Monthly archives: February, 2012

Scores

Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Final: Celtics 86 – Cavaliers 86

Golden State Warriors @ Indiana Pacers

Final: Pacers 102 – Warriors 78

Philadelphia 36’ers @ Detroit Pistons

Final: Sixers 97 – Pistons 68

New Orleans Hornets @ Chicago Bulls

Final: Hornets 95 – Bulls 99

Washington Wizards @ Milwaukee Bucks

Final: Wizards 118 – Bucks 119

Toronto Raptors @ Houston Rockers

Final: Raptors 88 – Rockets 85

New Jersey Nets @ Dallas Mavericks

Final: Nets 93 – Mavs 92



Kobe Bryant Listed As Day-To-Day

Following our story after Kobe Bryant’s fractured nose after Sunday’s All Star Game, we have received reports that the All Star guard was complaining of headaches in the days that followed the game.

Bryant saw a neurosurgeon this morning it has been revealed that Kobe suffered a severe concussion and has been listed as day-to-day, putting his court chances at risk for games against Minnesota and Miami.

The story continues…



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NBA Today – Feb 29

The NBA is back baby. 

A full slate of games today, with the highlight being  T’ Wolves @ Clippers in the night cap game. 

Happy Leap Day everyone,

Games today:

Celtics @ Cavs

Warriors @ Pacers

76ers @ Pistons

Hornets @ Bulls

Raptors @ Rockets

Wizards @ Bucks

Nets @ Mavericks

Jazz @ Kings 

Timberwolves @ Clippers



Sacramento Will Keep Its Kings

A tentative deal has been reached in Sacramento after thirteen years of conjecture surrounding the existence of its NBA team The Sacramento Kings and if they were to suffer the same fate as the late Seattle Supersonics by being moved to Anaheim, California.

The city met with NBA officials, co-owner Gavin Maloof and commissioner David Stern this afternoon in a last ditch attempt to save the team from the jaws of relocation by discussing the building of a new arena to house the team.

A tentative deal was reached and it seems as though the city of Sacramento can finally rest easy knowing it’s beloved Kings are safe and sound.

“I think it’s great for our community,” a clearly overjoyed Gavin Maloof said. “I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end after 13 years. It’s been a long road.”

The city will contribute an estimated $250 Million towards the new arena with a further $75 Million contributed by the Maloof family in order for the team to stay.



NBA Round Table – What’s Next?

Welcome to the NBA Roundtable.

This is where you will find our thoughts on the leagues hottest topics. Today we look at the race for MVP, Lakers vs Clippers, The Heat and Linsanity.

Our NBA Roundtable Knights are;

Nick How: @Nick_A_How

 Rod Wallis: @RoddmannW

 Nick Caro: @NickToGo

Sam Monaghan: @mono85

1. LeBron or Durant: Who has the inside track on the MVP award? 

Nick H –  I’m going to go with my heart over my head on this one and say Durant.
As Ethan Sherwood Strauss said from HoopSpeak MVP is just as much
about story as it is performance and Durant’s story is one i’m buying
into. He has taken the league by the horns since he entered in 2007
and has progressed hugely every year since. Not only is he a model
professional but is a great ambassador for the game. Currently playing
the best ball in his young career, and will dominate the league for
years to come. The NBA would be doing the right thing awarding Durant
the MVP (basically I just don’t want to see Lebron as MVP again).

Rod W – As usual the MVP won’t win the MVP (I’m thinking Nash over Kobe, Rose over Dwight…). Durant will win despite LeBron’s superior numbers, if only because LeBron is the most unlikeable superstar since Karl Malone and the media will give their votes to KD.

