Monday, November 30, 2009

Disappointing First Impression of Blake Griffin

Disappointing news for NBA fans everywhere, courtesy of yahoo:


"LOS ANGELES (AP)—Blake Griffin’s (notes) NBA debut has been pushed back indefinitely after the Los Angeles Clippers revealed late Monday night that their No. 1 overall draft pick has a broken left kneecap.

The stress fracture could sideline the Oklahoma star for six weeks, the team announced, promising further information Tuesday."

What a disappointment this news is. Watching Blake Griffin debut on Tuesday night was going to be the highlight of the TV schedule for me. The Lakers, Cavs, and Celtics are all going to be good this year, we already know that.

And while it’s always fun to watch really good teams play, one of the best parts of the new season is getting to watch high profile rookies make the transition to the NBA game.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Frontcourt Battle: MSU vs. UConn

Tom Izzo will be looking to take advantage of Goran Suton's outside shooting ability against the UConn Huskies. Jason Horowitz, Steve Lappas, and Tim Brando break down the frontcourt matchups.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hawks soaring high on new NBA season

The Atlanta Hawks is creating a lot of buzz in the new season of the National Basketball Association.Despite their less stellar lineup, the Hawks is on top of the leader-board in the young season of the premier professional basketball league in the planet. The Hawks is currently sporting an impressive 11-2 record after they defeated the Houston Rockets 105-103 Friday night.High flying Hawks power forward Josh Smith played hero for the top team in the NBA by scoring on a put back from a miss by Hawks top point guard Mike Bibby with 0.7 seconds remaining. Marvin Williams, the starting small forward of the Hawks top scored for the team with 29 points to help defeat the Rockets, one of the top teams in the NBA Western Conference.The recent victory of the Hawks is remarkable since the Rockets are on the verge of defeating the team and hand them their third loss but the impressive play of Smith saved the youth laden ball club to escaped with a victory. Prior to his game winning shot, Smith stayed mostly from the bench due to foul trouble but he was able to returned in the waning moments of the game and lead his team to victory.The strong and impressive plays of the Hawks is getting huge praise from basketball fans and experts. During the off-season, the Hawks is not among the top contenders for the NBA crown this season due to their less star studded roster. However, despite the lack of big named players in its lineup, the Hawks still showed class and impressive talent to defeat 11 teams so far.Aside from the strong plays of its veteran players Smith, Bibby and Joe Johnson, the Hawks also get huge contribution from newly acquired NBA veteran Jamal Crawford who contribute in both offence and defence for the team. Aside from the Hawks, the run and gun Phoenix Suns is also playing good this NBA season. NBA superstars point-guard Steve Nash and power forward Amare Stoudamire are playing well to lead the Suns to an impressive record in the NBA.Fans of Hawks team can buy the tickets to watch the NBA game live.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Michigan State vs. UConn Highlights

Behind the home crowd, Michigan State held on to defeat UConn 82-73 to reach the National Championship game on Monday night. Catch the action here!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Big Daddy Feels Turbulence on Cloud 9

; ; ; ; New Orleanians began their work week all smiles again Monday morning courtesy of the Saints’ record-setting 9-0 start. Even though our wallets were decimated for the ninth straight game, Saints fans ain’t complainin’. As the Saints aim to complete their second of three triumphant visits to the Sunshine State Sunday, Big Daddy mentally prepares to go where Who Dat has gone before. In this week’s edition of the Section 645 Saints Beat, Big Daddy congratulates former U.S. Representative from Louisiana’s 2nd District William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, reports the action live from the Kingpin, recaps the Tampa Bay game, examines recent Saints scares, forecasts the New Orleans Hornets season, and releases his World Famous Pregame Information

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Final Four: News and Notes 4/3

Gary Parrish joins Jason Horowitz at the Final Four to discuss the various coaching changes around college basketball including the situations in Arizona, Memphis and Georgia.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Great TNT Double-Header Tonight

The NBA league pass is awesome, but nothing beats a good TNT double-header.

Tonight, we get a great TNT double-header.

The night starts off with Cleveland at Miami. I’ve written this before, but LeBron vs. Wade is the best head-to-head matchup to watch in the NBA right now. These guys always bring out the best in each other.

In 19 career games against each other, LeBron is averaging 28.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.2 steals. Wade is averaging 27.2 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 2.4 steals.

In seven of the last nine meetings, at least one of the two has dropped for at least 30. Twice in that span has each player scored 40 in the same game.

With Miami having only one loss so far this season, and Cleveland coming off a big win against the Magic, I would expect nothing less than a shootout tonight. I expect both superstars put their respective teams of their back and play out what, hopefully, is a very entertaining game to watch.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

High Flyer of the Night: Michigan State's Durrell Summers

Not even Stanley Robinson can stand in the way of Michigan State's Durrell Summers as the Spartan takes it to the hole with authority.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Final Four: News and Notes 4/4

The coaching carousel is a hot topic during the Final Four, as vacancies at some of the nation's top programs remain unfilled. Gary Parrish and Jason Horowitz have more.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Who is Allen Iverson

I wrote a short blog last week about Allen Iverson being unhappy with his role in Memphis, and I predicted that by March 1st the Grizzlies would send him home.

