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Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:18 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 7:02 pm

Delonte West (finger fracture) undergoes surgery

Mavericks guard Delonte West suffered a fractured finger on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Update (Friday): The Dallas Mavericks announced on Friday that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery on his fractured right ring finger. The surgery aimed to "stabilize the fracture" and the team noted that "he will have a subsequent procedure to remove the stabilizing pins prior to his return to basketball activity."

The Mavericks said West still has no timetable for return.

Original Post (Wednesday):
The Dallas Mavericks could be without guard Delonte West for an extended period of time.

The Associated Press reports that the Mavericks have informed the media that West suffered a fractured and dislocated finger on his right hand during a Wednesday night game against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. 
West fractured and dislocated his finger while trying to make a defensive play about halfway through the second quarter Wednesday night against Denver. It was an ugly injury with blood clearly visible. 

The Mavericks said West wouldn't return to the game and that it was unclear how many games he might miss.

West came off the bench on a night when the Mavericks were already without guards Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois.
West left Wednesday's game with 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist on 1-for-5 shooting in 11 minutes.

West, 28, is averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game so far this season. He's been used as both a starter and a reserve, as the Mavericks have had to make due without starting point guard Jason Kidd for stretches of this season. Fellow Mavericks guards Jason Terry (quadricep injury) and Rodrigue Beaubois (personal reasons) also missed Wednesday's game.

West signed with the Mavericks during the December free agency period after spending last season with the Boston Celtics. He had an eventful offseason during the lockout, as he applied for a job at Home Depotcontemplated selling knivesworked for a furniture store and fretted about his lack of health insurance.

Earlier this season, West told a reporter that he was banned from making a White House visit with his Mavericks teammates because of his criminal record, but later reports indicated that the Secret Service disputed that account.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:01 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Kevin Durant added to Three-Point Contest

James Jones will look to defend his 3-point shooting crown. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Update: Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson will sit out both the All-Star Game and the Three-Point Contest, due to tendonitis in his left knee. Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant will replace him, according to the Thunder. Durant also participated in the 2011 Three-Point Contest.


Bombs away.

The NBA announced its field of six competitors for the annual Three-Point Contest, a Saturday staple of All-Star Weekend. This year's Three-Point Contest will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The field includes Miami Heat forward James Jones, the defending champion, plus Heat guard Mario Chalmers, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson, Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson and New Jersey Nets guard Anthony MorrowLast week, Love revealed that he would be among the competitors.

Chalmers leads this year's field with 46.3 percent 3-point shooting. He's actually not even the best 3-point shooter on the Heat, as Mike Miller is connecting on 52.1 percent of his tries, although he's only taken 48 through Tuesday night's action. Anderson is next at 42.1 percent (22nd in the league among shooters with enough attempts), Morrow is at 42.0 percent (26th in the league), Love is at 36.1 percent (63rd in the league) and Johnson is at 35.6 percent (65th in the league). Jones is shooting 40.4 percent from deep but hasn't hoisted enough threes to make the leaderboard. He would place in the mid-thirties if he had.

Here's how the competition works, in case you are new to the sport of basketball.

The players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2012 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.

At 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Jones defeated a field that included Boston Celtics All-Star forward Paul Piece, Celtics All-Star guard Ray Allen, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:23 pm

Jeremy Lin odds: 'Linsanity' reaches Las Vegas

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is killing on the court and in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

"Linsanity" has officially reached Las Vegas.

Sportsbook Bovada.LV reports that gamblers simply cannot get enough of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who has led New York to six consecutive victories and delivered the game-winning points against both the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Lin, a Taiwanese-American who went undrafted out of Harvard, has emerged as the NBA's feel-good surprise story of the year, driving insane amounts of global interest. The gambling numbers make it clear that Las Vegas is fully caught up in the narrative. (All figures discussed below are strictly for entertainment purposes only.) 

"The action has really picked up on NBA futures with Jeremy Lin making the Knicks the hottest team on the NBA," Bovada manager Kevin Bradley said. "Right now the Knicks are by far the biggest loser for the book."

