Tweet of the Night: Roy Hibbert reveals what Paul George will do for the dunk contest

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It was announced on Thursday that Indiana Pacers star Paul George would enter this year’s Slam Dunk contest along with John Wall, Damian Lillard, Terrence Ross, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore.

George, who entered the contest back in 2012 as a second-year player still learning the ropes of being an NBA player, showed in the contest that he can dunk with the best of them. He converted his first attempt with an impressive dunk over 7’2″ teammate Roy Hibbert. His second dunk, however, didn’t quite impress the judges enough: it was basically the same dunk he did in-game against the Los Angeles Clippers that set the world on fire this year:

Tweet of the Night: Los Angeles Lakers’ players react to one of the most bizarre games they’ve ever seen


SteveBlakeNashSH1The Los Angeles Lakers have been short on bodies all season long due to an assortment of injuries to key players. In Wednesday’s 119-108 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the shortage reached a new level.

Already without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Jodie Meeks, the Lakers also lost Nick Young (knee) and Jordan Farmar (leg) to injuries during the game, which left them with just six able bodies. Chris Kaman, however, was already fouled out of the game when Farmar went out with leg cramps, which actually left them with exactly five bodies.

Then came the king of all bizarre scenarios: Robert Sacre picked up his sixth foul, leaving Los Angeles with four able bodies. Luckily for them, there is a rule (and most of the Lakers weren’t even aware of this rule) that allows the last player to foul out to stay in the game if the team does not have anyone to replace that player. This allowed Sacre to remain in the game with one catch – any foul he picked up was going to be a technical foul.

Talk about something you don’t see every day.

As for the game itself, the outcome was decided early on, as the depleted Lakers got out to a 70-49 lead by half time. Cleveland showed little fight through most of the game, and key players like Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng never left the bench after the third quarter. Steve Blake, who played in just his second game since coming back from an elbow injury, carried the team with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his first triple-double in a Lakers’ uniform. Rookie Ryan Kelly also had a fantastic game with a career-high 26 points.  

Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes upset with league’s decision to fine Joakim Noah only $15,000 for tantrum

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noahWhen Joakim Noah went into Half-Baked mode and cursed at all the referees before leaving the game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday,  many expected the league to come down hard on the Chicago Bulls center.

Interestingly, the punishment he received wasn’t as bad as some expected – a $15,000 fine. The pattern of fines given this season have been unique under Rod Thorn. Coach Mike Malone of the Kings was hit with a $25,000 fine for this tantrum, and Mark Cuban was handed a $100,000 fine for his berating of officials just a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps there is a different standard for a coach or an owner, but in no way is what they did worse than what Noah did.

Matt Barnes, who has been the recipient of a couple of fines this season due to his failure of leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection, was less than pleased when he learned what Noah was hit with for his antics:  

Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace unconcerned with loss against the Milwaukee Bucks

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Tyson ChandlerPrior to the New York Knicks’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, Tyson Chandler was ambitious about where his team could end up by the end of the regular season.

Despite holding a 19-28 record, the center believed the Knicks still had a chance to end up with the third seed of the Eastern Conference, which is currently held by the Atlanta Hawks (25-21). Here is Chandler’s quote from Ian Begley of ESPN NY:

Obviously, we didn’t come in expecting to put ourselves in this situation. But … I feel like it’s still wide open,” Tyson Chandler said. “I looked at the standings today and I feel like we’ve got a real opportunity to kind of shoot up to that third spot or so and try to get ourselves in the mix.”

It’s good to be optimistic even if the odds are stacked against you. To be fair, the Knicks have played much better since Andrea Bargnani went down with an elbow injury and Carmelo Anthony resumed the team’s power forward position like he did for much of last season. They had ripped four straight convincing wins before losing to the Miami Heat on Saturday – acceptable, given the magnitude of the competition. 

SH Blog: Marion wants age requirement to be higher to enter NBA, Boozer unhappy with role

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SteveBlakeNashSH1The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the unluckiest teams in the league in terms of having to deal with an endless number of critical injuries, particularly to their list of point guards.

It’s one thing to miss your starting point guard. It’s another to then lose your backup point guard and your third string point guard. That’s precisely what happened to these Lakers, with Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all going down with significant injuries. They became desperate and picked up Kendall Marshall from the D-League, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise for both parties. Fortunately for their list of injured guards (not so fortunate for Marshall), they are all looking to make a comeback as soon as Tuesday night, from Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all practiced Monday and will be available to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, barring any setbacks.

“They’re good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think they’re all ready to go.”

D’Antoni made sure to hedge a bit on the status update, however, and with as snake-bitten as his team has been, one could hardly blame him.

“It’s possible,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll see how everybody wakes up, but there is a possibility all three could play.”

The coach said he wondered if Nash, out since Nov. 10 with nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings, would ever make it back to the court.

“With the age and how his back is, yeah, I definitely [wondered],” D’Antoni said. “Again, it just shows his perseverance to overcome whatever just to play. He wants to play, obviously. And he’s done an unbelievable job to get himself ready up to this point and we’ll see how it goes.”

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