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JMarkJohns
12-18-2004, 04:54 PM
From InsideHoops.com

Baller of the Day for Friday's games is Gary Payton, who in a Boston win over Utah looked young again, putting up 27 points and 11 assists. Of course, the Jazz point guards aren't good defenders and aren't playing too well right now, but we're giving Payton the award because it's nice to see some life left him him as a baller.

Vince Carter was traded on Friday to the Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first round draft picks. In other words, the trade was basically Vince Carter for two first round draft picks. Assuming Vince is healthy, the Nets now have one of the best 1-3 lineups in the entire league. The Raptors, meanwhile, didn't get particularly useful players for Vince, and they didn't get useful contracts (to come off the books) either, so it's really just those draft picks. And being stuck with a complaining Alonzo Mourning for two more seasons after this one.

Here's a summary of everything Mourning has said for six months now: Waahhhhh! Waahhhhhh! Waahhhhhhh! Waaahhhhhhh!

Note that we're extremely proud of Mourning's comeback and the incredible heart he has. He's a warrior and he's in love with competition, basketball and the NBA. But as for the words coming out of his mouth ever since the Nets traded Kenyon Martin, it's been nothing but: Waahhhhhh! Waahhhhhh! Someone feed the baby! Waaahhhhh!

The Suns-Sonics game last night was awesome. I wish every NBA game was like that. Players ran. That's what players on those teams do. They actually run. I'm starting to feel like the league should fine players on any team who walk the ball up the court when there's a fast break opportunity intentionally being passed up.

Fanball reports: After a second straight strong performance, small forward Darius Miles is making it tough on Maurice Cheeks. The Blazers head coach said on Friday that he may consider bringing starter Shareef Abdur-Rahim (elbow) off the bench when he returns to keep Miles in the starting five. "It could be tough," Cheeks told the Oregonian. "I will deal with when it gets here. All I know is that Darius can ignite our team. It may force me to look at that."

Fanball reports: Point guard Jason Kidd set season highs in both points and, perhaps more importantly, minutes played on Friday night against the Grizzlies. Kidd collected 17 points, three treys, eight assists, four rebounds, and a steal in 32 minutes of action.

Ticker reports: Two weeks after being waived by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, guard Eddie House has landed in Milwaukee. On Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks signed the 26-year-old House, who had averaged 11.1 points in 13 games with the Bobcats earlier this season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports: The fallout from the Paul Silas-Eric Snow confrontation will be known today. The Cavaliers coach and backup point guard clashed Thursday night during the second quarter at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which led to Silas banishing Snow to the locker room and then benching him for the whole second half. According to team sources, Silas is considering suspending Snow for a game without pay, but might just fine him. He will make his decision this morning before the team's shootaround as they prepare to face the Boston Celtics tonight at Gund Arena. The final decision is up to the head coach.

Fanball reports: Carmelo Anthony left Friday's game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury after coming down of the foot of Heat center Shaquille O'Neal following a layup. Anthony had to be helped to the locker room for X-rays, which came back negative.

The AP reports: About 140 U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan will sit courtside at a Dallas Mavericks game Saturday night, thanks to season-ticket holders who offered their seats in a show of gratitude. ``It's a small way for me to show some appreciation for what they've done for us,'' ticket holder Jim Leslie said. ``I still don't think it's enough.''

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

INDIANA 89, TORONTO 86 - Ticker reports: (Indiana) Reggie Miller helped ruin the first game of the post-Vince Carter era for the Toronto Raptors. Miller hit a long jumper as the shot clock was about to expire with 8.6 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers edged the Raptors, 89-86. Carter, the face of the Raptors since 1998, saw his request to be traded honored earlier Friday as he was shipped the New Jersey Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and two draft picks... Harrison collected a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, while Tinsley added 22 and six assists. Rose scored 23 points to pace Toronto, which lost for the eighth time in nine games.

