Friday, April 30, 2010

Fun With Box Scores

Last week in “Fun With Box Scores” I took a look at about ten different things that jumped out from the previous week’s box scores.


It was the initial plan to roll out ten more fun little facts that I discovered while rummaging through the box scores this week, but I came across one box score that was so unique that I don’t feel like any other stat line from the week is worthy of being in the same post as this one.


Therefore, this week’s “Fun With Box Scores” is just one box score.


It comes from Wednesday night’s Lakers-Rockets game.


The stat line looks like this:


D. Fisher 35 minutes, 0-5 from the field, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists.


You read that correctly. In 35 minutes of play, Derek Fisher was unable to accumulate a single point, rebound, or assist in the Lakers overtime win over the Rockets.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Welcome to the starting lineup Mr Douglas

Welcome to the starting lineup Toney Douglas! The Knicks are 2-0 in games Douglas has started, and he has clearly given the team a spark it was missing when it started Duhon and Sergio Rodriguez. Douglas has averaged 20 points over his last three games, and has brought great energy to the defensive end. His three steals against Philadelphia and clutch three point shooting helped keep the 76ers from coming back.

;Another big contributor to the Knicks lately has been Bill “Sky” Walker. Walker’s high flying dunks and surprising outside touch have been on display of late. He’s shooting near 60% as a Knick and has been a pleasant surprise in general when considering he was originally a throw-in in the Nate Robinson trade. Tracy McGrady’s frequent injuries have opened up minutes for Walker and he’s taking advantage.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Cleveland and Lebron will win its first championship since 1964

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired two-time All-Star Antawn Jamison in a three-team trade Wednesday night. ;

Cleveland, who has won 11 consecutive games and owns the best record in the league at 43-11, only squandered Zydrunas Ilgauskas and their first round pick to obtain Jamison. ;

Jamison, 33, the fourth overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft out of the University of North Carolina, is a skilled and rugged power forward who was averaging an impressive 20.5 points for the Washington Wizards prior to last night’s transaction. ;

At this juncture, barring an injury to superstar Lebron James, the Cavaliers seem destined to easily waltz through the Eastern Conference and into the NBA Finals in June. ;

James, 25, a three-time All-NBA First Team selection and the 2009 MVP, is indisputably the best player in the world today. ;

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Plays of the Night: Midwest & South Finals

Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and North Carolina wowed fans across the country with some spectacular plays. Watch some of the key moments from the Midwest and South finals here.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

New York Knicks what the salary cap future holds

CLAAAANG!!! ; Another errant Knicks shot glances off the rim. ; The New York Knickerbockers have mastered the art of losing for the past 10 years. ; The only silver lining after this season is the possibility of signing two big name, “max contract” players. ; The Knicks traded away their upcoming draft pick (along with Jared Jeffries and others) to Houston, ;to free up more money for these players. ; Nothing is guaranteed, the Knicks aren’t necessarily getting anyone for their trouble. ;


The losing that the Knicks have been doing is a relatively new experience for their head coach, Mike D’Antoni. ; D’Antoni came over from Phoenix, where he had an outstanding winning percentage, playoff appearances every year, and usually a late-season meeting with the San Antonio Spurs that ultimately would decide who would come out of the west. ; Before he coached Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Shawn Marion to 60 wins a year. ; Now he leads Al Harrington and a band of inexperienced, below average knicks to likely two 30 win seasons. ;

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Humpday Huddle

I’ve been extremely busy lately so I haven’t had as much time to write, but I have wanted to weigh in on a few topics before the week is over and hopefully I can come through with a column for tomorrow. ; Let’s be random…


Did I hear that correctly? ; Appartently the Golden State Warriors turned down a trade that would have netted them O.J. Mayo and Nasheen Thabeet for Monta Ellis…craziness


There are a lot of interesting rumblings coming out of the 2010 Draft/Combine. ; Tim Tebow is working on changing his throwing motion. ; This is one of the more intriguing stories of the draft. ; It is easy to root for Tebow because of his faith and his character but I just don’t see him being an effective NFL quarterback. ; NFL defenses are too fast, too smart and too powerful for a guy who dominated the college ranks with those same traits. ; His passing ability is very suspect because of that long wind-up release. ; The transformation that he’s attempting will be very difficult as he has thrown with the same motion for the last 20 years. ; Some people try to compare Tebow to Vince Young, but VY has demonstrated the tools and ability to excel on the NFL level. ; Young does everything Tebow does, but way better. ; This should be an interesting development and I’m sure there are GMs and teams out there that can make this marriage work, but I would stay away from this guy for the most part.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

2009 Final Four Dunks of the Night

The Final Four teams showcased their athletic prowess in Detroit, throwing down some fearsome slams throughout the night. Watch some of the best ones here.
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Denny's: Villanova vs. UNC Preview

Jason Horowitz is joined by Bill Raftery and Steve Lappas as they preview the Villanova Wildcats taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

This could be Turners Tourney

Please disregard the website title as this is not Indians related, thanks.

This could be Turner’s Tourney

By Brad VanFossan

Work hard, play smart, play tough, keep your mouth shut, and let things fall into place. There aren’t too many young athletes who heed this advice, but that’s exactly what Ohio State’s Junior leader Evan Turner did. Amazingly, Turner arrived at Ohio State somewhat under the radar.

In 2007-08 Evan Turner came onto the scene in Columbus as a freshman in the shadows of fellow freshman and highly touted recruits Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., and Dequan Cook. Those three highly touted recruits ended up leaving after one season at Ohio State to become first round draft picks in the NBA, with Oden being the first pick overall.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Greg Shaheen on Detroit Final Four

Senior Vice President of the NCAA, Greg Shaheen, talks with Jason Horowitz and Tim Brando about this year's Final Four being held in Detroit, Michigan.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Backcourt Battle: MSU vs. UNC

The Michigan State Spartans could have their hands full with a potent UNC backcourt. Jason Horowitz, Steve Lappas, and Norm Roberts break down the battle of the backcourt.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Looking Back: Michigan State vs. Indiana St.

Steve Lappas and Drexel Head Coach Bruiser Flint discuss with Jason Horowitz the evolution of college basketball since Michigan State defeated Indiana State in the finals 30 years ago.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

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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Sunday, April 11, 2010

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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Friday, April 9, 2010

Wayne Ellington 2009 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

unc's Wayne Ellington was this year's Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. Watch as the Tar Heels guard carved up the Michigan State Spartans with his deadly three-point shooting, layups, and dunks.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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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