Last season the Bulls could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but this season?
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The Pistons are wearing their Motor City jerseys tonight.
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.
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.”
SH Blog: Emotional Nash out for minimum of two weeks, Gasol calls out D’Antoni’s fluctuating rotation
It has been a tough road for Steve Nash since leaving the Phoenix Suns to join the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Aside from all the scrutiny his team has faced due to a lack of success with what was supposed to be a championship roster, he has not been the same player he once was since breaking his leg last season.
When he did come back, his impact on the game diminished as he adjusted to playing next to Kobe Bryant without the ball in his hands. This season, however, has been a different story. With Bryant out without a timetable, Nash was supposed to run Mike D’Antoni’s offense and help carry the team. That, unfortunately, has been anything but the case for the point guard, with good reason.
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Nash has been a shell of himself this season due to what he believed to be nerve damage from the broken leg he suffered last season. He went to get it checked on Monday, and his suspicions were on the dot. Sam Amick of USA Today has details:
SH Blog: Andrew Bynum feels little sharp pain in his knees, Sanders and Kaman unhappy with playing time
There have been some real surprising early returns to begin the season, starting with Andrew Bynum and Russell Westbrook. No one expected the center back any time soon, and Westbrook was supposed to be out for at least the first month of the season. Or was he? See what the point guard had to say about the timetable for his return, how Bynum’s knees have been feeling since his return, what LeBron James is set to accomplish and more below.
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Bynum came back earlier than anyone could have anticipated and made an immediate impact in limited minutes in the very first game of the season. He played again on Monday and posted his best line with 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Unfortunately, what he had to say after the game didn’t provide any indication that he will be back to being the dominant center he once was any time soon. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio has details:
“I don’t think it’s going to come back,” Bynum said Monday prior to the Cavs’ 93-92 win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. Bynum was talking about his explosiveness, the type that enabled him to average 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game two seasons ago with the Los Angeles Lakers… “It makes you have to rely more on footwork and skills vs. athleticism,” he said. All of it makes Bynum wonder if he’ll ever feel the same on the floor. “I missed the entire year last year and that’s for a reason,” he said. “I have skill, I have talent. I just need to get my timing back.”… Bynum admitted to having pains here and there (describing them as “little sharp”), but overall his knees are responding well to playing time. And as Cavs coach Mike Brown said, Bynum clearly “impacted the game.”… It won’t really matter if Bynum’s old explosiveness returns. All he’ll need is to stay on the floor, and do what he’s done so far. “I’m coming along,” he said. “(But) not there yet.”
It’s good to hear that he’s coming along, but “little sharp pains here and there” in his knees? That is never a good sign. Hopefully for the center, it’s a small blip and nothing more as he continues to try to make a full comeback from his troublesome knee situation.