Monthly Archives: April 2009

This is Dwight Howard getting suspended

The NBA announced today that Howard has been suspended for game 6 between the Magic and Sixers.  Howard blasted Samuel Dalembert with an elbow in the first quarter of game 5.  He was assessed a technical foul on the play.

Here it is:

I don’t agree with the suspension, but I give Sixers coach Tony DiLeo credit for complaining loud enough to incite the suspension.  Maybe Vinny Del Negro should have lobbied for Rajon Rando to be suspended.

Stay tuned.

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Ben Gordon questionable for game 5 tonight

Gordon is not expected to play Tuesday night in Boston.

Gordon will be a game-time decision for game 5 Tuesday night in Boston.

The Chicago Bulls signed Lindsey Hunter early in the season with the idea of using the 38 year-old as a tutor for Derrick Rose.  Now, he may be forced to play a prominent role alongside Rose in the backcourt.

ESPN reported this afternoon that Bulls G Ben Gordon may not play tonight against the Celtics in game 5 of the first round matchup.

Gordon suffered a strained hamstring in the second quarter of game 4, and is officially listed as day-to-day.

Apparently he has not responded positively to treatment.  He is expected to dress for the game, but may see limited action.

Gordon’s loss means Hunter and former Florida Gator Anthony Roberson will see minutes tonight, along with veteran Linton Johnson.

The Bulls could also go big and move Tyrus Thomas to the three, but that seems unlikely.

Stay tuned for more updates, and enjoy tonight’s games.

This is the Cavs playoff commerical

Are you ready?

The Pistons certainly weren’t.

Stay tuned.

Complete list of 2009 NBA draft early entries

Varnado was the last underclassman to put his name in for the 2009 NBA draft. (AP Photo)

Varnado was the last underclassman to put his name in for the 2009 NBA draft. (AP Photo)

Here is a look at all college underclassman who declared for the 2009 NBA draft prior to the April 26th deadline. Players in BOLD have hired agents.

  • F Dominique Archie, South Carolina, Jr.
  • F DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, So.
  • F Derrick Brown, Xavier, Jr.
  • G/F Chase Budinger, Arizona, Jr.
  • G Nick Calathes, Florida, So.
  • G/F Patrick Christopher, California, Jr.
  • F Earl Clark, Louisville, Jr.
  • F Dwayne Collins, Miami, Jr.
  • F Brandon Costner, NC State, Jr.
  • G Stephen Curry, Davidson, Jr.
  • F Bryan Davis, Texas A&M, Jr.
  • G/F Austin Daye, Gonzaga, So.
  • G/F DeMar DeRozan, USC, Fr.
  • G Eric Devendorf, Syracuse, Jr.
  • G Devan Downey, South Carolina, Jr.
  • G Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State, Jr.
  • G Wayne Ellington, North Carolina, Jr.
  • F/C Chinemelu Elonu, Texas A&M, Jr.
  • G Tyreke Evans, Memphis, Fr. (Expected to hire agent)
  • F Roderick Flemings, Hawaii, Jr.
  • G Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, So.
  • F Taj Gibson, USC, So.
  • F Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, So.
  • G Daniel Hackett, USC, Jr. (Expected to hire agent)
  • F Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, Jr.
  • G James Harden, Arizona St., So.
  • G/F Paul Harris, Syracuse, Jr.
  • G/F Gerald Henderson, Duke, Jr.
  • F/C Jordan Hill, Arizona, Jr.
  • G Jrue Holiday, UCLA, Fr.
  • F Damion James, Texas, Jr.
  • F James Johnson, Wake Forest, So.
  • F Mac Koshwal, DePaul, So.
  • F Gani Lawai, Georgia Tech, So.
  • G Ty Lawson, North Carolina, Jr.
  • F/C Ater Majok, UConn, Fr.
  • G Jodie Meeks, Kentucky, Jr.
  • G Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s, So.
  • F Tasmin Mitchell, LSU, Jr.
  • C B.J. Mullens, Ohio St., Fr. (Expected to hire agent)
  • F Patrick Patterson, Kentucky, So.
  • G Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, Jr.
  • G Donald Sloan, Texas A&M, Jr.
  • F Tyler Smith, Tennessee, Jr.
  • F DaJuan Summers, Georgetown, Jr.
  • F Shawn Taggart, Memphis, Jr.
  • G/F Jonathan Tavernari, BYU, Jr.
  • G Jeff Teague, Wake Forest, So.
  • C Hasheem Thabeet, UConn, Jr.
  • G Dar Tucker, DePaul, So.
  • F/C Jarvis Varnado, Miss. St., Jr.
  • G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, Jr.
  • F Michael Washington, Arkansas, Jr.
  • G Jeremy Wise, Southern Miss., Jr.
  • G Nic Wise, Arizona, Jr.

Ben Gordon to undergo MRI on injured hamstring

Gordon said he heard his leg pop in the first half yesterday, but stayed in the game.

Gordon said he felt a pop in the first half yesterday, but stayed in the game and made some huge baskets.

Ben Gordon is expected to undergo an MRI Monday morning in Chicago to determine the severity of his injured left hamstring.

Gordon suffered the injury sometime during the second quarter and received an anti-inflammatory shot at halftime to lesson the pain.

He wasn’t a factor until late in the the game and overtime, but his presence certainly helped the Bulls spread the floor.

Not surprisingly, his injury seemed to hurt his defense more than his offense.

Gordon finished with 22 points in the game, including a runner to tie the game late in regulation and a 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of the first overtime.

It appears Gordon will play in game 5 unless the hamstring is torn. It is unlikely that he will be 100 percent for Tuesday’s game in Boston.

He is averaging 24.8 ppg in the first four games of the series.

This is Hedo Turkgolu beating the Sixers

Turkgolu has a knack for hitting game-winning shots, and hit perhaps the biggest shot of his career Sunday to give Orlando a 84-81 win in Philly.  His 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining tied the series at two games apiece…

Stay tuned.

Highlights of Bulls-Celtics double OT thriller

The baby Bulls took a big step towards growing up Sunday afternoon, overcoming missed free throws and bonehead plays to outlast the Celtics 121-118.

As usual, Ben Gordon hit some huge shots, including a contested 3-pointer to force a second overtime. He also took a handful of bad shots and got lost defensively throughout the game – nothing new there either.

Both teams had numerous chances to win the game, but couldn’t take advantage of opportunities.

Both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rando were spectacular. Rose committed seven turnovers but finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Rando had a quiet 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. He is averaging a triple-double through the first four games of the series.

Here are the highlights:

I’m not a big Vinny Del Negro fan, but I thought he did a good job Sunday. He went really small late in regulation, spreading the floor with 1-4 set to allow Derrick Rose to take over.

Game 5 should be fantastic.

Stay tuned.