Monthly Archive:: January 2012

Ryan Anderson sparks Magic to win over the Knicks

When teams play the Orlando Magic, the focus is typically on slowing down Dwight Howard.  But that is when his teammates need to step up. Ryan Anderson did just that, scoring a career-high 30 points including seven 3-pointers to help his team to a 102-93 win at Madison Square Garden. Anderson hit 7 of 13 [...]

Around the Rim: Tim Duncan still has game

A quick recap of the Sunday night games in the NBA. Spurs 102 Suns 91: The Spurs taking advantage of their schedule early on this season which is heavily loaded with home games. The team improved to 9-0 on their own court as Tim Duncan dropping jumper after jumper and leading his team with 24 [...]

Around the Rim: Heat lose in more ways that one

Nuggets 117 Heat 104: Well, the Miami Heat are human again this season. Lebron James had 35 points but Dwayne Wade badly rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter and his team couldn’t keep up after that. It was all energy for the Nuggets who put up 31 points in the quarter to literally [...]

Tony Mejia appearance on ESPN Radio 1080 in Orlando

Our own Tony Mejia was a guest on the “Tuck and O’Neill” afternoon show on ESPN 1080 in Orlando, FL on Friday afternoon where he talked about Dwight Howard’s free throw shooting woes, the latest trade rumors surrounding the Magic center, if more teams will use Hack-a-Dwight against him, why offenses are struggling around the [...]

Pro Basketball News podcast – 1/13/12

On the latest podcast, Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz talk about the Miami Heat and if people are panicking, Dwight Howard’s big night and the strategy more teams might use against him, rumors of a return to the NBA, the issues with the Knicks, rookie of the year discussion, injuries and more. You can now [...]

Around the Rim: Dwight Howard is still the best center

Magic 117 Warriors 109: An incredible night for Dwight Howard as Mark Jackson told his team to foul him and foul him and foul him some more. So much so that the Magic big man took an NBA record 39 free throws. It was sound coaching too with Howard hitting only 21 of them but [...]

Grizzlies too tough for Melo, banged-up Knicks

The New York Knicks came into FedExForum riding a four-game winning streak, set to play in front of a national stage. They left deflated and banged up. All it took was forcing a couple of cold-shooting performances from Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire for the Grizzlies to handily defeat the weary Knicks, who were playing their [...]

Howard’s big night seals Magical West coast sweep

Dwight Howard went to the free-throw line for an NBA regular-season record 39 attempts because Mark Jackson wanted to give his team the best chance to win. Considering that him missing 18 free-throws is the equivalent of nine turnovers and that Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh and David Lee had no prayer of defending Howard one-on-one, [...]

Hawks’ Horford likely out remainder of season

A season that has seen the Hawks stand toe-to-toe with the Bulls and Heat, encouraging a fickle fan base, has just been ruined. The Atlanta Hawks learned this afternoon that All-Star center Al Horford will likely miss three-to-four months of action after an MRI revealed a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder as a [...]

Doc Rivers admits that Celtics are Rajon Rondo’s team

It was just a month ago when the rumors were swirling around the Boston Celtics once again that Rajon Rondo could be traded.  The team wanted someone a little less volatile behind the scenes like a Chris Paul who was also on the trade block. Fast forward to now and no one is wondering if [...]

Andre Miller sees himself as a starter, not a backup

Throughout his career, Andre Miller has been a starter in the league whether with the Cavaliers, the Trail Blazers, the 76ers or even during a previous stint with the Nuggets. Now, he finds himself in a different role, coming off the bench in Denver behind youngster Ty Lawson.  And he’s not thrilled. Miller told Chris [...]

Howard paces All-Star voting after first returns

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2012 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami Heat top the Eastern Conference, while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Western Conference after the first returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint. [...]

Around the Rim: Drama out west

Clippers 95 Heat 89 (OT): Could this be the real Clippers that many people expected before the season? The Clips tightened up their defense down the stretch and rallied behind Chris Paul who had 27 points and 11 assists. A lot of people will pick on Lebron James for shrinking in the fourth quarter and [...]

Pro Basketball News podcast – 1/11/12

On the latest podcast, Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz talk about Kobe Bryant’s scoring this season, the Miami Heat’s loss to the Warriors and Lebron James’ role, what is the toughest arena to play in right now, how the Bulls make look winning easy, a comparison between Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum and a possible [...]

Around the Rim: Nate beats Heat, Wiz win!

Warriors 111 Heat 106 (OT):  The Heat had this game won, up 17 late in the third quarter before Nate Robinson came in and went on the attack.  He dominated in the fourth quarter with 15 of his 24 and the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to force overtime.  Then Dorrell Wright knocked down [...]