Author: Kurt Helin

Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets - Game Three

Brian Scalabrine tells story of time Kevin Garnett beat Big Baby in arm wrestling (VIDEO)

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Pretending to bite Joakim Noah? That’s nothing.

Brian Scalabrine was on Fox Sports One telling Kevin Garnett stories and this is just brilliant, how he beat Glen Davis (Big Baby) in arm wrestling. And I can totally picture it.

Nets say no deal in works to trade Andrei Kirilenko

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The Nets are not playing him. There are potential contending teams such as the Clippers and Cavaliers that need help at the three spot.

So it makes some sense that Andrei Kirilenko’s name is coming up in trade rumors. Nets coach Lionel Hollins seems to have little use for Kirilenko, despite the fact the Nets aren’t exactly a good team. Why shouldn’t the Nets see what they can get for him? They can always move him to the Sixers in a salary dump, but the Nets want to see if they can get more.

The problem is Kirilenko is dealing with a family issue and that is limiting his travel with the team, which also also limits his trade value. So right now nothing is happening Nets GM Billy King told Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record.

“He hasn’t been playing,” Nets general manager Billy King said. “And we had talked about possibly … moving him. Nothing is happening.”

Kirilenko has said his family issue (which he has chosen not to disclose, as is his right) will continue to be an issue through February.

Which is also when the trade deadline comes up. The Nets are going to have a hard time moving him if he’s not on the court and can’t travel, certainly the kind of contending teams mentioned above are not going to go there.

All of which is to say, don’t expect much action on this until after the first of the year. Just rumors.

Andrew Wiggins skies for alley-oop (VIDEO)

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers
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The best part of this is that as Mo Williams starts to throw the alley-oop pass you can see Blake Griffin think about going for the block or steal, then realizing he is not going to get up to get this.

Only Andrew Wiggins was going up that high. And that’s an impressive finish.

Wiggins is still rough around the edges (14 points on 4-of-11 shooting in this one) but you see flashes of what he can do. And it’s impressive.

The Clippers won the game handily, by the way, their seventh win out of their last eight. Griffin had 23.

PBT’s Monday NBA Winners/Losers: John Wall, Wizards look good vs. Heat

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Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while realizing you can’t really take a pig on a plane

source:  John Wall, the Washington Wizards. There was a lot to like about Washington’s impressive Monday night win over Miami: Rasual Butler is providing a really spark off the bench, the Wizards played their best defensive game of the season (particularly without Nene who is still out with his foot issue), and Marcin Gortat is rolling strong to the rim hard. But John Wall is the guy who brings all that together and makes it work — he absolutely owned the Miami guards on the night, scoring 18 points and dishing out 13 assists. Wall and Gortat are showing real chemistry on the pick-and-roll. When Wall is playing an all-around game like this, the Wizards are tough to beat.

source:  Miami’s free throw/three point shooting. For everything Washington did right Monday night to get the win, the Heat just shot themselves in the foot. They left a lot of points on the court. First off, they went 18-of-30 from the free throw line, just 60 percent (the Heat are shooting 75 percent from the stripe on the season). The other problem was their three point shooting. We’ll let a shot chart explain the problem.

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source:  Denver Nuggets. They have won seven of eight now and after a dreadful start to the season they have found their groove. Well, they had that groove for about two and a half quarters Monday, then they took the foot off the gas and the feisty Jazz made a game out of it late. But still it’s a win an there were more good signs in Denver — Ty Lawson is orchestrating the offense beautifully, Timofey Mozgov was playing good defnese, and Kenneth Faried was doing Kenneth Faried things (like the play below). The question is will they carry that over to Tuesday night’s bigger game against Portland (and how will they do without Arron Afflalo who likely gets suspended for his foul on Trey Burks).

source:  Los Angeles Clippers. They have won seven of eight as well and while the questions about this team as a contender still linger — consistency of defense, play out of the three spot — the Clippers are doing a pretty good job answering them of late. J.J. Redick continued the run of great backcourt play for Los Angles, Blake Griffin put up 23, the Clippers starting lineup was +25 on the night when on the court together, and the Clips continued their run or ridiculously good offense (124.7 points per 100 possessions in this game, which is 10 higher than their already very good average over the last seven games).

Denver’s Arron Afflalo ejected for flagrant foul to Alec Burks’ head (VIDEO)

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Arron Afflalo can expect to get a vacation day courtesy the league for this. (Or at the least he’s writing a big check.)

The Nuggets guard was ejected Monday night for his foul to the head of Utah’s Alec Burks. In the middle of the fourth quarter — when the Jazz had made a comeback from 20 down and made this a game — Utah had a two-on-one in transition and Gordon Hayward hit Burks with a pass, Afflalo came over and tried to make a play on the ball, but he just hit Burks across the head.

That’s an ejection with more punishment to come. Intent doesn’t matter, Afflalo hit an airborne and exposed player. He’s just fortunate Burks wasn’t hurt more seriously.