Monday, March 9, 2009

Player of the Week

Mike G said:
Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages.................another Monday has rolled around, and that can only mean one thing: time for another installment of the Nothin' But All-Stars' NBA Player of the Week. And as always, we're broadcasting straight out of the beautiful Hayward Hills in Hayward, CA at CSU, East Bay! So good luck with FINALS, and Go Pioneers!
Now back to our topic: this week was no different from the rest. Sure, there were plenty of potential candidates. But in the end, this passed week belonged to one man! And the award for this week's Nothin' But All-Stars NBA Player of the Week goes to..........NOT Deron Williams! Sorry, Jazz fans, but despite a stellar performance (and a perfect 4-0 record), this week's award goes to Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat.
Why? Well let's break it down: From March 2nd - March 8th, D. Wade led the league in scoring, averaging 35.8 points per game! Not only that, he also led the Eastern Conference in both assists and steals, averaging 11.3 assisits and 3.25 steals per game! And did anyone catch that win over Phoenix? OMG!!! 35 points and 16 assisits?!?!?!!!!!!!!! Not a bad night. And if you thought that was enough, check this out: In 9 out of his last 10 games, D. Wade has shot .50 or BETTER from the field, and has scored in double figures in ALL games played this season!
What more can I say? His numbers do the talking. So D. Wade, this one's for you!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

NFL Players Lost At Sea

Cindy said:
In the name of all sports, we'd like to take this moment of silence and give prayers to all families and friends of the missing 3 players....

Unfortunately, as of March 4, the search has been called off. It's been a devastating search and hope is still out there that they are safe and seeking shelter somewhere.

If you've been living under a rock and have no idea whats going on, the story goes as follows:

Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, who play in the NFL, sailed out into the Gulf of Mexico in perfect fishing conditions with two friends on Saturday morning (February 28). But the weather quickly turned and their 21 foot boat entirely flipped over in strong winds, tipping the four men into the ocean. Only was Nick Schuyler, 24, rescued. Due to his conditions of hypothermia and dehydration, has coast guards decided to call off the search, that the possibility of the rest of the crew has been taken by the sea.

Your Nothin But All-Stars group only sends sympathy and hope to the players' family and friends. Lets hope we see a miracle come our way.

Week 8: Question of the Week

If you could re-draft the 2003 NBA Draft, what would be the order?

Kris said:

1. Lebron James
2. Dwayne Wade
3. Chris Bosh
4. Carmelo Anthony
5. David West
6. Josh Howard
7. Leandro Barbosa
8. Boris Diaw
9. TJ Ford
10. Chris Kaman

Monday, March 2, 2009

NBA Player of the Week

MiKE G said:
It's been a long time......I shouldn't have left you.....without strong pick to step to......Think of how many weak blogs you slept through......times up......I'm sorry I kept you...thinkin of this:
Shout out to Eric B. and Rakim for the intro, and as time would anticipate, it's time for another installment of the Nothin But All-Stars' NBA Player of the Week. And as always, we're coming to you straight outta the lovely Hayward Hills from beautiful CSUEB, Home of the Pioneers!
Now this week, as always, we saw a lot of different talent put up some insane numbers! Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James, Stephen Jackson -- any of these names ring a bell?
But one young man stood out in my mind as the TRUE NBA Player of the Week............and it wasn't David West!!! Sorry Hornets fans, but this week's Nothin' But All-Stars pick goes to the New Jersey Nets' Devin Harris! Homeboy killed it this week! Having helped the Nets to a 2-1 home record for the week, Harris averaged a league best 35.7 points per game! And as if this weren't enough, Harris also took second in the Eastern Conference for assists and minutes played, averaging 9.3 assists per game as well as 42.7 minutes per game.
And remember that win over Philadelphia? Harris scored 39 points along with his game- winning half court shot that put the 76ers away, 98-96. He also had a 42 point night against Chicago on Feb. 25, which made him only the second player (behind LeBron James) this season to score consecutive 39+ point games. Yes, Devin Harris -- it seems your time has come!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Shaq Attack!

