Tag:Memphis Grizzlies
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Rudy Gay doesn't need luck, headband or no

Gay has helped the Grizzlies make their own luck.  (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Rudy Gay wore a headband Tuesday night against the Warriors for the first time in a long time. He wound up leading a furious comeback by the Grizzlies who closed on a 30-17 run for the win. Gay nailed a tough stepback jumper to give the Grizzlies a clinching three-point lead, and hit a free throw to push the lead to four. He finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. So yeah, pretty good night for RG. 

So was it the headband? Kind of, but not really. From the Memphis Flyer:  
Toward the end of the brief on-court interview, sideline reporter Rob Fischer asked Gay about his decision to wear a headband during the game, which was a new look for him. Gay motioned back toward the rest of the team with a smile and said, “I wore the headband because the trainer says I always play bad when I wear the headband.” Then Gay looked into the camera, pointed, and channeled his inner Hulk Hogan with a message to viewers at home: “Kids out there, make your own luck. Make your own luck.”
via Road Recap: Grizzlies 91, Warriors 90 — Where the Grizzlies Made Their Own Luck | Beyond the Arc.

I'm never sure on these things, but I think the word is "swag."

Over the last five games, Gay has averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block, shooting 54 percent from the field. It is the kind of stat-stuffing performance that Memphis needs along with the ability to nail huge perimeter shots when the game is on the line.

Those two elements are crucial. Gay's not an elite scorer, but a quality one, not an elite rebounder for his position, but a good one. Defensively is where he shines. His activity and anticipation in the passing lane sparks the fast break for the Grizzlies and that constant pressure is what puts teams on their toes. 

In the Grizzlies' second round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, they found themselves in a certain situation time and time again. Low shot clock or game clock, trying to come up with a perimeter bucket due to the attention Zach Randolph drew. Without Gay the Grizzlies had no alternative but to try and manufacture one. But in the NBA, you need a player to rise up and nail a big shot in-between those plays where ball movement is key. Gay was missing from that series, and after all the talk about Memphis being better without him, Gay is putting that talk to rest. The Grizzlies don't rely on one player, but if the entire team can collectively put themselves in a position to win, Rudy Gay is becoming the player to put them over when it counts. 

The Grizzlies have survived the first 20 days without Zach Randolph and are leading the division. When Randolph went down, people said it was bad luck. 

Make your own luck, kids.  



Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:58 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Report Card: A's and F's

Kevin Garnett and the Celtics embarrassed the Magic Monday night in Boston. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Your nightly report grade gives you the overview of what went on in the NBA. Share your grades with us on Faceboook or Twitter. 

Celtics effort

I'm not trying to dog the Celtics by saying that the execution wasn't there. But they didn't magically get younger. They were still slower than the Magic, still weaker than the Magic. But they showed the effort and intensity that made this team a title contender for four years. And that's going to carry them a long way, especially on nights when the opponent rolls over and dies like the Magic did. Celtics are on a win streak. Are they finally back?

Orlando Magic

Gameplan. Effort. Focus. Effort. Intensity. Effort. Cohesion. Effort. Everything went wrong for the Magic Monday night, but their effort was atrocious. Jameer Nelson let second-year man Avery Bradley get into his skull and turn him over constantly. Dwight Howard was failing to keep position or even jump against Kevin Garnett's half-centimeter hook shot. Brandon Bass stole Glen Davis' lunch money and pretty much ended any conversation about who got the better end of that sign-and-trade. This was one of the most pathetic performances I've seen by an NBA team this season and I've seen the Wizards and Nets play six times each.

Emeka Okafor's game-saving block

Down two against the Hornets, San Antonio ran a picture-perfect play which resulted in Tony Parker dishing to a wide open Tiago Splitter racing down the lane for what would have been a clinching dunk. Emeka Okafor recovered weak side and blocked him. No, I'm sorry, block is too weak a word. He obliterated him. He erased him. He undid Tiago Splitter and all seven feet of him to spark the possession that would tie the game. The Hornets lost the game, but it was honestly one of the best plays of the season.




