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Re: [Off-Season] A New Age! | J Smith, Iguodala, J Green, Dw

Postby Vespasian92 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:45 am

Hmm, gave us Igoudala... can't decide whether I'm happy or not.

Anyway, even without T-Rob you have an athletic frontcourt with Sanders and J-Smoove. Looking forward to seeing where all the rookies and FA signings end up when you start the new season.
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Re: [Off-Season] A New Age! | J Smith, Iguodala, J Green, Dw

Postby Valor on Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:06 pm

I am actually pulling for Asik to be traded to the Hawks IRL (With Jeremy Lin) so great move here, even though you didn't add Dwight to replace Asik with (with is even better, but you got a real midget at center...)

Feel sorry for Dirk, having to deal with Dwightmare for the last few years of his career...he deserves better :|
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Postby Martti. on Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:26 am

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Rockets finalize roster, add 6 players

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The Rockets announced the signings to fill out their roster. Signees included Garrett Temple, Omri Casspi, Patrick Beverley, Tyrus Thomas, Lance Thomas and Robert Covington.

Beverley will take over the back-up PG duties behind Jeremy Lin after Shaun Livingston signed with Brooklyn. Thomas will play the back-up PF minutes which were filled by Marcus Morris last year. Morris was traded to the Suns in a cap-clearing move.

Thomas was a member of the All-Defensive team last year, but off-the court issues and personality issues resulted in him getting amnestied by the Bobcats. The Rockets were the first team to pick him up.

Garrett Temple was a late camp-signing, but played well during the pre-season and performed superbly in training camp to earn a spot on the active roster. Omri Casspi will also compete for minutes with Temple and the re-signed Carlos Delfino.

Covington and Lance Thomas aren't expected to make the active roster. The faiths of Terrence Jones and John Jenkins are unclear, as neither seem to have a clear role in the team.

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C - Larry Sanders/Nerlens Noel
PF - Josh Smith/Tyrus Thomas/Terrence Jones/Robert Covington
SF - Chandler Parsons/Carlos Delfino/Omri Casspi/Lance Thomas
SG - James Harden/Garrett Temple/John Jenkins
PG - Jeremy Lin/Patrick Beverley
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Re: [Off-Season] A New Age! | J Smith, Iguodala, J Green, Dw

Postby Lamrock on Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:39 pm

Even with no Dwight, it looks like you're fielding a pretty good team this year. Good luck!
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Re: [Off-Season] A New Age! | J Smith, Iguodala, J Green, Dw

Postby Martti. on Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:43 am

I'm very happy with this team, I like J-Smoove a lot in this game and my entire front-court rotation (Sanders, Smith, T-Thomas, Noel) are great shot-blockers, my fav aspect of the game.
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Re: [Playoffs] A New Age! | Game #4 vs Spurs!

Postby Martti. on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:31 am

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Josh Smith's first basket as a member of the Rockets


Rockets rally to win season-opener vs Bobcats

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MVP: James Harden scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, catapulting the rest of the team to rally with him and save a game, which seemed lost. The Bobcats led by as much as 15 in the fourth quarter and Harden's 8 straight points in the fourth was key. Also, he made the crucial free throws late.

X Factor: Patrick Beverley played 15 minutes and registered 4 assists and 4 steals (also not-so-good 2 points, 1-4 FG) and he was +19 in that period, picking the pocket of Ramon Sessions on 2 consecutive possessions with 4 minutes left and his assist to Josh Smith's BIG dunk gave the Rockets their first lead since early in the second quarter.

Defining moment: Larry Sanders grabbed the offensive rebound off James Harden's miss and scored a lay-up and drew a foul, converting the 3-point play also, and put the Rockets up by 4, 98-94, with 22 seconds left.

That was ... a forgettable NBA debut: 4th pick Nerlens Noel had 5 points and 4 rebounds, but shot 1-5 from the field and 3-6 from the line. 9th pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggled even more, going 1-6 from the field, 0-3 from deep and finishing with 2 points.

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HOU (1-0) | 30 | 17 | 19 | 34 || 100 ||
CHA (0-1) | 28 | 29 | 22 | 18 || 97 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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| 26 PTS | 7 REBS | 3 ASTS | 3 STLS | 1 BLKS | 11-25 FG | 0-2 3 PT FG | 4-4 FT

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Josh Smith : 25 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 11-19 FG
Chandler Parsons : 18 points, 6-9 FG, 5-6 FT
Larry Sanders : 13 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 5-7 FG
Jeremey Lin : 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2-2 3PT

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Kemba Walker : 22 points, 3 assists, 8-13 FG
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist : 19 points, 8 rebounds
Ben Gordon : 14 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, 5-18 FG, 2-11 3PT
Ramon Sessions : 13 points, 4 assists, 2 steals
Al Jefferson : 8 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals
Josh McRoberts : 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1-1 FG, 4-6 FT

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Re: A New Age! | 2013-14 Season-opener!

Postby Martti. on Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:14 am

What do yall think about the little recap changes?
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Re: A New Age! | 2013-14 Season-opener!

Postby john26 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:24 pm

Pretty neat, looks awesome (Y) and nice win vs the bobcats
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Re:

Postby Martti. on Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:28 pm

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Nerlens Noel out-scored Dwight Howard


Harden and Smith have big games as Rockets take Texas showdown

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MVP: Josh Smith set the tone with 12 points in the first quarter on 5-5 shooting, he got Dirk into foul trouble as he picked up his 2nd with 4 minutes played. He had four and-1 baskets.

X Factor: The Rockets top scorers weren't as important in the fourth quarter, as the key players were Noel, Beverley and Sanders. The two bigs combined for 16 points and Beverly had 2 steals, 5 assists and one huge dunk.

Defining moment: Nerlens Noel out-played $100M man Dwight Howard when it mattered most, stripping the ball from him twice and scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets out-scored the Mavs 39-23.

