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Monthly Archives: November 2012

The real problem with the NBA schedule

  Those of you who visit BlogNBAsketball regularly know that I’m not a fan of the NBA’s schedule-makers. {Mavs at Lakers on Opening Night?! No wonder L.A. didn’t show up.} I’m seeing a much more serious problem lately with the NBA schedule, and it has nothing to do with the recent Popovich controversy in Miami....
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Raptors sign Pietrus, waive McGuire

  Well, now we know why the Toronto Raptors waived Dominic McGuire Thursday. The team has signed playoff veteran swingman Mickael Pietrus. The Frenchman is a veteran of numerous playoff battles in Orlando and Boston. He’ll be the primary back-up to DerMar DeRozan and likely thrive in a Euro-friendly city like Toronto The team upgraded...
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NBA vs Spurs: Who’s to blame?

  Both. Quite frankly, the National Basketball Association (and David Stern) owes the San Antonio Spurs organization. This is a team that’s won the championship four times since 1999. Yet, do we ever see them showcased on commercials or even on the Christmas Day schedule? The only time they get to play on NBA Opening...
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Spurs, not Pop, face fine

  David Stern issued the following statement in responce to Gregg Popovich resting his starters on a national TV game at the defending champion Miami Heat: “I apologize to all NBA fans,” Stern said in a statement that was released after the Spurs-Heat game had tipped off. “This was an unacceptable decision by the...
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Heat 105, Spurs 100: Pop’s greatest moment?

  Forget the four championship rings (’99, ’03, ’05, ’07)…the two Coach of the Year awards (’03, ’12)…the two All-Star Game coaching gigs (’05, ’11). Thursday night in Miami may just have been Gregg Popovich’s crowning achievement. I know the Spurs lost the game by five, but if you watched it live you couldn’t...
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Mavericks sign Derek Fisher

  Derek Fisher won’t be seen at the Lakers practice facility for a while.  The former champion point guard has signed with he Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs are having an identity crisis at PG after Rick Carlisle pulled Darren Collison from the starting lineup in favor of Dominique Jones. Rodrigue Beaubois, meanwhile, can’t seem to ever stay healthy...
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Players ejected at Nets-Celtics

  As the Nets finished off a dominating first half at Boston, all hell broke loose. In the end…Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace were all ejected. Kevin Garnett landed hard after a foul by Humphries, which resulted in Rondo going ‘rabid dog’ on the Nets big man. As the melee grew and...
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The Indiana Pacers are ‘Spurs East’

  George Hill isn’t the only thing that the Indiana Pacers got from the San Antonio Spurs. Watch just a few offensive possessions at Conseco…I mean, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and you’ll see a lot of similarities to the Spurs offense. Coach ‘Pop’ has gotten much luv the past few years for switching to more of a motion offense. It’s taken pressure off...
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Chauncey Billups returns tonight

  Many, including myself, thought that Chauncey Billups was done after tearing his achilles tendon last year. After months of rehabilitation, ‘Mr. Big Shot’ will make his return tonight versus the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Originally cleared for only practice, the team announced today that he is 100% and ready to go. Though Vinny...
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Sixers still can’t close

  If there was one common theme in Philadelphia last season, it was not closing…..especially when the rival Celtics were concerned. The younger Sixers led the Atlantic Division for all but the last two weeks of the regular season, until Boston woke up. Then, in the playoffs, Philly was given an opportunity to exact revenge on the...
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Three guys under the radar

  While most of the NBA world has been concerned with how the Knicks are playing so well and why the Lakers are, well, not…three doghousehold names are emerging as difference-makers early in this season. If you’ve tuned in to a Hornets game this year to checkout #1 pick Anthony Davis, you may have noticed rookie point guard Brian...
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Knicks-Nets Recap

  The first ever contest between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks went to overtime Monday night. While the Nets may have prevailed 96-89, the Knicks proved that they’re actually the better team. Whenever things got tight, Mike Woodson’s crew knew exactly where to go…..to Carmelo Anthony (scored 35 pts). When that was working they used the...
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Chris Paul’s Kryptonite

  A lot of people are talking about the recent 0-3 stretch on the Clippers’ road trip, ending in a blowout loss at Atlanta. I’m not. This is still one of the deepest and most talented teams in the league. It’s a very long NBA season, one where speed bumps in November/December are usually conducive to success...
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Forget L.A., It’s all about Memphis

  Following Friday night’s 106-98 victory over L.A., Mike Conley called the Lakers “one of the best teams in the world.” So does that make the Memphis Grizzlies one of the best teams in in the universe? They are, after all, leading the Western Conference with a record of 9-2. They’ve validated it by...
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On the clock: D’Antoni benches Pau Gasol

  Evident in the Lakers’ loss at Western Conference-leading Memphis Friday night was that Pau Gasol didn’t play in the entire 4th quarter. If you’re surprised by this then you’ve never seen Mike D’Antoni coach in the NBA (Denver, Phoenix, New York)…and you definitely aren’t reading my blog. The Lakers are now 0-4 on...
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