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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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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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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Rockets trade Micheal Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls

As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have traded point guard and former Rookie-of-the-Year Micheal Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls. Wojnarowski adds that the Bulls will send a future conditional second-round pick to finish the deal off and apparently the move was a cost cutting one for Houston, as they would have been on the hook to fully guarantee Carter-Williams’s deal for this season had he been on the roster as of 5PM today. Carter-Williams will not have to worry about living arrangements in the Wiondy City, because…

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Timberwolves break off Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau and I have something in common- neither of us are employed by the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to multiple sources, he was relieved of his duties as both President of Basketball Operations and head coach on Sunday. Oddly enough the firing came following the team’s 22-point shellacking of the Los Angeles. According to league sources, CEO Ethan Cason, accompanied by general manager Scott Layden strode in Thibodeau’s office after the game and fired him. It seemed that Thibs had no idea that this was coming. He expected that he…

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Kawhi Leonard will not play against Pacers tonight

Toronto Raptors star small forward Kawhi Leonard will not suit up for the team’s game tonight against the Indiana Pacers. Doug Smith reports that the reason for Leoanrd’s absence is what the team has termed as “load management.” Smith adds this is code for “rest” and that point guard Kyle Lowry is listed as “questionable.”

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