender part is arguable). He’s bounced around four teams in the past 6 years. He has the worst FG% of the Clipper starting unit. His 3.8 assists per game is his lowest since the 2000-2001 season. His 31 minutes per game is his lowest since his first year with Detroit.

    So many gloomy signs for Chauncey Billups. Could be his age? Could be his motivation? Who knows, really?

    But there are good things, too.

    He’s averaging less than 2 turnovers per game for the first time since 2002-2003. His 2.4 threes made per outing is the most in his career, and tops for the Clips. He leads his new team in FT% and FTs made per game, and is third in scoring average. And, of course, he is still THE Mr. Big Shot.

    Right, Dallas?

    For all the craze that pushed Billups out of Detroit to Denver, out of Denver to New York, and now out of New York to the “other” Los Angeles team, it actually seems things are falling into place again.

    No doubt CP3 has had the most major impact on this season’s fortunes for the Clippers, but Billups at the two-guard spot, though relatively unorthodox, seems to have worked wonders, too.

    The Clippers are just half a game behind the Lakers in the Pacific, and they have beaten the Lakeshow three out of three times already. If they will, indeed, be this year’s breakout team, then Mr. Big Shot will have to continue living up to that name.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    DEN over PHI, 108-104 – Andre Miller pumps in an almost-tripple-double as the Nuggets deflated the Sixers’ winning run.
    WAS over OKC, 105-102 – Yes, this actually happened. John Wall was a beast with 25pts, 7rebs and 8asts.
    SAS over ORL, 85-83 – Spurs win a tight one in overtime thanks to Tony Parker’s 25pts, 7rebs and 9asts.
    NJN over GSW, 107-100 – Big win, upset win, for the Nets as the Warriors continue to miss Steph Curry.
    PHX over NYK, 91-88 – Ummm… D’Antoni and Stoudemire no more backsies okay?
    BOS over TOR, 96-73 – Big Green finally stop their slide, but it’s just the Raptors, so it might not really mean big things are a-happenin’.
    ATL over POR, 92-89 – Joe Johnson and the Hawks withstand a LaMarcus Aldridge double-double, and a fourth quarter Blazer run, to hold on to the win.
    MIN over DET, 93-85 – Kevin Love’s Wolves have won back-to-back and are looking in-sync.
    MEM over NOH, 93-87 – Marc Gasol carries the weight of Tennessee on his shoulders.
    SAC over IND, 92-88 – Pacers looked a little shaky as the Kings roared back to steal the win and give Indiana a bad forst taste of the Western Conference.
    LAC over DAL, 91-89 – B I G S H O T by Mr. Big Shot. Props to DeAndre Jordan, too, who had 19pts, 5blks and 9rebs.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 36
    Kevin Durant (OKC) – 33
    Monta Ellis (GSW) – 30
    Tayshaun Prince (DET) – 29
    Andre Miller (DEN) – 28

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 25
    DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – 19
    Blake Griffin (LAC), Kevin Love (MIN) & Tyson Chandler (NYK) – 17

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Steve Nash (PHX) – 11
    Jason Kidd (DAL), Andre Miller (DEN), Deron Williams (NJN) & Mike Conley (MEM) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Monta Ellis (GSW) & Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 6
    Wesley Matthews (MIN) – 5

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 5
    Roy Hibbert (IND), Channing Frye (PHX) & Kris Humphries (NJN) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Chauncey Billupes (LAC) & Nick Young (WAS) – 5
    A LOT with 4

    Jan. 18, 2012 First Five
    C – Dwight Howard (ORL) – 24pts, 25rebs, 3blks, 1ast, 1stl
    F – Marc Gasol (MEM) – 22pts, 12rebs, 7asts, 1stl, 1blk
    F – Kevin Durant (OKC) – 33pts, 8rebs, 3stls, 2asts, 2blks
    G – Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 36pts, 7asts, 5rebs, 1stl
    G – Andre Miller (DEN) – 28pts, 10asts, 8rebs, 3 triples, 2stls

    Honorable Mention:
    Steve Nash (PHX) – 26pts, 11asts, 5rebs
    Jarrett Jack (NOH) – 27pts, 8asts, 4 triples, 3rebs
    Monta Ellis (GSW) – 30pts, 6stls, 5asts, 1reb, 1blk

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
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    woooh Mr. Big Shot! :cheers:
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ^Objection: yeah, sorry 'bout that :( so many other things happening. will try to post in a more "current" way :)

    The NBA: Hobblin’, But Hangin’


    Don’t look now, but the Dallas Mavericks are the second-best team in the Southeast Division. They’ve won 7 of their last 10 games and are tied with the Portland Trailblazers for 7th spot out West.

    A glance at the Mavs’ player stats, however, will make this seemingly upward trajectory a little baffling.

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter are all putting numbers much lower than last year.

    Odom, in particular, has not been himself. His production has practically been halved from last season, just 7.1ppg, less than 5rpg and shooting an anemic 33% from the field. All of those are career lows for the guy who “asked” to be let go from the Lakers.

    Vince Carter has also produced career-lows in points, rebounds and minutes, while currently also being sidelined by a foot injury.

    Old reliable Jason Kidd has never rally been a phenomenal scorer, but his 4.5ppg and 30% FG shooting are downright awful. But what’s worse is his unbelievable (in a bad way) assists production – just 5.4 per. That’s good for most players in the league, but for Kidd, who’s still playing about 30 minutes per game, 5.4 just won’t cut it.

    Somehow, though, the Mavs ARE cutting it.

    In their last five wins (over Detroit, Boston, Milwaukee, Sacramento and Utah), the Mavs have been led in scoring by 3 different people (Marion, Terry and Nowitzki). Flexibility? Perhaps.

    The Mavs are also the fourth best team in terms of steals per game and they are 8th best in defensive rebounds. Solid defense? Perhaps.

    These defending champs have certainly started out on the wrong foot, and by no means have they fully recovered, but given the way they’re hanging while still hobbling, no one should count them out.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    HOU over NOH, 90-88 – The Rockets almost let the Hornets steal this one after leading by as much as 14 points. Now K-Mart and crew have won 5 straight.
    MIA over LAL, 98-87 – LBJ’s “flu-like” symptoms weren’t enough to slow him down, says his 31-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist performance. Strangely enough, the Heat are 5-0 on the road WITHOUT Dwyane Wade, and 0-3 with him.
    DAL over UTA, 94-91 – Could the Mavs finally be on the up and up? It seems VC’s injury has given Shawn Marion a boost.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Kevin Martin (HOU) – 32
    LeBron James (MIA) – 31
    Pau Gasol (LAL) – 26
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) - 24

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 17
    Paul Millsa (UTA) – 13
    Emeka Okafor (NOH) & Andrew Bynum (LAL) – 12

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Jason Kidd (DAL) – 11
    Kyle Lowry (HOU) & LeBron James (MIA) – 8

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    LeBron James (MIA) & Gordon Hayward (UTA) – 4
    Kyle Lowry (HOU), Courtney Lee (HOU) & Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 3

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    LeBron James (MIA) & Jason Smith (NOH) – 3
    A LOT with 2

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Kevin Martin (HOU) – 5
    Shane Battier (MIA) & Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 3

    Jan. 19, 2012 First Five
    C – Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 15pts, 17rebs, 2asts, 2stls
    F – Pau Gasol (LAL) – 26pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 1blk
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 31pts, 8rebs, 8asts, 4stls, 3blks
    G – Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 24pts, 7asts, 5rebs, 3stls, 3 triples
    G – Kevin Martin (HOU) – 32pts, 8rebs, 5 triples, 1stl

    Honorable Mention:
    Shawn Marion (DAL) – 22pts, 7rebs, 3asts, 1stl, 1blk
    Al Jefferson (UTA) – 22pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 2stls
    Andrew Bynum (LAL) – 15pts, 12rebs, 2asts, 2blks

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Love Hurts


    It all went according to plan by halftime – the Clippers, owners of a division-leading 8-4 card, led the flashy, but lowly, Timberwolves by 11.

    And then they let Minnesota back in.

    They let Ricky Rubio hit a big three to tie the game in the waning moments.

    They let the Wolves stick too close for too long and when it came down to the biggest shot of the game…

    (Yes, Rubio’s shot was still not the biggest of the game!)

    Love hurt them.

    Pushing away from DeAndre Jordan and then squeezing thru a double-screen set by Rubio and wingman Wayne Ellington, Love shot a high-arching three that swished and iced the game.

    Lob City?

    How about Love City, eh?

    How sweet it probably felt for Love, who is in the thick of a “Who’s the best PF in the West?” discussion that pits him against the likes of Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldridge and, of course, Blake Griffin.

    Well, as far as this game goes at least, we know Kevin Love’s chances are pretty good.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    DEN over WAS, 108-104 – Nuggets get a much-needed road win over the hapless Wizards. Al Harrington continues his resurgent play after his forgettable 2010-2011 campaign.
    PHI over ATL, 90-76 – Jrue Holiday won the match-up at the point against Jeff Teague, who’s been stepping up in the absence of Kirk Hinrich.
    POR over TOR, 94-84 – LaMarcus Aldridge crossed the border and tore up Ontario with a superhuman 33-point, 23-rebound effort.
    MIL over NYK, 100-86 – Believe it or not, this is just Philly’s first win in their division, but they’ll take it, especially against the Knicks, who’ve dropped five in a row.
    PHX over BOS, 79-71 – Maybe it IS time to press the panic button (re: time to trade for more complimentary talent). I mean, these are the Suns who beat the Celtics. Yikes.
    CHI over CLE, 114-75 – Rose continues to miss burn time, but Carlos Boozer doesn’t really mind. In the last three games Rose has missed, Boozer has averaged 21ppg and 9rpg, and he has shot 58% from the floor. Redemption campaign?
    MEM over DET, 98-81 – Greg Monroe continues to show improvement. He might be Dwight Howard-ish in a few years. This year, however, he’s one of the best young players on a dirt awful team.
    ORL over LAL, 92-80 – Let’s just say the Lakers didn’t really prove to Dwight Howard that he’d have a better shot of winning a title with the Purple & Gold.
    SAC over SAS, 88-86 – It’s not much, but this upset by the Kings gives them back-to-back wins. Tyreke Evans has looked sharp of late, too.
    IND over GSW, 94-91 – Pacers recover in time against Monta Ellis and his Warriors. Danny Granger’s crew is tied with Miami and Atlanta for 4th spot in the East.
    MIN over LAC, 101-98 – Rubio and Love hit big shots to silence Lob City. Love over Griffin, at least in this game.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 36
    Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – 35
    LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 33
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 30
    Al Harrington (DEN) – 29

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) & LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 23
    Roy Hibbert (IND) & Elton Brand (PHI) – 16

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Jose Calderon (TOR) – 13
    Mike Conley (MEM) & Jrue Holiday (PHI) – 11

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Jeff Teague (ATL) & Tony Allen (MEM) – 5
    A LOT with 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    James Johnson (TOR) – 4
    A LOT with 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 6
    Al Harrington (DEN) – 5
    Nick Young (WAS), Jodie Meeks (PHI) & Dorrell Wright (GSW) – 4

    Jan. 20, 2012 First Five
    C – LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 33pts, 23rebs, 5asts, 2stls
    F – Carlos Boozer (CHI) – 19pts, 14rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 2blks
    F – Al Harrington (DEN) – 29pts, 7rebs, 5 triples, 2asts, 1stl
    G – Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 30pts, 8asts, 3rebs
    G – Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 36pts, 6 triples, 5asts, 2rebs, 2stls

    Honorable Mention:
    Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 23pts, 11rebs, 7asts, 1stl
    James Johnson (TOR) – 23pts, 6rebs, 4blks, 2asts, 2stls
    Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 24pts, 12rebs, 2blks, 1stl

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.

    Source: Hoopnut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Nixed With Six


    “We have a gorilla on our back and we have to get it off and get a little bit of swagger.” – Coach Mike D’Antoni of the New York Knicks

    I like how he says they have a gorilla, because the “monkey on our back” thing should stop just short of their current 6-game losing streak.

    The swagger, though, I’d disagree with. I think they have plenty of swagger already. Melo and Chandler alone can account for most NBA teams’ “swagger count” already (if there were such a thing).

    What they need is to be better.

    At everything.

    Or at least be as good as they were last season, when they made the postseason as the 6th seed and made the Big Apple’s fans have wet dreams for the next season.

    Well this is that season, and perhaps the Knicks’ fans are still getting wet, but not the fun kind.

    Because, again losing 6 in a row isn’t fun at all.

    And, yes, the Knicks did win 4 straight before this current slide, but one also has to note that they opened 2012 with losses to Toronto and Charlotte before stringing 4 wins.

    Now they’re 4-8 in the new year, stuck at 8th spot together with the Bucks (the Bucks? What?) and severely underperforming Celtics, and just saw the guy they let go (Danilo Gallinari) outplay the guy for whom they let him go (Carmelo Anthony).

    Yet another chapter in the New York’s Nixed saga?

    Sure looks like it.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    ATL over CLE, 121-94 – Joe Johnson led the way as six Hawks scored in double figures to beat the Cavs.
    MIA over PHI, 113-92 – The Heat were just too much in the second half. LBJ and Bosh combine for 58 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 blocks as Miami ties Orlando for the Southeast’s top spot.
    DET over POR, 94-91 – A big second quarter, and Rodney Stuckey’s 28-point barrage, help the Pistons give the visiting a rude welcome in Michigan.
    DEN over NYK, 119-114 – A reunion of sorts for both sides turned into a 2OT thriller that saw former Knick Danilo Gallinari outplay former Nugget Carmelo Anthony.
    MEM over SAC, 128-95 – The Grizzlies have finally shown the form that gave them a solid run in last season’s playoffs. They’re not atop the Southwest division with their 6th straight win. Four guys scored 20 or more for Memphis!
    CHI over CHA, 95-89 – Luol Deng leads the way for the Bulls, who’ve won their third in a row and continue to keep the two Florida teams 2 and a half games behind them in the East.
    HOU over SAS, 105-102 – This cross-state rivalry is always a blast to watch, and this one was no different. Tiago Splitter had an eye-popping performance, but Kevin Martin’s crew proved to be a little better.
    OKC over NJN, 84-74 – The Thunder get back on the winning track at the expense of the struggling Nets.
    DAL over NOH, 83-81 – Delonte West and the Mavs survive an impressive fourth quarter by the Hornets. And this was without Dirk Nowitzki.
    UTA over MIN, 108-98 – Paul Millsap and the Jazz didn’t give Kevin Love any chances for more late game heroics. Utah has won 8 of its last 10 games for the West’s third-best record.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Danilo Gallinari (DEN) – 37
    Chris Bosh (MIA) – 30
    LeBron James (MIA) & Rodney Stuckey (DET) – 28
    Paul Millsap (UTA) – 26

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Emeka Okafor (NOH) – 17
    Kris Humphries (NJN) – 16
    Omer Asik (CHI), Marreese Speights (MEM) & Kevin Durant (OKC) – 15

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Tony Parker (SAS) – 13
    Andre Miller (DEN) -12
    Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 11

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Rudy Gay (MEM), LeBron James (MIA), Ricky Rubio (MIN) & Josh Smith (ATL) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Marc Gasol (MEM) & Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 6
    Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 5

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    OJ Mayo (MEM) – 6
    Joe Johnson (ATL) – 5
    A LOT with 4

    Jan. 21, 2012 First Five
    C – Marc Gasol (MEM) – 20pts, 11rebs, 6blks, 5asts, 1stl
    F – Chris Bosh (MIA) – 30pts, 7rebs, 5asts, 2blks
    F – Danilo Gallinari (DEN) – 37pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stl
    G – LeBron James (MIA) – 28pts, 9rebs, 5asts, 4stls, 3blks
    G – Tony Parker (SAS) – 24pts, 13asts, 4rebs, 1stl

    Honorable Mention:
    Tiago Splitter (SAS) – 25pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 1stl
    Paul Millsap (UTA) – 26pts, 9rebs, 4asts, 1stl
    Rodney Stuckey (DET) – 28pts, 5asts, 4rebs, 4 triples

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Nothing But The Truth


    "That's the Paul we've been missing. He played great. We believe in him, and we're going to continue to believe in him." – Rajon Rondo

    Yes, the Boston Celtics have missed Paul Pierce.

    So much.

    They went 0-3 to start the season sans their leading scorer, and when they got him, well, they didn’t exactly annihilate any and all comers by winning just 6 of their last 12 games.

    Now the Big Green are 6-9, tied for 7th-9th spots in the East and behind the hoppin’ and skippin’ Philadelphia 76ers in their division.

    Not exactly the kind of season they were expecting.

    Not the kind anyone was expecting for that matter. I mean, yes, they’re an old team, but these Cs have AT LEAST 3 lock-ins for the Hall of Fame (Rondo, judging by his career trajectory, has a good shot, too) and tons of experience behind them. They should be okay. They might even make one final, serious run at a title.

    But, right now, it just doesn’t seem that way.

    With the exception of Rondo, Boston’s main guys are averaging fewer points than last season. Allen is shooting at a higher FG clip, but he’s attempting 2 less shots than in 2010-2011. KG’s performance hasn’t been too impressive, too. He’s averaging almost 2 rebounds and 2 points less than last year, and though his FG% is still at a respectable 48%, it’s significantly less than the 52% he made in the previous campaign. Pierce, while still leading Boston in scoring, is faring even worse. His ppg has dipped 2 points, his FG% has dropped from nearly 50% to just a shade above 41%, while his rpg, FT% and turnovers have take hits as well.

