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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Night Games Preview /Picks

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NBA Predictions and free picks for week 3

 

NBA Wednesday night is packed with 13 games on the schedule. Below is a quick preview with the latest lines spread and my prediction for each game. As the odds constantly change, remember to check back here at Wonder Punter for the latest spread up until tip-off.

 

Good Luck!

 

Wednesday Nov. 20

 

Toronto Raptors (4-7) @ Philadelphia 76ers (5-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: TOR -3.5

Over/Under: 200.5

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Both teams are in a two-game skid…. Raptors in a win on the road.

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Miami Heat (7-3) @ Orlando Magic (4-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.0

Over/Under: 199.5

 

Heat playing in a second in two nights, but should still be able to come away with the ‘W.’
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PICK: Miami

 

Indiana Pacers (9-1) @ New York Knicks (3-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -4.5

Over/Under: 191.5

 

Knicks are a mess right now and Carmelo is frustrated. The second of two in two nights for NY against the NBA’s best.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Brooklyn Nets (3-7) @ Charlotte Bobcats (5-6) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -3.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Nets hit by injuries, but I like them in this one.

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Washington Wizards (2-7) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7) 11/20- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CLE 1.5

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Disappointing start for the Wizards so far… and on the road for this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Detroit Pistons (3-6) @ Atlanta Hawks (6-4) 11/20- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -5.0

Over/Under: 204.5

 

Back-to-back games for both teams but Hawks at home for this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Utah Jazz (1-11) @ New Orleans Pelicans (4-6) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -8.0

Over/Under: 202

 

Pelicans will be well rested for the Jazz who begin a road trip.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Portland Trailblazers (9-2) @ Milwaukee Bucks (2-7) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -4.0

Over/Under: 202

 

Bucks without two of their best players and Blazers playing well.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Los Angeles Clippers (7-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4) 11/20- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: LAC -1.5

Over/Under: 212.5

 

T’Wolves in a second of a back-to-back. At home but edge to Clips.

 

PICK: LAC

 

Boston Celtics (4-7) @ San Antonio Spurs (9-1) 11/20- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -15.0

Over/Under: 191

 

Spurs will be well rested for the Celtics who play in Houston the night before.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Sacramento Kings (2-7) @ Phoenix Suns (5-4) 11/20- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: PHO -5.0

Over/Under: 191.5

 

A home and home for these two teams in two nights.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Houston Rockets (7-4) @ Dallas Mavericks (7-4) 11/20- 9:30PM EST

 

Line: DAL -4.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Houston in a second in a back-to-back, but short trip to Dallas. I like them in this one.

 

PICK: Houston

 

Memphis Grizzles (6-5) @ Golden State (8-3) 11/20- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: GSW

Under/Over: 195.5

 

Grizzles in the middle of a road trip against a tough Warriors team.

 

PICK: Golden State

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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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Melo on latest defeat: Like we’re not trying

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

 

NEW YORK – Following the New York Knicks’ fifth straight loss at Madison Sq. Backyard, a disgusted Carmelo Anthony said it looked as if the crew wasn’t even making an attempt in a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Carmelo Anthony was perplexed to describe the Knicks’ latest loss Saturday night time.

“We ain’t taking part in worth a s- right now,” Anthony stated. “We acquired to play harder.

“I am upset too in all of our effort. We are simply not getting it carried out. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball courtroom. We are not getting it completed from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even attempting proper now.”

Although Anthony says Woodson is not to blame, Knicks fans nonetheless briefly chanted “Hearth Woodson” within the third quarter.

The house followers have not had a lot to cheer for thus far this season. The Knicks (3-6) haven’t received at the Garden since their ninety-83 season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30. They’ve lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Atlanta at residence.

In the course of the loss to Minnesota, the Knicks surrendered 40 points within the first quarter. In a a hundred and twenty-89 loss to the Spurs last Sunday, they trailed 21-four in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 37.

Towards the Hawks (6-four), the Knicks were inside five (84-seventy nine) with eight:39 remaining before permitting a 14-2 run during which Atlanta scored on three layups and a dunk.

“You’re not going to beat anyone taking part in gentle and not hard like we did,” Woodson said. “They played extraordinarily extremely onerous tonight and we just did not compete with them.”

Woodson mentioned he may tinker together with his lineup once more. The Hawks shot 56.4 % from the field in opposition to a Knicks protection minus the injured Tyson Chandler, who’s out for no less than a month with a fractured leg.

The players spoke afterward within the locker room.

J.R. Smith – after a three-for-18 night from the ground that saw him miss eight-of-9 3-point tries – took among the blame.

“Excuse my language however I was playing like s-,” he said. “I performed horrible. I’ve been taking part in horrible since I obtained again and I wasn’t blissful about it.”

Anthony, who led the Knicks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, left the Garden baffled and indignant.

“You just got to do more I suppose,” Anthony said. “Simply try to go out there and get it performed as a team. I am not going to do it on my own. I do not want to do it by myself. We received to do it as a group. We preserve digging ourselves deeper and deeper.

“It is frustrating. Messed up feeling. Nasty feeling. I actually am kind of puzzled right now.”

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks

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Free Picks and Predictions for Friday week 3 NBA Games

 

It’s another Friday night in the NBA and with 11 big games schedule, pick your favorite games(s) and be it lines spread, over/under or straight-pick… place your bets here through Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) @ Indiana Pacers (8-0) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -9.0

Over/Under: 186

 

Don’t see the Bucks challenging the Pacers on the road. Pacers are the team to beat right now.

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Chicago Bulls (3-3) @ Toronto Raptors (4-5) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -1.0

Over/Under: 190

 

Important road game for the Bulls to get back to winning.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Dallas Mavericks (5-3) @ Miami Heat (5-3) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.5

Over/Under: 207.5

 

Good match-up, but expect the Heat to play a full game and win.

 

PICK: Miami

 

Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLE -6.5

Over/Under: 189.5

 

Bobcats playing good ball early, but like the Cavs in this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-4) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -8.0

Over/Under: 206.0

 

Another surprise team playing well early, but like the Hawks in this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Portland Trailblazers (6-2) @ Boston Celtics (4-5) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -2.0

Over/Under: 194

 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue winning with a road victory at Boston.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3) @ Denver Nuggets (3-4) 11/15- 8:00PM EST
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Line: MIN -1.5

Over/Under: 210.5

 

T’Wolves looking good early and will win in a close one at Denver.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-5) @ Phoenix Suns (5-3) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195

 

Nets are underachieving and the Suns have been playing great at home… Suns win.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

San Antonio Spurs (8-1) @ Utah Jazz (1-8) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under: 193

 

Spurs are solid, Jazz are bad…. Spurs win easy.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-5) @ Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Not sure what Lakers team will show up… but Lakers in an upset.

 

PICK: LAL

 

Detroit Pistons (2-5) @ Sacramento Kings (2-5) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAC -2.0

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Toss-up for me on the this one… but slight edge to the Kings.

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

Once again, Good luck on your favorite picks.