Tim Duncan's game-winning hook:


Running, across the lane, from fifteen feet, for the win, simply net. Old man can still do work. Game, folks. Drive safe




The Washington Wizards

If this were actual school we would have told the parents the Wizards need to pursue repeating the D-League grade. They had as many assists as a team as Andre Iguodala in the first half. They lost by double-digits. They were down 30 after the first 24 minutes of play. They are bad. Still. 


The Rockets' balance

The Rockets only had a four-man bench, but they provided 36 points. Kyle Lowry had a triple-double. Kevin Martin was all kinds of special. And after a Kevin Love three took the lead for the Wolves, the Rockets responded by hammering the Wolves into nothingness. Very impressive win over a game Wolves team.


Ricky-Rubio-Kevin-Love connection

The two are concocting something special. Rubio dished four behind the back passes that I saw Monday night to Love on the perimeter. You can't defend Love's shot on the perimeter for the entire possession. With a point guard that can find him at any point, it makes it nearly impossible to defend. 


Philadelphia, Chicago and Oklahoma City versus garbage teams

They should have won by twenty. They won by twenty. The end.



Memphis Grizzlies


You just... cannot kill this team. The Grizzlies stormed back from down 16 in the fourth quarter to edge the Warriors, crushing the Dubs with yet another fourth quarter loss. They needed to create steals, they created steals. They needed to hit big shots, the hit big shots (including a Rudy Gay ice-cold turnaround). They needed to make free throws to ice it, they iced it. They needed to stop Monta Ellis, Marc Gasol hedged him all the way to the corner and avoided the foul. The Grizzlies' wild ride of the past two seasons continues. 

Golden State Warrirors



The 2012 Golden State Warriors. Motto? No lead is too big to lose! The irony of their biggest win being against the Heat because the Heat collasped down the stretch is just stunning.
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:47 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:36 am
 

Report: Grizz plan to keep Mayo

O.J. Mayo is playing well enough, he may stay in Memphis (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

O.J. Mayo did not have a good 2011. He got into a fight on a team plane with Tony Allen over a card game. He was busted for a banned substance he says he got from an energy drink from a gas station. He was benched for the first time in his competitive-playing life, had some injury issues, and generally wasn't himself. He was nearly traded to the Indiana Pacers ... twice. 

2012, as it turns out, is a much better fit for the fourth-year shooting guard.

Mayo has worked out his issues with coach Lionel Hollins, has a better understanding of his role on the Grizzlies, and has rediscovered his shooting touch. His 45.8 percent field goal percentage matches his career high, and his 48.9 percent mark from the perimeter is downright scorching. He's been focused in on both sides of the ball, has his career mark in PER, and rebound percentage. In short, he's playing pretty well. 

And the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that the result is a move away from actively pursuing a trade for Mayo. He may not be off the table, but he's no longer on the block. Not only that, but he could wind up staying with Memphis even after he enters restricted free agency this summer. 
Truth is, Griz management isn't seriously thinking of dealing Mayo nor is his possible, restricted free-agent status this summer a major concern. Mayo likely will remain with the Griz this season because of his productivity and the Grizzlies' ability to control his future with the right of first refusal on contract offers.

Although Mayo is eligible to negotiate a long-term contact extension with Memphis by Wednesday, the Griz aren't compelled to agree to a deal or trade him at the moment.

"It remains to be seen whether something happens or not," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said about a Mayo contract extension. "If it doesn't happen I wouldn't read much into it. We didn't extend Rudy and resigned him. It's a floating situation. I wouldn't say (Mayo) is a lock to be with us after this year and I wouldn't say he isn't. There's so much ground to be covered between now and July."
via Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo beginning to flourish in reserve role » The Commercial Appeal.

