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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:45 pm
 

Report Card 1.30.12: The back to back blues

The Magic collapse continued against the Sixers Monday night. (Getty Images)

Your nightly report card wraps up the performances of the NBA night and provides grades on a curve. Monday night LeBron did his thing, the Magic continued their separation from decency, and the Deer continue to become frightening. 

LeBron James


Trevor Ariza is going to have nightmares. 22 points in 29 minutes, along with 11 rebounds and 8 assists for James. That's at least, even if none of the assists were threes, 44 points in 29 minutes produced or contributed. That's absurd. To havethat kind of influence on the game in just 30 minutes is ridiculous. And hey, he didn't have to play in the fourth so he couldn't miss free throws. Bonus. 




Brandon Jennings


All of a sudden, the Bucks gunner is playing efficiently. 21 points on 8-15 shooting, 4 rebounds, 5 assists. Four turnovers is not great but overall, Jennings is making the Bucks motor go as they win again without Andrew Bogut. The Deer have officially re-entered fear territory, even against the Pistons



Philadelphia 76ers


They were not worse than the Magic. That's pretty much all we've got on that. 


 

 

Memphis Perimeter Defense


Matt Bonner can only do one thing. Hit threes. The Grizzlies surrendered fifteen points from beyond the arc to Bonner alone, and 30 points overall from the perimeter. This against a team coming off overtime on a road back-to-back. Memphis is broken in all sorts of ways right now, but the perimeter defense was the culprit Monday night. 



Orlando Magic


The Orlando Magic have been an offensively efficient team for the duration of this run with Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard. And this week has been a massive cratering we haven't seen since the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. But Monday night may have been the point where they actually blast a hole to the other side of the Earth. The Magic scored 9 points in the third quarter vs. the Sixers. Philly scored just 74 points... and won. This isn't the end of the world for the Magic... but you can see it from here.




Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:39 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 8:44 pm
 

Report: Jailed ex-NBA star now 'Moses of Rikers'

Former NBA player Jayson Williams is reportedly a hero in prison. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

From professional basketball player to prison prophet. 

Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who spent a 9-year NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, has had a rough go of it after retirement. He was convicted and jailed after accidentally shooting a limousine driver at his home and then wound up at the notorious Riker's Island prison after getting arrested again on a DWI charge in 2010.

The New York Post reports that, despite all the trouble, Williams is a popular man in prison according to one of his former fellow inmates, Christopher Hughes. 
“People treat him like a star,” said Hughes, who was released from Rikers last week after serving time for reckless assault. “Every single person shakes his hand. He is like Moses, the Moses of Rikers.”

He described how Williams, 43, attends church and leads Bible-study classes every day.

“Jayson would sign people’s Bibles,” Hughes told us. “I would ask him why, and he’d say, ‘Fake it till you make it.’ I thought he was saying, ‘If I can get them in the door through this signature, then at least I got them in the room to see Christ.’ ”

Williams is reportedly writing a book, according to the paper.

Not to be flip, but this is an eerie case of life imitating art. Who could forget when former Los Angeles Lakers forward Rick Fox played Jackson Vahue, a disgraced basketball player turned convict, on "Oz," an HBO prison drama?

There is one important difference. Vahue turned to drugs once imprisoned while Williams, from this account, is making the most of his stint in the clink. It was beyond comprehensible that Williams found himself re-arrested after what should have been clearly a life-altering experience in the limo driver shooting, but it's never too late to see the error in one's ways.

Indeed, Vahue re-appeared on "Oz" as a parolee who returned to the prison to counsel the younger inmates. With any luck, Williams' life and book -- reportedly titled "Humbled" -- wind up coming full circle to find a similarly happy ending.
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:06 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 10:43 am
 

Sixers call Knicks about Amar'e Stoudemire trade?

Amar'e Stoudemire is reportedly drawing interest from the 76ers. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The vultures are swirling around the big, rotten apple.

With the New York Knicks just 7-13 to start the season and All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire scoring 8 points per game less than last season, the first rush of trade winds is in effect.

CSNPhilly.com reports that it is the Philadelphia 76ers, an Atlantic Division rival, that phoned the Knicks to inquire about Stoudemire's availability.
According to a league source, the Sixers have inquired about Stoudemire, though it was categorized as “due diligence.” Nothing is said to be imminent or even in the early stages other than just talk, the source said. Nevertheless, in past seasons the Sixers were reportedly discussing trade scenarios with the Phoenix Suns in order to acquire Stoudemire.
The Knicks' early season struggles are well-documented. Without a capable point guard to point the group in the right direction, New York has stumbled out of the gate and is currently tracking to be a lottery team despite the presence of two All-Stars and Tyson Chandler in the starting lineup.