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Wednesday Games Previews/Picks

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NBA Week 3 predictions and Picks

 

Wednesday night is another full night of NBA games as we have 12 full games for you to place your bets on here at Wonder Punter. Be sure to place your bets early to secure the best odds. So you want to know what are the best picks and predictions for this weeks games? all free? Keep reading

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) @ Orlando Magic (3-4) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ORL –4.0

Over/Under: 193.5

 

Orlando will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

 

PICK: Orlando Magic

 

Houston Rockets (4-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (4-3) 11/13- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.0

Over/Under: 215.5

 

Rockets have lost two in a row, but should be able to handle to Sixers on the road.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/13- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -4.5

Over/Under: 184.5

 

Celtics looking to win their third straight.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

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New York Knicks (2-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -3.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

With J.R. Smith back, I like the Knicks on the road in an upset.

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Memphis Grizzles (3-3) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MEM -7.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Memphis in an easy win at home. Too much talent still.

 

PICK: Memphis Grizzles

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2) 11/13- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: MIN -8.5

Over/Under: 198.5

 

T’Wolves looking strong with a healthy with Kevin Love back strong.

 

PICK: Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Washington Wizards (2-4) @ San Antonio Spurs (6-1) 11/13- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -11.0

Over/Under: 200

 

Expect an easy San Antonio win at home. Playing good ball early.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-5) @ Denver Nuggets (1-4) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -9.0

Over/Under: 209.5

 

Nuggets will be up for the Lakers…. and expect a home win as the Lakers will their second game in two nights.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: NOR -1.5

Over/Under: 190.5

 

Like the Jazz in a surprise home win as the Pelicans will be in the second of a back-to-back.

 

PICK: Utah Jazz

 

Phoenix Suns (5-2) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/13- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -8.0

Over/Under: 202.5

 

Portland always tough at the Rose Garden.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-4) @ Sacramento Kings (1-5) 11/13- 10:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195.5

 

Winnable road game for the Nets against a struggling Kings team.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/13- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -3.0

Over/Under: 206.5

 

Game of the night… OKC with a big road win.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City Thunder

 

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NBA Power Rankings 2013

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Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA

 

With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.

 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.

 

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.

 

5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.

 

6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.

 

7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.

 

8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.

 

9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.

 

10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.

 

11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.

 

13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.

 

14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?

 

16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.

 

17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

 

18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.

 

21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.

 

22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.

 

23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?

 

24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.

 

25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.

 

26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.

 

27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.

 

28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.

 

29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.

 

30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.

 

 

 

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Spurs in form as Green paces rout of Knicks

NEW YORK – Even along with his team main the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich said Sunday morning his San Antonio Spurs had been playing C+ or B- basketball, adding there was “not much” he liked about their begin.

The Spurs, he mentioned, were profitable due to “luck,” “corporate knowledge,” and since “they’re older than grime.”

Apparently Pop is as robust on his pupils as he is on these sideline reporters, though a a hundred and twenty-89 rout of the New York Knicks bumped up their grades.

“I thought tonight we played a good, strong B+, A- game,” Popovich stated. “There have been some good issues out there.”

Simply not from the crew in orange. Coach Mike Woodson stated the Knicks played with no pride, even with one of the NBA’s marquee franchises making its lone go to to Madison Sq. Garden.

Danny Green had 24 factors and a profession-excessive 10 rebounds within the Spurs’ fourth straight victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 factors and Tony Parker had 17 in a recreation that was shut for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the primary 10 factors, led by as many as 37, and was in full control in between.

“It was embarrassing for us to come right here on our residence court and lose a recreation like this,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony mentioned. “It wasn’t about dropping the game, it was just how we lost the game. We did not compete right this moment and it confirmed on the market on the courtroom.”

Tim Duncan took simply four shots but completed with 11 factors and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (6-1) shot 54 p.c.

The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Yr. Suspended the first five video games of the season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored 5 points in 20 minutes.

Anthony and Andrea Bargnani both scored sixteen for the Knicks, who have been outrebounded fifty one-33 and fell to 2-4 after a 6-zero begin final season.

“I’m not frightened but we do should determine it out,” Anthony stated. “Whatever it is we now have to figure out shortly, but so far as being concerned, I’m not nervous about that. But we need to figure it out.”

The Spurs scored just 76 points a victory over Golden State on Friday, but had every little thing working offensively proper from the opening tip Sunday.

Inexperienced hit two three-pointers within the 10-0 start, Marco Belinelli’s three made it 17-4, and the Spurs hit thirteen of 18 shots whereas opening a 35-17 lead after one quarter, matching their highest-scoring period of the season.

The lead grew to 24 factors in the second, the Spurs repeatedly moving the ball to an open participant before the Knicks knew what was happening. San Antonio was making roughly two of each three pictures for much of the first half and took a sixty one-forty five lead into the locker room after taking pictures 62 percent.

“We simply played our recreation and we made shots,” Parker stated. “If you make photographs it helps, and the ball motion was nice.”

Smith, who ended the postseason in a miserable capturing hunch, opened this season the identical manner. He missed all 5 shots within the first half, unable to shake the rust after appearing in only one preseason recreation following summer time knee surgical procedure.

“I didn’t feel rusty in any respect. I just missed loads of pictures, didn’t get to the basket like I needed to and general I didn’t have an excellent recreation,” Smith said.

By the time he made a three-pointer with eight:forty three left in the third quarter for his first basket, the Knicks trailed by 26 points. The Spurs went up by 30 a couple of minutes in a while one other three by Green, and fans loudly booed when Amar’e Stoudemire missed both free throws with a little less than three minutes left in the interval.

The Knicks received each meetings last season, sweeping the Spurs for the first time in 10 years. But with middle Tyson Chandler sidelined with a broken leg, New York looked defenseless against the Western Conference champions.

It was such a laugher that Popovich had Duncan, a profession sixty nine p.c free throw shooter, take the shot when Woodson was known as for a technical foul within the third quarter. Naturally, the way this one went, Duncan made it.

 

Recreation notes

 

Popovich will face one in every of his former assistants Monday when the Spurs go to the Philadelphia 76ers, coached by Brett Brown… Metta World Peace scored 13 factors for the Knicks.

 

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Predictions for week 2 NBA Games

With almost 2 weeks of NBA action in the books, we have a full action of games on Monday to place your bets on. I will give you my straight-up picks with the betting lines. Get you favorite bets in early to secure the best odds here at Wonder Punter.

 

Atlanta Hawks (3-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: ATL -1.5

Over/Under: 196

 

Even match-up but will give the slight edge to the Bobcats being at home.

 

PICK: Charlotte Bobcats

 

San Antonio Spurs (6-1) @ Philadelphia (4-3)- 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -7.0

Over /Under: 206.5

 

The 76ers are surprising everyone with play to start the season, but expect the Spurs to win.

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-3) @ Indiana Pacers (7-0) 11/11- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -7.0

Over/Under: 183.5

 

Good game but, with the way the Pacers are playing, look for them to win.

