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Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:22 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 1:32 am
 

Report Card 3.6.12: Underdogs rule Tuesday

Posted by Ben Golliver  

The Bobcats enjoyed a rare win on Tuesday, over the Magic no less. (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.

Charlotte Bobcats When you only win about once every two weeks and your first win since Feb. 17 comes against the No. 3 seed Orlando Magic, in convincing fashion, it's time to celebrate. That was the case for the Bobcats, who relentlessly pounded Orlando's defense and held the Magic offense to one-and-done looks possession after possession down the stretch, to dance their way to a 100-84 victory. Rookie Bismack Biyombo had his best game as a professional, going toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard to score 10 points, grab 15 rebounds and block an astounding 7 shots. He could barely contain his glee by the end, gesturing to the crowd in animated fashion as Charlotte walked off with the win.
Rodney Stuckey The Detroit Pistons guard outshot and outscored Kobe Bryant in a dramatic overtime win at the Palace. Stuckey scored Detroit's final seven points in regulation and tacked on another six in overtime, pushing the Pistons to an 88-85 upset win. He also put Bryant on skates with a vicious stepback crossover. He didn't do much else besides score, but that was more than enough.
Miami Heat Unlike the Magic and the Lakers, the Heat easily took care of business against lesser competition, stomping the New Jersey Nets, 108-78. Miami also enjoyed a nice soft launch in re-integrating Chris Bosh after he missed some time due to a death in the family. So why a "B"? Well, simple: irreplaceable guard Dwyane Wade suffered an apparently minor foot injury that kept him on the bench late. The good news: the Sun-Sentinel reports indicate he'll be fine and expects to start on Wednesday against the Hawks.
New York Knicks Dallas is now 15-7 at home, so expectations had to be somewhat tempered for the Knicks on the road. But a troubling 2-for-12 from Carmelo Anthony plus a decidedly not-superhuman performance from Jeremy Lin -- 14 points on 13 shots, 1-for-5 from deep, 7 assists and 2 turnovers, mixed in with long stretches of passive play -- make this a tough one. It was also New York's third loss in four games, with San Antonio on Wednesday. The next few weeks are critical if New York hopes to be better than the No. 8 seed.
Kobe Bryant He was due for an off night after three big scoring games in a row following the All-Star break, but Bryant's 8-for-26 shooting was a major reason the Lakers let what should have been an easy win slip away. While he nailed a pretty buzzer-beater to push the game to overtime, his performance and decision-making in the extra period was erratic. A forced deep three that didn't even come close on the final possession was Bryant at his worst.
Orlando Magic This was a hot mess of a loss to the Bobcats. Orlando scored just 13 points in the fourth and couldn't mange a single point in the final 2:47, conceding an 8-0 run to close the game. On the other end, Charlotte, the NBA's worst offense, seemingly scored at will, with Corey Maggette getting to the foul line 11 times and Gerald Henderson tossing in 16 points, including some big late buckets. Do the Magic even care? This was a lacking performance in virtually every area.


E FOR EFFORT
Dirk Nowitzki (28 points on 18 shots, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, in 34 minutes)
Kevin Garnett (13 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks in 38 minutes)
Bismack Biyombo (10 points, 15 rebounds, 7 blocks, 6-for-10 free throw shooting to overcome Hack-a-Biyombo down the stretch)
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:25 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Greg Monroe steals dunk from John Wall

Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver   

Washington Wizards guard John Wall was holding an impressive one-man impromptu Dunk Contest during the second half of Friday's Rising Stars Challenge but then Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe stepped in to kill all the fun.

After Wall completed an alley-oop, a left-handed cockback and a behind-his-own-back dunk that had the Amway Center on its feet, he lined up a self alley-oop pass from outside the 3-point line. His plan: attempt a between-his-legs dunk to finish the evening on a high note.

The only problem? Monroe stepped in to swipe the ball, killing Wall's chance while drawing some jeers.