Adam Said:

Well for the past two games, Shaq's been dominating in the scoring department without Amare and Steve. Even without the assistance of Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal seems like he's taken over the games lately and winning without Steve's help. Normally teams would need somebody to feed the ball to the big man, but somehow Shaq's been doing it without Steve. Last Friday, Shaq scored 45 points leading the Sun's to a victory over the Raptors and on Sunday he scored 33 points leading the game to another win over the number 1 seed Lakers. Today's victory against the Lakers was not because of Shaq, but was actually Matt Barnes the former Golden State Warriors Forward, finishing the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assist, and 3 steals. Hot game for Matt, but back to Shaq he's scored a total of 78 points in the last two games and looking like himself backwhen he was on the Lakers or perhaps the Magics.

Week 7: Question of the Week

Will Stephon Marbury help or hurt the Celtics?

Kris said:

I think that signing Marbury was actually a good move. Even though Marbury has a history of being a troublemaker, I still think that he will help the Celtics. The Celtics desperately needed a back-up point guard to Rajon Rondo, and now they have a solid veteran. I think Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Coach Doc Rivers will keep Marbury's attitude in check. Besides, Marbury wanted to go to the Celtics and the Celtics wanted him. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Let's not forget that Marbury was an All-Star. I think Marbury can still play at a high level if he wants to and he will want to because he is playing for a championship contender. There is no better motivation than having the opportunity to win a championship.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tickets for $1???!!!

Cindy said:

I absolutley hate how scalpers on craigslist list their tickets for sale as $1 or "Free". Once you open them up... Its bull****! They say its a steal, when it'll cost you over $100. Sike, thank you very much, but ill stick to my flat screen in my own casa and enjoy the game with my crew. FALSE ADVERTISING. We should get them..... huh Adam. He'd know. Craigslist fanatic. :)

What do you guys think?!

Week 7 Game of the Week

Adam Said:

All right, this week game of the week is the Philadelphia 76ers vs New Jersey nets. It was an epic finish, with 1.8 seconds left on the clock Devin Harris driving the ball half court and throws the ball across half court and makes the game winning shot. In the last 18 seconds of the game, it had to be the longest 18 seconds a team had to face. Multiple attempts at the free throw line, both teams calling timeouts, and fouling each other to stop the clock. The Nets thought they sealed the game after knocking down their free throws, but as Andre Iguodala gets fouled, he makes 1 out of his 2 free throws and gives the 76ers a 1 point lead with 1.8 seconds. Indeed Devin Harris got lucky knocking down the half court shot, but the way how the game ended with a back and forth swing was unforgettable, making it an epic half court shot.

Monday, February 23, 2009

NBA Player of the Week

Mike G said:
Wow! What a week! All-Star Weekend, the trade deadline......This is the kind of excitement we at the Nuthin' But All-Stars crew live for! But now that that's said and done, it's time for another installment of the Nothin' But All-Stars' NBA Player of the Week! And as always, our pick comes straight to you from California State University, East Bay in lovely Hayward, California. Come check us out! we know all to well, there were many players we could have easily selected for this week's NBA Player of the Week: Yao, D. Wade, and LeBron, just to name a few. Despite stellar performances, this week undeniably had it in for one man!
And the award goes to..........Sorry Pao! This week's Nothin' But All-Stars' NBA Player of the Week goes to none other than Dwight Howard. Yes, despite a second place finish at the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest,"Super Man" Dwight Howard had an amazing week, averaging 25.5 points, 4.3 blocks, and a league best 15.0 rebounds per game. With his efforts, Orlando finished the week 3-1 which included a 107-102 win Tuesday night over Charlotte, in which Howard scored a career high 45 points, 19 boards and 8 blocks. This marks the first time, since Shaquille O'Neal in 2001, a player has scored at least 40 points, 15+ rebounds, and at least 5 blocks in a game. Not bad for the 6'11", 265 pounder!

Friday, February 20, 2009


Kris said:

The Oklahoma City Thunder-New Orleans Hornets trade was rescinded the other day because Tyson Chandler failed his physical. The initial trade had been New Orleans sending Tyson Chandler and DeVon Hardin to the Thunder for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith. Even though this trade did not go through, the Thunder still sent Chris Wilcox to the Knicks for Malik Rose and draft pick to the Bulls for swingman Thabo Sefolosha.

Other major trade information:

-Bulls trade Larry Hughes to Knicks for guard Anthony Roberson and center Jerome James.

