Melo recovered for an excellent game – 30 points on 20 shots, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Knicks’ 118-111 overtime win over the Jazz.
Raptors wing DeMar DeRozan got fouled and threw the ball up sky high – and it dropped through the rim.
Unfortunately for him, officials ruled it a non-shooting foul and said the attempt came too late.
For good measure, here are two DeRozan and-ones that counted:
DeRozan scored 34 points in Toronto’s 115-109 win over the Celtics.
But that doesn’t mean Van Gundy is satisfied with Ilyasova as the team’s starting power forward.
They want a four in free agency this summer, the Pistons, really badly. They’re going to look at Stan’s old friend Ryan Anderson. I’ve heard they’re hot on Motiejunas from Houston who’s always hurt. So, who knows how hot they actually are?
The Pistons project to have $20 million-$25 million in cap space. Power forward appears most ripe for an upgrade with that money.
Donatas Motiejunas also made sense on paper – before lingering back injuries significantly dropped his stock. Barring a quick return to the lineup and sustained production, teams will be wary of him this summer. He’s certainly no longer on track to becoming a splashy free agent signing.
Ilyasova is a nice fallback starter. But if the Pistons can upgrade and move him to the bench – where he’d likely displace pending free agent Anthony Tolliver – that’s better for them.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA is no longer looking at putting a franchise in Europe.
But that doesn’t mean the NBA will ignore foreign markets.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
That’s certainly interesting. The NBA just better be careful not to solve one problem by creating another.
Overseas fans might enjoy watching games played on weekday mornings locally. But what about American fans? How many of them won’t attend or watch on television?
Perhaps, some cities would support weekday morning games better than others. It could be a chance for people who work nights and weekends to attend games. Teams could also give/sell tickets to schools for fieldtrips.
There’s potential here. I’m just not sure it’s enough for this idea to come to fruition.
Turkey finished a disappointing 14th at EuroBasket last fall – securing neither a berth in the 2016 Olympics nor even a spot in the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. Turkey’s only hope of reaching Rio was hosting an Olympic Qualifying Tournament and winning it.
Yet, somehow, Turkey also got a bid.
Teams hosting Olympic Qualifying Tournaments also play in them. But Serbia, Italy and Philippines already qualified by virtue of their finish in their continental tournaments. Per FIBA’s stated rules, the next-highest-finishing those teams from those continents advance. That would be Latvia and Croatia behind Serbia and Italy from Europe, Lebanon behind Philippines from Asia.
Croatia and Serbia got bids. But instead of Lebanon, it was another European team getting the other – Turkey.
This just smells like an international sporting body looking at money ahead of fair competition.
FIBA sent NBC Sports this statement on their decision.
“Lebanon, who came in fifth at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, are currently not in good standing with FIBA Asia. Therefore, the Executive Committee of FIBA used of its right to choose a replacement and, in line with the FIBA World Ranking and the final standings of the 2015 continental championships, decided to extend an invitation to Turkey.”
“Not in good standing” means they are behind in payments.
Turkey – with Ersan Ilyasova and Cedi Osman – has an outside chance of winning an Olympic Qualifying Tournament to make the 2016 Games. That’s a much bigger threat than Lebanon would’ve presented. But that’s not the point.