Lineups for the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Game
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Landry Fields, New York Knicks
Norris Cole, Miami Heat
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
MarShon Brooks, New Jersey Nets
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (Missing game due to injury)
Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
- There’s at least one team apparently still with a need for Rasheed Wallace. CSNNE.com has learned that the former Boston Celtic forward plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. CSNNE.com
- Sam Amick: I asked Dwight if true there was 0 percent chance he’d stay in Orlando:”If it’s not about All-Star weekend I don’t want to talk about it.” Twitter
- Derrick Rose won’t recruit players, but he said Friday that Chicago “speaks for itself” and the Bulls would be “pretty good” if Orlando’s Dwight Howard chose to join him. Howard has expressed interest in being traded, and has the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks on his list of approved trade destinations. “I try not to think about it because he’s not with us, but just knowing what type of player he is and how he is playing with his team right now, I think we will be pretty good if he chooses to come,” Rose said. ESPN.com
- Chris Paul confirmed to ESPN Radio Friday at the NBA All-Star Game that he intends to pick up his option to play with the Clippers next season. When Paul was traded to the Clippers from New Orleans in December, it was with the idea that if things didn’t work out the way he wanted, he could opt out and become a restricted free agent. But he said he likes his life as a Clipper. ESPN.com
- Ben Golliver: Rondo, totally sick of media, deadpans: “I don’t want to start any trade rumors but Kendrick Perkins is getting traded back to the Celtics.” Twitter
- Scott Howard-Cooper: USA Basketball has no plans to replace the injured Chauncey Billups on the roster of Olympic candidates, Jerry Colangelo said. Twitter
- Five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller and Don Nelson, the league’s winningest coach, headline the list of 12 finalists for the 2012 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Washington Times
- All you fans of monstrous dunks, rejoice: The uber-geeks at MIT Media Lab have figured out how to measure the force of a slam dunk, and the gadget makes its television debut during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The nifty net will quantify the force with which guys like Derrick Williams and Paul George stuff a ball through the hoop during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. The net is said to measure “slam force Gs.” We prefer the term “millijordans,” but no one asked us. Wired.com
- Jeremy Lin became the third person since 1977-78 (when turnovers became official) to turn the ball over 8 times and shoot less than ten percent from the field.
- This is the first time this season each of the Heat’s Big 3 finished with at least 20 points in a single game. They had 21 such instances last season, posting an 18-3 mark in such games.
- The Heat post a 27-7 mark before the All-Star Break, good for a .794 win percentage. It’s their highest win percentage before the All-Star Break in franchise history, topping the previous high of .750 set during the 1996-97 season.
- Atlanta outscored the Magic 25-12 in fast break points, and 38-36 in points in the paint in their win.
- The Spurs are 17-8 this season without Manu Ginobili.
- The Thunder are 15-1 this season at home (best in NBA).
- Tonight’s TNT doubleaheader includes the league’s two best teams and a strong contingent of All-Star Weekend participants. In the first game (7 p.m. ET), the Miami Heat (26-7, .788) hosts the New York Knicks (17-17, .500), while the Los Angeles Lakers (20-13, .606) travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder (26-7, .788). Miami and Oklahoma City are tied for the league’s top record.
- This marks the second of three meetings between New York and Miami. Despite hitting a season high 18 three-pointers and outscoring Miami’s bench 33-25, New York, without All-Star Carmelo Anthony and a DNP by Jeremy Lin, fell to the Heat 99-89 at AmericanAirlines Arena, Jan. 27. Miami was paced by All-Stars LeBron James (31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) andDwyane Wade (28 points and five steals).
- The Lakers are hot, but the Thunder is sizzling. After last night’s 119-104 victory over the Boston Celtics, the Thunder is riding an 11-game home winning streak. The franchise last won at least 11 consecutive home games during the 1997-98 season (12 straight). Through the first 33 games of the season, Oklahoma City is off to its second best start in franchise history. Only the 1993-94 team (28-5) posted a better record through the first 33 games of the season. The Lakers have won five of six, and three of five on the road, but visit an Oklahoma City team that’s 14-1 at home. The Lakers, however, have won their last two visits to Oklahoma City, including playoffs, but had their four-game overall winning streak against the Thunder snapped with a 120-106 home loss April 10. All-StarsKevin Durant (31 points) and Russell Westbrook (26) paced the Thunder in that game. All-StarKobe Bryant (31 points) led the Lakers while fellow All-Star Andrew Bynum posted a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) Despite the loss, the Lakers still took the season series from the Thunder 2-1.
- Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured East All-Star guard Joe Johnson (injured left knee) of the Atlanta Hawks in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. This is Rondo’s third All-Star Game selection. Replacing Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a 2012 NBA All-Star.
- Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans will replace injured New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (Left patella tendinitis) in the 2012 Sprite® Slam Dunk, part of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night at Amway Center in Orlando.
- Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors will replace injured San Antonio Spurs forward-center Tiago Splitter (right calf strain) on TEAM CHUCK in the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. More
Stats & Stuff
- Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 1,000th career block against Boston earlier this week. Nowitzki is one of only three players in NBA history with at least 1,000 three-pointers and 1,000 blocks, joining Clifford Robinson (1,253 threes and 1,390 blocks) and Rasheed Wallace (1,064 threes and 1,445 blocks).
- Houston’s Samuel Dalembert, who stands eighth in the NBA in blocks per game (1.91), has finished seven of the last nine seasons ranked in the NBA’s top 10 in blocked shots.
- Orlando is averaging 20.3 assists. When the Magic has as many or more assists than its opponents, it is 17-2. Orlando has dished out 20 or more assists in a game 20 times (17-3 record), including a season-high 32 assists on Feb. 22 at New Jersey.
- Over 10 games In February, San Antonio’s Tony Parker is averaging 25.5 points and 8.2 assists, while shooting .485 (90-187) from the field. Parker has upped his average to 19.5 points and ranks 11th in the league in scoring.
- MIKE D’ANTONI, on whether all the attention on Jeremy Lin could become a negative:
“It might, who knows. You never know, but we’re not afraid of it. He’s a great kid and he deserves it. It’s an unbelievable story, it’s fun, people are excited and we’ll see where it goes. Will it be a storybook ending? Everybody hopes so and that’s what we’re going to work for. But I do know he’s a heck of a basketball player, so we’ll just ride it and see where it goes.”
New York Times Feb. 23, 2012
- The Celtics allowed 72 points to the Thunder in the first half, the most since allowing 75 to the Bucks in 2005.
- Kendrick Perkins picked up his 11th technical foul of the season, leaving him two away from suspension.
- Restricted free agent Wilson Chandler was in Toronto with his agent to “explore opportunities” with team management.
- The Pacers have won their past four games against the Bobcats by a combined 74 points.
- The Nets had their 17th different starting lineup this season, as Kris Humphries missed the yesterday’s game with a strained left calf.
- Orlando is 15-1 when they score 100 points.
- Deron Williams had his streak of consecutive games of scoring 25+ snapped at six, which is tied for second-best in Nets history.
- The Knick shoot nearly 15% better from the field when Jeremy Lin is on the court, and score 21 more points per 100 possessions.
- Joakim Noah had a triple-double on Wednesday, with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.
- The Rockets have won 24 consecutive games when holding their opponents to less than 90 points.
- Kyle Lowry had made 25 straight free throws, but missed his first attempt last night.
- Minnesota was down 83-67 with 9:36 left in the game before rallying for the win. This is the largest deficit overcome since Feb. 27, 1997, at Dallas.
- The Warriors won their season series against the Suns for the first time since 1994-95.
- The Lakers missed 9 free throws (8-for-17) in the 4th quarter, which is the most free throws the Lakers have missed in the 4th quarter since missing 9 against the Hawks on Feb. 15, 2006. Overall they went 18-31 from the foul line, tied for the fewest free throws made of any team with 30+ free throws attempted in a game this season.
- Sam Amick: Wilson Chandler is visiting Toronto to discuss a possible pairing with the Raptors,according to his agent, Chris Luchey. Twitter
- Does Deron Williams leave NJ this summer? Chad Ford: Probably. The only scenario where he doesn’t is if the Nets swing a deal for Dwight Howard at the trade deadline. At that point, I think Williams hangs around. If that doesn’t happen, I think Williams will join Dwight Howard (assuming he’s not traded to the Lakers in March) in Dallas next summer. Lots of signals pointing to this being the preferred outcome for both players. ESPN.com
- It’s not really a secret that Kevin Martin is unhappy in Houston. His minutes have been inconsistent, and he’s heard his name come up multiple times in trade rumors after GM Daryl Morey told him he was untouchable. He also doesn’t appreciate that the Rockets are doing to him what they do to everyone come contract time. No early extension (Martin has one more year on his contract), and a promise to do everything possible to drive down his value to re-sign him as cheaply as possible. HoopsWorld
- Marc J. Spears: Free agent center Joel Pryzbilla has chosen to sign with Blazers, source tells Yahoo! Sports. Twitter
- New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has become the apple of the eyes of a slew of sportswear companies after he rose to international fame almost overnight, but the sportswear giant Nike managed to steal a match on its rivals by extending a contract with Lin, Beijing Business Today reported. The terms of the renewed contract haven’t yet been made public, but the Internet has already been flooded with a myriad of news about Nike’s new sports shoes with signature of Lin. China.org.cn
- Gary Washburn: According to NBA source, Rajon Rondo named to replace Joe Johnson on All-Star team. Rondo’s Friday media avail will be interesting #celtics Twitter
- New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries will miss Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a strained left calf.The Nets don’t play again until Feb. 28 when they travel to Dallas after the All-Star Game.The 27-year-old is averaging 13.6 points 10.5 rebounds in 32 games for New Jersey this season. HoopsWorld