 

PICK: Indianapolis Pacers

 

Orlando Magic (3-4) @ Boston Celtics (3-4) 11/11- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: BOS -2.0

Over/Under: 188.5

 

Look for the Celtics to ride their big win in Miami for a back-to-back win against the Magic.

 

PICK: Boston Celtics

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4) @ Chicago Bulls (2-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -9.5

Over/Under: 185.5

 

Derrick Rose and the Bulls struggling to start the season but look for them to win on Monday.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Toronto Raptors (3-4) @ Houston Rockets (4-3) 11/11- 8:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -9.5

Over/Under: 200.5

 

After back-to-back defeats to both L.A. teams, look for the Rockets to win big against the Raptors.

 

PICK: Houston Rockets

 

Denver Nuggets (1-4) @ Utah Jazz (0-7) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -1.0

Over/Under: 198.5

 

Two bad teams, but the Jazz have been blown out in all their losses. I’ll take my chances with the Nuggets.

 

PICK: Denver Nuggets

 

Detroit Pistons (2-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (4-2) 11/11- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: POR -4.5

Over/Under: 202

 

Portland has won two in a row, while the Pistons have lost two straight.

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) @ Los Angeles Clippers (4-3) 11/11- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: LAC -7.5

Over/Under: 205.5

 

Minnesota will be playing in the second of a back-to-back. Clips coming off a big win at Houston.

 

PICK: Los Angeles Clippers

 

Good luck with your favorite teams and picks and be sure to bet early to secure the best odds right here at Wonder Punter.

 

 

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NBA Friday Night Games- Previews/Picks

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NBA Free Picks and Predictions for games of 8th November 2013

Friday night in the NBA usually means one thing… a full schedule of games at your disposal to lay your money on. With odds constantly changing, I will give you my straight-up picks on all Friday night games, but be sure to get in on the betting line early to secure the best odds. Whether you like to play the points, over/under or straight-up… you can find it right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-2) @ Washington Wizards (1-3) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Wizards look to win back-to-back games as they take on the Nets.

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) @ Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Sixers have now lost two in a row after being a Cinderella team for the first three games. Cavs coming off a big win vs. Minnesota

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

Boston Celtics (1-4) @ Orlando Magic (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

The Celtics got their first win against winless Utah, but the Magic just beat a good Clipper team on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Orlando

 

New York Knicks (1-3) @ Charlotte Bobcats (3-2) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Trouble in the Big Apple with their beloved Knicks… Charlotte is an early surprise. I like the odds of the Bobcats winning.

 

PICK: Charlotte

 

Toronto Raptors (2-3) @ Indiana Pacers (5-0) 11/08- 7:00PM EST

 

Clearly, the Pacers are the team to beat right now. Impressive win against the Bulls on Wednesday night.

 

PICK: Indiana

 

Oklahoma Thunder (3-1) @ Detroit Pistons (2-2) 11/08- 7:30PM EST

 

With PG Russell Westbrook back, expect the Thunder to start making a run. My bet is on OKC.

 

PICK: Oklahoma City

 

Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) @ New Orleans Pelicans (2-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Have to like the odds New Orleans winning plus they blew out Memphis on the road Wednesday night.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Utah Jazz (0-5) @ Chicago Bulls (1-3) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

Just what the underachieving Bulls needed, a winless Jazz team to come into town. Easy pick on this one.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Dallas Mavericks (3-2) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) 11/08- 8:00PM EST

 

The Mavs will look to avoid two straight road losses after dropping one to Oklahoma City Wednesday night. Should be another tough battle for both teams, but see the T’Wolves as the favorite.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Golden State Warriors (4-1) @ San Antonio Spurs (4-1) 11/08- 8:30PM EST

 

All the oddsmakers have to be going crazy with this marquee matchup of two teams who are expected to light it up. Watch for the latest betting line here on Wonder Punter, but for a straight-up pick I like the Warriors on the road.

 

PICK: Golden State

 

Denver Nuggets (0-3) @ Phoenix Suns ( 3-2) 11/08- 9:00PM EST

 

With Phoenix coming off a tough road loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, I like the odds of keeping the visiting Denver Nuggets winless on the young season.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Sacramento Kings (1-3) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-2) 11/08- 10:00PM EST

 

Portland is always tough at home… safe pick with Trailblazers.

 

PICK: Portland

 

12 full games to chose from on a Friday night. Check the latest up to the minute betting lines here at Wonder Punter and good luck with your picks!

 By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter

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NBA Power Rankings- Week 1

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NBA Power Rankings for Week 1 of the games

 

With the conclusion of Tuesday nights NBA games, let’s take a look at the Power Rankings going into the Week 2 with the Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 start shocking everyone who were expected to contend for the worst record in NBA history.

 

1. Indiana Pacers (4-0)- Guard Paul George is healthy and ready to lead the charge.

 

2. Houston Rockets (4-1)- So far the Dwight Howard and James Harden duo is working.

 

3. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-1)- A healthy Kevin Love (29.6 points 14.6 rebounds) can do wonders for a team.

 

4. Miami Heat (3-2)- LeBron James admits to maybe minor chemistry problems on the team… we shall see the effects.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers (3-1)- Gave a beat down to the Rockets on Monday night.

 

6. San Antonio Spurs (3-1)- Welcome back Tim Duncan and a resurgent Manu Ginoboli.

 

7. Golden State Warriors (3-1)- It’s the Stephen Curry 3-point show on pace for 437 triples!

 

8. Dallas Mavericks (3-1)- Dirk Nowitski and Monte Ellis getting it done so far.

 

9. Oklahoma Thunder (2-1)- With PG Russell Westbrook back sooner then expected, expect them to start climbing up the rankings.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)- They were ranked last to start the season, but thanks to some quality wins, they deserve a Top 10 ranking for now.

 

11. Brooklyn Nets (2-2)- They need a Miami like performance every night if they want to contend for top billing in the East.

 

12. Chicago Bulls (1-2)- Derrick Rose will continue to improve but the Bulls need more scoring.

 

13. Memphis Grizzles (2-2)- Both road losses were on the road to San Antonio and Dallas.

 

14. Phoenix Suns (3-1)- Eric Bledsoe is shinning bright in the desert sun.

 

15. Portland Trailblazers (2-2)- Big home win against the Spurs with Tim Duncan back in the lineup, but spanked at home by the Rockets.

 

16. Detroit Pistons (2-2)- Brandon Jennings is back from his injury early and ready to lead.

 

17. Orlando Magic (2-2)- Young and ready to play with rookie Victor Oladipo.

 

18. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)- Did we mention Andrew Bynum is playing this year?

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers (2-3)- Still young, still athletic, still Kobe-less. When Kobe, when? Xavier Henry looking great early.

 

20. Toronto Raptors (2-2)- It’s Rudy Gay’s team now.

 

21. Charlotte Bobcats (2-2)- Can Al Jefferson shake off his ankle problems?

 

22. Atlanta Hawks (2-2)- Safe to say the Hawks miss Josh Smith. PG Jeff Teague has been a bright spot.

 

23. New York Knicks (1-3)- The Knicks are hearing the boos already at home after Bobcats beat them.

 

24. Milwaukee Bucks (1-2)- Center Zaza Pachulia is averaging 13 points and 7.7 boards a game so far.

 

25. New Orleans Pelicans (1-3)- Second-year center Anthony Davis the lone bright spot with averages of 23.7 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks his first week.

