Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm
 

ESPN plagiarizer Selva apologizes, is suspended

ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva has apologized to Kevin Ding, the Orange County Register's Los Angeles Lakers beat writer, for plagiarizing his story on-air. Selva has also reportedly been suspended by ESPN. Posted by Ben Golliver Update: The other shoe has dropped. NBA Fanhouse reports on Wednesday night that Selva has been "suspended for an indefinite period" by ESPN for the incident. ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva was tasked with introducing highlights to Tuesday night's Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs game, and he accomplished this task by copying-and-pasting three paragraphs of a newspaper story and reading it word-for-word on air without attribution.  The story's writer, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, explains on OCRegister.com that he discovered the theft while watching the broadcast and realizing the words sounded familiar. 
I got back to my hotel room late Tuesday night after the Lakers-Spurs game and turned on ESPNEWS’ “Highlight Express” show. Imagine my shock when anchor Will Selva proceeded to use the first several paragraphs of my column looking forward to the game as his lead-in to the highlights.
Here's video of Selva's segment, posted on Mediaite.com. The good news is that Selva has issued an apology for ripping the Christmas-themed lead from Ding. Here's the apology, again via OCRegister.com.
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry.  I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s. As I often do, I research local stories to use as background for writing my script. In this case, I cut and pasted the story with every intention of writing my own. I simply forgot and I completely understand why this is a major problem. I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won’t happen again.”
Many times during my blogging career, I've thought to myself, "Abraham Lincoln could make this point so much more forcefully. Maybe I should dump in a few chunks of one of his proclamations here and call it good." I have resisted that impulse, and I am a better man for doing so. I encourage all media professionals to exercise similar restraint whenever possible.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:58 am
 

The Game Changer: Miami burns New York again

Posted by Royce Young

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: NEW YORK'S COMEBACK FALLS SHORT

The Knicks fought back furiously against the Heat Tuesday, cutting a 14-point fourth quarter Miami lead down to three with two minutes left after Raymond Felton knocked down a free throw following a technical on Erik Spoelstra.

The technical is was brought the Knicks within a possession of the Heat, but it's also what may have finally woke Miami back up. After Spoelstra's technical, Miami closed the game on a 9-4 run that sealed the Heat's 24th win and New York's 13th loss.

Dwyane Wade dropped 40, with 15 coming in the fourth quarter. LeBron added 18, eight assists and 10 rebounds and Chris Bosh put up another 18. Amar'e Stoudemire finished with 30.

New York played much better with the Heat this time around doing more of what it's good at. In the first meeting, the Knicks got caught up trying to play too perfectly and too fast, as things unraveled in the third quarter. While they trailed the entire second half, this time the Knicks kept plugging and have themselves a chance.

In the end, too much Wade, too much LeBron.

Really, all the Knicks need is LeBron James. If they can just get him next summ-- ... what's that? Oh.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Dwyane Wade piled up 40 points and nine rebounds against the Knicks.

DeJuan Blair put up a mean double-double for San Antonio with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Amar'e Stoudemire scored 30 in a losing effort against the Heat.

Derrick Rose had 18 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a win over the Bucks.

DENVER WINS WITHOUT MELO

Balanced scoring did the trick for the Nuggets against Portland Tuesday as the starting five all scored in double-figures. Other than Kenyon Martin's 10, the rest of the starting five scored 15, 17, 17 an 18. The bench only added 18 total, but it was the starters.

It wasn't so much that the Nuggets were outstanding, but more that the Blazers didn't know how to score. Without Brandon Roy, Portland only got scoring from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. Other than that, the Blazers just didn't know how to put the ball in the basket.

VIDEO: FACES BLEED IN INDY

Mike Dunleavy and Nate Robinson got up close and personal, cracking faces in Boston's win. Honestly, it's surprising this doesn't happen more often.

I GUESS DIRK IS ACTUALLY KIND OF IMPORTANT

The Raptors beat the Mavericks 84-76 behind 17 points and 12 rebounds from rookie Ed Davis. Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki who missed the game because of a "sore knee" he sustained against Oklahoma City Monday night.