That was ... a 3-point barrage: The Mavericks attempted 34 three-pointers, making 11 of them. 7 Mavs players attempted at least 3 from beyond the arc and those didn't include Dirk and Ellington. Surprisingly, Shawn Marion was the most accurate, going 3-5.

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HOU (2-0) | 28 | 26 | 23 | 39 || 116 ||
DAL (1-1) | 30 | 28 | 19 | 23 || 100 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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| 29 PTS | 3 REBS | 8 ASTS | 1 STLS | 1 BLKS | 11-25 FG | 1-8 3 PT FG | 6-6 FT

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Josh Smith : 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 9-17 FG, 6-8 FT
Nerlens Noel : 18 points, 8 rebounds, 8-10 FG, 2-2 FT
Chandler Parsons : 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6-10 FG, 2-4 3PT
Larry Sanders : 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5-5 FG
Jeremy Lin : 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Patrick Beverley : 5 points, 7 assists, 2 steals

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Shawn Marion : 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6-10 FG, 3-5 3PT
Monta Ellis : 15 points
Shannon Brown : 12 points, 5-8 FG, 2-4 3PT
Dwight Howard : 12 points, 14 rebounds (7 off), 2 blocks, 6-11 FG, 0-4 FT
Vince Carter : 10 points, 3 steals
Dirk Nowitzki : 10 points, 7 rebounds
Devin Harris : 7 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists

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Re: A New Age! | Dwight vs Rockets

Postby Valor on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:38 am

Good start to the season, Josh Smith is beasting for you (Y)
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Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:13 am

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Harden spends hour after practice shooting threes to get out of slump

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James Harden has been in a huge shooting slump to start the season and especially in the last 2 games.

Against Dallas, he was 11-25 from the field, but only 1-8 from three-point range. But in the last two games, losses to the Clippers and Jazz, he was 4-18 in each game from the field and a combined 1-16 from deep. (1-8 @ LAC, 0-8 @ UTA)

After 4 games, Harden is shooting 34.9% from the field, a catastrophic 7.7% from deep (2-26). The only bright side is his 89.7% FT shooting, a career high.

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Stephen Jackson returns to San Antonio

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After not picking up a contract during the off-season, Stephen Jackson re-signed with the Spurs.

He averaged 7.5 points and 2.6 rebounds last year in San Antonio.
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Re: A New Age! | Dwight vs Rockets

Postby Lamrock on Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:30 am

7.7% shooting from three - worse than Anthony Bennett irl!
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Re: A New Age! | Dwight vs Rockets

Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:17 am

Luckily he shoots better then 38% from the line and 22% from the field. :lol:
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Re: Re:

Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:18 am

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Harden started off hot, but went cold as they game wore on.


Rockets snap losing streak behind Smith's BIG double-double

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MVP: Josh Smith posted 21 points and 14 rebounds, added some other goodies to the stat sheet and kept LaMarcus Aldridge at bay, limiting the All-Star Forward to 2 fourth quarter points.

X Factor: Chandler Parsons was 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from deep in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets ran away with the lead. For the game, he scored 20 points on 8-10 shooting.

Defining moment: Chandler Parsons hit his fourth three of the night to cap off a 16-6 run in the fourth quarter as the result of a great effort play, sucking the life out of the Rose Garden.

That was ... hopeful: Harden made his first 3 threes and looked like he got out of his slump, but he missed his next 5. His overall shooting percentage, 46% (12-26), was a season best.

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HOU (3-2) | 28 | 22 | 25 | 34 || 109 ||
POR (1-3) | 26 | 23 | 18 | 24 || 91 ||

Player of the Game : Josh Smith
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| 21 PTS | 14 REBS | 3 ASTS | 2 STLS | 1 BLKS | 10-17 FG | 0-1 3 PT FG | 1-3 FT

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James Harden : 31 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 12-26 FG, 3-8 3PT, 4-4 FT
Chandler Parsons : 20 points, 8-10 FG, 4-5 3PT
Jeremy Lin : 10 points, 5 assists
Nerlens Noel : 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 4-4 FG
Larry Sanders : 7 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks

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LaMarcus Aldridge : 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8-16 FG
Wesley Matthews : 17 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 7-11 FG
Damian Lillard : 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 6-20 FG, 1-5 3PT
Ben McLemore : 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Nic Batum : 6 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Robin Lopez : 6 points, 6 rebounds

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Re: A New Age! | Dwight vs Rockets + Portland & Slump

Postby john26 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:34 pm

cold start for the season for harden, but i believe he'll get it together soon. :D
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Re: Re:

Postby Martti. on Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:50 am

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Smith was a handful for the Hawks frontcourt.


Rockets blow out Hawks in Smith's first game against former team

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MVP: Josh Smith was dominant on both ends of the floor, with a season-high 31 points and 6 blocks. He also got to the line 14 times, getting Horford and Brand into foul trouble.

LVP: The Hawks starters, minus Lou Williams and Korver. The trio of Teague, Horford and Brand combined for just 9 points on 4-20 shooting. Horford picked up two fouls in 2 minutes and sat for most of the night. Nate Wolters, the rookie who was a throw-in in the Josh Smith deal, outscored them all by 5 in just 9 minutes.

Defining moment: Josh Smith had 2 straight blocks on Williams and Asik that ignited a break that concluded with Chandler Parsons throwing down an alley-oop slam. This ignited a 24-6 run over the second and third quarters.

