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Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards

Report: Wizards signing Will Bynum


When the Wizards signed Toure’ Murry, he seemed like a placeholder until Will Bynum got healthy.

Whether or not Bynum has fully recovered from injury, Murry’s own injury has accelerated the process.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Will Bynum, the Wizards’ primary target while he was playing professionally in China, finally will join them and it will happen as early as Friday, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation.

Bynum, a 6-foot guard, had been nursing a hamstring injury. On Sunday, the Wizards (40-32) signed Toure’ Murry to his second 10-day contract but he went down with a left ankle sprain in a loss at the Sacramento Kings.

Bynum is expected to be at Friday’s shootaround and be available. Murry would be released by the team to create space on the roster.

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Ramon Sessions, acquired in a midseason trade for Andre Miller has upgraded Washington’s backup point guard, but Bynum can provide an extra spark.

After spending the last few seasons with the Pistons, Bynum was traded to the Celtics before the season and released, and then he went to China. He likes to run the pick-and-roll, and he can get to the rim. He tends to look for his own points, but he’s also a solid passer. Defensively, he can be tolerable on the ball but dreadful off it. He’s definitely capable of heating up in a hurry, and Washington would best-use him when down big to increase variance.

And the Wizards have been down big too often lately.

They’ve lost four straight and 17 of 26, their list of problems numerous:

Opponents see them as in-fighters, and no matter what Randy Wittman says, Marreese Speights’ words hit close to home.

Wittman invited a wave of controversy when he walked off the court early in a loss to the Pacers, a setback due in part to Wittman’s poor defensive strategy on Indiana’s final possession.

Their offense has become predictable.

Wittman is more concerned about defense, though.

Bradley Beal is dealing with a sprained ankle.

On that last bullet, Washington received good news, at least relative how serious the injury initially looked. Michael:

Beal told CSNwashington.com on Thursday that he’ll make up his mind if he can play after shootaround on Friday morning.

If he can’t play, Bynum might need to step in immediately.

Whether or not he plays, Bynum brings toughness. That’s definitely something this team could use an injection of.

Kings’ Derrick Williams dunks and Bismack Biyombo is helpless to stop it (VIDEO)

Charlotte Hornets v Sacramento Kings

That is pretty much the definition of a poster dunk.

Late in the third quarter Derrick Williams made his cut, and Andre Miller hit him with the perfect bounce pass. It happened faster than Bismack Biyombo could rotate, and the rest is one of the better dunks of the season.

The Kings went on to win 101-91 behind 33 points from Rudy Gay. That loss was a  blow to a Hornets team fighting to make the playoffs in the East.

Kyrie Irving positioned to join Kobe Bryant as only active players to post season’s two highest-scoring games

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

Kyrie Irving went wild last night, scoring 57 points in the Cavaliers’ win over the Spurs.

He also dropped 55 in a January win over the Trail Blazers.

That gives Irving the NBA’s two highest-scoring games of the season ahead of Klay Thompson’s 52, Mo Williams’ 52, Stephen Curry’s 51 and everyone else’s outings.

Of course, another player could pass Irving in the season’s final month. But if this holds, the Cavaliers point guard would join Kobe Bryant as the only active players to post a season’s two highest-scoring games.

Gathered through Basketball-Reference.com and this list of 50-point games, I found the top two scoring games for each season back to 1958 – and a little data before that.

Here are the highest scoring games of each season with the years one player held the top two spots outright in green and the years a player did it with a  tie in red:

  • 2015: Kyrie Irving (57), Kyrie Irving (55)
  • 2014: Carmelo Anthony (62), LeBron James (61)
  • 2013: Stephen Curry (54), Kevin Durant (52)
  • 2012: Deron Williams (57), Kevin Love (51), Kevin Durant (51)
  • 2011: LeBron James (51), Carmelo Anthony (50)
  • 2010: Brandon Jennings (55), Andre Miller (52)
  • 2009: Kobe Bryant (61), Tony Parker (55), Dwyane Wade (55), LeBron James (55)
  • 2008: Kobe Bryant (53), Kobe Bryant (52)
  • 2007: Kobe Bryant (65), Kobe Bryant (60), Gilbert Arenas (60)
  • 2006: Kobe Bryant (81), Kobe Bryant (62)
  • 2005: Allen Iverson (60), LeBron James (56)
  • 2004: Tracy McGrady (62), Tracy McGrady (51), Tracy McGrady (51)
  • 2003: Kobe Bryant (55), Allan Houston (53)
  • 2002: Allen Iverson (58), Kobe Bryant (56)
  • 2001: Jerry Stackhouse (57), Allen Iverson (54)
  • 2000: Shaquille O’Neal (61), Vince Carter (51)
  • 1999: Grant Hill (46), Allen Iverson (46), Antonio McDyess (46)
  • 1998: Karl Malone (56), Shaquille O’Neal (50), Tracy Murray (50)
  • 1997: Michael Jordan (51), Michael Jordan (50), Allen Iverson (50)
  • 1996: Michael Jordan (53), Hakeem Olajuwon (51)
  • 1995: Glen Rice (56), Michael Jordan (55)
  • 1994: David Robinson (71), Shaquille O’Neal (53)
  • 1993: Michael Jordan (64), Michael Jordan (57), Reggie Miller (57)
  • 1992: Dominique Wilkins (52), Michael Jordan (50)
  • 1991: Michael Adams (54), Charles Smith (52), Bernard King (52)
  • 1990: Michael Jordan (69), Karl Malone (61)
  • 1989: Michael Jordan (53), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52)
  • 1988: Michael Jordan (59), Michael Jordan (52), Michael Jordan (52)
  • 1987: Michael Jordan (61), Michael Jordan (61)
  • 1986: Dominique Wilkins (57), Alex English (54)
  • 1985: Bernard King (60), Larry Bird (60)
  • 1984: Purvis Short (57), Kiki Vandeweghe (51)
  • 1983: Adrian Dantley (57), Kelly Tripucka (56)
  • 1982: Adrian Dantley (53), Moses Malone (53)
  • 1981: Adrian Dantley (55), Billy Knight (52)
  • 1980: George Gervin (55), George Gervin (53)
  • 1979: George Gervin (52), Truck Robinson (51)
  • 1978: David Thompson (73), George Gervin (63)
  • 1977: Pete Maravich (68), Pete Maravich (51), Pete Maravich (51), Phil Smith (51)
  • 1976: Bob McAdoo (52), Phil Smith (51)
  • 1975: Rick Barry (55), Gail Goodrich (53)
  • 1974: Rick Barry (64), Fred Brown (58)
  • 1973: Phil Chenier (53), Tiny Archibald (52), Tiny Archibald (52)
  • 1972: Chet Walker (56), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (55), Tiny Archibald (55)
  • 1971: Dave Bing (54), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53)
  • 1970: Lou Hudson (57), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (51)
  • 1969: Wilt Chamberlain (66), Wilt Chamberlain (60)
  • 1968: Wilt Chamberlain (68), Earl Monroe (56)
  • 1967: Wilt Chamberlain (58), Rick Barry (57)
  • 1966: Wilt Chamberlain (65), Wilt Chamberlain (62)
  • 1965: Wilt Chamberlain (63), Wilt Chamberlain (62)
  • 1964: Wilt Chamberlain (59), Wilt Chamberlain (59), Wilt Chamberlain (59)
  • 1963: Wilt Chamberlain (73), Wilt Chamberlain (72)
  • 1962: Wilt Chamberlain (100), Wilt Chamberlain (78)
  • 1961: Elgin Baylor (71), Wilt Chamberlain (67)
  • 1960: Elgin Baylor (64), Jack Twyman (59)
  • 1959: Elgin Baylor (55), Elgin Baylor (52)
  • 1958: George Yardley (51), Bob Pettit (51)
  • 1957: unknown, unknown
  • 1956: unknown, unknown
  • 1955: unknown, unknown
  • 1954: Neil Johnston (50), unknown
  • 1953: unknown, unknown
  • 1952: George Mikan (61), unknown
  • 1951: unknown, unknown
  • 1950: George Mikan (51), unknown
  • 1949: Joe Fulks (63), George Mikan (53)
  • 1948: unknown, unknown
  • 1947: unknown, unknown

Reports: Kings’ Darren Collison to have surgery, likely done for season

Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings
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We told you this might be coming. Now Bill Herenda of CSNBayArea.com has the details — it looks like Kings’ point guard Darren Collison is done for the season.

Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will see Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia for a consultation; surgery is likely to occur on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, according to a source close to the situation…

On Tuesday, Collison was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles regarding his right hip flexor strain and has yet to play for new Kings coach George Karl.

Sacramento says he would be evaluated again between three and six weeks after the surgery. Let’s be realistic here: They are not bringing him back this season. They are not going to rush him back from an injury so he can play three games for George Karl at the end of a lost season.

Karl had this to say:

Collison has sat out the last seven games for the Kings. Without Collison, it will mean more Ray McCallum and Andre Miller.



Report: George Karl controls Kings’ personnel, wants Ty Lawson, willing to move DeMarcus Cousins

Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

Shortly after hiring George Karl, the Kings traded for Andre Miller, Karl’s point guard the Nuggets.

That might not be the last roster move Karl inspires in Sacramento.

Pete D’Alessandro, who worked with Karl in Denver, is still the Kings’ general manager. But Karl might have usurped some control and could use it to acquire Ty Lawson – or even trade DeMarcus Cousins.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

Sources say Karl would love to acquire Ty Lawson—if the rebuilding Nuggets were to make him available—or any other members of his last Nuggets team, which won 57 games in 2012-13. Karl wants players who move the ball and push the tempo, and that could mean wild upheaval on the Kings roster. Even DeMarcus Cousins, their franchise center, is not untouchable, according to a source with insight into Karl’s thinking. “At the trade deadline, everyone was available,” the person said. Including Cousins? “Every single person (on the Kings roster) was available.” Although Karl does not hold a front office title, “he definitely has control” of future personnel decisions, the source said.

Lawson is reportedly available, and he might be unhappy in Denver. If the Nuggets get serious about dealing him, I’m sure many teams would be interested. Karl, certain he can succeed with Lawson, might be willing to offer most in a trade.

Cousins is a different story. Just because the Kings are willing to trade him doesn’t mean they will – or even come close. He’s a young star, and it would be difficult for other teams to give Sacramento fair return. They’ll surely try, though.

The most significant aspect of this report might be Karl’s influence in roster-building. They Kings have obviously made a large commitment to Karl, and if that extends beyond just coaching, it could have a huge affect on the franchise. Karl doesn’t necessarily share the same opinion on the players D’Alessandro has acquired, and that could mean a pretty big roster shakeup.