Archive for March 11th, 2008

Sonics General Manager Sam Presti announced today the team has re-signed guard Mike Wilks to a second 10-day contract.

Wilks for his career averages 2.5 points and 1.2 assists in 9.5 minutes per game. This season he played just one game for the Sonics and scored 2 points.

Eric Snow out 4-6 weeks

Cavaliers guard Eric Snow is expected to be Out for approximately four to six weeks due to arthritic-related symptoms in his left knee. He will undergo medical treatments and rehabilitation during that time period and his status will be updated as appropriate. Snow underwent surgery on his left knee in early October this season to repair a torn medial meniscus. He completed his rehabilitation process and was activated by the Cavaliers for their November 20th game vs. Milwaukee in Cleveland.

By editor Jeff Lenchiner

We at InsideHoops get lots of fan mail. Sometimes it’s people helping out with the depth charts, or reminding us to please update a feature. Questions about the league. Opinions about this and that. And then, of course, each day there are emails sent to me from hundreds of beautiful women, asking me to date them, telling me how they love my combination of good looks, fame and amazing lifestyle of travel, sports and fun. This is all expected.

Yet, no one has ever gotten in touch with us about saving the Sonics. Ever. What’s up with that? Just yesterday I got about five emails from some Hawks fans. And two from Clippers fans. Hawks and Clippers fans! Several of them! Yet, nothing about the Sonics or keeping them in Seattle. Who runs the ‘Save the Sonics’ movement? I know one movement is run by a dude named Brian. Never heard from him, though. Are there any other such movements out there? Grassroots stuff. If so, go to the message board and post about it. Or, if it’s actually big and worthy of attention, email it to me. Go to and click ‘contact us’ and you’ll see what to do.

With 10 points (2-6 FGs, 6-6 FTs) tonight, Malik Allen produced his highest scoring output since 14 points at SAC (1/22) when he was a member of the Nets.

Dallas improved to 16-2 and when shooting at least 50% from the field. Tonight, the Mavericks shot 52.6% (41-78 FGs, 2-6 3FGs) from the field.

New York’s Renaldo Balkman left the bench with 7:30 to go in the 4th quarter (back spasms) and did not return.

The Mavericks dished out a season-high tying 32 assists (led by Jason Kidd’s 9).

The Knicks scored only 31 1st half points – an opponent season low for the 1st half – on 26.1 percent field goal shooting (12-46 FGs, 2-7 3FGs).

The 26.1 percent set an opponent low for FG shooting in a half.

Over the last 2 games, the Mavs are holding their opponents to just 32.5 points in the 1st half. (NJ shot a then-season-low 37.9% FG)

Tonight’s attendance was 20,203 fans (19,200 capacity). The Mavs have sold out 265 consecutive regular season games at AAC and 303 games including the postseason. Dallas currently owns the longest running sellout streak in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings previously held the streak but failed to sellout their home opener this season. The Mavs are now ranked #10 on the all-time NBA sellout streak list.

Rockets notes after beating Nets 91-73

Tonight’s attendance of 18,271 marks Houston’s 20th sellout at Toyota Center this season.

Houston won 91-73 to capture its 19th victory in a row (1/29/08-3/10/08), which matches the third longest winning streak in NBA history: 33 by the L.A. Lakers (11/5/71-1/7/1972), 20 by the Milwaukee Bucks (2/6/71-3/8/71) and 19 by the L.A. Lakers (2/4/00-3/13/00).

The Rockets have actually won their last 10 consecutive games by a double-digit margin (2/21/08-3/10/08), which equals the all-time record of 10 by the Washington Capitols in Dec. 1946 and 10 by the New Jersey Nets in Jan.-Feb. 2004.

The Nets scored the opening basket of the game, which marked the first time since the 2005-06 campaign that the Nets have held any kind of lead over the Rockets. New Jersey took a 90-77 win at Houston (3/13/06) in the second meeting that season. Houston then scored the opening points in the next three outings and never trailed in any of those games with New Jersey (12/27/06, 3/9/07 and 12/7/07).

Houston kept New Jersey to just 24-of-79 (.304) from the floor to set the 2007-08 opponent lows for field goals made and field goal percentage. The previous lows were 25 field goals (done twice: last 1/25/08 at Portland) and .313 shooting by the Wizards at Houston (2/26/08). The Rockets also held the Nets to 28 points on .209 (9-43 FG) shooting in the first half to set Houston’s opponent low in field goal percentage for a half, eclipsing the .213 (10-47 FG) mark set by the Wizards in the first half at Houston (2/26/08). Houston also limited New Jersey to an opponent quarter-low .158 (3-19 FG) from the floor in the second stanza, surpassing a .167 mark set by the Hornets in the second quarter at New Orleans (2/22/08).

Tonight was the third time this season that Houston has held an opponent to fewer than 30 points in a half. The Rockets gave up just 29 second-half points to the Trail Blazers at Portland (1/25/08) and limited the Wizards to a franchise-low 23 points in the first half vs. Washington (2/26/08).

New Jersey went 0-for-6 from downtown to become Houston’s third opponent this season to go scoreless from beyond the arc. Minnesota was held 0-for-6 from downtown at Houston (1/11/08) and Atlanta was 0-for-5 from 3-point range at Houston (2/9/08).

Tracy McGrady finished with game-high 19 points and four assists, including a 13-point third quarter.

Rafer Alston had 12 points and three assists, snapping his string of consecutive 20-point outings at three games.

Steve Novak registered a career-high 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3FG), surpassing his 10-point (4-4 FG, 2-2 3FG) outing vs. Utah (1/27/08).

Dikembe Mutombo posted six rebounds and a season-high five blocks. Mutombo has now upped his total to 17 blocked shots (2.43 bpg) over his seven starts for Yao Ming.

With a game-high 10 rebounds tonight, Chuck Hayes picked up his 25th career double-digit rebounding performances and his seventh of this season.

Vince Carter finished with a team-high 13 points and three assists. Carter, who topped the Nets with 32 points at New Jersey (12/7/07), had almost the same number of points in that game as the top three New Jersey scorers from tonight’s outing (35 combined points: Carter-13, Jefferson-12 and Harris-10).

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