Wednesday, 16 March 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: WEDNESDAY (03/16/11)
24. Danny Granger missed playing against the New York Knicks for his Indiana Pacers due to a strep throat but in last nights rematch he didn't choke as he did his best Reggie Miller impression. With 0.3 seconds left he finished his 26 points off with a game winner to make it 2 and 0 for Indiana against New York, who are keeping up pace to be the Knicks bogey team once again. Former college standout Tyler Hansbrough also stood proud as he best his Sunday career-high 29 points against N.Y. with 30 last night. "I love New York, but I just happen to play good against them," the former Tar-Heel remarked. Anthony has 29 points but that couldn't mellow the Pacers flow.
48. Bloggers beware. Watch what you say, or tweet for that matter. A referee in the NBA is suing The Associated Press and one of its sports writers over a comment on Twitter. This federal lawsuit is stemming from a comment suggesting that the ref intentionally made a bad call against the Houston Rockets to amend a prior bad call that went against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Veteran black and white, William Spooner claims that writer Jon Krawczynski defamed him in the Twitter message. The alleged tweet said, "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks." Following the Rockets 129-125 win Spooner is arguing Krawczynski's comments are hurting his reputation, he is seeking damages and a removal of the Internet posting. The NBA issue this statement, "We investigated the content of the tweet when it appeared, found it to be without substance, and informed Mr. Spooner that we considered the matter closed. We subsequently advised Mr. Spooner's lawyer that we did not think suing a journalist over an incorrect tweet would be productive. Nevertheless, Mr. Spooner and his lawyer decided to commence this litigation and any future inquiries should be directed to Mr. Spooner's lawyer." The case continues.
82. Injuries are what make this league go round, or not it would seem. Out in the ATL All-Star center Al Horford will return for the Atlanta Hawks after a sore ankle made him sit for the teams last game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He returns against Milwaukee for a game itself that is returning after an ice-storm postponed it earlier this season. Horford may be taken off ice but Houston Rockets guard Terrence Williams will be on the chilling list for around a week after having minor surgery in order to relieve lower abdominal distress. The talented bench player was acquired from New Jersey late last season and is averaging 5 points and 2.4 rebounds.
O.T. The Chicago Bulls seventh straight win has sealed them the sole top spot in the Eastern Conference...thanks to Aldrige's 30 points the Blazers ensured the Mavs trailed...Joe Johnson strapped on a head-band and put down 36 points as the Haws proved they where a stronger animal then the Bucks...the rising Nets are sending Ben Uzoh to the Development League But promoting Dan Lefton to executive director of ticket sales at the their new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. as the team look to advance even more...with March Madness in full swing for NCAA College Basketball, LeBron is predicting that Ohio State will be the only team left standing come April. TIM DAVID HARVEY.