Dallas started the game 4-20 from the field, and scored a total of 49 points combined in the first, third and fourth quarters. Against Oklahoma City, the Mavs picked up the slack despite not having Dirk by getting scoring from Shawn Marion, Jason Terry and Caron Butler. Tuesday, those three did OK, combining for 45 points. The problem was, nobody else could score.

So yeah, I guess the Mavs kind of need Dirk.

SPURS TAKE DOWN THE LAKERS; TIME TO WORRY IN L.A.?

From the opening tip, you could feel the intensity. This might've been a regular season game on Dec. 28, but it sure seemed like something you'd see April 28.

Two titans of the postseason were playing and even though it's just one more of 82, anytime the Spurs and Lakers hook up, pleasantries don't stay in the arena very long.

Kobe Bryant and George Hill tangoed in the first half, pointing fingers in faces and saying, um, stuff to each other. Ron Artest roped Tony Parker on a fast break for a hard foul. Andrew Bynum clothes-lined Tiago Splitter on the inside. Richard Jefferson and Derek Fisher had an exchange with Fisher picking up a technical after chasing Jefferson down to bump. Hard fouls, technicals, trash talk -- this one just had that extra umph.

But just like a classic Spurs playoff win, San Antonio used stifling defense, smart offense and big plays from role players to overwhelm the Lakers in the fourth quarter, beating the defending champs 97-82 in front of a sold-out AT&T Center crowd.

And here's where we go one of two ways: Is the story how well the Spurs are playing or if the Lakers officially in crisis mode?

Let me hedge here and say both. The Spurs are playing wonderful basketball. They're undefeated at home in December, own the NBA's best record and get something from everybody that steps on the floor. Tim Duncan was just 1-7 from the floor and scored only two points. Manu Ginobili went just 3-12 from the field. So naturally, since this is the Spurs we're talking about, someone stepped up.

Click here to read the rest of how the Spurs dominated the Lakers.

PARTING THOUGHT

It's been a rough stretch for Indiana's Danny Granger lately. The Pacer scorer is shooting around 35 percent from the field over the past couple weeks and really punctuated that with a 5-21 performance against the Celtics. It's nothing Granger is doing wrong necessarily, he's just missing shots. And when shooters start missing, they start forcing things. It's a tough cycle to be stuck in, but Granger will break loose at some point.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 12:11 am
 

Spurs take down Lakers; is it worry time in L.A.?

Posted by Royce Young



From the opening tip, you could feel the intensity. This might've been a regular season game on Dec. 28, but it sure seemed like something you'd see April 28.

Two titans of the postseason were playing and even though it's just one more of 82, anytime the Spurs and Lakers hook up, pleasantries don't stay in the arena very long.

Kobe Bryant and George Hill tangoed in the first half, pointing fingers in faces and saying, um, stuff to each other. Ron Artest roped Tony Parker on a fast break for a hard foul. Andrew Bynum clothes-lined Tiago Splitter on the inside. Richard Jefferson and Derek Fisher had an exchange with Fisher picking up a technical after chasing Jefferson down to bump. Hard fouls, technicals, trash talk -- this one just had that extra umph.

But just like a classic Spurs playoff win, San Antonio used stifling defense, smart offense and big plays from role players to overwhelm the Lakers in the fourth quarter, beating the defending champs 97-82 in front of a sold-out AT&T Center crowd.

And here's where we go one of two ways: Is the story how well the Spurs are playing or if the Lakers officially in crisis mode?

Let me hedge here and say both. The Spurs are playing wonderful basketball. They're undefeated at home in December, own the NBA's best record and get something from everybody that steps on the floor. Tim Duncan was just 1-7 from the floor and scored only two points. Manu Ginobili went just 3-12 from the field. So naturally, since this is the Spurs we're talking about, someone stepped up.

DeJuan Blair was a complete difference maker scoring 17 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds. Gary Neal -- who you can just picture becoming Robert Horry in the postseason -- hit two huge fourth quarter 3-points to give the Spurs some serious breathing room. George Hill was entirely terrific on Kobe in the fourth quarter, frustrating the Laker star into turnovers, bad shots and some serious barking at the officials. And of course one of the San Antonio stars played big with Tony Parker pouring in 23 including 14 in the first half.

