Author: Kurt Helin

Kris Humphries, Nene, Quincy Acy, John Wall

Knicks’ Quincy Acy suspended one game, Wizards’ John Wall fined for Christmas Day incident


Is suspending a guy so he doesn’t have to play for the Knicks for a night really a punishment?

After this fourth quarter incident above during the opening Christmas Day game, the league came in on Friday and suspended the Knicks’ Quincy Acy for one game for “committing a Flagrant Foul Two which initiated an altercation.”

The league also fined John Wall $15,000 for “for pushing Acy and escalating the incident.”

Acy did go high with his foul on Wall as the Wizards guard came down in transition, getting him in the face and neck. Wall was understandably mad, bounced up and shoved Acy, who then responded by starting to throw a punch, which he pulled and it didn’t land. But that was enough to get Acy ejected.

Wall admitted after the game he can’t act like that, key stars can’t be the one that retaliates.

“Me being a key player I’ve got to keep my emotions in check and not get a technical or get ejected, that could have cost us the game,” Wall said in a televised interview on ESPN afterward. “I’ve just got to do a better job of staying composed.”

Holiday spirit: Kenny Smith shoved Shaquille O’Neal into Christmas tree (VINE)

2014 NBA Finals Game Three



Did anyone else see this clip and hear their mom’s voice in their head? “If you guys keep horsing around someone is going to get hurt!” The always playful nature of Inside the NBA led to Kenny Smith and Shaq getting in a footrace to the big back screen, and Smith gave Shaq a small shove that threw off his balance — and the tree paid the price. Shaq was not hurt.



John Stockton’s State Farm twin ad is the best (VIDEO)

Portland Trailblazers vs. Utah Jazz

The Chris Paul/Cliff Paul State Farm twin ads were pretty good (if a tad overplayed). Then Stephen Curry joined he twin series of ads.

But it was a stroke of genius to add John Stockton to the mix. This ad debuted on Christmas.

Spencer Hawes Christmas Day suit was…. well, you should just see it (VIDEO)

Spencer Hawes

Maybe this was just Spencer Hawes’ tribute to Craig Sager.

Otherwise, well, it was Christmas themed but I don’t have much to say about Hawes’ suit that he wore on the bench as his Clippers beat the Warriors with a great fourth quarter push.

It’s just a little more stunning on a seven footer, I think.

Miami fans give LeBron warm welcome, Heat team not so much in upset win

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

The Heat fans were classy, welcoming LeBron James back to Miami with a standing ovation.

Luol Deng wasn’t as kind — the long-armed defender was in LeBron’s jersey all night, plus he scored 25 points on the evening on 11-of-16 shooting. Dwyane Wade reminded LeBron how impressive he could be… for a half anyway, Wade scored 24 points in the first half but was ice cold in the second (and we should give Dion Waiters a little credit for some good defense here).

Miami played with passion, with energy, with some professionalism and pride. The Heat coasted for a half and tried to flip the switch, but when they needed stops late their shaky defense was exposed again — Miami closed the game on an 11-4 run to seal it.

The result was a 101-91 Miami win.

As much as the crowd was kind to LeBron, they ate up this little slice of revenge.

Miami did it without Chris Bosh, who still is sidelined with a calf injury.

Cleveland, it’s its first game without Anderson Varejao — out for the season with a torn Achilles — went small, starting Kevin Love at center along with LeBron, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and Kyrie Irving. That lineup worked offensively, shooting 11-of-15 in the 11 minutes it was on the court in this game, but it was still -1 because that group couldn’t get stops. After the game coach David Blatt hinted in his remarks that Tristan Thompson will start the next game for Cleveland.

The supporting cast is an issue. LeBron had 30 with and eight assists, Kyrie Irving had 25 points, and Kevin Love finished with 14 points (although he struggled with the physical nature of this game, something he will see a lot in the playoffs). However, the rest of the team was 8-for-24 shooting. That will not get it done.

But in the end it was Cleveland’s defense that was the biggest issue, Again.

With the game tight late Danny Granger scored seven of his nine points. Chris Andersen had a dozen points making Cleveland pay for the going small. Miami’s role players stepped up.

Cleveland is still finding its way. Which is somewhat understandable, but of late they have taken more steps back than forward. After the game LeBron said the Cavaliers are not a very good team right now. That may be putting it kindly. If they are not lighting it up from three or finding another way for the offense to cover for the defense, they are downright average. Which is not what anyone expected from this team at this stage.