-Rockets trade guard Rafer Alston to Magic for forward Brian Cook

-Kings trades forward/center Sheldon Williams and guard Bobby Brown to T'Wolves for guard Rashad McCants and center Calvin Booth

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Kris said:

Just today the Sacramento Kings traded Brad Miller and John Salmons to the Bulls for Andres Nocioni and Drew Gooden.

Lakers vs Warriors Who's gonna win?

All right folks, tonight we are gonna the Best in the West, LA Lakers, taking on the Golden State Warriors who's coming into the game as the Underdog. Tell us who you thinks going to win the game by leaving us a comment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Week 6: Question of the Week

Which team will benefit more from the Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat trade?

Kris said:

In case you missed it, the Toronto Raptors sent Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. It may be a little premature to say which team is better off, but I think the Toronto Raptors are going to benefit more. The Raptors get rid of one of their slowest and most injury-prone players for a quick wingman that can run-and-gun with the best of them. Shawn Marion is a perfect fit for the Raptors because they are better as a run-and-gun team and Marion is a better player when he plays that type of offense. Marion is a natural small forward, but can play power forward when Chris Bosh plays center. The Raptors will be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, team in the East; especially with Jose Calderon running the offense. Not to mention that Jose Calderon now has a solid back-up in Marcus Banks.

Shaq is back?!

Cindy said:
The 2009 ALL-STAR GAME was one to remember. Shaquille O’Neal has always been “larger than life”, so his major efforts to sell his participation in the game were not out of the ordinary. Still fans were worried if Shaq would live up to the hype he had long created.
As it turned out, fans were in no way disappointed. He had the over 16,000 fans in uproar from the very start. He displayed a crazy hip hop routine at the end of introductions and finished with his third Most-Valuable-Player-award-clinching performance on the court. He proved to be the feature of the night even though he spent plenty of time on the bench.
In the contrary, he made 8 of his 9 last shots. Also, four of his five rebounds were off the offensive glass. As his plus-21 rating underscored, he was completely in his element. O’Neal was, for his part, inspiring. The stars were aligned that night, and he got an appropriate farewell celebration as a result.

Week 6: Contest of the Week

Well, last week we didn't have much games to analyze due to All Star Week. So this week I have decided to determine which contest was the best during All Star Week. It was not the three point contest, skills contest, rookie vs sophomore contest, horse contest, or all star game, rather the dunk contest was the contest of the week. Nate Robinson coming into the contest as the underdog up against the former champ, Dwight Howard. The Dunk contest was not as exciting as last years up until the very end, when Dwight Howard allowed Nate Robinson to use himself as a prop. Nate, standing only 5-9 dunks over Dwight Howard who stands 6-11. Dwight did use a prop himself during the second round using a 12 feet basket, showing the world that he can elevate extremely high with ease. Dwight's last and final attempt was to impersonate the Jordan free throw dunk, but stepped over the line by a good 6 inch or more. Nate Robinson wins the contest by 52 to 48 vote.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NBA Player of the Week

Mike G said:
Now for those of you don't know: the Nothin' But All-Stars Crew is CSU East Bay's premier source for the latest in NBA action! Check us out each week as we present you, the fans, with OUR highlights and picks....straight from a fan's perspective!
Now for those of you who already know: You don't even have to ask! It's time for another installment of the Nothin' But All-Star's NBA Player of the Week!
Now as you know, the NBA is the premier league of the professional sports world as far as RAW, athletic talent is concerned. With that being said, it is only natural that there be dozens of candidates for Player of the Week. For example, we saw spectacular performances this past week that had us going CRAZY! Some names in the honorable mention include: Detroit's "Rip" Hamilton, Houston's Yao Ming, Memphis's O.J. Mayo, and -- a Nothin' But All-Stars' personal favorite -- Golden State's Steven Jackson.
But there were 2 that undeniably went above and beyond. If you know this blog, then you know that there can't be a tie. And if there is, then it must only be under EXTREME circumstances. And after a tough debate, ladies and gentleman -- The time has come once again! This week's award of NBA Player of the Week for games played 2/2 through 2/9 are..................Los Angeles Laker Pao Gasol and Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James!
Pao Gasol did his thing this week, averaging 26.0 points and 13.8 rebounds per game (which ranks him 3rd in the NBA among rebound leaders). And not only did the man average point-rebound double-doubles, but he shot an impressive .667 from the field, helping the Lakers to a 4-0 East Coast road trip, which included an overtime win in Boston and an upsetting win in Cleveland.
As for my man LBJ, it was business as usual. Even though the Cavs didn't do as well as Los Angeles (2-1), and even suffered a defeat at their hands (which snapped their home game winning streak), LeBron put up insane numbers, and made history in the process. LBJ averaged 33.7 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game this week, and had an insane game vs. New York (52 points, 11 assisits, and 9 rebounds), making him one of only two visitors to score multiple 50+ point games in Madison Square Garden. The only other player to do so was "His Airness" Michael Jordan. In addition, on 2/2 against Toronto, James reached his 12,000th point milestone, becoming the youngest player in NBA History to do so. MVP? Guess we'll have to wait and see!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Week 5: Question of the Week

