The Atlanta Hawks, in desperate need of a big man to defend the paint, signed veteran Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. The team announced the deal Thursday, hours after the Hawks ended a three-game losing streak – all at home – with a win over Indiana. All-Star Al Horford may miss the rest of the regular season with a torn pectoral muscle. Initially, Atlanta seemed OK without him, winning nine of its first 11 games without its starting center. But then Jason
In a stacked 13-game appetizer for tomorrow’s Super Bowl, two playoff-bound teams look to bounce back from uninspired losses when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. On Friday, the Sixers (16-7) fell to Miami for the second time this season, 99-79. Philadelphia proved it can hang with big boys by beating contenders Orlando and Chicago earlier this week, but Thaddeus Young’s 18 points weren’t enough to keep up with the Heat in the Sixers’ third straight tough game. After a
The Atlanta Hawks are running out of centers. Already without Al Horford – perhaps for the rest of the season – the Hawks announced Saturday morning that veteran center Jason Collins will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left elbow. Collins suffered the injury in Thursday’s loss to Memphis, which dropped Atlanta to 9-3 since Horford went down with a torn pectoral muscle. Horford is not expected back until mid-April. Collins was averaging 1.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes.
// // Carmelo Anthony returned, and the Knicks finally won a game. Forgive the cynical New York media if it wasn’t that impressed. The Knicks were back home and hosting the Detroit Pistons, who would have trouble winning games if they played in the Big Ten Conference instead of the Central Division. In a season of awful performances, this one may have been the worst. Detroit established season “highs” for points allowed and margin of defeat, which is saying something when you
PHILADELPHIA – Highlight Performance: Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets – Once again Kyle Lowry dominated a basketball game, last night’s victim being the Portland Trailblazers. Against Raymond Felton and his backcourt mates Lowry had 33 points on 13 – 26 field goal attempts, 4 free throws made and 3 three-pointers, as well as 8 rebounds and 9 assists (and a 2.25 Ast/TO ratio). He’s flirted with a triple-double numerous times this season; should only be a matter of time. Performance to Forget: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento
// Thursday was a painful day in the NBA. Painful for the fans, who had slim pickings from the five-game slate of snoozers and blowouts. Painful for a handful of teams who lost key players to injury. And painful for the purists, who watched Dwight Howard historically distort the sport. Repeatedly sent to the line through intentional fouling, Howard broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 50-year-old record for free throws in a game, attempting 39 and sinking 21 as the Orlando Magic edged the Golden
Reader Alex set a SheridanHoops record, providing the correct answer to last week’s Bernucca List in a mere five minutes. I know we say this every week, but this list is tougher, simply because it has an additional parameter that must be included in your answer. Think you know it? Send me a Tweet or post it as a comment. Happy brainstorming! The Bernucca List Mike Bibby Kobe Bryant Ronnie Brewer Stephen Curry Mike Dunleavy Al Horford Wesley Matthews
The unrelenting schedule is about to backpick the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have to be feeling pretty good about themselves after Monday’s road win over previously unbeaten Miami. That is, if they had time to feel good about themselves. After the win, the Hawks boarded a plane for a three-hour flight to Chicago. They probably got into their hotel around 3 a.m. local time, grabbed some Z’s and awoke for a morning walkthrough before returning their hotel rooms, likely to nap until the