Tweet of the Day: Antoine Walker Amazed By NBA Standings

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Parity  \ˈper-ə-tē\ — the quality or state of being equal or equivalent.

Parity is what most professional sports leagues strive for. Parity, or competitive balance in the case of sports, is good for business. It means games are competitive. It gives fans—of all teams—hope and reason to fill arena seats.

Unfortunately for the National Basketball Association, parity seems non-existent nearly 20 games into the 2013-14 season.

Former Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker took notice of the disparity between the NBA conferences.

Korver has rib injury, record 3-pointer streak on hold


Kyle Korver won’t tie Dana Barros’ record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer.Kyle Korver

At least not tonight.

Korver is one of three members of the Atlanta Hawks who did not make the trip to Houston to play the Rockets on Wednesday night. He remained in Atlanta to receive treatment for a bruised rib.

So why are we giving you an injury report on an otherwise ordinary player with a fantastic shooting stroke?

Because the last time Korver didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game was 88 games and more than a calendar year ago in the 2012-13 season opener against – you guessed it – the Houston Rockets.

Of course, nobody noticed because (a) Korver didn’t have a streak at the time and (b) he and his teammates were being torched by James Harden, who went for 45 in his Rockets debut.

But it is a tad of a ko-inky-dink that Korver’s first DNP of the season comes against the team that last shut him out from the arc. It also comes following his worst two distance shooting performances of the season as he was a combined 2-of-8 in home losses to Boston and Orlando.

Prior to that, Korver had been absolutely scorching from the arc. He had made at least two 3-pointers in all but one the first 13 games and was 36-of-68 (53 percent) on 3-pointers this season.

Korver did miss seven games last season – five in late November and early December with a back injury, another in March with a sprained toe and the season finale due to rest.

For the streak, Korver is shooting 46.5 percent (227-of-488) from the arc. During his streak, Barros actually was traded from Philadelphia to Boston and was at 44.2 percent (217-of-491).

Even more remarkable is the ignorance of the streak by the media covering a league thoroughly driven by numbers. You would have thought Joe DiMaggio had been resurrected the way folks were tracking Chris Paul’s season-opening double-double streak or Paul George’s run of 20-point games.

Consider the attention the streak would be getting if it belonged to Ray Allen, with his current proximity to LeBron James. Or if it belonged to Stephen Curry, the current darling of NBA fans consumed by what’s “new and hot.”

But because Korver is an ordinary guy who plays for a blah team in  a mid-sized market, nobody cares. 

Virtually no one is talking at all about Korver’s streak, partially because Korver himself doesn’t like talking about it. And that’s a shame. In a league where more and more emphasis is put on the 3-pointer every season, Korver’s streak is kind of a big deal.

The team injury report gave no indication whether Korver would return Friday, when the Hawks host the Dallas Mavericks. Atlanta visits Wasington on Saturday and San Antonio on Monday.

Sprung: New York Knicks lack effort, energy, toughness at home

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NEW YORK- One of the last things you want to hear from an NBA team is acknowledging a lack of effort, but that’s exactly what you got from the New York Knickerbockers on Saturday night.

It came from the coach. It came from the players. The malodorous negativity wafted through the Knicks’ locker room after a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. It was New York’s fifth straight loss at home as the Knicks fell to 3-6 overall.

Carmelo Anthony Shot“We’re not getting it done from an effort standpoint,” Carmelo Anthony said. “It’s like we’re not even trying right now.”

(Related: Carmelo Anthony’s Present Frustration and Questionable Future in New York)

Almost worse than not even trying, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson questioned the toughness of this, his, Knicks team. ”I just though they played harder than we played,” he said. “You’re not going to beat anybody playing soft the way we did.”

Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll agreed with Woodson. “I think tonight we took the fight to them,” he told Sheridan Hoops. “We didn’t let them get into what they wanted, didn’t let Carmelo get a lot of isolations. It was a team effort and the biggest thing going on the road is that you gotta take the fight to the team.”

It seems like the fight is being taken to the Knicks every time they step on the Garden floor. No team has more home losses right now than the Knicks’ five. That includes the bottom-feeding Jazz and Kings, who each have four.

“It is frustrating,” Anthony said after scoring 23 points on 8-for-21 shooting and reprising his role as VoluMelo. “It is a messed up nasty feeling. I am at a loss for words right now.”

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Evening News: Stephen Curry injured, Larry Sanders not facing charges

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In today’s news, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has an ankle injury, while the Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been spared from criminal charges, and Dennis Schroeder has been suspended by the NBA.

Rookie Rankings: Week 1 – Michael Carter-Williams Atop List

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hinkieFor the last decade, the 11th pick in the NBA draft has been a crapshoot.

In 2011, the Golden State Warriors rolled a “yo” with Klay Thompson, who has shown All-Star potential. The previous year, however, the New Orleans Hornets selected Cole Aldrich, who has shown D-League potential.

For every Jerryd Bayless, there’s an Acie Law. For every J.J. Redick, there’s a Terrence Williams. And let’s not forget the immortal Fran Vasquez, who wants to come to the United States about as badly as Roman Polanski.

In June, Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie had the 11th pick. He needed a point guard, having traded All-Star Jrue Holiday for the rights to Nerlens Noel. The two best point guards – Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum – were off the board.

So Hinkie grabbed Michael Carter-Williams. How’s that working out?

“I think it’s a point guard’s league,” coach Brett Brown said, “and I think Michael Carter-Williams is for real.”

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