    Yes, those are the three future Hall of Famers I was talking about.

    Perhaps as a consequence, Rondo’s assists average has dipped and the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers both find themselves having the exact same record as one of the East’s final four teams last year.

    The truth is Boston is now at an important crossroads – will they trade one or more of their tried-and-tested, but aging, bulwarks, or will they stick it out and hope for the best?
    Will it matter that 10 of their first 15 games were against playoff teams from last season, and that a lighter schedule could’ve made any difference?

    The truth is that there are still 51 games left in the season for Boston to make some moves and right the ship.

    Or, that there are only 51 games left in the season for Boston.


    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    BOS over WAS, 100-94 – The Cs have beaten the Wiz 3 times this season. They’ve gone 3-9 in their other 12 games. Something’s wrong, Danny Ainge.
    LAC over TOR, 103-91 – Highlight reel galore in Los Angeles as the Clips just dismantled the Raps.
    MIL over MIA, 91-82 – Who knew the Bucks had it in them? And yet they did. Brandon Jennings went 1-of-10 from three and still they pulled off the upset. Awesome.
    NJN over CHA, 97-87 – Rookies impressed as Bismack Biyombo rejected 4 shots even as MarShon Brooks outscored his more popular peer Kemba Walker.
    IND over LAL, 98-96 – The Pacers proved they could hack it even against the toughest out West. Now the Pacers are tied for 2nd-3rd in the East while the Lakers drop their 3rd straight to fall 4 games behind OKC in the West.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Paul Pierce (BOS) – 34
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 33
    LeBron James (MIA) – 28
    John Wall (WAS) – 27
    Mo Williams (LAC) – 26

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 16
    LeBron James (MIA) – 13
    John Wall (WAS) & Kris Humphries (NJN) – 10

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Chauncey Billups (LAC) – 14
    Paul Pierce (BOS), Deron Williams (NJN) & Pau Gasol (LAL) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Leandro Barbosa (TOR), Paul Pierce (BOS), Ryan Gomes (LAC), Josh McRoberts (LAL) & DeMar DeRozan (TOR) – 3

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Bismack Biyombo (CHA) – 4
    A LOT with 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Anthony Morrow (NJN), Randy Foye (LAC), Mo Williams (LAC), Leandro Barbosa (TOR) & George Hill (IND) – 3

    Jan. 22, 2012 First Five
    C – DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 16pts, 16rebs, 2blks, 1stl
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 28pts, 13rebs, 5asts, 1stl
    F – Paul Pierce (BOS) – 34pts, 10asts, 8rebs, 3stls
    G – Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 33pts, 8rebs, 4asts
    G – John Wall (WAS) – 27pts, 10rebs, 7asts, 1stl, 1blk

    Honorable Mention:
    Deron Williams (NJN) – 19pts, 10asts, 9rebs, 2stls
    Roy Hibbert (IND) – 18pts, 8rebs, 4asts
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 23pts, 6rebs, 6asts, 2stls

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap.


    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: No More Magic Left


    "I remember, there was this other large person (Shaquille O'Neal), now a television commentator, who once left. And I think I saw Orlando blossom and thrive and build a new arena. So I think this is not a life-threatening event when players move." – David Stern to the Orlando Sentinel

    Yeah, sure, easy for you to say, Commish. Your head won’t roll WHEN Dwight Howard jumps ship.

    And, yes, he will definitely jump ship.

    Because, quite frankly, their 11-5 record notwithstanding, there’s simply no magic left in Orlando.

    That doesn’t mean they’re not a good team, because they are. And, yes, Big D is a BIG part of that, but so is their coach, Stan Van Gundy. He’s a trooper, that one. He’ll work with what he’s got, and he’ll shape them up into a well-oiled machine.

    But wins don’t necessarily translate to magic, folks. Not when regular season success has not necessarily translated into regular postseason success. And after last season’s snafu that saw them getting kicked out of the first round, there’s even less evidence of wizardry on this side of Florida.

    This simply means the Magic will probably never go back to the NBA Finals with Dwight Howard. Because, quite simply, Dwight Howard will leave them. It’ll happen either 1) on or before the trade deadline, or 2) after the season as a free agent or in a sign-and-trade scenario. The only way the Magic can realistically keep Dwight is if they get an all-world PG to don the Magic jersey, or if they make a miracle run at the NBA championship in June 2012.

    Both are highly unlikely, to say the least.

    And with Jameer Nelson’s performance dipping significantly in terms of points, FG% and 3pt%, the big guy’s need for a quality PG to backstop him becomes even more glaring.

    Orlando is doing pretty well. They will make the playoffs. They will end the season with more Ws than Ls.

    But, still, they won’t be able to keep Dwight Howard. Because all those things, good as they sound, just aren’t enough to convince him there’s any magic left.

    After the JUMP, key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    PHI over WAS, 103-83 – Six guys finished in double-figures for the Sixers in their rout of the Wizards, and Andre Iguodala wasn’t even one of them.
    BOS over ORL, 87-56 – How can an NBA team score just 56 points in 48 minutes? Much less, 20 points in 24 minutes? And against the aging Boston Celtics at that?
    HOU over MIN, 107-92 – Kyle Lowry’s triple double and Kevin Martin’s 31 points helped deflate Kevin Love’s monster 39-12 output.
    SAS over NOH, 104-102 – Tony Parker’s 17 dimes, TD’s 28 points, and RJ’s 4 triples helped the Spurs slog thru just their 5th win in the last 10 games. The Hornets, meanwhile, have dropped 8 in a row.
    CHI over NJN, 110-95 – D-Rose matched Rip’s 22-point effort as the Bulls continued making minced meat of their Eastern foes. They are 3-0 in the Central Division and 10-1 against all Eastern opponents. Shudder in fear.
    ATL over MIL, 97-92 – Brandon Jennings had another big night, but his fellow starters combined for just 27 total points. That’s one point lower than Joe Johnson’s 28-point total for the whole game. Ouch.
    OKC over DET, 99-79 – Just going thru the motions for the Thunder, who were led by James Harden’s 24 points thanks to 5 conversions from downtown.
    DAL over PHX, 93-87 – Big win for the Dirk-less Mavs, who leaned on the unexpectedly sharp sniping of Shawn Marion to hand the Suns their 6th loss on the road this season.
    POR over SAC, 101-89 – The Blazers outscored the Kings 53-35 in the middle two quarters to put this one away. Jamal Crawford came off the pine to drop 26 points and dish out 5 assists.
    MEM over GSW, 91-90 – The Warriors nursed a 16-point bubble to start the 4th period, and then things got crazy. And fast. Tony Allen put the clamps on Monta Ellis while scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth frame. Mike Conley and Marreese Speights also did well, combining for 17 points in that furious final flourish.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Kevin Love (MIN) – 39
    Kevin Martin (HOU) – 31
    Shawn Marion (DAL) – 29
    Tim Duncan (SAS) & Joe Johnson (ATL) – 28

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 17
    LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 16
    Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 15

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Tony Parker (SAS) – 17
    Steve Nash (PHX) & Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 12

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Kevin Garnett (BOS) & Tony Allen (MEM) – 5
    Jason Terry (DAL) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 5
    Emeka Okafor (NOH), Marcin Gortat (PHX), Ian Mahinmi (DAL) & Josh Smith (ATL) – 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    James Harden (OKC) & Kevin Love (MIN) – 5
    Shawn Marion (DAL), Richard Jefferson (SAS) & Kevin Martin (HOU) – 4

    Jan. 23, 2012 First Five
    C – Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 19pts, 17rebs, 3blks, 2asts
    F – Kevin Love (MIN) – 39pts, 12rebs, 5 triples, 1ast, 1stl
    F – Josh Smith (ATL) – 19pts, 13rebs, 4asts, 3blks, 1stl
    G – Jarrett Jack (NOH) – 26pts, 9asts, 6rebs
    G – Tony Parker (SAS) – 20pts, 17asts, 2rebs

    Honorable Mention:
    Richard Hamilton (CHI) – 22pts, 10asts, 4rebs
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 21pts, 11asts, 5rebs, 3 triples, 2stls, 2blks
    James Harden (OKC) – 24pts, 5rebs, 5 triples, 4asts

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Rookie Class


    “He understands he can get better. He is so smart and so quick and has a good understanding of basketball.” – Cleveland coach Byron Scott on #1 pick Kyrie Irving.

    The numbers seem to back up coach Scott.

    Irving leads the Cavs in 3 stat categories – ppg (17.4), apg (4.8), and FG% (50.7%) – and he’s second in 3pt% (41.9%) behind Boobie Gibson.