Eight months ago, it seemed impossible that Mayo would still be in Memphis even now. Now it's possible that the Grizzlies, after clearing some cap space by trading Xavier Henry and moving other pieces. Michael Heisley being willing to go into the luxury tax with five players on roster on big, long-term deals seems unlikely, but with the success Memphis has found, there's no way to tell. It's good to see a player work through his trouble with a team and come out productive on the other side.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:39 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:11 am
 

Report Card: Anderson and Orlando work some magic

Posted by Royce Young and Matt Moore



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.

Ryan Anderson and the Magic

Orlando might've picked up its best win of the season Monday in New York and the Magic did it behind Ryan Anderson's scoring barrage. Anderson has emerged as a legit option for the Magic and with Dwight Howard inside, Anderson, a finesse power forward, can afford to play on the perimeter. It's really a pretty perfect pairing, much in the way Rashard Lewis worked well playing alongside Howard. Anderson went for 30 against the Knicks and did it with seven 3-pointers. -- RY

Kyrie Irving

Irving closed out the Bobcats with a series of dervish inside moves and layups. His handle and confidence improves every game and he's now distributing as well. Ricky Rubio has all the hype but right now Irving needs to at least share the lead for ROY. The Cavaliers keep winning, surprisingly, and it looks more and more like they have a star to build around. He's got great control over his body in mid-air and his shooting is surprisingly on target for a rookie. He took the team on his back to get the win Monday, and that's exactly what the Cavs want to see. -- MM

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder

That's six straight for Oklahoma City, but how about Westbrook? He drilled back-to-back 3-pointers in crunchtime, scored 26 points and made plays all over the court in Boston for the Thunder. He was helped obviously by Kevin Durant (28 points) but the unusual suspect of Thabo Sefolosha stepped up with 19 points on 7-9 shooting. The Celtics were a desperate team Monday looking for a win to hang their hat on and OKC did what needed to be done. Impressive victory for the team now with the league's best record.

Memphis Grizzlies

The bad: the third quarter where the Grizzlies let a 25-point lead evaporate. But other than that, which was largely fueled by a free throw disparity and C.J. Watson stealing the spirit of Derrick Rose who missed the game with turf toe, the Grizzlies were brilliant. Rudy Gay scored 24 points, his third 20-plus points game. The offensive flow was working and they hustled defensively. Memphis has won three straight and is back to ball hawking in the passing lanes to force turnovers. Rose's absence was of course the difference. -- MM

John Wall

It's not his fault his team stinks. OK, maybe it's kind of his fault because as the de facto "star," he's supposedly to lift everyone else to a higher place. But still, against the Rockets Monday, he did what he could do. Wall went for 38 points, eight assists and six rebounds but didn't get much else from his fellow starters who scored a combined 30 points as the Wizards lost to Houston. -- RY

Zone

The Magic dropped into a zone, and much the same way the zone has jacked with the Heat's star-powered lineups, it clogged up the works. It makes sense if you think about it. Teams with star power that don't have competent shooters are going to struggle when the athleticism is compromised and more pressure is applied by angling the zone to the star players. Zone is seldom used in the NBA, but the playoffs could have a ton of it this year. -- MM

Sixers Distribution

Against a very good defensive team in Milwaukee, the Sixers had four players in double digits. The Sixers aren't beating teams with star power, they're beating teams with coaching, execution, and depth. It's really important to note now how good this Sixers team is because if they're playing this well in May, they're going to make a run and stun some teams. They have a great bench scorer, they have a solid all-around frontcourt, they have a do-it-all forward in Iguodala playing the best ball of his career. Fear the Sixers. -- MM

Boston Celtics

The Celtics were competitive and actually had a chance to beat one of the best, if not the best team in the league Monday, but were bitten by the unlikely barrage of 3-pointers from Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook. It has to be a tad encouraging that the Celtics were ready, played good defense and really pounded the glass. Still they lost their fifth straight and their four wins are against Washington (twice), New Jersey and Detroit. -- RY

