Archives for February 2012
The rumblings we’re hearing out of Orlando seem to say that the Magic are leaning toward holding onto Dwight Howard and trying to figure something out in the summer. Of course, that can change if the right offer comes along. Frankly, if I’m the Magic I’d take what the Nets are offering Lopez, + role players a mountain of picks or what the Lakers are offering Bynum possibly Gasol. Either one is better than the end game of losing Howard for
Two juggernauts will collide in Wednesday night’s best NBA game when Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (28-8) visit Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs (24-10). They are currently ranked third and fourth, respectively, in Heisler’s Power Rankings. Finally ending their annual rodeo road trip with an 8-1 record, The Spurs start a seven-game homestand over the next two weeks. They hope to continue a dominant stretch as they have won 12 of their past 13 games. The Bulls have won
There’s still more than two weeks until the March 15 trading deadline, but the rumor mill already is churning. Most of the buzz is around Dwight Howard, whom the Orlando Magic don’t have to trade. Really. However, there are a handful of players who have to be traded for the greater good of their teams. Whether it be removing a problem, creating financial flexibility or moving someone one year early rather than one year late, some big names will be changing teams
Arf. Thankfully, with compressed seasons, we get fewer Dog Days, the period between the trade deadline and the NCAA Finals when few people who aren’t in the NBA, covering the NBA or saddled with season tickets, pay any attention to the NBA. With this season’s trade deadline 18 days after the All-Star Game instead of the usual four, the league has reaped the unintended benefit of cutting two weeks of Dog Days, which will be filled with trade rumors centering on Dwight
Tuesday was not a good day for the Dallas Mavericks, or their master plan. The defending champions opened the second half of the season with a 93-92 home loss to the New Jersey Nets. Dallas played without forward Lamar Odom, still away from the team as he tends to a personal issue. Despite their championship pedigree, the Mavs played with little urgency, trailing for most of the night and turning on the switch only when the game needed to be reeled in.
We are going to learn a lot about the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers in the month ahead, especially in the week ahead. What we learned last night is that the Wolves are a lot deeper than many give them credit for. After trailing for most of the first three quarters, reserves Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams led the way the as the Timberwolves made their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter and rallied to defeat the Clippers 109-97
Nobody saw that coming. In L.A., the Timberwolves clipped the Clippers, behind a career night from rookie Derrick Williams: 9-10 (including 4-4 from deep) for 27 points. Almost as surprising was Michael Beasley getting 30 minutes and scoring 27 of his own. That’s the good news. The bad is, Kevin Love left the game with sore ribs. He says nothing is broken and will try to play tonight, but we’ll see. Tuesday Reflections BOS @ CLE: Despite an 0-6 shooting night from