NEW YORK 113, PHILADELPHIA 107 (OT) - Ticker reports: (Philadelphia) Allan Houston and the rest of the bench brought the New York Knicks all the way back. Houston capped a 19-point fourth-quarter comeback with a 3-pointer that forced overtime and the Knicks rode their reserves to an emotional 113-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. New York (12-11) got 42 points from its bench as it ended Philadelphia's three-game winning streak and remained atop the weak Atlantic Division. The 76ers (9-13) let one get away as they fell to 3-1 in overtime. The Knicks floundered for more than three quarters and trailed, 90-71, with less than 11 minutes to go. They got back in it with a 12-1 surge sparked by reserve forward Jerome Williams, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. A basket and two free throws by Stephon Marbury, who scored 27 points, pulled the Knicks within 99-97 with 52 seconds left. They looked done after missing three jumpers on one possession and fouling Willie Green, who left the door open by making 1-of-2 free throws with 4.6 seconds to go. That was plenty of time for Houston, a former All-Star playing just his fifth game since returning from knee surgery. He took a quick inbounds pass from Williams and drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner, tying the game with 0.4 seconds left. Houston hit the shot over rookie Andre Iguodala, who got caught in a screen. The Knicks never trailed in overtime, taking the lead for good at 107-104 on Williams' dunk and free throw with two minutes to play.

PORTLAND 100, ATLANTA 84 - Ticker reports: (Atlanta) Darius Miles is taking advantage of his time in the starting lineup. Miles scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half as the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away and snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 100-84 victory over the lowly Atlanta Hawks. Filling in for former Hawk Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who missed his second straight game with a hyperextended right elbow, Miles made 10-of-13 shots for Portland, which shot better than 57% (41-of-71) from the field... Rookie Josh Smith matched his season high with 14 points for the Hawks, who lost their fourth straight game and are off to the worst start in franchise history (4-19).

BOSTON 114, UTAH 106 - Ticker reports: (Boston) Gary Payton's hot start helped the Boston Celtics rebound from a tough loss. Payton scored 18 of his season-high 27 points in the first half to lead the Celtics to a 114-106 victory over the struggling Utah Jazz... Payton hit 8-of-10 shots in the first two quarters and finished 10-of-13. He added 11 assists and six rebounds, also season highs. Boston dominated in the paint, 56-38, and got a balanced effort to hand Utah its third loss in its last four games. Payton led seven Celtics in double figures. Mark Blount made 9-of-11 shots and scored 18 points, Paul Pierce added 13 points, Jiri Welsch 12 and Ricky Davis and rookie Al Jefferson 11 each off the bench. Raef LaFrentz scored 10 points... Carlos Boozer had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Mehmet Okur scored 21 points and Carlos Arroyo added 20 off the bench for Utah, which is 4-13 since a 6-1 start.

MEMPHIS 89, NEW JERSEY 84 - Ticker reports: (Memphis) The New Jersey Nets bolstered their offensive attack prior to the game. Then they went out and showed why they needed to. Hours after trading for Vince Carter, the shorthanded Nets suffered an 89-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, who got a season-high 27 points from Jason Williams and 16 points and 12 rebounds from Pau Gasol... Richard Jefferson had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Brian Scalabrine added a career-high 21 and nine for the Nets (7-15). James Posey had 11 points and nine rebounds for Memphis (10-15), converting four free throws in the waning seconds. New Jersey led by as many as eight points in the first half, but a 14-3 run in the final five minutes of the second quarter gave the Grizzlies a 37-35 lead at the break. Williams scored 10 points in the opening half. Memphis opened its largest lead of the night, 75-66, following a 3-pointer by Williams with 5 1/2 minutes left.

