If any of you witnessed the Clippers vs Warriors game a few nights ago, you may have seen the game plan that Warriors coach Mark Jackson put in play. Very smart coaching on his behalf and I wonder if any other coaches picked up on the plan of action.
Near the end of the 3rd quarter with less then two minutes left, the score was sitting at 64-60, Jackson told his team to foul Deandre Jordan whenever he touched the ball. In doing so, they put Jordan at the line a total of 3 times, letting him go 2/6 from the line. It took time off the clock, gave the Warriors multiple possessions, and only gave the Clippers 2 points to add to the board. “Hack a Jordan” was successful. Even they though the warriors couldn’t pull out the win ,It left the Clippers big man mentally frustrated while only putting 2 points on the board.
I wonder if any other NBA coaches caught onto to this plan of action. It seemed quite successful for the time being and like I said earlier, it truly frustrated Jordan. We all know as a player you have to mentally be in the moment or your whole game will be off. Is this the key to slow down the young, fast and furious Clippers? I must say it was pretty effective for the Warriors. Granted they aren’t the leagues most “talked about team.” Just think what could happen if Heat took hold of this plan come game time vs the Clippers.
“Lob City” may be encountering a bump in the road.
—Vanessa R. Robbins
The Missouri Men’s basketball team sit at 12-0 for the first time since the 1981-82 season.
But last night, in the annual Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis, that winning streak almost came to an end..
In the first seven minutes, Missouri led by double digits, and the Tigers were not giving up the lead. It seemed like U of I didn’t have a chance.
But midway through the second half Illinois sophomore guard Joseph Bertrand and sophomore center Meyers Leonard had enough; bringing the Fighting Illini back into the game.
Threes by Missouri’s guards Phil Pressey, and Michael Dixon wouldn’t fall, and the MU offense wasn’t in sync.
Illinois came back to tie the game with seven minutes to play. And until the clock ran down two minutes, the game was tied. Then Illinois DJ Richardson was fouled at the three-point line, leaving everyone at the edge of their seats, putting Illinois up 70-69.
But the Tigers weren’t going out without a fight, going on a 7-0 run. The Tigers came out with the win; 78-74.
Illinois went into this game with the mindset to stop Denmon. They held him to 2-6 from the arc,and 0-3 from two-point realm. AND had three turnovers, which is rare for the star guard.
Even with Denmon basically shut down, the Missouri guards; the Pressey boys, Dixon, and English have proved how good of a team Haith has created.
In fact, Michael Dixon is being recognized as one of the best sixth men in the country.
Missouri could easily be one of the complete basketball squads in the league right now. Their transitions are easily the reason they’re blowing out teams, and their dribble penetration is key in creating perfect plays to get into the lane, spot the open man, and kick the ball out.
This is definitely a great year for Frank Haith, and the Missouri Tigers.
-TishaJade ( @TishaGotGame )
I guess this was “The Deal” that David Stern just couldn’t shut down, this time.
The Los Angeles Clippers have recieved, point guard Chris Paul. In doing so the Clippers sent off Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Al-Farouq Aminu. To add to the trade, the Clippers will also receive Minnesota Timberwolve’s first round, unprotected, 2012 draft pick and 2 future round draft picks.
Was this a good trade on each teams behalf? Or was it some what of a “settlement?”
With the new additions to the Clippers, this is what the projected starting line up would look like :
- Chirs Paul
- Randy Foye
- Caron Butler
- Blake Griffin
- Deandre Jordan
I will say this though, its going to be very exciting to watch Blake Griffin and Chris Paul play together, along with thee additions of Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler. The Clippers now have a few scoring forces on their squad, which is definitely going to add to the highlight reel come this NBA season. Paul’s ability to drive and dish is going to set up Griffin for some amazing avenues to the basket. Also, the double-team Blake is going to attract will give Chris and Chauncey the opportunity to score as often as they like.
It will be very interesting to see how this new Clipper squad gels together, as well as the Hornets with their new additions. We all saw how Denver played once Carmelo Anthony was traded. Will that be the case for the Hornets? We shall see soon.
—Vanessa R. Robbins
Even if you didn’t catch the Cincinnati v. Xavier game last week, you’d see the brawl that took place in the final seconds of the game all over Sportscenter. With nine seconds left, the rivalry game spiraled out of control, into a huge fight, with the entire bench from both squads taking part.
Cinncinnatti’s Yancy Gates, Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj each are getting six-game suspensions while Ge’Lawn Guyn will be out for just one game.
Xavier’s Dezmine Wells and Landen Amos have been suspended for four games, Mark Lyons for two games and Tu Holloway for one game.
“It’s unfortunate what happened,” Xavier guard Mark Lyons said. “Obviously, this is a heated rivalry. But we regret what happened and didn’t want it to end that way. … It’s unfortunate, but we wanted to protect each other. When they are throwing punches, it’s hard not to do anything.”
In the end, Xavier won 76-53.
However left many wondering where did this rivalry stem from?
Both schools are ten minutes from each other,so this is ones typical backyard brawl, a typical rivalry of representing ones city.
The teams started playing each other in 1946, where Cinci dominated, winning 34 games, of 46. Then in the 1980, Xavier began to play catch up. Xavier has won six of the last nine.
The games have been heated from the beginning of time. Even coaches refuse to shake hands with one another after games.
And the fans don’t help either, who are just into the game as the players.
This is one of the heated rivarlies in the country, and a “you’d have to be from Philly to truly understand it” type situations.
But ultimately, I don’t know hom much longer their going to let the two teams compete against each other, if brawls like the last continue to happen.
The NBA has a new policy designed which protects players from long-term impact of concussions. On Monday, the league announced the purpose of this policy, which determines when a player is healthy enough to return after a head injury.