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls without Rose reverted back to a largely inefficient team, but more concerning was their lack of defense as the Grizzlies relentlessly attacked the rim. Essentially, unless Omer Asik was in, the rim was vulnerable. The question has to be asked for the hundreth time, if the Bulls would be better off with Taj Gibson starting, and now Asik is angling for the job of Joakim Noah. Noah was particularly bad, getting outworked and outsmarted by Marc Gasol and dunked on by Rudy Gay in space, while missing layups. Rose is the reason they lost, but there was a lot not to like for Chicago. -- MM

Carmelo Anthony

He returned to the Knicks. He scored 33 points but did it in 9-27 shooting and New York lost to the Magic. So a pretty Melo day all around. (Get it? Melo... You get it.) -- RY


The Hornets

Here's the starting five the Hornets rolled out against Portland: Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli, Emeka Okafor, Jason Smith and DaJuan Summers. Does that strike you as a competitive NBA team? Jack led the Hornets in scoring with 21 points, but my goodness does that team need Eric Gordon back. A lot of teams are fun to watch even when they're bad because of young players or because it's comical, but the Hornets don't really even have interesting players right now. -- RY
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:55 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Baseline Awards 1.16.12: Rosey Run



Welcome to the Baseline Awards, a weekly feature that goes over the biggest stories of the past week and hands out awards. Because awards are fun!

Eastern Conference Player of the week: Best overall performance by Eastern Conference player

Tie: Dwight Howard/Derrick Rose

Dwight Howard absolutely annihilated teams this week. He only played in two games. During that back-to-back set he destroyed an elite team, the Blazers, and a pretty good team, the Warriors. Howard missed an epic tonnage of free throws vs. Golden State... and still scored 45 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Against Portland he only scored 13 but had 13 rebounds and four assists. Howard is showing why everyone wants to trade for him.

But Derrick Rose? He's back to playing at an MVP level. No, I'm sorry, that's not right. Because he won the MVP last year and he's actually playing better this season, and did so this week. Rose played four games last week, sitting out with turf toe against the Wizards, and averaged 24 points and 9 assists. That last digit is particularly important. Rose has become a better passer, and is helping what is largely the same Bulls unit become better offensively. Be afraid, NBA.

Western Conference Player of the Week: Best overall performance by Western Conference player

Kobe Bryant

Um... have YOU scored 40 points in each game this week, four times straight? I didn't think so. If I have to explain this, you've been either living in a cave or in suspended animation only to discover a strange new world. Either way, let me break it down. Kobe Bryant = dominant offensively this week. There may be a cost on the Lakers' offense as a whole and the competition was a little weak, but that doesn't change the fact he scored 40 freaking points in four straight contests at age 33.

Struggler of the week: Player with worst performance qualified for expectations

LeBron James

The numbers are fine. The numbers aren't everything. I rarely if ever use the phrase "choked" but James choked away a very winnable game vs. Golden State by missing free throw after free throw. Then had similar issues against the Clippers, struggling in the fourth quarter and overtime. And finally he was frustrated and beaten handily by the Nuggets.

It was probably an outlier, he'll likely rebound, at least in the regular season. But James had a huge letdown after a promising start to 2011-2012.

DOMINATOR AWARD: Most dominant performance

Paul Millsap

Millsap was an absolute beast for the Jazz this week, helping them to a 3-1 record while averaging 23 points and nine boards...while shooting 62 percent from the field. In three of those games, he shot better than 55 percent. Millsap's ability to hit from range, finish inside, and score in the post is making him one of the most complete power forwards in the league. The Jazz really have something going (again) in Salt Lake, and Millsap this week has been a huge part of it.

