Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis a gametime decision Wednesday vs. Pistons

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Anthony Davis has been sidelined the last six games with a shoulder injury, but after going through contact drills on Tuesday, he’s being listed as a gametime decision for Wednesday’s contest against the Pistons.

From Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans’ website:

His shoulder has improved in recent days and “feels good” on the morning of Wednesday’s home gameday, but a final determination on Anthony Davis’ status will be determined later today. Davis (right shoulder), who has missed the past six games due to injury, is a game-time decision for the 7 p.m. contest against the Detroit Pistons.

“I’ve been getting treatment, getting back strong,” the two-time All-Star said after participating in Pelicans shootaround. “It feels better, so we’ll see how it is prior to the game, closer to game time.”

The Pelicans won five of the six games Davis missed, including the one in which the injury occurred where he played just nine minutes. That’s important, because even with the recent surge from the Thunder, New Orleans has been able to keep pace in the standings, and trails Oklahoma City by just a single game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

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Davis’ play earlier in the season had some putting him in the MVP conversation. He’s averaging 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in 35.3 minutes per contest.

Joakim Noah says non-violence video he put out helped him maintain composure after flagrant foul from Wizards’ Nene

Washington Wizards v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

Wizards big man Nene hates the Chicago Bulls, and that dislike was on display once again during Washington’s Tuesday night loss.

Nene whacked Joakim Noah in the face as Noah came down the lane, but other than directing some choice words in Nene’s direction, Noah was able to contain his emotions.

Afterward, Noah explained how that was possible.

“It’s part of the process, and I really don’t know what to say right now,” Noah said. “But I’m just happy we won, and I’m happy I kept my composure. Just trying to put out a video a couple hours before the game [through his foundation] about non-violence. And trying to teach these kids [about the] big picture. You know what I mean? So it wouldn’t have been a good look, not today. Not today. But I’m really, really proud of this team and the way we stepped up tonight.”

Retaliating in the NBA physically simply gets you fined or suspended, and with the Bulls already playing shorthanded because of injuries to Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, Noah ultimately did what was best.

The flagrant foul, along with Noah’s comments, can be seen in the video clip above (via CSN Chicago).The video Noah was referring to can be seen here.

Report: Grizzlies suspended Tony Allen for physical confrontation in practice with Nick Calathes

Tony Allen

Tony Allen was suspended one game by the Grizzlies for what was only described as “a violation of team policy” by head coach Dave Joerger at the time.

Thanks to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, we now know what the specific infraction was.

After more digging into the issue, Allen’s physical confrontation was apparently with Calathes during practice. Frustration clearly is building with the team playing poorly and the starting unit lacking consistent and forceful play.

Allen was on the team’s flight to Houston last night and is expected to play against the Rockets. How Joerger and the players, not just Allen, rebound from this brush with turmoil bears monitoring.

Without Allen (and Zach Randolph, who missed the game due to illness), Memphis suffered what Calathes called a “bad loss” at home to the Utah Jazz, in a game where Rudy Gobert grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds.

Memphis has lost three of four, but is still in second place in the Western Conference standings with 23 games left in the regular season.

NBA admits missed foul call in final minutes of Timberwolves’ loss to Clippers

Andrew Wiggins, Spencer Hawes

The Timberwolves dropped a close one to the Clippers on Monday, but the 110-105 final score should have been even closer.

The NBA is releasing officiating reports for all calls (and non-calls) made in the final minutes of a close game, defined as being within five points with two minutes left to play.

In the one reviewing this particular contest (which can be viewed in its entirety here), a play that was ruled as a blocked shot with 1:20 remaining was labeled as incorrect on the report, which means that Andrew Wiggins should have received two free throws.

At the time, the Timberwolves trailed by four points, and would have had a pretty good chance to cut it to two, since Wiggins shoots better than 73 percent from the foul line.

Here’s the play in question, which Timberwolves fans likely believed was a foul in real time that went unnoticed by the officials.

Now, this doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things; the outcome of the contest, of course, will remain unchanged. But for fans feeling like their team may have gotten hosed on a late-game call, this can provide a sense of validation, while educating officials in the process so that maybe next time, they’ll be able to get things right.

Oh, one other interesting note from this report — remember those two technical fouls on J.J. Redick that resulted in his ejection, and that Redick believed were completely unwarranted? The report graded both of them as being a “correct call,” so Redick won’t be getting his money back after all.

LeBron goes behind the back to avoid Avery Bradley on the break (VIDEO)

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Avery Bradley, a 6’2″ guard for the Celtics, found himself as the lone defender against LeBron James on the fast break, and made what in his mind was the only realistic attempt at slowing the game’s greatest player.

Bradley cut across James to try for the steal, but LeBron was ready. He effortlessly put the ball behind his back, before gliding to the rim for the soft two-handed finish.