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Could Linsanity Happen Again?

Could it happen again?

On February 4th Jeremy Lin who scored 25 points off the bench against the depleted New Jersey Nets lifted the Knicks to a 99-93 victory which gave the Knicks, a team who at the time was very bad, hope.

Lin as a result to his 25 point performance would start in the Knicks next game. Playing against the Utah Jazz, Lin, playing in front of a home crowd once again lifted the Knicks to a 99-88 victory. Lin would score 28 points marking a new career high for him as the Knicks would win again.

The winning would continue as the Knicks would win five straight improving them to, 15-15. As for Lin not only would his performance continue but Knicks fans and others in the sports world would put a name to all of the madness calling it, Linsanity.

Though, nearly two months later “Linsanity” as they called it would come to an end, at least for the 2012 season as it appeared after Lin injured his knee.

“I can’t really do much. Can’t really cut or jump, so it’s pretty clear that I won’t be able to help the team unless I get this fixed right now,” Lin told reporters back in March. “It’s disappointing for me, it’s hard to watch the games and I think I’d want to be out there obviously more than anything right now. But hopefully, it’s a six-week rehab process but I tend to heal fast, so hopefully I can come back as soon as possible and still contribute this season hopefully.”

“Hopefully” was the word and “hope” is all what is left for this Knicks team as they trail the Miami Heat 3-1 in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. However, despite trailing three games to one as the Knicks will travel to Miami on Wednesday where their 2012 season could potentially come to an end with a Miami win, there’s still hope, a lot of it.

The reason being; guard, Jeremy Lin. Reports broke Monday that Lin could possibly play against the Heat on Wednesday though according to Knicks head coach, Mike Woodson, it’s not likely.

“We’ll gauge it today and tomorrow, but I’m not counting on Jeremy Lin to play,” Woodson said during a conference call Monday. “So we’ve just got to continue where we’ve been in terms of guys in uniform. But I’m not counting on him to play. That’s how it’s been here in the last month and a half and that’s how I’m preparing.”

Woodson would go onto add that Lin’s conditioning isn’t that great and that Lin hasn’t played in a while.

“I’ve watched him shoot and run up and down, he’s not in great shape,” Woodson said. “You know as well as I know, playoff basketball, you’ve got to be (in peak condition). And he hasn’t played in a while, so I don’t know if that’s going to be a determining factor with the doctors.”

Though, despite being a “long-shot” to play on Wednesday its Jeremy Lin we’re talking about here. His whole NBA career has been a “long-shot.” Did anyone expect him to have this crazy season, we’re calling, Linsanity? Did anyone expect him to even play, let alone start? No, no, and no. So don’t count this 23 year old kid out of anything and with him in the Knicks line-up, don’t count them out either. Linsanity round two?

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New York Knicks Get Worse News Today Following Up Amare Stoudemire’s Post-Game Inccident

Will the Knicks be better off without Stoudemire?

As more news and updates from the story that topped headlines last night about New York Knicks Forward, Amare Stoudemire who out of frustration punched the glass casing which held a fire extinguisher in the AmericanAirlines Arena hallway last night, aren’t that good for Knicks fans.

According to ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard who witnessed the incident live had this to say.

“He didn’t haul off and punch the glass; he hit it out of frustration,” told Broussard to ESPN. “He kind of slapped it, but with a closed fist. He said he thought it was plastic instead of glass.”

Broussard would go onto describe Stoudemire’s hand as a result to hitting the glass casing.

“Half of his hand was just hanging off. It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That’s why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out.”

Another league source said that while waiting outside the Knicks locker room to conduct post-game interviews, people could be heard from inside calling for towels to tend the injured Stoudemire in efforts to stop the bleeding the source said.

According to the team Stoudemire saw a hand specialist on Tuesday who repaired a “small muscle” in his hand. Though, despite needing stitches, according to another source Stoudemire didn’t suffer any ligament or tendon damage.

Stoudemire, who will miss game three according to the Knicks on Tuesday, is listed as question for the remainder of the series, depending on how long it goes. However, Stoudemire who didn’t comment on the injury to reporters would comment on his twitter late last night.