MIAMI 107, DENVER 100 - Ticker reports: (Miami) Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal strengthened the Miami Heat's hold on the Eastern Conference. Wade scored 25 points and O'Neal added 20 and a season-high seven assists as the Heat began a three-game homestand with their seventh straight win, a 107-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets... O'Neal added 11 rebounds and three blocks as Miami outscored Denver, 58-40, in the paint... Andre Miller had 24 points, seven assists and six steals and Kenyon Martin added 21 and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 3-3 on their seven-game road trip. After Bryon Russell hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 90-80, Christian Laettner sank two free throws and Wade and Laettner each hit jumpers to push the lead to 96-80 with just over six minutes left. The Nuggets used a 12-1 run capped by Miller's three-point play to close to 103-97 with 63 seconds remaining before Wade hit his tough jumper. Miami shot 57% in the first half and got 12 of its 32 points in the paint from O'Neal to open a 57-46 lead. Wade scored eight points and O'Neal added seven in the third period, stretching the advantage to 86-72.

MINNESOTA 113, LA CLIPPERS 86 - Ticker reports: (Minneapolis) Earlier this month, the Minnesota Timberwolves needed overtime to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. This time, they needed slightly more than three quarters. Wally Szczerbiak scored 11 of his season-high 29 points and Kevin Garnett added 14 of his 28 in the third quarter as the Timberwolves rolled to a 113-86 blowout of the Clippers... Eddie Griffin scored 11 of his 13 points off the bench in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves extended their lead to as many as 28 points. Griffin is averaging 13 points over the last five games. Sam Cassell, who scored 30 points in the first meeting between the teams, had 11 and six assists and Garnett grabbed 10 rebounds and seven for Minnesota, which shot 49% (38-of-78) from the floor... Elton Brand scored 17 points and Corey Maggette added 15 but made just 3-of-17 shots for the Clippers, who have lost four in a row, including a pair of two-point losses against Utah and the Lakers. Chris Wilcox added 12 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench for Los Angeles, which was outscored in the paint, 32-22.

SAN ANTONIO 83, NEW ORLEANS 67 - Ticker reports: (New Orleans) Lee Nailon, P.J. Brown and the New Orleans Hornets fought hard but proved no match for Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds for his 20th double-double in 24 games as the Spurs returned the Hornets to their losing ways with an 83-67 victory. Rookie reserve Beno Udrih added 12 points for San Antonio, which earned its third consecutive victory and 11th in 13 games despite shooting just 43% (32-of-75) from the field and 14-of-27 from the line... Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each had 10 points and five assists for the Spurs, who pulled away by outshooting the Hornets 51 to 30% from the floor in the final 14 minutes. Brown produced 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who shot just 38% (29-of-76) and slipped to 2-20 on the season.

HOUSTON 100, GOLDEN STATE 83 - Ticker reports: (Houston) Bob Sura got the Houston Rockets off to an uncharacteristically quick start and they never looked back. Sura lit up his former team for 17 of his season-high 24 points in the first half as the Rockets closed their six-game homestand with a 100-83 triumph over the Golden State Warriors. After missing the first month of the season following back surgery, Sura proved to be the catalyst for the offense, making his first eight shots and producing season highs of nine assists and eight rebounds... Tracy McGrady had 27 points and nine rebounds and Yao Ming added 15 and 17 as Houston dominated Golden State on the glass, 56-41... Jason Richardson scored 25 points and Speedy Claxton and Troy Murphy each added 11 for the Warriors, who shot just 33% (31-of-94) from the floor. Mickael Pietrus started in place of Mike Dunleavy Jr., who was sidelined with a bruised left leg. The second-year pro scored just two points and was 0-of-6 from the floor in 22 minutes.

WASHINGTON 120, LA LAKERS 116 (OT) - Ticker reports: (Los Angeles) After Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes gave them a chance, the Washington Wizards turned to a former Laker to seal their first victory in the Staples Center. Arenas scored a season-high 37 points, Hughes added a season-best 33 and Anthony Peeler hit a game-clinching 3-pointer in overtime as the Wizards snapped an 11-game road losing streak to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 120-116 victory... Bryant, who notched his league-leading fourth triple-double with 36 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, sank a 3-pointer to make it interesting, but Hughes made two free throws to seal the win.