Broken Promises Award

Mark Jackson, Golden State Warriors

Jackson's guarantee of a playoff trip was questionable when he made it after being hired last summer and it looks even worse now, just 12 games into the season. The team's major free agent prize, Kwame Brown, is likely done for the year, a desperate ownership is realizing it can't make stars appear out of nowhere, and Stephen Curry is tragically sidelined yet again. Jackson, meanwhile, embarked on an historically stupid Hack-a-Dwight strategy en route to a home loss and then watched as his team laid an egg in Charlotte, of all places. The good news: the W's season will be over and Jackson will have plenty of time to get back to the rhyming dictionary to craft some new catchphrases. I know you wanted to make a splash; your mouth made a promise that your team can't cash.

Home Cookin' Award:

Portland Trail Blazers

Portland's hot start and contender buzz hit the brakes this week thanks to a 3-game losing streak. After an early-season win at Oklahoma City raised hopes that this new-look Blazers team might be over the road struggles of previous years, Portland lost back-to-back games in Texas to start its current 6-game road trip, bringing their road record to 1-4 through 11 games. Losing to the undefeated at home Spurs is no shame, but dropping one to the Houston Rockets in overtime can't happen if Portland is to reach its high internal expectations.

Fuzzy Math Award 

Boston Celtics 

The "Big 4" is Boston wasn't supposed to be a reference to how many wins the Celtics have through the first three weeks of the season. But that's where the aging C's find themselves and it's brought on the possibility of a full-fledged identity crisis in the works. Boston is average on offense, average on defense and pathetic on the boards. Given the major cap flexibility the Celtics will have this summer, the worst case scenario is that this season ends up being a waste of time between eras. But settling for that is painful given that four Celtics were 2011 All-Stars.

The Walter White Award

Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

It's not a coincidence that the two teams rolling along early in the season are the two squads that had virtually everything in place. With teams like the Knicks and Mavericks looking a bit lost with new pieces early on because of no training camp, the Thunder and Bulls haven't had issues because they haven't had to work on any chemistry. It's already there.

Dead Man Walking Award

Deron Williams 

I don't know how Deron Williams is putting up with this stuff, but he's obviously playing through gritted teeth. Kudos to him, but it has to be painful to basically be flushing a year and a half of your career down the toilet. The injury to Brook Lopez was unfortunate, but let's be honest: The Nets weren't going to be good regardless. If it all works out and Dwight Howard finds his way there, I'm sure he'll look back on these days as a good character builder, but if Howard goes elsewhere and Williams does as well, it'll just be wasted time.

The "Really, guys? Really?!" Award: Worst performance that isn't just bad, but inexcusable

Washington Wizards

You lost to the Bulls without Derrick Rose? Really? You let John Lucas go off on you, John Wall? Really? It's like every time we think the Wizards have hit the very bottom, they show us they can go just a little bit lower.

The "Begin Assembly" Award: Team starting to get it together

Memphis Grizzlies

A tough loss to the Lakers seemed to spark this team. They needed a boost and since that game in which they competed to the end, Rudy Gay has started to produce at the level he has to. Mike Conley is playing well. Marc Gasol is beasting. O.J. Mayo has his shot going. The Grizzlies are moving away from the debacle that was their first game against Chicago.

The "Tom Brady Is Better Than You" Award for Offensive Failure

The Sacramento Kings scored 42 points on Saturday through the third quarter. The Patriots scored 42 points againt the Broncos on Saturday. The Kings were outscored by an NFL team. I don't know who that's sadder for, the Kings or Tebow and the Broncos.

Awkward Water Cooler Conversation Award for Coaching Struggle:

Mark Jackson

Jackon's own players asked him not to go hack-a-Dwight vs. the Magic, feeling they could defend Howard. It would be one thing if it had worked, but Howard dominated them even with the missed free throws and it completely detonated the Warriors' offensive flow. Jackon's been pretty good overall this season, but that was a pretty damaging series of events.

Blog of the Week:

The Two Man Game

With the Mavericks starting to put it together, their analysis is relevant again, and TMG is the best Mavs blog out there. Thoughtful analysis and discussion on the bigger picture, which is what the Mavericks are all about this season.