"I was going to try the between-the-legs," Wall said. "I've never tried that before. He stole the ball. He messed my up my rhythm." 

Here's the video of Greg Monroe stealing a dunk attempt from John Wall via YouTube user SoccerKevin11.



Of course, Monroe's unexpected pilfering was hilarious.

"It was just a joke," Monroe said. "He got another shot at it. The game was over so it wasn't a big deal... I thought about it right when I did it. It was real quick. I was thinking about letting him go but then ..."

Monroe tailed off, and shrugged his shoulders.

Wall was able to laugh it off too, although he said he has plans to get revenge when the Wizards host the Pistons on Mar. 26.

"It's just fun. Don't get mad at him for it. He did it so I'm going to try to dunk on him when we play them... It was funny. I was going to try something else but he took it away from me. The crowd didn't like it. You get a little upset but it's an All-Star Game. We're having fun. You just let it go."

As the players filed into post-game media availability, Monroe ran ahead of the pack to snag a Gatorade bottle that had been placed on the table of New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks.

"Are you going to steal that too?" Brooks asked, incredulous.

Wall and Brooks got the last laugh, as their Team Chuck, coached by Charles Barkley, defeated Monroe's Team Shaq, coached by Shaquille O'Neal, 146-133.
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:48 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Report: Miller gets year in jail for pistol whip

Posted by Ben Golliver
Oliver Miller is reportedly heading to jail on an assault charge. (Getty Images)

The Big O is headed to the big house. 

Former NBA player Oliver Miller has reportedly been sentenced to a year in jail after he was convicted of first-degree assault for arrested for pistol-whipping a man at a Maryland barbecue back in April. 

HometownAnnapolis.com has the details.
[Judge Paul A.] Hackner sentenced Miller to five years of prison, suspending all but one year. He recommended work release and ordered five years of probation upon release. Miller is to have no contact with the victim, Jason Ray Worley, 32, and must complete anger management. His attorney, Paul Mack, called the sentence reasonable.

Prosecutors say at least three people saw Miller, known as "The Big O" during his nine-season NBA career, attack his girlfriend's brother, Worley, in front of the victim's home on Birchcrest Court in Arnold on April 17.

Deputy State's Attorney Thomas Fleckenstein said Miller got out of his car and "blindsided" Worley while he talked to his sister - Miller's girlfriend - using a handgun to repeatedly strike Worley in the face and head.
Miller, 41, plead guilty to the first-degree assault charge in November. He was facing up to 25 years in prison but had no prior convictions. 

Miller, who has reportedly tipped the scales at more than 400 pounds, 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.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:29 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 3:37 am
 

Report Card: Lakers get revenge in Battle of L.A.

Posted by Ben GolliverMatt Moore and Royce Young

Lakers' Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol proved too much for the Clippers. (Getty Images)

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.

Los Angeles Lakers

In the rematch of the Battle for L.A., the old guard finally emerged victorious over the up-and-comers. Pau Gasol set the tone for the Lakers early, Andrew Bynum made several key plays late, and the duo combined for 42 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists on 15-24 shooting while playing heavy minutes and dishing out plenty of trash talk. In a feisty, intense game filled with technicals and skirmishes, the Lakers kept their heads and executed down the stretch. Lakers coach Mike Brown will surely like the shot distribution -- 13 for Gasol, 11 for Bynum and 17 for Kobe Bryant -- and the end result, a 96-91 gutsy victory. Solid way to end a 3-game losing streak. -- BG

Blake Griffin's whirling dervish

Even in defeat, Clippers All-Star forward manages to do something jaw-dropping. Griffin was a high-energy freight train throughout, finishing with 26 points and 9 rebounds, but his most impressive play was more graceful than forceful. Sizing up Gasol in the low block, Griffin dove into the paint and rose for a spinning reverse flip shot that almost defies description.

