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Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:23 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 1:25 am

Report Card: Boozer blasts the Celtics

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So Boozer might've blown this layup, but he made a lot more against the Celtics. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Carlos Boozer
I'm not so sure that wasn't Boozer's best game as a Chicago Bull. 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 15 rebounds, five assists and a win over the Celtics. Other than blowing a wide open layup, Boozer was on point the entire night, scoring on the block and in the pick-and-roll with C.J. Watson. Boozer has been inconsistent in Chicago, but that type of performance is something that terrifies Eastern teams, especially when you think about it happening without Derrick Rose.
Luol Deng Somebody has to pick up for Rose while he's out and lately, it's been All-Star Luol Deng. Against Boston he finished with 23 points and 10 assists, with 13 points coming in the fourth quarter. It was a game where points came at a premium so every little bit that Deng gave was of big time value. The Bulls scored 89 points and Deng had a part in half of those. That's a big time performance.
 Chris Paul It was a bad three quarters for CP3. He didn't score, didn't assist much and was a part of the Clippers digging themselves into an 18-point hold. But all of that is forgotten because of a terrific fourth. Paul scored all 13 of his points in the fourth and completely owned the last couple minutes hitting a big 3 and two other jumpers to seal a nice Clipper comeback win in Portland. 
Chicago shooters From 3, 10-21 (47.6 percent). From 2, 20-55 (36.3 percent).
Attractive basketball
Just because a game is low scoring doesn't mean it can't be great. There are plenty of games played in the 80s that were well executed. The two national TV games were not. In both games there were just ugly stretches of offense, bad shooting and anything even resembling much flair or flash. Both games were competitive and close, but disgusting. An example from the Bulls-Celtics game: On back-to-back possessions, Carlos Boozer and Kevin Garnett missed wide open layups. It was a missed layup kind of night.
Raymond Felton
F is for Felton. Against the Clips he went 0-7 from the floor, had five turnovers and just two assists. And worse, he was benched by Nate McMillan the last three minutes. Felton's time not just in the starting five might be in trouble, but his place getting real rotation minutes.
Paul Pierce Pierce is being put in spots he's not entirely comfortable with. He's not the type of offensive player that wants to carry a team on his back for 48 minutes. But with as bad as the Boston offense can be, he almost needs to. A 6-16, 14-point effort against the Bulls just isn't cutting it.

Danny Granger (32 points on 10-for-20 shooting and five rebounds in a win over the Nets)
Kris Humphries (24 points, 11-for-14 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to the Pacers)
Joakim Noah (15 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Boston)
Blake Griffin (21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 14 rebounds in a road win over Portland)

Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:58 pm

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

By Matt Moore 

The NBA annnounced Thursday night that it has added New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to the "Rising Stars" competition which took the place of the Rookies-Sophomores game this year during NBA All-Star Weekend. Due to overwhelming fan support, and the fact that more peope know about Lin than about half of the rest of the competitors, Lin was added to the pool. Later Thursday, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley selected their teams. Shaquille O'Neal selected Lin second, third overall during the process. 

Miami Heat rookie point guard Norris Cole, another notable omission, was also added to the player pool. 

It comes as no surprise as the NBA has tried every imaginable way to figure out how to include Lin this weekend. David Stern had said earlier Thursday that he would not allow Lin into the game as to not interfere with the current setup but popular sentiment won out.

Turns out even David Stern is powerless against Linsanity.

The draft for each team was held on NBATV with Blake Griffin going No. 1 to Shaq's team. Charles Barkley selected Kyrie Irving second overall. Shaq took Jeremy Lin in the third round. John Wall wasn't taken until the 11th pick. Here are how the two teams shake out:

Team Shaq: Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Markieff Morris, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, Norris Cole, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight and Tristan Thompson.

Team Chuck: Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Derrick Williams, MarShon Brooks, John Wall, Tiago Splittler, Evan Turner and Kawhi Leonard.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:36 pm

Video: Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns

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Jeremy Lin hasn't had the chance to hit the talk show circuit quite yet, seeing as he's got a basketball season going on and all. So he got the next best thing: A top 10 dedicated to him.

On Wednesday's Late Show with David Letterman, the top 10 "worst Jeremy Lin puns" were unveiled. No. 1? "You gotta be Lin-it, to Lin-it." My favorite though was "Lin-termittent windshield wiper." I've got to work on getting that into a story at some point.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:09 pm

Melo if he's selfish: 'Like a slap in the face'

Carmelo has said he'll fit in fine with Jeremy Lin. I guess we'll find out soon. (Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin seems to have overcome potentially the first obstacle in toning down Linsanity as he and Amar'e Stoudemire appear to be getting along quite well on the court.

It's the next addition back to the Knicks lineup that people are worried about. But Carmelo Anthony wants you to know something: He's not selfish. Via ESPN New York:
"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. "None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."