 

26. Washington Wizards (0-3)- And to think everybody was talking a playoff team before the season. It’s early but win one first.

 

27. Sacramento Kings (1-3)- DeMarcus Cousins needs help and G Isaiah Thomas may be the answer averaging 19 points and 4.7 assists.

 

28.Denver Nuggets (0-3)- Not what we expected from a team that made the playoffs last year.

 

29. Utah Jazz (0-4)- Desperately need a point guard.

 

30. Boston Celtics (0-4)- Due to play the winless Jazz Wednesday night. 

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Free Picks for NBA basketball game, Predictions for Tuesday November 5th

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NBA Prediction and free Picks For Tuesday 5th November 2013

 

With 9 NBA games on the docket for Tuesday night… here are my picks free for you guy´s for this weeks Basketball games, also for NBA betting lines don´t forget to visit our sponsors Basketball Betting

 

Miami Heat (2-2) @ Toronto Raptors (2-1) 11/05- 7:00PM

 

PICK: Miami Heat

 

Charlotte Bobcats (1-2) @ New York Knicks (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: New York Knicks

 

Utah Jazz (0-3) @ Brooklyn Nets (1-2) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn Nets

 

Indiana Pacers (3-0) @ Detroit Pistons (2-1) 11/05- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Phoenix Suns (2-1) @ New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) 11/05- 8:PM EST

 

PICK: New Orleans Pelicans

 

Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) @ Dallas Mavericks (2-1) 11/05- 8:30PM EST

 

PICK: Dallas Mavericks

 

San Antonio Spurs (2-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-2) 11/05- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio Spurs

 

Houston Rockets (3-0) @ Portland Trailblazers (2-1) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Portland Trailblazers

 

Atlanta Hawks (1-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-2) 11/05- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento Kings

 

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Free NBA Picks, Preview and Predictions week 1

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Free NBA Picks Week 1

With a full slate of NBA games on the docket for Friday night… here are my Free NBA picks for each game:

 

Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) @ Washington Wizards (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Washington

 

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) @ Charlotte Bobcats (0-1) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Cleveland

 

New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) @ Orlando Magic (0-2) 11/01- 7:00PM EST

 

PICK: Orlando

 

Toronto Raptors (1-0) @ Atlanta Hawks (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Toronto

 

Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) @ Boston Celtics (0-1) 11/01- 7:30PM EST

 

PICK: Milwaukee

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Miami Heat (1-1) @ Brooklyn Nets (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Brooklyn

 

Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0) 11/01- 8:00 PM EST

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Dallas Mavericks (1-0) @ Houston Rockets (1-0) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Houston

 

Detroit Pistons (1-0) @ Memphis Grizzles (0-1) 11/01- 8:00PM EST

 

PICK: Memphis

 

Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) @ Denver Nuggets (0-1) 11/01- 9:00PM EST

 

PICK: Denver

 

Utah Jazz (0-1) @ Phoenix Suns (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

Los Angels Clippers (0-1) @ Sacramento Kings (1-0) 11/01- 10:00PM EST

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

San Antonio Spurs (1-0) @ Los Angeles Lakers (1-1) 11/01- 10:30PM EST

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

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Vegas: Over-under on Sixers is 16.5 wins

LAS VEGAS – It is no secret issues determine to be dangerous this season for a Philadelphia 76ers crew doing little greater than masquerading as an NBA franchise.

Go away it to the oddsmakers on this playing city to show simply how unhealthy issues could be for a staff contending for nothing however the NBA’s subsequent prime draft decide.

Because the regular season ideas off, the over-below for 76ers victories is 16.5, the lowest of any team and the lowest total LVH sports guide oddsmaker Jeff Sherman can keep in mind putting up on any NBA crew previously decade or so.

Which means optimistic Philly fans (assuming there are any for a group with only a handful of reputable NBA players) can win in the event that they wager their workforce will win 17 times through the 82-game season.

Which means optimistic Philly fans (assuming there are any for a workforce with only a handful of reliable NBA players) can win if they wager their crew will win 17 times throughout the 82-game season. Conversely, those who assume the 76ers are even worse than they appear can cash in if the win complete is sixteen or fewer.

“They’ve pretty much made it identified in Philadelphia they’re attempting to get the No. 1 choose for Andrew Wiggins and not holding again,” Sherman stated. “Groups try for the draft pick typically late within the season, but they’re basically doing it the whole season.”

It will get even higher for true believers. They will get odds of 9,999-1 if they wish to wager at the LVH on the 76ers profitable the title.

“It was the very best quantity our computer systems would let us put in,” Sherman mentioned.

The 76ers aren’t alone in coveting Wiggins, who has scouts drooling even though he’s simply beginning his freshman season at Kansas. Things are pretty dismal within the desert, too, with the Phoenix Suns posted as the next-worst staff with an over-under complete of 19.5 wins.

Perhaps most shocking, although, is that oddsmakers have such little respect for the probabilities of the Los Angeles Lakers and their ageing and injury-susceptible forged of stars. They believe the Lakers will lose more than they win, with an over-below of 34.5 wins for the season.

“We have been writing a number of over money from the general public having a tough time believing the Lakers are going to be that bad,” Sherman said. “Now we have a different view when you look at how extreme Kobe’s injury is and the mileage of [Steve] Nash and [Pau] Gasol.”

Sherman, who groups with fellow oddsmaker Ed Salmons to put up the primary betting traces weeks before the season opens, has the defending champion Miami Heat favored again for many wins, though with an over-below of 60.5 he would not believe the Warmth will method final season’s win whole of 66.

“That was one of the easier ones and it was close to what we had last year,” he stated. “They gained greater than that last 12 months, but that included a 27-sport profitable streak that we do not anticipate to be repeated.”

Miami is also favored at 2-1 to win one other NBA title, adopted by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at 9-2, the Chicago Bulls at 6-1 and the San Antonio Spurs at 8-1.

 
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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings 2013-14

 

With the 2013/14 NBA season upon us starting Tuesday night…. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings of all 30 teams to begin the season.

 

1. Miami Heat- The defending champion Heat will be looking to three-peat with Lebron James in the final year of his contract.

 

2. San Antonio Spurs- With all the pieces still intact, the Western Conference champs are still the team to beat out west.

 

3. Chicago Bulls- After sitting out all of last season… Derrick Rose is back and ready to lead his team to challenge the Heat.

 

4. Indiana Pacers- Last years team was good, now with Danny Granger back and the addition of Luis Scola… they will be even better.

 

5. Los Angeles Clippers- Can new coach Doc Rivers instill the mental and physical toughness that has been lacking with the Clippers in seasons past?

 

6. Houston Rockets- Can the tag team of Dwight Howard/James Harden co-exist and get them to the promise land?

 

7. Golden State Warriors- Will one more year of experience under their belt make up for the lack of depth at the point guard and center positions? Key addition with Andre Iguodala.

