That is to say, they have been one of the worst teams in the entire league rather than one of the best as many expected them to be prior to the season. They were supposed to challenge the Miami Heat and match up very well against the Indiana Pacers. Both notions are seemingly laughable at this point.
Some things don’t need much of an explanation, and this is one of those times.
In the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings, LeBron James saw an open lane and drove hard towards the basket. Hoping to draw a charge, rookie Ben McLemore sacrificed his body and positioned himself just outside of the restricted area. This is the result of his decision:
With the unexpected injury to Kobe Bryant, the team now stands without a point guard. Steve Nash has been out for much of the season and will miss at least another month, Steve Blake is out with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and Jordan Farmar won’t be back for at least another week due to a hamstring injury. This forced the team to look at other options, and Marshall was their answer. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details:
SH Blog: Celtics are favorites to land Asik, Paul George says his ceiling is higher than Reggie Miller’s
Much of the news from Wednesday was about all the trade discussions involving the coveted center, and the Boston Celtics are the front runners to acquire his services. As usual, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports was on top of the latest updates:
The Boston Celtics have gained traction in trade talks to acquire Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The talks have centered on a package including forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a first-round pick, sources said. The Celtics and Rockets are still haggling over which future first-round pick goes to Houston in Asik deal, sources said.
Rockets center Dwight Howard and Bass played together on Orlando’s frontline, but sources insist Howard was never enamored with the partnership. Boston has been making the case Bass is much improved from his time in Orlando, and most agree he’s an upgrade over Rockets power forward Terrence Jones.
The Rockets have a self-imposed Thursday deadline to reach agreement on a trade for Asik.
Chris Sheridan once told me that the two are actually fairly friendly acquaintances in person (although they run hot and cold-CS), so maybe it’s all some sort of an inside joke. Sometimes, though, that’s hard to believe when you see some of the things Isola says about the guy. It’s not exactly clear what the history is between the two and Berman has never responded publicly to anything Isola has said about him, but that hasn’t stopped Isola from taking jabs at him at any chance he gets, and the trend continued on Wednesday.
The New York Knicks were up by two points in a tightly contested overtime game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony missed a tough shot with 16 seconds left, but Tyson Chandler, who returned for the first time since suffering a fractured leg in early November, grabbed the offensive rebound and dished out to Andrea Bargnani. From there, Bargnani could have held onto the ball or pass it off to a teammate and force the Bucks to commit a foul. Instead, he shocked everyone and shot a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left on the clock and missed. The Bucks secured the rebound and managed to send the game to a double overtime.