Tuesday, 11 January 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: MONDAY (10/01/11)
24. Kobe always steps it up at Madison Square Garden, but he's no slouch at STAPLES either. With New York coming into town, Kobe had 27 points as Los Angeles beat the Knicks 109-87 at home. Kobe looked great despite his knee issues. As did the improving Andrew Bynum who almost doubled up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and he probably would of if he wasn't ejected late in the game for a second technical after arguing a foul he committed against Amare Stoudemire. Pau Gasol did get another double however with 20 points and 14 rebounds as the improving Lakers went for four straight wins. Stoudemire had 23, Chandler had 19 and Felton had 12 for the Knicks, but it wasn't enough for this turnaround team who stay the same against the Lakers with their seventh straight loss. Despite the Knicks finally looking like a great team, some things don't change.
48. The Lakers however are set to lose defensive swingman, backup talent Matt Barnes for around two months. The major pickup of this past offseason has been incredible for the Lake Show off the bench. Barnes confirmed on his Twitter account that a knee injury would keep him at courtside in a suit and tie for a timeline of around eight weeks. After a fall against the New Orleans Hornets during a Lakers win at STAPLES on Friday, Matt has torn the lateral meniscus in his right knee. There is no official return date from the Lakers as Barnes will undergo surgery on Tueday this week. This is a shame for L.A. who have been in the injury wars all season long and looked like they where getting out of it. Barnes has also been one of the Lakers bright spots from his hard nosed D to his potent offensive set. To fill his spot the Lakers have recalled, Trevor Ariza like, versatile rookie Devin Ebanks from the D-League. The swingman who is competent on all areas of the floor has been strong in the NBA's development league, averaging around 14 points and 8 rebounds. Now he's been called up perhaps this is finally Ebanks shot. Also Phil Jackson won't have any more trouble finding extra minutes for favourite Luke Walton. Now that will leave Tom Hanks smiling again.
82. It's been rumour and speculation for months but now it looks like Carmelo Anthony may be looking to switch to a New Jersey. Denver may send 'Melo and others to Jersey as part of a three team deal involving the Detroit Pistons. The proposed deal would ship Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, and Shelden Williams, to the Nets, while Piston Rip Hamilton would also go to the Meadowlands. The Nuggets would get a lot in return from New Jersey, namely top star Devin Harris, rising rookie Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross and Ben Uzoh. Denver will also get a few more Nuggets in draft picks. Detroit would not be left shorthanded as they will also receive Johan Petro and top forward Troy Murphy. Asked multiple times if this weekends game in Denver 'Melo multiply replied, "not at all". So it's all resting on the issue of Carmelo's commitment to a long term deal. I guess Anthony has a thing for leaving unsigned contracts on the table.
O.T. Chicago Bulls Luol Deng arrived to a hero's welcome in his native Sudan to raise awareness of voting the right way. What a man...the Miami Heat are as successful on the road as Kerouac, they defeated the Blazers in O.T, so they've got to get a mention in this section for their 13th consecutive win in red or black...the Wolves however lost their fourth straight to the inpenetrable D of the leagues best San Antonio Spurs...the Cavs where worse off losing their 10th straight after being made ashes out of Phoenix. There's more double trouble for Cleveland as Anderson Varejao's season is dust thanks to injury...the Kings also reached their 10th straight loss, on the road that is to another struggling team, the Raptors. Right now Sacramento look as haggard on the road as Viggo Mortenson...the Clippers aren't feeling blue in the Pacific however as the sophmore/rookie duo of Gordon and Griffin handled fellow Califonian warriors, Golden State. TIM DAVID HARVEY.