That was ... not a warm welcome: Omer Asik lost his starting spot last year and in in his first game back after the trade, he was scoreless, got his shot blocked 4 times and finished with just 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. Thomas Robinson, who played a big role last year during the Playoffs, had a productive night off the Hawks bench with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

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HOU (7-9) | 29 | 31 | 30 | 31 || 121 ||
ATL (8-8) | 28 | 21 | 16 | 30 || 95 ||

Player of the Game : Josh Smith
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| 31 PTS | 7 REBS | 3 ASTS | 1 STLS | 6 BLKS | 12-16 FG | 0-0 3 PT FG | 7-14 FT

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James Harden : 27 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, 10-19 FG, 5-8 3PT
Jeremy Lin : 14 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 59 FG
Garrett Temple : 10 points (8 minutes)
Larry Sanders : 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3-3 FG, 3-4 FT
Chandler Parsons : 20 points, 8-10 FG, 4-5 3PT
Tyrus Thomas : 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3-4 FG

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Lou Williams : 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 9-16 FG, 3-8 3PT, 6-6 FT
Nate Wolters : 14 points, 3 assists, 3-3 3PT (9 minutes)
Thomas Robinson : 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5-8 FG
Kyle Korver : 9 points, 3 assists, 3-10 3PT

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Re: Re:

Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:09 am

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Thomas had a block-party and rookie Trey Burke was invited.


Harden has triple-double as Rockets escape with narrow in Utah

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MVP: Even though Harden had a triple-double, which included a career-high 15 rebounds, he was still -4 in his 36 minutes. Tyrus Thomas was +20 in 17 minutes. He had 14 points and 10 blocks in just 17 minutes and forced coach McHale to sit Josh Smith in the fourth quarter after Thomas had 7 blocks in the third quarter, in which he played only 6 minutes!

X-Factor: Harden fits here. He had a quiet 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Although on closer look, the triple-double did seem a bit forced, the assists bit, which may have hurt the Rockets. He got his 10th assist 19 seconds before the game ended as Patrick Beverley knocked down a long two after Harden clearly shouted shoot, a bit unsportsmanlike.

Defining moment: 17 minutes when Tyrus Thomas played, pick any single one. The third quarter's latter half maybe is worth re-watching, when Thomas had 7 blocks, sending home Trey Burke, Paul Millsap, Mike Conley and Gordon Hayward.

That was ... a block-fest: The Rockets had 20 blocks as a team. Thomas had 10, Smith and Sanders had 4 and Noel and Temple each had 1. Quick look at the history books sees they were 3 blocks short of tying the NBA record of 23, set by the Raptors in 2001. That game and this had some similarities - a starter had a triple double (Harden and Alvin Williams) and a reserve had double-digit blocks (Thomas and Keon Clark). Despite the number of denials, the game was still close 'til the end.

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HOU (10-9) | 32 | 19 | 25 | 34 || 110 ||
UTA (8-11) | 23 | 32 | 23 | 26 || 104 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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| 32 PTS | 15 REBS | 10 ASTS | 0 STLS | 0 BLKS | 11-24 FG | 4-10 3 PT FG | 6-6 FT

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Chandler Parsons : 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6-10 FG, 2-5 3PT
Tyrus Thomas : 14 points, 2 rebounds, 10 blocks, 6-7 FG
Larry Sanders : 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks3-3 FG, 3-4 FT
Josh Smith : 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4-14 FG
Nerlens Noel : 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4-5 FG, 0-3 FT
Jeremy Lin : 7 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds

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Mike Conley : 29 points, 8 assists, 4 steals, 9-20 FG, 10-12 FT
Alec Burks : 19 points, 7-12 FG, 2-5 3PT
Enes Kanter : 12 points, 11 rebounds
Paul Millsap : 12 points, 8 rebounds
Gordon Hayward : 12 points, 5-7 FG

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Re: A New Age! | TYRUS THOMAS

Postby john26 on Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:29 pm

awesome game by Harden, and love the reference to that raps game :)
i see you're on a little 3 game winning streak, keep it up
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Re: A New Age! | TYRUS THOMAS

Postby Valor on Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:49 am

10 blocks!? Good lord it's almost too easy to block on 2K14 isn't it, especially with a guy like Tyrus Thomas who's a 2K hof caliber player :lol:

Love your new avatar btw Martti! GIMME THAT HOT SAUCE!
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Re: A New Age! | TYRUS THOMAS

Postby Martti. on Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:31 am

It was odd, it was the first game I played on HOF, I played a few on Superstar to get used to 2K14, got about 5 blocks a game or so. Now first game, Harden gets 15 boards and I get 20 blocks, should adjust the sliders perhaps. But shot-blocking is my fav part of the game, so I quite like that. :D The best teams average 7 blocks IRL... I have a lot of shot-blockers though, on a good night, Smith, Thomas, Sanders and Noel can each get about 5.

Yeah, thought about what to write under the avatar, he didn't have a good nickname before Stacey King.

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Postby Martti. on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:58 am

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Sources : Pistons offered Monroe for Noel

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Reports have surfaced that say the Detroit Pistons inquired the Houston Rockets regarding the 4th overall pick Nerlens Noel and were willing to offer Greg Monroe and their second round pick Peyton Siva for the services of the 19-year old center.

The Rockets weren't ready to deal Noel, even for a polished player like Monroe.

Detroit sits third in the East and their current front-court of Drummond, Monroe and Jeff Green seems to be working out well, so the proposed deal seems odd.

Noel is averaging 7.4 points and 6.5 rebounds during his rookie season while Monroe is averaging 16.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in his fourth year in Detroit.


Durant, James earn Player of the Month honors

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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James of the Miami Heat have been named the Player of the Month in their respective conferences.

Durant led the Thunder to a 12-3 record, best mark of the West. Durant had an excellent month, as he averaged 33.2 points (#1 in league), 9.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks. His shooting numbers are off the charts and he is very close to another 50-40-90 season, as his numbers are 51.3% from the field, 48.9% from 3-pt range and 88.8% on free throws.

James led the Heat to a 14-3 mark, best in the league. He has also carried his excellent shooting numbers from last to this year (.557 FG%, .464 3PT%, .778% FT%) as well as monster statistics. He averaged 33.2 points (#2 in league), 10.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.2 blocks.