“I am so mad at myself right now,” Stoudemire posted. “I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions. headed home for a new start.”

Following up what he said before, Stoudemire would post another tweet saying, “We all have done thing out of anger that we regret. That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”

On a better a note, the Knicks will take on the Miami Heat at home on Thursday, in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd who’s pleading for a win. The game is set to tip off at 7:00 P.M. Eastern time on TNT.

“The series is still up in the air. It’s their home court. It’s our turn now. We can’t wait to get back and protect home court. We’ve got to keep everybody positive. It’s far from over,” said Forward, Carmelo Anthony.

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See Why Despite Losing Derrick Rose, The Bulls Still Feel That They’re Okay

Are the Bulls okay without Rose?

When Chicago Bulls guard, Derrick Rose suffered a late game knee injury in Saturday’s playoff opener against the Philadelphia 76ers that would later be confirmed as a knee injury, the Bulls, who won 103 to 91 didn’t really matter anymore. Headlines were revolving Rose and his torn ACL, not “Bulls win game one” which really seemed to bother Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau.

“I think we all feel awful for him,” Thibodeau said after Sunday’s practice. “Derrick’s not only a great player, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great person, but it’s not a death sentence. It’s not a death sentence for him, it’s not a death sentence for our team. He’s going to come back. He’ll come back better than ever. It’s just the way it is and we’ve got to deal with.”

Rose injured his left knee on Saturday with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter as the Bulls were nursing a 99-87 fourth quarter lead. Rose, despite leaving the game early due to his injury finished with a team high 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

As Thibodeau said it and as doctors said it, Rose will miss the remainder of the playoffs as well as more practice time this off-season. However, is Thibodeau right? Are the Bulls okay, without Rose?

The Bulls who finished first in the Eastern Conference at 50-16 and first in the NBA, have already become accustomed to playing without Rose this season as they did so in 27 of their regular season games, winning 18 of them. And one of those wins came against Philadelphia on Saturday, March 17th. The Bulls won that game, 89-80 with back-up point guard, C.J. Watson (Rose’s replacement) leading all of Bulls scorers with 20 points.

So, can C.J. Watson who averaged 9.7 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 2.1 rebounds per game and 11.3 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, and 2.6 rebounds per game as a starter replace Rose? No he cannot as replacing Rose (last years league M.V.P.) is a very tough job to do, however, he can still do what the Bulls wanted to do this post-season and that’s win.

The Bulls will take the floor again against the 76ers for game 2 on Tuesday night at the United Center at 8:00 P.M. Eastern time.

“We’re not going to let anybody paint the picture for us,” Bulls center Joakim Noah told reporters. “Obviously, it’s tough losing Derrick. I feel for him, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“The whole team has to step up,” Noah would continue. “Our margin for error is a lot smaller with Derrick out. Can you replace a guy like Derrick? No. But it’s on us to step up as much as possible.”

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New York Jets, Mark Sanchez And Santonio Holmes Booed At Knicks Game

What do you think of the boos by the Knicks' fans?

Regardless of any NBA team, on any given night, no matter whom the opponent is, there’s always fans there supporting their home or away team. And even sometimes, one, two, three, or more of those fans are celebrities. Also, usually those celebrities that are cheering (usually the home team) are as a result cheered on by the home crowd fans.

However, at the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, where the Knicks took on the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Jets football players, quarterback, Mark Sanchez and wide receiver, Santonio Holmes weren’t cheered on…they were booed.

Matter of fact, booed loudly.

The New York Jets, whose season ended months ago after they went 8-8 last season and didn’t make the playoffs certainly wasn’t forgotten by the displeased Knicks’ fans.

Now while it wasn’t clear why the Knicks’ fans were booing, the answer to the question that has been out there since the addition of newly acquired quarterback Tim Tebow was certainly answered and that question; when will Sanchez first be booed?

Is it too soon?

As for Sanchez and Holmes they would decline to comment to ESPN about the fans boos at halftime. Though, Holmes would comment to twitter as he posted on his account:

Jets cornerback, Antonio Cromartie was also at Madison Garden Tuesday night. However, he wouldn’t bee booed, though he would be introduced as the wrong player.

