Wednesday, 2 March 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: WEDNESDAY (03/02/11)
24. As one point guard is passed over in Miami, another will pick and roll in his place. The Heat have parted ways with hot backup Carlos Arroyo waiving the Puerto Rican. Miami have one this in order to open a roster spot for free- gent Mike Bibby who recently agreed to a buy-out with the Washington Wizards and also has been one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Sure Miami will miss the flash and speed of Arroyo but they will love the all-round clutch game of Bibby who'll probably see more significant minutes. This is better news for Miami who where left at the alter for Boston by Troy Murphy. Sure Arroyo knew how to beat the whole of the U.S. back some years, but Bibby knows how to go 7 rounds with the Lakers, the world champs. Now Miami have even more championship pedigree. Thank God for LeBron giving him the eye, now the Heat are fancied even more as contenders.
48. More players are being waived goodbye to in the NBA's new way of dealing players past the NBA trade deadline. Following Mike Bibby, another Wizard has agreed on a buyout to take the tricks of his trade somewhere else. Al Thornton will now look for a new team as with Josh Howard and new acquisitions Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans the Wiz are heavily rotated at the 3 like Khalifa records. The Knicks have also made changes to their new roster, releasing wild talent Corey Brewer, a week since his arrival. The player they traded for Brewer, Eddy Curry has also agreed to a buy-out for his massive contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. New York also waived Kelenna Azubuike yesterday. These guys are talented but the Knicks have done this in order to bring back their former player Jared Jeffries, who ha more size, talent and experience. Jeffries can guard big and small and can score from the perimeter with speed and agility, he's also not afraid to get involved inside for buckets. As N.Y. add another dimension, this championship contention gets that more compelling.
82. GAME OF THE WEEK: This weeks 'Through The Wire' is London themed, with the New Jersey Nets taking on the Toronto Raptors twice this weekend in London, let's take a look back at the last NBA game played in England's capital. Last October the Minnesota Timberwolves shocked the Los Angeles Lakers and everyone in England and the world, putting on an exhibition with a preseason win. Even in other meetings this season the Wolves have howled down the Lakers neck, but not last night. The Lake Show are still in All-Star mode extending their win streak to 5 games post East vs. West game. Thanks to the Lakers frontcourt monster of Bynum, Gasol and Odom, rebounding machine Kevin Love was taken out of his game, en route to a heart-filled, 90-79 Lakers win. As L.A. made 28 second-chance points Pau Gasol had 17 rebounds and 12 points, while Andrew Bynum had the highest in the opposite category with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Kobe had 24, but only made 8 shots in a poor offensive game which was polished off on the glass by the teams respective window cleaners. K. Love did had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his 47th straight double-double but without a W in the box-score these stats did not have a positive correlation. The Los Angeles Lakers on the other hand are on the rise.
O.T. Andrew Bogut's muscle strain means the Buck will stop here, for around a week before he can play again for Milwaukee...down in Detroit the Pistons are fired up. Richard Hamilton is expected to play his first game in 10 after apparently squashing things with his coach John Kuester...speaking of 10's, centre Jarron Collins has got 10 days to prove to the Portland Trail Blazers that he's worthy of a full-time contract. Not injuring himself should ensure that...Washington Wizard John Wall and L.A. Clipper Blake Griffin have been named Rookies of the Month (who else)...while Dallas Mav coach Rick Carlisle and the Philly 76ers' Doug Collins are your NBA Coaches of the Month for February...Antwan Jamison has undergone season ending injury on his finger as his reunion with former Golden State Warrior, Baron Davis and better days with Cleveland will have to be put on hold. As for being put on hold, until tomorrow thanks for reading BASKETBALL 24/48/82's 'Through The Wire'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.