Tag:Kyle Lowry
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:58 am

Report Card 2.20.12: Durant goes OFF

Kevin Durant scored 51 in the Thunder's win over Denver Sunday. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

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.

Kevin Durant These are numbers, but they are important numbers. 51 points on 28 shots, 19-28 from the field, 5-6 from three, 9-10 from the stripe. Eight rebounds, three assists, 4 steals and a huge win over the Nuggets in overtime. Denver was without two starters but dug deep and forced the Thunder to the edge. But Durant put on a performance for the ages, the shine on his MVP candidacy and lifted OKC to a win. It was the kind of performance you tell your friends about, your kids about, the kind you start the water cooler conversation about. He was unstoppable from the elbow, unstoppable from the perimeter, unstoppable at the rim. It was a transcendent performance, and this is alongside Russell Westbrook with 40 points and nine assists and Serge Ibaka's triple double in points, rebounds, and blocks. This Thunder team may not be good enough defensively to win a title, but they may wind up as one to remember for a long, long time.
LeBron James The surges are becoming more pronounced, the dropoffs less so. James is solving defensive adjustments used against him. He's finding open shooters in the corner who are actually knocking them down this year, he's battling more inside, he's still a freak of nature in transition, and on Sunday, he guarded Dwight Howard on a handful of possessions. James buried the Magic by doing all the things he does, and true to form, did them in less than 40 minutes of time. 25-11-8, a full-court lob to Wade, just one miss from the stripe, just five misses from the field. There are games where James feels like a one-man horde, storming the opponent's gates. Sunday was such a game and the Magic had no defense.
Jeremy Lin Defending champs? No problem. Shawn Marion who helped shut down Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James last year? No problem. Increased expectations, a Sunday afternoon double-header on national television, and the grind of interviews and a compact schedule? No problem. Jeremy Lin did his thing again, the Knicks won again, and Linsanity rages on. Lin managed the offense as well as he has. Were the turnovers great? No, clearly not. But a 2:1 turnover ratio is acceptable given his usage, and turning Steve Novak into a scoring machine deserves a reward all its own.
Denver Nuggets They were short-handed, and still the Nuggets managed to push the Thunder to the brink before a furious comeback landed them in overtime and a few good shots (a good roll for Westbrook on a three) and some Durant brilliance downed them. The Nuggets were without Nene and Danilo Gallinari, but they were stil stranded without a closer. Denver had such a good approach in the first half, attacking a weak Thunder interior (those Ibaka blocks all come on the weakside, not man-up) and killing them on the glass. They abandoned it in the second half and it cost them as the Lakers topped off a 2-0 run.
The Old Guard Boston loses to Detroit for the second time in a month. The Lakers get whacked by the Suns in a game that wasn't competitive after the first quarter. Neither side has any real idea of where they're going or if they can perform as needed to compete for a title. There's constant trade talk surrounding both teams. They look slow, they look old, they struggle to score and they struggle to defend. These teams were the two Finals squads two years ago. Time marches on.
Charlotte Bobcats After three quarters against the Pacers, the Bobcats, a professional basketball team by strict definition (only), were down 88-48. For-ty-poi-nts. That's embarrassing. That's disgusting. That's... not totally surprising. There is no hope in Charlotte right now. Not even with the rookies. It's all bad, all the time. This performance was worthy of inventing a new letter beneath F just to give it to them.

Jeremy Lin (28 points, 14 assists, general linsanity, magical powers)
Ersan Ilyasova (29 points, 25 rebounds in a win over New Jersey)
Kyle Lowry (32 points, 9 assists in a win over Utah)
LeBron James (25 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists)
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:40 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:11 pm

The five biggest All-Star snubs

Posted by Royce Young

Jennings tweeted after the announcement, "Just gotta work even harder now." (Getty Images)

The 2012 All-Star teams have been filled out and as always, there are some serious snubs. It's a select group that makes the All-Star Game as just seven spots in each conference are open for reserves. It's not easy to make it which means guys that have a great case to be there always get left out. You can't take everyone and there have to be cuts. So here the top five guys that have a reason to be disappointed. Feel free to create your own "snubbed from the snubs" list too.

