Chris Paul to host family grieving mother’s death at Clippers-Pistons game

Upon learning of how he was tangentially related to a mom and son’s shared love of the game of basketball, Los Angeles Clippers superstar Chris Paul set out to make sure that he did something to help the family deal with the mother’s death. Lisa Elaine Gallagher, 49, tragically passed away in early September after…Read More
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Fantasy daily: Chris Bosh takes center stage

Tonight’s action offers plenty of low-priced sleepers so you can pick studs like Bosh.

      
 

 

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Hornets’ Kemba Walker Crosses Over Clippers’ Chris Paul, Nails Jumper

It’s not often that the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul gets crossed over, so when it does happen it’s important to give the ball-handler respect.

Near the end of the second quarter of Monday night’s game, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker nearly sent the Clippers point guard to the floor with a nice crossover. Paul had done everything he could to keep up with Walker throughout the play but ended up getting juked out of his shoes.

Walker then nailed a jumper to put the finishing touch on the play.

Still, it was a pretty good night for Paul, who totaled 22 points, 15 assists and five rebounds in the Clippers’ 113-92 victory.

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Heat Injury Update: Chris Andersen sprains ankle during Sunday’s victory over the Hornets

The Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday by the score of 94-93. The win improved the Heat to 8-6 on the season, second in the Southeast Division. Luol Deng lead the Heat with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting. On the injury front, veteran backup power forward Chris Andersen sprained his ankle after just two minutes of action and did not return.#492581269 / gettyimages.comAccording to the official Twitter account of the Miami Heat,   Chris Andersen sprained his right ankle in the 1st quarter. X-rays returned negative. Andersen will not return to tonight’s #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 23, 2014Should Andersen miss any additional playing time, expect Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem to see the majority of time at backup power forward.  Andersen, in his 13th NBA season, is averaging 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game this season. He has played for the Nuggets, Pelicans and Heat and has career averages of 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 605 games. Follow

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Chris Andersen Injury: Updates on Heat Forward’s Ankle and Return

Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen suffered a sprained ankle against the Charlotte Hornets Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the game.    

The Heat’s official Twitter account passed along the news on the forward:

Andersen, 36, registered 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game prior to Sunday’s matchup. If he is forced to miss any time, the Heat would be without a key reserve after already having key players out.

Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com and Christy Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel passed along their thoughts:

Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole missed the game with injuries of their own, via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Not having Andersen on the court would further deplete the already thin lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.  

 

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Clemson Pulls a Chris Webber, Calls Timeout It Doesn’t Have and Loses Game

George Santayana once postulated that mankind is doomed to repeat history if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past.

Clemson basketball apparently doesn’t give a damn for Santayana.

The Tigers replicated one of basketball’s most boneheaded plays by calling a timeout they did not possess in the waning moments of their Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament game against Gardner-Webb on Friday.

With the game tied 70-70 with six seconds remaining in the second half, Tigers freshman Donte Grantham and senior Rod Hall tried to call a timeout after failing to link up on the inbounds play.

YouTube user Sam Vecenie uploaded video showing Grantham and Hall trying to make a play and calling the catastrophic timeout. Neither the refs nor the sportscasters covering the game initially noticed Clemson’s over-drafting of timeouts.

After some deliberation, officials assessed a technical foul that allowed Gardner-Webb to sink two free throws and win the game.

Following the game, Clemson head coach Brad Brownell took responsibility for the colossal mistake. He said he didn’t know the team was out of timeouts.

Somewhere, Chris Webber is waiting by a phone for a public appearance call.

 

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Who would you prefer? Chris Paul or Derrick Rose

The point guard position is considered the most pivotal position in a NBA roster.  The league is filled with numerous amount of talent in the point guard position, but I will narrow it down to two point guards: Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. Who would you favor out of the two if you had an opportunity to assemble a dynasty? Well, let’s analyze the two and see what you decide.
Throughout their luxurious careers, both Chris Paul and Derrick Rose have received nothing but high praise for their approach and commitment to the game. Acquiring several accolades through their NBA tenure, but the two are absent of one goal and that is winning a NBA title. Although both play the same position, their style of play is entirely different. They both have extraordinary talent and bring a very diverse skill set to their respective team.
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Chis Paul: 7x All-Star
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Chris Bosh Turned Down Houston Rockets to Avoid More Big 3 Pressure

Big Threes are overrated—you know, after you’ve spent four years being a part of one.

And if your name is Chris Bosh.

