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News and Notes From the Day
- When it rains, it pours. Just ask the Miami Heat who may soon find out that Udonis Haslem’s season may be over. Haslem, who ruptured a ligament in his foot last week, was originally expected to be back by the All-Star break. The wire has been blowing up with rumors that his season is officially over. This is where I think this whole experiment is a failure. You cannot simply have three superstars and no bench; you need some depth.
- Vince Carter is hurt…again. Carter sprained his knee against the San Antonio Spurs the other night. Constant injuries are simply another reason that Vince Carter will be traded this season. That and his expiring $17 million contract. The Magic’s management has stated multiple times that they are dedicated to bring J.J. Reddick along and making him the starting shooting guard for their team.
- LeBron James is not having fun right now in Miami. In other news, the entire state of Ohio is laughing hysterically.
Top 5 of the Night
- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks: 42 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and and 2 blocked shots. The Big German showed he still has it and led his team to victory over the Pistons.
- Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets: 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Lopez is doing his best to not let all of those Melo-to-NJ rumors affect his game.
- Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls: 30 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. It’s scary how good Rose is at this age. Oh and his speed is pretty frightening as well.
- Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. What a line by Iggy in his return tonight?!
- John Wall, Washington Wizards: 25 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal. It does not look like Wall’s ankle is going to be an issue.
Fantasy Stud of the Night
If JaVale McGee continues to have nights like tonight, then watch out Eastern Conference because the Wizards will be scary. McGee put together the best line of his young career tonight; check it out:
- 24 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocked shots.
Yikes! He also suffered a hard, cheap shot foul from Elton Brand. McGee is freaky athletic for a guy his size and once his basketball IQ catches up, he will be scary.
Dunk of the Night
Lamar Odom with the put-back dunk on the Chicago Bulls.
Deadbeat of the Day
This is not what the Dallas Mavericks had in mind when they picked up Tyson Chandler:
- 3 points, 5 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.
The only time it is OK to score three points when you are the starting center is if you are Ben Wallace, which also means you grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. The Mavericks desperately need Chandler to play better than this if they have any plans to compete in the post-season.
Hilarious Pic of the Day
I have no clue what Pau Gasol is doing here…