Archive for December 17th, 2007

No, Curry did NOT make a guarantee

No, Eddy Curry did NOt make any sort of guarantee that the Knicks would beat the Pacers in New York today.

Apparently, what happened is, a Knicks beat writer JOKED to another reporter that Curry made a guarantee earlier today. Some eavesdropping media member or two heard it and word somehow spread, even reaching the Pacers before the game, who didn’t know it was a joke.

Jason Terry a 6th man again

MavsCourtsideView reports: Eddie Jones returned to the starting lineup after a 17-game absence tonight. Should things go well, expect to see Jones, Devin Harris, Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki and Erick Dampier together for some time. It was obvious this morning Jason Terry knew he was headed back to sixth man.

NY Newsday reports: Talk around the Garden is that Eddy Curry has guaranteed a Knicks victory over the Pacers tonight. I don’t know who he said this to, but it had to have happened before I spoke with him. Curry never mentioned the Pacers when I talked to him this morning at the shoot-around, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t say it to another reporter.
The Pacers locker room was a-buzz with Curry’s apparent prediction.

InsideHoops.com update:

No, Eddy Curry did NOT make any sort of guarantee that the Knicks would beat the Pacers in New York today.

Apparently, what happened is, a Knicks beat writer JOKED to another reporter that Curry made a guarantee earlier today. Some eavesdropping media member or two heard it and word somehow spread, even reaching the Pacers before the game, who didn’t know it was a joke.

Mavs sending Mo Ager to D-League

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have assigned guard Maurice Ager to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

The one-year pro has seen action in seven games this season starting three times.  He has averages of 2.1 points and 0.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.  Against San Antonio (11/5), he finished with a season-high 5 points, 2 rebounds and a career-high 3 assists.

The 66ers will be in action on Dec. 19 when they host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Bulls recall JamesOn Curry from D-League

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has recalled rookie guard JamesOn Curry from the Iowa Energy of the D-League.

Curry (6-3, 190) was assigned to the Energy on Nov. 15 and in his nine games with the D-League affiliate he averaged 21.9 ppg (10th in the D-League), 5.8 apg (eighth in D-League), 3.6 rpg and 1.00 spg in 41.4 mpg (sixth in D-League). He shot .473 from the field, including .378 from three-point range, and .774 from the free throw line.

Curry was selected by Chicago in the second round (51st overall) of NBA Draft 2007 after three years at Oklahoma State. He practiced with the Bulls today and will be with the team for Tuesday’s home contest versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

Celtics playing great defense

NBA.com reports: The Celtics are grooving on defense, and it’s got them riding a nine-game streak. The Celts lead the NBA in points allowed, FG and TP percentage allowed, and rebounding differential. Boston’s PPG differential is +14.2; the diff for the second-best stoppers, the Pistons, is +7.9. The C’s sit at No. 2 and 3 in SPG and steal differential, and are the No. 1 Scrooge with dimes, allowing 17.3 per game – exactly how many they let Toronto have Sunday. The Raptors normally dish 23 APG. “The plays we usually make just weren’t there,” Chris Bosh said after the C’s 90-77 clampdown. Boston is 20-2 because it believes “stop” means “go”: “We’re trying to have the defense fuel the offense,” said Kevin Garnett, “and it’s been working.”

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