Stoudemire, who drew some MVP talk last season, has been hit particularly hard, averaging just 17.7 points and shooting 42.8 percent from the field so far this season. For comparison, he hasn't averaged less than 20 points in a season in which he was healthy since his rookie year in 2002-2003 and he's a career 53.3 percent shooter. His effectiveness on offense, the only side of the ball where he's a real difference-maker, has plummeted from elite to pedestrian.

To see those changes from a 29-year-old player of his caliber, even one with his injury history, is unusual. The obvious read here is that the struggles are of the situational variety. The lack of a backcourt plus the lockout-shortened season plus the presence of a ball-dominating Carmelo Anthony is a tricky trio for Stoudemire to overcome. Smart teams should be calling.

Of course that doesn't mean that he's actually going anywhere. Including this season, Stoudemire has roughly $83 million left to be payed on the massive contract he signed prior to last season. Given that he can't be amnestied by a team that trades for him, any suitor would assume all of the injury-related risk that the massive contract represents. With the new collective bargaining agreement's harsher luxury tax system kicking in soon, teams are expected to be increasingly wary of having monster type deals on their books for non-monster performers. 

The questions right now: Will Stoudemire return to form and, if so, when? If it doesn't happen soon, and in a big way, it will be next to impossible to trade him before the deadline. If it does happen, New York's motivation to keep him skyrockets. Unless his personal improvement brings with it an even deeper team-wide struggle, it's difficult to see a sweet spot created where other teams are interested in his services at his price and New York is willing to part ways.

This was a long-winded way of saying these rumors are premature.

Related: Another trade scenario, involving Stoudemire in a package to the Orlando Magic for All-Star center Dwight Howard, was also raised last week

Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:31 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:36 pm
 

Iguodala matches Wizards' dimes by himself

By Matt Moore

Andre Iguodala had nine assists in the first half vs. the Wizards

The Wizards had nine assists in the first half vs. the Sixers.

Iguodala out-assisted the entire Wizards team in the first half Monday night. He also had 2 points, 2 rebounds, a block and a steal as the Sixers lead by 30. Iguodala is cementing himself as one of the top wings in the league, which lead to my saying he was a dark horse non-star MVP candidate

The question is whether that is more impressive for Iguodala or sad for the Wizards. Six of one-half, half-a-dime of the other?
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm
 

NBA Power Rankings: Breakdown, Takedown Vol. 5

Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver

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The 2011-2012 NBA season continues. Here's the fifth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.

What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.

1. Too High: Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3. I'm excited about the 76ers start. A 10-3 start qne a +14.9 win differential. However, before we get all worked up and start declaring the 76ers a true contender, realize they have one of the worst strength of schedule in the league. Only one win has come against a .500 team and that was over the Pacers. Their three losses are to Portland, Utah and New York. The Sixers are a good team and are playing really well. But third? They need to beat somebody first. -- RY

2. Too Low: Miami Heat at No. 10. The loss of guard Dwyane Wade to an ankle injury is huge, the late-game meltdowns were ugly, and the three-game losing streak is tough. It was a horrible week, but not so bad that Miami deserved to be dropped behind virtually a third of the NBA. That said, the next week's schedule doesn't do the Heat any favors -- with games against the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, plus a back-to-back -- but at least they will be doing it from the comfort of a 5-game homestand. -- BG

3. Most Overrated: Portland Trail Blazers at No. 5. For a time, the Blazers were wiggling their way to being a true contender in the West and a challenger to Oklahoma City. But Portland has dropped three of four, Raymond Felton is playing completely terrible basketball and the Blazers are finding it a bit difficult to find points lately. The Blazers are a good team, but I think a lot of people got a bit to overeager to crown them a challenger in the West. They very well could be because LaMarcus Aldridge is real star material, but before Portland is a true top five team, Felton and Jamal Crawford are going to have play better. -- RY

4. Most Overlooked: Orlando Magic at No. 7. The ranking of the Magic at No. 7 is absolutely justified, given their strong road trip, 4-game winning streak and presence on top of the Southeast Division, and they might even lay claim to a placement one or two notches higher. Their early-season credit is getting lost in the Dwight Howard trade hysteria but this is a deadly efficient team when they are clicking, perhaps the best in the league. Ryan Anderson's emergence has been pleasant, although not wholly surprising, and the Magic's hot outside shooting has more than compensated for a slow individual start from Jameer Nelson. -- BG

5. Sure Thing: Boston Celtics at No. 18. Make it five straight losses for the Celtics and even though they were competitive one of the league's top three teams, they still lost at home. Boston is 4-8 and on the outside looking in for the playoffs. It's hard to imagine they'll stay there much longer, but let's be honest here: Explain how they're going to get better? What's going to change? Kevin Garnett can't jump, Paul Pierce isn't getting his own shot easily anymore and while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo have been fine, the team's defense is getting carved up. The Celtics are a bottom half team right now. No way around it. -- RY