    Honestly, he’s been better than advertised. And now that he’s played more NBA games (16) than he did in his one year at Duke (11), it’s pretty clear Cleveland choosing him in front of anyone else was justified.

    And he’s not the only rookie who has impressed in the first few weeks of the truncated season.

    Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio has been an absolute blur, but the watchable kind. He’s averaging almost a double-double (10.7ppg and 8.3apg to go along with 4.6rpg and 2.5spg) for the Wolves, making them relevant and, again, worth watching. His numbers are actually comparable to Jason Kidd’s rookie numbers back in the ’94-’95 season – 11.7ppg, 7.7apg, 5.4 rpg and 1.9spg. Can he be as good, and as durable, as Kidd? Only time will tell, but, for now, we’ll be all too happy searching for Rubio’s highlights on YouTube.

    At 15.4ppg and 4.6rpg, while shooting 46.7% from the field and 36.5% from beyond the arc, the 25th pick from Providence has really come into his own. Some have gone as far as to say he has the same swagger and devil-may-care aura as one Kobe Bryant. I doubt he’ll be the “next Kobe,” but as the first MarShon, he’s doing pretty well.

    He’s cooled off quite considerably of late, but there was a 6-game stretch from January 8 till 17 where Kawhi Leonard averaged 13ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7spg and shot 45% from three-land. In short, he stepped up big time. If he can somehow rediscover that effectiveness, then San Antonio shouldn’t miss Manu as much as they thought.

    Averaging almost a dozen points, better than 3 rebounds, better than 3 assists, just over 1 steal, and about 1 three per game in the NBA is nice. Even nicer if you’re the 9th pick in the draft, coming after underachieving guys like Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter. I don’t expect Kemba Walker to win the ROY, but he will be in the conversation because, at just 21, he’s already one of the best players (despite his FG shooting anomaly) on a terrible Bobcats team.

    Come on, honestly, did you expect Norris Cole to make a whiff of a difference for the Miami Heat this season? Oh, but he has. The 28th pick from Cleveland State is averaging almost 9ppg, just under 3apg and exactly 1spg in just over 21 minutes per outing for the league’s most hated team (sorry, just had to insert that there). He’s made a difference, and as long as Dwyane Wade sits out games, he’ll be expected to make an even bigger difference.

    Other notable newbie’s whom I think might still break out this season:
    Brandon Knight (DET)
    Iman Shumpert (NYK)
    Klay Thompson (GSW)
    Tristan Thompson (CLE)

    Am I missing anyone?

    *I think, given enough time, Derrick Williams can break out, too, but he hasn’t exactly done that despite the absence of Michael Beasley. He’s gotta seize the moment.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    NYK over CHA, 111-78 – Tyson Chandler was a tower-of-power, displacing Kemba Walkers’s great scoring performance.
    ORL over IND, 102-93 – The Magic almost doubled up on their output a few days ago against Boston. Ryan Anderson is still smoking, hitting 5 treys.
    MIA over CLE, 92-85 – Not a lot of hype this time around as Bosh came up big to deflate the Cavs’ challenge.
    TOR over PHX, 99-96 – At times, Andrea Bargnani looks like the next Dirk Nowitzki. At times, it seems like he’s just a better version of Nikoloz Tsikitishvili. Good thing he was more Dirk than Skita here.
    POR over MEM, 97-84 – Limiting the Grizz to just 31 points thru the middle two periods helped the Blazers to their 11th win for the season.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – 36
    Chris Bosh (MIA) – 35
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 24
    LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 23
    Kemba Walker (CHA) - 22

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Marcus Camby (POR) – 22
    Tyson Chandler (NYK) – 17
    Roy Hibbert (IND) & Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 12

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Steve Nash (PHX) – 14
    Jose Calderon (TOR) – 11
    Hedo Turkoglu (ORL) – 8

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Mike Conley (MEM) – 5
    Antawn Jamison (CLE) & Shane Battier (MIA) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Marcus Camby (POR) – 5
    Earl Clark (ORL) – 4
    Bryon Mullens (CHA) – 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 5
    Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – 4
    Hedo Turkoglu (ORL), Steve Novak (NYK) & Leandro Barbosa (TOR) – 3

    Jan. 24, 2012 First Five
    C – Tyson Chandler (NYK) – 20pts- 17rebs, 2asts, 1blk
    F – Andrea Bargnani (TOR) – 36pts, 6rebs, 4 treys, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk
    F – Chris Bosh (TOR) – 35pts, 7rebs, 2asts, 1blk
    G – Landry Fields (NYK) – 18pts, 5asts, 4rebs, 2stls, 2blks
    G – Steve Nash (PHX) – 17pts, 14asts, 7rebs

    Honorable Mention:
    Marcin Gortat (PHX) – 21pts, 12rebs, 2blks, 1ast
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 24pts, 8rebs, 5 treys, 1stl, 1blk
    LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 23pts, 6rebs, 3asts

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Breaking Even


    "Everything on their team goes through Deron Williams. He's got that ball in his hands the majority of the game. He's going to get in the post, he's going to penetrate, he's going to play a lot of pick-and-rolls, get in the open court… he's a big part of what they do in their offense. In my eyes, he's still an All-Star." – Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins

    The way Deron Williams torched the 76ers, you’d think Collins was a prophet.

    D-Will led all scorers with 34 points, dished out 11 dimes, grabbed 4 boards and hit 3 triples in a 48-minute tour of duty that saw New Jersey win just its 5th game since the new year.

    The Nets continued to play without “potentially good” center Brook Lopez, and it was also the second game rookie sparkplug MarShon Brooks missed due to injury.

    But, somehow, Deron willed the Nets to victory – their 4th in the last 8 games. That gives them a .500 mark starting January 13, 2012, and, if things continue at that trajectory, maybe, they have a shot at the postseason in the East.

    That’s a pretty BIG maybe, though.

    The Nets management just missed their chance to extend the contracts of Lopez and injured forward Damion James, which could mean they’ve all but given up on the present iteration of the team, and the current season, in preparation for a wild mid-2012 free agency derby.

    But as long as Deron’s there, like Collins implied, New Jersey will have at least one potential All-Star, and a respectable shot at stealing games.

    That’s not exactly the kind of net profit the Nets are dreaming of, but it is what it is.

    At least right now, in terms of the past 8 games, they’re breaking even.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    CLE over NYK, 91-81 – The Cavs continue to overachieve, though if at 7-10 your team’s overachieving, that’s really saying a lot.
    WAS over CHA, 92-75 – Andray Blatche’s double-double gives the Wiz just their 3rd win, and their interim coach, Randy Wittman, a 1.000 winning percentage to start his tour of duty.
    NJN over PHI, 97-90 (OT) – D-Will unloads a double-double as the Nets upset the erstwhile surging Sixers, and on the road, too!
    MIA over DET, 101-98 – Pistons almost pulled the rug from under the Heat, if it weren’t for LeBron James’s sharp free throw shooting.
    IND over CHI, 95-90 – Bulls’ 4-game win streak gets snapped as the Pacers bounce back form their loss to the Magic.
    MIL over HOU, 105-99 – Two straight 30+ point quarters help give the Bucks a nice win over the Rockets, who won 7 in a row before this game.
    OKC over NOH, 101-91 – KD and James Harden combined for 43 points as the Thunder sustained their hot start to defeat the Hornets.
    SAS over ATL, 105-83 – Tiago Splitter has become a little more consistent in dishing out quality games, helping San Antonio to a 10-1 home record.
    MIN over DAL, 105-90 – The Mavericks’ woes continue as they let the Wolves in and were consequently devoured by Kevin Love’s 31 and 10.
    TOR over UTA, 111-106 (2OT) – Jose Calderon hit some improbable threes to help the Raptors win their second straight and hand the Jazz just their third loss at home.
    DEN over SAC, 122-93 – Gallo continues to wow, netting 23 points to spearhead Denver’s fifth win in a row.
    GSW over POR, 101-93 – Curry returns with aplomb, scoring 32 points, grabbing 6 boards and dishing out 7 assists as the Warriors finally win against a Western team.
    LAL over LAC, 96-91 – The Lakers finally win one against the Clippers. Twin trees Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol punished the interior, combining for 42 points, 16 rebounds and 5 rejections.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Deron Williams (NJN) – 34
    LeBron James (MIA) & Steph Curry (GSW) – 32
    Paul Millsap (UTA) & Kevin Love (MIN) – 31

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) & Kris Humphries (NJN) – 19
    Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 18

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Monta Ellis (GSW), Chris Paul (LAC) & Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 12

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Chris Singleton (WAS) – 5
    Tyrus Thomas (CHA), Anderson Varejao (CLE), Steph Curry (GSW) & Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Tyrus Thomas (CHA) – 9
    Darko Milicic (MIN) – 7
    James Johnson (TOR) – 6

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Steph Curry (GSW) – 6
    Matt Bonner (SAS), Jimmer Fredette (SAC) & Kevin Martin (HOU) – 5

    Jan. 25, 2012 First Five
    C – Chris Bosh (MIA) – 27pts, 6rebs, 4asts, 1stl
    F – Kevin Love (MIN) – 31pts, 10rebs, 4 treys, 2asts, 2stls, 2blks
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 32pts, 7asts, 6rebs, 2stls
    G – Deron Williams (NJN) – 34pts, 11asts, 4rebs, 3 treys
    G – Steph Curry (GSW) – 32pts, 7asts, 6rebs, 6 treys, 4stls

    Honorable Mention:
    Kevin Durant (OKC) – 25pts, 7rebs, 4asts, 3blks, 2stls
    Paul Millsap (UTA) – 31pts, 11rebs, 2asts, 1stls, 1blks
    Austin Daye (DET) – 28pts, 6rebs, 4 treys, 3asts, 1stl

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Leading Los Angeles


    "I've got a son of my own. I don't know if Pau has kids, but don't touch the top of my head like I'm one of your kids. I don't know if he's got kids, but I'm not one of them." – Chris Paul on Pau Gasol tapping his head.