According to Bovada, the pre-Lin Knicks were 40-1 odds to win the NBA title. Now, the Knicks are 18-1 odds.

Similarly, the pre-Lin Knicks, with a record of 8-15, were 22-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference. Now, with a record of 14-15, good for the No. 8 seed, the Knicks are 10-1 odds to win the East.

As recently as last week, New York did not look like a lock to make the playoffs, at all. Injuries to All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, inconsistent play from All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire and major struggles in the backcourt left New York as arguably the NBA's biggest underachievers.

Now? Vegas says the odds that New York will make the playoffs are 1/5. The odds that they will wind up in the lottery are 3/1.

If that's not enough, the Knicks' over/under for season wins is now 36.5. To reach 37 wins, New York (currently with a winning percentage of .483) will need to finish 23-14 (a winning percentage of .622). Prior to Lin's explosion, the Knicks were winning at just a .348 clip.

The action is just as heavy on individual Lin bets as it is on the Knicks as a team.

Bovada has actually set Lin at 40/1 odds to win the NBA's MVP award, even though he has only started five games and appeared in 15 games total. The odds that Lin hits a game-winning buzzer-beater before the end of the regular season: 3/1.

What Lin has already done is undeniably incredible but some of these odds reflect superhuman expectations. Not to be the stereotypical skeptic/doubter/hater/contrarian but this sure feels like a bubble.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:00 pm

Kyrie Irving (concussion) cleared to return

Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return after suffering a concussion. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will get their point guard back.

The team announced Wednesday that standout rookie Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return to the court for Wednesday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.
Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to resume game play by Cavaliers Team Physician Dr. AJ Cianflocco of the Cleveland Clinic. Irving suffered a concussion during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers game at Miami on Feb. 7 and missed the past three games. He will be active for tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers at The Q at 7:30 p.m.
Irving missed three games after sustaining the head injury against the Heat last week, missing a Cavaliers win over the Los Angeles Clippers and losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
A front-runner for Rookie of the Year, Irving is averaging 18.0 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and shooting 49.2 percent from the field in 29 minutes per game. Prior to the concussion, Irving had appeared in every game for the Cavaliers.

Last Wednesday, Irving was listed as day-to-day before Cavaliers coach Byron Scott announced last Friday that Irving would miss last weekend's games as he awaited medical clearance.

At the start of the 2011-2012 season, the NBA implemented a new policy for handling concussions and a player's return to the court. 

In other Cavaliers injury news, the team announced last weekend that big man Anderson Varejao suffered a fractured wrist and is out indefinitely.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:48 am

LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle sprain) to miss time

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a left ankle sprain during the first quarter of a Tuesday night loss to the Washington Wizards at the Rose Garden and will miss an undetermined amount of time.

The team announced that X-rays of the ankle were negative but that he will not travel with the team to Oakland for its Wednesday night game against the Golden State Warriors. His availability after that is not known. Blazers coach Nate McMillan said only that Aldridge told him at halftime of the game that the ankle was "pretty sore."

Aldridge was injured less than two minutes into the game when he came down on the foot of Wizards forward Trevor Booker after attempting a jump shot. Aldridge immediately went to the court in pain and was able to walk off the court under his own power. Without their No. 1 scorer and captain, the Blazers went on to lose to the Wizards, 124-109.

Aldridge, 26, was named to his first All-Star game last week and is in the midst of a career year. He is averaging 23.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season and had appeared in every game for Portland this season. He has missed just six games due to injury since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.

The timing of the injury couldn't be worse for Portland. The Blazers have lost four of their last five games and are in the midst of a back-to-back-to-back against the Wizards, Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland will also face the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs in advance of the All-Star break next week.

Here's a video replay of the injury.

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:10 am

Jeremy Lin hits game-winner vs. Raptors video

Posted by Ben Golliver 

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin did it again.

In a Tuesday night game against the Toronto Raptors, Lin hit a game-winning pull-up 3-pointer over Jose Calderon with less than one second left to defeat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, 90-87. The win pushed New York to 14-15 on the season.

