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Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:30 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Garnett out 'couple of weeks' with calf strain

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett reportedly suffered a right calf muscle strain and is expected out for roughly two weeks. Posted by Ben Golliver

Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett dodged a bullet, as an MRI conducted Thursday after Garnett suffered a leg injury during Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons reportedly revealed only a calf muscle strain in his right leg. The Celtics expect Garnett to miss "a couple of weeks." It was initially feared that Garnett re-injured his right knee during a dunk attempt, but word came out post-game that he had suffered a leg injury and not a knee injury, which could have potentially derailed Boston's title hopes. In Garnett's absence, the Celtics will turn to third-year forward Glen Davis, who is averaging career-highs in points (12.1), rebounds (5.7) and minutes (29) so far this season. The Celtics have already tapped their bench this season, using reserve guard Nate Robinson in place of starting point guard Rajon Rondo's absence due to an ankle injury. Here's the video of Garnett's injury, which occurred during the first quarter of Boston's 104-92 loss to the Pistons in Detroit. For more coverage of Garnett's injury from Wednesday night, click here.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

The latest round of votes for the NBA All-Star game have been announced, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando Magic centerkobe-dwight Dwight Howard lead the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. Posted by Ben Golliver

The NBA All-Star game fan voting process is one of the world's most elaborate popularity contests, and some familiar names top the latest round of this year's results, released today by the NBA.   Western Conference
In the Western Conference, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant leads the way, and he is the top overall vote-getter, clocking in at more than 1.1 million. The other current starters for the West include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Yao, of course, has played just five games so far this season due to injuries, and recently suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his ankle. Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who has also missed extensive time due to injuries this year, is in second place behind Yao. Yes, this makes no sense. Did the fans get it right?  Bryant and Durant are locks. You can quibble between Paul or Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, but Paul is a solid choice. MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzi is the biggest snub here, as he should certainly be in above Anthony. As for the center position, the ballot for that position is a mess and the West should probably just play four-on-five.
Eastern Conference

In the Eastern Conference, there's no question about which center is most deserving (and popular). Indeed, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard leads the East in overall votes, at just under one million. He's joined by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Rajon RondoDid the fans get it right? 

Howard, James and Wade are all locks. There's a strong argument that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose should be in ahead of Rondo, but I like Rondo here as well. As for Garnett, he probably deserves to get bumped so that New York Knicks power forward and MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire fills out the starting five. That's not as bad an oversight as Anthony over Nowitzki, but a little team diversity in the starting lineup never hurt anyone. Here's the full list of votes for the starters courtesy of an NBA press release.
Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.In  the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who garnered the  honor  in 2002, 2007 and 2009, is followed at guard by the New Orleans Hornets’  Chris  Paul  (585,690).  Kevin  Durant,  a  member of last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (735,521), with the Nuggets’ Carmelo  Anthony  (602,516) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming (637,527) is  the  leading  vote-getter  among  Western  Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (376,283) placing second.
Howard,  the  leading  vote-getter  in  the Eastern Conference with 988,572 votes, paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal  (410,663).  James,  a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern  Conference  forwards  with 969,459 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin  Garnett  (712,555), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade  paces  all  guards  with  938,402  votes; the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is second among guards in the East (777,310).
The 2011 NBA All-Star game will be played on February 20 in Los Angeles, California.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:33 am

Shootaround 12.30.10: Reke brings some havoc

Posted by Royce Young
  • Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty on Tyreke's halfcourt winner: "This game deserves fuller analysis than the hot mess of exclamation marks and OMGs I can produce tonight. This play was only the final of Evans' incredible heroics, as the guard came up with two steals and, including the winner, seven points in final two minutes. Cousins was also fantastic, finishing with 20 points and 16 rebounds to help the Kings keep pace with a Memphis team leaning on 35 points from Zach Randolph. A personal MVP is Donte Greene, who as you can see knew the shot was going in as soon as Tyreke let it fly."
  • Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee: "It's not uncommon for a few of the Kings to take turns attempting halfcourt shots after practice with nothing more than pride or perhaps a few dollars on the line. Rarely, if ever, is that halfcourt practice expected to come in handy in a game. The Kings learned Wednesday night that practice -- even practicing the unlikely -- can pay off in a game that counts. Tyreke Evans made a shot from beyond halfcourt -- about 50 feet from the hoop -- to give the Kings a 100-98 win at the buzzer over the Memphis Grizzlies at Arco Arena. Evans jumped onto the scorers' table to celebrate. Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof knelt behind officials reviewing the play and celebrated when the shot was confirmed to have beaten the buzzer. 'I've won a couple dollars off that shot,' Evans said. 'We practice it after shootaround in the morning sometimes and I'm glad we do that.' "
  • Marcin Gortat isn't loving Phoenix's defense: “I just think we have to be at the gym every day for three hours,” Gortat continued. “Learn the rotations, learn everything from the beginning. I mean, there are so many things we’re doing bad, I just can’t find an explanation. I’m trying to get some rebounds and stops, but unfortunately there’s not too many opportunities for me to rebound because the team is scoring 120-something points. “It’s just frustrating; frustrating as hell. I’m not going to lie.”
  • Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe on KG's injury: "As Kevin Garnett screamed in frustration, limping on the leg that he has so feverishly tried to revive over the past 18 months, the pain in his voice, the sweat mixed with tears, should have been a message to those healthy big men who have spent this season on the inactive list. Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal will have to compensate for Garnett, who sustained a muscle injury near the right calf and will undergo an MRI today in Boston. While coach Doc Rivers said he is 'not that concerned,' the injury could cost Garnett a few games, or even a few weeks, given the cautious nature of the organization regarding injuries."
  • Kate Fagen of The Philadelphia Inquirer says things are good in Philly right now: "The 76ers' locker room hasn't been this happy in years. After Wednesday night's 123-110 run-and-gun win over the Phoenix Suns, there was laughter, jokes, and even a visit from musician John Mayer and actor B.J. Novak of NBC's The Office . Wednesday's win was about as unexpected as they come - not necessarily the victory itself, but the way the Sixers pulled it off. They outscored the scoring-happy Suns. Who'd have figured that? The Sixers, without Andre Iguodala, improved to 13-19. The Suns, led by Steve Nash with 23 points and 15 assists, dropped to 13-17."
  • It's not looking like the Bobcats will be changing their name, says Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer: "As much as some of you would prefer a name change from the Bobcats, that isn't a widespread concern, based on the team's recent market research. Pete Guelli, who heads the Bobcats' marketing, told me the team's recent market study showed no groundswell for a name change."
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:15 pm