On the Laker side, things never really looked good. The Lakers almost seemed like the team desperate for energy, frantically looking for a spark. It was almost like they were rattled. Offensively, there was never any kind of rhythm. Especially in the second half where L.A. scored only 38 points total.

The Lakers shot 35 percent for the game and the man leading the charge there was Kobe. He went just 8-27 from the field for 21 points. Pau Gasol was 3-8 for only nine points. Lamar Odom was 3-9 for nine points. Really, L.A.'s best offensive player was Matt Barnes who went 3-4 from the field.

So again, good Spurs or bad Lakers? From my perspective, it looked like a game where the Lakers self-combusted a bit as Kobe kept shooting and shooting while a very good team in San Antonio took complete advantage of it. Take this game for L.A. and put it against Sacramento and the Lakers probably win ugly. But against the Spurs? You lose by 15.

That's not something that should sit well with the Lakers. Kobe has been pretty honest with his appraisal of the team, feeling at times that they don't seem interested or committed enough. And that's what really showed against San Antonio. Kobe tried to do way too much, the offense never ran through Bynum or Gasol and defensively, there wasn't ever any kind of urgency.

This makes three straight losses for the Lakers, all coming by double-digits. And while it seems like this might be a time to scratch your head, keep in mind, this is December, even if the game felt like it was in April. It's not time to worry... yet.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Who advances if the NBA playoffs started today?

CBSSports.com's NBA experts take a look at which teams would advance to the second round if the NBA playoffs started today. Posted by Ben Golliver 2010 comes to a close later this week, and the flipping of the calendar pages ahead to 2011 has the NBA intelligentsia looking ahead to the playoffs.  In that vein, my NBA Facts & Rumors brother Royce Young and CBSSports.com's Adam Aizer and Greg Urbano debate an intriguing question: If the playoffs started today, which teams would advance out of the first round? First, let's look at the Eastern Conference. The match-ups would be as follows: Celtics-Bucks, Heat-Pacers, Bulls-Hawks and Magic-Knicks. Check out the full Eastern Conference breakdown on video. In the Western Conference, the match-ups would feature Spurs-Blazers, Mavericks-Nuggets, Lakers-Hornets and Jazz-Thunder. Here's the video of the full Western Conference breakdown.
My snap take: Boston, Miami, San Antonio, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers would all be strong favorites. The Utah/Oklahoma City and Orlando/New York series would battle for most entertaining, while Chicago/Atlanta is relatively even, but would probably swing to the Bulls. In the end, I like the five favorites listed, plus the Thunder, Magic and Bulls.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 11:17 pm
 

Magic blow out Spurs as things click in Orlando

Posted by Royce Young



If we've learned anything this NBA season it's when a collection of talented players come together, it takes some time for them to start playing well  together. We saw it as the Heat went through some growing pains. And we're seeing it again with the revamped Orlando Magic.

Orlando made some risky changes in personnel over the past week and dropped their first two after adding Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. Not only did they drop the first two, but they struggled scoring the ball and looked generally out of sync. This is after the Magic lost eight of nine with the only win being over the lowly Clippers. In other words, people started panicking. Or at least sweating.

But against the Spurs Thursday night, the machine actually started working together. Things started clicking. The team started gelling.

The Magic rocked the Spurs 123-101 behind 29 points from Dwight Howard, ending San Antonio's 10-game win streak. This is the Spurs team that had started the season 25-3, which equals what the 1995-96 Bulls started. So this wasn't against the Clippers against. This was against a legit title contender.

And Orlando looked darn good doing it. Howard had the 29, but six other players scored in double-figures. Arenas had 14 points, nine rebounds and six rebounds. Turkoglu 11 points and dished out six assists. Jason Richardson chipped in 15. Let me add that up real quick: That's 40 points from the new trio. That's good. The new pieces looked in rhythm and comfortable for the first time since they joined the team.

The Magic had the things working that made them such a dynamic team over the past few seasons. The drive and kick worked to perfection, Howard commanded double-teams in the post and passed out to open shooters and here's the thing - the shooters knocked down the shots. The Magic went 13-25 from 3 and shot nearly 60 percent overall.