Brandon Jennings

The Bucks aren't having a great season at 11-14, but it would be really bad without Jennings. He's averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He's third among Eastern point guards in scoring and has been terrific in a number of big Milwaukee wins, including both over the Heat. Again, what hurts him is that his team is 11-14, but that didn't seem to affect Deron Williams' candidacy much. Jennings has a legitimate gripe to be left out.

James Harden

You're saying, "James Harden? There are way bigger snubs than that. But there should be something to be said for a guy that’s second at his position. It just makes sense for Harden to have been included. He’s second in PER (21.94) in the West for shooting guard, only behind Kobe. He’s 22nd overall in PER in the league. He’s fourth in scoring among 2-guards. He’s the third best player on the team with the best record in basketball. And his beard has the power to heal blindness. Those five things should add up to enough to trump Dirk Nowitzki, who even said himself he shouldn't be there.

Paul Millsap

The Jazz have basically come out of nowhere to contend for a playoff spot. People are saying things like, "Whoa, where did the Jazz come from?" and "Hey, what are the Jazz doing in the top eight?" You know why? Because of Paul Millsap. He's averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds which aren't as gaudy as his power forward counterparts in the West, but definitely better than Dirk who has missed a good number of games and isn't playing close to his level.

Kyrie Irving

He's a rookie. He's playing for a not great team. But as Blake Griffin proved last season if your play is outstanding, those things aren't supposed to matter. Look at Irving's 21.66 PER. That's top 25 in the entire league. And he's exploded over the last month too. He's really blossoming into one of the East's very best point guard and with the reserves just having two point guards, Irving has a good case to be a third.

Kyle Lowry

The top snub in my mind. Lowry isn't just having an All-Star caliber season. He's having potentially an MVP caliber season. His numbers don't pop -- 14.7 ppg, 7.9 apg and 5.8 rpg -- but considering his importance to the now 15-11 Houston Rockets, he has to be considered one of the elite players in the West. It's tough because the Western team is already guard heavy and it would be tough to say Lowry should go ahead of Tony Parker or Steve Nash, but this shouldn't be about name recognition. It should be about this season and Lowry is having as good a year for a point guard as anyone in the conference not named Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:14 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 10:39 pm

Lowry charged with battery against female referee

By Matt Moore

Kyle Lowry has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a female referee stemmig from a September charity game in Las Vegas. MyFoxHouston.com reports
The female victim, Infini Robinson, was one of the referees in the game.

The declaration of warrant/summons said, "At the end of the game, Lowry approached the victim and threw a basketball at her striking her in her torso. The victim picked up the basketball and tossed it back at Lowry. Lowry became upset and stated, 'B****, meet me outside. I will kick you’re a**'."

The warrant goes on to allege that after Lowry walked away, Robinson went to the designated area for officials to change shoes and clothing, and she was hit with a basketball at a high rate of speed.

Also according to the warrant, Charlotte Bobcats forward Corey Maggette apologized to Robinson on behalf of Lowry and that Lowry also approached Robinson and said, "I'm sorry. I truly apologize for what I did. I let my emotions get the best of me."
If convicted, Lowry faces six months in jail. Even in the course of a basketball game, the prosecutor's office in Vegas told the station that Robinson is considered a "protected person" in the course of the game. 

Another referee verified Robinson's claim and stated Lowry was also abusive to him. 

Lowry is enjoying the prime of his career in Houston who has struggled out of the gate this season.  

Rockets' GM Daryl Morey issued a statement to the station that the organization was aware of the summons issued and that they were monitoring the situation.  Morey said the Rockets would not comment further. 

This summer, several players had issues during the exhibitions to fill the time during the lockout. Michael Beasley shoved a fan at an event in New York and Matt Barnes punched an opponent. The charges against Lowry are more serious due to their nature.
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:02 pm

Better late than never, here come the Rockets

The Rockets have turned things around and are playing well enough to contend for the playoffs. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Going into the trade deadline, the Houston Rockets were stuck in neutral. They had started the year with a great deal of promise: a young team with a few established veterans, a seven foot monster in the post when healthy, a terrific, versatile power forward and some good talent. They were in a position to re-enter the race for the Western Conference. Then, it all fell apart. By the time the deadline had rolled around, they were a sub-.500 team who couldn't seem to make any significant progress, and were a mess defensively. Before trading Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier, two of their better players, the Rockets had a defensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) of 107.8. That's Warior-like, fourth-worst in the league stuff. 

