SH Blog: Irving denies wanting out of Cleveland, Anthony and Woodson like small ball

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Kyrie Irving 2Aside from the fact that they are an infinitely disappointing team this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have some serious problems on their hands. One of them, of course, is the lack of productivity from their first overall pick Anthony Bennett, but we’ll save that issue for another day.

The biggest problem is their supposed franchise point guard Kyrie Irving.

It was recently mentioned in our blog that Irving had noticeably changed – not for the better – since coming back from last season’s All-Star game. Irving was supposed to propel himself into the category of being a part of the upper echelon of point guards with the improvements the team had made in the offseason, but that simply hasn’t been the case. Opposing point guards have lit him and the team’s defense up for much of the season, and his true shooting percentage of 52.1 percent is at an all-time low. 

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Bernucca: Fixing the Fans’ All-Star Mistakes

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Kyrie IrvingNBA fans do an awful job of protecting the image of their favorite sport.

This is not the NFL, which has been America’s pastime for a generation and can do no wrong in the eyes of its fans. The only time the NFL has an image problem is when a storm affects satellite reception.

This is also not baseball, which has a considerable image problem with its collection of prima donnas on PEDS. But it also has more than a century of tradition on its side.

NBA fans constantly have to argue the merits of their sport not only against other sports but against other versions of their sport. The international game is more fluid. The college game has more energy and emotion. The women’s game has more fundamentals.

So what do NBA fans do to cultivate and protect the image of their favorite sport? They ignore common sense and vote their darlings as All-Stars.

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SH Blog: Pierce and Garnett Return to Boston; Miami too Hot for San Antonio; T-Ross Goes Off

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To say it’s been an eventful 24 hours of basketball is a major understatement. NBA fans were treated to emotional tributes, heavyweight tilts and massive scoring outputs.

Pierce Garnett

In addition to all the fun, NBA Sunday Showcase also returned. For the remainder of the season (with the exception of Super Bowl Sunday) fans can watch top teams in the league go head-to-head during the daylight hours.

Let’s go to Boston, where two highly anticipated returns brought many to tears.

Kevin Garnett: six years, one ring. Paul Pierce: 15 years, one ring. Together along with Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins were one of the best starting units ever assembled. An elite passer at the point, deadeye sharpshooter at the two, dynamite scorer at SF, one of the toughest competitors in history at the four, and a rugged intimidator down low. When healthy, they were unstoppable, and in 2008 they won what “The Big Three” had been desperately searching for.

Sunday marked a very special day for Celtics fans – it was Boston’s chance to say thank you.

Nearly eight months after being traded from Boston, The Truth and The Big Ticket return to TD Garden as members of the Brooklyn Nets.

If you’re looking to see players getting booed out of the building, don’t bother watching, because it’s far from that.

A packed house gave both players standing ovations and many fans didn’t sit for several minutes after. “KG” and “Paul Pierce” chants we’re sporadic throughout the first quarter.

During game breaks the Celtics organized video tributes for each player. By this point, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Like I’ve always said, the city of Boston is the best sports city in North America. The fans are competitive but know how to keep it classy. It’s been a rough 12 months for Boston but they still stand tall and they’re always Boston Strong.

Brooklyn ended up leaving with a W, 85-79 was the final score. Garnett and Pierce each scored six in the return.

To other NBA news: the Miami Heat are still really good at basketball.

During an NBA Finals rematch Sunday afternoon in Miami, the Heat took care of business against the San Antonio Spurs with a 113-101 win. Keep in mind, it was really a much more lopsided game but Miami cleared its bench after going up by 25.

LeBron James had a quiet night by his standards, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and six dimes. But Chris Bosh came to play, in just 26 minutes he recorded 24 points and five rebounds. Dwyane Wade was essentially a nonfactor with eight points and five assists.

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Tim Duncan led the Spurs charge with 23. Tony Parker had 11 points and seven assists. Meanwhile, Manu Ginobili had another dismal game against the Heat, in 25 minutes he only managed three points on 1/7 shooting.

Although a poor performance, Ginobili’s play isn’t the main concern. With the loss, San Antonio falls to 1-10 against the NBA’s elite.

Yes the Spurs are missing three starters, but those are all injuries that occurred in January. Even with a healthy Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter, they couldn’t get the wins that mattered most.

A Spurs fan will blow this off as nothing and maybe they’re right. Defeat sub .500 teams every night, great. But San Antonio probably won’t have the luxury of playing the Utah Jazz in the playoffs.


Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross scored 51 points Saturday – wait, who?

That’s right, the dunker on the team from Up North.

Unfortunately for the Toronto Raptors, they couldn’t cap off the perfect night with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Although, the final score could’t take anything away from his historic game.

Ross tied Raptors legend Vince Carter for most points in a game and also broke a few records of his own. Obviously a personal scoring best, but more impressively he broke an all-time NBA record.

 

I follow the Raptors very closely and I’ve watched Ross in every NBA game he’s ever appeared in. This kid is special. Thinking he’s a one dimensional player who only goes for high flying dunks it totally wrong.

Ross is 22-years-old, he can’t even rent a car yet. When his skill catches up to his athleticism, watch out.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.

Players around the league react to All-Star voting results

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Curry and IrvingAfter months of anticipation, the All-Star voting results finally came in on Thursday, courtesy of NBA on TNT.

There were plenty of expected names on the roster like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and (gulp) Kobe Bryant.

There were also plenty of first-timers like Stephen Curry – receiver of the fourth most votes in the league – along with Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyrie Irving.

SH Blog: Chandler unhappy with Knicks’ defensive tactics, Mayo rips Drew’s coaching style

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knicks-vs-brooklyn-nets-at-barclays-centerThe first time the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets met this season back in Dec. 5, both teams were a total mess as they failed to meet expectations in monumental fashion. The Nets proved to be the bigger mess at the time, suffering a humiliating 113-83 loss on their own home floor.

Just a little over a month later, not much has changed in the sense that both are still trying to find a way to reach the .500 mark. The Nets (17-22), at least, are starting to show some sense of consistency: they are an impressive 7-1 in January and holding opponents to 92.5 points. On Martin Luther King Jr. day, the New York teams met for the second time this season and the Nets flipped the script on the Knicks for an impressive 103-80 blowout win in MSG.

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