The protocols actually went into effect Friday, the beginning of training camp for the safety and protection of the players. The program will run by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, one of the world’s leading experts on sports and head injuries.
The policies are quite simple. If an athlete suffers from a concussion during a game, they will have to sustain a series of tests before they can return to the court. Once free of symptoms, the player then has to go through a set of stages such as stationary biking, jogging, non-contact team drills to assure that no symptoms return. All of the head-injury information, including the diagnosis, treatment, and any long-term impact will be kept on file.
All players are also required to get an annual baseline neurological exam and cognitive assessment.
The Los Angeles Lakers made a three-team trade with the Rockets and Hornets early Friday to possibly bring PG Chris Paul to LA, but was rejected by the NBA.
The three teams decided Saturday to meet again to renegotiate a new trade, hoping it would get approved by the NBA this time around. Surprisingly, the trade wasn’t for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, whom the Lakers have been attempting to acquire, as well.
The Lakers pulled out of the Paul trade on Saturday night, and instead, traded forward Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, gaining an $8.9 trade exception that the Lakers could use which creates space for the big man– Dwight Howard.
Howard, however, has reportedly asked to be traded to the New Jersey Nets. It will all come down to the Lakers beating a Nets offer which would include center Brooke Lopez and multiple draft picks.
Odom, who is not pleased about being a part of the voided Paul trade did not show up to the first two days of training camp, and only showed up Saturday for a physical. “To me, I would think it’s better to stay away,” Odom told The LA Times in a telephone interview Friday. “You know, the energy and all. I don’t know how it’s going to go right now. It’s a little weird.”
The Mavericks, who lost their free-agent, Caron Butler to the Clippers, could easily restock their frontcourt with Odom.
But the questions we all want answers for are, could the Lakers really pull this off? With Lamar Odom now gone, what if the Lakers can’t get Howard as planned? Are they digging themselves deep in trouble?
In his 10th season of basketball, forward Shane Battier announced via Twitter he will be taking his talents to Southbeach, turning down offers from Orlando and San Antonio. The first free agent, thus far, to sign to Miami.
“The lockout gave me lots of time to consider what was important to me at this stage of my life and career,” Battier wrote on Twitter. “Over the last week, I’ve played out every scenario in my head over and over. It always came back to one thing for me: a winning role.”
How “sweet”, the Commissioner is thanking the NBA fans for the patience and support we had given them.
Lets just say a good portion of us are thanking him for NOT ruining this years Christmas.
The Dwight Howard and Chris Paul trade talk has been floating around heavily. With so many possible new teams going after them, its going to be exciting to see where they end up, later on down the road. From the looks of the NBA fan population, I think majority vote would love to see these two play with the greatest NBA player in the league right now, Kobe Bryant.
This is what the Lakers squad needs. A young point guard who can dish, drive and score. Derek Fisher had his time with the Lakers and was a very prominent role on the team in his earlier years, but averaging only 5 PPG is really hurting the Lakers, and I think is a key to a lot of offensive struggles. To add to that formula, how bout we throw in Superman aka Dwight Howard. Wouldn’t this just flip the whole dynamic of the squad in a GOOD way?!? An aggressive big man, who is a consistent rebounder, and can go for 40 on a good night. Adding these two players to well proven championship squad, would just be the cherry on top.
It will be interesting to see what happens, and who gets who. I personally think if the Lakers can pull these players, Kobe will stick around in the league a bit longer, and add to his handful of rings.
Not too much has been adjusted on the 2011-2012 NBA schedule, but some details have been released. With the season starting December 25, 2011 and ending April 28, 2012, teams are set to average 3.9 games a week, leaving us with two extra games a month than normal. Teams will play 48 in-conference games, and 18 out-of-conference— meaning not all teams will visit other cities. However, what for many of us may seem like heaven on Earth, I’m a bit worried about every team having to play at least one back-to-back-to-back set (three-four straight nights) and up to three back-to-back-to-back sets during season. This is where lack of depth could be an issue. While the younger and less injured teams like Oklahoma City Thunders would probably not hurt as much, teams such as the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs with the more aged roster will have a tough time. But without further ado, here is a brief breakdown of how the 2011-2012 season has been structured:
- Regular Season Start Date: December 25, 2011
- Regular Season End Date: April 26, 2012
- Playoffs Start Date: April 28, 2012
- Last Possible Finals Date: June 26, 2012
Conference Games: 48
- Play 6 teams 4 times (2 home, 2 away)
- Play 4 teams 3 times (2 home, 1 away)
- Play 4 teams 3 times (1 home, 2 away)
Non-Conference Games: 18
- Play 3 teams 2 times (1 home, 1 away)
- Play 6 teams 1 time at home
- Play 6 teams 1 time away
Back to Back-to-Backs: All teams will play at least 1; no more than 3
Playoff Back-to-Backs: Possible in second round
Merry Christmas, NBA fans.
Miami does need a big man, but is Greg Oden that player that Miami needs in the paint?
Or should he stay with the Trailblazers?
The Trailblazers are offering him 8.9 million to stay, and with the whole salary cap, Miami has no room to compete with that. If he was to stay with Portland, he’d get a lot of playing time, which he should go after seeing how the injuries have been limiting his play. But the Heat are in dire need of a center, especially with Big Z retiring in the offseason and Dampier and Jamaal Magloire now free agents.
The question remains does he stay with Portland, where he’ll get more money, and a trip to the playoffs, or go to Miami, where he has more of a chance to get to the NBA Finals, yet take a pay cut.
An age old case of “for the love of the money, or for the love of the game.”
Michael Jordan” —