Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 5:39 pm
Linas Kleiza is out for up to a year after microfracture surgery.
Posted by Matt Moore
Think of it this way, Raps fans. It could be worse.
You could be Clevleand.
The Raptors announced today that Linas Kleiza is out for nine to 12 months following arthroscopic surgery to repair both a meniscal tear and what's called a chondral tear, which sounds pretty bad . Another name for the surgery? Microfracture.
The Raptors gave Kleiza a four-year, $18 million contract this summer to lure him back from Greece, only to watch him struggle under expectations and the apparent injury. The result is that Kleiza is lost as a trade chip should the Raptors elect to pursue a drastic move before the trade deadline. A versatile scorer with experience on the wing with a movable contract is something that can be used in a number of deals, but now that option's out the door.
Kleiza's absence also means it's likely the Raptors will have to turn to more small-ball lineups, with DeMar DeRozan spending time at the 3, splitting time with Sonny Weems.
Typically Jay Triano would have options for a bigger lineup, but they're already dealing with Reggie Evans' injury and recurrent injuries with Andrea Bargnani.
But, hey, like I said. Not Cleveland. Keep repeating that, Raps fans.
Via the National Post .
Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 6:08 pm
Your NBA Black Friday Fantasy deals: come find the bargain fantasy guys you're looking for.
Posted by Kevin Goodwin
Well, folks, it's that time of year again. The day we shake off those paralyzing turkey chemicals and drag ourselves out of bed in the wee hours. The day we maraud from store to store like a pack of ravenous credit-wielding zombies. The day we do the ridiculous in the name of big deals and unparalleled savings. Black Friday hath cometh.
Fortunately, Fantasy owners don't even have to leave their couch to find great bargains … and it's the right time of year for those as well. I've got 10 super-saver steals that could put your team on the track to success in the New Year. Don't let those other fantasy shoppers beat you to the bargains!
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Calderon's Fantasy value is sky high, and Fantasy owners are clearing out long-term roster space to snatch him up. Since Jarrett Jack was traded to New Orleans, Calderon will see the lion's share of minutes up in Toronto. He has been producing at a high level recently, and is averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 assists over his last four games entering Black Friday. He should continue to perform for the Raptors, and for Fantasy owners from here on out.
Real Deal Equivalent: Squinkies Bubble Pack - $11.99 at Babies"R"Us
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Flynn still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but it's getting closer. Minnesota brought in veteran guard Luke Ridnour to push Flynn for the starting job this year, but a hip injury to Flynn deflated any competition. Now, Flynn will have to prove his worth to coach Kurt Rambis. We all know Rambis was limiting Kevin Love's minutes to start the season, so it's unclear how he'll treat Flynn when he does return. But Fantasy owners who are hurting in the guard position should keep an eye on Flynn. He has more of an upside than Ridnour, and can offer you around 13-15 points and 4-5 assists per game. He also shot 35.8 percent from downtown last season, which is a nice gift for Fantasy owners around the holidays.
Real Deal Equivalent: 1/3 Carat Diamond White Gold Bypass Bridal Ring Set - $219 at Wal-Mart
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Murphy has been inactive for five games now, and is sitting behind Kris Humphries and rookie Derrick Favors on the depth chart. Coach Avery Johnson hasn't been able to figure out what to do with Murphy. He missed the preseason and the start of the regular season with a back injury, but is now on the shelf because of his conditioning. The Nets traded for Murphy with the hope that he could be a starter, and now he's not playing or bringing in any Fantasy points. Not what anyone wants from a Round 5 or 6 draft choice (his average in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues). Still, in leagues where he's available, Murphy would be worth grabbing while you can. If he gets traded by the Nets, he could go back to his 15-10 stat line, and smart Fantasy owners could get him on the cheap if they can afford to keep him reserved until he sees more court time. Keep in mind, Murphy also has a history of late-season success -- Since the 2006-07 NBA season he's averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game before the All-Star break and 14.8 PPG and 9.1 boards post All-Star.
Real Deal Equivalent: Samsung SMX-F40 SD camcorder - $119 at K-Mart
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Okur hasn't played yet this season, and is available in almost half of Fantasy leagues. With the Jazz playing so well to start the year, owners with room on their roster may have good reason to add the veteran big man. As a career 37.8 3-point shooter, Okur is hardly a typical center, which makes him a nice player to own in category-based leagues. Utah's addition of Al Jefferson may scare some owners off, but nabbing Okur now before a timetable is set could pay nice dividends.