Who is the best team in the league right now?

Kris said:

The Lakers are the best team in the league right now, even without Andrew Bynum. It helps to have the most offensively gifted player in the league, Kobe Bryant. He has also been on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, so be plays both ends of the floor. They also have Pau Gasol, who is an All-Star, playing out of his mind right now. They even have the deepest bench in the NBA and possibly the best coach in the league in Phil Jackson. He does have 9 NBA titles and the highest winning percentage of any coach. Plus, they have the best record in the league and beat the Celtics and Cavs on the road, back-to-back. That is impressive. So, at this point, they are no doubt the best team in the league.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Week 5: Game of the Week

This weeks top game has to be the best in the West (Lakers) vs the best in the East (Celtics). If you folks watched the LA vs Boston game that night, you would have to agree with me that, that game was the best one this week. Going into the 4th quarter Celtics had the lead over Lakers but not by much. Celtics were on a 12 game winning streak, trying to make it 13 against LA that night. During the last 5 minute of the 4th quarter, NOBODY could have stopped Kobe's 3 pointers. He was literarlly on fire, knocking down 3 three's!!! Garnett fouled out and had to watch his Celtics on the bench. Game went into overtime and man this was a close one but LA leaves Boston with a win 110-109. Game ball goes to Pau Gasol, the man went 10-14 with 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. What a game it was!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Player of the Week

Mike G said:'s the end of the week, and we all know what that means: Time for this week's installment of the Nothin' But All-Stars's NBA Player of the Week. And remember, as always, this week's pick is brought to you straight from California State University, East Bay in lovely Hayward, California -- Home of the Nothin' But All-Stars Crew!
Now we saw a lot of action this week throughout the NBA. Who can forget that stellar performance by Kobe Bryant against New York? And then going to Boston, only to disappoint the defending champs in what was truly a close call! Or how about LeBron James, who also had a spectacular game against the New York Knicks. And did I mention he's averaging 39.3 points, 7 points, and 7.3 assists for the month of February! -- It's just too bad their performancse just missed the deadline! Maybe next week.
Now let's get back on topic. Now with all of this talk about slaughtering the New York Knicks, it's only expected that this would be the last place that we'd look for our NBA Player of the Week, right? WRONG!!! This week's Nothin' But All-Stars Player of the Week comes to you straight outta the Big Apple: Yes, ladies and gentleman, this week's award goes to none other than David Lee of the New York Knickerbockers!
Lee, shooting an impressive 53.5% from the field, averaged 19.0 points and 15.3 rebounds per game for the week of 1/26 to 2/1. As a matter of fact, the Knicks forward has recorded 35 double-doubles this year, sitting 2nd only to Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. With Lee averaging point-rebound double-doubles, New York went 3-0 against Houston, Atlanta, and Indiana. Pretty impressive for the fourth-year veteran, if you ask me!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Week 4: Question of the Week

Which game at Madison Square Garden was more impressive: Michael Jordan’s 55-point performance or Kobe Bryant’s 61-point show?

