Tag:Brandon Jennings
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:59 am
 

Shootaround 2.3.11: Getting better all the time

Injuries improving, the Cavaliers are sad, Paul Pierce wants Ray in the 3-Point Contest so he can beat him. Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Trevor Ariza severely sprained his ankle in last night's loss to the Timberwolves, and is out indefinitely. Ariza's had another inconsistent season, but he's still a significant part of the Hornets, who are now without two starters as Okafor continues to recover. They can't afford to lose too many guys more. 

Marcus Camby says he's close to returning. His coach says he's out a "few more weeks." Which is it? Maybe Nate's just used to saying (X player) will be out "a few more weeks" and responded by reflex. 

Scott Skiles says Brandon Jennings' minute restriction could be lifted soon.

A comprehensive review of possible trade partners for the Sacramento Kings

A celebration of Christian Eyenga getting into the top 200 in Cavalier points history. Things are sad in Cleveland. 

Kevin Love's odds at the All-Star game are not good

Paul Pierce wants to face down one guy in the 3-point contest: Ray Allen

Does the league need to do a better job of screening ownership? Maybe if they had done that in the beginning, contraction wouldn't be such a hot topic right now. 

Derrick Rose is the type to hold grudges, which is partially why he beat the Clippers, and partially why his free throw shooting has improved so much. 

In case you missed it, Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki is the MVP
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 7:11 pm
 

NBA announces Rookie / Sophomore All-Star rosters

The NBA has announced the rosters for it's annual rookie vs. sophomore challenge game during All-Star weekend. Posted by Ben Golliver. griffin-evans

It seems like we say this every year, but, on paper, the Sophomores are going to absolutely destroy the Rookies in this year's Rookie Challenge. The NBA released the rosters for the two teams on Tuesday, and the Sophomores tout reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, along with his stiff competition for that award: Brandon Jenning and Stephen Curry

The Rookies pair up the lock for 2011 Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin, and John Wall, which is a match made in highlight heaven. Past those two, and perhaps DeMarcus Cousins and glue guy Landry Fields, the talent level tails off pretty hard, pretty fast. 

Here's the full list of names, via the NBA. 
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, the reigning T-Mobile  Rookie of the Year, and Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin, the only  player  in  the  NBA  averaging at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, lead a list of 18 players selected for the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam to be held on Friday, Feb. 18, in Los Angeles during NBA All-Star 2011.
The participants in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam were selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot. 

Joining  Evans  on  the Sophomore team are: San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Serge Ibaka, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, the top selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, joins Griffin on the Rookie team, which also includes: Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, New Jersey Nets forward Derrick Favors, New York Knicks guard Landry Fields, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson, Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe, and San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal.
While this is barely worth noting because we're talking about an exhibition game, Blair, Gibson, Ibaka and Matthews all boast post-season experience and combine to possess a fair bit of basketball intelligence. And by that I mean: they'll play harder than most, but when Blake Griffin is about to make one of his posters they'll be savvy enough to get out of the way. 

One other footnote: DeRozan, Ibaka and Griffin will all be in the Slam Dunk contest as well. 

I can't wait for this game. There's a distinct possibility that Wall could throw Griffin an alley-oop from the far baseline, setting a Guiness record in the process.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:12 am
 