Real Deal Equivalent: Yankee Candle Pine & Cinnamon Jar Candles - $17.99 at Kohl's
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Przybilla is set to make his season debut on Black Friday, which gives Fantasy owners a perfect opportunity to check him out. He'll likely be rusty coming off knee surgery, but is a center worth keeping tabs on or adding in deeper formats. He doesn't score many points, but is a good source of rebounds and shoots with high efficiency from the field -- 55.5 percent for his career. Also, take in to account that Portland needs bodies on the frontcourt, which means Przybilla will get plenty of playing time. Remember he should be targeted in deeper Fantasy formats, not standard leagues.
Real Deal Equivalent: Craftsman 179cc 24'' Two-stage Snowblower - $583 at Sears
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Butler isn't having a very good start to the season, which means now is the time to buy. Some Fantasy owners may want to drop him, but realize he's worth too much to just throw away. That being the case, they may be willing to part with Butler for next to nothing. He hasn't fully adjusted to being in Dallas since coming over from Washington, and the one thing that would help Butler's Fantasy appeal most is being traded. So, owners that like to gamble could make the move for Butler now. Last year, Butler averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 boards with the Mavericks, so the potential is there for Fantasy owners to see a nice return on their investment.
Real Deal Equivalent: 55" Westinghouse 120Hz, 1080p LCD TV - $799.99 at Best Buy
7. Brandon Roy, guard, Portland Trail Blazers (Owned 99 percent/Started 22 percent)
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Roy should be owned in every Fantasy league out there, but while he battles knee injuries, owners are definitely grinding their teeth for drafting him so high. Some owners may be looking to jump ship, since this is the lowest Roy's Fantasy value has ever been, and that means it's the perfect time to get an upper echelon guard for dirt cheap. If you can pry Roy away from another owner, there's a good chance he would make your team better immediately. Portland may limit his court time to preserve him for the year, but Roy has the ability to produce solid numbers in 20-25 minutes of action.
Real Deal Equivalent: High-Performance Samsung Laptops - $150 off at Best Buy
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Collison was undoubtedly overvalued entering this year. He was taken with an average draft pick of 40, based solely on his 18.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds as a starter last year in New Orleans. This means that current owners are probably very disappointed with his 14.3 points and 4.3 boards per game through the first five weeks of the season. I smell a sale. Collison still has the potential to be a 17 and 7 guy, and owners should check their league and see if they can strike up a deal.
Real Deal Equivalent: All adult jeans - $15 at Old Navy
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Carter is currently dealing with some bumps and bruises which are keeping him out of the Magic lineup. He's also averaging career-lows in points, rebounds and assists: 13.9, 3.2 and 2.5, respectively. Clearly, Carter is no longer the high-flyer he once was, but he does have the capability to go off on any given night. Again, we've got a player who could be reeled in for cheap based on the disappointment tied to inflated preseason expectations. If you don't mind being patient with the veteran, trading for Carter could be a steal.
Real Deal Equivalent: Radio Flyer Big Wheel - $35 at Wal-Mart
Fantasy Shopping Cart: Andersen just made his season debut for the Nuggets, which is why he's available in 90 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. He's coming off an offseason knee surgery, so he's a bit of a risky option, but there are definitely Fantasy owners out there who are in desperate need of a big man. Injury bug, anyone? Those owners might be happy to see Andersen fill a void in their lineups. He's not worth owning in standard leagues, but is definitely worth a flier in deeper Rotisserie formats. He's a bargain and a half right now.
Real Deal Equivalent: 46" APEX LCD TV, 1080p 60 Hz - $449 at Target
Tags: Blazers, Brandon Roy, Caron Butler, Chris Andersen, Dallas Mavericks, Darren Collison, Denver Nuggets, fantasy, fantasy basketball, Indiana Pacers, Jazz, Joel Przybilla, Jonny Flynn, Jose Calderon, Magic, Mavericks, Mehmet Okur, Minnesota Timberwolves, Nets, New Jersey Nets, Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Raptors, Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Troy Murphy, Utah Jazz, Vince Carter
Posted on: November 20, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: November 20, 2010 2:14 pm
Trade being discussed to send Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to Toronto for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen, Marcus Banks. Posted by Matt Moore
UPDATE 2:07PM: CBSSports.com confirms the trade is done, talks with the league will occur this afternoon. Bizarre.
