I didn’t do daily “Catch n’ Shoot” posts for quite some time because I started yet another part-time teaching job on top of my current load. Between bringing back game previews for every game or this section, the decision was easy. There is a change, though. As the playoffs come closer, I might go through box scores for funny lines and chase significant games through a new category of posts, but this section will just be link-dumping interesting stuff.
- The Bulls aren’t interested in J.R. Smith because he’s an asshole. Doug Thonus wrote enough about it, I’m thankful to not be compelled to write anything more.
- Blake Griffin’s violence gets scary when he bangs his head like this on the corner of the backboard. We’ve seen him come close to smashing his grill on the rim and he’s constantly needing to tilt his head, slithering in to dunk on the back corners of the rim. But hey, daredevils are exhilarating entertainment for a reason: the high-risk.
- Speaking of the Blakedevil:
- No, an elite team’s W-L record against elite teams is not indicative of postseason success or failure, but records and margin of victory against shit teams is. Lakers lost to the Cavs on Wednesday. That is all.
- The Nets are back in the ‘Melo Hunt, weeks after extravagantly ‘leaving the table.’ They had to walk away for a bit in order to scale down the package Mikhail Prokhorov said was “too expensive” and ‘too public.’ Woj is reporting Derrick Favors and draft picks offered to Denver.
There are also rumors involving Devin Harris, Travis Outlaw, and/or Anthony Morrow to Portland for Andre Miller and/or Rudy Fernandez. Probably noise, but if this idea is even being entertained by Jersey, it’s clear optimism they can land Chris Paul or Deron Williams in the next 18 months.
- But with that, queue insane Nuggets demands. They’re countering the Knicks lowball offer with demanding Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and Landry Fields. That’s every starter not named Amar’e. Shit like this is why the Nuggets could lose ‘Melo in the summer for nothing in return.
- You know, if Mike Miller were hitting 3s and his teammates were rebounding, his head would be fine.
He’s reportedly had concussion-like symptoms for almost a week. Though
he’s been cleared to play, the couple of times he’s been rocked since,
it’s a dramatic ordeal. Like Tuesday against the Pacers.
- Brandon Roy probably won’t be playing at 29-years-old, his consulting surgeon says.
I never cease being surprised with the breakdown of Roy’s body and the
endless astounding quotes. They never cease to make me sad.
- Rockets are seemingly getting aggressive in their pursuit of Nenê.
No secret they want a center. They’ve pretty much demanded a center for
all of their available assets — which all happen to be small.
Also: “There just is no way to be a good team when a team is horrible at something,” Jonathan Feigey on the Rockets defense holding them down. Great quote.
- Rudy Gay out four weeks with a dislocated shoulder.
Not only is Memphis in the toughest division, but they finally make a
run for a playoff spot, currently tied for the eight-seed with Utah, and
- The Hornets want Antawn Jamison, but his contract’s too big. If they can’t keep David West, a stretch-four just doesn’t make sense. I doubt the
interest is of any significance, but he’s a nice asset. No reason to
not try lowballing the Cavs, who probably want to get rid of Jamison
more than anyone wants him. My first thought was:
“Let’s say the Hornets get Jamison, lose West; then, CP3 to more rehab,
surgery, or trade. Jamison might need a padded room in that case.”
- Chris Kaman played nine minutes against the Darkopuppies on Wednesday.
I suddenly remember why I put the Staples Center Red Team’s ceiling at
35-to-40 wins. If Kaman can just stay on the floor, that’s a hell of a
- Jon Scheyer signed a D-League contract and will go through the waiver wire. Best wishes to him.
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