While many GMs were working the phones this week, Knicks president Phil Jackson was using a different, more contemporary form of communication: Twitter. On Thursday, Donnie Nelson and Danny Ainge swung a five-player trade that sent Rajon Rondo to Dallas and draft picks to Boston. On Friday, Daryl Morey, Flip Saunders and Sam Hinkie worked a three-team deal that landed Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved in Houston and draft picks in Minnesota and Philadelphia. But not Jackson, and not the Knicks. Jackson doesn’t
Kevin Durant $10900 scored 30 points in 19 minutes on Thursday before rolling his ankle. Though it’s not a serious sprain, his status tonight is unknown. Russell Westbrook $11500 might have to carve up L.A. by himself, with a little help from Serge Ibaka $6800.
It was a triumph of Grizzlies basketball. Marc Gasol $8700 was brilliant and they held the Warriors — who had won 16 in a row — to 41% shooting. Mike Conley $7900 and Zach Randolph $7400 did what they do, but it was the bench, led by Vince Carter $3000 with 16 points, that helped seal the deal with a tremendous second quarter.
Who is the most underrated point guard in the league? When this topic comes up, the first name that usually comes to most people’s mind is Mike Conley. That seems pretty fair, given what he does for the Memphis Grizzlies – the team with the second best record in the league (we’ll forgive him for getting away with this one) – and how little he is discussed in the media. Conley is one of those players who is solid all around.
The three best records in the NBA belong to the Warriors, Grizzlies and Blazers. What do all three Western Conference teams have in common? Continuity. Besides for some minor tweaks, (Shaun Livingston, Vince Carter, Steve Blake and Chris Kaman) Golden State, Memphis and Portland retained their core players and have been extremely successful over the first quarter of the regular season. For Portland, now at 16-4 after Sunday’s win over New York, this is the third season the LaMarcus Aldridge-Damian Lillard-Nicolas Batum-Wes
Let’s call last night a Wacky Wednesday and try to forget. The 76ers won a game! The Rockets, missing four of their best seven players, beat the Grizzlies. The Spurs lost to the Nets, with Mirza Teletovic the best player on the floor — 26 PTS, 16 REB.
When is the last time you went to an NBA game and saw a truly great player? And when is the last time you’ve been able to do it on the cheap? Ticket prices in the NBA went up 3.4% compared from last season. This might not seem like much, but it bumped up the cost of an average NBA ticket to $53.98. That means just two tickets are going to set you back over $100, and for the more budget
LeBron James $11000 scored 41 to lead a great comeback in Boston last night, after the Cavs surrendered 42 points in the third quarter. That’s three in a row for Cleveland, with an average score of 117-111.