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Rwandan basketball fraternity mourns fallen player

Jean Guy Rutayisire

Jean Guy Rutayisire

Saturday

Men

UR-CASS 49-47 Rusizi

IPRC-Kigali 53-71 Patriots

30-Plus 42-53 Espoir

APR 67-23 UR-CoE

CSK 70-63 IPRC-South

KBC 39-58 UGB

 

Women

UR-CASS 36-52 Ubumwe

RWANDA BASKETBALL FEDERATION is mourning the loss of Kigali Basketball Club player Jean Guy Rutayisirewho died in a car accident on Sunday in Nkoto, Kamonyi district while travelling to Huye with his teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda – Huye.

Rutayisire died on the spot but three teammates including Junior HamisMutebi, Meshach Ryamungu and Tom suffered critical injuries and are currently admitted at King Faisal, Kibagabaga and CHUK hospitals respectively.

Mutebi, who was occupying the front seat by the window with Rutayisire in the middle, had to jump out of the car after the first collision before the Volcano coaster they were travelling in rolled downhill.

Guard SankaraUwimana was discharged on Sunday from CHUK and other team members have remained in hospital to be closely examined by medical staff.

Kigali BC president Kalistesaid in a statement, “This is a very terrible incident that has claimed Guy. He was a good person and we shall miss him. It is really absurd.”

Ferwaba Technical Director Didier ShemaMaboko authorized the postponement of all the weekend league games following the incident which claimed five innocent lives.

Rutayisire formerly played for Uganda’s most successful basketball club, Falcons between 2000-2005 before joining APR from 2005-2008, winning three league titles with the army side.

Meanwhile, the league was underway on Saturday as University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Sciences claimed their first win of the season with 49-47 victory over Rusizi in the national basketball league in Huye.

Jean de DieuBakundukize of Rusizi basketball club, though, scored the game high 14 points but with little support from teammates, his effort was not enough to rescue the South-Western-based side front defeat inside the UR- Huye Campus gymnasium.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Espoir bounced from last weekend’s defeat to IPRC-Kigali to beat struggling 30-Plus 52-42 at CercleSportif de Kigali courts.

In other games, on-form APR won 67-23 against University of Rwanda College of Education while newcomers Patriots defeated IPRC-Kigali 71-53.

In women’s league, defending champions Ubumwe inked their maiden win of the season with a 52-36 success over UR- CASS following defeat to newcomers The Hoops Rwanda in the opening game two weeks ago.

Saturday

Men

UR-CASS 49-47 Rusizi

IPRC-Kigali 53-71 Patriots

30-Plus 42-53 Espoir

APR 67-23 UR-CoE

CSK 70-63 IPRC-South

KBC 39-58 UGB

Women

UR-CASS 36-52 Ubumwe

RWANDA BASKETBALL FEDERATION is mourning the loss of Kigali Basketball Club player Jean Guy Rutayisirewho died in a car accident on Sunday in Nkoto, Kamonyi district while travelling to Huye with his teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda – Huye.

Rutayisire died on the spot but three teammates including Junior HamisMutebi, Meshach Ryamungu and Tom suffered critical injuries and are currently admitted at King Faisal, Kibagabaga and CHUK hospitals respectively.

Mutebi, who was occupying the front seat by the window with Rutayisire in the middle, had to jump out of the car after the first collision before the Volcano coaster they were travelling in rolled downhill.

Guard SankaraUwimana was discharged on Sunday from CHUK and other team members have remained in hospital to be closely examined by medical staff.

Kigali BC president Kalistesaid in a statement, “This is a very terrible incident that has claimed Guy. He was a good person and we shall miss him. It is really absurd.”

Ferwaba Technical Director Didier ShemaMaboko authorized the postponement of all the weekend league games following the incident which claimed five innocent lives.

Rutayisire formerly played for Uganda’s most successful basketball club, Falcons between 2000-2005 before joining APR from 2005-2008, winning three league titles with the army side.

Meanwhile, the league was underway on Saturday as University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Sciences claimed their first win of the season with 49-47 victory over Rusizi in the national basketball league in Huye.

Jean de DieuBakundukize of Rusizi basketball club, though, scored the game high 14 points but with little support from teammates, his effort was not enough to rescue the South-Western-based side front defeat inside the UR- Huye Campus gymnasium.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Espoir bounced from last weekend’s defeat to IPRC-Kigali to beat struggling 30-Plus 52-42 at CercleSportif de Kigali courts.

In other games, on-form APR won 67-23 against University of Rwanda College of Education while newcomers Patriots defeated IPRC-Kigali 71-53.