Instead of following LeBron James’ free-agency lead and forming another NBA superpower with the Houston Rockets, Bosh elected to stay with the Miami Heat over the offseason. Months after the fact, the All-Star big man revealed more about the logic behind his decision to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger.

“I could see where people would think that’s an attractive site,” he said. “They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could’ve been out there. But you know, that doesn’t guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure.”

Makes sense.

Bosh enjoyed four seasons of title contention in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade and James. But he and his partners in crime also faced unparalleled pressure. Every loss was scrutinized and blown out of proportion. That the Heat caged two championships after four straight Finals appearances was somehow depicted as a failure within certain circles.

More of the same awaited Bosh in Houston, where he would have joined James Harden, Dwight Howard and presumably Chandler Parsons, giving the Rockets a Big Four. The pressure there arguably would have been worse.

Jumping to yet another team would mean Bosh was chasing titles. Abandoning Miami would mean he had to win those titles, lest he be remembered as a moderately successful championship hanger-on.

Staying with the Heat was the safe play in that sense. It safeguarded him against Big Three dissection while adding a pinch of loyalty to his NBA resume.

There were other factors, of course. More than $118 million was thrown his way, and the new-look Heat promised a featured role the superstar-stuffed Rockets could not.

Some might see that as a flagrant cop out. Others might interpret it as Bosh prioritizing money over winning. And perhaps it is all those things. But, more than anything else, Berger says this is Bosh absolving himself, however slightly, of Big Three wear and tear:

Before you jump on Bosh for taking the easy way out, consider what the past four years were like for him. He was never the most important corner of the James-Wade-Bosh triangle, except when he missed an open jumper or flubbed a defensive assignment. He had to sacrifice and unlearn key parts of his game to adapt to the more dominant talents and personalities around him. For four years, every day in the life of the Miami Heat was like being on tour with the No. 1 artist in the land.

The perpetual chase, the championship-or-bust environment, the celebrity status afforded basketball’s three-headed monster — all of it wore on James, who spoke often last season of the mental fatigue of pursuing a fourth straight trip to the Finals. Everyone was so busy chronicling James’ every word that they forgot to ask Bosh what he thought.

It wore on him, too.

Remaining with the Heat was Bosh’s escape—his deserved respite from four years of status-wobbling. This is not to be confused with a vacation. There is still work to be done in Miami.

The Heat are battling through injuries and a depthless rotation, trying to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Their 15th-ranked defense is vulnerable to penetration, their 11th-ranked offense is desperately dependent on Bosh and Wade.

Bosh himself is still coming to terms with his new role. His stats are up across the board—most notably his assist and usage rates—and he’s now a defensive-afterthought-turned-focal-point.

Adjusting to life as a grinder has been, and shall remain, a process. For four years, even in the most uncertain times, Bosh had the luxury of knowing the Heat would be right there in the end. No such guarantees can be made now.

“But it’s what I asked for, I guess,” Bosh said of the situation in Miami, per Sports on Earth’s Howard Megdal. “So I have to be stern with myself, and patient at the same time. To just know it’s a process, and to live with that process.”

Tougher parts of this process await. Wade’s status moving forward is unknown, and upcoming opponents include the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors. Each contest is another measuring stick, and a chance for Miami to show where it stands.

Succeed or fail, Bosh will be at the forefront of everything—the alpha dog on a Heat team that gave him what he asked for by being less than super.

 

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Chris Bosh on why he didn’t join Rockets: ‘All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure’

With the NBA offseason and the free agency period in full swing over the summer, there appeared to be mutual interest between Chris Bosh and the Houston Rockets. So much so, in fact, that the Rockets offered Bosh a max deal. With LeBron James’ future with the Miami Heat hanging in the balance, it was…Read More
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Chris Douglas-Roberts Injury: Updates on Clippers Foward’s Achilles and Return

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Douglas-Roberts has missed three of the last four games due to a strained Achilles, and it doesn’t sound as though he’ll be returning anytime soon.

Head coach Doc Rivers, via the team’s official website, said Douglas-Roberts is expected to miss a week or two, while the 27-year-old updated his status via Twitter:

CDR hasn’t made much of an impact this season, averaging just 2.0 points in 11.3 minutes per contest, although playing through an injury doesn’t help those numbers. He brings some athleticism and quickness off the bench when healthy, and his absence serves as a slight blow to the team’s depth at small forward.

For as long as Douglas-Roberts is sidelined, Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford will see a slight uptick in minutes, while Reggie Bullock could also potentially play a bigger role off the bench.

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