Kirk Hinrich (Atlanta Hawks) scored two points and committed four fouls in 11 minutes on Wednesday as the Hawks lost, 85-82 to the Golden State Warriors. Hinrich also had a rebound, a steal and one assist to one turnover (full stats here).
Brandon Rush (Golden State Warriors) made just one shot against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, but he secured a big defensive rebound in the last 16 seconds that helped seal an 85-82 Warriors victory. Rush had six rebounds total to go along with his two points. He also contributed two assists and a block in another zero-turnover 29 minutes (full stats here).
Xavier Henry (New Orleans Hornets) played just six minutes and had his only shot attempt blocked on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets lost, 95-84 (full stats here).
Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) played five minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in his first game back from a D-League assignment. Selby scored three points off of a driving layup and one of two makes at the free-throw line. His other shot was blocked. Selby added one assist and zero turnovers as the backup point guard as the Grizzlies won, 96-85 (full stats here).
Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets) played two minutes at the end of a 104-83 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday (game stats here). Marcus did not register any statistics in his garbage-time minutes.
Cole Aldrich (Oklahoma City Thunder) did not play (coach’s decision) against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. OKC won, 92-88 (game stats here).
Henry has an attacking mindset like I’ve never seen. It leads him into lame offensive fouls and blocked shots because he NEVER shoots until he’s being humped by the other team, but it also generates a lot of nice free throws too. He had a strong game tonight, and with each passing week I am more and more confident he has a future with this team.
Pierce, who has struggled with his shot all season, couldn't get much of anything to fall for the first 44 minutes of the game, but came up with some huge buckets down the stretch. That included a deep 3-pointer from the right wing that put Boston out front 78-76 with 3:19 to go and a vintage step-back jumper a short time later to again push the Celtics out front as the lead changed seven times in the final quarter.
Then, on Tuesday, Jackson poured in a more routine nine points in 19 minutes in another EuroCup victory. This time, BC Donetsk won, 77-66, and Jackson had five rebounds, two steals, one block and an unsightly five turnovers (full stats here).
With the two latest wins — and a 5-1 record overall in the Last 16 tourney — BC Donetsk booked a trip to the quarterfinals, where play will resume March 20.
Maccabi Electra also played two regular-season contests in the last week. On Sunday, Langford’s 17-point, three-rebound, five-assist, zero-turnover night helped pace his team to a 87-81 victory (full stats here). Maccabi Electra played again on Monday, but Langford sat out (coach’s decision) and the team won, 85-64 (game stats here).
Highlights from the Euroleague victory (Langford at :26 and :53):
Mario Little (Ukraine-Superleague - SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk) doubled up with 11 points and 11 rebounds on Feb. 21 in a 78-70 regular-season victory. Little also had two assists, a steal and just one turnover in 31 minutes on the court (full stats here).
Sherron Collins (Turkish Basketball League - Hacettepe University) put up just four points and four assists in 22 minutes during a disastrous 83-46 loss on Saturday. Collins made just 1 of 3 shot attempts — all from three-point range — and 1 of 2 free throws. He also registered a rebound, a steal and one turnover (full stats here).
Sasha Kaun (Russia PBL - CSKA Moscow) was a non-factor after picking up five fouls in 10 minutes, but his team still won its Euroleague Top 16 tournament game, 96-64 on Feb. 22. Kaun contributed two of those 96 points (full stats here), and CSKA Moscow assured itself a spot in the Euroleague playoffs.
Three days later, on Saturday, Kaun went scoreless in 11 minutes during a regular-season game. He collected two rebounds, though, and his powerhouse team won, 74-53 (full stats here).
Russell Robinson (Turkish Basketball League - Trabzonspor) hit 3 of 4 three-pointers for 15 points in 22 minutes on Sunday, but his team lost, 87-72. Robinson committed five fouls during the loss and added one rebound, two assists and two steals (full stats here).
Aaron Miles (Russia PBL - Krasnye Krylya) didn’t have a big offensive game Saturday, but he scored five points with six assists and four steals in 22 minutes as his team won, 77-63. Miles also had two turnovers (full stats here).
On Wednesday, Hoopsworld.com’s Alex Kennedy reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in trading for Atlanta Hawks backup point guard Kirk Hinrich. Kennedy added: “No deal is imminent.” ESPN’s John Carroll suggested the same thing on Tuesday and PeachtreeHoops.com’s Jason Walker added his thoughts here.
Grantland.com released its “NBA Rookie Midterm Report” on Tuesday, and writer Sebastian Pruiti categorized the Phoenix Suns’ Markieff Morris as one of the “bigs with something missing.” Pruiti wrote:
Morris' biggest strengths are posting up and spotting up on offense. He struggles, however, on defense, especially when he defends the post. In those situations, Morris is just in the 10th percentile in terms of PPP allowed.
Morris' biggest defensive shortcoming is that he fouls too much. According to Synergy, Morris fouls 20.9 percent of the time when he defends the block. Morris tends to be jumpy on defense. He falls for pump fakes and makes it easy for offensive players to get him off balance and out of position. Smarter offensive bigs are using this to draw fouls against Morris. Second, Morris reaches in too much. Yes, big men are expected to be physical when fighting for position, but once an offensive player has caught the ball in the post, putting a hand on him is a foul. Morris keeps his hands on his man too long, and it leads to excess fouls.
7 p.m., TNT, Nick Collison, Cole Aldrich and the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Orlando Magic
8 p.m., Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves
9:30 p.m., Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat vs. the Portland Trailblazers
6 p.m., Josh Selby and the Memphis Grizzlies vs. the Toronto Raptors
6:30 p.m., Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics vs. the New Jersey Nets
6:30 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Kirk Hinrich and the Atlanta Hawks
7 p.m., ESPN, Brandon Rush and the Golden State Warriors vs. the Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m., Xavier Henry and the New Orleans Hornets vs. the Dallas Mavericks
7 p.m., Marcus Morris and the Houston Rockets vs. the Denver Nuggets
8 p.m., Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat vs. the Utah Jazz
9:30 p.m., ESPN, Markieff Morris and the Phoenix Suns vs. the Los Angeles Clippers