    A little more than a month ago, Chris Paul was raring to go to the Lakers.

    Now it seems like he’s raring to take them down.

    And, lo and behold, the feeling is mutual.

    Chris Paul resented Gasol’s head tap. Kobe traded barbs with Paul. Paul called Gasol soft. Metta World Peace wasn’t exactly living up to his name, too. Ts were called left and right. There was an ejection.

    It was awesome drama.

    It was awesome TV basketball. (details here)

    The Clips still hold an edge in the head-to-head matchup dating back to the preseason, but the Lakers might have finally figured them out. How? Because Mike Brown may have finally figured the Lakers out – he needs to give Peace a chance (pardon the pun), and pound the ball inside to his twin bigs. Those are luxuries he didn’t have in Cleveland, and he should go to them more. Kobe’s awesome as a scorer and he’s has improved as a facilitator, but the Lakers have so many other underutilized weapons, too.

    Both LA teams will meet once more in the regular season, and that promises to be another rock ‘em sock ‘em showdown. I’ll put my money on the Lakers, simply because I think they’ll stay true to their trajectory and continue improving.

    As of now, however, based on their record and despite this loss, it’s the Clippers who are leading Los Angeles.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    BOS over ORL, 91-83 – Nobody on Orlando has probably ever heard of E’Twaun Moore (honestly, have you?), so they probably weren’t counting on him to lead the 44-15 Boston run in the final 17 minutes that decimated their mighty lead, which stood as high as 27 points. Orlando scored just 56 points a few days ago, and they lost a 27-point lead at home. Do you still see any reason for Big D to stay?
    LAC over MEM, 98-91 – CP3, BGTV, Mo Will, and Caron Butler (nickname?) all scored at least 17 points to help the Clips recover after the tough loss to the Lakers yesterday.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Rudy Gay (MEM) & Paul Pierce (BOS) – 24
    Blake Griffin (LAC) – 20

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 16
    Marc Gasol (MEM) – 11
    Kevin Garnett (BOS) – 10

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Paul Pierce (BOS) – 10
    Blake Griffin (LAC) – 8
    Hedo Turkoglu (ORL), Chris Paul (LAC) & Mike Conley (MEM) – 7

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Mo Williams (LAC) & Mike Conley (MEM) – 4
    Kevin Garnett (BOS), Glen Davis (ORL) & Jason Richardson (ORL) – 3

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Keving Garnett (BOS) – 4
    DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 3
    Blake Griffin (LAC), Brandon Bass (BOS) & Greg Stiemsma (BOS) – 2

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    E’Twaun Moore (BOS) – 4
    Rudy Gay (MEM), Michael Pietrus (BOS), OJ Mayo (MEM) & Caron Butler (LAC) – 3

    Jan. 26, 2012 First Five
    C – Marc Gasol (MEM) – 18pts, 11rebs, 6asts, 2stls
    F – Kevin Garnett (BOS) – 12pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 4blks, 3stls
    F – Blake Griffin (LAC) – 20pts, 9rebs, 8asts, 2blks
    G – Paul Pierce (BOS) – 24pts, 10asts, 6rebs, 1blk
    G – Chris Paul (LAC) – 18pts, 7rebs, 7asts, 2stls

    Honorable Mention:
    Rudy Gay (MEM) – 24pts, 7rebs, 3 treys, 2asts, 1blk
    Mo Williams (LAC) – 18pts, 4stls, 3rebs, 2asts
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 16pts, 16rebs, 1blk

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Hawks and Highlights


    “They can't straggle out of the gate every night. That's just something we have to fix.” – Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew on their bad habit to start slow.

    Please don’t check if straggle is a typo for struggle.

    It’s not.

    And the Hawks straggling? That’s no error, too.

    Somehow, though, they’ve managed to be good in spite of it. Atlanta has won 7 of its last 10 games, and is just half a game behind the Heat in the Southeast Division.

    Still, they have remained under the radar for most NBA fans. That’s even if their record is better than that of much more ballyhooed clubs like Orlando, Boston, and especially New York.

    And that’s with Al Horford out and Jeff Teague listed as day-to-day.

    The point is the Hawks are doing pretty well, which is to say their hovering in and around the top four slots in the East. And that’s really very good. That’s just about where they were last season – just outside the top four. And where did it eventually get them? They defeated the Magic in the first round and showed the Bulls a scare or two in the Conference Semifinals.

    Because their players are less “newsworthy” and “highlight reel material,” Atlanta has always been somewhat overlooked by many fans. Josh Smith is pretty awesome and he’ll make the top 10 maybe every other week, but, really, who expects to see a Joe Johnson three or a Jeff Teague pull-up when they search YouTube for NBA highlights? The Hawks are good, but they’re no substitutes for the magical aura Hawk legend Dominique Wilkins once exuded.

    It doesn’t seem to matter much, however, because despite the injuries and the lack of reel-time, they’ve been pretty good.

    And they’ll continue to be good – good enough for the postseason and maybe a round or two deeper than anyone expects.

    Just don’t bet on any highlights that’ll trump a Blake Griffin throwdown, a Ricky Rubio no-looker, or a Kobe Bryant game-winner.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    NOH over ORL, 93-67 – Nice home win for the struggling Hornets, thanks to the brilliant playmaking of Jarrett Jack.
    HOU over WAS, 103-76 – Washington’s new head coach got a taste of what awaits him on a nightly basis – brutal beatings.
    CHI over MIL, 107-100 – Joakim Noah pumps in a huge double-double to stave off the solid challenge from the middling Bucks.
    MIA over NYK, 99-89 – Bill Walker’s hot shooting helped make this one interesting, but LeBron’s almost-triple-double was just too much for the Knicks.
    MIN over SAS, 87-79 – Ricky Rubio continues his meteoric rise in the upper echelon of the NBA’s floor generals with 18 points and 10 dimes.
    DAL over UTA, 116-101 – Rodrigo Beaubois was the surprise package for coach Rick Carlisle against the tough visitors from Salt Lake.
    PHI over CHA, 89-72 – The Bobcats’ nice shooting and tough D in the fourth quarter resulted in a +9 swing, but even that wasn’t enough to compensate for an atrocious 10-point first period.
    BOS over IND, 94-87 – Somehow, the Celtics seem like they’re finally waking up as they upended an Indiana team a couple of notches above them in the East ladder.
    ATL over DET, 107-101 – Took the Hawks long enough, but they finally got past the Pistons in OT. Greg Monroe continues to improve with 22 points and 11 boards.
    NJN over CLE, 99-96 – Nice battle at the point between current all-world PG Deron Williams and possible future all-world playmaker Kyrie Irving. D-Will got the better of it. Irving should learn from this.
    DEN over TOR, Rudy Fernandez had the hot hand as the Nuggets defended their mountain home from the Raps.
    POR over PHX, 109-71 – I remember a time when these teams had a rivalry, but I think that was way back when Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler were still their respective stars. Now, it’s not even close.
    OKC over GSW, 120-109 – Thunder are just too good right now, for practically anybody. They’re 9-1 in their last 10, but the Clips should test them next.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Kevin Durant (OKC) – 37
    Derrick Rose (CHI) – 34
    Kyrie Irving (CLE) - 32

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Marcus Camby (POR) – 20
    Dwight Howard (ORL), Joakim Noah (CHI), & Kevin Love (MIN) – 16