I mean, it was obvious that it was a marriage that was doomed from the start.

But not even I could see this coming. Just three games into his Grizzlies career, Iverson has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team, and sources are reporting it’s doubtful that he’ll play again for Memphis.

To me, it looks like his career is done. Iverson had a hard enough time finding a team this offseason because of all the baggage that comes along with signing Allen Iverson, but taking a leave of absence less than two weeks into the season just reaffirms that he is too much of a cancer to take on anymore.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Villanova vs. North Carolina Highlights

North Carolina took care of Villanova 83-69 in the second semifinal to set up a 2005 Final Four rematch with Michigan State, this time for the National Championship on Monday night.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Andrew Bynum The Oldest 22-Year-Old in the NBA

He fooled me yet again.

We’ve seen this act before. Andrew Bynum, through the first five games, is averaging over 20-10, yet again.


It’s nothing new. For the third straight season, the young, potential stud, center for the Los Angeles Lakers has hit the ground running and has shown flashes of being an all-star caliber center in the NBA.


And, for the third straight season, Bynum’s great start may be overshadowed by, yet another, major injury.


With 24.7 seconds left in the Lakers overtime win over the Rockets last night, Kobe Bryant dished a perfect pass to Bynum under the hoop and he was fouled as he tried to convert the lay-up. It wasn’t an obscenely hard foul, but certainly one in which the Rockets were making it clear they weren’t about to allow Bynum to score without heading to the free throw line.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

New Era of NBA Bigs

Have you looked at the league leaders yet this season?

There are some familiar faces atop some of the big categories. Kobe leads the league in scoring. Nash leads the league in assists. Rondo leads the league in steals.


You almost expect to see those guys near the top of those categories.


But have you taken a look at the league leaders in rebounds? It’s not exactly a who’s who of NBA big men over the past few years.


Here’s the top ten:


1. Gerald Wallace 13.8

2. Marc Gasol 11.9

T3. Chris Bosh 11.6

T3. Carlos Boozer 11.6

5. Dwight Howard 11.1

6. Joakim Noah 11.0

T7. Brendan Haywood 10.7

T7. Al Horford 10.7

T7. Zach Randolph 10.7

10. Emeka Okafor 10.5


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2 Oklahoma vs. 1 UNC Condensed Game

The UNC Tar Heels are back in the Final Four after beating the Oklahoma Sooners. Watch the game in its entirety here.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Deep 86-ed

Pardon me while I go off track for a moment.


Last night I watched one of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries. It was “Without Bias: The Len Bias Story” or something like that. It didn’t blow me away as far as storytelling goes, but it was well done.


Near the end of the program, the documentary quickly reviewed what happened the year Bias died. In 1986, the New England Patriots were stomped by the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. The Red Sox blew the World Series against the New York Mets. And though the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship that year, Len’s June death began the 1986-87 season. A season the Celtics were unable to repeat as champions without Bias.


Not mentioned by the documentary was the Boston Bruins. The Black and Gold lost in the Division Semi-Finals in 85-86 and 86-87.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Frontcourt Battle: Michigan State vs. UNC

It could be a bruising affair down low as Goran Suton and the Spartans battle Tyler Hansbrough and the Tar Heels. Jason Horowitz, Steve Lappas, and Bruiser Flint break down the frontcourt battle.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lakers loom as Grizz road trip nears end

Although it is usually a highlight of Lakers-Grizzlies meetings, the Gasol Brothers will not face off tonight when Pau's Lakers host Marc's Grizzlies. ; Pau will miss tonight's game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, although by all accounts it seems to be completely healed. ; As with Allen Iverson's situation, though, with a hamstring you can never be too careful. ; Last season, Pau held a slight edge over his younger brother, averaging 16 ppg in the teams' four matchups, all Laker wins, while Marc averaged 13 ppg. ; However, Marc outscored Pau in each of the last two meetings, 17-13 and 14-12, respectively.

The Lakers may be somewhat fatigued as they enter tonight's game coming off consecutive overtime games against Oklahoma City and Houston. ; I wouldn't count on it, but if the Grizzlies can get off to another quick start and punish the Lakers physically with Zach Randolph and Marc, they could hang around. ; They just have to be consistent and efficient on offense. ; They absolutely must limit their turnovers because they are going to ;need all the extra ;possessions they can get.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

The Rematch: MSU vs. UNC

Jason Horowitz is joined by St. John's Head Coach Norm Roberts and Steve Lappas as they discuss the rematchup of last December's blowout win by North Carolina over Michigan State at Ford Field.
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