Tweet of the Day: Carmelo Anthony Revisits All-Star Media Day

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The 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend is well behind us, in the rearview mirror as we streak away towards the end of the regular season and the NBA Playoffs.

For some teams the playoffs may be out of reach. The New York Knicks, for instance, are only six games back of the 8th-seed with 25 games remaining. However, with only two wins in their last 10 outings and the team in effective disarray—Raymond Felton facing gun charges, Metta World Peace being released, owner James Dolan receiving threats and J.R. Smith making headlines for pulling Vince Carter’s headband down—the odds of reaching the postseason seem inconceivable.

The signing of forward Earl Clark and the possible addition of 33-year-old swing man Dahntay Jones aren’t exactly game-changing moves either.

At least Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony can enjoy the memories of his All-Star Weekend.

SH Blog: Still “business as usual” for Derrick Rose; Kobe’s return remains uncertain

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Derrick RoseThe Derrick Rose injury saga has been going on, well, since Rose got hurt in Game 1 of the first round against the Sixers last year. First he was supposed to be back around Christmas, then sometime in January, and now it’s mid-March and he’s been close to coming back for several weeks. But we still don’t have definitive word, which has to be frustrating for Bulls fans waiting for their franchise player.

Not having played a minute so far this season, Rose of course does not feature in our latest MVP rankings. But there are a few surprises on the list, so click through to check those out, and to see who Chris Sheridan thinks the “missing link” for the Heat will be.

Now here’s all the latest NBA news:

  • Derrick Rose isn’t back yet. Sorry. Here’s Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “It’s amazing what an imagination and social media will do, as evidenced by a rumor that blew up Saturday in which Derrick Rose would make his season debut Monday against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center. Two Bulls sources squashed the rumor, saying it’s business as usual for Rose as he recovers from surgery in May to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. That means a full-go in practice Sunday and a re-evaluation Monday. Then it’s up to Rose to decide if he’s ready to return.”
  • I'm told Kobe's ankle injury is serious enough to consider his return indefinite. But Kobe being Kobe, Lakers will evaluate him each day
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SH Blog: League admits blown call against Dahntay Jones, Carmelo’s knee a concern for Woodson

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Kobe BryantA day after watching Kobe Bryant go down with a severely sprained ankle due to Dahntay Jones’ “aggressive” defense, there was much debate about whether the play was dirty and if a foul should have been called on the play.

Lets take a look at some of the reactions from around the league. Here is one from Mark Jackson and Bruce Bowen (ironically), from Eric Pincus of Los Angeles Times:

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Sheridan: Heat’s streak to end in Boston? Give us a break, Kobe

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Quite the night it was Wednesday in the NBA, from Miami reaching 20 consecutive wins to Denver reaching 10 in a row to Kobe spraining his ankle and then e-mailing his favorite national columnist to whine about what he claims was a dirty play by Dahntay Jones.

So let’s look a little further into each of those items.

_ Everyone is now looking at the Heat’s upcoming schedule (they are currently one game into a five-game road trip) and wondering if they can make it through March with nine more wins before they play the Spurs in San Antonio on the final day before April Fools Day. Me? I think they go down Monday night in Boston, which I emphasize in the video below with a bright green prop.

_ Kobe is out of line. Dahntay Jones did nothing wrong. Jones’ momentum carried him into Kobe, but it was a pure basketball play on which Jones did not intentionally undercut Bryant. And as for the severity of that ankle sprain, and whether it will keep him sidelined for a while, I ain’t buying it. Bryant has the highest pain threshold in the NBA. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play Friday in Indiana.

_ With so much focus on the Lakers and the Heat, not a lot of folks have noticed that the Denver Nuggets have won 10 in a row and the Memphis Grizzlies have won 14 of 15. Those teams meet Friday night at Denver, where the Nuggets have lost only three games, in what could be the best game of the weekend.




Five Fast Facts from NBA Games: 3.13.13

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statmannIt was a very busy night in the NBA last night as 11 games were on the schedule. For those of you who enjoy choices, you had your share of stars in NBA sky last night, as nine of the top 10 scorers and seven of the top 10 rebounders were in action.

The Heat make any argument about them going undefeated for the rest of the season more and more legitimate with their 20th straight victory last night in Philadelphia, the Knicks – and I don’t use this term lightly – quit on their fans, coaches and teammates for he second straight game, the Lakers not only lost to the Hawks but also could lose Kobe Bryant for a stretch after he – in his own words – had a “Jalen Rose” pulled on him and the Kings dominated the Bulls, who like the Knicks seem to be falling apart down the stretch.

Impress your friends with our latest edition of Five Fast Facts.

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