In women’s league, defending champions Ubumwe inked their maiden win of the season with a 52-36 success over UR- CASS following defeat to newcomers The Hoops Rwanda in the opening game two weeks ago.

March 3, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

James, Irving, Love power Cavs over Knicks

LeBron James and Iman Shumpert

LeBron James and Iman Shumpert

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 18 points while Kevin Love added 16 points and 16 rebounds on Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers ripped the NBA-worst New York Knicks 101-83.

J.R. Smith contributed 17 points for Cleveland while James and reserve Iman Shumpert each made a game-high six assists as the Cavaliers improved to 35-22 with the afternoon victory at Madison Square Garden.

The performance by James, on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor, boosted him to 24 383 career points, moving James ahead of former Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson (24 368) into 22nd place on the all-time NBA scoring list.

James also needs only five more assists to have the most by any forward in an NBA career.

Smith and Shumpert were playing their first game against the Knicks since New York traded the pair to Cleveland last month in a three-team deal.

With 16 triumphs in their past 18 games, the Cavaliers are only one loss behind Central division leader Chicago.

Langston Galloway’s 13 points led six double-digit scorers for the Knicks, who fell to 10-45 with their seventh loss in a row and fourth consecutive home defeat.

New York has lost top scorer Carmelo Anthony for the remainder of the season after knee surgery, his absence dimming what fans hoped earlier in the season would be a showdown with four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James.

Instead, the Knicks fell to 0-15 this season when Anthony does not play.

James passed Iverson on a layup 90 seconds into the game on his way to scoring 12 points in the first quarter, in which Cleveland led by as much as 19 points. The Cavaliers stretched the margin as large as 30 in the fourth quarter when Shumpert set up smith on an alley-oop reverse slam dunk.

Alexey Shved grabbed a rebound and missed a 3-point shot in his first 3:24 of the season just three days after the Knicks obtained him in a deal with Houston. He helped spark a Russian 2012 Olympic team guided by Cleveland coach David Blatt to bronze at the London Games.

February 24, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Irving, James power Cavs to 11th consecutive win

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland celebrates with the fans after scoring during the second half against the Utah Jazz Quicken Loans Arena

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland celebrates with the fans after scoring during the second half against the Utah Jazz Quicken Loans Arena

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points while LeBron James contributed 18 points and 11 assists in sparking the Cleveland Cavaliers to their 11th NBA victory in a row, beating Philadelphia 97-84 Monday.

The Cavaliers captured their seventh home triumph in the win streak and avenged a 95-92 loss at Philadelphia last month which came when James was sidelined to rest a sore back and aching knees.

Kevin Love grabbed 15 rebounds for Cleveland while Aussie guard Irving matched a game high with five assists and pulled down five rebounds.

Aussie reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith each added 12 points for the Cavaliers, who improved to 30-20, hot on the heels of Central division leader Chicago (30-19).

The Cavaliers are only two wins shy of matching the longest win streak in franchise history, set during the 2009-2010 season before James departed Cleveland to spent four seasons in Miami until his return last July.

Cleveland can match a club-best 13-game win streak by beating the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday and winning Friday at Indiana. A potential 14th win in a row could come Sunday when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Cavaliers.

The 76ers, averaging an NBA low 89.6 points a game coming into the contest, suffered their seventh consecutive road defeat and fell to 10-39, the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA.

Robert Covington and reserve Jerami Grant each scored 18 points to lead Philadelphia.

February 4, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Hawks’ trio headline All-Star reserves

Al Horford

Al Horford

Three members of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks – Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague – headline the list of 14 players selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors earned his first All-Star selection, joining teammate and starter Stephen Curry to give the Western Conference-leading Warriors two All-Stars for the first time since Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway in 1993.

The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, February 15, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.

The Hawks’ trio is joined in the East by Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving.

This is the 11th consecutive All-Star selection for Wade and the 10th straight nod for Bosh, who becomes only the third player in NBA history to earn five trips to the All-Star Game with two different teams (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett). Butler, who leads the NBA in minutes (39.5 per game) and has raised his scoring average from 13.1 points in 2013-14 to 20.1 points this season, makes his first All-Star appearance. Irving, the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game, is an All-Star for the third time in four NBA seasons.

Horford, Millsap and Teague comprise the first trio of All-Stars for the Hawks since John Drew, Eddie Johnson and Dan Roundfield in 1980. For Horford, it’s his third All-Star berth and first since 2011. Millsap, the only player in the East averaging at least 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals, will play in his second consecutive All-Star Game. Teague, who is averaging career highs in points (17.0) and assists (7.5), is a first-time All-Star in his sixth NBA season.

