Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jared Sullinger to return for another season at Ohio State

In a mock draft by DraftExpress, Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger was the third player off the board to Minnesota. In this one by HoopsHype, he was the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Based on Sullinger's comments after last night's loss to Kentucky, there is no chance of either of those happening.

I did make a decision and I’m definitely coming back next year,” Sullinger said, per Clifton Brown of Sporting News. “I need to work on a lot of things. I have to come back. I’m coming back to win."

“I’m going to be an Ohio State Buckeye next year,” Sullinger said. “This isn’t why I came here, to come in here and see my seniors in here crying. I came here to win a national championship.”

What about the possibility of the freshman having a change of heart?

"Jared Sullinger ... said he won't change his mind. 'I'm a man of my word'," tweeted Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sullinger had 21 points and 16 rebounds last night and averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game on the season.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jordan Farmar gets third double-double in past four games

New Jersey's Jordan Farmar scored 15 points and dished out 16 assists in tonight's loss to Orlando.

In the past four games that Deron Williams has missed, Farmar has made the most of his opportunity.

During that span, Farmar has averaged 37 minutes per game and has three double-doubles. He is averaging 12.3 points, 11.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in those four games.

Per Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record, Williams will also miss Saturday's game against Atlanta. After Saturday, the Nets play the Rockets on Tuesday and the Knicks on Wednesday.

At a minimum, it seems likely that Farmar is in store for at least one more big game.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Back-to-back triple-doubles for Andre Iguodala

Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala had only six double-doubles from the start of the season through February 15th.

This weekend, Iguodala had back-to-back triple-doubles and now has three of them in the seven games since February 16th.

Against the Timberwolves on Friday, Iguodala had 22 points, ten rebounds and 13 assists. Tonight against the Warriors, Iguodala finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists.

On the season, Iguodala is averaging 14.3 points, a career-high 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Spoelstra: Some Heat players were "crying" after today's loss to the Bulls

Nobody likes to lose.

Apparently, that's especially true for some (unnamed) players for the Miami Heat, who have now lost four consecutive games.

After today's one-point loss to the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Brian Windhorst tweeted that Heat coach Erik "Spoelstra said some Heat players are crying in the locker room at the moment."

Crying? Are you serious? From the team that was talking about "not one, not two ... but eight" championships?

Chris Bosh said he "almost" cried but did not. LeBron James said it wasn't him. Per Sam Smith of, Dwayne Wade said, "Why you want to know if I was crying? I’m not going to tell you that.”

As pointed out by ESPN's Tom Haberstroh, the Heat have made only one of 18 shots in the final ten seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime when trailing by three points or less.

Smith notes that the Heat are a combined 1-9 versus the Bulls, Celtics, Spurs, Mavs and Lakers.

In order to get to the NBA Finals, it's likely that they will have to beat the Celtics and/or the Bulls. To win their first championship as The Heatles, they'd then likely have to beat either the Lakers, Spurs or Mavs.

Don't schedule the parade just yet.