It was a boggling development for a team that isn't loaded with offense-first chuckers. Rick Adelman's teams have historically been solid defensively, and this team features competent role players and guys with enough experience to know how to execute. And yet, there they were, getting burned defensively game after game. As a frame of reference, the Rockets have not won a game versus the other two teams in Texas this season. Kind of rough when the Rockets have played them six times already. 

But since moving those players and getting really only Goran Dragic back? Everything has clicked for the Rockets. They've won 11 of their past 14, have moved up to the ninth spot in the West and are closing fast on Memphis, and their point differential has landed them seventh in the West. In short, everything's coming together. The key to their newfound success is two-fold. One, their defense has risen not only to acceptable levels, but is drowning teams. And two, Kyle Lowry has made a phenomenal jump in production. 

Defensively, starting with Houston's game against the Nets in their first contest after the deadline, it has gone from a team giving up 107.8 points per 100 possessions, to just 102.5. That's an improvement of 5.4 fewer points allowed per 100 possessions. To put that in perspective, had the Rockets' maintained that defensive production the entire season, they would be the ninth best team in that category, tied with Philadelphia, and this is after an abberation-like 110 defensive efficiency surrendered to the Jazz Sunday. The improvements have come across the board. They're allowing a lower effective field goal percentage (factoring 3-point shooting allowed, from 50.5 to 47.7 percent), are turning their opponent over more often, and surrendering fewer fouls. Watching them, it's not just their intensity and effort that has improved, but simple things. Players are responding to one another better in help defense, taking better angles, playing more sound and giving more effort. In short, they're gelling at the exact right time. 

An interesting side note: Since the departure of known defensive artist Shane Battier, two young wings are getting considerably more time. In March, rookie Patrick Patterson and second year man Chase Budinger both saw substantial increases in their per-game minutes. Adelman's move to longer, more athletic lineups runs counter to the basic thought that to improve defensively, you need to rely on veterans. Instead, Adelman's using the length and athleticism he has at his disposal. 

The Rockets' offense has not tailed off during this streak since the deadline, as they are scoring more efficently (up 1 percent in offensive efficiency). They are shooting slightly better and getting to the line a touch less. In short, offensively, they haven't really improved considerably, but they've maintained their success (currently 8th in the league offensively). And that has been in large part due to Kyle Lowry. 

Lowry is averaging ridiculous numbers in March, and has led fans to wonder if the star Houston has been looking for is emerging all on his own. From Rockets blog Red94: 
Lowry, for all of his five years in this league, is but a wee 24 years of age his 25th birthday will come in four days. He is entering that prime that we all write about mystically, reverently. The initial reports on said prime? Remarkable. Lowry’s March has been one for the ages, including averages of 20.4 points on 50% from the field and 46% from three, 7.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds; tack on a couple assists, and those are Chris Paul numbers. This month of madness culminated in Sunday night’s struggle with the Jazz in which Lowry posted his first triple-double, leaving a stunned Rockets fanbase with more questions than ever. He can’t keep doing this, can he? Has he actually found his stroke, or could this be more fool’s gold? Wait, that really good little kid is already 25?
via Kyle Lowry Might Be the Star the Houston Rockets Need | Red94 | essays and musings on the nba and houston rockets.

As Zach Harper puts it, "Kyle Lowry Over Everything" (or, "KLOE"). Lowry is initiating things, forcing the issue, and more than anything, has found his long-range stroke. Before the season, looking at Lowry's perimeter numbers, it was stunning how bad he was. He would often hoist 3-pointers in transition, but knock them down at a terrible rate. This season, his overall 3-point percentage is up 11 percentage points to 38 percent and he's shooting 35 percent in transition from the perimeter. He's more aggressive, showing better vision, and turning the ball over less. 