 

8. Oklahoma City Thunder- Still no Russell Westbrook until December… until then, can they keep it together?

 

9. Memphis Grizzles- The addition of Mike Miller should help with a team depleted with shooters.

 

10. Brooklyn Nets- Can an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce be the difference that Deron Williams and new coach Jason Kidd need to contend?

 

11. New York Knicks- J.R Smith is still on the shelve and Amar’e and Kenyon Martin are not quite ready for back-to-backs yet.

 

12. Minnesota Timberwolves- A full year of a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio can finally make the Wolves a playoff contender after a drought of nine seasons.

 

13. Denver Nuggets- Andre Iguodala is now with Golden State and no Danilo Gallinari until at least December.

 

14. Washington Wizards- Key addition with Marcin Gortat to fill in a true center position and move Nene to his natural forward position.

 

15. New Orleans Pelicans- New team nickname and two nice additions will help the Pelicans improve… Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

 

16. Dallas Mavericks- Monte Ellis was added to help give Dirk Nowitski an offensive boost… but it’s the defense I’m worried about.

 

17. Portland Trailblazers- LaMarcus Aldridge vows this years Blazers team will make the playoffs.

 

18. Detroit Pistons- Two big additions with the face of the franchise now Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.

 

19. Los Angeles Lakers- Much more athletic team then last year’s team, however their season still rides on the shoulders of Kobe Bryant’s return.

 

20. Cleveland Cavaliers- When will Andrew Bynum play? Oh yeah #1 pick Anthony Bennett has a sleeping disorder.

 

21. Atlanta Hawks- No Josh Smith… it’s Al Horford’s team now.

 

22. Toronto Raptors- Andrea Bargnani is now a Knick.

 

23. Charlotte Bobcats- Should improve in the win column with new center Al Jefferson.

 

24. Sacramento Kings- Will DeMarcus Cousins live up to hype of a max-contract deal.

 

25. Utah Jazz- Young talent is nice, but no quality point guard to dish the rock.

 

26. Milwaukee Bucks- Can new coach Larry Drew keep the rebuilding Bucks together?

 

27. Boston Celtics- New coach, new faces and no Rajon Rondo.

 

28. Orlando Magic- Another rebuilding year.. looking towards the 2014 NBA Draft.

 

29. Phoenix Suns- Traded away their best player Marcin Gortat.

 

30. Philadelphia 76ers- Many are predicting the Sixers to challenge for the all-time worst record of 9-73 (1972-73 Sixers).

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LeBron un-clutch?

LeBron James says he doesn't care what his peers think about clutch shooting. (USATSI)
LeBron James says he doesn’t care what his friends take into consideration clutch capturing. (USATSI)

A number of debate has occurred over whether or not or not LeBron James is a guy you’d need taking clutch photographs if the game, your life or all of humanity was on the line. Guys like Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and others are individuals you are presupposed to want to decide to take that shot in right now’s NBA. Michael Jordan, Larry Fowl, Robert Horry and Reggie Miller are historic figures that are presupposed to be the selection for the legendary clutch shot.

LeBron is dismissed by a lot of followers as an possibility for that shot because he doesn’t have as many memorable recreation-winners as a few of the different options. Regardless of being the very best player within the NBA, James can not seem to get that honor. Apparently, he can’t even get it from his friends within the NBA. Based on ESPN, 26 anonymous gamers were polled on whether they would need LeBron, Jordan or Kobe taking the ultimate shot of a recreation. Nobody picked LeBron in this state of affairs.

While virtually one-quarter of the 26 gamers who participated in an ESPN The Magazine ballot assume LeBron James will finish as one of the best NBA player ever, none of them would want him taking the final shot if Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were additionally on the floor.

James obtained decidedly combined opinions from the players, all of whom had been granted anonymity, in the ballot carried out for the journal’s NBA preview challenge.

Asked which participant they wished to take the last shot with the clock winding down and a recreation on the line, 88 p.c of the players picked Jordan, with Bryant getting the other 12 p.c.

“That’s like rating the shortest big,” an Eastern Convention guard stated. “I would want the ball in LeBron’s arms on the end of the game, however I’d want him to move to Kobe or Jordan for the last shot. And don’t forget, LeBron shouldn’t be a great free throw shooter, both.”

There was one vote for Mario Chalmers, however Mario Chalmers declined touch upon whether or not he participated in the ballot (this may or might not be something I just made up).

Should LeBron be offended that his fellow NBAers wouldn’t choose him if the options had been Jordan, Kobe and LeBron? Presumably. It’s form of hard to argue with the overwhelming majority of the gamers deciding on Jordan, who is the best competitor in NBA history, the greatest participant in NBA historical past and one of many greatest clutch performers sports has ever seen. The other 12 percent choosing Kobe isn’t that surprising either as a result of he’s often on the prime of player polls for final shot duties.

As for LeBron, he could also be one of the best participant within the league but it surely doesn’t suggest he needs to be the best choice to finish a close game. In actual fact, he apparently doesn’t actually care what the outcomes of this ballot are and would fairly put video games away earlier than depart it up to probability/clutch photographs. From ESPN.com:

“Gamers in our league stated that? All proper,” James mentioned after the Miami Warmth went by means of a workout in New York Metropolis earlier than their exhibition game Thursday in Brooklyn.

“I actually don’t care what 30 guys in our league say about me taking the last shot. I’ve got just a few sport winners in my profession. I don’t let teams cling round an excessive amount of for the final shot. I do not suppose the definition of clutch is who takes the final shot. There are guys who come by way of for their teams in several circumstances.”

He has a point about not letting groups hang round. He has been pretty good at placing his opponents away a few minutes before a last-minute shot needs to enter the conversation. He has also develop into a significantly better clutch shooter over the past couple years and has all the time been a prepared playmaker at the finish of games. He even hit the title-clinching jumper on the finish of Game 7 of the NBA Finals in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.

James has had plenty of moments proving he is capable of pulling down that shot. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean you would select him over Michael Jordan and even Kobe Bryant for that matter.

It is positive for LeBron to be aggravated or insulted by this. It is also high-quality for the nameless players to vote this fashion, as effectively. What’s possibly extra fascinating is that possibly six of these guys picked LeBron to finish up as the perfect participant of all time. That’s in all probability the glory LeBron James would somewhat have when it’s all said and performed.

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San Antonio Spurs big man Jeff Pendergraph is now Jeff Ayres, taking his father’s name

The heart previously generally known as Jeff Pendergraph readies a free throw (Nathaniel S. Butler/ Getty).

The phrase “making a reputation for himself” became a cliche long ago, nevertheless it’s however straightforward to miss just how a lot an NBA athlete depends on his name for recognition and profession-constructing. Although elevated media coverage means that many fans might even see a player in highlights before they study who he’s, a name nonetheless carries numerous associations. When somebody says “Michael Jordan,” it brings to mind a number of moments, accolades, and opinions. This point isn’t significantly novel, after all — we all know what names are — nevertheless it helps talk the presumed permanence of a name. We keep in mind it as shorthand for everything contained within a single particular person. People don’t switch them up until they have very good causes.