Initial diagnosis on KG injury: pulled calf

Injury initially diagnosed as a calf injury, not deemed serious by Doc Rivers. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Sources tell's Ken Berger that initial exams of Kevin Garnett's injury in the first quarter of the Celtics' game loss to the Pistons Wednesday night indicated a pulled calf muscle. The injury was later termed a "muscle injury to the outside of his right leg, below the knee and above the ankle." The extent of the injury will be revealed in an MRI scheduled for Thursday. Post-game, Doc Rivers did not think the injury was serious, while obviously saying they'll have to see with the MRI.

Without Garnett, the Celtics' change on both sides of the ball is incredible. The odds of Garnett missing some time are good, but a calf injury means the duration will likely be considerably less than it would have been had it been a knee injury. The Celtics play the Hornets, Raptors, and Timberwolves in their next three before a big game against San Antonio next Wednesday. Then it's another tilt against the Raptors before a big game in Chicago. A worst case scenario for KG could have him out for several weeks, which would mean being without him for games against Orlando, Utah, Portland, and conceivably a January 30th game against the Lakers. In short: January's not the worst month for KG to miss time, but it's not ideal, either. 

Still, the Celtics have a game and a half lead over Miami for the top of the Eastern Conference, and have never been concerned with home court advantage in the playoffs. They can afford to miss KG for a while if it means he's ready for the playoffs. The important thing is making sure that Garnett doesn't suffer a recurring injury like can sometimes occur with a calf injury. They have to get him 100% healthy and back for the playoffs. In the meantime, they'll likely get Kendrick Perkins back from injury along with Rajon Rondo. That will likely be enough to keep them above water in time to push into the playoffs at full strength. 

Barring a surprising and devastating MRI results package on Thursday, Celtics fans can breathe a little easier. 
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 10:13 pm

Kevin Garnett injures leg, will not return

Kevin Garnett suffers right leg injury against Pistons Wednesday night.
Posted by Matt Moore

UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EST: Reports have surfaced and been confirmed that the injury is a calf injury. If you're a Celtics fan, you'll take the calf injury over a knee injury any day, pending the MRI results. 

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. EST: A Celtics team spokesman confirms to Ken Berger of that the injury is to KG's lower right leg, not his knee. 

UPDATE: KG is scheduled for an MRI Thursday, and players are indicating it may not be as bad as it looked according to Celtics' play-by-play announcer on Twitter

UPDATE: X-Rays are negative on Kevin Garnett, meaning there's no fracture. He's still done for the night, but no fracture. MRI likely tomorrow. 

In the first quarter of the Celtics' game in Detroit, Kevin Garnett tried to lift off on a dunk attempt, grimaced in pain and came down on his leg gingerly. He was in so much pain he was forced to leave the floor. He was in significant pain on the sideline and eventually left for the locker room. Shortly thereafter, the Celtics announced he would not return. A wheelchair was requested in the locker room, but Garnett was said to be moving on his own power. He is currently headed for X-Rays . The Celtics have termed it a "right leg injury."

Garnett has had multiple knee surgeries throughout his career and missed the remainder of the 2009 season with a knee injury which opened the door for the Magic to take the East. The Celtics have been nearly unstoppable before losing to the Magic on Christmas, and injury has seemed to be the only thing that could stop them in their rampage. An injury to Kevin Garnett would be, quite simply, devastating.

The following image shows Garnett upon landing, and is courtesy of ESPN Boston on Twitter.

Here's video of the injury:

Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:29 pm

Video: Shaq on his $35,000 fine: "WHHHHY?!?"