Ken Berger confirms that the Hornets save $4.6 million immediately, which gets them off the cap and allows them to look at options at the deadline. The Raptors, in addition to getting Peja's expiring contract they can move before the deadline, save $4.7 million next year.
We'll have more analysis in a bit.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune , a bizarre Euro site via HoopsHype.com , and ESPN are reporting that the New Orleans Hornets are close to a trade that would send Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Toronto Raptors for Jarrett Jack, Marcus Banks, and David Andersen. It is a baffling trade from about a hundred angles. We'll go over some of them here while the two fight over how much money the Hornets have to send the Raptors.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:57 am
Deng does work with his mid-range, the Raptors do no work on the glass in the fourth, and Gordon does demolition work on the rim. All that and more in this edition of the Game Changer .
Posted by Matt Moore
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: DENG DOIN' WORK
In general, Nicolas Batum is a good defensive player. So is Wesley Matthews. Unfortunately, last night, they were completely overwhelmed by the rarest of finds: a fully functional Luol Deng. Not hampered by injury, a poor offensive system, or mental distractions, last night is a perfect example of what can happen when Deng is feeling it. Particularly, Deng's game is focused on the mid-range J. It's a highly inefficient shot, which is why he so rarely has nights like this. But when it's falling? Good night, nurse. Deng dropped 40 on the Bulls in a game that wasn't close right from the start. The Blazers just looked overwhelmed defensively. They couldn't protect the rim, and nothing was going to work on Deng. He kept nailing pull-up jumpers off the dribble, forcing them to close. Then he pump faked and got to the line. Take a look at his shot chart from CBSSports.com's Game Tracker .
That's a pretty good night from the field. When you're hot, you're hot.
Other than that? Not much to report. The Bulls' defense wasn't really all that stout, allowing a 110.1 efficiency for Portland, despite the Blazers shooting 41% from the field and 0.00% from the arc. 0-14 from the stripe for the Blazers. It was that kind of night. But 41 free throws helped them avoid getting wiped off the map while still being down too much to climb back from. The Blazers just looked a step behind on all their rotations, and the Bulls' offense was functioning at an extremely high level. Derrick Rose finishe with 16, 13, and 5, with 6 turnovers, and made a few absolutely gorgeous cross-court skip passes to Deng for open threes behind the baseline off-ball screen. Stuff you did not see out of the Bulls last year. Thibs has the offense going well, and with Deng hitting the jumper, that was all she wrote.
GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:Luol Deng: 40 points on 14-19 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, +19
Tyreke Evans: 23 points on 9-16 shooting, 7 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Gary Neal: 16 points, 4-8 from 3-point land, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Eric Gordon: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, only Clippers starter with postiive plus/minus
DON'T MISS:Ken Berger posts on how the league needs to take note of what happened in the NHL Lockout. Check out Ken's Post-Ups with news from around the league on several subjects, including Derrick Favors, Nicolas Batum, and how the league is approaching the Knicks investigation. Be sure to check out the horror, the horror of the Mike Conley extension, and Royce Young covers what we learned in week one .
RAPTORS BOARD OUT OF THEIR MINDS:
The Raptors held a 34-25 advantage on the glass headed into last night's fourth quarter against the Kings. In related news, they held an eight point advantage. In the fourth quarter alone, they lost the rebounding battle by double (14-7, advantage Kings), and were outscored by 11. That was your ballgame. Andrea Bargnani was, for some weird reason, matched up with the bulkier, meaner DeMarcus Cousins, while Reggie Evans was forced to try and hold off the wiry, quicker Carl Landry. It made absolutely no sense and the results bore out. The Raptors had this game on lockdown and just let the Kings take it away from them. This despite Evans finishing with 19 rebounds, 10 offensive. That would make them Never Be Closing, I suppose.
In case you missed it last night:
The Clippers bench was outscored 32-7 last night in a nine point loss. For those of you keeping track, that means that the starters managed to outscore San Antonio's, but they couldn't handle Gary Neal and James Anderson. It at once says that the Clippers are far too woefully thin to be considered anything close to a playoff team this year, and that the Spurs have once again added young, versatile pieces which will help them this season. One game does not a season make, but the success the Spurs are having is a product of the system, and solid player acquisition. The smart get smarter, the Clips get Clipper.
