The Chinese Basketball Association has a reputation for a few things, among them: Nobody plays defense.
As the latest evidence (outside the fact Stephon Marbury still has an active career) comes via former NBA fringe player Jordan Crawford (he was in camp with the Bulls this preseason). We last saw him a couple of years ago on Mark Jackson’s Golden State teams.
Crawford scored 72 points in a game in China, according to multiple reports. He is playing for the Tianjin Ronggang Golden Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. He shot 21-of-40 for the game, including 4-of-12 from three, he added 16 rebounds/
Despite all that Gold Lions lost the game, falling to 5-23 on the season.
Crawford may be best remembered as a high school player who dunked on LeBron during a summer pickup game. The video of that got out despite Nike trying to confiscate the cameras in the gym that day.
Mo Williams was touted as an off-season acquisition for Cleveland, but he is barely seeing the court anymore. He’s been a DNP-CD three of the last five games and played just more than 26 minutes total in the other two.
Now when he does get on the court, he will be limited thanks to a torn ligiment in his hand. From Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova are soaking up the vast majority of point guard minutes for Cleveland, Williams is a bit of an insurance policy at this point. Which is to say, his injury isn’t much of an issue for the Cavs in general. And Williams is a team player, so don’t expect him to complain about the minutes cut.
When Stephen Curry came up limping after colliding with the Lakers’ Roy Hibbert Tuesday, Warriors’ nation held their breath. He wouldn’t come out of the game but eventually headed to the locker room early.
After the game, he said it was just a matter of playing through pain. He plans to do just that, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
“It’s just frustrating and annoying and any other adjective you want to throw in there,” Curry said Tuesday night. “Long term it isn’t something I need to worry about, it’s just playing through an injury, it’s just there. It doesn’t get worse unless I get kicked, and that’s happened three times since I did it, so hopefully it won’t keep happening. I’m trying all sorts of pads and stuff, but when I’m out there on the floor I’m not worried about it….
“Just got to figure out how to protect it when I’m out there on the floor and keep playing.”
Curry said it would take four weeks to completely heal, but he has no plans to sit out that long. Or even a game, apparently.
Which is good for we fans who want to see a Curry vs. Damian Lillard night.
There was hope that Jordan Adams could get the chance to break into the Grizzlies’ guard rotation this season. It hasn’t worked out that way. After an okay Summer League (averaging 16 points a game in Orlando shooting just 34 percent overall and 18.2 percent from three) he had knee surgery that slowed him. Adams hadn’t seen the court for the Grizzlies since the fourth game of the season. His knee was still an issue, but there was hope he could avoid another surgery.
No such luck. The Grizzlies announced that Adams will undergo another knee surgery next week. From the official press release.
Adams (6-5, 209) will undergo a surgical procedure on his right knee on Tuesday, January 12 at the Campbell Clinic, which will be performed by team physician Dr. Fred Azar and Dr. Robert Miller. There currently is no timetable for his return.
This is reported to be a simple scope job to clean things up, meaning a 6-8 week recovery time.
Adams is a guy the fans have called for — they want to see him play. It’s going to be a little while before they do. Hopefully, this summer he can prove he deserves a shot in the Grizzlies’ rotation.
Justin Bieber has a ridiculous 73 million Twitter followers. Say what you will of his music — my tween daughter hates his stuff, I’ll take her word for it — the man is a social media powerhouse.
Thursday he through that social media power behind a push to get Chris Paul a starting spot in the All-Star game. You can vote on Twitter — fans pick the All-Star Game starters — and Thursday Bieber cast his ballot and tried to get his massive following to help out.
Those two tweets have been retweeted — which counts as another vote — nearly 55,000 times. That’s more votes than Giannis Antetokounmpo has gotten total so far.
And it’s not going to be enough.
Paul was third in the fan voting as of Thursday, trailing starter Russell Westbrook by 210,840 votes. Even with Bieber’s social media powers, it’s not going to be enough to close that gap. I suppose Bieber would like to say “Never Say Never” but, well, it’s never going to happen.
(Stephen Curry leads the vote-getting guards and is another 450,000 ahead of Westbrook, I think we can assume he’s going to make the cut.)
Don’t worry Justin, you can be sure the coaches will pick CP3 as an alternate for the All-Star Game in your native Canada on Feb. 14.
Please, please NBA, just don’t let Bieber perform. Drake I expect. I’ll be disappointed if no The Weeknd. I’ll even live with Rush if I have to. But no Bieber, please.