- Through Friday's games, the Heat were at the top of BBR's quantitative Power Rankings -- followed by the Hornets, Celtics, Lakers, and Spurs. The Bulls were 10th.
- No Clippers get Dunk Porn posts until the Del Negros find their second win. Saturday, Blake Griffin dropped 44 on the Bricks (6-8) and grabbed 15 boards and the Staples Center Red Team lost (1-13), 124-115, and had these two quickies:
And here's an Eric Gordon money shot on the 7'2" Roy Hibbert. Pacers won, 107-80, henceforthergoandhitertowhich, Gordon's dunk also goes here:
- Spurs (11-1) won their 10th straight against the Clown College Cavaliers (5-7), 116-96, to extend the best start in franchise history a day after beating the Jazz (9-5), 94-82. Against the Jazz, Tim Duncan became the NBA-Spurs all-time leading scorer, passing David Robinson's 20,790. George Gervin scored 23,602 points as a Spurs, but that included ABA seasons.
- Wanna watch Allen Iverson play for Betsikas Cola Turka? You can, Sunday afternoon on NBA TV,
with Chris Webber and the eternally annoying Rick Kamla calling the
game. Hmmm... Iverson with Kamla's voice or a Brady-Manning Bowl. This
is actually a tough decision.... Iverson scored two points in limited minutes. Yeah, fuck that shit.
- La La Sanchez says she's not the driving force
behind where her husband, Carmelo Anthony, signs his next contract. In
other news, I've got this great timeshare in Nebraska you just have to
get in on.
- Yao Ming's out another two weeks with a bone bruise in his left ankle. Prior reports have said the pain was shooting up his chin to the knee. This could take a while.
- Rudy Gay hit the game-winning shot for the Grizzlies (5-9) to beat the Heat (8-5) in Memphis, Saturday, 97-95. The Heat were without D-Wade -- after passing a fever, out with a hurt ankle, which will be X-rayed. Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo played limited minutes (27 and 22, respectively) off the bench because they were late to the pre-game shootaround. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak.
- Michael Redd thinks he'll be back with the Bucks in February. I don't think I read any serious preview of the 'Deer To Be Feared' that mentioned his return as a potentially conceivable upside. Bear in mind that every preview of Portland mentioned Greg Oden.
- Peja Stojakovic was the biggest name in the Hornets-CRaptors five-player deal.
Peja wasn't fitting into New Orleans Coach Monty Williams' defensive
scheme, it's been reported, and a complicated deal was necessary to fit
the salary cap rules with the $15m he's making. The Hornets got Jarrett Jack,
center David Andersen to backup Emeka Okafor and guard Marcus Banks to
presumably ride the bench in Peja's old seat. Toronto also got Jerryd
Bayless, who was in the Hornets rotation, but not very relevant....
Leandro Barbosa is now a starting point guard in the NBA. I'd say
Nawlins got the better of this deal.
- Were it later in the season, Steve Nash would be playing through his groin injury, according to the Suns (6-7) coach, but he's remained out. How bad did they lose in Orlando, Friday, without Nash? Malik Allen scored for the Magic (8-5), meaning he took his warm-up suit off.
- Anthony Randolph, the largest piece of the Bricks' return for David Lee to GSW, is apparently out of the rotation for the time being. The goal was to have him rotating with Timofey Mozgov and Amar'e Stoudemire in the frontcourt and most -- myself included -- though he could become the starting center.Randolph's only played eight of NY's 14 games and is a -32 per 100 possessions.
- 38-year-old Grant Hill says he'll be playing when he's 40. Remember when we thought he wouldn't play at 30?