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Andre Miller (DEN) – 12
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 11
    Deron Williams (NJN), Ricky Rubio (MIN), & Jamal Crawford (POR) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 7
    Dwyane Wade (MIA) – 5
    Jrue Holiday (PHI) & Darren Collison (IND) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Joel Anthony (MIA) – 5
    Rodrigo Beaubois (DAL), Javale McGee (WAS), & Tim Duncan (SAS) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Bill Walker (NYK) – 7
    Dorell Wright (GSW) – 6
    Deron Williams (NJN), Rudy Fernandez (DEN), & Marvin Williams (ATL) – 5

    Jan. 27, 2012 First Five
    C – Dwight Howard (ORL) – 28pts, 16rebs, 3asts, 2stls, 1blk
    F – Kevin Durant (OKC) – 37pts, 14rebs, 3asts
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 31pts, 8rebs, 7asts
    G – Paul Pierce (BOS) – 28pts, 10rebs, 8asts, 4 treys, 3stls, 2blks
    G – Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 28pts, 11asts, 7stls, 6rebs

    Honorable Mention:
    Rodrigo Beaubois (DAL) – 22pts, 7asts, 6rebs, 4blks, 3 treys, 1stl
    Dwyane Wade (MIA) – 28pts, 5stls, 4asts, 2rebs, 2blks
    Kyrie Irving (CLE) – 32pts, 6rebs, 2asts, 2stls

    The Jan. 27, 2012 Daily Zap:

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: The Washington Muggles


    “Rejoice, for You-Know-Who is gone at last! Even muggles like yourself should be celebrating this happy, happy day.” – JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    Happy day indeed! The Washington Wizards have won their first road game of the season and their second W in three games with new head coach Randy Wittman.

    The caveat?

    Both wins were against the equally woeful Charlotte Bobcats, and the loss was against a fringe playoff team from the West – the Houston Rockets.

    Sorry, Washington fans, but these Wizards are still lacking in magic.

    This team coach Randy Wittman inherited after Flip Saunders was so unceremoniously let go is bottom five in the league in several key categories – points per game (26th), assists per game (28th), free throw % (26th), 3pt % (27th), and field goal % (tied for 25th). They’re also 22nd in rebounds per game and are the 24th most turnover-prone group of the whole lot.

    Pay close attention to their shooting numbers – they’re awful from everywhere – and yet they’re 6th in the league in attempts per outing. They jack up about 83 shots, but, on average, make only a paltry 35.

    Needless to say, it’s easy to see why they’re the NBA’s worst, and why coach Wittman has his work cut out for him.

    Good luck, coach. You’ll need it, especially with a team that, despite being named the Wizards, just doesn’t have anything magical to offer.

    Folks, your Washington Muggles.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    WAS over CHA, 102-99 – Javale McGee and Nick Young combined for 43 points while John Wall got a double-double for the Wiz, who are probably feeling all tingly inside after their second win since ousting Flip.
    PHI over DET, 95-74 – Andre Iguodala finished with triple 10s to their 10th home win.
    HOU over NYK, 97-84 – The Rockets outscored the Knicks 55-39 in the middle two quarters even as Kevin Martin continued to be in sick bay. Goran Dragic, Chase Budinger, and Jordan Hill combined for 49 points off the bench to the win.
    MIL over LAL, 100-89 – The Bucks took the loss of Andrew Bogut in stride, defending their home turf against the visiting Lakers, who are now 1-7 outside the Staples Center.
    UTA over SAC, 96-93 – The Jazz withstood Tyreke Evans’s 31-point effort as Gordon Hayward and CJ Miles combined for 41 points on 15-28 shooting.
    PHX over MEM, 86-84 – The Suns hand the Grizz their third straight defeat, led by Steve Nash, who racked in 21 markers, 5 boards, and 6 dimes.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 31
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 27
    Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK), Drew Gooden (MIL), & Byron Mullens (CHA) – 23

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Pau Gasol (LAL) – 15
    Samuel Dalembert (HOU) & Paul Millsap (UTA) – 14

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Kemba Walker (CHA) – 11
    Andre Iguodala (PHI), Boris Diaw (CHA), Mike Conley (MEM), & John Wall (WAS) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Courtney Lee (HOU) – 4
    Matt Carroll (CHA), Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK), & Jared Dudley (PHX) – 3

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Javale McGee (WAS) – 5
    Marc Gasol (MEM) & Samuel Dalembert (HOU) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Jodie Meeks (PHI) – 4
    Isaiah Thomas (SAC), Andrew Goudelock (LAL), Jimmer Fredette (SAC), & Lou Williams (PHI) – 3

    Jan. 28, 2012 First Five
    C – Marc Gasol (MEM) – 18pts, 13rebs, 4blks, 2asts, 1stl
    F – Javale McGee (WAS) – 22pts, 10rebs, 5blks, 2asts, 1stl
    F – Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 27pts, 9asts, 8rebs, 2stls
    G – Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 31pts, 9asts, 6rebs, 2stls, 1blk
    G – Kemba Walker (CHA) – 20pts, 11asts, 10rebs, 2blks, 1stl

    Honorable Mention:
    Boris Diaw (CHA) – 21pts, 10asts, 3rebs, 1stl
    Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) – 23pts, 8rebs, 3stls, 2blks
    Steve Nash (PHX) – 21pts, 6asts, 5rebs, 2stls

    The Jan. 28, 2012 Daily Zap:

    source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Of Things to Come


    "Every time we play the Bulls it's going to be like that. It's going to be a drag-out fight every game." – Chris Bosh, on the intensity of Sunday's game.

    It’s a joy seeing LeBron James miss free throws late in a game.

    Especially if those free throws could’ve given the Heat a late lead.

    Especially against Derrick Rose and the mighty Chicago Bulls.

    Too bad that was spiked by seeing Rose miss his own set of freebies and then miss a potential tie-maker.


    Oh, but it is just the first of four meetings in the regular season, right? And then maybe more by the time the playoffs come along.

    I just hope that D-Rose sitting down, face looking at the hardwood, thinking of what could’ve been, won’t be something I’ll see come April, May or June.

    I hope that the Heat winning even if the self-made King missed his freebies won’t be a portent of things to come.

    The Bulls were in white – the White Knights with the humble MVP.

    The Heat were clad in sinister black – the Sith with Darth Vader’s #6.

    And the Heat won.

    Oh, please no.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    MIA over CHI, 97-93 – Derrick Rose missed two free throws. LeBron James missed two free throws. Derrick Rose missed a potentially game-tying one-hander. And then it was over. Boo hoo.
    TOR over NJN, 94-73 – DeMar DeRozan’s 27-point performance sends the Raps to a tie with the Nets for… last in the Northeast Division. Bleh.
    CLE over BOS, 88-87 – What a guy that Kyrie Irving. His game winner not only gives the Cavs their 8th win, it also snaps the Celts’ 4-game winning run.
    IND over ORL, 106-85 – Another game, another embarrassment for the Magic. They were outscored 58-34 in the second half. Eject button, Dwight. Eject button.
    DAL over SAS, 101-100 (OT) – Spurs made a good run to send it into an extra session, but Jason Terry was too much. He made the last four points of the game to frustrate San Antonio into their 8th road loss.
    LAL over MIN, 106-101 – The Lakers finally won one on this road trip, but not after staving off a stiff challenge from the T-Wolves. The Lakers are still in mediocre shape, though, after going just 5-5 in their last 10. Props to Kobe, who passed Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers’ all-time leader in FGs made.
    ATL over NOH, 94-72 – Jeff Teague, Marvin Williams, and Willie Green combined to shoot 11 threes and leave the Hornets gasping for breath at home.
    LAC over DEN, 109-105 – Denver still has the second-best record out West, but the Clips aren’t far behind after CP3 scores 25 to lead them over the Nuggets… in Colorado at that!

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    LeBron James (MIA) & Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 35
    Derrick Rose (CHI) & Jason Terry (DAL) – 34
    Kevin Love (MIN) – 33

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 14
    Dwight Howard (ORL), Blake Griffin (LAC), & DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 13

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Andre Miller (LAC) & Darren Collison (IND) – 10
    Jose Calderon (TOR) – 9

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Alonzo Gee (CLE) – 4
    A LOT with 3

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    DeAndre Jordan (LAC) & Brendan Haywood (DAL) – 5
    Josh Smith (ATL) & Blake Griffin (LAC) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Chauncey Billups (LAC) – 6
    Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 5
    Willie Green (ATL), Jeff Teague (ATL), & Ray Allen (BOS) – 4

    Jan. 29, 2012 First Five
    C – Pau Gasol (LAL) – 28pts, 6rebs, 3asts
    F – Kevin Love (MIN) – 33pts, 13rebs, 2asts, 1stl
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 35pts, 11rebs, 5asts, 1blk
    G – Kobe Bryant (LAL) – 35pts, 14rebs, 5 treys, 2asts, 2blks
    G – Jason Terry (DAL) – 34pts, 4asts, 2rebs

    Honorable Mention:
    Derrick Rose (CHI) – 34pts, 6rebs, 6asts, 1stl, 1blk
    Chris Paul (LAC) – 25pts, 7asts, 6rebs, 3 treys, 2stls, 1blk
    Chauncey Billups (LAC) – 32pts, 6 treys, 4rebs, 2asts

    Jan. 29, 2012 Daily Zap:

    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • luka_hunterluka_hunter PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Just wanna thank you for comin' up with something like this. Haven't followed the games on tv lately so this really helps. I can deal with your being occasionally subjective writing in bashing the Heat (don't really care) :)
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ^luka_hunter: sorry, really am not a heat fan (to put it mildly) haha but thanks for the props! i promise to TRY and be less anti-Miami :) haha

    The NBA: Dunk of the Year?