Shootaround 1.19.11: Butler targets the playoffs

Posted by Royce Young
  • Caron Butler says he can be back for the playoffs: "I know what muscles to keep fired, what little things to do," Butler said. "I just need some time. I've been through this before when I was 15 years old and it took about 4.5 months to come back from, and I was rolling. I was good. I was healthy. So I just need some time."
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "If Dwight Howard ends up pulling a Shaq and leaving after next season for Los Angeles, the City of Orlando should immediately sue the Magic and the NBA for $500 million in damages. That's how much it cost to build the new arena that we were led to believe would be the Dwight House for years and years to come. Now there are rumblings and rumors and angst and anxiety that Dwight might try to orchestrate an exit a la LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony when his contract is up after next season. If he does then we were sold a half-a-billion-dollars worth of hot air."
  • Speaking of surgery, holy crap about Marcus Camby. I think Matt Moore put it best: "In the meantime, the Blazers will suffer through their fifth player undergoing knee surgery this season. Five. Oden, Roy, rookie Elliot Williams , Jeff Pendergraph, and now Camby. This is the third center this season, fourth to miss some time this season due to knee surgery (Przybilla missing significant time in the beginning). This has moved beyond ridiculous. It's into patently absurd. It's ludicrous."
  • Mikhail Prokorov is coming to New Jersey tonight. Fred Kerber of the New York Post: "The circus that has evolved around the Nets truly becomes a three-ring affair tonight. In the center ring will be billionaire Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is in the country for the Nets' 'Evening of Russian Culture,' but presumably also to seek a meeting with Carmelo Anthony if the Nets and Nuggets finalize the framework of a trade and if permission is granted to speak with the star about signing an extension."
  • We told you about a report that Anaheim is making a play for the Kings. Victor Contreras of the Sac Bee: "Maloof told The Bee's Dale Kasler "No, no, no" when asked if KFBK's report was accurate. On a follow-up call Tuesday morning, Maloof told Bee sports columnist Ailene Voisin he can no longer comment on arena issues as instructed by the NBA. Also Tuesday, a Honda Center spokesperson wouldn't comment about possible discussions with NBA owners but reiterated that the arena would love to host an NBA tenant. So what's fact? The city is still entertaining ideas from developers on arena proposals that would keep the team in Sacramento long term. What's fiction? The Maloofs would put themselves in position to lose control of the franchise."
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:37 pm
 

JaVale McGee might be a pretty good contest bet

Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin is the clear favorite in this year's dunk contest. Everyone knows that. He has the hype, the big name, the homecourt advanatage and the ability. Everyone assumes he's going to walk easily to the crown.

In fact, he's a pretty big favorite. According to the betting site Bodog, Griffin is a 1/2 favorite to win the dunk contest. Brandon Jennings, who some have questioned even being in the contest, is next at 5/2. JaVale McGee is at 5/1 and Serge Ibaka is the longshot at 7/1.

But check out JaVale McGee practicing for the contest via CSN Washington. In one dunk, he folds a piece of paper and puts it in the net, jumps and bites it out of the net and dunks. Not bad. With his length, size and ability, surely McGee is going to have something good in store. So at 5/1, he might be the best bet out there.



The key to being successful is being quirky and clever without being corny and overly proppy. Blowing out a candle on a cupcake? Clever. Coming out of a phone booth in a cape? Corny.

The line isn't very wide between the two, but something like a piece of paper in the net is pretty good. It accomplishes what you want. It shows just how high you can jump, how skilled you are and how creative you can be. Turn that paper into something better ($100 bill? A replica of the new CBA? An autographed picture of David Stern?) and you've really got something good.

Each player is going to have a "dunk coach" which I guess it supposed to help them come up with ideas. Griffin has Kenny Smith working with him, McGee has Chris Webber, Jennings gets former great dunker Daryl Dawkins and Ibaka has teammate Kevin Durant helping him. Smith said last night on TNT that Griffin will have at least one prop dunk for the contest. Let's hope it's more clever and not corner.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:04 am
 

Shootaround 1.6.11: Executed

Posted by Royce Young
  • 48 Minutes of Hell on how the San Antonio imploded: "However, this comedy of errors was far from complete. After Manu Ginobili hit a quick three-pointer, the ever-poised Paul Pierce coughed up a quick turnover, as did Nate Robinson on the following play and, after Richard Jefferson calmly sunk two free throws, the Spurs found themselves down by two with 33 seconds left. What had appeared, if not impossible, than highly unlikely, came to pass: All the Spurs needed to do was play solid defense (a tall order as of late), secure the rebound and they’d have a shot to tie or win the game."
  • Samuel Dalembert opens up to the Sacramento Bee: "They have to let me know which direction they want to go. They know what I do best. I block shots, rebound, get us in the fast break. Am I going to play the next five years in a place that is a contender, or am I going to be here, helping this team get better? It's up to them. But I am not going to lie. This is very frustrating."
  • Breene Murphy of ClipperBlog on the win over Denver: "But for now, Clippers fans should enjoy the solace of the win over the Nuggets. The two games prior showed that the Clippers are not going to make constant improvements, there will be setbacks against good teams, but they are learning enough where they can continue to bounce back and show very real progress."
  • Rajon Rondo is back. CelticsHub: "Now that you’re really back, we recognize our own team again. Which makes us realize that the only thing that really distinguishes the Celtics on offense is how you make them go. Celtics basketball is half a myth, basically, because it doesn’t fully manifest itself without you on the floor. You were supernaturally aware of where the ball was going to be tonight. Like the moment when you held out your hand and the ball spontaneously appeared in it:"
Posted on: January 5, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 6:26 pm
 

