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Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am
 

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.




Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:26 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Wizards PG John Wall sprains foot against Bulls

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall sprained his left foot against the Chicago Bulls. Posted by Ben Golliverjohn-wall
The much-anticipated regular season debut match-up between two No. 1 overall draft pick point guards -- Chicago's Derrick Rose and Washington's John Wall ended prematurely on Saturday night, when Wall suffered what the Wizards called a "sprained left foot" during the third quarter. Here's a description of the circumstances surrounding the injury via the Washington Post.
Midway through the third quarter, John Wall buried a three-pointer from the left corner but began to grimace as he ran down the court. He started reaching for his left foot, but couldn't stop for long, since the Chicago Bulls were setting up on offense. Wall noticed Luol Deng cutting toward the basket and slid in front of him to take a charge and suddenly the Wizards' night became more challenging.
Deng plowed over Wall, Wall fell backward and into the right knee of teammate Yi Jianlian. Yi collapsed to the ground and grabbed his knee. His blank expression didn't reveal the severity of the injury, but his inability to move certainly did. After being assisted off the ground, Yi was helped to the locker room by teammates Hamady Ndiaye and Kevin Seraphin. Jianlian suffered a bone bruise on the play and did not return.
Wall continued to play through the pain, but his night was over shortly thereafter, leaving his teammates to trudge along in his absence. 
Rose, who started slow, won the statistical match-up, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes. Wall finished with 16 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. Oh, by the way, Rose's team won the game, too: The Bulls downed the Wizards 103-96 in the United Center.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas talks about pooping in shoes

Posted by Royce Young

In that new Sports Illustrated article where Gilbert Arenas talks about faking an injury because of potential boos and talks about moving over for John Wall, he mentions something else of note.

He said: “I understand what people think because of the perception of me. They read the funny stuff, like me taking a crap in [teammate] Andray Blatche’s shoes. But nobody is going to ask what Andray did to deserve it."

Is that a dare? Was Arenas daring some reporter to walk into the locker room, look Arenas in the eye and ask, "So what's up with you crapping in Andray Blatche's shoes?" And did he really not think someone would. Because they did. And Truth About It has Arenas' answer.

Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Game Changer 11.11.10: Wall 3D's Rockets

Michael Beasley Nets a career high, John Wall gets his first career triple-double and finishes a sick alley oop, a giant Sonny Weems head makes an appearance in Toronto, Elton Brandon re-emerges, plus plenty of audio and video from Oklahoma City vs. Philly. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: JOHN WALL GETS HISTORIC ON THE Rockets

Wednesday was an historic, high-flying night for Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall, and he was all over the court on the way to his first career triple-double in a 98-91 Wizards win over the Houston Rockets in D.C.  Wall's top end speed is among the best in the league, and against the Rockets, who are dealing with absences and injuries in their backcourt, he was often a blur, racing out in transition and leaping into passing lanes. It was a hyperactive but still controlled performance for Wall, who finished with just one turnover on the evening and looked more comfortable shooting from range than he has all season.  For Houston, it was a tough night all around, as the Rockets lost Yao Ming during the first half due to a leg injury .  Yao or no Yao, the Rockets and they had no answer for Wall, who joined some elite NBA company by registering his 19 point, 10 rebound, 13 assist triple-double in just his sixth NBA game. Take a look at the chart to see how he stacks up to some of the league's all-time greats. john-wall-graphic And we'd be lacking in our Wizards/Rockets coverage if we didn't link up this video of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas tossing a soft alley oop to Wall, who finished acrobatically with one hand. Too sick.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Michael Beasley:  42 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1 steal on 17-31 shooting in 41 minutes in a road win for Minnesota over the Sacramento Kings. The 42 points were a career-high for Beasley.

Honorable mention to...


John Wall:
  19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, six steals, one block on 8-16 shooting in 42 minutes in a home win for Washington over the Houston Rockets. Deron Williams: 30 points, five rebounds, 14 assists on 8-19 shooting in 42 minutes in a road win for the Utah Jazz at the Orlando Magic. 

Kris Humphries: 13 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks on 6-12 shooting in 40 minutes in a road win for the New Jersey Nets at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

TURN BACK THE BRAND:

By Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At one point, I had to look at my watch. I could've sworn it was 2005. There was Elton Brand, slender, fit, healthy and playing excellent basketball. It was like seeing an old dog get up and remember some of the tricks you taught it as a puppy.

Brand had his mid-range jumper working, was aggressive on the glass, posted up and defended the paint. Most people have sort of forgotten what an absolute force Brand was in the past, but with his start to 2010, folks are getting a refresher.

Against Oklahoma City, Brand put up a smooth 17 points and nine rebounds. On the season, he's averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. And for a rebuilding team where he's a big focus for opponents.

In the offseason, it's crazy to think Brand was going to be given away for next to nothing. The Sixers wanted to dump his massive contract, get some picks and young players back and go from there. At no point did it seem realistic that Brand could be part of that building. He seems happy being on this young squad.

"I can see us getting better," Brand said after the close loss to the Thunder. "We need to grow and have this translate into victories which it will. That's a sign of us getting better; us closing these games."

