An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
At the end of January, it looked like it was time to stick a fork in Kevin Garnett.
The 17-year veteran was averaging just 13.5 points per game -- on pace for the lowest average since his rookie year, when Garnett came off the bench for half the season -- on worse than 50 percent from the floor. The low mark had Garnett tracking toward a scoring average worse than 15 points for the third...Read more »
In the Celtics' overtime loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Rajon Rondo managed to do something only Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and three others have done in the last 25 years.
Rondo finished the game with 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds; it was only the ninth time since since 1986 that a player scored at least 40 points and had at least 10 assists and five rebounds...Read more »
NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.
Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks...Read more »
Wrap your head around this one: Tyson Chandler, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, didn't make the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.
The voting panel, which consists of the league's 30 head coaches, gave Dwight Howard the nod over Chandler as the starting center for the first team.
Members of the media voted Chandler the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
Howard was joined...Read more »
It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.
Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.
Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched...Read more »
NBA Exective Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced today that Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for making contact with an official.
The suspension will keep Rondo off the court for Game 2 of the Celtics-Hawks series.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' 83-74 win against Boston, Rondo, incensed with a call, began arguing with a referee. When the referee...Read more »
It wasn't enough that the Pacers delivered the Sixers another major loss in Philly's final home game. Indiana had to be featured not once, but twice in the NBA's top 10 plays of the night.
Tyler Hansbrough's volleyball-style spike of a Lou Williams shot came in at No. 4, and Dahntay Jones' put-back jam over seemingly the entire Sixers front court was one spot higher, in third.
The...Read more »
Arguably the most important game of the night in terms of the NBA playoff picture walked away with the night's two best plays.
At No. 2 on the NBA's top 10 plays countdown was the Celtics' Rajon Rondo. Rondo deked the entire Jazz defense, most notably Paul Millsap, with a fake pass from the free throw line, then easily dished it to Brandon Bass for the easy layup. You get the most appreciation...Read more »
Chris Kaman and Jason Smith's big stuffs in the Hornets' 97-90 win over the Clippers both landed in last night's top 10 NBA plays.
Kaman rejected Blake Griffin, and Smith blocked DeAndre Jordan. The two plays came in at No. 9 and 8, respectively.
Al Jefferson's game-winning tip-in from Utah's 103-102 win over Sacramento was chosen as the No. 1 play. addCustomPlayer('unqwu8ctqcul1xqgvteh7x0wd',...Read more »