Monday, 22 November 2010


New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his glasses during the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on November 4, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

24. The NBA Players of the week for Monday, November 15Th, through to Sunday, November 21st have been named. Out west, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook takes the honor, while on the east coast it's the New York Knicks big free agent signing Amare Stoudemire. Amare's STAT's have helped the New York Knicks go from rotten to fresh and ashy to classy. Stoudemire's being doing it B.I.G. with averages of 29.0 9.5 rebounds and 8 blocks. The inside presence has gifted his team with a 68% field goal percentage, en route to a successful 3-1 west coast road trip for the team from the city that never sleeps. Sticking with the west, Westbrook helped his Thunder weather the storm with a perfect 4 and 0 record. Russell's averages of 23.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds helped this. You know Oklahoma aren't just about Kevin Durant, especially without him in the lineup. Westbrook took the heat of the leadership role, icing a close game against Milwaukee with two free throw bucks in the bank of the depreciating seconds of a game last week.

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem holds his ankle after coming down in an awkward way from battling for a rebound during the second half of NBA basketball action against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tennessee, November 20, 2010. Haslem was reported as having a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated Sunday. The Grizzlies defeated the Heat 97-95. REUTERS/Nikki Boertman (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

48. Miami may have a lot of new signings heating up their roster at the moment but they also rely on their South Beach favourite regulars and one Miami veteran appears to have gone cold. Unfortunately for the aspiring champs Miami ring bearer Udonis Haslem will join Mike Miller on the (OH NO! not them) injury list. Miami not only lost a buzzer beating game to the Memphis Grizzilies this weekend they also lost Haslem to a foot injury. The chiseled, tough warrior who may as well be called Edonis could be out until February Yahoo! reports. So no tough love for Miami until Valentines day? Bosh better hit the weights even harder now. The 'Power' forward has torn some ligaments and doctors are yet to determine whether he will require surgery. We are sure Udonis will be able to tough it out, but will Miami? Can they stand the heat?

Apr. 18, 2010 - Los Angeles, United States - epa02123134 Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (R) of Spain, looks back at teammate forward Lamar Odom (L) in first half action against the Oklahoma City Thunder of game one of the NBA Playoffs in Los Angeles, California, USA, 18 April 2010.

82. PAU! PAU! Gasol was perfect this weekend as the Lakers took apart the less powerful version of a very talented Golden State Warriors. Golden State didn't glitter last night as it was a Sunday night whitewash for the Lake Show. With a score of 117-89 the Lakers made it another Sunday blowout win at home after trouncing Portland a fortnight back (they did lose to Phoenix at home last week though). Pau Gasol hit all his shots to lead the team with a clean 28 for the score sheet. Thanks to Gasol the Lakers gassed up the Warriors for a 30 point lead in the first half. Although Golden State battled back. The Lakers had too much firepower and defence. Kobe added 20, while Lamar Odom made his a double with 15 points and 10 rebounds (get that All-Star ballot punched). Pau deservedly sat out the last quarter after going forth with a perfect record from the field and the stripe. He also notched 9 boards and 5 dimes before the fourth quarter. The Warriors still played hard, rising talent Dorell Wright (you should have played him earlier Miami) had 16 while Stephen Curry did travel to Staples this time bagging 13. Monta Ellis had 5 before being taken out the game after falling on his hip. The GSW's will hope Monta can return to the side soon. TIM DAVID HARVEY

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