Kris said:

Let me just start by saying that both players played AMAZING games. However, there can only be one. In this case, I would have to say that the Chicago Bull, Michael Jordan (wearing #45), had the more impressive game. I know some would argue that Kobe Bryant’s was better because he set the Madison Square Garden record for most points by an opponent (previously held by Michael Jordan) or that he has injured fingers on his shooting hand. No matter what reason someone gives me, I am still going to say that Michael Jordan’s game was more impressive.
The first reason why I say Jordan’s game was more impressive is because it came down to the last shot; Michael Jordan found Bill Wennington for the game winning dunk. Jordan had a great record-setting night, but still passed the ball to the open player with the game on the line. The second reason is the difference in defense and skill level of the Knicks now and then. The Knicks today play a run-and-gun style with no real defense. They do not have a solid man-to-man defender either. The Knicks in 1995 were hard-nosed defenders led by Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and John Starks. They were also fresh off an NBA Finals loss to the Houston Rockets. Also, in 1995, players were still allowed to hand check. My final reason is the fact that it was only Jordan’s 5th game back from his first retirement. The fact that he had spent two years playing a completely different sport (baseball) made this 55-point game even more impressive.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Week 4: Game of the Week

Adam Said:

Last Thursday night's game with Phoenix hosting against the Spurs was a shoot out and entertaining one. Game might have seem like Spurs won with ease because of a 10 point victory, but if you watched the game, viewers knew that the game was close throughout the night. It was a very high scoring game for both teams, Steve Nash dished out 18 assist that night, but was short to a victory. Ironically when Steve Nash becomes a high distributor instead of a scorer, his team has a very high chance of winning, but this was not the case on Thursday night because Manu coming off the bench just took over the game. Manu scored 30 points that night 18 for 18 at the free throw line, which was crucial because both Phoenix and San Antonio were shooting great numbers at the line, but San Antonio had the better free throw percentage that night and scored more from the line. The game was just a straight shoot out fest, Amare started off hot early, but cooled down after the second quarter and towards the end of the game, he just kept hitting jump shots after another and another. Amare had a pretty good night with 28 points and 10 boards. But Tony Parker had himself a decent night with 26 points and just nails a bulls eye shot near the end of the 4th to pretty much seal the game.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

NBA Player of the Week:

Mike G said:
Okay, okay. I understand tomorrow's the"Big Game," and everyone's going to be talking NFL tomorrow. But I hope I make it real clear when I say that the NFL will never overshadow anything here at the Nothin But All-Stars crew! That being said, it's time for this week's installment of NBA Player of the Week!
Now this week, we saw a lot of great players put up great numbers. Naturally, there were plenty of candidates who proved themselves worthy of receiving this top honor. BUT...I've said it once, and I'll say it again: There can only be one!
And the award goes to........................NOT Andrew Bynum! Sorry Lakers fans, but this week's NBA Player of the Week, as given to you unbiasedly from the Nothin But All-Stars crew, goes to none other than King James, himself! Yes, that's right! LBJ had an amazing week on the road, as the Cavs went 3-1 on their trip to the west coast. King James averaged 30.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and 2.3 steals -- Just shy of a triple-double! He was also ranked in the top ten in All of those categories among All players in the Eastern Conference. And in addition to being named the Nothin But All-Stars's Player of the Week, this is also the fourth time that LBJ has been awarded Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. On behalf of the Nothin But All-Stars crew here at CSU, East Bay, I would personally like to congratulate LeBron James for what has turned out to be an amazing season! King James....What else can I say? You've earned it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 3: Question of the Week

Should fans be allowed to vote for the All-Star Game starters?

Kris said:

I do not believe fans should be allowed to vote for the starters of the All-Star Game. Perhaps we could be allowed to vote for one or two players per conference, but not the whole starting line-up. Voting for the whole starting line-up is giving too much power to the people. Fans tend to vote for their favorite players or who they like, but these players do not always deserve to be All-Stars and could be taking roster spots from players who actually deserve it. I understand that the NBA is for the fans, but I do not think it is fair when a player that deserves to be an All-Star does not get the opportunity to participate in the game.
The reason I chose this question as Question of the Week is because TNT announced that Allen Iverson is a starting guard for the Eastern Conference. I honestly do not believe that he deserves it because since he joined the Pistons, they are 20-19. Iverson’s scoring average this season (17.7 ppg) is also well below his career scoring average (27.7 ppg). I also think there are more deserving players than Iverson, like Rajon Rondo and Joe Johnson.
Need some examples? Yao Ming has been voted to start every All-Star game since coming into the league (that is 7 years in a row). Did he deserve it every year? Not really. Some years he did, but when he makes the starting line-up during an injury plagued season, something must be wrong. Some players that come to mind that could have started instead of Yao Ming in the past: Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki, and Al Jefferson.
During the 2005-2006 season, the Detroit Pistons started 40-8; one of the best starts in NBA history. However, no Detroit Piston player was voted as an All-Star starter even though they all played so well. Instead, the players chosen as starters were Lebron James, Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, and Allen Iverson.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Week 3: Game of the Week