Nick C – Coming into the second half of the season it’s incredibly hard to pick who’ll take out MVP this year. LeBron James has been playing the best basketball of his career of late and with a 36 point showing the Sunday’s All Star game, and his Miami Heat with not only the best record in the league, but also cruising on an 8-game win streak, it’s impossible to write him off. However a penchant for the inevitable “Choke” could hurt Miami’s biggest star in the race for MVP. But look for a moment if you will, at Kevin Durant’s numbers midway through this season. He is the number 2 scorer in the league behind Kobe Bryant scoring an average of 27.9 PPG (Shooting at .513 from the field/.836 FT’s) and with his team on a 27-7 home and away record, many say the Thunder are unbeatable. If this continues, Durant will be the quiet achiever in this battle. Sure, Oklahoma don’t have the razzle dazzle the Heat do, but with the deadly combination of Durant and Russell Westbrook dominating the league, it’s hard to see LeBron gaining the edge in this one.

Sam M – Lebron: Lebron is so much more important to his team and their title chase than Durant today. They both have identical stats (27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assist’s per game) so statistically they are inseparable. If Durant took a few games off to rest or injury the Thunder would continue to roll behind Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, Davis and Brooks. Removing Lebron from the Miami lineup takes away a strong presence and allows the opposition to focus all their attentions on Wade. Public perception (or mis-conception?) will always dog Lebron.

2.Clippers or Lakers: Who wins the Pacific Division?

Nick H – Lakers, but only just pipping the Clippers to it. Damn it’s good to
finally see the Clippers competing.

Rod W – Lakers bring the ruckus post-AS break and take the division. Clippers will drop a few a few games when CP3 takes some games off to rest his rusty kne

Nick C – Who can deny history, right? 16-time World Champions, arguably the greatest player to ever grace NBA still running the show, a whole city behind them that require nothing less than a championship EVERY SINGLE YEAR, a former coach of the year? There is no doubt a team that has all that comes second…. Right? Right?? Maybe not. For the first time in oh, I don’t know, ever the Lakers cross town rivals the LA Clippers are above them on the pacific division table midway through the season, and have an arsenal of weaponry ready to defend that spot. Here’s what’s going down. If the Lakers do not make a change to their back court and soon, the Clippers will hold the keys to the city of Los Angeles in 2012. The Lakers cannot compete with a Chris Paul/Blake Griffin offense unless they speed up their own back court and if that does not happen, the Clippers will take the Pacific.  The playoffs may tell a different story, but  for now, with the two teams as they are, the Clippers are simply too strong.

Sam M – Lakers: This is a trick question. I feel as though the Lakers talent and experience will seem them heat up down the road. The Clippers have the 3rd hardest schedule in the league the rest of the way. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Vinny to start resting his players in preparation for a long, gruelling Finals campaign and that might result in a fright or two along the way. At the end of the day I’m banking on the determination of a ‘hard as nails’ Kobe and the experience of the Lakers to out last the Clips.

3. Sizzle or Fizzle: Does the Jeremy Lin story have legs?

Nick H – Sizzle. Obviously he was never going to be able to continue that
streak forever, but it’s obvious that Mr Lin-Sanity himself can ball.
Despite being surrounded by former & current All-Stars there is still
plans for Lin within D’Antoni’s system. Stern will want this story to
roll on as Lin’s profile and jersey sales in Asia will go off, and can
do nothing but good for the League.

Rod W – Sizzle. Lin will be around for a long time. He’s single-handedly saved Mike D’Antoni’s career. For that reason alone he will keep getting big minutes and posting big numbers.

Nick C- Sizzle. Yes. It’s not known if it will end in tears of joy or just tears, but what we do know is this. The people love an underdog. A story of a poor college student, about to be dropped from the bench of his basketball team and by chance, receives a call up after a starting lineup injury, only to rise up and become the number one talked about topic the world over, and the King of New York City. We don’t know how it ends yet, but this story will go down in history as one of the most inspiring of its time. Jeremy Lin will not be without his critics and as time goes by, they will slowly start to come out of the woodwork. But the fact remains, this is the story of a 20 something year old kid, who conquered the world in 7 days. Stories like this don’t disappear overnight, they go on forever.

Sam M – Fizzle.As the Knicks lose more and more games this story fades.