For an individual with a selected set of life circumstances, a name is not only a public thing, however a mark of exactly how that person views his family’s current and future. For his total public life, journeyman heart Jeff Pendergraph, who signed a two-12 months contract with the San Antonio Spurs, has used the surname of a person who hasn’t been a significant a part of his life since he was a teen. When his daughter was born this summer time, the one-time Pendergraph decided it was time for a new title. From Jeff McDonald for the San Antonio Express-Information:

Last month, Pendergraph walked into a courthouse in downtown Phoenix, his wife Raneem and newborn daughter Naomi in tow. He walked out with a new title — Jeff Ayres.

Ayres is family identify of his organic father, James. It replaces the surname of a stepfather who hasn’t been within the image because the player previously identified Jeff Pendergraph was in high school. […]

“I did not know who my dad was until I was a senior in high school,” Jeff Ayres stated Wednesday, throughout a break from pickup video games as the Spurs’ apply fitness center. He was born Jeff Orcutt, using his mother LaDona’s maiden identify, and became Pendergraph in elementary school when she married. […]

“In highschool and recruiting, that’s how all people knew me, as Pendergraph,” Ayres mentioned. “I did not want to change it, as a result of then individuals wouldn’t know who I was. It caught.” […]

Ayres noticed no need for Naomi to carry a name he felt no connection to himself. He didn’t need her to develop up with questions about the Pendergraphs. Not wanting to modify back to Orcutt, the quickly-to-be-former Jeff Pendergraph and his spouse contemplated ranging from scratch with a completely new moniker. They joked about legally dubbing themselves “Mr. and Mrs. Superior.”

McDonald adds that the 2 Ayres males are still engaged on building a extra substantive relationship, however this determination still stands as the act of a brand new father trying to reconcile his past with his complete household’s future. It’s a touching story partly as a result of it isn’t but finished — the title change is not the conclusion, however something closer to a development of what’s going to doubtless be a lifelong process for Ayres, his spouse, and his daughter.

As famous by Ben Golliver at The Level Ahead, the swap will be most apparent for fans when they learn the lettering on the again of Ayres’s jersey, which is able to go from an 11-letter, closely arched curiosity to a shorter, more manageable five characters. There’s additionally the matter of getting used to calling him Jeff Ayres, naturally, however that doesn’t appear so daunting. I feel he can vault ahead of this Louisville therapy heart and this political science professor in web search results.

BDL will do its half to help fans during this transition. We want the Ayres household the best, as effectively.

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TNT’s Steve Kerr thinks the Heat won’t three-peat, picks Bulls to come out of the East

Will Steve Kerr wind up needing to hide from his 2014 title prediction? (Lee Celano/Getty Photos)

Barring a catastrophic harm or another unexpected growth between now and Oct. 30, the Miami Warmth will enter the common season as the betting favourite to capture the 2013-14 NBA championship; for the time being, they’re going off at a shade underneath 2-to-1, in response to Bovada, significantly outpacing the positioning’s No. 2 guess, the Oklahoma City Thunder (6-to-1). That is pretty reasonable — after all, the Heat have won the Eastern Conference three years in a row and won the last two NBA championships, and the team employs LeBron James, who is both the best basketball participant on the earth and in the prime of his profession.

Beyond that, Miami additionally features Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who rank as arguably the league’s greatest pair of supplemental offensive options and may provide sport-altering defensive play when wholesome and engaged. The Heat additionally return every key contributor to last 12 months’s title run save for Mike Miller, whom they amnestied again in July and who later signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. (Pat Riley responded by adding Greg Oden and Michael Beasley to select up Miller’s “myriad accidents” and “enjoyable coiffure” slack.) Whereas there are not any lead-pipe locks in the NBA, you would be laborious-pressed to find too many of us who’d look askance at selecting the Heat to go back-to-back-to-back.

Count Steve Kerr among the aspect-eye squadron, though. The previous 15-12 months skilled sharpshooter and Phoenix Suns basic supervisor, and current TNT basketball analyst, has gone on the record to foretell that the Warmth won’t solely fail to three-peat, however will lose their Eastern crown, too, based on Ben Boltch of the Los Angeles Instances:

Nobody has received back-to-again-to-back titles because the Lakers in 2000-02 and no person has been to 4 consecutive NBA Finals because the Boston Celtics in 1984-87.

“There’s a purpose these teams do not do it,” TNT analyst Steve Kerr stated. “Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it yr after yr, notably when you need to take care of everything Miami has to cope with every day, simply the fixed critiquing and scrutiny on the workforce, and then you factor within the injuries with Wade and Bosh and their well being. I don’t assume Miami will get out of the East this yr.”

Kerr is selecting the Bulls to unseat the Heat.

Well, then.

You’d suspect that Kerr’s Bulls pick leans closely on the anticipated full-throttle return of Derrick Rose to All-NBA-level play after missing all the 2012-13 season rehabilitating from a torn left ACL. To be sure, including an elite point guard (plus savvy playmaking swingman Mike Dunleavy, plucked neatly at the start of free agency) ought to help the Bulls enhance from one of many league’s worst offenses (24th of 30 NBA groups in factors scored per possession final season) again towards the top of the pops (No. 5 in offensive effectivity in 2011-12, No. 12 in Rose’s MVP 2010-eleven season).

As NBA.com’s John Schuhmann noted, though, the Bulls also allowed five more points per one hundred possessions final season than they did the yr earlier than, thanks partly to the departures of a variety of second-unit defensive stalwarts (specifically Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson), which is a reasonably major slide and one thing to be at least reasonably involved about heading into the season. Full, healthy campaigns from Rose, fellow All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, and key reserves Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich would go a long way toward walking again some of those losses. However given the bigs’ past battles with plantar fasciitis, Hinrich’s close to-constant battle with a wide variety of maladies and the astounding workload head coach Tom Thibodeau heaps on Deng and Noah, it wouldn’t necessarily be a shock to see any one of those players limited this season, which may put quite a dent in Chicago’s supposed ascent.

It can be one thing of a shock to see James limited. The 28-year-previous four-time MVP has missed simply 39 of 804 attainable regular-season video games during his 10-12 months NBA profession, with most of those coming because of deliberate rest somewhat than damage, and his frame (listed at 6-foot-eight, 250 kilos, though that might undersell it) often makes him look like an indestructible struggle machine. It might be far less shocking, though, to see the members of his supporting solid wither on the vine.

The laborious-pushed miles on Wade’s legs seem to develop into a bigger topic of dialog and a extra vital on-court docket issue with each passing year, and Erik Spoelstra’s anticipated rotation will continue to rely closely on longer-in-the-tooth vets Ray Allen (38 years outdated), Shane Battier (who’ll be 35 by Opening Night time), Chris Andersen (35) and Udonis Haslem (33, but with 10 years of very bodily play on his body) for main minutes. Plus, as Schuhmann notes, the Heat have performed 19 more games over the past three seasons than every other workforce within the NBA, a workload that Kerr thinks is bound to catch up with them.