6. Wild Card: Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 16. I like this ranking a lot, even if it's almost incomprehensible to think that the Cavaliers are better than a good half of the NBA. This isn't a gimmick or charity placement; rookie point guard Kyrie Irving has simply been amazing -- 17.7 points and 5.3 assists per game as a teenager (!) -- but Cleveland's lack of depth and questionable supporting pieces makes this a team that is seemingly vulnerable to a late-season slowdown, especially if Irving hits the rookie wall. In the meantime, enjoy the feeling of .500, Cleveland! -- BG
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:39 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:11 am
 

Report Card: Anderson and Orlando work some magic

Posted by Royce Young and Matt Moore



Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments.

Ryan Anderson and the Magic

Orlando might've picked up its best win of the season Monday in New York and the Magic did it behind Ryan Anderson's scoring barrage. Anderson has emerged as a legit option for the Magic and with Dwight Howard inside, Anderson, a finesse power forward, can afford to play on the perimeter. It's really a pretty perfect pairing, much in the way Rashard Lewis worked well playing alongside Howard. Anderson went for 30 against the Knicks and did it with seven 3-pointers. -- RY

Kyrie Irving

Irving closed out the Bobcats with a series of dervish inside moves and layups. His handle and confidence improves every game and he's now distributing as well. Ricky Rubio has all the hype but right now Irving needs to at least share the lead for ROY. The Cavaliers keep winning, surprisingly, and it looks more and more like they have a star to build around. He's got great control over his body in mid-air and his shooting is surprisingly on target for a rookie. He took the team on his back to get the win Monday, and that's exactly what the Cavs want to see. -- MM

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder

That's six straight for Oklahoma City, but how about Westbrook? He drilled back-to-back 3-pointers in crunchtime, scored 26 points and made plays all over the court in Boston for the Thunder. He was helped obviously by Kevin Durant (28 points) but the unusual suspect of Thabo Sefolosha stepped up with 19 points on 7-9 shooting. The Celtics were a desperate team Monday looking for a win to hang their hat on and OKC did what needed to be done. Impressive victory for the team now with the league's best record.

Memphis Grizzlies

The bad: the third quarter where the Grizzlies let a 25-point lead evaporate. But other than that, which was largely fueled by a free throw disparity and C.J. Watson stealing the spirit of Derrick Rose who missed the game with turf toe, the Grizzlies were brilliant. Rudy Gay scored 24 points, his third 20-plus points game. The offensive flow was working and they hustled defensively. Memphis has won three straight and is back to ball hawking in the passing lanes to force turnovers. Rose's absence was of course the difference. -- MM

John Wall

It's not his fault his team stinks. OK, maybe it's kind of his fault because as the de facto "star," he's supposedly to lift everyone else to a higher place. But still, against the Rockets Monday, he did what he could do. Wall went for 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds but didn't get much else from his fellow starters who scored a combined 30 points as the Wizards lost to Houston. -- RY

Zone

The Magic dropped into a zone, and much the same way the zone has jacked with the Heat's star-powered lineups, it clogged up the works. It makes sense if you think about it. Teams with star power that don't have competent shooters are going to struggle when the athleticism is compromised and more pressure is applied by angling the zone to the star players. Zone is seldom used in the NBA, but the playoffs could have a ton of it this year. -- MM

Sixers Distribution

Against a very good defensive team in Milwaukee, the Sixers had four players in double digits. The Sixers aren't beating teams with star power, they're beating teams with coaching, execution, and depth. It's really important to note now how good this Sixers team is because if they're playing this well in May, they're going to make a run and stun some teams. They have a great bench scorer, they have a solid all-around frontcourt, they have a do-it-all forward in Iguodala playing the best ball of his career. Fear the Sixers. -- MM

Boston Celtics

The Celtics were competitive and actually had a chance to beat one of the best, if not the best team in the league Monday, but were bitten by the unlikely barrage of 3-pointers from Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook. It has to be a tad encouraging that the Celtics were ready, played good defense and really pounded the glass. Still they lost their fifth straight and their four wins are against Washington (twice), New Jersey and Detroit. -- RY

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls without Rose reverted back to a largely inefficient team, but more concerning was their lack of defense as the Grizzlies relentlessly attacked the rim. Essentially, unless Omer Asik was in, the rim was vulnerable. The question has to be asked for the hundreth time, if the Bulls would be better off with Taj Gibson starting, and now Asik is angling for the job of Joakim Noah. Noah was particularly bad, getting outworked and outsmarted by Marc Gasol and dunked on by Rudy Gay in space, while missing layups. Rose is the reason they lost, but there was a lot not to like for Chicago. -- MM