Joining Thompson as reserves in the West are LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers).

Aldridge, who is averaging a career-high 23.6 points, is an All-Star for the fourth time. It’s the 15th All-Star nod for Duncan, who joins Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal with the third-most selections in history behind Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (17). Durant, the all-time leader in All-Star Game scoring average (30.6), secured his sixth All-Star selection.

Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer (27.3 ppg), makes his third consecutive trip to the All-Star Game since joining the Rockets in 2012. Paul, the only player in the NBA averaging at least 17.0 points, 9.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals, earned his eighth All-Star selection. Westbrook, who is averaging career highs in points (25.2) and rebounds (5.9), was named an All-Star for the fourth time.

Selected to start in the East – through NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint – were John Wall (Washington Wizards), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), LeBron James (Cavaliers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and Pau Gasol (Bulls). Voted to start in the West were Curry (Warriors), Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies).

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game. If the injured player is a starter, the head coach of that team will determine who replaces him in the starting line-up.

The 14 reserves were chosen by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences – two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs were determined by the best record in the conference through games played on Sunday, February 1. Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer and his staff will coach the East and Golden State’s Steve Kerr and his staff will lead the West.

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. Along with the All-Star Game, TNT will also air the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 13, and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, February 14.

The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday night will take place at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. Other events at Barclays Centre include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, February 15, airing on NBA TV.

Reuters

January 31, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Chicago Bulls end Warriors’ 19-game home win streak in OT

Derrick Rose #1 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls high-five in the fourth quartr of their game against the Golden State Worriors at ORACLE Arena on January 27, 2015 in Oakland, California

Derrick Rose #1 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls high-five in the fourth quartr of their game against the Golden State Worriors at ORACLE Arena on January 27, 2015 in Oakland, California

Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Golden State 113-111 in overtime Tuesday, snapping the Warriors’ club-record home win streak at 19 games.

The Warriors, leading the NBA in 3-pointers, went 0-for-13 from beyond the arc in the second half and over-time, missing all four long-range tries in the decisive extra five minutes, when Golden State was 2-of-11 shooting from the floor.

Rose sank the winning basket with just over seven seconds remaining, sinking a long jumper with Klay Thompson’s hand in his face. Thompson missed a running jump shot in the dying seconds that would have forced a second over-time.

“Our big thing was to come out with momentum,” Rose said. “We knew it was big to stay with them.”

Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol each added 18 points for the Bulls, with Frenchman Noah grabbing 15 rebounds and passing out six assists and Spaniard Gasol adding 16 rebounds and eight assists.

“Their front-line is as long and tall as any in the NBA,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We really scrapped. I didn’t think it was a lack of effort. It was a great game. We thought we had it won a couple of times but we couldn’t finish it out.”

BATTLE TO LIFT BULLS TO VICTORY

Injury-nagged Rose played 43 minutes, his most in any game since 2012, and went 13-of-33 from the field while making 11 turnovers, but battled all night on offense and defence to lift Chicago to victory.

The Bulls improved to 30-17, third in the Eastern Conference and atop the Central division, while the Warriors fell to 36-7, still the best record in the NBA.

Golden State, which slid to 21-2 at home this season, had won 13 of their prior 14 games and had been unbeaten in 14 prior starts this season against Eastern Conference rivals.

The Warriors lead the NBA in scoring and shooting accuracy as well as shooting defence, but hit only 42.5 percent, 48-of-113 shots, in the loss after finishing regulation time deadlocked at 107-107.

“Our guys were a little worn out but we made a hell of an effort,” Kerr said. “Just one of those games. Sometimes the shots don’t go. We were scrapping and clawing. Just couldn’t finish it out.”

The Bulls improved the NBA’s best road record to 17-6. While Chicago had lost seven of 11 prior starts overall, the Bulls won their 10th road game in the past 13 away starts.

Golden State had won 112-102 at Chicago last month.

AFP

January 29, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Hail the king! LeBron James still rules jersey sales

LeBron James' Number 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is once again the NBA's top seller among US fans.

LeBron James’ Number 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is once again the NBA’s top seller among US fans.

Without releasing sales figures, the NBA said Monday that the four-time Most Valuable Player’s wine and gold jersey was the biggest-seller from adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2014 through December 2014 — the period including the holiday shopping rush.

James had topped the list for the four prior reporting periods, but at that time he was wearing number six for the Miami Heat.

James returned this season to his home state and his first NBA club, the Cavaliers, after winning two NBA titles with the Heat.

