Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dwight Howard aggravates shoulder injury

In last night's loss to the Suns, Lakers center Dwight Howard left the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating his torn labrum in his right shoulder.

I'll try [to withstand] as much as I can, but I don't want to cause more damage to my shoulder,” said Howard, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Whether or not he will need to rest it for a week or two, Howard said "we'll see."

Howard led the Lakers in scoring last night with 24 points and added four rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots.

Last night's game was the first of a seven-game road trip for the Lakers and they face the Timberwolves next on Friday night and then the Pistons on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nerlens Noel blocks school-record 11 shots

Coming into tonight's matchup against Ole Miss, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel was ranked second in the country in blocked shots with 4.32 per game.  Plus, he was averaging nearly a double-double: 10.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

In tonight's game, Noel took only one shot, and missed it, in addition to converting on only two-of-eight free throws, but he blocked a school-record 11 shots.

As a team, Kentucky had a total of 12 blocked shots.

The previous school record was nine set by both Sam Bowie and Andre Riddick.

Noel should be a top-five pick (at least) and has a shot at being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  Aside from Noel, freshmen Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein all have a chance to be lottery picks if they declare.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rajon Rondo out for season with torn ACL

The Boston Celtics won a thriller in double overtime over the Miami Heat as Paul Pierce finished the game with a triple-double: 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Despite winning the game, it was more bad news than good news for the Celtics.

After hyperextending his right knee in last night's loss to the Hawks, Rondo was a late scratch and will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Not only will Rondo miss the remainder of this season, but there is a good chance that he won't be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season in nine months.

Before the injury, Rondo was leading the NBA in assists (11.1 per game) and averaging 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

After today's win, the Celtics are 21-23 and currently eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kevin Durant scores career-high 52 in OT win over Mavs

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points to lead the Thunder to an overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Durant shot only 13-of-31 from the field, but he was five-of-nine from behind the arc and 21-of-21 at the line.

It was Durant's fifth game with at least 40 points this season and three of those games with 40-plus have come in his past five games.

No player has more 40-point games than Durant this season.  Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is second with four.

The Thunder have won six consecutive games and have a league-best 32-8 record.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Nikola Pekovic leaves game early with left hip strain

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic played less than 22 minutes as he left tonight's early due to a left hip strain.

That said, he still finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, both of which were team highs in the loss to the Blazers.

It was only Pek's second double-double in the past five games.

Tristan Thompson has another double-double

Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson had another double-double tonight.

Thompson, the fourth overall pick in 2011, finished with 14 points and a season-high 16 rebounds in tonight's loss to the Rockets.

It was Thompson's second consecutive double-double and he has seven of them in his past nine games.

During that nine-game span, Thompson is averaging 13.22 points and 12.89 rebounds per game.

Rajon Rondo has a triple-double vs. Hawks

The only player to have multiple triple-doubles last year was Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (six).

This year, the only player to have multiple triple-doubles was Toronto's Jose Calderon (two).  Until tonight, that is.

Rondo had his second triple-double of the season and finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Hawks tonight.

It was Rondo's 15th career triple-double.

Carmelo Anthony scores 40 points vs. Magic

For the second time in three games, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has scored at least 40 points.

Against the Magic tonight, Melo converted on 14-of-29 shots from the field including four three-pointers and made eight-of-nine free throws to finish with 40 points.  He added six rebounds and a season-high six assists.

It was his third game of the season with 40-plus points.

Anthony is averaging 29.3 points, 6.26 rebounds and 2.27 assists per game this season.

Roy Hibbert: 20 points, 15 boards, 5 blocks vs. MIL

In tonight's win over the Bucks, Pacers center Roy Hibbert had the best game of his season so far.

Hibbert finished with 20 points, which ties his season high, 15 rebounds, which is a season high, and five blocked shots.

It was only Hibbert's eighth double-double in 34 games.  One of those double-doubles was actually a triple-double when he added 11 blocks.  Last year, he had 21 double-doubles in 63 games.

Hibbert is averaging a career-low 9.79 points per game in addition to 8.24 rebounds and a career-high 2.74 blocked shots per game.

Kevin Love has re-fractured third metacarpal in right hand

Timberwolves forward Kevin Love missed another game tonight and he might miss many more.

Love, who broke the third metacarpal in his right hand, missed about a month and made his season debut on November 21st.

Unfortunately for Love, the team and his fantasy owners, he has re-fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand.  Love will visit a hand specialist in NYC later this week and the team will provide more information at that time.

In 18 games played, Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.

He had been struggling with his shot and was shooting only 35.2 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the line.  Both are career lows.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lakers center Dwight Howard calls himself a GTD for Sunday vs. Nuggets

When the Lakers face the Nuggets on Sunday night, they may be without center Dwight Howard.

Or they may not.

According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Howard has a sprained rotator cuff and described himself as a "game-time decision" for tomorrow.

That said, coach Mike D'Antoni said the chances of Howard playing are "good."

Howard is averaging 17.4 points per game, an eight-year low, and 12.0 rebounds per game, a nine-year low.  In addition, he's averaging 2.6 blocks per game.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Amar'e Stoudemire to return Tuesday

When the New York Knicks face the Portland Trail Blazers on New Year's Day, they may or may not have the services of small forward Carmelo Anthony.

Either way, however, they will have the services of power forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who will make his season debut Tuesday, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Stoudemire had knee surgery in late-October and he will come off the bench whether Melo plays or does not, per Wojnarowski.

Excluding his three-game season (2005), Stoudemire's numbers of 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds last year were his lowest averages since his rookie season.