Tag:Phoenix Suns
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 11:53 am

Oliver Miller arrested after alleged gun assault

Former NBA player Oliver Miller was arrested after an incident at a barbecue. Posted by Ben Golliver. oliver-miller

My great-grandfather Elmer taught me two lessons. One: Never interrupt an argument between a husband and a wife. Two: never, ever stand between a man and his plate of ribs. 

It sounds like someone violated Elmer's second commandment on Tuesday, as former NBA player Oliver Miller, best known for his outlandish weight, was arrested after he allegedly pistol-whipped a man at a barbecue according to a report from WUSA9.com
A former NBA player was arrested Tuesday morning for pistol whipping a man at a barbecue, police said.
Oliver Miller, 41, of Edgewater, was arrested after police were called out to a barbecue in Arnold, Md., for a report of an assault with a handgun, police said.
Miller wasn't at the Birchrest Court home Sunday, when police arrived to the call. Police say they tracked him down based on eye witness accounts and a 9MM GLOCK magazine that was left behind at the scene.
Can you imagine being the lab technician whose job it was to pull honey barbecue sauce stained fingerprints off of a Glock, only to realize that they belonged to a notorious former NBA player who recently topped out at 415 pounds? Is that the best day of your life or the saddest day of your life? 

Miller is reportedly being charged with first and second degree assault and a slew of gun charges. 

Miller played nine seasons in the NBA, averaging 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The journeyman center played for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:14 pm

Suns try Hack-a-Perk, Scott Brooks not a fan

Posted by Royce Young

Some strange stuff happened in fourth quarter of the Suns - Thunder game. Probably nothing stranger than the Zabian Dowdell - Ken Mauer issue, but Phoenix used an old tactic to try and get back in the game.

Trailing by 15 with 4:55 remaining, the Suns were watching the Thunder run away from them in the fourth quarter and with it, maybe taking their playoff hopes with them. Alvin Gentry was desperate and so he busted out a tactic I haven't seen in a while.

Intentionally foul the other team's bad free throw shooting big man.

It didn't really work as Kendrick Perkins made five of six from the line. Scott Brooks said after the game he was fine with their strategy , but it's not something he would do.

“I’m comfortable with any of our guys shooting free throws,” Brooks told reporters. “We work on it every day. Guys have a lot of confidence, and I have confidence in them. It’s good for us, we’re going to step up and make those shots. They’re free, and it puts a lot of pressure on them because now they have to score.

 “You can’t give up free shots; a foul is not a good defense in my book. But that’s not my decision to make, and I like the fact that Perk went up there and knocked them in.”

 Perk on the other hand didn't blame them.

“(Shoot), I would too if I was them,” Perkins told Pro Basketball Talk. “Yeah, the way I’ve been struggling from the line, it’s the best chance for them to get back in the game. But I’ve got to take it upon myself, step up and hit the free throws, and just go from there. I probably would have done the same thing.”

Perk is about a 60 percent free throw shooter but with the Thunder (before last night) was hitting just 36 percent from the line. And he had gone just 2-13 the past few games.

The Thunder are one of the top free throw shooting teams not just in the league, but in league history. Currently, they're only second at 82.1 percent behind the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks (82.9 percent). Perkins is obviously hurting them some in that regard.

Question is, could he hurt them even more when the games get more important? Is this a strategy we could see other teams use in the postseason? Probably not because of the rule changes that prevent teams from doing it in the closing minutes of a game, but if OKC is up 10 with four minutes left, would someone dare try it?

Doesn't matter as long as Perk does what he did last night. Step up and knock them down.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: March 31, 2011 10:38 am

Suns ejected in blowout loss to Thunder

Multiple ejections in Thunder-Suns game brings questions regarding comments to players from officials. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Was it a full-moon last night? What in tarnation got into everyone Wednesday night? After John Wall and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were through tussling, some hijinx came-a-calling in the Suns-Thunder game. 

The Thunder and Suns were in a close game going into the fourth. It was 79-73 going into the final frame, and the Suns had hung the whole way. Then, they stopped hanging. And they plummeted off the cliff and then crashed into the canyons below, even making a Wile-E.-Coyote-like "poof" when they hit the floor. After the Thunder had ran the Suns off the face of the planet, several of the Suns had some... issues with the officiating, and found themselves on the way to the locker room early. 

Okay, frustrated team has a few guys tossed in a blowout. No big deal, right? 

The issue stems from what referee Ken Mauer reportedly said which led to Suns reserve's Zabian Dowdell's initial ejection and Aaron Brooks' subsequent removal.  John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix reports that Ken Mauer allegedly called Dodwell a small female dog

Dowdell didn't like that too much.

Dowdell responded by asking if Mauer would call him that off the court, which is, not surprisingly, similar to "You wanna call me that outside?" and Mauer booted him. Dowdell was shocked at the reaction, saying he hadn't seen anything like that before in any league he's played in. As for Brooks, he ... ah, as the Thunder announcer put it, "struck a certain pose." Brooks getting tossed is no biggie, he's had trouble with the officials throughout the season. Dowdell is a different matter. 

More importantly, though, if the report is true and Mauer did refer to Dowdell that way, that's a problem. That's an official using language which could incite a player to get tossed. This is not a great time for the league to be dealing with this, with the playoffs fast approaching. We'll keep an eye on if any ramifications come from the incident. 

Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:22 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:24 am

Shootaround 3.28.11: Miami's Big 3 makes history

The Miami Heat's Big 3 make history, the Los Angeles Lakers could take a big financial hit, Russell Westbrook went big, the Portland Trail Blazers contemplate change and the New York Knicks make changes to their schedule. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • The New York Times reports that the struggling Knicks are trying everything -- including making changes to their schedule's standard operating procedures -- to try to turn things around. 
  • The L.A. Times reports that Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom sounds kind of excited about potentially winning the NBA's Sixth Man Award. "It would be a great accomplishment," he said. "I never would have seen myself four or five years ago coming off the bench."
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook was huge -- absolutely huge -- in a Sunday night win over the Portland Trail Blazers, sticking a three-pointer to ice it in the game's closing minutes. His coach Scott Brooks' take, according to The Oklahoman: “They were big shots. I'm not going to sit up here and say they were great shots, but they were big shots.”
  • ESPNLA.com says the Lakers could lose roughly 10% of their reported $3 billion cable TV deal if the Sacramento Kings move to Anaheim.
  • NetsDaily.com interviews Dmitry Razumov, "indispensable man" to New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. "I’ve closed many deals during my career," Razumov tells NetsDaily. "My proudest moments with the Nets so far have been when we closed the deal and the Deron trade." 
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:27 am

Lakers need three OTs to put away the pesky Suns

Posted by Royce Young

You want March Madness, have you some March Madness.

The Lakers and Suns played an instant classic Tuesday night with the game going to three extra frames before Los Angeles finally prevailed, 139-137. Here's how wild this one was: Eventually it took a Ron Artest takeover in the third overtime for this thing to go to bed.

It was the type of game where it appeared to be over multiple times, but because of the Suns' ability to knock down 3s and the Lakers having Kobe Bryant, neither team would lay down. Finally the Suns ran out of gas after Artest hit a tough jumper in the lane to put the Lakers up five with a minute to go. Channing Frye drained a 3 to get it back to two, but Kobe hit a runner with 14 seconds left to put L.A. back up four. The Suns wasted too much time before Vince Carter finally hit a layup with 1.2 seconds left and all the Lakers had to do was get the ball in.

But that's just how it ended. How we got there is the interesting part.

In regulation, Grant Hill hit a corner 3 to tie the game at 112-112. Kobe missed a decent look to win and Phoenix snared the rebound. With a chance to win at the buzzer and save us all an extra hour, Carter missed wide on a 3 at the horn. On to overtime.

The Lakers looked to have it locked up leading by three and after a missed trey, Steve Nash tracked down the rebound and kicked back to Frye who was fouled on a desperation 3 by Lamar Odom. Naturally Frye drained all three free throws and we were off to another five minutes.

Phoenix had its chance in the second OT. Nash made an absolutely unreal play passing the ball behind his back as he was falling of out bounds to Marcin Gortat who steamrolled down the lane, eventually kicking to a wide open Frye who drained a 3 to put the Suns up 130-128 with 50 seconds left. The Suns got a stop, but Nash was unable to convert. The Lakers ended up with Pau Gasol knocking down a pair of free throws to knot the game at 130-130 and send us to a third overtime.

The Suns scored first and the Lakers started the third OT frame 0-6 from the field before Kobe eventually drained a deep ball. But maybe the biggest play came right before it as Grant Hill, who had defended Kobe brilliantly, picked up back-to-back which happened to be his fifth and sixth. Kobe immediately dropped the 3 to put L.A. up 133-132. Artest came up with a steal and a surprising lefty dunk, then hit the jumper that basically sealed it.

It was, quite the game.

A lot was on the line for Phoenix who are battling for eighth in the West while the Lakers are still trying to lock up the No. 2 seed. The Suns obviously need every game they're in and this one was no exception. They're three games back of the Grizzlies right now and with time running low on this season, each game is at the highest importance. Shame is, this triple-overtime game may cost them two, as they play Wednesday night at home versus the Raptors. Obviously still winnable, but it'll be interesting to see how the old bodies of Nash and Hill respond to play for three-plus hours.