Carmelo Anthony

He returned to the Knicks. He scored 33 points but did it in 9-27 shooting and New York lost to the Magic. So a pretty Melo day all around. (Get it? Melo... You get it.) -- RY


The Hornets

Here's the starting five the Hornets rolled out against Portland: Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli, Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith and DaJuan Summers. Does that strike you as a competitive NBA team? Jack led the Hornets in scoring with 21 points, but my goodness does that team need Eric Gordon back. A lot of teams are fun to watch even when they're bad because of young players or because it's comical, but the Hornets don't really even have interesting players right now. -- RY
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:02 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 1:16 am
 

Report Card 1.9.12: Iggy's World

By Matt Moore



Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments.

Philadelphia 76ers

If the Pacers are the surprising Eastrn team getting all the attention for their upgrades in the offseason, the Sixers are the team suprising based off the improvements of the core they've put together. The Sixers ground down the Pacers into dirt, forcing them into a 37 percent field goal percentage. Danny Granger was out with food poisoning and George Hill didn't play, but the Sixers have won five straight. Mostly on account of...

Andre Iguodala

There were four key plays you saw from Iguodala in the fourth quarter. He took his man off the dribble, slipped in-between two more defenders, then whipped a pass to a wide open Thaddeus Young for the baseline J. He then did the exact same thing from the left side wing, bouncing all the way to the far side, and dishing to Jodie Meeks for three. Then with the game still marginally in doubt, Iguodla posted his man and hit a turnaround jumper for the dagger. Iguodala is doing everything he has done the past few years, and more. And he's doing all of those things better than ever.

Toronto Raptors


The Raptors took down a dangerous Timberwolves team Monday night the way you would expect. Defense and dominating play from Andrea Bargnani. Wait, what? The impressive turnaround continues in Toronto. Bargnani had nine rebounds, and was unstoppable on offense. Meanwhile, Ed David made key plays and the Raptors shut off the lane to contain Ricky Rubio and the smooth

New York Knicks


The Bobcats are a decent team, it's not about that. I's that the Knicks continue to be unable to put together long stretches of cohesive play on either side of the ball. Needing D.J. Augustin to miss a wide-open three that would tie is just not a big confidence-getter at home. Still, they hung in there and got the win, so that's good enough for a passing grade. 

New Jersey Nets


The Nets get an F for their first quarter, again, and then a C for the rest of the game. They keep battling back but the Nets put themselves in deep holes way too much. You get the feeling that teams are basically pummeling the Knicks early, then taking their foot off the pedal and letting the Nets hang. Good on the Nets for not giving up, but in terms of getting the most out of limited options, Avery Johnson hasn't done a great job this season.

Detroit Pistons


 For reasons unknown to man, Lawrence Fank keeps playing veterans, all of whom shoot more than Greg Monroe, their best player, and having Ben Gordon play point. And that worked against the Bulls about as well as you would expect. The Pistons turned the ball over on eight out of ten possessions at one point, and repeatedly keep going to offense that isn't centered to their strengths. It's time for a youth movement in Detroit, and the results be damned. Losing anyway.

Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies looking to get Speights in deal

Posted by Royce Young

The Grizzlies front line is thin and has been even thinner with Darrell Arthur's season-ending injury and now Zach Randolph's knee turned out to be more serious than originally though (out eight weeks with an MCL tear).

Currently though, Memphis doesn't have really any depth inside.

But they're looking to beef that up. According to ESPN.com, the Grizzlies are in "advanced talks" to acquire Marreese Speights from the 76ers in a three-team deal with the Hornets.

In the proposed trade, Speights would go to Memphis, Xavier Henry to New Orleans and the Hornets would give Philadelphia two future first round picks. Those aren't big names, but that's quietly kind of a big trade.

Speights will make a huge impact on the Grizzlies, but they'll be giving up a lottery pick from last year in Henry. Henry hasn't been able to find a spot in the Memphis rotation with O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen getting the minutes in front of him, but the Hornets, a team in search of young talent, could be a good fit for him. It comes at the cost of future first round picks, something the Hornets want to rebuild with after the Chris Paul deal, but Henry is a first round talent anyway.

Speights has been a terrific bench player with the 76ers in terms of per-minute production, but hasn't found many minutes this season, not having played yet instead seeing Doug Collins go with rookie Nikola Vucevic. But for Memphis, Speights will immediately step into the rotation and play big minutes for a contender.

Assuming it goes through, it's a quality deal for Memphis because it's something that fills a very big need. While giving up Henry is a shame, he wasn't a player seeing minutes anyway and the Grizzlies are trying to win now, not build for the future anymore.
 
 
 
 
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