MVP Race :

1. Kevin Durant, (OKC 12-3)
(33.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg, .513 FG%, .489 3PT%, .888 FT%)
2. LeBron James, (MIA 14-3)
(28.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg, .557 FG%, .464 3PT%, .778 FT%)
3. Derrick Rose, (CHI 12-3)
(23.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, .495 FG%, .295 3PT%, .784 FT%)
4. Tony Parker, (SA 10-7)
(23.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.7 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, .535 FG%, .289 3PT%, .772 FT%)
5. Brandon Jennings, (DET 11-6)
(22.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, .455 FG%, .404 3PT%, .826 FT%)


Porter, Bennett named Rookie of the month

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Otto Porter of the Phoenix Suns and Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers have been named the Rookie of the month in their respective conferences.

Porter led all rookies in scoring. He averaged 17.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Bennett is the leading rookie rebounder with 6.9 a game and shot-blocker with 1.2 rejections. He has struggled with shot, averaging 10.5 points on 38% shooting.

Rookie Rankings :
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1. Otto Porter, PHO (17.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg)
2. Anthony Bennett, CLE (10.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg)
3. Nerlens Noel, HOU (7.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 bpg)
4. Ben McLemore, POR (8.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 spg)
5. Victor Oladipo, TOR (6.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.7 spg)
6. Archie Goodwin, PHO (5.9 ppg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 rpg)
7. Trey Burke, UTA (5.2 ppg, 2.2 APG, 0.3 SPG)
8. Vitor Faverani, BOS (4.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.4 bpg)
9. Michael Carter-Williams, ORL (4.1 ppg, 2.7 apg, 0.9 spg)
10. Hollis Thompson, PHI (4.6 ppg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 rpg)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY races

Postby Martti. on Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:52 pm

Also, on a personal note, I just got confirmation about my visa to Australia, will go there around middle-late of January, so I hope to post as much as I can before. :)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY races

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:07 am

With Sanders and Smith on board, not really sure how well Monroe would have fit with you anyway. Seems like you have a good thing going with the defense of your frontcourt rotation.

Also, enjoy Australia too. It's probably exciting to see other countries, which I've never had the chance to do :)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY races

Postby Valor on Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:25 pm

Martti. wrote:Also, on a personal note, I just got confirmation about my visa to Australia, will go there around middle-late of January, so I hope to post as much as I can before. :)

Just as I'm leaving for the summer holidays...how long you staying for? (Y)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY races

Postby Martti. on Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:20 pm

About 6 months I think.
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Re: Re:

Postby Martti. on Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:17 am

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Lillard was money from the line, making all 14 of his shots.


Portland snap Rockets 8-game winning streak with OT win

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MVP: Damian Lillard struggled from the field, but made 2 huge shots in OT and eventually made the two clutch free throws to put the Blazers up 3 with 0.8 seconds to go. His free throws with 7.4 left also tied the game in regulation.

X-Factor: Nicolas Batum and his 23 points in the second half and OT. He scored 10 out of 12 for the Blazers in the middle of the fourth quarter to put the Blazers up 6. Even though the Rockets game back, it was his steal that ignited the break which led to Lillard's free throws at the end of regulation when the Rockets had a chance to go up by 4.

Defining moment: LaMarcus Aldridge fouled out with 3.37 left in the third quarter and the Blazers holding a 7-point lead. Even though the Blazers played small-ball til the end with either Wright or Batum at the 4, it created a lot of problems for the Rockets as Josh Smith was moved away from the paint which opened the lane for the Blazers guards.

Those were ... great opportunities: James Harden had 7 seconds to get an open shot at the end of regulation, but failed and shot a fadeaway over Wes Matthews and missed. Down by 1, Chandler Parsons was on the break with 4 seconds left, was matched with the smaller Ben McLemore, but his fadeaway from the post clanked off the rim.

After Lillard's free throws with 0.8 seconds on the clock, the Rockets gave the ball to Harden who quick-fired a shot and made it and the Rockets were already celebrating, but the review showed his foot being on the line and the Rockets losing by the narrowest of margins.

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HOU (13-10) | 25 | 32 | 27 | 27 | 13 || 124 ||
POR (11-12) | 23 | 35 | 24 | 29 | 14 || 125 ||

Player of the Game : Damian Lillard
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| 33 PTS | 5 REBS | 12 ASTS | 2 STLS | 0 BLKS | 9-24 FG | 1-5 3 PT FG | 14-14 FT

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James Harden : 42 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 12-28 FG, 17-17 FT
Josh Smith : 29 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 11-14 FG, 7-12 FT
Chandler Parsons : 16 points, 4 rebounds, 6-11 FG, 2-5 3PT
Larry Sanders : 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5-6 FG, 5-7 FT
Patrick Beverley : 8 points, 3-4 FG
Jeremy Lin : 7 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2-7 FG

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Nicolas Batum : 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 13-19 FG, 3-4 3PT, 5-5 FT
Robin Lopez : 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5-9 FG, 5-7 FT
LaMarcus Aldridge : 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 7-8 FG
Wesley Matthews : 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 6-11 FG
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY races

Postby Valor on Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:37 pm

Martti. wrote:About 6 months I think.

Any chance of dropping by Sydney? I am probs back in town around March when the new semester begins, could go ball (Y)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Martti. on Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:31 pm

I don't really know, where I'm gonna go. :D I know that I'm landing in Perth and my sister is there, will get a job around there. But yeah, that'd be awesome. :)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Valor on Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:55 pm

Martti. wrote:I don't really know, where I'm gonna go. :D I know that I'm landing in Perth and my sister is there, will get a job around there. But yeah, that'd be awesome. :)

Ahhh Perth is on the complete opposite side of Sydney lol...well if you do come lemme know (Y)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Martti. on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:47 am

Yeah, I know that much. :lol: Hopefully, who knows. :)
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Axelanderthegreat on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:00 pm

Unfortunate loss against the Blazers, I remember losing a game like that in 2K11 where Kevin Martin had his foot on the line. (N) Even though you didn't get Dwight Howard, I think he'd be redundant seeing as how you already have at least three excellent shot blockers on your team and, let's face it, you don't really want him because of his offense. :lol:

Anyways, enjoy Australia! I myself would like to visit Australia one day, so I do envy you a bit. :P
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:43 am

Yeah, since I have Sanders already, I went for Smith. Australia will be a working holiday for me, not just enjoying the weather and the sights, so don't feel too bad. :D
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Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:04 am

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Visiting Rockets spoil Gay's home debut

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MVP: James Harden scored 25 points with 8 assists with the bulk of it (16 points and 7 assists) coming in the second half. He had 10 points in the third quarter, when the Rockets our-scored the Kings 32-21.