He’s seen it before, as a member of the Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen/Dennis Rodman/Toni Kukoc Bulls squads that gained three straight titles from 1995-ninety six by ‘ninety seven-’98. As Kelly Dwyer — my colleague, Our Fearless Chief and as canny a Bulls watcher as we have on these right here Internets — jogs my memory, the ultimate title squad was running on fumes to start out the ‘ninety seven-‘ninety eight season after hoisting consecutive O’Brien trophies. They started out 12-9 and bore little resemblance to the world-beaters that followed a document-setting 72-10 marketing campaign with a sixty nine-13 mark en path to again-to-again titles. They’d get it discovered, in fact, successful 21 of their next 25 and going 4 months without shedding consecutive games, topping the 60-win mark and depressing Utah Jazz fans over again. But it surely was an exhausting, exasperating season, marked by the specter of one other M.J. retirement, Pippen angling for a giant contract and questions about coach Phil Jackson’s future with the franchise; getting by means of all that to return to the top of the mountain took an distinctive efficiency headlined by the laser-focused depth of Jordan, one of the game’s all-time killers.. and, without throwing shade, as loads of folks have discussed in loads of ways previously, Miami’s best participant is wired only a bit differently than Chicago’s was.

That, of course, does not imply that Miami can’t develop into the first staff since Larry Chicken’s Boston Celtics to make 4 straight NBA Finals trips (1984 by 1987) or the first workforce because the Shaq-Kobe Los Angeles Lakers to win three straight rings (2000 via 2002). But with all those miles, all that age and all those enhancing groups — the more healthy Bulls, deeper Indiana Pacers and inexperienced-tinted Brooklyn Nets within the East, to say nothing of Western powers like the San Antonio Spurs, who got here inside mere seconds of knocking Miami off again in June — of their way, it’s certain to be an extremely tall order. Watching James and company vie for one more piece of history must be not less than as fascinating as watching them carve out the bits they’ve already obtained underneath their belts.

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LeBron James is developing a cable TV sitcom for Starz called ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

LeBron James practices his Emmy acceptance speech on the ESPYs. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

LeBron James has provided NBA followers with loads of memorable televised moments over the course of a ten-12 months NBA profession that is featured four NBA Most Valuable Player awards and again-to-again NBA championships. Now, he’ll try to take his penchant for creating should-see TELEVISION into the realm of scripted entertainment, joining childhood good friend/enterprise companion Maverick Carter and TV producer/Fenway Sports activities Group chairman Tom Werner in growing a half-hour comedy program for the cable community Starz.

The show, titled “Survivor’s Regret,” will follow two pals who discover success — one within the NBA, one in the business world — and “discover the complexity, comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand — what truly happens when you make it out,” in keeping with the network press launch asserting the challenge:

Through a mixture of God-given expertise and north Philly grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither may have imagined growing up in one of many toughest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. However success comes with its personal challenges, and the cousins and confidantes wrestle with the rewards of money, stardom, love, and sometimes, the guilt of having “made it.”

“We’re incredibly excited at Starz to work with such a deep bench of gifted storytellers to develop ‘Survivor’s Remorse,'” mentioned [Starz Chief Government Officer Chris] Albrecht. “Everyone involved brings something unique to the desk — from Tom Werner’s legendary tv success to LeBron’s extraordinary life experiences and viewpoint. We hope that ‘Survivor’s Regret’ will carry the humor, ache and complexity of these characters to life in a approach that’s honest and compelling for audiences worldwide.”

Here’s a fun piece of news for my fellow ’80s babies and ’90s children: Mike O’Malley has been named one of many show’s government producers and writers. I’m sure he acquired the gig for his sitcom expertise (he was the lead on “Sure, Expensive” and has played a supporting position on “Glee”) and writing/producing work on Showtime’s “Shameless,” but I am going to select to believe it was due, a minimum of partly, to James being a big fan of Nickelodeon’s “Guts” rising up.

We’re still a great distance away from the present ever seeing airwaves — as Dave Itzkoff of the New York Occasions, amongst others, has famous, the network has yet to actually place an episode order and begin production on the show, so this could very well turn into one of many numerous projects that get killed before they even really get started. It might have a fighting chance, though, given Starz’s determined want for unique programming that may make subscribers tune in, James’ megawatt star energy and Werner’s TV bona fides — he co-based The Carsey-Werner Firm, which produced a wide range of profitable and lengthy-operating sitcoms, together with “The Cosby Present,” “Roseanne,” “A Totally different World,” “Grace Below Fire,” “3rd Rock from the Solar” and “That ’70s Show.” Werner was additionally an executive producer on “The Life and Times of Tim,” an animated HBO comedy with a very different tone from those more mainstream network hits.

While the thumbnail sketch of a show about two pals who achieve fame and wealth in basketball and business will obviously draw inspiration from the tales of executive producers James and Carter, Maverick advised The Related Press that it is “definitely not an autobiographical collection about my life or LeBron’s life; it’s fictional characters residing in a fictional world.” He additionally made clear that James would not be stepping in front of the digicam on “Survivor’s Remorse,” for worry of derailing things: “LeBron is definitely too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him.”

James, nonetheless, did not shrink back from the parallels between their come-up and the characters’ inspirations: “For Maverick and I even to be the place we are right now, given the place we came from, is kind of onerous to consider. I felt prefer it was a narrative that wanted to be advised, and nobody can craft a narrative like Tom Werner.”

The title, “Survivor’s Regret,” seems a bit darkish for a half-hour comedy, nevertheless it’s additionally clearly something that is been on LeBron’s thoughts — and part of LeBron’s branding — in latest months. After his Miami Warmth defeated the San Antonio Spurs to seize a second consecutive league championship and NBA Finals MVP trophy, James made a degree of emphasizing the statistically unlikely nature of his ascent: “I’m LeBron James from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I am not even supposed to be here. That is enough. Each evening I stroll into the locker room, I see a number 6 [jersey] with ‘James’ on the again. I’m blessed. So what everybody’s saying about me off the court docket don’t matter. I ain’t received no worries.”

James expanded on that in an interview with the AP:

“I believe the main factor for me is, to begin with, making it out of a spot where you are not alleged to. You’re supposed to be a statistic and find yourself like the rest of the individuals within the internal city — (and) being one of the few to make it out and everyone taking a look at you to be the savior.” […]

“Once you make it out, everybody expects for — they automatically assume that they made it out and it’s extremely robust for a younger, African-American 18-year-previous child to now hold the duty of an entire metropolis, of a complete community. I can relate to that as effectively,” mentioned James.

Whether James, Carter, Werner and firm can successfully extract compelling comedy from the premise within the pitch remains to be seen, but it surely’s worth remembering that Starz was the community that introduced viewers the superb and sensible comedy series “Social gathering Down,” so it isn’t like Starz’s historical past is all “Spartacus” on a regular basis. Then again, “Get together Down” acquired cancelled after two seasons and 20 episodes, so it is in all probability a good idea for us to maintain our expectations for the shelf-life of this subsequent comedy endeavor manageably low in the meanwhile. For now, let’s just choose to hope it aspires to be one thing greater than “NBA Entourage,” consider it neat that LeBron can be concerned with a TELEVISION production that is neither “The LeBrons” nor “The Resolution,” and congratulate me on referencing “Grace Underneath Fireplace” in an NBA weblog post in September.