Awards Watch:

MVP Five to Consider (no particular order):
Derrick Rose
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Dwight Howard
Kevin Durant

ROY Five to Consider:
Kyrie Irving
Ricky Rubio
MarShon Brooks
Kawhi Leonard
Iman Shumpert

6th Man of the Year Five to Consider:
James Harden
Al Harrington
Lou Williams
Jamal Crawford
Ricky Rubio
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:12 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:42 am
 

Report Card: Grizzlies drop kick Knicks

Posted by Ben Golliver 

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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. 

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have had a turbulent start to their season, losing franchise forward Zach Randolph to injury and shaking up their roster in an attempt to compensate for the loss. Their 4-6 record indicates there have been plenty of struggles but they put on a pretty face for a national television audience on Thursday, drop-kicking the Knicks and leaving no doubt in a 94-83 victory. Rudy Gay led the way with 26 points on 16 shots, and while Memphis didn't shoot the lights out they scored at will when they needed to. Given New York's effort level recently, scrappers like Tony Allen (12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) and Marc Gasol (10 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks) were free to have a field day.

Kyrie Irving

The NBA's best kept secret keeps cranking out hits. If hype was dispensed purely on merit, Irving would eclipse Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio easily. Instead, he toils away for a forgotten Cleveland Cavaliers team that just happens to be at .500 after the first ten games of the season. He's been called mature, efficient and intellignet, but on Thursday he showed he was fearless, too, taking the game to Steve Nash in Phoenix to finish with 26 pointes, 6 assists and 2 steals. His 11-17 shooting helped compensate for the 6 turnovers. Irving is currently off to the best start of any rookie point guard in recent memory.

Dwight Howard

After complaining in Portland on Wednesday that he couldn't find an offensive rhythm this season, Dwight Howard destroyed Golden State's thin front line to the tune of 45 points and 23 rebounds. Howard made it to the free throw line an astonishing 39 times, smashing a 49-year-old NBA record, and added 1 blocks and 4 steals to his absurd stat line. Orlando didn't play nearly as crisply against the Warriors as they did in beating the Blazers the night before, but Howard's monster night ensured Orlando earned its third straight win to start a 4-game road trip, 117-109.

Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer? More like Jon Who-er? Am I right? Milwaukee's 22-year-old rookie forward has hit for double figures in three straight games for the Bucks, capped by a career-high 15 points in a 102-93 win over the Detroit Pistons. No basket was bigger than a late dunk in traffic that helped seal the win. Milwaukee didn't draw many fans on Thursday, but those who were there were on their feet to salute his all-around play. Leuer finished with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Call this a hearty B+.  

Greg Monroe

He gets docked from an "A" only because it came in a losing effort (Detroit's sixth straight loss), but second-year Pistons center Greg Monroe had arguably the best individual performance of his career, tossing in a career-high 32 points and adding 16 rebounds. Detroit has such an oddly-assembled lineup that it's difficult to know who will be around in a few years if this team ever gets headed back on an upward trajectory, but Monroe's development sticks out as one clear positive indicator. Thursday marked his fourth double-double in 11 games so far this season.

Boris Diaw

Diaw is an easy target, in no small part because he's so big you can't miss him. The Bobcats got drilled by the Atlanta Hawks, 111-81, in the first game that Atlanta played without key big man Al Horford. Hawks coach Larry Drew inserted Zaza Pachulia into his starting lineup and played his starters heavy minutes. Diaw might as well not have shown up, finishing with zero points and 6 rebounds, all defensive, in 26 minutes.