A closer look at the 4 dunk contest competitors

Posted by Royce Young

So the NBA has made it official. Your four dunkers in this year's Slam Dunk Contest are Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka, JaVale McGee and Brandon Jennings.

Some see it as a bit of a lackluster crowd and while sans Griffin it's missing a big name, I see it as an intriguing group. Griffin and Ibaka are power finishers, McGee is a stupid athletic seven-footer and Jennings is your classic small guard that can leap. Plus he's left-handed which always makes dunks look a little cooler.

One thing that's somewhat interesting to be is the dunking resumes each bring in though. According to CBSSports.com's very cool tool the Dunk-O-Meter, Griffin leads the league with 81 slams. McGee has 55 which puts him seventh. Ibaka, who plays less, has 41 finishes putting him 13th. And then there's Jennings who on the season, has only two, yes two , dunks.

A dunk contest participant with just two actual dunks. Seems a little strange.

Now Jennings is at a disadvantage because of where he plays. When you're a point guard, you don't have the luxury of standing under the rim just waiting for a guard to set you up for a dunk. So it's natural his number is lower. Russell Westbrook is the top dunking point guard with 25. After that it's Monta Ellis with 17, then John Wall with 10. So it's not like the point guard position really lends to a lot of high-flying finishers.

Plus, the contest isn't about in-game dunking. It's about flying high and showing off, something Jennings is very good at. For instance, Nate Robinson who has taken home the crown a record three times only has one dunk this season. Granted, a lot of people feel like Robinson was a problem in the contest but still, we all know he can dunk. He just hasn't had a lot of opportunity in games.

Consider some of the league's top dunkers. LaMarcus Aldridge is third with 64 crams. Roy Hibbert is in the top 20. I don't think anyone would be all that excited to see either one of those guys in the contest. So obviously it's not about how many dunks you have, it's about how good they are.

Griffin is going to be disappointing. People are expecting so much from him that no matter what, he's not going to be able to live up to their expectations. I think unless he jumps over the jumbotron or makes a dunk from the 3-point line, fans won't be satisfied. This isn't to say Griffin won't be absolutely awesome -- because he will be -- but I'm not sure he's going to give the performance people hope for.

McGee is going to impress people and will most certainly go for a free throw line punch. With his size and length, he'll easily pull it off. Ibaka already has accomplished a free throw line yam and also has one dunk contest title under his belt. Those three come with a pretty good pedigree. It's Jennings who people are wondering about.

But don't let the stats fool you. Jennings may just have two aerial attacks to his name this season but that doesn't mean he won't hold his own.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:52 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 2:09 am
 

Report: Griffin on '11 dunk contest roster

Posted by Royce Young

Ready for your 2011 All-Star weekend dunk contest participants? According to the Los Angeles Times, it'll be a bit of a big man showcase. Blake Griffin heads the field that includes JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Griffin has previously said he'd be interested and after a video briefly appeared on his player page on NBA.com with the words "DO NOT PUBLISH" with it, it was pretty much assured that he'd be included.



Jennings has a little local connection as he attended Dominguez High in Compton before he finished his high school career at Oak Hill Academy. Jennings recently suffered a broken right foot and is expected to be out four to six weeks, but he is expected to be healthy for All-Star weekend. A little odd that he's included in the field, I must say. And not just because of the injury.