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Tags: Blazers, Brandon Roy, Bulls, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Clippers, Eric Gordon, Eric Gordon, Game Changer, Gay Neal, James Anderson, Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Luol Deng, Portland Trail Blazers, Raptors, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Trail Blazers
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 2:52 pm
Report says Dampier will sign with Rockets. Posted by Matt Moore
Our long national ... apathy may finally be over. Hoopsworld is reporting that Erick Dampier has made his decision, many moons after "The Decision", and will join the Houston Rockets as a backup center. The Rockets are at 15 players, so there will have to be cut to make room for him, likely Ishmael Smith. Smith may wind up in the Rockets' D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers who they use quite a bit.
Dampier makes for a valuable addition to the Rockets. Against the Lakers, when they had a center with size in, they flourished. Those players went out due to minute restrictions or endurance, and production dropped. They need that size, despite having an absolute plethora of bigs. Dampier gives them elite size to combat their opponents' bigger lineups. He's slow, old, and never been a great scorer, but he does his job and does it well. In limited minutes, he could pack a big punch for Houston, who has struggled in rebounding through their first two games.
Dampier had been pursued by Toronto, Portland, Phoenix and Milwaukee, with heavy talks of him signing with all three. But Dampier took his time, or those teams pursued other options, and so now Houston will bring him in and slide Chuck Hayes to backup power forward. The race for size in the Western Conference continues.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am
Posted by Matt Moore
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 5:50 pm
Kevin Pelton and Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus join F&R Blogger Matt Moore to discuss the role of metrics in the NBA, team building, and exactly how much the Raptors are going to suck.
Posted by Matt Moore
Forget your preview magazines. Throw out your basic box score season averages. And get rid of your basic look at the NBA. If you want to really get inside the numbers of the 2010-2011 season, you need the Basketball Prospectus. Basketball Prospectus is a site that melds traditional basketball commentary with advanced statistical analysis. Each year, they publish the basketball alternative to the well-known Baseball Prospectus, which provides not only a detailed look at each team and player in the league, but projections based off of an articulate measure called SCHOENE. The authors of the 2010-2011 edition (available for downloadable purchase or at Amazon.com ), Kevin Pelton and Bradford Doolittle, joined me for CBSSports.com's NBA Facts and Rumors podcast's inaugural run. We discuss the direction of advanced metrics in the NBA, the role of stats in team building, the Raptors, and what the numbers say about the Heat, of course.
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Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 3:19 pm
Breaking News: Heat will make NBA ungodly amounts of money this year. Posted by Matt Moore
Mike Wallace, now of ESPN, commented Friday night in Kansas City for the Heat's sellout crowd (the first professional basketball game in KC's Sprint Center to actually feel like it sold out) that the Heat could be the NBA's stimulus package, with the way they're drawing people . Based on the enormous amount of attention the team is getting and a report today from the Wall Street Journal , that joke could be much closer to the truth than we suspect.
The WSJ today reports that ticket prices for the Heat are up across the land by as much as ...wait for it... 72% from the rest of the league. That's just stunning, I don't care how expected it was. That 72% increase is for the Celtics, though, arguably their biggest rival. But what's interesting is how widespread the increases are. The second biggest increase is in Cleveland, where the price is over $127 per ticket, versus the season average of $74.51.
Just so we're clear on this, the owner that has consistently disrespected James for what he feels is betrayal, and who played to the fans' heart strings, that owner will be making a considerable profit from James' appearance in Cleveland, and apparently demand is high enough to justify it. This is the great thing about sports. We feign outright disgust while still paying for that which disgusts us.
Meanwhile, the same effect happens with Toronto, where the price rises over $54 to see Chris Bosh not play defense for someone else, and even in cities who weren't burned by this summer. Rockets prices are up over $40, and Sixers prices are up over $52 Bucks. That's quite a steep increase in the middle of an economic downturn, regardless of when the recession ended. It's yet another sign of what the more rational among us tried to say this whole time. People can badmouth the Heat all they want, they are great for the league. Not good, great. Every team is going to profit significantly on those nights when the Triad Circus comes to town, and there's no denying they want those dollars.
If Dan Gilbert was really so outraged on behalf of the city over James' betrayal, he'd drop ticket prices for that game so that the fans could get afford to come see the man who broke their hearts and tell him how they feel. I'm still stunned the league is putting this on national television (which we'll get to another time), but the draw is obvious. Heck, just look at the ticket prices. Meanwhile, the Heat are going to put the NBA on the map in a way not even the recent Celtics-Lakers rivalry has been able to. This is going to be a peak season for the NBA in attention and revenue. Just a shame the peak comes right before the lockout fall.