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Team USA 70, Brazil 68

Coming off of what was by far their most impressive performance, against Slovenia, Team USA reverted back to some of their old ways in their bout against Brazil on Monday. Poor play on both sides of the ball led to a 40 minute struggle for the Americans, though they would eventually — luckily — pull it out, winning 70-68.

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Evan Turner Signs With Li-Ning

Proud to see the homie ET doing this. He went left field with it, and it’s should pay off big time in the long-run, especially because the brand is on the up-and-up, just like his career.¬†Shaq, Baron Davis and Damon Jones are other Americans already down with the Chinese brand, but Evan is the first young player they’ve inked so it will be interesting to see how they use him.

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Mark Buerhle with the ILL stab.

NBA Transactions

Breakdown of the biggest trade deadline moves….

Houston – New York – Sacramento

  • Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong, Jordan Hill, and Jared Jeffries to Houston.
  • Tracy McGrady and Sergrio Rodriguez to New York.
  • Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, and Larry Hughes to Sacramento.

What The Deal Means For:

Houston…

The Rockets CAME UP. Not only did they get rid of McGrady, but, as every team looks to do, they got plenty in return. Kevin Martin gets buckets. Plain and simple. Moreover, he’s not a ball dominating player, meaning he can slide into to Rockets rotation without too causing too much friction. Already one of the hardest working teams in the league they now have Martin in the backcourt with the budding Aaron Brooks. Between those two and Trevor Ariza, they should be able to score plenty of points to go along with that toughness and defense. Inside, they added three young, mobile bigs who can run the floor and help out on the boards. Granted all three of them won’t be great producers, but at least one will make a name for himself during the playoffs given the right amount of tick. And they get NY’s 1st round pick in the 2012 draft.

New York…

I’ve never been a huge McGrady fan but one can’t deny the simply fact that he can flat-out score. After missing all this time, he should be the healthiest he’s been in recent years. And he’s been working out with Tim Grover so I don’t think injury or being in shape are major worries. Look at the situation he’s going to know. As aforementioned, McGrady gets buckets (fam averaged 32 one year). He’ll be playing for D’Antoni, who’s playing style inflates stats like no other. Al Harrington looks like an All Star at times. Hence, I wouldn’t be surprised if McGrady came in and did what he’s done his entire career: get buckets. At the same time, that doesn’t mean they’ll transfer into W’s. Most importantly for NY, McGrady’s off the books at the end of the year.

Sacramento…

It always seems like the worst team involved in these trades ends up with nothing but scraps. Carl Landry is a work-horse so I’ll give them that. But Joey Dorsey has done nothing in the league so far, and Larry Hughes is done. The most he can do is impede the growth of Tyreke Evans. Senseless in Sacramento.

Boston – New York

  • Nate Robinson to Boston.
  • Eddie House to New York.

What The Deal Means For:

Boston…

I like this for Boston. The Celtics are old. Bringing in Nate may provide them with that shot in the arm that they need off the bench. He brings energy and fun, and the kind of instant offense that hasn’t been existent in Boston. House was probably a better spot-up shooter, but Nate can stroke treys too. In addition, he can get to the rack and finish, and can handle the ball better than House (albeit he’s not a PG by any means), giving Boston somebody to briefly spell Rajon Rondo. He’s the kind of guy that can make two or three plays in a row and be game-changing, momentum swinging played – Boston hasn’t had that. Not sure if he makes them better than Orlando or Cleveland, but he definitely gives them a better chance to beat them.

Knicks….

Well the Knicks get Eddie House. We know what Eddie does and we know how the Knicks play under Mike D’Antoni.

Cleveland – Washington – Clippers

  • Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland.
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Al Thornton, and Cavs’ 1st Pick to Washington.
  • Drew Gooden to L.A.

What The Deal Means for:

Cleveland…

It’s finally done. The Cavs finally got the swingman they’ve been looking for to go with LeBron. As a player, Amare>Jamison all day. But in this case, Jamison is a much better pickup for Cleveland. Even though he’s a couple inches shorter, he gives the same exact numbers as Amare – 20 and eight. Plus he’s more versatile on both side of the both. Whereas the paint could have gotten clogged with Shaq, Bron, and Stoudemire all trying to make their money, Jamison can step out, stretch the defense, and spot up from three.

Again, even though he’s smaller, he can be equally – if not more – effective on defense because he guard small quick bigs (a la Rashard Lewis), as well as more inside, power guys. Matchups are what cost Cleveland a trip to the Finals last and that’s no longer a problem. And they didn’t have to give up JJ Hickson. Nice.

(I’d love to see Bassy do well somewhere but I don’t see it happening in Cleveland. Not over Mo, Delonte, and Boobie.)

Washington…

Sounds like Z is gonna get waived. Al Thornton is a nice, young pick-up. Clearly Washington is in the “youth-movement” stage. They’ve now got Thornton to go along with Andray Blatche, Javelle McGee, Nick Young, etc. Sounds great and looks cool on paper. Highly doubt that translates into W’s though.