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Manu Ginobili discusses the frustration of ‘having to play with the parking brake on’ due to injury

Why wouldn’t Manu Ginobili wish to return to all this? (Getty Pictures)

San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili turned 36 in July. He’s missed a combined 55 common season games during the last two years, the anticipated payoff after years of all-out play that often ran deep into the NBA’s postseason, normally followed up by prolonged runs representing his native Argentina in worldwide play.

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Recently, Ginobili sat down for a candid and revealing interview with the Argentinean paper La Nación, and J. Gomez at Pounding the Rock was thoughtful and diligent sufficient to translate and transcribe it for us. In the forwards and backwards, Ginobili comes clean on a season that actually seemed to put on him down, especially as he struggled to supply Manu Ginobili-esque play because the playoffs trudged along.

What was weighing on you? Since you clearly weren’t and aren’t bored with basketball

The bodily part. Having to keep rehabilitating and getting in form after injuries. Having to play with the parking brake on as a result of I’m coming back from a muscle strain. That wore me out and it was arduous.

I have a good time when I am wholesome and playing, I really feel fortunate enjoying with the workforce and training employees I play for. However the bodily issues drained me.

Ginobili went on to level out that it only took two or three days of “grieving” following San Antonio’s Game 7 loss to the Miami Warmth earlier than deciding that he was going to return again for one more season, and signal a free agent take care of the Spurs.

This might seem like a fast turnaround, particularly contemplating the nearly eight-month run of 103 regular and postseason San Antonio Spurs games that preceded that call. The turnaround needed to be fast, although, as a result of San Antonio’s postseason run ended on June 20, and the free agent interval sparked up only a week and a half later. Ginobili couldn’t dawdle, which is tough stuff for a guy that has been with the group for eleven years as an active player, 14 years after being drafted by the club, as he ready to signal what is going to probably be his last contract with the workforce.

Apparently it was sufficient time to construct up the muscle power to put pen to paper, as Ginobili admitted that the trying 2012-13 left him nearly out of gas:

This 12 months, like never earlier than, you appeared weak

A lot of times this year I’ve been instructed I appeared weak, vulnerable, fragile. I’ve no cause to cover. I’m no less of a person for feeling that manner or for having played poorly. Sure, so what’s the problem? I will be criticized? Nice. I swear I gave the whole lot I had and I tried to win, like I at all times have. Generally it happens and generally it doesn’t. I will not blush or feel embarrassed for saying it. I felt weak and I expressed it. I did not have a purpose to not. It is true. It was the first time I’ve felt that way.

Manu responded in the affirmative to the query that was posed about the swingman being “energized by anger,” which probably helps explain this brilliant 24-level, 10-help efficiency in Recreation 5 of the Finals, coming at Ginobili’s probable low-level as an oft-injured (and subsequently, oft-criticized) veteran.

It’s also clear that Ginobili is greater than a bit peeved at his Spurs being regarded as simply one other Finals loser (within the first San Antonio Finals collection lack of the Tim Duncan period), when the crew gave Miami all it could deal with, telling the newspaper that critics will “see we had been pretty much as good as Seattle or Utah had been once they lost to the Chicago Bulls.”

This is clearly a annoyed dude.

That’s just fantastic. With no worldwide play scheduled, Manu may have a full three months’ relaxation before getting back into the grind in late September; and while that will not really feel ample, it’s usually greater than he’s often afforded. How the savvy Ginobili responds to his declining athleticism over the next two years of his contract stays to be seen, but when this interview is any indication it’s obvious that Ginobili is about as self-aware as they arrive.

Translation didn’t cloud that sentiment. The person is beat, but he’s getting again up off the canvas for an additional go.

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The 10-man rotation, starring the importance of getting Pau Gasol back in the post

More Pau on the block, please. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Pictures)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It is also necessary to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed so as of importance. That is for you, pricey reader, to figure out.

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C: Forum Blue and Gold. Darius Soriano hears you speaking about Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman complimenting each other well on offense, about how both of them can submit up and each of them can play outdoors, and he thinks that is all nicely and good. Now put Pau on the block, run the offense by way of him and figure out what to do with Kaman somewhere else, OK?

PF: Grantland, Half Court docket Press and SB Nation. Brett Koremenos looks on the Philadelphia 76ers’ decision to hire longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as a “great match for a younger group.” J.P. Pelosi talks with Australian league legend Darryl McDonald about what the Sixers can anticipate from Brown, for whom McDonald played with the NBL’s North Melbourne Giants. Tom Ziller considers the chance that Brown actually makes it by means of all four years of his contract.

SF: The New York Occasions. A bittersweet appreciation of Zander Hollander, whose Complete Handbooks series of complete sports activities yearbooks “were almost holy objects to a sure sort of sports activities-crazed teen” within the years before Internet access leveled the knowledge-gathering enjoying subject, and whose work helped form the work of some pretty darn good writers who followed.

SG: The Mikan Drill. Joshua Riddell seems at whether merely changing J.J. Hickson with Robin Lopez will help the Portland Trail Blazers turn into a better defensive staff against the choose-and-roll, or whether or not some schematic changes is likely to be needed, as nicely.

PG: Mavs Moneyball. Engaged on the stats crew for an NBA sport — the individuals who keep the official rating of the game, operate the shot and sport clocks, and so on. — sounds like a reasonably hectic scenario.

6th: Grantland. More from Koremenos on the curious case of Omer Asik, and the way the Houston Rockets’ decision on easy methods to deploy last year’s starting center now that Dwight Howard’s in the combine could show to be the distinction between title contention and also-ran status.

7th: Roundball Mining Company. After trying on the Denver Nuggets’ offseason moves and the crew’s roster because it at present stands, Matt Cianfrone asks an attention-grabbing question about one of the best definition and true worth of “depth” in the NBA: “In spite of everything, what good is having a bunch of fine gamers if those gamers can’t translate into productive lineups? […] Are the Nuggets deep or do they only have a set of good players? Is there a difference?”

8th: Salt Metropolis Hoops. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter determine to be the first beneficiaries of the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap from the Utah Jazz. However with offseason additions Rudy Gobert and Andris Biedrins filling out the frontcourt mix and a cluttered (if not awe-inspiring) wing rotation, is Dunk Contest/preseason standout Jeremy Evans again going to be the odd man out in Salt Lake Metropolis?

9th: The New York Instances. An excellent learn from Beckley Mason on something I touched on Friday — the lineup options that the signing of free-agent level guard Beno Udrih provides Mike Woodson and the probabilities that the New York Knicks head coach Woodson actually takes benefit of them.

10th: Knickerblogger. An argument for limiting Tyson Chandler’s minutes during the common season, despite the fact that to do so will weaken an already questionable Knicks protection.