Tweet of the Night: Rockets May Have Asik Deal In Place

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Omer AsikLast week news broke that the Houston Rockets were planning to trade center Omer Asik by December 19th. Tonight, ESPN’s Marc Stein provided an update, suggesting that the Rockets already have a deal in place, but may hold out until the 19th to see if anybody can top it.

Sprung: All-Breakout Team led by L.Stephenson, A.Afflalo, I.Thomas

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time flies'Where the hell has the time gone? It certainly flies as the days get shorter and darkness descends in the late afternoon.

We’re already through the first quarter of the NBA season and almost at Christmas. The league has seen plenty of pleasant surprises, like the consistently stellar Portland Trail Blazers, and many disappointments, like the entire Eastern Conference besides Indiana and Miami.

There have also been a whole host of players who have really progressed in a positive direction over the opening 20 games or so.

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Bernucca: Cap Room, Exceptions, Expiring Deals: Who Has What as NBA Trading Season Begins

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220px-Rudy_GayThe NBA holiday shopping season is upon us a little early this year.

It usually starts December 15, the first day players who were signed in the offseason become eligible to be traded. But after seeing Rudy Gay’s immovable contract somehow sent from Toronto to Sacramento, it is clear that shopping season is under way. 

Come next Sunday, NBA general managers will have increased flexibility when looking to improve their rosters, which was Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro’s approach in acquiring Gay, or their payroll, which was Raptors GM Masai Ujiri’s approach in moving him.

In addition to the Raptors-Kings deal, we’ve already heard reports that the Houston Rockets are telling teams reserve center Omer Asik is on the block and they are looking to move him between Sunday and Dec. 19, which is the deadline for any player acquired for Asik to be rerouted before the trade deadline on Feb. 20.

So Rockets GM Daryl Morey may make two deals. Or he may make one deal. Or he may not deal at all.

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Jeremy Lin out two weeks with knee sprain

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James Harden Jeremy LinHouston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, one of the NBA’s top reserves this season, is out at least two weeks with a knee injury.

According to the team, Lin has a Grade one sprain and contusion of his right knee suffered in Wednesday’s home win over the Atlanta Hawks. He will be sidelined two weeks before being re-evaluated.

It is not the same knee in which Lin had surgery to repair a meniscus tear during the 2012 offseason, when he left the New York Knicks and joined the Rockets.

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

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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.