4. Staying or Going: Will Dwight Howard be traded by March 15?

Nick H – Going. I’d love to be talking about how some of those early rumours of
Ainge making moves for him awhile back were looking like coming to
fruition but they’re not.
Howard hasn’t checked out physically but he has definitely got his
sights on making a new home. I don’t think the Lakers will pull the
trade off, and believe Dwight will want to team up with Deron Williams
at New Jersey.

Rod W – Staying. Otis Smith has a proven track record of making terrible decisions. Not trading Dwight and losing him as a free agent for nothing will be the latest one.

Nick C – Going.Haven’t we heard enough of this tired old trade rumour? We haven’t seen this much speculation and drama since LeBron James left Cleveland! All we know for sure, is that Howard wants out, his contract is up in two weeks and he becomes a free agent with the ability to choose his own destiny. That’s it. All the speculation is hearsay, nothing more. The reality is that if the Magic don’t trade Howard, he will leave and they will have nothing. I don’t see a quality franchise such as Orlando allowing their star to leave without getting something in return. The word is that they turned down the Lakers when they offered Bynum, but that has to be false. Bynum is the second best, if not THE best big man in the league and the Magic know that. Maybe they want something from LA to sweeten the deal, or maybe they have a different plan entirely with a completely different team. Dwight Howard will leave Orlando, but where, when and why will remain a mystery until the very end.

Sam M- Staying: The Magic will not give up an asset if they don’t have to. It doesnt look like they have learnt from their last experience with Shaq. It looks like Howard will walk after 8 seasons with the Magic it looks like its all over. It’s a  shame because although he hasnt played as hard this year he is still average league best numbers – even representing the East in the All-Star Game.

5.Title or Bust: Which will it be for the Miami Heat this season?

Nick H – Title. Pains me to say it but the ‘New Big 3′ will finally pull it
off, and Lebron will finally get his ring and then we’ll hear all the
stories about him being the greatest blah blah blahhhhh!

Rod W -Bust. The Heat won’t even get past the Bulls.

Nick C – Title. This is a team who perilously let last year’s championship slip through their fingers at the hands of the Mavericks and it won’t happen again. Once bitten twice shy for Miami in 2012. This team was built to win, and winning they are. Can they avoid the choke? Do they have the legs to outlast Oklahoma or Chicago? You bet your bottom dollar they do. The ease and beauty with which James and Wade play together is something not seen often and it is almost impossible to defend. Throw Bosh and a high intensity bench in the mix and you have the most powerful assault in the NBA. That’s what champions are made of. The Thunder have what many call the best player in the league, and are no doubt on track to win a championship in the next few years, but it’s Miami’s time now. The Heat don’t’ just want to win, they simply have to.

Sam M – Title: The Heat are under the radar at the moment. They wont even feel the glare of the spotlight till the 3rd round of the Finals. This team has a new attitude – work hard and win. No talking, no bragging, no taunting, just win. Thats what they are doing. This year they have the best starting 5 in the league. One on one they might lose but they are the best team in the game today.

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Thanks for reading today – this was our first table.

If you think we got it wrong, think we are out of our minds or just want to say hi the easiest way is to contact us via our twitter’s;

Nick How: @Nick_A_How

Rod Wallis: @RoddmannW

Nick Caro: @NickToGo

Sam Monaghan: @mono85

See you next week for another edition of NBA Roundtable.



Kobe Bryant To Recieve Treatment For Fractured Nose

Kobe Bryant will receive special treatment for a fractured nose tomorrow after Sunday’s NBA All Star Game incident in which Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade made heavy contact with Bryant late in the 3rd quarter.

Bryant was only two points shy of passing Michael Jordan’s record of 262 All Star points when a hard foul committed by Dwayne Wade as Bryant drove to the bucket sent him to the free throw line. Bryant sank both and equaled Jordan’s record (He would later break it, scoring 27 points for the game) but left the court briefly as discomfort was evidently an issue.

Bryant played with flare for the remainder of the game but as more information comes to hand, it has become more apparent he will need extra attention tomorrow in order to clear him to play against Minnesota on Thursday (Australian time) and Miami on Sunday.