On the winning play, Knicks center Tyson Chandler pulled down an offensive rebound and the Knicks spread the floor for Lin, allowing him to go one-on-one. He patiently waited as the game clock wound down and then pulled up just in time to confidently knock down his shot.

Lin scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 27 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds on 9-20 shooting in 43 minutes. He also had 8 turnovers.

The shot propelled New York to its sixth straight win and continued what has now been more than a week of heroics. Lin delivered the game-winning point against the Minnesota Timberwolves, by hitting a late free throw, on Saturday night and scored a career-high 38 points to top the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. 

The strong play comes after Lin, a Taiwanese-American who was undrafted out of Harvard, was nearly cut by the Knicks earlier this season. He was previously released by both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 season.

Here's video of Jeremy Lin's game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre via YouTube user DanMirandaNBA.

And here's the Raptors broadcast, which includes other angles, via YouTube user T490MP:

Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:35 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:37 pm

LeBron James made into 18-foot foam statue

A South Florida company made this massive LeBron James statue. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Back in line, Jeremy Lin. Giant foam statues are reserved for real superstars.

HotHotHoops.com unearthed the monstrosity pictured to the right, an 18-foot tall statue of Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

The statue, made of foam and then hard-coated by South Florida company Primetime Amusements, features James cocking back to dunk the basketball with two hands, dressed in Miami's red uniforms and matching red sneakers. The statue includes every detail you could think of, including his tattoos, his beard, his headband and his receding hairline.

Primetime Amusements describes itself as "a global operator, seller and event renter of video arcade machines and simulators" in the following promotional video, which shows the statue's 4-step manufacturing process: drawing the figure, carving and sculpting the foam, hard-coating the foam with paint primer and then painting all the final details.

The company promises similar statues for Miami's two other All-Stars: guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. The company's president told HotHotHoops.com that plans are in the works to display the statue at All-Star Weekend in Orlando, which is now less than two weeks away. 

More pictures of the statue right here.

Here's the 18-foot statue of LeBron James promotional video via YouTube user PrimeTimeAmusements.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:09 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:05 pm

Report: Man applies to trademark 'Linsanity'

A man has reportedly filed a trademark application for "Linsanity." (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

From starting point guard to worldwide sensation to economic stimulus package?

Clearly, opportunity-seeking businessmen are out in full force looking for ways to capitalize on the astonishing rise to fame of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin, a Taiwanese-American Harvard graduate, narrowly avoided being cut by the Knicks before moving into the starting lineup, where he has boasted video game numbers and helped lead New York to five consecutive victories.

Bloomberg.com reports that Yenchin Chang, a California resident, has applied to trademark the word "Linsanity" -- a term that's been used to describe Lin's play and global impact -- but that a patent attorney said it will be difficult for Chang to profit off it. 
Chang, who like Lin is of Taiwanese descent, said he isn’t affiliated with the 23-year-old, Harvard University-educated player who has guided the Knicks to a five-game winning streak after being released by the Golden State Warriors.

“I wanted to be a part of the excitement,” Chang, who attended East Los Angeles College and who works in the import/export business, said in a telephone interview. “I’m very proud of Jeremy.”

Milord A. Keshishian, an attorney with Milord & Associates, a patent, trademark and copyright firm in Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview that the law “doesn’t bode well” for anyone trying to make money through a Linsanity trademark.

“This looks like a bad-faith attempt to profit from Jeremy Lin’s recent acclaim,” he said of the trademark applications.
In a lengthy profile, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com provided some of the indicators of Lin's global popularity, and they really are linsane. With popularity like that, Chang certainly won't be the only person looking to be "part of the excitement."

The major deals to watch will be who inks Lin as a celebrity endorser, and when. In an interview with the Toronto media on Tuesday in advance of Tuesday night's game against the Raptors, Lin referred a question about his endorsement opportunities to his agent, according to NationalPost.com. Does the big money wait to see if this is a fad? Do they bank on Lin having staying power because he plays for the high-visibility Knicks?

If you're Lin's agent, you have to get deals done as soon as possible to cash in when his value is at an all-time high, right? Missing out on a major immediate payday from this hype would be a significant opportunity lost.
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