Saturday, April 14, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/14/2012

Utah Jazz mindful of last trip to the Big Easy--Deseret News
Utah Jazz-New Orleans Hornets: Report Card--Deseret News

Guards: After his stellar game vs. Houston, Gordon Hayward struggled mightily Friday, managing just eight points and five assists. Meanwhile, Devin Harris was passive and seemed reluctant to shoot. He did hand out eight assists. Defensively was where the guards had the most difficulties, as New Orleans counterparts Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez torched them for 36 points and 12 assists.

Alec Burks was solid off the bench, tallying nine points in 20 high-energy minutes. Jamaal Tinsley was OK, but added just two points in 21 minutes. GRADE: C-

Gordon takes over, Hornets beat Jazz, 96-85--Deseret News

Gordon scored the last seven points of the run on a driving layup through a crowd, a 3-pointer and a 23-foot step-back jumper that he set up with repeated between-the-legs dribbles that seemed to mesmerize Utah's Gordon Hayward. The run gave New Orleans a 92-82 lead with 2:18 to go, and Utah could not recover.

Hayward watches Gordon burn Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune
Another New Orleans letdown for unpredictable Utah Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

Utah pulled the same trick Friday. The Jazz demolished the Rockets on Wednesday, walking out of Houston with a 103-91 victory. Gordon Hayward said Utah was going to try and close its season by winning seven consecutive games.

Wizards vs. Knicks: Washington sets one franchise low, flirts with another in blowout loss--Washington Post

Shelvin Mack ended a drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal in the second half when he made a layup. When Crawford quickly followed with a runner in the lane that brought the Wizards within 89-54 with 5:34 remaining, Knicks fans chanted, “Under 60! Under 60!” At least it provided a target to reach.

Bobcats provide perfect prey for Miami Heat--Miami Herald

Eleven players got on the court, all 11 scored and that helped keep James to 28:44 of playing time; Bosh to 29:43; and point guard Mario Chalmers to 20:05. Backups Terrel Harris played 35:07 and Norris Cole 25:53.
By the fourth quarter, it was JV basketball, with Eddy Curry, Juwan Howard, Cole and Harris on the court for the Heat. A Curry dunk closed the Heat’s version of DunkFest ’12 — it threw down 11 — and the scoring.

Heat get temporary relief with 105-82 rout of Bobcats--South Florida Sun Sentinel

With James and Bosh playing limited minutes Friday, it left plenty of time for the likes of James Jones and Joel Anthony, who filled in as starters, as well as the likes of Norris Cole, Terrel Harris, Dexter Pittman, Juwan Howard and Eddy Curry, players who figure to go back into hibernation when the level of competition returns to NBA level.

Walker, Odom will always have the Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel

WAITING GAME: The Heat are weighing their options when it comes to fielding a summer-league team in July. The Heat are expected to commit to at least one summer league, either the Orlando Magic-run round-robin July 9-13 at the Amway Center or the NBA-run league that is scheduled July 13-22 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Among potential Heat participants would be their 2012 first-round pick, 2011 first-round pick Norris Cole, as well as impending free agents Dexter Pittman and Terrel Harris. There were no summer leagues last year due to the lockout, with the Heat participating in the Las Vegas summer league in 2010 after previously opting for the Orlando league, which is held on the Magic's practice court at closed to the public.

UWM reviewing sports program, athletic director--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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