The Knicks would go onto defeat the Clippers, 99-93, improving to 35-30 and move closer to locking up the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sanchez, threw for 3,474 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions last season and Holmes, who caught 51 passes for 651 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. As for Cromartie, known to Knicks’ announcer as “Shonne Greene” had 45 tackles, one forced fumble, and 4 interceptions last season.

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Was Metta World Peace’s Elbow Intentional?

What's your take on Metta World Peace's elbow?

Now it’s most likely clear that you have already heard of and have seen the “elbow play” by Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace (Ron Artest). However in case you haven’t, here’s what happened.

It was on a fast break when World Peace drove to the basket and landed a powerful dunk with Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka trailing on his back. The dunk brought a huge cheer from the home Laker crowd as their team was trailing by only one, 48-47 as they were looking to gain the lead before halftime.

Though as the Lakers’ fans were celebrating and cheering on World Peace, he too also responded to the loud cheers of the fans as he began a celebration himself as he pounded his chest and then caulked back his elbow which then hit Thunder guard, James Harden resulting in Harden falling to the floor.

World Peace continued to run down the floor as he didn’t know that he hit Harden and as a result the whistles blew and the Thunder players, especially Ibaka responded because Harden remained lying on the court.

As for World Peace he stepped up to the confronting Ibaka as he looked shocked as to why Ibaka was trying to fight him. Luckily for both teams and the NBA the confrontation between the two would be broken up.

As for Harden, he would be helped to locker room and wouldn’t return. As for World Peace he would be ejected from the game. As far as if there will be further punishment for World Peace, the NBA as yet to say.

Here is the video of the entire play:

Now as you can see from the live camera view, it looks like just a routine celebration that Harden unfortunately just got in the way of. However, after watching the replay it looks completely different as you can see that before World Peace threw the elbow, the two collided so World Peace did know that he was there.

Though, to World Peace’s defense he only had about two seconds to react to Harden’s presence and that’s not really enough time as World Peace was already beginning is usual routine celebration.

After the game, World Peace would address the media saying that it was unintentional.

“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace told reporters. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.”

World Peace would go onto add saying, “You know, it was such a great game and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time. … That’s it for today.”

As for Ibaka (The one who World Peace dunked on) he told the media that he didn’t know why World Peace did it? “I saw it happened and it was a very hard hit,” Ibaka said. “That’s the first I’ve seen anything like that happen live. I was surprised. I went up to him to ask him why he did that and he wanted to fight me too. I don’t know what he was thinking. I have no idea.”

Then after the media left and assuming when World Peace returned home, he went to twitter where he said this:

The Lakers would go onto beat the Thunder, 114-106. As for the NBA, they have yet to respond to this matter.

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Dallas Mavericks and Forward Lamar Odom Call It Quits

Lamar Odom drives to the basket.

Months after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks from the Los Angeles Lakers due to a previous trade by the Lakers that would’ve sent Odom to New Orleans. Forward, Lamar Odom said that he felt “disrespected” by the organization so he demanded a trade. So the Lakers would respect his decision and as a result they would trade him to the Mavericks for a first round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.

However, despite having his wish granted by the Lakers Odom, wouldn’t fit in Dallas as his production would drop significantly. Going from averaging 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 3.0 apg to 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.7 apg, Odom would see his production drop in every major stat line from the previous season.

So as a result to his poor play and a result to a not so good season by the Mavericks (31-26) they decided to part ways with Odom as he’ll be placed on the inactive list.

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

As for why the Mavericks wouldn’t just release Odom from their team versus placing him on the inactive list, is because, come the end of the season they will have the opportunity to be able to trade him during the NBA Draft or leading up to it, where as if they released him now they wouldn’t have been able to do so.

So what this means for Odom is that due to being placed on the inactive list, his 2011-12 NBA season is now officially come to an end.

Now even if the Mavericks did release Odom, it still wouldn’t have helped as he would be ineligible for the playoffs anyways as the deadline for a player to be eligible after being waived was March 23.

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Breaking Down Blake Griffin’s Dunks: See Why Referee’s Choose Excitement Over Right And Wrong

You can even see in the picture that Griffin is clearly over the back of Gasol.