"The guy's shooting a 360 jump hook," said Bryant, according to ESPNLA.com. "You have to enjoy and admire his stuff. It's pretty sensational stuff." Take a look at the video below. -- BG




The Fired-Coach Effect


It never fails. Worked for Sacramento earlier this season. Worked for Washington on Wednesday night in a romp of the Bobcats who all of a sudden are the worst team in the league. The Wizards made a point Wednesday. For a night, anyway. -- MM



New Jersey Nets

Every bad team (except Charlotte) gets a good grade! A great win of the Sixers that was all about beating up on what is usually a very good perimeter defense for Philadelphia. Their burst in overtime was particularly impressive with Jordan Farmar and Deron Williams leading the way. -- MM



Dirk Nowitzki's color commentary

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward has been sidelined this week as he attempts to work himself back into shape, but one thing that doesn't need any boot-camp training would be his vocal chords. Nowitzki filled in as a color commentator during Dallas' home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and reacted hilariously to a Jason Terry to Brandan Wright alley-oop. "Oh my God!" Nowitzki screetched. "Shut it down! Let's go home! That is a wrap." Watch, listen and love.



Indiana Pacers


This was one of those "I watch the game, then look at the score, then my brain shuts down because the two element are incongruous. It seemed the Bulls were all over the Pacers, but the Pacers were incredibly patient and never got rattled by the Bulls' pressure in Chicago. Roy Hibbert essentially had his way with Joakim Noah. Danny Granger was bothered by Ronnie Brewer, all the way to 22 points and on 16 shots and nine rebounds. Really, this could have been a more convincing win had Darren Collison and Joakim Noah not played wretched in all things related to point guard game management. Paul George was efficient and the Pacers' defense on Derrick Rose deserves an award all its own. Even without Luol Deng and Taj Gibson, a huge win for the Pacers on the road as they start to build their resume with wins over L.A. and Chicago in the past week. -- MM
 
Detroit Pistons

They pass! They lost, yes, but the improvement shown in their close loss to the Heat on so many levels is enough to warrant a passing grade for this downtrodden team. With Tayshaun Prince out due to personal reasons, Austin Daye flourished, filling up the scoreboard while Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe both contributed. There's a young core in Detroit worth watching, if they can just scrap and claw their way to the front of the rotation. -- MM


Dallas Mavericks


Really? You lost on banner night to the Heat and rings night to the Timberwolves? Really? Maybe no more celebrations on game nights, Mavs. -- MM




Russell Westbrook

The Thunder's second star has picked up his game lately but took a step back Wednesday against the Hornets. Westbrook started the game 1-10 from the floor and finished just 4-14 for 14 points. And he also turned it over seven times. It was one of those Westbrook games where he made some crucial plays, but for the most part, was a touch out of control and didn't make great decisions. Twice he went for highlight reel jams only to be denied at the rim by a Hornet big man. OKC won, but Westbrook wasn't great. -- RY

Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Report Card: Jazz keep rolling

Posted by Royce Young



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.

Utah Jazz

Ever so quietly the Utah Jazz have climbed to second in the rough Northwest Division and they haven't done it by beating up on average teams anymore. Sunday, the Jazz topped a rested Nuggets squad on the road and did it by simply outplaying Denver in the second half. The Jazz aren't constructed with big names or go-to players, but with guys like Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and the steady rise of Gordon Hayward, Utah isn't a team that's just going to be pushed over. With spots open at the back end of the West, it's time to start taking the Jazz seriously.

Greg Monroe

It was pretty obvious that Monroe had a serious amount of talent when the Pistons drafted him out of Georgetown. But the Pistons might have found a legit building block player. Detroit lost at home to the Warriors and are mostly terrible, but Monroe continues to be a bright spot. With 25 points and eight boards Sunday, Monroe becoming one of the East's best bigs.

Marcin Gortat

Got to give it up to the Polish Hammer for 24 points and 15 boards in a losing effort. He's been a little bit of a bright spot for the up-and-down Suns so far this season and while Phoenix isn't going anywhere and Gortat isn't going to be All-Star material any time soon, to have that kind of line against a guy like Tim Duncan is a nice achievement.

Danilo Gallinari

Sometimes I don't really get Gallo. He's clearly one of the Nuggets' top offensive weapons and yet he sometimes just appears totally content to become background noise in their offense. With his shooting ability and the way he can create matchup issues, he should not be just attempting six shots in a game. The 12 free throws were good, but Gallinari has to show a more consistent amount of assertiveness.

Detroit Pistons

They just aren't good. The Warriors walked in and picked up their first road win of the year at The Palace and the Pistons obviously were without many answers. That roster is such a complete mess of veteran players mixed with youth that I don't know what to make of it. It's so caught between that it's torturing. Just blow it apart, let the kids play and forget about it. You're losing anyway.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 6:19 pm
 

New Pistons owner installs luxury locker room

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Instead of spending his money this offseason to amnesty forward Charlie Villanueva and move on to a brighter tomorrow, new Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores plunked down a major chunk of change on a luxury locker room renovation.

That's right, Gores, who purchased the team from the Davidson family last year, took a play out of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's playbook, upgrading the facilities to make sure that everything is top-of-the-line. Cuban has said that he felt upgrading his arena's amenities helped make Dallas a more desireable destination for high-demand free agents.

Gores essentially started from scratch, effecting a total re-design. What did he add?

According to this Pistons.com video, the team's new digs are 1,920 square feet, more than double in size of the previous setup. Included in that space is a a new player's lounge with a giant video setup, an exercise room, and hot and cold tubs. There's custom lighting throughout and an entryway that includes giant murals depicting past Pistons greats. The locker room itself has high-end office chairs and large, wood-paneled lockers. 

"The players' lounge is awesome. I've never had one. I've been on Milwaukee, on Toronto and never seen something like it," Villanueva said. "Tom Gores is doing an unbelievable job.

Gores' next task: upgrade to a luxury roster.

Take a look at the new Pistons locker room.



Hat tip: DIMEMag.com.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:10 am
 

Video: Two fans take in a game on the Mavs bench

Posted by Royce Young



Looking down the Dallas Maverick bench last night in Detroit, you saw the usual. There's Brendan Haywood, there's new guy Yi Jianlian, there's Shawn Marion, there's Delonte West, there's bearded guy with a beanie, there's jean jacket guy with sunglasses, there's Vince Carter -- wait, what?

One thing's for sure: If that's actually Jason Kidd and Rodrigue Beaubois, then they're in major violation of the NBA's dress code.

I'm sure there was an explanation for the two fans that wound up on the Dallas bench last night, but by all apperances, it seems that it was two overzealous seat poachers. Instead of playing it cool and just moving to the lower level, these guys went all the way to the opposing bench. I mean, how far do you go with this? During timeouts do you get up and listen in on what Rick Carlisle is saying? Do you go to the locker room with the team at halftime? Do you get up and high five guys after a big run? Do you wave a towel after a big 3 from Dirk?

Really, what was going on out there?
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:19 pm
 

NBA reduces Bynum's suspension to four games

Posted by Royce Young

Here you go Lakers, the NBA's throwing you a bone after that whole Chris Paul thing.

The league announced Friday that Andrew Bynum's five-game suspension for trying to decapitate J.J. Barea in the playoffs has been reduced to four games because of the shortened season.

Charlie Villanueva, who was serving a five game suspension as well, will have his reduced to four too. Villanueva was suspended five games last season for an altercation with Cleveland's Ryan Hollins, but only has to serve three more games as he already sat out one last year.

It's a completely fair move by the league, as a five-game suspension in a 66-game season equates to a little more than six games in a regular 82-game season.

Pretty important development for the Lakers though, as Bynum's suspension could've potentially started the team out in a bit of a hole. Kobe's got an injured wrist, there's no Lamar Odom to fill in at power forward while Pau Gasol plays center, so without Bynum, the Lakers could really be hurting. While he still have to miss four, just getting one back is a nice Christmas present from the league.
 
 
 
 
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