LVP: DeMarcus Cousins. 3 shot attempts, none in the first half, 5 points in 23 minutes in total.

X-Factor: Garrett Temple came off the bench after James Harden picked up 2 quick fouls and scored 9 points in the first half. He added another 9 in the second half, playing key minutes in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters. He was +16 in his 13 minutes.

That was ... worrying: Rudy Gay had a great home debut, efficient 10-16 from the field for 25 points. But the fact that DeMarcus Cousins, who is the cornerstone of the franchise, had just 3 shot attempts, doesn't look good. Cousins has had problems with not getting enough touches. This seems to be Cousins' way of acting up to the new additions ot maybe just a fluke.

If the team can get on the same page, the future looks bright with a starting line-up of Cousins, Derrick Williams, Gay, Iguodala and Thomas. Perhaps Isaiah can distribute the ball better and not jack up 11 threes every night.

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HOU (15-10) | 32 | 15 | 32 | 29 || 108 ||
SAC (5-17) | 28 | 27 | 21 | 24 || 100 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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Garrett Temple : 19 points, 8-11 FG
Josh Smith : 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 7-18 FG, 3-9 FT
Larry Sanders : 13 points, 8 rebounds
Patrick Beverley : 8 points, 3-4 FG
Jeremy Lin : 9 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds
Nerlens Noel : 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4-4 FG

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Rudy Gay : 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-16 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT
Isaiah Thomas : 20 points, 7 assists, 7-18 FG, 4-11 3PT
Andre Iguodala : 11 points, 5-10 FG
Derrick Williams : 8 points, 8 rebounds
DeMarcus Cousins : 5 points, 9 rebounds, 2-3 FG
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Re: A New Age! | Monroe for Noel? + MVP & ROY + Portland

Postby Valor on Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:21 pm

Martti. wrote:Australia will be a working holiday for me, not just enjoying the weather and the sights, so don't feel too bad. :D

My friend is here on a working holiday and he's enjoying it very well, just don't stay in one place and keep working at the same thing too long and you should be able to have a great time exploring the country (Y)
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Postby Martti. on Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:23 am

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Rose and the Bulls cruise past Rockets despite Harden's 38

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MVP: Derrick Rose not only scored 33 points with 7 assists, but was no match to Jeremy Lin, who picked up 2 fouls in as many minutes, was in and out in the first half and picked up his 5th after 13 seconds gone in the 2nd half before eventually fouling out. Rose was efficient and aggressive.

LVP: Patrick Beverley, known as a ferocious defender, was even more hopeless against Derrick Rose and despite his extended minutes, had just 3 points with 1 assist and 0 steals.

X-Factor: The Bulls defense. It gave Harden space to operate and get his, not double-teaming and focusing on shutting everyone else down. Harden had a big night with 38 points, but other then Josh Smith and perhaps Parsons (12 points on 6-15 shooting), no one scored in double-figures and the bench had just 8 points between them.

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HOU (15-11) | 24 | 22 | 25 | 23 || 94 ||
CHI (20-4) | 21 | 29 | 30 | 28 || 108 ||

Player of the Game : Derrick Rose
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James Harden : 38 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 14-28 FG, 2-3 3PT, 8-8 FT
Josh Smith : 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 8-13 FG, 5-6 FT
Chandler Parsons : 12 points, 7 rebounds
Jeremy Lin : 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 fouls
Larry Sanders : 7 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks

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Joakim Noah : 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7-10 FG
Jimmy Butler : 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5-9 FG, 4-4 FT
Carlos Boozer : 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5-9 FG
Luol Deng : 12 points, 5 rebounds
Taj Gibson : 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4-5 FG
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Re: [15-11] A New Age! | Bulls@Rockets

Postby Lamrock on Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:18 am

Not the hottest start to the season, but it's early and you're still on the right side of .500. (Y) Any deals in the works to propel you to the next level?
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Re: [15-11] A New Age! | Bulls@Rockets

Postby Martti. on Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:13 am

I think the starters are pretty much set, I need more off the bench.

Delfino has been a huge disappointment, averaging just 3.7 points. Noel and Thomas do their thing well, but yeah, a Jamal Crawford/Terry-type sixth man would be very nice.

Maybe Gerald Green. Delfino is def on the block though..
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Re: [15-11] A New Age! | Bulls@Rockets

Postby Radioman on Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:36 am

Nice pickup with Smith and Noel. You don't need Dwight anymore, pretty deep front-court now. Noel can slowly grow and develop behind Sanders.
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Re: [15-11] A New Age! | Bulls@Rockets

Postby Valor on Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:23 pm

Good to see virtual Bulls doing so well....might be the only place they are doing good :wall:
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Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:22 am

Radioman, yeah, that's the plan. I thought about packaging Sanders with someone for an upgrade at PG so Noel would start, but I didn't really find anything and Lin has been pretty good the past few games.

Valor, yeah, no injuries and Snell and Augustin don't play 44+ minutes.
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Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:42 am

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The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets have agreed on a trade which will send Gerald Green to the Rockets in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Terrence Jones.

Green has averaged 7.9 points in just 12.8 minutes off the Suns bench and had voiced his distress on being on a re-building team destined for lottery. He also felt he should be playing more and both sides agreed for the swingman to be dealt to a Playoff team.