This is the first time really since Brand has been in Philly that he's completely healthy and in shape. And when he has those two things working, his basketballing abilities really come out. He's not one of the premier power forwards any longer, but probably 20 other teams would enjoy having his services. (But not his huge contract.)

The question is if Brand can sustain this for a full 82. It's not that he's over-the-hill (he's 31) or that he has a ton of mileage on him. It's that his recent history has held him back and makes one wonder if he's got it in him to keep going. Character has never been an issue for Brand so even if the Sixers stink - which they will - he's going to go hard.

Brand almost looks like he's from another era. It just doesn't seem like he fits on the floor, especially in a game featuring the young Thunder against the pups of the Sixers. But Brand is throwing back to an earlier time, playing like that former self that fits right alongside these up-and-comers. And the old man showed the kids a thing or two Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

DON'T MISS:

 

WHIMSY:

Toronto Raptors fans hold up a giant version of guard Sonny Weems' head. 

sonny-weems

 

AUDIO/VIDEO GALORE:

Here's some video of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who had a huge night with 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists, talking about his team's 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.



And here's audio of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins breaking down the game from the losing side.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

During his career-high scoring night on Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was wearing his NBA head band upside down , violating the league's new mandate. Will he be fined by the league office?

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Yao Ming leaves game with strained leg tendon

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming leaves Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards with a leg injury. Posted by Ben Golliver Houston Rockets center Yao Ming left Wednesday night's game against the Washington Wizards with what the Houston Chronicle is calling a "strained tendon in left leg."  According to the television broadcast, Yao apparently suffered the injury during the first quarter while defending a drive by Wizards center JaVale McGee in the paint. Yao absorbed contact in his chest and fell to the ground, and McGee's momentum caused him to trip over Yao's lower body. Shortly thereafter, Yao limped off the court to the locker room. Here's video of the play. Here's an extended version of the video posted over at ClutchFans.net. Yao missed all of last season with a foot injury, so Rockets fans are holding their collective breath as we await further word regarding Yao's status.  We noted earlier today that the Rockets were considering lightening his limitation on playing time, which was imposed during the preseason. Yao has not been allowed to play more than 24 minutes in a game yet this season, as part of his rehabilitation and injury management process. Updates
  • The Houston Chronicle reports that, as of halftime, there is, "Not much news on Yao yet. Injury is not on the foot. No one seems too concerned. Getting treatment and could return, but unlikely." That sounds positive. 
  • Yao did not start for the Rockets as the second half of tonight's game resumed and, halfway through the third quarter, was ruled "out" for the night.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, The Chronicle reports that Yao's MRI "shows no further damage. It's a mild sprain of left ankle. Will be out a minimum of a week." 
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:50 pm
 

Arenas faked injury because he was scared of boos

Posted by Royce Young

Hey, Gilbert Arenas said something again everybody. Gather 'round.

Via Mike Prada of Bullets Forever , Arenas told Sports Illustated that he faked an injury in the preseason not to give Nick Young playing time. Nope. Actually, Arenas said he faked the injury because he was afraid to walk out on to the court that night.
Last Thursday, after practice in Washington, Arenas told SPORTS ILLUSTRATED that the real reason he sat out wasn't, as he originally told reporters, to rest his thrice-surgically-repaired knee, nor was it the excuse he gave the next day, that he wanted to give backup point guard Nick Young the chance to play. "I was really scared of getting booed," says Arenas. "It's a little crazy because I was here with Kwame Brown when Kwame was scared to go out there. I used to be like, Man, it's just boos. Now here I was six years later, and I was him. I was scared to go out there."
I don't even know what to say/think. The original story was weird enough, but kind of cool and teammate-y at the same time. Arenas gave up his spot so that a young guard could have an opportunity to show people what he could do. (And Young did, scoring 24 points and hitting six 3s.) Except now, Arenas has gone back on that story to reveal the real reason he didn't play was because he was scared of the boo-birds. This whole thing is so Gilbert Arenas.

Regardless of the fact that Wizards fans actually cheered him and have been generally supportive of him, this couldn't be stupider at this point. Yes, it was a preseason game and one would think Arenas wouldn't skip a regular season game. But who is scared of being booed? Who really can't handle walking out on the floor and hearing a little of that? Does that really devastate players? I thought the good ones channeled it and used that to play better. Guess not for Arenas.

Arenas closes the piece with this quote:
"I've disgraced my legacy here. For me to move over for John Wall is a no-brainer. What's the point of my fighting with him all day? It isn't going to make me look any better. It's not like I think I'm God's gift to the NBA and can't step aside for somebody else. I can move aside for John Wall. That's no problem for me."
See, now that's a stand-up quote. And it's stand-up that Arenas and Wall really seem to be getting along and that Arenas is helping mentor the young point guard shows.

But it really seems that Gilbert Arenas is entirely conflicted about who he is and what he's supposed to be. And not just within the dynamic of the Wizards. He's been strange since day one of training camp when he showed up with a beard and told people he was all serious and no joking from now on. But it appears that he's trying to re-evaluate himself and figure out what he's doing right now. It's honestly sort of fascinating.
 
 
 
 
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