Posted by Royce Young

Shaquille O'Neal was fined $35,000 for comments after Boston's Christmas Day loss to the Magic. Basically, Shaq said the referees were "control freaks" and called official Bob Delaney out by name. Well, actually by number I guess saying, "I guess they came out to see number 26 today ... He (No. 26) was a great player out there today."

So naturally, I'm sure Shaq could see the fine coming. Which is why we saw the reaction from him when asked about the penalty.

Shaq is always fun and the fact he's willing to always have a good time no matter the situation is what makes him so endearing. He immediately screams "WHYYYY?!?" and runs over to hug Kevin Garnett for support. Garnett struggles a bit so Shaq ends up pulling him down for one of those awkward fall down moments. Then he moves to Paul Pierce who kind of puts out one of those, "OK, you're going on with this for kind of a long time" fake laughs.

Pierce even notes, "I bet he gets fined for this too," which makes Shaq say, "All I said was 'why'." I don't think that's a fineable offense, but then again, who knows.

The best part is how after Shaq carries on with the routine for a solid minute, he comes back and the reporter goes straight into "Now can you talk about Jermaine [O'Neal] coming back?" and Shaq seriously answers it. Quality comedy. It was almost like it was scripted.
Posted on: December 25, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2010 8:00 pm

Hedo and Bass help Magic rally over Celtics

Brandon Bass and Hedo Turkoglu help Magic come from behind to beat Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and the Celtics.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Celtics are probably sitting in their locker room with a stunned look on their faces, asking "What just happened ?" 

The answer? Brandon Bass, believe it or not. 

The Magic offense stalled the entire day, looking out of sync and generally being run over by Boston's physical toughness, Brandon Bass delivered in a huge way. He provided a stretch 4 that could also work to get shots in the paint, something missing from previous Orlando-Boston matchups and finished with 21 points on 8-15 shooting and nine rebounds. His mid-range jumper with 2:02 remaining tied the game. Then the wackiness started. 

Paul Pierce airballed a turnaround jumper after being automatic the entire game. Jameer Nelson, who had been terrible the entire game and finished 3-9, nailed a three, J.J. Redick popped a mid-range jumper and the Magic wouldn't look back. In the midst of this, Kevin Garnett would miss a key free throw. Because that happens a lot. 

The Magic prevailed despite Dwight Howard being in foul trouble, and Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson combining for 4-17 from the field. It was a dreadful game for both players, Arenas seemingly bothered by knee trouble and having issues with his handle, and Richardson unable to land his spot-up threes weren't just non-contributors, they were liabilities. But the newly acquired Magic did have one guy who showed up to play, and he brings just one word. 


Hedo Turkoglu's stats weren't out of this world, until you consider his role. Turkoglu finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, one block, and no turnovers. Turkoglu threaded passes to Dwight Howard (the only guy who seemed committed to getting the big guy involved), hit  big threes, and most importantly, played terrific defense, as he helped on doubles to keep Pierce off the elbow jumper, and closing off passing lanes. Turkoglu may have been the best overall player on the floor for the Magic today behind Bass. If you expected that coming in, you get a cookie. 

The Celtics have to wonder how they let this one get away, with Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and Jameer Nelson having bad games and Kevin Garnett playing at an MVP level today. Rajon Rondo being gone is a huge caveat, and it's December, not May. But this is a loss that may bother the Celtics until the two teams meet again.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:44 pm

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has passed Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird on the NBA's all time scoring list. Posted by Ben Golliverdirk-nowitzki

On Tuesday night, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points in a 105-99 road win over the Orlando Magic. In the process, Nowitzki moved into 25th place on the NBA's all time scoring list. At night's end, Nowitzki had 21,798 points, passing Boston Celtics Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird (21,791).  If Nowitzki continues on his current scoring pace this season, he would finish the year with more than 23,000 points, moving him past Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Gary Payton (21,813) into 23rd place. Both Adrian Dantley (23,177) and Elgin Baylor (23,149) are also possibly within reach this year.  Given that Nowitzki is just 32 years old and his scoring production has remained relatively level for the past five seasons, there is a very, very good chance that he will end his career in the top 10 of the league's all time scoring list. To do so, he'd need to reach roughly 27,000 points, which equates to a little more than 2 years (after this season) at his current pace, or 3-4 seasons at a reduced rate. Given his history as an extremely durable player, no lingering injury concerns prevent Nowitzki from playing until he is 35 or 36, and his current contract runs for three years after this season. Nowitzki's current career scoring average of 23.0 points per game is better than half of the 24 guys currently above him on the list. Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Havlicek, Alex English, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Drexler, and Payton all averaged less than 23.0 points per game. The only other active players in the top 25 currently are Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal (5th place), Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (11th place) and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (22nd place). Bird had been one of only five players in the top 25 all time to achieve the mark in a career that lasted less than 1,000 games. The others: Jerry West (932 in 15th place), Allen Iverson (914, in 17th place), Dantley (955, in 20th place) and Baylor (846, in 21st place). reports on Twitter that Bird sent Nowitzki a congratulatory text message after the game. 
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