Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm
The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards scuffle after a flagrant foul by Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong on Heat center Joel Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver. During the third quarter of their Monday game, the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards got into a bit of a brouhaha after Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong shoved Heat center Joel Anthony out of the air during a lay-up attempt, causing Anthony to crash to the floor. Heat forward Juwan Howard immediately rushed to Anthony's defense, shoving Armstrong to the ground from behind and causing a minor scrum and jawing between the two teams. Here's video of the incident. Armstrong was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and immediately ejected from the game. Howard was also ejected after a video review of the incident. The altercation occurred at the :32 mark of the third quarter, with the Heat leading comfortably, 80-68.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
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
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
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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am
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
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall sprained his left foot against the Chicago Bulls. Posted by Ben Golliver.
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
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
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 RocketsWednesday 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. 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.
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.
Toronto Raptors fans hold up a giant version of guard Sonny Weems' head.
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
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: