SH Blog: Deron Williams: “There’s people playing better than me;” Heat fan suing Popovich

Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson is getting his first start tonight against the Clippers after being out about a month with a foot injury:

Patrick Patterson gets first start since coming back from foot injury. Better matchup against Griffin than Morris..
Jonathan Feigen

Mr. Feigen might’ve wanted to mention that hopefully he’s in game condition, because his counterpart Blake Griffin is shooting 57% from the field in his past five games.

Mike Woodson gave the Knicks an off day in London, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post: “Woodson’s Knicks arrived into their London hotels this morning groggy from the six-hour redeye and time change, but prepared to see the sights and take the day off. Woodson cancelled practice so the club can rest up and enjoy the town. Several players brought their wives on the trip and the club had to charter a bigger plane out of JFK. Woodson said he also wants to use the trip as a bonding experience. The Knicks will have a full-blown practice Wednesday and face the Pistons Thursday at O-2 Arena.’It’s been a long flight over, we’ll take today off,’ Woodson said at the team hotel. ‘Tomorrow we’re going to have a full-blown practice. I think guys are kind of dragging. I don’t know if I’ll get much out of anybody today.'”

Interesting tidbit from Jim Elchenhofer from

Anthony Davis scoring decrease due to less opportunities. His average FG attempts in Dec 11.5/Jan 8.6. Average minutes Dec. 33.9/Jan 25.1
Jim Eichenhofer

Trade talk, trade talk and more trade talk; get used to it for the next month-plus. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld with a breakdown, which includes Dallas, Memphis, Toronto, Houston, the Lakers, Houston and more: The NBA trade deadline is a little over one month away and teams are beginning to work the phones. Some teams are gauging interest in their own players while others are seeing who might be available as February 21 gets closer. Here are the teams that have been the most active in recent weeks and seem the most likely to make a move before the deadline.”

A Florida lawyer named Larry McGuinness is attempting to sue the Spurs because they rested their players against the Heat in December. No, seriously… Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated has the story here: “’It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,’ said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. ‘That’s exactly what happened here.’”


Jeremy Bauman, an aspiring scout and shooting coach, is a columnist and blogger for Follow him on Twitter.

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