Euroleague Playoff Update: Musings Before The Final Two Days

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Kyle Hines, OlympiacosWe’re two days and two deciding Game Fives away from knowing who will round out the Euroleague Final Four.

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The Evening News: Cavaliers like Aldridge; Jordan Hill back for Game 2; Stoudemire hopes to return for second round

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Hello and welcome to the Evening News.

As the playoffs are now officially under way, we’ll keep you updated every evening. What’s happening today?

Here’s the latest news from around the league:

Tweet of the Day: Pau Gasol

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The NBA regular season awards continue to trickle out. The latest award, Defensive Player of the Year, was handed out Wednesday.

[Marc Gasol wins Defensive Player of the Year]

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol sent his younger brother, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, a congratulatory tweet after the news broke.

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Big TV Viewer Drops for Turner, ESPN, ABC

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NEW YORK — According to a report in today’s Sports Business Daily, NBA viewership was down sharply during the ’12-13 regular season.

TNT: After two straight seasons of record figures, TNT saw its average rating down 18% and viewership down 20%. In addition to a lockout-shortened season in ’11-12, several other factors helped contribute to the decline. Superstorm Sandy knocked out many homes in the Northeast at the start of the season. Some 16.9 million homes, including many in N.Y., Boston and Philadelphia, could not watch games during that time. Compared to the last non-condensed season in ’10-11, TNT was down 13% in rating and 17% in viewership.

ABC/ESPN: NBA games on ABC saw a year-over-year ratings slide of 12% this season, while viewership dropped 14%. Last season, ABC had its best regular-season averages since ESPN acquired TV rights for the ’02-03 season, and the best for any broadcast network since NBC during the ’98-99 season, which was also shortened by a labor dispute.  ESPN’s NBA ratings were down 8%, with viewership down 5%. The decrease came despite the net having its most-viewed Christmas Day tripleheader on record and highest Christmas Day figures in general since ’04. Compared to two seasons ago, ESPN’s rating was down 8%, with viewership down 11%.

NBA TV: The league-owned cable network saw ratings and viewership relatively flat compared to the record-setting numbers from last season. The net also kept up its youthful demo this season, with a median age of 35.1 marking the youngest of any sports net. Viewership this season was also up 33% from the ’10-11 season.

 

NBA REGULAR-SEASON AUDIENCE: ’12-13 VS. ’11-12
NET
GMS
RAT.
% +/-
VIEWERS (000)
% +/-
GMS (’11-12)
ABC
15
2.9
-12.1%
4,681
-13.7%
15
TNT
52
1.4
-17.6%
2,002
-19.9%
43
ESPN
77
1.2
-7.7%
1,768
-5.1%
73
NBA TV
98
0.2
0.0%
336
-0.3%
96
NBA REGULAR-SEASON AUDIENCE: ’12-13 VS. ’10-11
NET
GMS
RAT.
2-YR%
VIEWERS (000)
2-YR%
GMS (’10-11)
ABC
15
2.9
-3.3%
4,681
-8.4%
15
TNT
52
1.4
-12.5%
2,002
-16.5%
32
ESPN
77
1.2
-7.7%
1,768
-11.1%
73
NBA TV
98
0.2
0.0%
336
32.8%
96

 

 

Marc Gasol wins Defensive Player of the Year

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Marc GasolMemphis’ Marc Gasol, who anchored the league’s stingiest defense, is the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Gasol becomes the first player in Grizzlies history to earn the honor.

His teammate, Tony Allen, who received my first-place vote (along with eight other first-place votes), finished fifth.

Gasol received 212 of a possible 1,089 points, including 30 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Miami’s LeBron James (149 points, 18 first-place votes) and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka (122 points, 14 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively.

Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.

Gasol, one of only six players to average at least 1.5 blocks (1.7 bpg) and 1.0 steals (1.0 spg), led a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league-low 88.7 ppg during the regular season. According to NBA.com/Stats, Gasol’s +5.4 score differential ranked second among NBA centers; additionally, Memphis enjoyed a +7.5 score differential when Gasol was on the court compared with -3.9 when he was on the bench.

 

2012-13 KIA NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR RESULTS

PLAYER             TEAM        1st Place    2nd Place     3rd Place   Total Points

Marc Gasol         Memphis         30             16                 14                    212

LeBron James          Miami                     18                   15                       14                          149

Serge Ibaka               Oklahoma City   14                   15                          7                         122

Joakim Noah            Chicago                 13                    10                       12                         107

Tony Allen                Memphis                 9                    15                       12                         102

Tim Duncan              San Antonio        11                    11                          6                           94

Larry Sanders          Milwaukee             4                    18                       16                           90

Paul George              Indiana                    8                      2                        11                           57

Andre Iguodala       Denver                     5                      3                         9                           43

Roy Hibbert             Indiana                    3                       5                         6                           36

Chris Paul                  L.A. Clippers         2                       2                         3                           19

Avery Bradley         Boston                     2                       1                          2                           15

Tyson Chandler      New York               0                      3                         2                            11

Dwight Howard       L.A. Lakers            1                       0                         4                             9

Luol Deng                  Chicago                   1                       0                          1                             6

Dwyane Wade         Miami                       0                      1                         1                              4

Trevor Ariza           Washington            0                      1                         0                              3

Jimmy Butler          Chicago                    0                      1                         0                              3

Kenneth Faried      Denver                      0                     1                         0                              3

Russ Westbrook    Oklahoma City      0                     1                         0                              3

Mike Conley            Memphis                  0                     0                        1                               1