Here's the thing though: Maybe folks shouldn't get ahead of themselves over this game. The Spurs were coming off a game the night before against the Nuggets and Gregg Popovich almost seemed content losing the game halfway through the third quarter. And when good teams are playing great like the Spurs are, it's hard to keep that level every night. So before we all start declaring the Magic fixed and ready to contend again, maybe we should step back a second.

Consider this: No Spurs starter played more than 30 minutes with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan only playing 20 each. The entire fourth quarter was basically a battle of the benches with the Orlando second unit playing well and holding the double-digit lead. San Antonio was fine with losing this game. The Magic though, played like they had something to prove.

There's no denying what we saw from Orlando. They had the scoring, they played tremendous defense and Howard performed perfectly inside working in tandem with Brandon Bass. The question is what happens in a tight game late in the fourth. Can Arenas take over and create shots like he did Thursday? Will Richardson and Turkoglu provide all that extra offense? Will Howard have the room to work like he did in this one? I don't think we have answers to those questions quite yet.

Still though, beating the Spurs by 22 is impressive no matter the circumstance. It's obvious that the Magic are starting to figure themselves out a bit. Amazing what a few actual practices together can do.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 12:14 pm
 

The Game Changer: Spurs get Denver again

Posted by Royce Young

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: SAN ANTONIO GETS DENVER AGAIN

The Nuggets have got to really be hating the Spurs right now. I mean really hating them.

After last week's win in Denver where Manu Ginobili beat them twice, once on both ends, the Spurs took down the Carmelo-less Nuggets this time in a more traditional San Antonio way.

Denver led for virtually the entire night, but San Antonio locked in the last five minutes, allowing just two field goals in the closing minutes. The Spurs outscored Denver 29-14 in the fourth and 10-2 over the last three minutes.

Another very Spurs-ish twist to this game? The fact Gary Neal stepped up and was a big hero. Neal had 22 off the bench on 5-7 3-point shooting and really was the difference in the fourth.

For the Nuggets, it'll be easier to move on from this one. They didn't have Carmelo, were on the road and the Spurs were rested. It's a tough loss to take because they led the entire night, but not something that'll make you lose sleep.

For the Spurs though, that's 10 straight. That makes them 25-3, which is the same record the 1995-96 Bulls had at this point. The last loss for the Spurs? A strange 90-85 loss to the Clippers over three weeks ago.

San Antonio probably doesn't have the gas in the tank to make a run at 72 wins or anything, but their 25-3 start is one of the best in NBA history and not something to just pass over. They win and as Wednesday night proved, they still do it their way.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Richard Hamilton had a season-high 35 on 13-20 shooting (6-10 from 3) in Detroit's blowout win over the Raptors.

Kevin Love with a ho-hum 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Wolves in a loss.

Blake Griffin put up 24 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort for the Clippers.

Carlos Boozer had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Chicago in a win.

The aforementioned Gary Neal, who had 22 points, including 5-7 from 3.

NEW YORK GETS BACK ON TRACK

The Knicks weren't desperate necessarily for a win. But they kind of needed one pretty, sort of bad Wednesday against Oklahoma City.

After dropping three straight following the big run of 13 out of 14 victories, the Knicks came in against the Thunder well rested and well prepared. They ran early and often, scoring in spurts on the Thunder in transition and from the 3-point line.

New York went 10-21 from downtown and got scoring from everywhere. Amar'e Stoudemire had 23. Wilson Chandler 21. Landry Fields 14. Six players scored in double-figures for New York.

The Knicks held an eight-point lead at halftime and did a terrific job of keeping Kevin Durant and the Thunder at arms length. OKC closed in a 16-point lead to eight late in the third, but New York pushed it back to 12 right before the fourth. And then they carried that momentum over, going up by as much as 22 in the final 12 minutes.

It's not a huge win by any means for the Knicks, but if the final was different, it might've been a big loss. Now though, the Knicks are back on the winning side and feeling good again.

BLAKE GRIFFIN DOES SOMETHING

In college, Griffin hit his face on the backboard going up for a dunk. Against the Rockets, he nearly crushed his skull on the rim. Observe:


OBLIGATORY STREAK MENTION

The Celtics beat the 76ers, which means the streak is now at 14. It gets tougher with the Magic on Christmas, but with Orlando struggling a bit to find itself with the new pieces, Boston could certainly sneak one out. After that, there's not a serious roadblock for a week. Could Boston go for 20 straight? It's possible.

