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NBA AM: Looking At The NBA Lottery Teams
Posted By Steve Kyler On March 28, 2013 @ 9:37 am In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
Mocking Out The Lottery: HOOPSWORLD’s Yannis Koutroupis has been mocking out the 2013 NBA Draft basically every week. Starting in April, I’ll be mocking out the entire first round each week as well and in May we’ll start our weekly Consensus Mock Drafts, but with the Sweet Sixteen getting underway and some NBA teams already responding to subpar showings from some of the elite names in the tournament here is a look at the lottery portion of the draft based on standings as of last night’s games:
Perry Jones Making Progress: When Perry Jones III took a draft day tumble down to the 28th pick last June he was crushed. At the time most viewed Jones as a top 10 talent. However, questions that surfaced during the draft process about the health and stability of his knees caused the floor to drop out from under his draft stock.
Jones has become the poster boy for coming out in the draft when your name is hot, as he opted for one more year at Baylor despite being pegged as a top 10 pick in 2011.
Jones’ first season in the NBA is coming to a close, and while he has not played much for the Thunder, Jones told HOOPSWORLD that he’s learning a lot from his situation, which could be a blessing in the long run.
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Don’t Blame The Refs: Miami’s historical 27-game winning streak came to a close last night as the Chicago Bulls knocked over the HEAT 101-97 behind monster efforts from Bulls forwards Luol Deng (28 points) and Carlos Boozer (21 points).
LeBron James had a game high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, but that wasn’t enough even with Dwyane Wade back in the lineup.
After the game James pointed to the Bulls physicality as one of the issues and that the officials seem to be letting teams rough him up a little too much.
“It’s been happening all year, and I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo (Heat coach Erik Spoelstra), ‘Let’s not worry about it,’ ” James said to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.”But it is getting to me a little bit. Every time I try to defend myself, I’ve got to face the consequences of a flagrant or a technical foul or whatever the case may be.”
James said he expected a physical game, but some of the plays were a little bit over the line.
“I knew it was going to be a physical game,” said James. “Every game against the Bulls is a physical game.
“First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter just grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground.
“Those are not basketball plays.
“I’m not crying about anything, because I play the game at a high level. I play the game with a lot of aggression, and I understand some of the plays are on the borderline of a basketball play or not.”
The HEAT’s record now stands at 56-15 and they have basically clinched the East with an 11 ½ game lead on first place with 11 games left to play. The HEAT’s magic number is one. Any combination of HEAT wins and Knicks losses that equal one insures the HEAT home court in the East.
Miami is also two games ahead of San Antonio for control of the NBA’s best record. The Spurs also have 11 games remaining on this schedule including a Sunday matchup against the HEAT.
If the playoffs started today the Miami HEAT would play host to the eighth seeded Milwaukee Bucks, while San Antonio would host the eighth seeded LA Lakers.
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Hansen Not Finished Yet: As the balance of power in the quest to keep the Kings in Sacramento seemed to shift Sacramento’s way this week, Chris Hansen pulled another ace out of his pocket in his quest to move the team to Seattle. Word leaked yesterday that Hansen has agreed to buy an additional seven percent of the Kings from the bankruptcy trust of Bob Cook for a reported $15.1 million.
Hansen and his partners, who include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, have already agreed to purchase 53 percent of the team from the Maloof Family and 12 percent from current minority owner Bob Hernreich for a reported $341 million.
Reports from the region state that the NBA will view the new transaction separately from the initial bid, but it does make things a little more complex.
Sacramento’s bid to increase their offer took a shot in the arm as two new deep pocketed investors joined the ownership group and are willing to increase their initial sale price offer. The city also approved a new downtown arena funding plan that locks in terms on a new arena.
Both groups are expected to present their proposal and answer questions in front of the NBA’s relocation and finance committees next Wednesday in New York on April 3. It is expected the committee will deliberate but ultimately make a recommendation to the full Board of Governors for an April 18 vote.
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