Despite 61, LeBron not Player of the Week

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Carmelo AnthonyHow do you score 61 points in a game and not get named NBA Player of the Week?

Well, if you’re LeBron James, you total 58 points in the three ensuing games, all losses.

James and the Miami Heat had one of their worst three-game stretches of the season, minimizing the impact of his 61-point explosion a week ago and giving Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors to Carmelo Anthony, whose New York Knicks had a rare good week.

Anthony averaged  29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals as the Knicks went 3-1 and remained on the fringes of the East playoff race. 

Zach Randolph Fined $25,000 for “Eight Against Five” Comment

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grizzlies small logoZach Randolph wasn’t happy about the officiating in Thursday’s Grizzlies-Rockets game. The NBA wasn’t happy about Randolph’s opinion of the officiating.

Randolph was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for his postgame comments about the referees, whom he called “horrible” and “awful.” 

UPDATE: Spurs rest Duncan and Ginobili but will not be fined

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The San Antonio Spurs are resting both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for Thursday night’s nationally televised road duncangame vs. the Golden State Warriors, initially putting themselves at risk of another six-figure fine from the NBA.

A release from Spurs media relations Thursday afternoon – titled an “injury report” – said both players were being held out of the game on TNT due to rest. It made no mention of injuries to either player.

The release also said guard Tony Parker would not play due to a bruised shin. That was announced earlier in the week, when the Spurs said Parker would miss at least two games with the injury and be re-evaluated prior to Saturday’s home showdown with Oklahoma City. 

Hubbard: Mavericks Quietly off to Surprising Good Start

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Mark_Cuban_2011A little more than a month has passed in the NBA season, but it seems like we’ve already had a full year of distractions, both good and bad. Portland great; Indiana even better. The Knicks and Nets taking turns who’s bad and who’s worse. Kobe close to returning; Rose out for the year. Dwayne Wade hurting; the Atlantic Division hurting even more.

Meanwhile, the last team other than the Miami Heat to win a championship is quietly turning into a solid team, which is interesting for two reasons.

1. How is it that anything Mark Cuban owns is quiet?

2. After winning their first title, the Mavericks took such an unusual approach in trying to win a second.

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.