    "I think I jumped up as high as he did." – Reggie Evans after teammate Blake Griffin dunked on Kendrick Perkins

    It’s still a couple of months too early for this dunk to be declared the DOTY, but it will be damn tough to beat, even by the LBJ-over-John-Lucas jam.

    It was THE highlight in a game full of Clipper panache, but it wasn’t the only good thing that happened in the Clippers’ win over the team that has the best record in the West.

    Six guys scored in double-figures for LA, with 3 scoring 22 or more. CP3 had 14 dimes. DeAndre had 11 boards with 3 rejections. The Clips shot a blistering 56% from the field, including an insane 52% from three. They had 5 less turnovers than OKC, and had 13 more assists.

    Just plain awesome.

    And this is me, an OKC convert, who just wrote that.

    Will I convert to the Clips anytime soon? Not really, but they sure as hell are fun to watch.

    This win brings CP3’s crew a game and a half ahead of the Lakers in the Pacific Division, and, together with the surging Dallas Mavericks, they’re now tied at a game behind the second place Nuggets in the conference.

    Getting Paul, Butler and Billups has paid the once-bemoaned franchise immediate dividends. And though it’s still a long way from the postseason, the Clippers’ trajectory looks pretty good.

    They’re top 10 in several key stats – ppg, bpg, apg, 3pt% (and makes), and FG% (and makes). They went 11-4 to start 2012, including wins over Portland, Miami, the Lakers, Dallas, Memphis, Denver and now Oklahoma City.

    Quality wins for a quality team currently leapfrogging most other teams that SHOULD be better than them, and they aren’t showing any sign of slowing down.

    As long as they stay on-track, Reggie Evans won’t be the only one jumping as high as Blake Griffin.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    PHI over ORL, 74-69 - Andre Iguodala had a double-double to lead the Sixers to their third straight win. It gets tougher from here, though, as Philly takes on both Chicago and Miami this week.
    CHI over WAS, 98-88 – D-Rose finished with a season-high 35 points as the Bulls rebounded after the heartbreaker in Miami. Chicago still leads the East at 18-5.
    MIA over NOH, 109-95 – LBJ and D-Wade each had 22 points as the Heat recovered from a slow start to beat the hapless Hornets. Miami has won 8 of their last 9 and had six players in double figures.
    SAS over MEM, 83-73 - Matt Bonner hit 5 triples to lead the Spurs in sending Memphis to its fourth straight loss. The Grizz were held to just 37% FG shooting as Gay and Gasol combined for just 3-of-18 from the floor.
    MIL over DET, 103-82 - Drew Gooden scored 10 points in a decisive 12-2 run in the third quarter as the Bucks got their fourth win in six games after dropping three in a row.
    MIN over HOU, 120-108 - Michael Beasley had 34 points, Kevin Love had 29, and Ricky Rubio flashed another double-double as former Houston mentor Rick Adelman won over his former team.
    DAL over PHX, 122-99 – The Mavs did fine even without Jason Kidd, who’s out with a strained calf, routing the Steve Nash-less Suns. Delonte West filled up the Kidd-shaped void well, hitting 5 treys on his way to 25 markers.
    UTA over POR, 93-89 – The Jazz used a 13-0 run in the fourth to buck the absence of Al Jefferson and Raja Bell to hand the Blazers their 8th loss on the road.
    LAC over OKC, 112-100 – CP3 had 26 points and 14 assists as the Clips snapped the Thunder’s 4-game win streak. BG led a dunk-a-thon against the NBA’s best team, record-wise, and Kendrick Perkins will probably NOT log on to YouTube anytime soon.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Kevin Durant (OKC) – 36
    Derrick Rose (CHI) – 35
    Michael Beasley (MIN) – 34
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 31

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) – 20
    Paul Millsap (UTA) – 15
    Joakim Noah (CHI) & Kevin Durant (OKC) – 13

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Chris Paul (LAC) – 14
    Tony Parker (SAS) – 12
    Ricky Rubio (MIN) – 11

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) & Earl Watson (UTA) – 5
    Danny Green (SAS) & Tony Allen (MEM) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Samuel Dalembert (HOU), Elton Brand (PHI), Marcin Gortat (PHX), & Marcus Camby (POR) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Kyle Korver (CHI), Matt Bonner (SAS), Vince Carter (DAL), & Delonte West (DAL) – 5

    Jan. 30, 2012 First Five
    C – LaMarcus Aldridge – 25pts, 7rebs, 2blks, 1ast, 1stl
    F – Kevin Durant (OKC) – 36pts, 13rebs, 4 treys, 3blks, 1ast
    F – Michael Beasley (MIN) – 34pts, 3rebs, 1ast, 1stl
    G – Derrick Rose (CHI) – 35pts, 8asts, 3blks, 2stls
    G – Chris Paul (LAC) – 26pts, 14asts, 2stls

    Honorable Mention:
    LeBron James (MIA) – 22pts, 11rebs, 8asts, 1stl
    Delonte West (DAL) – 25pts, 6asts, 5 treys, 3rebs, 2stls
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 31pts, 5stls, 4rebs, 4asts, 1blk

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Pacing


    “… if we want to make it far in the playoffs, we can't lose more than two games in a row." – Darren Collison after the Pacers defeated the Magic two days ago.

    Collison might be thinking a little too far ahead, but give the Pacers credit. If they keep true to their current trajectory, then the playoffs won’t be so far-out.

    Collison actually said that line in reference to the fact that the Pacers have not had a losing streak so far this season. They’ve absorbed 6 losses already, but they haven’t dropped two in a row yet.

    Looking at their stats makes it easy to see why Indiana has had a greater-than-expected measure of success thus far.

    Consider these:

    - They have a relatively efficient offense: 7th in 3pt% and 3rd in offensive rpg.
    - They are a relatively aggressive team, getting to the line 24 times a game, and they lead the whole league in FT% at 80.4%.
    - They are 6th overall in defensive rebounds and 2nd in total rebounds per outing.
    - They are also top 10 in steals and blocks per game.
    - They have five guys averaging in double-digits, with Ty Hansbrough and George Hill close behind at 9.5 and 9.7ppg respectively.

    The Pacers have had more road games so far, but they’ve been surprisingly successful, winning 8 of 13. And considering they are 6-1 at home, with 26 more home games coming up, it won’t be too farfetched for them to breach the 45-win barrier.

    In nutshell, Indiana has been pacing itself really well, seemingly setting itself up for a nice mid-to-late season run that should give them a good spot in the East’s playoff race. And with the decline of Orlando, and the persisting struggles of both Boston and New York, this compressed season might just be the Pacers’ for the taking.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    IND over NJN, 106-99 - Paul George scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Pacers, who went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to put just enough distance between them and the Nets, who have lost two straight overall and nine straight against the Pacers.
    BOS over CLE, 93-90 – The Celtics barely held off the Cavs, and withstood Anderson Varejao’s 20-20 game, to avenge a disappointing loss to this same team two days ago. Kyrie Irving led another furious last-ditch Cavs rally, but this time they fell short as KG and Paul Pierce hit some key shots in the last minute.
    ATL over TOR, 100-77 – In just three periods, Joe Johnson matched his season-high with 30 points. The Hawks wrapped up their most successful five-game road swing in more than four decades, going 4-1 with wins against the Bucks, Pistons, Hornets, and now the Raptors. Their lone loss was against the Spurs.
    NYK over DET, 113-86 – Melo returned to the floor to score 25 points and help the Knicks snap a 3-game skid. For the first time this season, the Knicks shot above 50% from the field – a red-hot 60% at that! Meanwhile, the Pistons continued to struggle without Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and Will Bynum.
    MEM over DEN, 100-97 - O.J. Mayo hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to help the Grizz get past the Nuggets, and halt their 4-game slide in the process. Both Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol had bad nights on offense again, but they still managed to score in the 20s as Memphis went above .500 in the standings.
    GSW over SAC, 93-90 - Brandon Rush scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, sparking a late rally that gave Warriors coach Mark Jackson a win over his predecessor.
    LAL over CHA, 106-73 – Kobe’s 24 points improved the Lakers’ record at Staples to 11-2, while sending the Cats to their 9th loss in a row. Strangely enough, this is just the Lakers’ 3rd win against Charlotte in their last 11 meetings.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    Deron Williams (NJN) – 34
    Joe Johnson (ATL) – 30
    Anthony Morrow (NJN) – 28
    Carmelo Anthony (NYK) – 25