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Game Day: Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks

Today sees the Lakers travel to Dallas for the first time since the Mavericks swept them out of last year’s playoffs. Last time they met however, a Derek Fisher clutch 3 ball sealed the win for the Lakers.

Can Dirk and his men march to victory against an issue-plagued Lakers?

Find out on NBA.TV League Pass at 1:30PM Eastern



Do The Lakers Have Hollywood Syndrome?

Hollywood. A place where drama and gossip precede it’s name. We all know that life in LA moves at a fast pace, and the best of the best crumble and fall from grace through the pressure equated. But does that scenario extend beyond the world of film, television and music? Is it possible for a World Champion sports franchise to succumb to the ever present threat of sliding into the world of the estranged?

The last week and especially the last two days have been a drama fueled roller coaster ride for the LA Lakers. Firstly, the rumors of locker room intensity involving Metta World Peace and coach Mike Brown surfaced. While quickly dismissed by both parties, we saw a decline in MWP’s court time and a lapse in his efficiency in both games against Phoenix. World Peace continued to tweet about his displeasure with his court time uploading cryptic tweets that were evidently an outlet of his frustration. “Kobe called me the best wing defender of all time” he tweeted. “Larry Bird once called me a top 10 player in the NBA and Michael Jordan told me he wished he could have played against me”.  Now I don’t know about you, but to me it seems as though Ron is trying to prove a point here. Could it be that he believes his coach does not have faith in his ability?

During this time, Coach Brown reassured the media that the former Ron Artest was more than comfortable with his role within the team and believed he could still provide defensive flare off the bench late in games. We’re yet to see consistency from him in that regard. There have been glimpses however, and while these whisperings have seemingly disappeared for now, let’s hope Metta World Peace can continue to reclaim his “Top Ten Player In The NBA” status.

But that has not been the end of the drama this week. Trade rumors have disconcerted members of the Lakers squad and Perhaps the most concerning element is that it involves Kobe Bryant. Not his direct involvement in a trade proposal, but his words directed at members of Lakers management which were intended to ensure his teammate and friend Pau Gasol knew his leader was behind him during a time in which he did not know if he would be staying in LA. For weeks, we have heard rumors surrounding a Pau Gasol trade and evidently, Bryant has had enough.

“wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him, we can’t have one of our pillars not knowing if he’s going to be here” Bryant stated. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow.” Bryant, clearly frustrated with upper managements inability to make a call on whether or not to trade Gasol, has since said that as a leader of the playing group, his role is to not only play well, but support his teammates in every aspect also.

Yesterday, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak stated that he did not believe trading Gasol at this stage would be healthy for the franchise. “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

In news this morning, Kobe Bryant has hinted that the comment was not directed at Kupchak, but instead the much scrutinized  (and rightly so) Lakers owner Jim Buss. Buss has a history of making uninformed decisions surrounding his team and as reported by Gary Lee of LakersNation.com this morning, he has contributed to some of the more unfortunate circumstances involving the Lakers since the lockout.

  • “Show Phil Jackson the door.
  • Tease Brian Shaw with the head coaching position.
  • Let go of Mitch Kupchak’s staff, including the aforementioned, Assistant GM Ronnie Lester.
  • Hire Mike Brown without consulting team leader and superstar, Kobe Bryant.
  • Pull off the Chris Paul debacle, where if you think about it, better homework should have been done to understand what David Stern was looking for the New Orleans Hornets.
  • Approve a knee-jerk trade that sends Lamar Odom for a $8.9M trade exception, which can easily be seen as a salary dump.
  • Leave Pau Gasol twisting in the wind as trade rumors swirl around the underachieving big man from Spain.”

This list is a concerning look at the short history of predecessor of a man who built the Lakers franchise up for 30 years to make it the superpower that it was up until only a year ago, Jerry West.

Could this week affect the team’s ability to win games and continue as a successful ball club? Let’s hope that the curse of Hollywood that envelopes so many of it’s high profile inhabitants does not extend to that of a franchise that for so long has been the benchmark of quality NBA teams.

Right: Lakers Owner Jim Buss

Nick C.