HOW TO LOSE A GAME IN 12 MINUTES

The Timberwolves are getting really good at losing games. Like so good that it's almost an art.

Against the Jazz Wednesday, the Wolves led by 12 going into the fourth quarter. They got there by playing exactly how Kurt Rambis wants them to. Lots of transition offense, smart jumpshooting and quality work on the glass.

The fourth quarter? Kind of what you'd expect from them. The Jazz outscored Minnesota 41-24 in the final frame, sending the Wolves to their 24th loss.

What keeps happening is that the Wolves clearly have no idea how to close. Michael Beasley and Kevin Love were terrific scoring the ball for most of the game but that well dried up late. The team played serviceable defense for most of the night, but totally collapsed when they needed stops. They missed free throws, gave up offensive rebounds and easy baskets. Really, if you want a lesson in how to lose a game, the Wolves should be the instructor.

It's the growing pains of a young team, but at some point, a corner has to start being turned. For three quarters, it sure looked like this might be one for the Wolves. But they basically put the car in park again with the fourth quarter.

PARTING THOUGHT

Send a little prayer or thought Carmelo Anthony's way who is mourning the loss of his 36-year-old sister who passed away this week from a medical condition. Tough week in the NBA with Willie Green losing his sister and cousin in a car accident and now Carmelo losing a loved one too.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:45 pm
 

NBA television ratings soar

Television ratings for the National Basketball Association are way up this season. Posted by Ben Gollivercharles-barkley-tv
NBA bloggers are the last people you should ask to guess NBA television ratings, as we watch games until our eyes bleed six or seven nights a week and have no real connections to the outside world, let alone the "average Joe" and his viewing habits. In general, we rely totally on online news reports to connect us with reality.  On Wednesday, one of those reports came down the pipeline: it turns out more and more people are chaining themselves to the boob tube to take in a professional basketball game. Welcome, everyone! The Associated Press reports that the NBA's televison ratings are "up more than 30 percent so far this season compared to last year" and that, even if you take out the Miami Heat, ratings are "still up 23 percent."
"It tipped off with a great deal of interest about the Heat and about 'The Decision,'" NBA Commissioner David Stern said last week, "and it seems to have gone from there, when the story lines have unfolded were not about the Heat initially -- except about their struggles -- but about San Antonio, New Orleans' start, the Knicks' start, the Lakers' start and the Lakers suddenly stumbling a little bit, the Celtics' strength.
"It's across the board," Stern said, "a whole variety of story lines." The successes of several prominent franchises have boosted viewership numbers. Ratings for ESPN's games are up 58 percent in Los Angeles, 56 percent in Boston and 36 percent in New York.
The Heat, who bolstered their marketability and watchability by re-signing Dwyane Wade and adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh this offseason, have seen their nationally televised ratings jump a staggering 69% year over year. Big market success has always been crucial for the league, as there is no easier way to secure national relevancy. That the Lakers are heading towards a three-peat, that the Knicks are no longer pathetic and that the Celtics are locked in, playing some of their best ball of the last few years, are all important contributing factors. But, as in all NBA media, the Heat continue to cast the largest shadow.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Carmelo to miss game due to death in family

Denver Nuggets all star forward Carmelo Anthony will not play on Wednesday night due to a death in his family. Posted by Ben Golliver carmelo-anthony-2 The Denver Nuggets announced Wednesday morning that all star forward Carmelo Anthony will not play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night due to a death in his family.
Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been excused from Wednesday night’s game in San Antonio due to a death in his family.
“Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said. "It is heartbreaking news, particularly during the holiday season."   Anthony would like to thank Nuggets fans for their thoughts and prayers and asks that they and the media respect his privacy during this time.
No further details have yet been made available. The Nuggets enter Wednesday night's game with a record of 16-10, good enough for third place in the Northwest Division. The Spurs continue to have the league's best record, sitting atop the Southwest Division at 24-3. Last week, the Nuggets and Spurs played a memorable game, with Anthony being whistled for a charge in the game's final seconds, negating a potential game-winning basket. Also, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith threw down perhaps the dunk of the year.
 
 
 
 
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