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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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Report: Big man Asik asks Rockets to trade him

Omer Asik says he isn't unhappy, but he doesn't seem happy either. (USATSI)
Omer Asik needs out. (USATSI)

Since Dwight Howard made his decision to head to Houston, it seemed like Omer Asik’s days had been numbered with the Rockets.

And having seen his starting job taken and his minutes reduce, he is finally asking for a method out.

In keeping with the Houston Chronicle, Asik has formally requested that the Rockets commerce him.

The Rockets don’t have any commerce involving Asik within the works, with one individual saying a deal is extra possible in months than in days.

Asik declined comment, referring questions to his agent, Andy Miller. Miller also would not touch upon any commerce request.

“I would say the state of affairs is very frustrating right now and we’re trying to work by means of it,” Miller stated. “For Omer, the target has at all times been to continue to develop and grow as a participant. That’s why we got here to Houston within the first place. If that objective cannot be met, if we can’t get the appropriate platform to grow and contribute as a player, it’s actually frustrating.”

Asik performed solely 4 minutes in opposition to the 76ers on Wednesday, an additional time loss. He began each recreation for them final season and was an integral half within the staff that pushed the Thunder to 6 video games within the opening round.

However with Howard’s presence and Kevin McHale’s desire to play small, there just hasn’t been a lot room for him on the ground.

When Howard signed with the Rockets this summer, there have been rumblings Asik would ask out, with a rumored deal involving him going to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson.

Asik is making $8.3 million this season and with the Rockets over the cap, they would want to either match salaries with another workforce, or commerce with someone below the cap to create a trade exception.

Asik, 27, is averaging simply 5.6 factors and 8.1 rebounds this season in 22.1 minutes.

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Report: Big man Asik asks Rockets to trade him

 

Omer Asik says he isn't unhappy, but he doesn't seem happy either. (USATSI) Omer Asik wants out. (USATSI)

 

Since Dwight Howard made his decision to move to Houston, it seemed like Omer Asik’s days were numbered with the Rockets.

And having seen his starting job taken and his minutes reduce, he is finally asking for a way out.

Based on the Houston Chronicle, Asik has formally requested that the Rockets commerce him.

The Rockets haven’t any trade involving Asik in the works, with one individual saying a deal is extra possible in months than in days.

Asik declined remark, referring questions to his agent, Andy Miller. Miller also wouldn’t comment on any commerce request.

“I might say the state of affairs could be very frustrating right now and we’re trying to work by it,” Miller said. “For Omer, the objective has at all times been to proceed to develop and grow as a participant. That’s why we came to Houston in the first place. If that objective cannot be met, if we won’t get the precise platform to develop and contribute as a player, it’s certainly irritating.”

Asik performed solely 4 minutes towards the 76ers on Wednesday, an extra time loss. He started each sport for them last season and was an integral half within the crew that pushed the Thunder to 6 video games in the opening round.

But with Howard’s presence and Kevin McHale’s desire to play small, there simply hasn’t been much room for him on the ground.

When Howard signed with the Rockets this summer time, there have been rumblings Asik would ask out, with a rumored deal involving him going to New Orleans for Ryan Anderson.

Asik is making $8.three million this season and with the Rockets over the cap, they would want to either match salaries with one other staff, or commerce with somebody underneath the cap to create a trade exception.

Asik, 27, is averaging just 5.6 points and 8.1 rebounds this season in 22.1 minutes.

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Gia Allemand, girlfriend of Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and ‘Bachelor’ contestant, dies at 29

NBA player Ryan Anderson and Gia Allemand, June 2013. (Picture via giaallemand on Instagram)

Gia Allemand — a former mannequin who appeared on the ABC reality tv packages “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad,” and the girlfriend of New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson — died Wednesday, in response to multiple stories. She was 29.

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The Related Press reported Tuesday that Allemand had been hospitalized in New Orleans on Monday night time after “a severe emergency medical event.” E! On-line reported Wednesday afternoon that Allemand’s family had stated the hospitalization followed “an obvious suicide attempt.”

The family statement shared by E! says that Anderson discovered Allemand unconscious on the floor of her New Orleans dwelling and referred to as 911; an emergency medical crew introduced her to University Hospital in New Orleans, the place she was said to be in critical condition on Tuesday. She was positioned on life help, but was eventually taken off “after losing critical brain and organ function,” in response to the household statement. Anderson and Allemand’s mom were reportedly among those at her aspect when she died.

Anderson and Allemand had been together for two years, in line with InTouch Weekly. Back in 2011, Allemand told Us Weekly about meeting Anderson, who then performed for the Orlando Magic, during a photograph shoot on which she was working in the Bahamas:

“We ended up hanging out each minute I was capable of when I wasn’t working,” Allemand says.

As luck would have it, Allemand was quickly offered a job in The Bahamas that required her to relocate to the Sunshine State so as to “be flown to the Bahamas every weekend.” […]

“Not only was it love at first sight but it surely appeared like a touch of future. We now each stay in Orlando and could not be happier,” Allemand tells Us. “I think I finally found the one!”

Their meeting got here after Allemand competed on Season 14 of “The Bachelor,” finishing because the second runner-up. Later, she’d join the cast of the spin-off “Bachelor Pad,” appearing on seven episodes over two seasons. She had been working as a fitness teacher in New Orleans, where Anderson played last season after being traded from the Magic after the 2011-12 campaign.

This, very clearly, is terrible. Our hearts and thoughts exit to Allemand’s household and friends, to Anderson, and to these close to them.