All right folks, I'm not bias when it comes to the NBA's game of the week, but this week I'm going to pick Cavs V.S. Warriors. I know in Week 1 I had Cavs up there and Week 2 I had the Warriors, but if any of you guys seen the Friday Night game with LeBron and the return of Monte Ellis, you would have to agree with me. Warriors kept the game very close through out the night, but King James just breaks the Warriors heart again for the 2nd consecituve game, by making a last second shot. LeBron was struggling a bit shooting on the court, he shot well below 50% going for 10 out of 24, but doesn't matter how bad your night is, it's all about making the shot when it counts. As for Monte Ellis return, not bad of a night for him. Scoring 20 points with 34 minutes and shot just above 40% going for 8 for 19. It's really good to see him being able to play like how he did on Friday night after coming back from suspesion and injury, because he missed nearly half of the season. Things don't look too bad for Golden State right now, with Monte back in the line up things will look much better for them in the future.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

NBA Player of the Week

MiKE G said:
Okay, HERE WE GO! It's time for another installment of NBA Player of the Week. And as usual, this installment is brought to you straight from the Nothin But All-Stars crew at California State University, East Bay.
This week's candidates for player of the week included names such as LeBron James, Yao Ming, Dwayne Wade, and Deron Williams. However, despite their efforts, 2 names were decisively left ahead of the pack. But as we know, there can only be one. Sorry CP3, but this week's NBA Player of the Week award goes to Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic. With his help, Orlando went for a 3-0 record for the week, and currently sits in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Nelson had a great week, averaging 24.7 points, 8.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in the Magic's road victories over Sacramento, Los Angeles Lakers, and Denver. Pretty Impressive, if you ask me!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Week 2: Question of the Week

Which current NBA player would you have take the game-winning shot?

Kris said:

There is only one current NBA player I would trust to have the ball at the end of the game; Kobe Bryant. Bryant has constantly proven himself in pressure situations; be it the NBA Playoffs, the regular season, or the Olympics. He is always calm and it seems as though his field goal percentage rises at the end of games. In my opinion, Kobe Bryant is the most dangerous player in clutch situations.
I chose Kobe Bryant over the likes of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade because of the 2008 Olympics Gold-Medal Game. Spain was close to making a comeback against the heavily favored Team USA and the game was shaping up to be another upset at the Olympics. But then, Kobe Bryant steps up and hits a three-pointer while getting fouled in the fourth quarter. That four-point play was the biggest play of the game because it turned the momentum in favor of Team USA.
If you need more reasons, then remember Game 4 of the 2000 NBA Finals when Shaquille O’Neal fouled out in overtime against the Indiana Pacers. Kobe Bryant carried the team and scored eight points in the extra period. Also, remember Game 4 of the 2006 First Round Playoffs; Suns vs. Lakers. Kobe makes the game-winning shot over 2 Phoenix Suns players in overtime. I can go on and on with this list, but I think I will stop it here for now.

Week 2: Game of The Week

This week game of the week has to go to King V.S. Warriors at Oakland last Wednesday. Both teams had a combined win of 21 wins total this season together, not very impressive but the fact that both team played a very competitive game and bringing the game all the way to triple over time deserved game of the week. Both team combined for 268 points for the night, definitely a high scoring game. Game ball goes to Brad Miller, scoring 30 points shooting 10-20, just at 50 percent, dominating the paint with 22 boards, shooting 9 for 9 at the line, 2 steals, and 1 block.