The question will be whether Lowry can sustain this production and become the building block for the future kind of star they need. But in the meantime, the Rockets are just glad to be be back in the race. With the Grizzlies facing a ridiculously difficult schedule until the end of March (games against Utah, Chciago and Boston in the next week alone), Houston has a great opportunity to make a run for the playoffs. After a season stuck in neutral, the Rockets have found their gear. 
Posted on: January 11, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 12:04 pm

Game Changer 1.11.11: Rose goes airborne

Game Changer, where Derrick Rose got up, got on up. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

SWEET MAMMAJAMMA: Derrick Rose and the infinite oop-ness

Let us begin with this ending-of-all-life-as-we-know-it dunk from Derrick Rose. 

Note that Rose makes the pass then immediately calls for the alley-oop. For whatever reason, no Pistons give their teammate a heads up on it. Either they didn't see it or couldn't react fast enough. Certainly understandable, considering Rose moves at approximately the speed of sound. 

29 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block for Rose in the win.

THE BIG ONE: Boston struggles against the high-speed offense again

Remember when we told you that Boston has issues with high-pace offenses ? Houston is fourth in the league in pace. Again, the Boston defense was unable to clamp down on a team that worked early in the shot clock. The obvious excuse is that Boston was without Kevin Garnett. But Boston had its chances and couldn't quite get a grip on a team who is likely unsympathetic to injury concerns in their own right. 

Aaron Brooks was able to hit a series of tough shots to keep the lead extended, and in the meantime, Paul Pierce struggled in the clutch once again. Most perplexing was a pull-up transition three with Glen Davis setting the screen right in front of him. Rondo missed a screen-splitting Ray Allen on a key possession late and threw it out of bounds. When you look at all the things Celtics normally do, they did almost none of them. 

For the Rockets, Kyle Lowry is really showing his value, even playing at off-guard in the absence of Kevin Martin. Patrick Patterson very quietly had a good game with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, along with one very well-timed block on Pierce in the fourth. Chase Budinger was huge as a spot-up shooter, which for some reason the Celtics were fine with granting him.

For the Celtics? Marquis Daniels was brilliant, attacking and taking Rockets off the dribble using his length. But too often the Celtics wound up with trusting Glen Davis to hit jumpers. And while Davis has proven he can hit that mid-range, it's not something you want to trust in as many times as the Celtics did. The Celtics also could have used more of Shaquille O'Neal to slow the Rockets down, considering they had no way of stopping him. But the big fella only played twenty minutes and was a -8 in that time regardless. 


Derrick Rose: 29 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers


Luis Scola: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:36 am

Game Changer 12.8.10: Elbow trouble

Dirk and his elbow, surprising guards, and Monroe exists, all in today's Game Changer.  Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


While the Dallas bench was doing its thing , the Warriors managed to stay in this one with turnovers leading to fast breaks. Or, basically, your standard Warrior plan of attack. But when the Mavericks absolutely had to get buckets? They turned to Dirk Nowitzki. Either with his elbow, or at the elbow.

Example A:

What you'll notice here is that Nowitzki's able to create space with his shooting elbow, which is kind of insane. It's the post-fake that gets David Lee shook trying to recover, but on the step-back through, he brings that elbow up and through, with his forearm creating kind of a stone wall between Lee's recovery attempt and a block. Granted, Nowitzki being seven feet tall helps quite a bit, but that perfect elbow placement is part of it.

Example 2: 

And again, we see Nowitzki stepping back into Lee, freezing him. By the time Lee recognizes what's happening, Dirk's elbow is already in place, again, creating a barrier between he and Lee. You've got to body Nowitzki in order to defend it, and bodying Nowitzki means you're probably fouling him. This is why he's Dirk.

And finally, in crunch time:

Forget for a moment that Jason Terry successfully screens two Warriors defenders. When Nowitzki receives this pass, he's at that elbow sweet spot. But he doesn't have to disturb his placement at all when the pass comes in. The movement is one fluid process. Step out to receive the pass, catch the ball, swing the other leg back to square up, rise, and release.


You know what keeps Dirk Nowitzki as good as he is at 32? Precision. 


Josh Smith: 34 points on 14-16 shooting, 7 assists, 3 rebounds (weird), 1 steal, 2 blocks in 38 minutes.


