Archive for February 6th, 2009

Bobcats will re-sign Cartier Martin

The AP reports: The Charlotte Bobcats will sign forward Cartier Martin to a second 10-day contract when his existing deal expires Saturday… Martin had been averaging 20.6 points for Iowa in the NBA Development League.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal (Ronald Tillery) reports: Henry Bibby and former NBA point guard Damon Stoudamire have officially joined Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins’ staff as assistant coaches. They are expected to be on the bench tonight when the Griz host the Los Angeles Clippers.

InsideHoops.com editor says: The Grizzlies should now immediately inform Damon Stoudamire the team has decided to move back to Vancouver.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams is having an excellent season for his 39-win, 9-loss team, but wasn’t picked by coaches as a reserve for the East All-Star team. Then, Jameer Nelson, who was selected, suffered an injury, though Mo Williams again wasn’t named, with the spot instead going to Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen.

The AP reports:

The Cavs found the second rejection of Williams so absurd that they’re making up words to describe their feelings. “Ben Wallace was right when he called Mo originally being passed over for the all-star game a shamockery,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a tongue-in-cheek e-mail to the Associated Press on Friday. “But not naming him as the natural and obvious replacement for the unfortunately injured Jameer Nelson is stupidiculous, idillogical and preposterageous.” Cleveland will be represented by James, who was selected in fan voting, and by coach Mike Brown and his assistants, who will coach the East squad.

If passing on Mo Williams instead of selecting him means the Cavs are going to continue making up fun words, then I’m all in favor of it.

Craig Smith out 2+ weeks

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Craig Smith is expected to miss at least the next two weeks after X-rays revealed a small break in his injured ribs, coach Kevin McHale said today. McHale also said in the strongest possible terms that the team is not looking to trade shooting guard Mike Miller before the Feb. 19 NBA deadline. “As I always say, if they offer Kobe (Bryant), we’ll definitely consider that,” McHale said after today’s practice. “But are we looking to trade him? No.”

The NBA announced today that a statistical error was made during the Cleveland Cavaliers-New York Knicks game on Feb. 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James was incorrectly credited with a rebound with 39.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that should have been awarded to Cleveland forward Ben Wallace.  Due to the correction, James finished Wednesday’s game with nine rebounds – one rebound short of a triple-double – while Wallace ended with two rebounds.

All NBA games are reviewed to ensure the accuracy of the game statistics.

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Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that guard Luke Ridnour (6-2, 175) will miss approximately four weeks of action with a fractured right thumb.  Ridnour sustained the injury during yesterday’s practice at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, WI.

Ridnour, 27, has appeared in 49 games this season (all starts) and averaged 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and team-highs of 5.7 assists (20th in the NBA) and 1.4 steals (18th in the NBA) per game.  His 2.84 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks him 15th in the league and his 89.4 free throw percentage is 10th best in the NBA.

The AP reports: “I love playing against them, but more than that, we really just needed a win right now, so I came out and gave it all I could,” said Deron Williams, who shook off a deep thigh bruise and scored 34 points and handed out 12 assists to lead the Jazz to a 115-87 rout Thursday night… Kyle Korver scored a season-high 20 points in his first start of the season, Ronnie Brewer scored 17 and Mehmet Okur added 16 points and 13 rebounds to power the Jazz to their third win in four games… Josh Howard led Dallas with 18 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 14—needing 20 attempts to get there—but the Mavericks saw their four-game winning streak end. It was Dallas’ first loss since coach Rick Carlisle put Jason Kidd in charge of calling plays.

The AP reports: “I wish we would have come here last year with this kind of attitude,” said Pau Gasol, who scored 24 points with 14 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Lakers to a 110-109 overtime victory over Boston… Kobe Bryant scored 26 points with 10 rebounds to help the Lakers take a five-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against Cleveland. L.A. also snapped Boston’s 19-game winning streak on Christmas Day and sent the Celtics into a 2-7 skid that is the worst stretch of the New Big Three era… Paul Pierce scored 21, and Allen had 22, but they both missed off-balance shots in the final seconds. Allen was knocked to the court at the buzzer while Boston fans clamored for a foul call, but none came. Rajon Rondo scored 16 with 12 assists.

The AP reports: Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 20 rebounds, and Miller and Iguodala also had double-doubles to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 99-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night… “We have to rally around each other and go out there and pick up our play on both ends of the floor,” said guard Willie Green, who had 23 points… Miller had 13 points and 12 assists, while Iguodala had 20 points and 11 assists to help the Sixers snap a two-game losing streak… Dunleavy led the Pacers with 21 points, and Danny Granger and Jarret Jack each scored 18 as Indiana dropped its third straight. Murphy had 15 points and 14 assists.

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