The Suns are dead last in the West with an 8-21 record, including a 1-13 road record. The Rockets are 2nd in the West behind the Spurs with a 18-13 record, 0.5 games ahead of the Thunder.

The Rockets sent Carlos Delfino and seldom-used forward Terrence Jones to the Suns. Delfino played well last year during the Rockets run to the Conference Finals, averaging nearly 13 points in the Playoffs, but has been in a huge slump this year and seeing decreasing minutes game after game. In 31 games, he has averaged 3.5 points in 10.1 minutes.

Jones, the 18th pick in the 2012 draft, has been on the bench on all the Rockets games, but has appeared in just 5 games and hasn't recorded any points or rebounds. The 21-year old PF was very excited to join the Suns and compete for rotation minutes.
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Green scored 16 in debut, Rockets beat Pelicans

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MVP: Josh Smith may have had the numbers, 26 points and 12 rebounds, but almost none of those 13 field goals wouldn't have happened without the play of Beverley, Harden and Lin, who combined for 27 assists, so the real MVP should be one of them.

LVP: Chandler Parsons scored 4 points and had 3 rebounds in 26 minutes.

That was... a sweet 16: Gerald Green missed his first 5 shots and was 1-8 to start the game. He finished with 16 points on 16 shots in 16 minutes. Even though he was 6-16 from the field, he made 3 straight field goals (2 layups and a 3-pointer) in a 46-second span, to turn a 4-point lead into an 11-point lead with a minute to go.

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HOU (19-13) | 27 | 29 | 22 | 33 || 111 ||
NOP (13-15) | 22 | 24 | 28 | 31 || 105 ||

Player of the Game : Josh Smith
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James Harden : 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 6-16 FG, 3-4 3PT, 7-7 FT
Gerald Green : 16 points, 3 rebounds
Larry Sanders : 11 points, 7 rebounds
Tyrus Thomas : 9 points, 3 rebounds
Patrick Beverley : 8 points, 7 assists
Jeremy Lin : 7 points, 2 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 steals

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Eric Gordon : 25 points, 4 assists, 8-15 FG, 1-2 3PT, 8-8 FT
Jrue Holiday : 23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 11-21 FG
Jason Smith : 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7-7 FG, 2-3 FT
Tyreke Evans : 13 points, 6 assists, 5-10 FG, 2-4 3PT
Anthony Davis : 6 points, 10 rebounds

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Re: [19-13] A New Age! | Trade

Postby Stress Fracture on Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:02 pm

Hey, great trade. It's good that you've unleashed Terrence Jones with that deep frontcourt line-up.
benji wrote:LeBron is such a choker. And people were talking about him as an all-time great. As having possibly surpassed Kobe. What a joke.

velvet bliss wrote:Andrew, you the real MVP.

Andrew wrote:He who flops and flails to the Finals and a title, flops and flails best.
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Postby Martti. on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:41 am

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Harden fills the stat sheet as Rockets take re-match of Conference Finals

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MVP: James Harden had his best shooting night of the season, scoring 35 points on 15-23 shooting (.652). He also had 8 assists and 9 rebounds. He made 3 threes in the space of 2 minutes in the fourth quarter to put the game away for good.

LVP: Jeremy Lin missed all 8 shots he took from the field and committed 3 turnovers in 21 minutes.

X-Factor: Reggie Jackson scored 15 points in 10 minutes and Derek Fisher scored 12 in 9 minutes of action, but both of their efforts couldn't counter Russell Westbrook's +/- of -16.

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HOU (20-13) | 23 | 30 | 25 | 28 || 106 ||
OKC (16-14) | 26 | 26 | 22 | 33 || 97 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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Larry Sanders : 19 points, 7 rebounds, 8-8 FG, 3-4 FT
Josh Smith : 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 4-6 FG, 5-10 FT
Gerald Green : 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Tyrus Thomas : 7 points, 4 rebounds
Patrick Beverley : 6 points, 4 assists
Jeremy Lin : 4 points, 3 assists, 0-8 FG, 4-4 FT

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Kevin Durant : 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 9-19 FG, 0-4 3PT
Jeremy Lamb : 17 points, 7-20 FG, 3-14 3PT
Reggie Jackson : 15 points, 6-8 FG, 3-4 3PT
Russell Westbrook : 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 6-11 FG, 1-2 3PT
Derek Fisher : 12 points
Serge Ibaka : 10 points, 5-6 FG
Kendrick Perkins : 6 points, 10 rebounds, 3-3 FG

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LeBron, Durant lead All-Star vote getters, 6 players totaling 1M votes

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LeBron James is leading the All-Star voting once again as 2013 wraps up, followed by Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.

Should the voting end tonight, the West would have a starting line-up of Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Josh Smith and Tim Duncan.

The East would have Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

The Rockets would be the only team with 2 starters, while the Clippers, Thunder, Spurs, Bulls, Celtics, Heat, Knicks and Pacers would all have one.

Top vote getters :
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West Front Court

Kevin Durant (OKC) (1,385,844)
Tim Duncan (SAS (918,568)
Josh Smith (HOU) (887,594)

Dwight Howard (DAL) (881,722)
Kevin Love (MIN) (866,466)

West Back Court

Chris Paul (LAC) (1,150,281)
James Harden (HOU (1,065,465)

Kobe Bryant (LAL) (1,053,985)
Stephen Curry (GSW) (993,065)
Russell Westbrook (OKC) (980,061)

East Front Court

LeBron James (MIA) (1,793,615)
Carmelo Anthony (NY) (1,009,298)
Paul George (IND) (780,188)

Al Jefferson (CHA) (767,393)
Andrew Bynum (CLE) (675,513)

East Back Court

Derrick Rose (CHI) (953,726)
Rajon Rondo (BOS) (941,484)

Kyrie Irving (CLE) (934,819)
Dwyane Wade (MIA) (922,577)
Deron Williams (BRO) (839,854)

Harden, Irving named players of the month

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James Harden of the Rockets and Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers have been named the Players of the Month for December.