PHOENIX 112, SEATTLE 110 - Ticker reports: (Seattle) In a heavily hyped affair, Shawn Marion was quiet until making some noise when it counted to keep the Phoenix Suns rolling. Marion scored 10 of his 22 points in the final three minutes and the Suns stepped up their defensive game down the stretch to survive for the seventh straight time on the road, posting a 112-110 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics... Joe Johnson scored 24 points to lead four players with at least 20 for the Suns. His layup with 44 seconds left put the Suns up, 107-104. Phoenix improved its league-best road mark to 10-1, with the last two wins by a combined five points. Seattle's Ray Allen scored 32 points but just six in the fourth quarter and did not make a 3-pointer until five seconds remained. The league's best 3-point shooting team entering the game, the Sonics were just 8-of-26 from the arc. Despite the loss, Allen thought the game was fun. With 17,000-plus energized from the opening tip, the Sonics started fast, shooting 62% in the first quarter en route to a 37-21 lead. Phoenix roared back to cut the halftime deficit to 57-55.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

All times Eastern. Local and national television info to right of each game:

Houston @ Charlotte 7:00pm WJZY / Ch.51
Denver @ Orlando 7:00pm Sunshine / Altitude
Portland @ Detroit 7:30pm FSN Det / KGW
Boston @ Cleveland 7:30pm WUAB / FSNE
Indiana @ Chicago 8:30pm WGN / FSMW NBATV
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee 8:30pm FSNN / WPSG
Atlanta @ Dallas 8:30pm FSNSW / WPXA
Golden State @ San Antonio 8:30pm KRRT / FSBay
Washington @ Phoenix 9:00pm FSAZ / WB50

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to Charles Oakley (1963), Lucious Harris (1970) and Oscar Torres (1976).

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

December 18, 1984: The Washington Bullets beat the New Jersey Nets 104-95 to give Gene Shue his 700th NBA career coaching victory. Shue became only the third coach to reach that plateau at the time, joining Red Auerbach and Jack Ramsay.

catgrad97
12-19-2004, 05:48 AM
The Akron Beacon-Journal reports: The fallout from the Paul Silas-Eric Snow confrontation will be known today. The Cavaliers coach and backup point guard clashed Thursday night during the second quarter at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which led to Silas banishing Snow to the locker room and then benching him for the whole second half. According to team sources, Silas is considering suspending Snow for a game without pay, but might just fine him. He will make his decision this morning before the team's shootaround as they prepare to face the Boston Celtics tonight at Gund Arena. The final decision is up to the head coach.

Did you see the postgame interview of Coach Silas? "I'm NOT going to talk about Eric Snow. Don't mention that name to me!" Three more "I'm NOT going to answer ANY questions about Eric Snow"s. Then, "Am I speaking Chinese?" :lol:

LeBron, for what it's worth, only said of Silas, "He's the head of everything. I have to respect his title." Wow. Thanks for the support, Mr. James.:rolleyes:

I predict another Kobe-like head case in five years for LeBron James.

JMarkJohns
12-19-2004, 01:35 PM
First, I love Paul Silas. He was a bench coach with the Suns for years...

But, I think he overreacted to the initial play and essentually showed up Eric Snow in front of everyone during the game. I have no problem doing that during practice, but Snow really didn't do anything that warrented the reaction.

That said, Snow's following reaction was very poor. I like Snow, but that was classless, no matter hoe wrong you think yer coach is, he's still yer coach and should be given respect...which is essentually what LeBron was saying.

I don't forsee a LeBron pulling a Kobe. It's not in his nature. Kobe from day one wanted to the man, at the expense of his teammates even. This followed him off the court and has now infested his entire demenor...

LeBron, I forsee great things. He's fun and has the personality to handle things. I think LeBron will be just fine...