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Anderson Varejao (CLE) – 20
    Roy Hibbert (IND) & DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – 14

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Ramon Sessions (CLE) – 10
    Tyreke Evans (SAC) & Jose Calderon (TOR) – 9

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Landry Fields (NYK) – 5
    Mike Conley (MEM), Greg Monroe (DET), & Alonzo Gee (CLE) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Roy Hibbert (IND), Ekpe Udoh (GSW), & Tony Allen (MEM) – 4

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Anthony Morrow (NJN) – 5
    A LOT with 4

    Jan. 31, 2012 First Five
    C – Anderson Varejao (CLE) – 20pts, 20rebs, 2asts, 1blk
    F – Al Harrington (DEN) – 23pts, 10rebs, 4asts, 3 treys, 2stls
    F – Joe Johnson (ATL) – 30pts, 7asts, 4 treys, 2rebs, 1blk
    G – Tyreke Evans (SAC) – 22pts, 10rebs, 9asts, 3stls, 1blk
    G – Deron Williams (NJN) – 34pts, 7asts, 4 treys, 2rebs, 1blk

    Honorable Mention:
    Andrew Bynum (LAL) – 20pts, 11rebs, 2blks, 1ast
    Paul George (IND) – 24pts, 4rebs, 4 treys, 2stls, 1ast, 1blk
    Landry Fields (NYK) – 18pts, 5rebs, 5stls, 4 treys, 3asts, 1blk


    Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com
  • zoman114zoman114 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    The NBA: Setting Sun


    “To be honest, it pales in comparison to getting the win. The things that really matter about (the record) is: One, to be up there with Kevin, who was a great, great player and deserves a lot of credit for what type of player he was. And then the other one, just I love the city and organization and to do it for the Suns is a real honor. But other than that I’m just glad the team got the win.” – Steve Nash on surpassing Kevin Johnson’s all-time Suns assists record and beating the New Orleans Hornets

    Damn right Steve’s more glad about the win than passing KJ.

    Damn right the two-time MVP is concerned about his team’s chances rather than his own personal triumphs.

    Damn right, Steve.

    You deserve better.

    You deserve more than the current 8-13 record of the city you love.

    You deserve more than what looks to be your team’s second-straight losing season.

    You deserve to be in the playoffs.

    You deserve to win.

    But you aren’t, and won’t. Not many games, at least.

    Steve Nash is fine not being his team’s leading scorer. That’s never been his job. He is a playmaker first. Always was, always will be. But something HAS to be wrong when Marcin Gortat, at 15.3ppg, is the best possible scoring option for the Phoenix Suns.

    Where and when did everything go downhill?

    Apart from last year, the only other time the Suns failed to go into the playoffs since Nash’s return in 2004 was in 2009, and even then Phoenix won 46 games out of 82 (that’s an impressive 56%). They were second in their division, and, had they been in the East, they would’ve been the 5th seed. If they were in the East last year, they would’ve been able to slip past the Pacers for the last postseason slot.

    This year, however, things have really gone bad. Not even relatively bad. Just plain bad.

    The current 8th slot in the East belongs to Milwaukee with 10 wins. Phoenix is 2 games behind them. They’re even further down in their own conference, as they are 4.5 games behind the Lakers for the 8th spot. The rise of the Clippers has also almost assuredly demoted the Suns to, at best, 3rd place in the Pacific Division. That hasn’t happened since the 2003-2004 season, when the NBA still had only 4 divisions and the Pacific had 7 teams.

    By all intents and purposes, the Suns are fading – have faded. And now that he’s in his 15th season, with a team that’s devoid practically of anything positive aside from himself (the Suns are top 10 in just one stat – FT% – but they are dead last in FT attempts, so that doesn’t help much), don’t be at all surprised if he hangs up his laces soon.

    Simply put, the horizon just doesn’t look very good for this setting sun.

    Or he can always up and join New York.

    Key stat-stuffers for today’s games:

    ORL over WAS, 109-103 - The Magic came into this game losers of four straight, and with dropping morale. Good thing it was the Wizards they met. Ryan Anderson’s 6 threes helped him get 23 points and, more importantly, their first win in what seemed like a lifetime.
    PHI over CHI, 98-82 – Many felt the Sixers’ relatively “soft” schedule helped them pad their win-loss record. Well, now that they’ve beaten both the Magic and the Bulls in the space of a few days, perhaps some more respect will go their way. They can claim legit status by beating Miami on Friday.
    NJN over DET, 99-96 – Deron Williams has scored in double digits in every game he played so far this season. His 26 points makes this his fifth straight 20+ outing. Best player on a bad team? No doubt.
    BOS over TOR, 100-64 – The Cs led by as many as 40 points in the second half, and were content to have the bench mob take care of the scraps in the fourth quarter. R O U T. In other news, Pauk Pierce is just 60 points away from Larry Bird as the Celtics’ #2 scorer of all time.
    IND over MIN, 109-99 – The Pacers breached the 100-point mark for just the second time this season. Good thing they did it against the usually high-octane T-Wolves. Danny Granger got the better of former Team USA teammate Kevin Love, scoring 29 of his 36 points in the second half to lead the Pacer win.
    MIL over MIA, 105-97 – Brandon Jennings had 31 points, 8 assists, and, more importantly, 0 turnovers, as the Bucks repeated over the Heat. They withstood LeBron James’s 40-point outburst, and have now won their 3rd game in a row.
    OKC over DAL, 95-86 – KD and Jet Zero combined for 56 points, but even more impressive was Serge Ibaka, who blocked TEN shots to add to his 11 rebounds for a well-rounded effort. This win also enabled OKC to snap the Mavs’ 3-game winning run.
    PHX over NOH, 120-103 – In only the Suns’ fourth win on the road, Steve Nash was more scorer than facilitator. He made 30 points to lead Phoenix past the Hornets, but his 10 dimes also enabled him to pass Kevin Johnson as the Suns’ assist king.
    SAS over HOU, 99-91 – Tim Duncan went back in time, scoring 16 third quarter points to help the Spurs overhaul an 18-point deficit and eventually defeat the Rockets. This win gives San Antonio their 11th win in 12 home games.
    POR over CHA, 112-68 – Excuse me. This IS the NBA, right? The Blazers scored a season-high while limiting the Cats to their season-low. Charlotte tumbles to its 10th defeat in a row, and, well, they sure as hell won’t win any more games the way they played here.
    LAC over UTA, 107-105 – For the first time since 2003, the Clippers finally won one in Salt Lake City. CP3 and BG both topped the 30-point mark for the Clips, who have won just 2 of 6 on the road this season.

    Super Scorers (Top scorers of the night!)
    LeBron James (MIA) – 40
    Danny Granger (IND) – 36
    Chris Paul (LAC) – 34
    Russell Westbrook (OKC) – 33

    Ragin’ Rebounders (Top rebounders of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 18
    Kevin Love (MIN) – 17
    Blake Griffin (LAC) & Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) – 14

    Dynamic Dishers (Top playmakers of the night!)
    Greivis Vasquez (NOH) – 12
    Chris Paul (LAC) – 11
    John Wall (WAS) & Steve Nash (PHX) – 10

    Terrific Thieves (Top thieves of the night!)
    Dwight Howard (ORL), DaJuan Blair (SAS), & Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 4

    Boomin’ Blockers (Top blockers of the night!)
    Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 10
    Marcus Camby (POR) – 5
    A LOT with 3

    Sharpshooters (Top 3-point shooters of the night!)
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 7
    Ryan Anderson (ORL) & Kevin Martin (HOU) – 6

    Feb. 1, 2012 First Five
    C – Al Jefferson (UTA) – 27pts, 12rebs, 4asts, 1stl
    F – Blake Griffin (LAC) – 31pts, 14rebs, 3blks, 2asts, 1stl
    F – LeBron James (MIA) – 40pts, 8rebs, 5asts, 4 treys, 2stls
    G – Chris Paul (LAC) – 34pts, 11asts, 5rebs, 3stls, 3 treys
    G – Steve Nash (PHX) – 30pts, 10asts, 2rebs, 1stl, 1blk

    Honorable Mention:
    Brandon Jennings (MIL) – 31pts, 8asts, 7 treys, 4rebs, 4stls
    Danny Granger (IND) – 36pts, 7rebs, 5 tryes, 2asts
    Dwight Howard (ORL) – 23pts, 18rebs, 4stls, 3asts

    For a full summary of the day, here’s today’s NBA Daily Zap:
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