L.A…

See Washington-Dallas trade below regarding Drew Gooden.

Clippers – Portland

  • Marcus Camby to Portland.
  • Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw to L.A.

What The Deal Means For:

Porland…

Portland GM Kevin Pritchard is an absolute genius for this one. So many birds killed with one stone. 1st: You get Marcus Camby, who’s essentially the exact player they’d hoped Greg Oden could be. A defense-oriented big, who can run, block shot, and rebound. Camby does all of that, and can score some points, as well. He’s a perfect compliment to Lamarcus Aldridge, who’s an offense first big man.

2nd: They get rid of Steve Blake freeing up the season-long Blake-Andre Miller debate. I’ve always felt Miller was the better of the two anyway, now the trade makes Nate McMillan’s job 10 times easier, and the Blazers should benefit from having far more consistency at point.

3rd: The move frees up the swingman log-jam. Outlaw, Martell Webster, Rudy Fernandez, Nicholas Batum; a buncha guys that play the same position. Sometimes having too many guys can be more harmful than having too few and that may have been the case here. The Blazers left, namely Fernandez and Webster are definitely capable of picking up any slack.

L.A. Clippers…

Travis Outlaw has made millions off one word: potential. And we’re still waiting on it. Blake is a solid NBA PG, and will be a nice option of the bench to play alongside for B Diddy or Eric Gordon. Nothing spectacular coming to L.A., though.

Dallas – Washington

  • Caron Butler, Deshawn Stevenson, and Brendan Haywood to Dallas.
  • Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton to Washington.

What The Trade Means For:

Dallas…

Not sure if anybody came up more player-for-player than Dallas. Tough Juice is such a major upgrade over Josh Howard. Scoring-wise, they’re about even this year, both players good for about 13 per game. I like Howard, but he hasn’t been the same since that he started running his mouth about weed and national anthems. Butler is far better on the boards, and most importantly, he can D-UP, which we saw pretty clearly in his first game with the Mavs. Granted, Durant still got his 25, but he shot 9-28. Butler made him work and that’s what Dallas will need if they plan to be a legit contender – a defensive stopper. Shawn Marion is not going to get job done, and while the Mavs have guys that can get buckets, they’ve lacked that #1 defender. Defensively, Butler will be the Mavs’ answer for Kobe, Durant, Brandon Roy, and the rest of the West’s elite scorers.

SIDEBAR:

CORRECTION. Perhaps I overstated that. Shawn Marion is doing a fine job for the Mavs. However, Butler provides them with a second defensive stopper, and, in terms of a perimeter D, I think Butler is an upgrade over Marion. They’re actually the same exact size, but Butler is better on the perimeter on both sides of the ball. He can score one-on-one (which Marion can’t do) and lock guys down on the outside.

Like Ron Artest to L.A., he doesn’t need the ball in his hands that often to have a significant impact on the game via toughness, defense, and other intangibles, meaning Dirk and Jason Terry are free to jack up shots all they want without hearing about from Caron (he played with Gilbert and didn’t trip. This should be nothing.)

Haywood is also a very nice pickup, and couldn’t come at a better time with Erik Dampier dislocating his finger. Boards, blocks, and he shoots 57%. Can’t ask for much more than that. And he’ll put guys on their ass.

The move puts Dallas in a position to compete with anybody in the league and makes them 100% legit title contenders.

Washington…

Washington is clearly trying to clean house. That’s it. Hopefully, for their sake, Josh Howard using the new scenery to rejuvenate his career. Drew Gooden is Drew Gooden and slowly becoming the new league prostitute (i.e. Jim Jackson, Chucky Brown, and Quentin Richardson last summer.)

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All Star Reserves Announced

ASG reserves were announced last night, and to be honest, I’ve got zero complaints. Coaches did a nice job in picking the backupsthis year. Guys I’m most happy to see…

(All first timers above…applaud ’em. It’s well-deserved.)

Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Gerald Wallace (1st time), and Al Horford are also in for the East, while Dirk, Pau, and Zach Ranolph (1st time) are all in for West. One question, though: The Cavs have the best record in the L, but only got representative (I wonder who…); damn, no Mo Williams? Again?

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ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Eastern Conference:

LeBron James – 29.7, PPG, 7.9 APG, 7.1 RPG, 51% FG, Cavs: 33-11 (Best In League)

Dwyane Wade – 26. 9 PPG, 6 APG, 4.8 RPG

Allen Iverson – 14.4 PPG, 4.4 APG

Kevin Garnett – 15 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 55% FG

Dwight Howard – 17.3 PPG, 13 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 60% FG

Western Conference:

Kobe Bryant – 28.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4 RPG, Lakers (32-10, Best in West)

Steve Nash – 18.6 PPG, 11.2 APG, 53% FG, 42% 3PT, 94% FT

Carmelo Anthony – 29.7 PPG (Best in League), 6.4 RPG

Tim Duncan – 19.8 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 54% FG

Amare Stoudemire – 21 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 56% FG

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