By Michael Almonte
The San Antonio Spurs are once again off to another sensational start at 13-3 winning their last five games owning a league-best 9-1 record on the road. Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan is playing like his MVP days of 2002 and 2003 leading the team in points 18.7 and rebounding 10.1. The Spurs are 5-0 on their current six-game road trip that concludes with a matchup against the defending champion Miami Heat Thursday night on TNT. The Spurs are looking for one last championship run in 2013 hoping to capture their fifth title in franchise history and first since sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals. (more…)
By Mackensie Rivers
Below are facts about the New York Knickerbockers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
By Matthew Woodruff
The road weary San Antonio Spurs consigned the Washington Wizards to a franchise worst 0-12 start to the season last night, with an emphatic 118-92 victory at Verizon Center.
After yet another promising Washington first quarter, the Spurs torched the Wizards with a 10-0 run to end the half effectively putting the game to bed with a 60-48 lead
The 26 point defeat, Washington’s largest of the season, and 12th straight loss to San Antonio is just the second game this year that the Wizards have been blown out by more than ten points. (more…)
By: Tim Plimpton
1) Goran Dragic. When Steve Nash left everybody wondered how the Phoenix Suns would respond. Dragic, a young player from Yugoslavia has stepped in nicely for Nash. Known for his lefty jump shot and passing ability, he’s averaging a team leading 16 points per game to go along with 7.1 assists per game. He is also very active on the defensive end, averaging 2.1 steals per game, good for top 8 in the NBA. The Suns currently sport a 6-8 record, 2.5 games behind division leader Los Angeles Clippers.
2) Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez, the starting point guard for the New Orleans Hornets is quietly putting together a great start this season. It’s too bad he doesn’t have much help this year. With Eric Gordon on the shelf and Anthony Davis out for a couple weeks, Vasquez has had to shoulder the load. As a result, he is number four in the NBA in assists per game averaging 9.2 per game to go along with 12.4 points. He is quick and flashy. He is always looking for the open man. A few years down the line, if the Hornets can stay healthy, they will be a dangerous team. (more…)
By Shaun Odell
The college basketball season is in full swing now, and anyone who remotely resembles a basketball fan couldn’t be more excited. Now is the time when all of the preseason rankings start to shake out. We see who might’ve been overrated, who might’ve been underrated, and everything in between.
The University of Michigan, through its ups and downs of the last two decades, appears to be on its way to consideration as one of the top programs in the country. They’re currently ranked fourth in the nation, and took away a win Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, one of the most famous arenas in the world. Some can argue that Pitt is not what they were in recent years, but they remain an extremely competitive team who came into the game with a 4-0 record. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
The New York Knicks have been one of the major surprises early on racing out to an 8-2 record winning in impressive fashion. Carmelo Anthony ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 24.2 and the Knicks lead the NBA in opponents scoring yielding just 88.9. They are fourth shooting 39% from the three-point line and are shooting 45% from the field. Everyone is wondering if the Knicks are legit contenders in the East and how the chemistry of this team will be altered when Amar’e Stoudemire returns from injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers talented point guard Kyrie Irving will miss up to a month after sustaining a broken left index finger last week. Irving missed 20 games last season dealing with a concussion and shoulder injury. He was averaging 22.9 PPG, 5.6 APG and shooting 46% from the field in 10 games. (more…)
By Mackenzie Rivers
Mike D’Antoni emerged victorious in his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, as his star-studded team grinded out a victory at home against the Brooklyn Nets.
With D’Antoni at the helm for the first time, the Lakers looked a lot the like same old Lakers.
As has become a theme in Hollywood so far this season, the Lakers came out of the gates playing stout defense, and quickly built a 10-0 lead within the first four moments of the game. (more…)
By: Tim Plimpton
1) The Defense. In four games this last week (Magic, Spurs, Grizzlies, and Pacers) the Knicks had 33 steals. The defense is stifling the opposition and forcing turnovers. In the four games last week they forced 66 turnovers. They have also limited three point opportunities, holding the opposition to 34.15%.
2) Leadership of Carmelo Anthony. Melo is playing out of his mind this year. His electric defense, relentlessness on the boards, especially offensive, and passing abilities has rubbed off on the rest of the team. It may not show up in the stat sheet every night, but he is constantly looking for the open man, passing up shots he would have taken in years past. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Memphis, TN – Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, six of which came in the final two minutes, as the Denver Nuggets ended the Memphis Grizzlies’ eight-game win streak with a 97-92 victory. JaVale McGee added 15 points, including a key tip-in with 46.7 seconds left that gave Denver a 93-92 lead, and Kenneth Faried put up 13 points and 13 rebounds to help the Nuggets end a three-game slide and prevent the Grizzlies from setting a franchise record for consecutive victories.
Rudy Gay score 22 points and Marc Gasol finished with 16 points in only Memphis’ second defeat in 10 games this season, while Zach Randolph posted another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Memphis trailed 79-72 early in the fourth quarter before changing momentum with a 15-4 run over a span of nearly four minutes. Tony Allen accounted for the final six points of the flurry, the last a jumper with 4:43 remaining that put the Grizzlies on top by an 87-83 count. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
San Antonio, TX – Chris Paul scored 19 points and hit a clutch bucket in the closing seconds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs for the second time this season with a 92-87 win on Monday. The Clippers never trailed in the second half, but a late rally by the Spurs cut the difference to 89-87 with under 90 seconds to play. After misses at both ends, Paul took Tony Parker to the hole and hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 24.9 seconds remaining. (more…)