SH Blog: ‘Wolves and Grizzlies looking to deal, Nets want Hill and Jack, Knicks after Lowry or Teague

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A memorable All-Star weekend has come and gone, and now it’s back to business as usual.

With the trade deadline just days away, teams will look to do whatever they can to improve their current situation. Without wasting any time, lets get right to what’s going on around the league.

TIMBERWOLVES AND GRIZZLIES LOOKING TO DEAL?

Chase BudingerBoth teams are currently out of the playoff picture in the West, but the Memphis Grizzlies are just 1 1/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the eighth seed. Looking to bolster their roster, they are in discussion with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a deal involving Chase Budinger, Tayshaun Prince and perhaps some other moving parts, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Tony Allen suspended for kicking Chris Paul in the face

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MEM_ALLEN_TONYMemphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been suspended one game without pay for kicking Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers in the face, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Allen was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected, occurred with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter of the Grizzlies’ 106-102 win over the Clippers on Monday, Nov. 18, at Staples Center.

Allen will serve his suspension on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when the Grizzlies play the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Here’s the play in question (no embedding, sorry).

This loss could hurt the Grizzlies in that Warriors matchup, as they’ll be without the league’s best perimeter defender against one of the league’s most dangerous guard combos in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala.

Mike Conley, Jamal Crawford and Tony Allen react to big game between Clippers and Grizzlies

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CP3 Tony AllenLooking to stay undefeated at home were the Los Angeles Clippers as they hosted the Memphis Grizzlies – considered a rival after seeing them for two consecutive seasons in the playoffs – on Monday night.

Instead, Chris Paul ate a swinging foot to the face  from Tony Allen and the Clippers suffered their first loss at the Staples Center 106-102.

Paul looked to penetrate into the lane late in the first quarter when Allen, who initially appeared to want to take a charge, realized he was nowhere near in position. He then jumped and extended his left leg, nailing Paul in the process. Allen was given a flagrant-2 foul – an automatic ejection – for the play and had this to say after the game:

Unstoppable in the paint was Zach Randolph, who had 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds despite hearing a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball.  Marc Gasol was also highly effective with 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul had 18 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

Below are the reactions from Jamal Crawford and Mike Conley after the close contest:

 

 

James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.

SH Blog: Bryant has full medical clearance to play, Howard and Parsons says Asik has to be professional

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The Los Angeles Lakers and fans in general have adjusted to life without Kobe Bryant in the NBA this season. The superstar guard has yet to suit up for his struggling team, as he continues to rehab from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season. He did raise some eyebrows last week, telling Rick Fox in an interview that if the playoffs began today, he would play. He further encouraged us all by taking part in the team’s workouts over the weekend. Is his return back to the court imminent? The answer to that and plenty more can be found below:

STORY OF THE DAY:

KobeBryant will now be able to hit the floor without any restrictions. It doesn’t necessarily mean he will jump right into game action, but the guard is finally ready to test his ankle joints to the fullest extent. Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report has details:

Bryant has full medical clearance, I was told Sunday by someone in a position to have such knowledge—meaning he can do anything and everything without restriction as the recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon nears its conclusion.

Lakers coaches and basketball operations staff are all content to wait for Bryant to decide in his own mind when he’s ready to resume one of the greatest careers in basketball history after one of the worst injuries that can befall any basketball player.

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Tweet of the Night: Robert Pera says he would dominate Cuban one-on-one, wants Jordan instead

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Robert PeraThe man you see in action above is none other than Robert Pera, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. At age 35, he is currently the youngest owner of an NBA team and has clearly kept himself in great shape. In fact, he felt so good back in September that he actually challenged Tony Allen – one of the best defensive guards in the league – to a game of one-on-one and promised to donate $100,000 to a charity that Allen is dedicated to if he lost the contest. The result would be all too predictable, but it would be fun nonetheless.