Harden has led the Rockets to the top seed in the West with an excellent month. Harden averaged 25.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 16 games while shooting very nearly .500 from the field.

Irving averaged 24.3 points with 7.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 46% from the field, including 44.9% from 3PT range.

MVP Race :

1. Derrick Rose, (CHI 24-6)
(23.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, .472 FG%, .290 3PT%, .819 FT%)
2. LeBron James, (MIA 23-8)
(27.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg, .535 FG%, .398 3PT%, .765 FT%)
3. James Harden, (HOU 20-14)
(24.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.6 bpg, .449 FG%, .350 3PT%, .922 FT%)
4. Tony Parker, (SA 19-14)
(22.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.1 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.1 bpg, .510 FG%, .282 3PT%, .817 FT%)
5. Jordan Crawford, (BOS 17-14)
(24.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.0 bpg, .440 FG%, .376 3PT%, .787 FT%)


Porter, Bennett named Rookie of the month for second month in a row

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Otto Porter of the Phoenix Suns and Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers have been named the Rookie of the month in their respective conferences, both picking up the award for the second time in as many months

Porter upped his scoring, averaging 18.2 points in December while also grabbing 5 rebounds per game. He also shot very well from deep (.429).

#1 pick Bennett also bumped his numbers across the board from November, as he averaged 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Rookie Rankings :
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1. Otto Porter, PHO (17.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg)
2. Anthony Bennett, CLE (11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg)
3. Nerlens Noel, HOU (6.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 bpg)
4. Ben McLemore, POR (7.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.7 spg)
5. Victor Oladipo, TOR (6.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.7 spg)
6. Trey Burke, UTA (5.3 ppg, 2.2 APG, 0.4 SPG)
7. Vitor Faverani, BOS (4.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.4 bpg)
8. Archie Goodwin, PHO (4.7 ppg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 rpg)
9. Michael Carter-Williams, ORL (3.6 ppg, 2.7 apg, 0.7 spg)
10. CJ McCollum, DAL (4.1 ppg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 rpg)
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Green shines as Rockets trump Lakers by 27

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MVP: In what was expected to be a heated battle between arguably two of the best SG's in the game right now, Kobe vs Harden, turned out rather disappointing as Harden scored just 10 points. But he didn't need to score, as he got lots of help, something Kobe didn't. Gerald Green scored a season-high 31 points and scored most of the Rockets 23 fast break points.

LVP: The starting duo of Kaman and Gasl combined for 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets capitalized on that with 74 paint points and a 47-30 rebounding advantage.

X-Factor: Patrick Beverley had 11 assists as a back-up, including 4 lobs to Gerald Green. Jeremy Lin scored 19 points in 22 minutes, and as the game was a blow-out, Beverley saw 26 minutes of action in which he was +25.

That was... an embarrassment: The Rockets dominated the game in every aspect. 53-48 FG&, 25-18 on assists, 47-30 on the glass, 52-34 in bench points, 14-4 2nd chance points, 23-9 fast break points, 10-5 blocks, 9-12 turnovers and of course, biggest lead - 32-5. The Lakers only lead was early in the first quarter.

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HOU (21-15) | 30 | 26 | 33 | 31 || 120 ||
LAL (16-20) | 21 | 26 | 23 | 23 || 93 ||

Player of the Game : Gerald Green
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Jeremy Lin : 19 points, 3 assists, 8-12 FG
Josh Smith : 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 7-12 FG, 4-6 FT
Larry Sanders : 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 5-5 FG, 4-5 FT
Tyrus Thomas : 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2-3 FG, 6-6 FT
James Harden : 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3-9 FG
Chandler Parsons : 7 points, 6 rebounds
Patrick Beverley : 4 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals

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Kobe Bryant : 30 points, 4 rebounds, 13-20 FG, 1-1 3PT, 3-3 FT
Nick Young : 18 points, 8-18 FG
Wesley Johnson : 13 points, 6-14 FG
Jodie Meeks : 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3-3 FG, 2-2 3PT
Pau Gasol : 6 points, 7 rebounds

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Asik on the move again, Hawks get Bonner

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The San Antonio Spurs have added depth in their chances for a deep run and getting Tim Duncan some rest by acquiring Omer Asik from the Hawks in exchange for Matt Bonner and their 2014 unprotected first round pick.

The Hawks acquired Asik in the sign-and-trade deal for Josh Smith from Houston but the big man hasn't really cracked the rotation. He has averaged just 1 point and 3.8 rebounds in 11 minutes a game.

The Hawks shed salary as Asik is due 15M next year (though only 8.3 will count against the cap). and acquire a first round pick in the process. Bonner hasn't been active yet for the Spurs and isn't expected to see minutes with the Hawks either.


Timberwolves acquire Amir Johnson

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The Raptors and Timberwolves have agreed to trade Chase Budinger for Amir Johnson.

Budinger has averaged 12.2 points and 3.9 rebounds this season. Budinger was a welcomed SF after the Raptors traded Rudy Gay.

Amir Johnson has been out of the line-up and has averaged just 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds on 55% shooting and was growing unhappy on the rebuilding Raptors


Report : Rondo joins Melo in New York

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The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks have reportedly agreed on a deal which will send 4-time All-Star Rajon Rondo to the Knicks to team with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

The reported deal will see the Knicks sending Iman Shumpert, Jerryd Bayless, Dennis Schröder, Amar'e Stoudemire and 2 future first round picks to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, Keith Bogans, Gerald Wallace and Vitor Faverani.

The Celtics have been surprisingly decent so far with Jordan Crawford playing MVP-type basketball, averaging around 24 points a game and the Celtics decided to trade their All-Star PG.