Luis Scola: 35 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block

Pau Gasol: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists



Some underrated guards had a few nice games last night:
  • D.J. Augustin has developed a solid sense of when to pull up for a three. A lot of guards are unsure and are constantly trying to figure out when to shoot and when not to. Augustin though, has a good sense of when the defense is sagging and when the shot is in the flow of the offense. He doesn't leave his rebounders out to dry while they're trying to establish position. 
  • Kyle Lowry has been pretty ridiculous lately. His three-point shot, which has been pathetic until this season, has all of a sudden started dropping. His perimeter speed is creating a fair amount of steals and in transition he's becoming quite the guard. With Aaron Brooks on the shelf, the Rockets are getting back into contention, slowly but surely, because of Lowry's particular abilities. 
  • Devin Harris struggled with his shot last night, but he did manage to run the offense reasonably well. He understands Lopez better than any other player in the league and has an innate sense of where the offense runs. 


Stephen Curry has a ridiculous set of fakes to his arsenal, particularly while on the move with the ball. He's got fakes within fakes within fakes. Last night he used about five of them on a baseline drive that absolutely froze Shawn Marion, allowing an easy reverse under the basket.

Greg Monroe is alive! 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks for the young'n which isn't much, but he also looked more confident in 25 minutes against the Rockets. Good signs for a Pistons team that needs some element of hope.

Luis Scola has a remarkable ability to shoot directly from wherever he lands on an offensive rebound. He snares the ball, then goes right back up in a hook.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:34 pm

Aaron Brooks now out 4-6 weeks with ankle sprain

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks is now expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ankle. Posted by Ben Golliveraaron-brooks

In a quick postscript to this post from last night, Rockets.com is reporting that Houston point guard Aaron Brooks has been diagnosed with a "moderate to severe left ankle sprain" and "is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks."

The Houston Chronicle reportsthat the timeline stands at 4-6 weeks and quotes Brooks' reaction, which makes it sound like he's taking the news in stride.
"I don't think I ever had an ankle injury like this before," Brooks said. "I did break my hand in college, sat out like eight weeks. Luckily, nothing is broken. It's a sprain. I'll be back to normal. You have to count your blessings."
Brooks was injured when he landed on Manu Ginobili's right foot, but said he did not think Ginobili did anything improper in defending Brooks' running 40-footer at the first-half buzzer.
On Saturday night, prior to the full diagnosis, Rockets coach Rick Adelman had said Brooks would miss at least two weeks.
By missing Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to the ankle injury, Brooks snapped a consecutive games played streak that stood at 119. The last time he missed a game prior to Sunday was a Feb. 2, 2009 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
As noted last night, in Brooks' absence, Houston would like to turn to Kyle Lowry, but back spasms kept him out of games against San Antonio and Minnesota. Look for promising rookie point guard Ishmael Smith to pick up the slack until Lowry is good to go.

On the bright side, Houston got its first win of the season against the Timberwolves, improving to 1-5. They had been the last remaining winless team in the NBA.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Aaron Brooks out 2 weeks with ankle sprain

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle sprain. Posted by Ben Golliveraaron-brooks Rockets.com reports on Twitter that Houston point guard Aaron Brooks is out "at least two weeks with a sprained ankle" according to Rockets coach Rick Adelman. He will not play in Houston's game Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Brooks, in his fourth year out of the University of Oregon, was voted the NBA's Most Improved Player last season and is known for his immense speed off the dribble, his ability to score the basketball and his improved play-making ability.  He suffered the ankle injury in a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and the Houston Chronicle reports that he was carried to the locker room.  In Brooks' absence, Houston would like to turn to more-than-capable backup Kyle Lowry, but he has been dealing with back spasms that kept him out of the game against San Antonio. Rockets.com also reports that Lowry will not play against Minnesota, so look for promising rookie point guard Ishmael Smith to pick up the slack. The injuries add to a nightmare start for the Rockets, who had hoped to compete for a playoff spot, but are currently in last place in the Southwest Division at 0-5.  The Rockets, as of Sunday afternoon, were the only remaining winless team in the entire league.
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