Archive for December 3rd, 2012

terrence jones

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Terrence Jones from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Jones (6-9, 252, Kentucky), who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 30, averaged 22.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in two starts with Rio Grande Valley. In his D-League debut at Tulsa (11/30/12), Jones posted 27 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3FG, 6-10 FT), 16 rebounds and two blocks. Jones followed that up with 18 points (8-21 FG) and 19 boards at Texas (12/1/12).

jeremy tyler

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward/center Jeremy Tyler from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.  He will rejoin the NBA club in time for tonight’s home game versus the Orlando Magic.

Tyler was assigned to Golden State’s D-League affiliate yesterday and registered five points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes of the team’s 95-79 victory at Reno yesterday afternoon.

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-called guard Nando De Colo to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

De Colo was assigned to the Toros on Dec. 2 and finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in Austin’s 97-82 victory over Idaho.

He has appeared in 13 games this season for San Antonio, averaging 2.5 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes.

The French native is currently in his first season playing for the Silver and Black. He was selected by the Spurs with the 53rd pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft and spent the past three seasons playing for Valencia of the Spanish ACB League.

Thunder assign Perry Jones to D-League

perry jones

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Perry Jones to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

This season, Jones has appeared in 10 games for the Thunder averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game.

Tim Duncan is still… Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Through 17 games, Duncan leads the Spurs in scoring (18.9 points per game), rebounding (10.1) and blocks (2.4), numbers he hasn’t approached since 2008-09.

By modern statistical measures, he is in the nascent throes of the top age-36 season in NBA history, his 27.6 player-efficiency rating challenged only by the 27.1 Karl Malone rang up with Utah in 1999-2000.

Fresh and healthy, Duncan has so resembled his 20-something self that coach Gregg Popovich has had to fight the temptation to give him a 20-something’s workload.

“His condition and age doesn’t change,” Popovich said, offering reasons for keeping Duncan’s minutes managed. “It seems like it has for some magical reason, like there’s some elixir he and Kevin Garnett have found and nobody else.”

– Reported by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News (Blog)

doc rivers

Sunday was a welcome off day for Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who had few words for reporters Saturday night after receiving news of the death of his former coach and close friend Rick Majerus. It wasn’t lost on Rivers that he was in Milwaukee, where his retired number and photo hang from the rafters of the Bradley Center after three successful seasons at Marquette University.

Rivers has a special bond to Milwaukee, and it was also where he became close to Majerus, who was an assistant to head coach Hank Raymonds at Marquette.

Rivers knew before tipoff Saturday night against the Bucks that Majerus was near death and he appeared emotional at tipoff when stories began surfacing that Majerus had died. In Milwaukee, obviously, this story carried special meaning. Majerus was beloved for his years at Marquette and there isn’t a time here when Rivers isn’t asked about the state of Marquette basketball during a pregame interview.

– Reported by Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe

Dwight Howard

The Orlando Magic caught fire in the fourth quarter to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 and get the better of former player Dwight Howard on Sunday.

In their first meeting since trading Howard to Los Angeles in the off-season, the struggling Magic surprised the Lakers by scoring 40 fourth-quarter points to snatch the road victory.

Arron Afflalo led the way with 30 points while Glen Davis added 23 and 12 rebounds to help Orlando (6-10) snap a three-game losing streak and win the battle against Howard.

“It means a lot to me,” Magic guard Jameer Nelson told reporters of the win. “We can all say it was just a basketball game, but we know (it wasn’t).”

Kobe Bryant tallied a game-high 34 points and Howard finished with 21 and 15 rebounds against his old team, but it was not enough to help the Lakers (8-9) under new coach Mike D’Antoni.

– Reported by Reuters

Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds against his former team, but the rebuilding Magic rallied impressively with a 40-point fourth quarter for just their fourth win in 14 games, snapping a three-game skid. Orlando pulled the upset partly by intentionally fouling Howard, who went 9 for 21 at the line - including 7 for 14 in the fourth quarter.

The Magic made their decisive 12-2 run while Howard wasn’t helping the Lakers at the line in the final minutes, with Nelson and J.J. Redick hitting 3-pointers along the way…

Howard left the court after the game without shaking hands with the Magic - not that he has many close friends left in blue pinstripes anyway. Orlando has new coach Jacque Vaughn, a new front-office staff and just five players who played with Howard.

”Let Dwight be Dwight. If he wants to walk off the court, it’s cool,” said Davis, who overlapped with Howard only last season in Orlando. ”No hard feelings. He lost. I’d feel bad, too. I wouldn’t want to shake nobody’s hand. We weren’t even really thinking about him. We just wanted to get this win. I didn’t talk to him. I’m here to play basketball. I’m not here to be buddies.”

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers, who dropped to 3-4 under new coach Mike D’Antoni with another inconsistent performance featuring deficient defense. Metta World Peace scored 15 points and Pau Gasol added 11 for the Lakers, who went back to poor form just two nights after a 122-point effort in a blowout win over Denver.

– Reported by Greg Beacham of the Associated Press

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