NBL Round 13 Studs and Duds

Written for nbl.com.au by Liam Santamaria A trio of gutsy comebacks highlighted an eventful Round 13 – a weekend full of big-time players making big-time plays, more surprising results and, of course, plenty of studs and duds. STUDS Melo Trimble (Cairns Taipans) With his mum paying a visit from the States, Trimble poured in a massive 74 points across Round 13, connecting on a flat-out ridiculous 13-of-17 from long range. Wheeling and dealing off the dribble, the talented point(s) guard was borderline unstoppable for most of the weekend as he…

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NBL oncourt kicks : Who rocked the best sneakers in Round 13

The sneaker culture in National Basketball League, the professional league in Australia, has not reached the level that it is in the NBA yet but that is starting to change. On the league’s website, nba.com.au, a recent story was featured with a poll asking fans who wore the best sneakers in the latest round of games. Since we are fans of this league, basketball and sneakers, we thought we would let you weigh in on their poll. The nominees will be posted below as well as the poll. Melo Trimble…

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Rockets’ center Clint Capela out 4-6 weeks with a thumb injury

The injury bug just kicked the Rockets in the keister once again. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston Rockets center Clint Capela will miss be out four to six weeks. Capela suffered the injury in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. He did not miss any game time , however an MRI reveled there was ligament damage. The Rockets’ center had this to say about the injury postgame: As I was going up for the lob, I got hit in the hand. We’re…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo out vs Wizards due to Hip and Quad Injuries

Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the team’s game Friday against the Washington Wizards. The Journal-Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez reports that Antetokounmpo was listed on the NBA’s injury report with a left hip contusion and right quad soreness. Velazquez adds that Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said that an injury that has been lingering for a couple of games will keep Giannis out of the game. Although the Bucks will miss the 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assist that Antetokounmpo provides, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon , Eric Bledsoe and…

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Larry Nance Jr. has sprained MCL

According to Adrain Wojnarowski of ESPN, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr.’s MRI concluded he has a sprained MCL and could be out for two weeks. The injury occurred halfway through the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ 123-115 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Nance was only able to contribute a single point in five minutes. Nance ended up missing the team’s game Wednesday against the Pelicans. Nance said that this was the same knee he injured in college but it was more severe than the one that has currently befallen…

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Raptors to sign Patrick McCaw

The strange odyssey for Patrick McCaw has taken a new turn. The former Golden State Warriors guard left a guaranteed 2 year, $5.2 million deal on the table to sign a non-guaranteed 2 year, 6 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 28. He was cut a mere three games into his tenure with Cleveland. The sign-and-cut has raised a few eyebrows and will now be the subject of an NBA investigation. It appears McCaw will have a new NBA home. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the free agent…

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Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks likely our for rest of season with toe injury

According to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, Memphis Grizzlies swingman Dillon Brooks will “likely” be out for the rest of the 2018-19 season. Charania adds the injury should not impede him for having full summer workouts. This will wrap up an injury-plagued season for the Oregon product. He dealt with a knee sprain that cost him time in November and December. Brooks has played in just 18 games, posting averages of 7.5 points and 1.7 rebounds on 40.2% shooting and 37.5% from three.

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The coverage of the James Harden scoring “tear” celebrates “Heroball”

It seems that the fervor over the run of these games of such prolific scoring caused the focus to be laid on the numbers solely and not to take into account the circumstances under which they occurred. Call me crazy but efficiency matters. Over the course of these twelve games, Harden has only shot 50% or better 3 times and only better than 45% once. The rest of the games saw Harden connect with 43% or less of his shot attempts, including two clunkers of 7-23 and 12-34 respectively. I realize…

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