I’m sure by now that you’ll all have watched the dunk or dunks by Clippers Forward, Blake Griffin over Lakers Forward, Pau Gasol tonight as the Lakers took on the Clippers in another “Battle of LA” match-up.

However, I believe that the call was wrong and that those “dunks” shouldn’t have been a dunk.

Just like the non-foul call a couple plays before where Lakers Guard, Ramon Sessions drove to the hoop and then lost the ball but, had some contact given to him. As a result to not having a foul called, Sessions would receive a technical foul from the officials. Now if you were watching the game or highlights, you saw that Sessions didn’t respond that bad to the no call and then you also saw that when he did respond, he was no where near an official.

Anyways after viewing the replay of Griffin’s dunk you can see that Griffin locks Gasol’s arm in which, doesn’t allow Gasol to put his arm up to attempt to block Griffin’s dunk. Which as a result Griffin locks Gasol’s arm in and uses it as an extra push to rise over him.

Not to mention depending on what angle you watch the dunk from, you can see Griffin’s left elbow hit Gasol in his head knocking him back and to the ground.

Now don’t get me wrong Griffin has had a lot of great dunks throughout his career thus far but, this one I can’t give to him.

As for the other dunk that didn’t receive as much of attention, was a put back dunk earlier in the first quarter. Griffin, who was trailing behind Gasol, jumped up and grabbed the ball behind Gasol and then as a result dunked it back.

It was an over the back. Now don’t get me wrong it’s exciting to see these dunks but, at the end of the day the right call should be made instead of choosing what’s more exciting. And that’s the problem today in the NBA; they choose excitement over the right calls.

For example the famous travel in the NBA. It’s a complaint made by several viewers as it’s not called as much as it should be. However, congrats to Griffin as the call was what it was and as it stands in the score books, those were both two dunks and a total of four points.

As for the rest of the game, the Lakers would go onto beat the Clippers winning, 113-108 taking a 2-1 season lead over the Clippers.

Here’s the dunk that received the most attention:

Here’s the dunk that I called “over the back”:

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See Why Phoenix Suns Guard Steve Nash May Not Be A Phoenix Sun For Long

Steve Nash says that he's considering his options.

With the 2012 NBA free agency approaching, more and more NBA players are starting to come forward by saying that they’re keeping their “options open.” Of course the most known player to do so was Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard. However the Magic’s front office and Howard’s agent were able to come to an agreement that would exempt Howard from the 2012 free agency race. However, now franchise player and Phoenix Suns point guard, Steve Nash announced that if Phoenix doesn’t make a move, that he’s going to leave too.

“I’m not coming back to the Suns if there isn’t improvement,” Nash told The Dan Patrick Show.

The Phoenix Suns are currently one game under .500 at 25-26, third in the Pacific Conference behind the first place Los Angeles Lakers (31-20) and the second place Los Angeles Clippers (29-21). As for their hopes of making the playoffs, they’re two games back of eighth place.

Though, at 38 years old, Nash isn’t looking to just make the playoffs, but to go deep in the playoffs, like Championship deep.

“I would listen [Talking about joining the Miami Heat],” Nash said. “He’s phenomenal. I love what they’re doing there. A lot of people don’t like them because they put all that talent there. But they’re professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I would definitely listen.”

Steve Nash has been in the NBA for 15 years now and during those 15 years, he’s won two MVP’s, been to eight All-Star games, three first all team appearances, but he’s yet to do what any NBA player dreams of; win a championship. And at 38 years old, on a team that appears to be in a re-building stage, doesn’t look like the team for Nash.

Nash is averaging a double-double this season, (his seventh career season averaging a double-double) with 12.9 points, 11.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds a game.

As for the Suns, their next game is at home against the 13-38, New Orleans Hornets where they will try and bounce back from a two game losing streak.

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Dwight Howard Decides Not To Opt Out Of His Contract And He Puts It In Writing

Dwight Howard makes his decision, but what does it mean?