Week 2: NBA Player of the Week

Mike G Said:
Yes, it's about that time: time for another installment of NBA Player of the Week!
This week was a tough one! With so many players having such phenomenal weeks, there was an over-abundance of deserving candidates, including the likes of LeBron James, Vince Carter, Andre Iguodala, and even Paul Millsap. But when it comes down to the come down, there were two players that stood above the rest: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. However, there can only be one.
And this week’s winner for NBA Player of the Week goes to.............Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant! Though it was a close call, Bryant is the rightful successor to the throne. He led the Lakers to an impressive 3-1 record for the week, with wins over Golden State, Indiana, and Miami. And might I add, with his 28.8 scoring average, Kobe still leads the Western Conference in PPG. Not bad, Kobe. Not bad.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 1: Game of the Week

Adam said:

This week’s game of the week was Boston V.S. Cleveland on Friday night. Both teams were ranked top in the East Coast as number 1 and number 2. Cleveland coming into the game was 18-0 at home this season. The Cavaliers were looking for some vengeance against the Celtics after what happen last year in the Eastern Semi losing to Boston 4-3 . Going into Friday night’s game, Boston lost 6 out of its last 8 games, but with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett things can change and this wasn’t going to be easy for Cleveland. After half time Cleveland had a commanding lead over Boston 49-40. Cleveland shot better than Boston on the field, shooting slightly over 50% while Boston was only shooting 41%. The game resulted as a victory for the Cavaliers 98-83. Superstar LeBron James knocked down 38 points along with 7 rebounds, 6 assist, and shooting over 50% on the field proving that he is the top candidate for this years run for MVP.

Here are the highlights from the game:

Week 1: Player of the Week

Player of the Week: Not Who You Think!
Mike G said:

This week installment of NBA Player of the Week comes in the form of a tie! That’s right – a tie! And the award goes to…………none other than Detroit Pistons sophomore guard Rodney Stuckey and Minnesota Timberwolves center Al Jefferson.
For the week of December 29th – January 4th, Rodney Stuckey helped Detroit to 4-0 record for the week, averaging 23.0 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. With the addition of Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons rode a seven game winning streak after adding him to the line-up.
Now in the West, Timberwolves’s center Al Jefferson led Minnesota to a 3-1 record for the week. Jefferson averaged 27.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, and shot 52.4 % from the field.

Week 1: Question of the Week

Are fouls being called too prominently in today’s NBA game?

Kris said:
I do believe that fouls are being called too prominently in today’s game. There are so many “touch” fouls called that it is starting to get annoying. A player can rarely drive the lane without a foul being called; and if you are rooting for the other team, it just makes you so angry. I must admit that referee’s are getting better at calling real fouls, but there are still a number of phantom fouls (especially on Kobe Bryant) being called.
Players are getting to the foul line numerous times during a game and the hand-check rule takes away any defensive advantage. The only person probably still getting away with hand-checking is Bruce Bowen. I understand the league input the “hand-check rule” to promote offense since high octane offense produces ticket sales, but at what cost? They are taking value away from the game and turning professional athletes into babies and actors (flopping, flailing, and yelling). Besides, constant fouls only slow the game down.
If Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers were to play Larry Bird and the Celtics in today’s game, it would be a “free-throwfest”. If Kobe Bryant and Lebron James can average 30 points in today’s game, then Michael Jordan would have been able to average at least 40 points considering defenses used to dog him all the time. I am pretty sure Jordan would have benefited from so many “touch” fouls.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

2009 Season Standings

Season Standings
Eastern Conference
Cleveland W37 L9
Orlando W36 L10
Boston W40 L9
Detroit W25 L21
Atlanta W27 L20
Miami W19 L17
New Jersey W21 L27
Milwaukee W24 L27
Philadelphia W23 L23
Chicago W21 L27
Toronto W19 L30
New York W21 L25
Charlotte W19 L28
Indiana W19 L29
Washington W10 L37

Western Conference
Lakers W37 L9
San Antonio W32 L14
New Orleans W28 L16
Denver W31 L16
Dallas W27 L19
Phoenix W25 L20
Houston W29 L19
Portland W29 L17
Utah W26 L22
Memphis W11 L235
Minnesota W16 L30
Golden State W15 L33
L.A. Clippers W10 L37
SacramentoW 11 L38
Oaklahoma City W11 L37

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