New York Knicks

Name a way the Knicks can fail and you saw it on Thursday against the Grizzlies. Carmelo Anthony was lost to injury. Amar'e Stoudemire never bothered to show up. New York got beaten badly on the boards and couldn't stop Memphis' offense from pouring it on. Rookie point guard Iman Shumpert took 20 shots and his back-up, Toney Douglas, took 13. Combined the two guards shot an atrocious 8-for-33 and tallied 7 assists to 9 turnovers. Thanks to some garbage-time lead-cutting this one wound up as an 11-point loss but it played out more like a 25-point blowout.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Carmelo Anthony out Saturday after ankle sprain

Posted by Ben Golliver

Update (Saturday): CBS Fantasy News notes that Anthony is out for Saturday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and is hoping for a return for a Monday night game against the Orlando Magic.

Update (Friday)
: The New York Times reports that Anthony missed practice on Friday because of the sprained ankle injury suffered on Thursday night. He is listed as "doubtful" for a Saturday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Original post:

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with various bumps and bruises, but it was a badly rolled ankle that knocked him out of a Thursday night game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

After spraining his left wrist earlier in the game and opting to play through it, Anthony rolled his right ankle while fighting for a loose ball with Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. The injury occurred with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Anthony hopped around in significant pain before being taken to the locker room. Memphis was leading New York at the time of the injury, 53-40. Anthony left the game with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists on 6-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes.

The Knicks confirmed that Anthony was done for the night with a right ankle sprain. The New York Times reported that an X-ray on the ankle conducted at the arena came back negative.

Here's video of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's ankle injury suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies.



Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:24 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Report: Grizzlies, Nets talked O.J. Mayo trade

Posted by Ben Golliver oj-mayo 

This man lives on the trade block.

Yahoo Sports reports that Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo has had his name come up in recent trade talks with the New Jersey Nets.
Memphis and New Jersey have been engaged in trade talks centered on guard O.J. Mayo, but a deal appears unlikely. Nets-Grizzlies talks included scenarios for Anthony Morrow and a pick for O.J. Mayo, but discussions have lost traction.
Mayo, 24, is a 6-foot-4 guard with a scorer's mentality and solid two-way, energetic play. His statistical production has taken a hit during his four years in Memphis, as he's been shifted to a reserve role behind starting guards Mike Conley and Tony Allen, and he's currently averaging 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.4 minutes per game this seaon. 

Morrow, 26, is more of a one-dimensional player, known for his ability to shoot from distance and score in bunches. So far during 2011-2012, his second season with New Jersey, Morrow is averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 25.4 minutes. He's been used both as a reserve and, most recently, as a starter by Nets coach Avery Johnson.

Mayo is in the final year of his current contract and seems a very, very unlikely long-term fit in Memphis, a team that has already committed major dollars to Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Conley. Has name has repeatedly come up in tralk talks, including proposals involving the Indiana Pacers -- in a failed swap for forward Josh McRoberts, who is now with the Los Angeles Lakers -- and the Golden State Warriors in a rumored swap for guard Monta Ellis. The Grizzlies also have promising second round pick Josh Selby who, despite a recent marijuana bust, seems capable of providing a backcourt scoring pop off the bench at a fraction of Mayo's price.

But, really, Mayo trade talks are not about what he does on the court. During his time in Memphis, he's been suspended for failing a drug test and gotten into a well-publicized fight with Allen on the team plane. He's needed a change of scenery for awhile now.

Is New Jersey, currently 2-9 and in the basement of the Atlantic Division, that place? They can certainly use his talent and would like likely start him alongside All-Star Deron Williams in what would be a fairly dynamic and interchangeable backcourt. He represents an upgrade from Mayo and this talent-deficient bunch can use any upgrade it can find. There's also an urgency at play in the Garden State, as Williams wants to win now and his future is very much up in the air.

One question here: If you're Memphis, do you prefer simply to unload Mayo to a team with cap space so you don't have to receive salary in return? Similarly, do you prefer to let his contract expire at the end of this season to give yourself added flexibility next summer? Given that we're roughly two months from the trade deadline, we'll know soon enough. One thing is for sure: this won't be the last time we'll hear Mayo's name in rumors over the next eight weeks.
 
 
 
 
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