McGee is absolutely a high-flyer, but he's probably better known for a fairly epic failure on an attempted finish than he is for one of his big dunks. I'm sure he'll attempt the free throw line finish in the contest and with his length, probably pull it off.

One guy that has pulled off the free throw line dunk is Ibaka, who won a European dunk contest while playing in Spain. Ibaka isn't necessarily the flashiest finisher but more of a putback and alley-oop guy. But he's got ridiculous athletic ability and a ton of power. And you know his Thunder teammates will be there with him, so it's not hard to see Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant joining in somehow in one of his dunks. Westbrook lobbing to Ibaka could make for a very nice slam.

And then of course Griffin. He'll be a huge favorite and not just because of the home field advantage of L.A. He's got the name power and the popularity coming in, but also a ton of dunking ability.

To me, this field strikes me as a no-nonsense group. It's like the league is trying to get back to the roots of the contest and weed out the trickery and prop usage we've seen over the past few years. With this field, I think we're going to get more straightforward dunks than we have in the past. Some have felt the contest has been watered down recently with all the theatrics and extra stuff, so with Ibaka, Griffin, McGee and Jennings, we might just see dunks for a change. Which would be nice.

An official announcement of the dunk contest participants will be this Thursday on TNT before the usual double-header.

Last year there was a dunk-off during the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, but it looks like we've already got our four. LeBron James said he was torn as to if he should enter, but apparently he's staying out for another year.

The field definitely looks a bit lackluster at first glance as it's missing a big name to go alongside Griffin, but there's potential here. Watching big guys dunk has always been fun and obviously this group has the size flavor. I'm sure some people aren't going to be thrilled, but I think this group is going to surprise people.

Posted on: December 20, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Bucks' Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss a month or more with a fractured left foot. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-jennings

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has upped his production pretty much across the board in his second NBA season, a nice follow-up to a rookie year that found him in contention for the 2010 Rookie of the Year. And unlike his fellow Rookie of the Year candidates, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he hadn't missed any time due to injuries, starting in all 25 of Milwaukee's games to date. That run comes to an end Monday, as Journal-Times.com reports on Twitter that Jennings is expected to miss "at least four weeks" with a foot injury after undergoing an MRI and will not be active for Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Bucks later issued a press release that calls the injury a "fractured left foot - fifth metatarsal" and puts Jennings' recovery timeline at 4-6 weeks after a surgery that will will be performed Monday afternoon. It wasn't clear this past weekend exactly what was troubling Jennings. He told the Journal Sentinel he felt pain throughout his left leg and that it was limiting his mobility.
Jennings said he was expecting to have tests on his left foot, which he injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half against San Antonio on Wednesday night.
But he returned for the second half against the Spurs and played 30 minutes Saturday. Jennings has started in every game since the Bucks selected him with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, a total of 107 consecutive regular-season games and seven playoff games. "At first it was my knee and it went down to my ankle, but right now I don't know what the real problem is, so I'm not going to talk about it too much," Jennings said. "I wanted to give it a go just to see what it felt like. "But not a lot of really good lateral movement for me. I couldn't really come off the screens and do what I want to do because of the foot."
Jennings is currently leading the Bucks in scoring at 17.9 points per game and has averaged 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals so far this season. Even though he's taking more shots this year, he's improved his overall field goal percentage from 37.1% to 39.1%, nothing to write home about, but it is progress. Despite his scoring numbers, he's known around the league as a flashy playmaker, and his ability to spread the ball around has ensured that teammates John Salmons, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette are all averaging in double figures this season. The Bucks were already off to a disappointing start at 10-15, good third place in the Central Division, and the loss of their top scorer and main playmaker only makes things worse. Milwaukee will be forced to get by with backups Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins, a pretty unappetizing pair. Dooling, as unimpressive as it gets, and Boykins, as undersized as it gets, could make for an ugly December and January for Bucks fans.  That all three 2010 Rookie of the Year finalists have now been burdened with injuries so early this season is an unfortunate coincidence. Evans has battled plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss time last week, while Curry, who has rolled his ankle more times than anyone can count, is hoping for a Christmas return after his latest injury. Is this what they mean by sophomore slump?
 
 
 
 
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