Since the NBA Lockout ended back in November the main news that headlined the NBA all the way up until now was where was Orlando Magic’s Center Dwight Howard going to go? Would he be traded? If so to where? And would he sign with that team that he would be traded too? Or would he instead decide to stay in Orlando and stick it out?

All those questions would have an answer as early Thursday; Howard would decide to stay in Orlando…at least for now.

Howard signed papers Thursday agreeing to waive the early termination option in his contract, guaranteeing that he will be with the Magic at the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

This news came as a shock to most as for the longest time Dwight Howard continuously kept emphasizing that he wanted out.

However on Thursday he felt completely different as the mood was that he wanted to stay.

“I’m glad this is finally over,” Howard said at the news conference to announce that he was staying in Orlando. “It’s not as easy as some people think. It’s been very hard. We’re talking a career-changing event. Most people don’t see that.”

Howard would go onto to continue saying, “I’m very loyal and I’ve always put loyalty above anything.”

The Orlando Magic are currently 28-16 and third in the Eastern Conference and are in a great spot to contend for a title this season. Though they just had to make sure that they had the right piece; Dwight Howard.

“They took a chance on me at 18. And what did I do? I gave them everything I had for eight years,” Howard said after the Spurs game. “Take a chance again. I go out every night and play hard. If I didn’t want to win, I would have dogged it. But that’s not who I am. And look where we are. We’re in a great position.”

Well with making Howard sign off on not being able to terminate his contract and forcing him to finish out his term with Orlando, the Magic now aren’t really taking a “chance” at all…at least not for now.

The Orlando Magic will host the 15-29 New Jersey Nets on Friday night where they will look to bounce back from a 122-111 loss suffered by the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Though they may have Howard’s signature in writing for now, however if they can’t meet the expectation that Howard wants, which is a ring, then this so called “contract” may as well have been signed in pencil.

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Deron Williams Goes Bananas…B.A.N.A.N.A.S. On The Charlotte Bobcats

Deron Williams goes for 57 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Charlotte Bobcats have been completely awful this season as every game this year has just been one joke after another as at 4-31 they’re the NBA’s stand up comedian act. However during today’s game against the New Jersey Nets they gave up one of their most hurtful jokes.

Facing the fourth worst team in the NBA ahead of themselves at dead last, followed by Washington at 8-28, and Sacramento at 12-25 the Charlotte Bobcats not only allowed the 12-26 New Jersey Nets defeat them 104-101.

Though it gets better or well worse…depending on what way you look at it as New Jersey Net’s guard Deron Williams, whose averaging 21.2 points per game scored 57 points against the helpless Bobcats.

Williams’ 57 points also set a New Jersey Nets franchise record. See I told you it would get better for the Bobcats as they helped Nets’ guard Deron Williams make history.

But wait, there’s more good news as since the Bobcats didn’t allow Williams to score 58 or more meant that they saved their franchise record for most points allowed by one player in a game as Kobe Bryant owns that record from December 29th, 2006 when he dropped 58 points in a 124-133 Lakers loss.

Though unfortunately for the Bobcats unlike they were able to do when they allowed Bryant to put on a shooting clinic for 58 points, they were however unable to come up with the win for Williams’ record breaking outing.

Now to the Bobcats’ defense their defense against opposing teams was considerably better in 2006 than it was this season as they ranked ninth for most points allowed in the NBA with 100.6 points per game where as this season they rank fourth with 101.1 points per game.

Now also to the Bobcats’ defense, head coach Paul Silas told his team not to double team Williams tonight as they were not giving him special “star attention” sort of speak.

As for Williams he loved it.

“I’m used to getting double-teamed on those,” Williams said. “It’s kind of refreshing not to be.”

Though you think after Williams had 39 points through three quarters that you would switch up the defensive routine and try to stop him? Nope, instead they thought that letting him score 18 more points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 104-101 victory was a better idea, a much better idea.

“You can do one of two things: you can try to stop him and double him and leave other players wide open or guard everybody,” Silas said. “I thought that’s mainly what kept us in the game. Nobody else was doing anything (for them). It gave us a chance.”

The Nets will end their four game road trip in Miami on Tuesday so let’s hope that Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra was taking some notes or some advice as to pss pss (whisper noises) to double team the man and shut him down.

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