Rondo has averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 9.7 assists. They also traded Gerald Wallace to clear cap space as his deal runs for three more years. He has played well this year, averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. The Knicks would be his fifth team in 5 years.

Vitor Faverani and Keith Bogans would also be going to New York, but their contributions have been modest.

The main piece for the Celtics would be Iman Shumpert, who has come off the bench so far this year as JR Smith has moved into the starting role. He has averaged just 6.6 points while shooting, as close as makes no difference, 50% from deep.

The Celtics will take on the contract of Amar'e Stoudemire who has 2 years and over 40M remaining on his deal. He has averaged 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Jerryd Bayless has been the starting PG for New York so far and has played well, averaging a career high 16.9 points. The Celtics also acquired rookie guard Dennis Schröder, who has averaged just 7 minutes and 2.2 points. Schröder drew comparisons to Rondo on draft day and coincidentally, will wear #9 for the remainder of the season.

The new-look Celtics will look to get off to a good start as they host the Rockets in their next game. All new additions are expected to be in the line-up if the deal is completed tonight and it is speculated, that the Celtics will start three guards - Avery Bradley, Iman Shumpert and Jordan Crawford.


Nuggets trade Miller for Redick

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The Nuggets have acquired JJ Redick from the Clippers in exchange for Andre Miller

Both have been unhappy with their current clubs and a deal was struck. Miller will continue being the third point guard in LA behind Chris Paul and Darren Collison.

On the season, he has averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 assists. His shooting percentages are amazing. (.576 FG, .462 3PT, .842 FT). The Clippers will receive an additional 2nd round pick from Denver.

Redick hasn't fit in with the Clippers, averaging less then 10 minutes a game. He is a welcomed addition to the Nuggets, who are really lacking size in their back court with Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson starting, both of whom are under 6 feet tall.


Lakers shake things up, acquire Jeff Green, Markieff Morris in 2 separate deals

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The Lakers have decided to clean house after a rough start to the season, sitting 5 games below .500 despite Kobe Bryant being back at 100%. Age has caught up to him though, as he's averaging 20.7 points, his lowest since the 98-99 season.

In two separate deals, the Lakers acquired Jeff Green and Charlie Villanueva from the Pistons and Markieff Morris and Ish Smith from the Suns.

In exchange, the Pistons received former All-Star F Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks and the Suns got Xavier Henry and Steve Blake.

Gasol has averaged 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds this year. Jeff Green, who signed with Detroit this summer, has averaged 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Pistons. Markieff Morris has averaged 11.1 points and 6 rebounds for the league-worst Suns.

The Lakers get deeper with the deal, as they acquired 4 rotation players, all averaging over 6 points per game while only Gasol averaged that many for them.
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Re: [21-15] A New Age! | Plethora of trades (Rondo, Gasol, A

Postby Vespasian92 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:31 am

Shumpert, Schroder, picks, and dumping Crash's contract? Boston sure fleeced the Knicks in that deal :)

Your team's still looking strong and Green fits in pretty well. Is Omri in your rotation with Terrence Jones' departure, or is he still buried on the bench?
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Re: [21-15] A New Age! | Plethora of trades (Rondo, Gasol, A

Postby Martti. on Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:42 pm

Omri is on the bench, but isn't in my rotation. Temple and Green play the back-up minutes and Parsons and Harden play about 36 each.
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Postby Martti. on Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:30 pm

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No, it's not Rajon Rondo, it's Dennis Schröder.


Harden outplays Crawford on both ends, Rockets trump new-look Celtics

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MVP: James Harden. He scored 41 points on 13-25 shooting, got to the line 16 times, drew 11 fouls in total. He also tied a career-high in blocks with 4. Oh, and he scored 34 points in the second half, a period when the Rockets out-scored the Celtics 64-46.

LVP: Jordan Crawford may have scored 19 points and led his team with 7 assists, but he was definitely more hurtful to his team then others. He shot 6-27 from the field and had 4 turnovers. James Harden blocked his shot 4 times and got his shot blocked 10 times in total, that must be some type of record.

X-Factor: Iman Shumpert played well in his first game for the Celtics. He led his side with 21 points while being matched up with Chandler Parsons, who is 6'9. Parsons had just 9 points on 3-7 shooting. Shumpert was definitely more valuable then Crawford, who looked as if he didn't have any teammates while driving to the paint full of the Rockets shot blockers.

That was... a testing period: The Celtics started 3 guards, Iman Shumpert, Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley. Off the bench, Dennis Schröder, Jerryd Bayless, Phil Pressey also saw court time, though less then 7 minutes each. The Celtics young coach has to figure out, who will play and who won't. He will have plenty to choose from on who will replace Rondo as the primary playmaker.

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HOU (23-16) | 24 | 18 | 33 | 31 || 106 ||
BOS (18-21) | 27 | 20 | 26 | 20 || 93 ||

Player of the Game : James Harden
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| 41 PTS | 6 REBS | 7 ASTS | 2 STLS | 4 BLKS | 13-25 FG | 2-4 3 PT FG | 13-16 FT

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Josh Smith : 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 6-11 FG, 1-4 FT
Gerald Green : 11 points, 4-9 FG, 3-3 FT
Nerlens Noel : 11 points, 3 blocks, 4-4 FG, 3-4 FT
Jeremy Lin : 10 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4-6 FG, 2-4 3PT
Larry Sanders : 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4-5 FG
Chandler Parsons : 9 points, 10 rebounds

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Iman Shumpert : 21 points, 5 rebounds, 9-18 FG, 1-6 3PT
Jordan Crawford : 19 points, 7 assists, 6-27 FG, 2-5 3PT, 5-6 FT
Avery Bradley : 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 5-7 FG, 3-3 3PT
Samuel Dalembert : 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4-7 FG, 4-7 FT
Kris Humphries : 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3-5 FG
Jared Sullinger : 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Amar'e Stoudemire : 2 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals

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