His Cavs jersey had also topped the popularity list back in 2004, in his rookie season.

His homecoming has also sparked a surge in Cavaliers merchandise sales that has brought the club to the top of the list for the first time, despite their erratic start to the season.

Golden State Warriors sensation Stephen Curry’s jersey is the second-best seller, up from number seven on the previous list issued last June.

Oklahoma City’s NBA MVP Kevin Durant, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose round out the top five.

January 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Lowry, Harden named players of the month

 

  Lowry, Harden named players of the month

Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden were on Monday named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Lowry ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference in scoring (22.3 ppg) and second assists (8.9 apg), as the Raptors went 11-4 to remain comfortably atop the Atlantic Division.

He posted six point-assist double-doubles, the third most in the NBA in December. He scored at least 30 points in three contests, and averaged 25.8 points in nine road games.

He was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week after averaging 29.3 points and 8.7 assists over three games from December 1-7. He also scored a career-high 39 points in a 123-104 win at Utah on December 3.

Harden led the NBA in scoring (30.6 ppg) for the month, as the Rockets went 9-5, while dealing with injuries to key players and some roster changes. He led the NBA with eight 30-point games and three 40-point games.

He was twice named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week (weeks ending December 14 and December 28). He hit eight three-pointers against Charlotte on December 31, and dished out 14 assists against Atlanta on December 20.

Harden ranked 11th in the NBA in assists (7.1 apg) for the month and ninth in the West in steals (1.9 spg).

Here is a closer look at the month for Lowry and Harden:

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

December 3 @ Utah: Scored a career-high 39 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 123-104 win over the Jazz.

December 27 @ L.A. Clippers: Finished with 25 points, seven assists and three steals in a 110-98 win over the L.A. Clippers.

December 28 @ Denver: Tallied 30 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in a 116-102 win over the Nuggets.

James Harden, Houston Rockets

December 11 @ Sacramento: Scored 44 points and added eight assists and three steals in a 113-109 win over the Kings.

December 17 @ Denver: Went 18-for-21 from the free throw line en route to 41 points in a 115-111 win over the Nuggets.

December 22 @ Portland: Finished with 44 points, seven assists and five steals in only 32 minutes in a 110-95 win over the Trail Blazers.

Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Memphis’ Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, and Washington’s John Wall.

January 8, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:
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Hawks keep rolling on road with win

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack on Saturday night and the red-hot Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight road game with a 115-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jeff Teague added 22 points for the Hawks (25-8), who have won four in a row and 18 of 20 overall to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has lost once on the road since November 15.

Millsap and Teague scored 10 points each in the third quarter as the Hawks widened a three-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points before taking an 83-75 advantage into the final period.

A jumper by Kyle Korver extended the margin to 104-89 with 4:16 to play before Atlanta held off a late rally by Portland.

Korver scored 14 points and Al Horford of the Dominican Republic and Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland added 13 apiece for the Hawks, who shot 51 percent (43-of-84) from the field and had seven players in double figures.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Trail Blazers (26-8), who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Portland lost at home for the first time since November 28.

Elsewhere:

San Antonio Spurs 101, Washington Wizards 92: Canada’s Cory Joseph scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack as the host Spurs beat the Wizards for the 17th straight time. John Wall and Bradley Beal scored 15 points apiece for the Wizards, who have lost a season-high three in a row.

In other games, the host Chicago Bulls edged the Boston Celtics, 109-104 in overtime; the Houston Rockets clobbered the visiting Miami Heat, 115-79; the host Los Angeles Clippers trounced the Philadelphia 76ers, 127-91; the Denver Nuggets routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, 114-85; the Charlotte Hornets trimmed the host Orlando Magic, 98-90: and the visiting Utah Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-89.

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January 5, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

The Heat is on as King LeBron James returns to Miami

LeBron James

LeBron James

 LeBron James plays in Miami for the first time since leaving the Heat for Cleveland when the Cavaliers visit Thursday to highlight five Christmas holiday NBA clashes being televised globally.

The schedule opens with Washington at New York followed by Oklahoma City at defending NBA champion San Antonio before the latest episode in James’ city-switching saga plays out in Miami, where he led the Heat to the past four NBA Finals and brought the city two NBA crowns.

Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose, two injury-prone stars, could be the focus when the Los Angeles Lakers visit Chicago in the penultimate contest, with the Golden State Warriors, who have the best record in the NBA, visiting the Los Angeles Clippers in the final game of the 67th NBA Christmas calendar.

James spurned his home-region Cavaliers for the Heat in 2010 but after winning his long-sought after first NBA titles with Miami, he returned to Cleveland vowing to bring the city a major sports title, something not seen there since the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 1964.

