Archive for February 5th, 2011

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now historically bad.

Saturday night, playing at home, the Cavs lost 111-105 to the Portland Trail Blazers. It was their 24th loss in a row, which sets the NBA all-time record for most consecutive losses over the course of a single season.

Down three after the first quarter, the Cavs stepped up and took a two-point lead at the half (57-55). But despite keeping it close most of the second half, they were unable to hang on for a victory.

In the win, Wesley Matthews shot 11-of-17 for 31 points. Nic Batum added 21 points. LaMarcus Aldridge on 19 shots had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Blazers as a team shot 53.8% and nailed 12-of-19 from three-point range.

In the loss, the Cavs were led by Antawn Jamison, who on 16 shots had 17 points but just three rebounds. Ramon Sessions had 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Jamario Moon shot 5-of-6 off the bench for 14 points.

The Cavaliers are now 8-43, which is the worst record in the NBA.

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The AP reports:

Charlie Bell arrested for suspicion of drunken driving

Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The team said Saturday that it informed the NBA that Bell was arrested early Friday in Oakland.

Bell said in a statement released by the team that he is cooperating with law enforcement officials and won’t comment further.

J.R. Smith fined for foul on Raja Bell

J.R. Smith fined for foul on Raja Bell

J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets has been fined $25,000 for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 113-106 loss to the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO on February 4.

InsideHoops.com says: Smith acted like a punk and deserved the fine.

New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that the team has named Mark Warkentien as director, pro player personnel. In this role, Warkentien will consult Walsh on preparation for the NBA Draft, have scouting assignments and will advise on personnel moves.

“Mark is an excellent basketball operations executive and we are pleased to add him to our staff of highly accomplished executives and scouts,” Walsh said. “Mark will serve as a consultant and adviser and I look forward to working with him.”

Warkentien most recently served as vice president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets, where he was named NBA Executive of the Year following the 2008-09 season. He joined the Nuggets in 2005 as director of player personnel and was elevated to vice president of basketball operations in 2006. Prior to joining Denver, Warkentien spent 14 seasons working in various front office positions for the Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Seattle SuperSonics. Warkentien also spent 11 years in the basketball operations department at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Garrett Temple (6-5, 180) to a second 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Temple was signed to his initial 10-day contract on January 25.

Temple has played in all six games since signing with the Bucks and has averaged 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound in 11.7 minutes. In his first game with the Bucks on January 26 against Atlanta, Temple had eight points, three rebounds and three assists in just over 18 minutes.

Prior to joining the Bucks, Temple, 24, played 30 NBA games (four starts) in stints with San Antonio, Houston and Sacramento over the last two seasons with career averages of 4.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.8 minutes. He appeared in three games earlier this season with San Antonio.

Undrafted out of Louisiana State University, Temple has appeared in 48 games (41 stats) the last two seasons in the NBA’s Development League (D-League) and averaged 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals while knocking down 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers. He has split the 2010-11 D-League season between Erie and Rio Grande Valley and averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and shot 38.7 percent from three in 18 games (11 starts).

The Bucks roster remains at 15 players.

The AP reports:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are haunted again by losing No. 23.

The Cavaliers matched the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history, dropping their 23rd straight game with a 112-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Cavs tied the 1995-96 Grizzlies, then in Vancouver, and the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets for longest skid in one season, and can equal their own overall mark for futility with a loss in Saturday night’s game at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cleveland lost 24 straight games spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

“Watching the guys in the locker room, the one thing I can say is guys are very disappointed in the way we finished the game,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “And maybe that’s a good thing.”

Wizards quotes after losing to Magic

Friday night the Washington Wizards lost to the Orlando Magic, 110-92. Here’s what various members of the Wizards said after the game:

WIZARDS HEAD COACH FLIP SAUNDERS

On Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic’s play tonight: “Howard was so effective. He really got going early, but when it really came down to it, as I said earlier before the game, the people that decided how the game was going were the other four. Howard had a lot of his points early in the first half of that, but the situation as far as what Redick did, Ryan Anderson, what those guys did when the game was close, Richardson, the 3’s that those guys hit. That pushed us from a competitive game to a game where they were able to basically close it out.”

On John Wall being ejected from the game: “I think he’s frustrated. He is getting knocked down a lot. I think he is getting knocked down and he is not getting many calls when he goes to the basket.”

On how he felt his team played: “Our bench was great tonight.  Booker was great.  He had great energy, playing with a great amount of enthusiasm. Hinrich was great tonight.”

WIZARDS GUARD JOHN WALL

On whether the team came out in third without energy: “I don’t know.  Sometimes in the third quarter we come out good, and sometimes we don’t.  We’ve got to figure out a way to come out good every game.  Some games you might be down 15.  I think those are the games you really come out aggressive, when we’re down.  When we’re close or we are up, we come out lackadaisical.  We’ve got to learn how to switch it around.”

WIZARDS FORWARD RASHARD LEWIS

On the tough stretch of games: “We’ve played some good teams.  Some of the ball games we’ve been in and some games we haven’t been in.  Playing some of the top teams, you have to put 48 minutes together.  I thought we’ve only been playing a half over three quarters.  Against top team, you have to play for 48 minutes to beat them.”

On putting the game behind them: “We have to put that game behind us immediately, almost like right now as we speak.  Now we have to be focused on Josh Smith, Al Horford, Joe Johnson, Mike Bibby. We have to get ready for those guys.  If we come in thinking about the Orlando Magic, we’ll be facing another loss if we don’t get ourselves prepared for the Atlanta Hawks.”

WIZARDS FORWARD TREVOR BOOKER

On becoming a crowd favorite: “I just try to come in and bring energy, bring energy to the team and bring energy to the crowd.  For the most part I think I’m starting to do it.”

On being surprised by his big plays: “Maybe a little, but I know what I’m capable of.  It just gets me excited every time I do it.”

WIZARDS GUARD NICK YOUNG

On the game: “My shots weren’t really falling for me tonight. Things didn’t turn out good for us. Kirk (Hinrich) really carried us tonight and Rashard (Lewis) and Yi (Jialian) had a good game as well. There was a lot of good energy in the building tonight, it was good to see a packed house with a lot of fans but disappointingly we lost. We came out trying our best but our shots were not falling through for us tonight. We just have to put this game behind us and move on to tomorrow’s game.”

On Gil’s return: “He was talking to me throughout the game but I really didn’t hear too much, I was keeping my focus. He came in as regular Gil, doing what he does best with us and the bench but we tried to look past it.”

WIZARDS GUARD KIRK HINRICH

On the game: “Coming off the injury I think I’m getting a lot better and hopefully not have any issues for the rest of the season. I don’t think we came out great in the second half and it looks like we are still struggling on the pick and rolls. It was a tough matchup because they are able to spread the floor with Dwight (Howard) in the middle. We didn’t do a good job of stopping them. We were just trying to get something going but we couldn’t get the stops going or get our shots down.

On the current stretch of games: “It is tough because the opponents are good but this is the NBA, and everybody has good players. We are playing some really good teams in this stretch but we really need a more consistent effort.”

WIZARDS FORWARD ANDRAY BLATCHE

On losing at home after long trip: “It was very disappointing.  We always play well at home and we always take care of home.  On the bright side, we have a game tomorrow.  We’re going to come out and be aggressive and pull one out tomorrow.”

On Booker’s performance: “That was huge coming off the bench.  He’s been playing great lately, period. That’s what we are going to need from him and Yi to back up me and JaVale. That kind of effort and that kind of play is huge for us.”

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