Some games just don't die. Especially when you have a team as resiliant and hungry as the Suns against a team as talented and smart as the Lakers. What's funny, is that the only reason we got to three overtimes is because the Lakers blew a 15-point lead in the second half. The Suns got hot from 3, the Laker offense went cold (specifically the second unit) and Phoenix executed and hung in there. It's a bummer for the Suns to put that much in only to lose, but it was quite the effort and truly a terrific game.

Some stats from this one:
  • Channing Frye played a game-high 57 minutes. He scored 32 points and had 14 rebounds.
  • Coming off the bench, Marcin Gortat played 53 minutes and had 24 points and 16 rebounds.
  • The Lakers took 120 shots. Phoenix attempted 106.
  • The upset of the night? Kobe played 48 minutes and three overtimes yet somehow still only took 31 shots. He scored 42 points though and had 12 rebounds and nine assists to go with it.
  • Steve Nash finished with 20 assists and 19 points.
  • Impressive stat:The Lakers and Suns combined for just 22 turnovers in a triple-overtime game. That's crazy.
  • Opposite of impressive: In a game that went to three OTs and was that close, Vince Carter was still somehow a -20.
  • Derek Fisher finished with just two points on 0-7 shooting in 46 minutes.
  • Robin Lopez, who started the game at center for Phoenix, played only 10 minutes.
  • This was only second-ever triple-OT game at home in Los Angeles Lakers history. Other one came in February 1969.
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 8:56 pm

Blake Griffin vicious dunk on Marcin Gortat video

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin does it again, but gets called for a charge. Posted by Ben Golliver. blake-griffin-marcin-gortat

Absolutely no one could forget when Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin used New York Knicks center Timofey Mozgov as a launching pad, hurtling himself up and over Mozgov to throw down a volleyball style spike dunk that was replayed ad nauseum for months. Really, it was the moment Griffin arrived as an NBA player.

Guess what? He did it again. Almost. 

With the Phoenix Suns leading 97-84 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin slipped a high screen and roll with point guard Mo Williams at the top of the key. Cutting straight down the middle of the paint Griffin gathered himself as Suns center Marcin Gortat slid over near the protected circle. Griffin leaped without hesitation, using his left arm to boost himself well over Gortat and getting his right arm well, well above the rim. 

Griffin then flung the ball down towards the basket with maximum force, looking much like Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during his Superman NBA Slam Dunk contest dunk. The ball went through the hoop but the baseline referee whistled Griffin for a charge, much to his surprise and dismay. 

Upon video replay, Gortat appears to have his heels off the ground and his toes outside the protected circle, so the call wasn't horrendous. Still, it robbed Griffin of another amazing highlight to add to his seemingly endless reel.

Here's the video courtesy of YouTube user GetBangedOn.

And here's Griffin's dunk over Mozgov for good measure courtesy of YouTube user NBA.

The Suns defeated the Clippers in Los Angeles, 108-99.
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 3:25 pm

Suns G Brooks suspended for throwing ball at ref

Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Brooks has been suspended for throwing a ball at an NBA official. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Phoenix Suns guard Aaron Brooks is developing quite the reputation for anger management issues this season. He stormed off the court after an argument with former coach Rick Adelman, he attempted to pick a fight with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and now, humorously, he chucked a basketball at an NBA official for no apparent reason, drawing a one-game suspension from the NBA. 

The league announced the suspension in a release on Sunday.
Brooks  has  been  suspended one game without pay for throwing a ball at an official  and  striking  him  in  the leg.  The incident occurred with 7:46 remaining  in the fourth period of the Suns’ 108-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
Brooks will serve his suspension today in Los Angeles when the Suns play the Los Angeles Clippers in a 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT game at the Staples Center.
With the Suns leading the Golden State Warriors by double-digits in the fourth quarter, Brooks drives into the paint in transition, looking to draw contact. Warriors guard Monta Ellis backs off and Brooks careens out of control as Warriors forward Lou Amundson attempts to reach in and steal the ball from behind. Brooks falls to the court and out of bounds and the baseline referee makes no foul call. Instead, he begins to signal that it will be Warriors ball. Without hesitation, Brooks fires the ball, from the ground, at the official, nailing him in the leg. Brooks was immediately whistled for a technical foul on the play.

Here's a look at the hilarious exchange via YouTube user SBNationArizona.

Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:20 am

Nash plans to return Wednesday

Posted by Royce Young

Steve Nash has missed the Suns' past few games because of an odd muscle strain right below his abdomen. Officially, it's an injury to his pubic symphysis.

But Phoenix can expect their star back soon, reports the Arizona Republic.

"I expect to play on Wednesday," Nash said. "Aaron (Nelson, Suns head athletic trainer) just thought it was best to get these two (game) days and then you get another day. We can hopefully not have setbacks with the extra days."

The Suns are of course in a battle for the eight-seed in the West so getting Nash back, despite him battling injury, is huge. In order to make a push the Suns will have to have Nash running the show.
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