“The schedule came out after I had decided to come back. The NBA knew something,” James said. “They knew that I was going to go home or stay in Miami, so they knew I would have to play my home team or my old teammates.”

James, who ranks second in NBA scoring with 25.2 points a game and fifth in assists with 7.8 a contest, has sparked the Cavaliers to a 16-10 record, fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat, who brought in Luol Deng to try and ease the sting of losing James, are 13-15, seventh in the East. Miami fans could greet James with boos when he takes to the court, or cheers to acknowledge his success with the Heat. Either way, James is looking ahead not back.

“I live in the present,” James said. “Yesterday is over with. The future is unknown.”

Miami’s remaining “Big Three” members are holding their own, with guard Dwyane Wade scoring 22.8 points a game and forward Chris Bosh averaging 21.6.

James’ new “Big Three” partners in Cleveland are faring well also, with Australian guard Kyrie Irving netting 19.7 points a game and big man Kevin Love averaging 16.8 points and 10.5 rebounds a night.

KOBE’S 16TH CHRISTMAS GAME

Washington has become a contender behind guard John Wall, who averages 17.8 points and an NBA second-best 10.5 assists a game. The Wizards visit a Knicks squad in a five-game losing slump and a 5-25 record.

Despite 23.7 points a game from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks — making a 50th Christmas start — are saved from the humiliation of the NBA’s worst record only by Philadelphia 3-23 start.

Bryant, making a record 16th Christmas Day appearance, ranks fourth in the NBA with 24.6 points a game but the Lakers start 8-19 while the Bulls, still easing Rose back into the lineup after knee injuries that kept him out for almost all of the past two seasons, are 18-9 with Spanish star Pau Gasol, who averages 18.0 points and 11.5 rebounds a game preparing to face his former Laker teammates.

Golden State has the best record in the NBA at 23-3 thanks largely to the NBA’s top-scoring backcourt duo of Stephen Curry, with 23.5 points a game, and Klay Thompson, with 21.7 a contest.

But the Clippers, 19-9 for sixth-best in the West, counter with forward Blake Griffin, averaging 23.1 points a game, and guard Chris Paul, who has 18.1 points and 9.8 assists a game.

The reigning champion Spurs, 18-11, provide a balanced attack that is difficult to silence, ignited by French guard Tony Parker with 16.5 points and 5.3 assists a game, both team highs.

Tim Duncan provides 16 points and a club-best 11 rebounds a game while Kawhi Leonard averages 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds and both Manu Ginobili and Danny Green average more than 12 points a game.

AFP

December 25, 2014 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Horford, Aldridge named players of the week

Al Horford

Al Horford

 The Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford and the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played December 15-21.

Horford led the Hawks to a 3-0 record, which included a home win over the Chicago Bulls and road wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets. He led the Hawks in scoring at 18.3 ppg and stuffed the stat sheet with 6.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.67 bpg and 1.0 spg.

Horford’s .605 field goal percentage ranked eighth in the conference. On December 15, he posted 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and added 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Hawks topped the Bulls 93-86. Winners of 9-of-10 and with a 19-7 (.731) overall mark, the Hawks are tied for the Eastern Conference’s second best record.

Aldridge helped the Trail Blazers to a 4-0 mark on the week, which included two wins over the San Antonio Spurs and wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans. Aldridge, who posted point-rebound double-doubles in all four games, ranked sixth in the West in scoring (26.3 ppg), second in rebounding (14.3 rpg), and eighth in steals (2.25 spg).

On December 19, Aldridge collected 32 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and two blocks during a 129-119 triple-overtime win over the Spurs in San Antonio. At 22-6 (.786), Portland owns the second best record in the West.

Here is a recap of the week for Horford and Aldridge:

AL HORFORD, ATLANTA HAWKS

December 15 v Chicago: Tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 93-86 win over the Bulls.

December 17 @ Cleveland: Scored 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, and added four assists and two blocks in a 127-98 win over the Cavaliers.

December 20 @ Houston: Scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal during a 104-97 win over the Rockets.

LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

December 15 v San Antonio: Collected 23 points and 14 rebounds during a 108-95 win over the Spurs.

December 19 @ San Antonio: Posted 32 points, 16 boards, five steals and two blocks in a 129-119 triple-overtime win over the Spurs.

December 20 @ New Orleans: Tallied 27 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists during a 114-88 win over the Pelicans.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Monta Ellis, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Portland’s Damian Lillard, and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.

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December 24, 2014 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment