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Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:27 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Pacers C Jeff Foster to miss 2 weeks (back)

Posted by Ben Golliver jeff-foster-ind

The Indiana Pacers received some discouraging injury news on Tuesday.

Veteran reserve big man Jeff Foster will miss 2 weeks after undergoing a procedure on his ailing back, according to The Sports Network.
Indiana Pacers forward/center Jeff Foster will undergo a back procedure and will miss the next two weeks, the team announced Tuesday. Foster, 35, has been hampered by a balky back for parts of the past three seasons. He appeared in just 16 games in 2009-10 and 56 games in 2010-11 as a result.
Foster sat out the first six games of the 2011-2012 season before suiting up to make five appearances. On the year, he's averaging 3.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game.

Without Foster, Indiana coach Frank Vogel has used a frontcourt rotation that includes center Roy Hibbert and forwards David West and Tyler Hansbrough. Reserve big man Lou Amundson, acquired in trade from the Golden State Warriors, has also seen time.

Foster is in the final year of a contract that is paying him $3 million for the 2011-2012 season. 

The Pacers are currently 9-3 on the season.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Posted on: February 15, 2011 1:39 am
 

That sound is the wheels on the Nuggets ...

... coming off.
Posted by Matt Moore

On Monday afternoon, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the Nuggets were still examining scenarios involving trading Carmelo Anthony, but they were also focused on finding improvements.  Berger reports that the Nuggets feel good about where they're at in the season: 


Though Denver has lost four of its last six, team officials privately are expressing optimism about how well the players and coaching staff have weathered significant injuries and the Anthony firestorm. With two games left before the All-Star break and three before the trade deadline, the Nuggets are tied for the sixth seed in the West -- with struggling teams all around them. Utah, Portland, Memphis, Phoenix, Houston and Golden State all have issues of their own, and none has proved demonstrably better than Denver when the Nuggets are healthy.
Some high-ranking personnel in the organization believe that without injuries to Kenyon Martin, Chris Andersen and Chauncey Billups -- not to mention the persistent trade rumors and the games Anthony missed due to the tragic death of his sister -- the Nuggets might very well be as high as third in the West. Team officials also are pleased with Anthony, who is averaging 29.5 points per game since the Nets walked away from the negotiating table -- including a 50-point game and a 42-point game. Given the circumstances, and the added value of home playoff dates with a lockout looming, the best course of action might be to keep Anthony and find ways to improve the roster without taking on future money.
via Trade deadline should resolve Melodrama - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.


And then tonight happened

Make it five of their last six. Okay, no big deal. Seven of their last ten. Hey, it happens. One game is nothing to get worked up about. 

But 121-102 to the Houston Rockets on top of everything else? There be trouble in the land. 

Just because the Nuggets are mired in a slump at the same time as all this is going on doesn't mean anything. After all, they were in the same situation with Melo when they were winning games left and right. But of course, the Nuggets have now fallen a half game behind injury-ravaged Portland and self-destructing Utah to the 8th seed in the West, with the Grizzlies just a game back and winners of 8 of their last ten. The Nuggets may have believed that without their injuries they'd be in a better position, but they've gotten everyone back to full health and the results are actually worse. They've regressed back to a struggling defensive unit, as they entered the night the seventh worst defensive club in the league. The chemistry is bad. Relying on Kenyon Martin is not a sound strategy. And for whatever reason, the close knit attitude that had been there seems to coming apart under the strains of the trade situation. 

Houston's a solid offensive team, if the mirror image of Denver. Both are terrible defensively but Monday night it was the Nuggets stepping down from the challenge. They went down by 31 points at one point. 31 points, to a sub-.500 team after a disappointing loss to the Grizzlies the night before. Back to back and all that, but this game sure felt as one of those type games that can push a club to the precipice. 

Then again, this is Masai Ujri we're talking about. Apparently he can't be pushed to the precipice even if there were giant man-sharks with laser swords. 

For his part, you really do have to commend Anthony, although taking your hat to him is a little absurd, for his consistency. It would have been easy after any of these losses, to go to Ujiri and have a detonation. To overreact and compromise his leverage and public image. But Anthony has remained calm, cool, and collected. He doesn't overreact to any win as a reason to stay or any loss as a reason to throw a tantrum. He continues to play his cards close to his vest, go out, and play ball. 

But the storm clouds are gathering, as Jeremy might say, and if things keep going down this road, the Nuggets will have no choice but to pull the trigger. But what are their options for improving the team, as Berger asserts they are considering to try and convince Melo to stick around? 

Several players on expiring contracts who could help Denver are expected to be available in the coming days. According to league sources, Portland is expected to entertain offers for several of its older players, including Joel Przybilla, who would provide some much-needed depth on Denver's front line. Same for Indiana's Jeff Foster, as Pacers president Larry Bird has publicly stated that he will explore cashing in expiring contracts for assets as opposed to waiting for free agency. The Rockets, one of the few teams willing to take on money, could make Shane Battier available if they can upgrade their talent. Battier would give Denver coach George Karl another dependable and versatile wing defender.
via Trade deadline should resolve Melodrama

Really? Really? Jeff Foster? Joel Przybilla? Shane Battier? Battier I can kind of see, he's a defensive stalwart. But Przybilla isn't even relevant on a Portland team happy to have any center with cartilege left (and Joel just had his heal) in their knees. Foster's not a game changer, not with Nene already on board alongside Anderson and Kenyon Martin. Those players are overrated, but Foster's not going to suddenly make their second unit better. You're talking about decorating the Titanic at that point. 
So we continue to wait, and watch, and pray that this endless saga finally gets resolution one way or another. 
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Blake Griffin's 47 points sets NBA season record

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin set an NBA season record with 47 points against the Indiana Pacers. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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Blake Griffin left the Los Angeles Lakers fighting mad on Sunday night, but on Monday the Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward rendered the Indiana Pacers utterly defenseless, pouring in an NBA season-high 47 points to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes.

Griffin shot an astonishing 19-24 from the field and got his buckets in every conceivable fashion, banking in jumpers, bulldozing his way into the paint, showing a soft touch on the glass, making nine of his 11 attempts from the charity stripe and just relentlessly punishing poor Jeff Foster and James Posey, who were powerless to stop his offensive assault.

No player has scored 47 or more points in an NBA regular season game since Vince Carter, then of the Orlando Magic, scored 48 points against the New Orleans Hornets on Feb. 8, 2010. Incredibly, it's the most points scored by a power forward or center dating back to Nov. 5, 2008, when Amar'e Stoudemire scored 49 points against the Indiana Pacers.

For Griffin, the performance will serve as the centerpiece for his All-Star candidacy which, honestly, shouldn't be in question. Griffin has increased his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers each month this season and is currently averaging an absurd 24.3 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in January. Check out this table of his monthly splits, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com. (Note: numbers do not include Monday's performance.)

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Thanks largely to Griffin's increasing output, the Clippers as a whole are playing steadily better too, on pace to make January their first winning month of the season.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Jeff Foster can eat more than you

No, seriously. Jeff Foster can eat more than you.
Posted by Matt Moore

Geez, Jeff. You're on the books for $6.5 million this season. No need to go gourging on food to stock up. Especially not two 22-ounce burgers. In one sitting . Oh, what's that, Jeffrey? You deny the two 22-ounce burgers in one sitting eating? You refute the burger eating, do you, Jeffrey?

That's allright, Foster. I've got video evidence. And by me, I mean Sekou Smith and the NBA.com crew . Oh, sure, Jeff. The whole thing was part of a "team building" exercise. Right. That's like when I took up smoking in college as a "sociological experiment." You can't quit burgers on your own, Jeff. You need help.

Next time, just pass one of those burgers over to Mike Dunleavey Jr.. Dude needs some meat on them bones.

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