"It's a tough situation. I'm human at the end of the day, so it's like damn, where is this coming from?" Anthony said. "I know I'm not a selfish player. People around me know I'm not a selfish player. I do everything I can to make people around me understand I'm not a selfish player."

I think there's an easy distinction though between "selfish" and "someone who likes to shoot and have the ball in their hands a lot." Selfish means you're just out there for yourself and your own numbers. I don't think that's ever been Melo. The guy wants to win. He wants to be a good teammate. But in his mind, the best way for him to do both of those things is to shoot and score a lot.

For example, what about Lin's game-winner? What would've happened if Melo were on the floor too?

"Of course I want to take the last shot, let's be quite frank: I've been doing for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them," Anthony said.

And that's where some fear a problem will arise. Not that Lin has become some alpha dog closer because of one shot or a couple good games, but will Carmelo's desire to own the ball late completely disrupt the New York offense? It's a legit question.

Here's the thing: Lin would be the first guy to tell you that he doesn't really want to be averaging 25 points a game, nor should he be next to Melo and Stoudemire. He wants to be a good point guard that leads a winning team. Much in the way he did in New York's 100-85 win over the Kings where Lin dished out 13 assists. In fact, that's exactly what he said after last night's game.

"I think it's my job to get people in rhythm and get people scoring," Lin told reporters. "Hopefully, especially when Melo comes back, another lethal scorer, my shots will go down and my assists will go up."

Melo is a bit of a ball stopper, which is why he's never exactly fit into Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll oriented offense. Melo likes to catch the ball and work his own move, isolated from the offense. It's something he's absolutely terrific at, but not something that necessarily fits the players and coach he's playing with. So that's going to be the challenge for him. It's not selfishness. It's fit.

There are going to be some growing pains and some fit issues, but that's natural. I would advise everyone to not freak out if after a couple of games it's not going perfectly, but come on, we know that's not going to happen. It's the vicious cycle of the media hype game. Something gets built way up and then we just wait for it to come crashing back down. Unfortunately for Melo, if that happens, he might be shouldering the blame.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 12:04 pm

Dunk contest released: Jeremy Lin to have a part?

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He won't be dunking, but Linsanity could have a role in the dunk contest. (Getty Images)

The 2012 dunk contest participants will be Paul George of the Pacers, Derrick Williams of the Timberwolves, Iman Shumpert of the Knicks and Chase Budinger of the Rockets, the NBA announced Thursday.

But that's not all. I guess in an effort to spice up the field as well as find a way to work Linsanity into All-Star Weekend, Jeremy Lin will also be playing a part. According to ESPN.com, Lin will be "assisting" Shumpert in some way, much in the same way Baron Davis helped out Blake Griffin at last year's contest.

The New York Daily News also reported that Lin would be part of the "Shooting Stars" competition, meaning he'd already be in the arena for All-Star Saturday night. David Stern has already said that Lin would not be a late addition to the Rising Stars game.

There will be a revamped format that will feature only one round and be voted on only by the fans. There no longer will be judges in the event, which also will be reduced to one round. Each contestant will execute three dunks. Fans will determine the champion by voting on NBA.com, Twitter or through text messaging. The format in recent years was two rounds, with a panel of judges voting on the first round before fan voting in the second.

As for the actual contest, it's a pretty weak field with no big name stars. Actually, when you really look it over, it might the weakest there's ever been. No disrespect to the participants, but none are exactly well known players to the casual NBA fan. Maybe Williams, just because the was the No. 2 overall pick.

Last year featured Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan, four fairly well known players. This year has two rookies and two role players. Not exactly an eye-popping group. But let's break the field down anyway.

I'd say the early favorite has to be Williams, who is a bit in the Griffin mold of a big man with freakish leaping ability. He can always employ his teammate Ricky Rubio, who surely could zip a fancy pass Williams' way. Paul George is long and can jump. Budinger participated in the McDonald's All-American dunk contest in high school and has always been known as a big leaper.

But it might be hard to top Shumpert. Not because he's some fantastic dunker, but because of this being a fan vote thing and if he indeed brings along Lin, the people will likely speak on the side of the not just the Knicks, but of Lin.

I suppose the NBA is banking on Lin's "assisting" star power to give this contest a bump. Players are less and less inclined to participate in the event for the risk of injury and just the fact it's a stressful thing to add to an already busy weekend. Plus, the league sees it as an opportunity to welcome new faces to the casual fan with the possibility one of the guys does something unexpected and amazing. Vince Carter was a rising star, but he exploded as a household name after his dunk contest performance.

It might be a weak group lacking big names, but we'll all be watching anyway. And if you've watched much Paul George or Derrick Williams, you know that those two can fly. Who knows, we might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:16 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:10 pm

Report: Seattle has a new arena deal

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If you build it, maybe the NBA will come. At least that's the first step in bringing an NBA team back to Seattle. It's not happening otherwise.

And after almost a decade of trying to get a new arena in Seattle, it looks like it finally might be happening, according to King 5 in Seattle:

A press conference is scheduled on Thursday to announce the framework of a new sports entertainment complex in Seattle SoDo neighborhood. KING 5 has learned Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen are still working to finalize a term sheet.  A high ranking county leader says right now, the deal includes substantial private financing, with some debt backed in some way by the City and County, repaid through admission fees and “arena generating revenue.”  

The final terms are expected to be hammered out Thursday morning, and some council members were expecting a briefing prior to the announcement, scheduled for 2 p.m. at City Hall.

Back in December, Hansen’s Valiant Partners of San Francisco reportedly purchased a three acre piece of property south of Safeco Field, for $21 million.

Once an arena is built, or even an official deal is in place, the focus will all turn squarely on getting a team. Because that's the whole idea here. They aren't building an arena just to have for concerts and WNBA games. The Kings are the obvious option are they're situation in Sacramento is very much up in the air. Which would be ironic that the city of Seattle would take away a team that another city is desperately trying to keep.

The other obvious option, which makes so much more sense, is to move the New Orleans Hornets to Seattle. First, the Hornets are in horrible shape in New Orleans. But second, with the NBA owning the Hornets, it would almost be a way for David Stern to extend an olive branch for being part of the group that allowed the Sonics to leave for Oklahoma City. This option probably isn't happening as Stern is looking for a local New Orleans buyer that will keep the team there, but still, that one makes a lot more sense than poaching the Kings.

But before the NBA even arrives, it could be an NHL team that finds its way to Seattle's new arena. CBSSports.com's Brian Stubits took a long look at Seattle as a hockey market and the conclusion is, it could work. Really well.

And having the potential for a full-time tenant could be almost as important as the arena itself. Because that makes the arena a valuable asset and makes it a worthwhile build. So really, the NHL might be the the path for the NBA returning to Seattle. How about that?
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 6:02 pm

Linsanity: Five things to watch against the Kings

Lin versus the Kings, one of the worst teams at defending the pick-and-roll. Good sign for more Linsanity. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The Linsanity bandwagon rolls back to Madison Square Garden tonight with the Knicks hosting the Kings. Here are five things to keep an eye on for tonight's game.

1. The dream has to end, right? It looked like maybe the Jeremy Lin fun was about to dry up against the Raptors, but he caught fire in the fourth bringing New York back from 18 down. Here's the thing: Lin looked exhausted late in that game. Both mentally and physically. You know he's running on fumes right now, especially with this being a back-to-back. He's scored 20+ in every start thus far -- he can't keep it up, can he?

2. Turnovers. The one thing about Linsanity that we all are conveniently ignoring are the turnovers. He had eight against Toronto and has piled up 20 the last three games. He might be electrifying everyone, but he's also giving the ball away quite a bit.

3. Fun Elias stat: Lin is the only player to go undefeated and score 20 or more points in each of his first five starts since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. Here are the players with the most points scored in their first six starts in the NBA since 1970: Bob Lanier (162), Charlie Scott (162), Shaquille O'Neal (158), John Drew (156) and Jay Vincent (152). Tonight will be Lin's sixth start and he has scored 136 through those five. So there's a good chance he might be sitting atop that list by the end of the night.

4. Pick-and-roll-and-destroy. You know what Lin does really well? Runs the pick-and-roll. You know what the Kings do horribly? Defend the pick-and-roll. Via Synergy Sports, the Kings rank in the bottom five of points per play in defending the pick-and-roll. Lin excells in the D'Antoni system of spacing the floor and making a decision out of the pick-and-roll. He attacks well, hits the roll man or penetrates and kicks out.

5. Amar'e. The first run with Amar'e Stoudemire didn't go all that well as the Knick big man finished 8-22 from the floor. But that came after a really strong finish where Lin and Stoudemire appeared to kind of start to figure each other out. Remember, those two have barely played together so far. The Knicks want to isolate Lin and Stoudemire in a two-man game style offense, so as they adapt and learn each other, they're only going to get better. By the end of the Toronto game, they seemed to be figuring it out. I bet that continues tonight.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:06 pm

Clippers assistant Eisley fined for abusing ref

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Los Angeles Clipper assistant coach Howard Eisley has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of an official, the league announced Wednesday.

The incident happened during the Clippers' 96-92 loss at Dallas Monday night.

Eisley, a former player that spent 11 seasons in the NBA playing for Spurs, Jazz, Timberwolves, Suns, Knicks, Clippers and Nuggets, has been an assistant with the Clippers since 2010.
Category: NBA
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