Saturday, April 7, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/7/2012

Utah Jazz want to win, but risk losing picks in process--Deseret News

Elsewhere, there has been plenty of obvious growth, with second-year players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors making big strides.

Hayward has averaged 18.4 points the last five games, and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds Wednesday to go along with his 20 points.
Head coach Tyrone Corbin said Hayward is realizing with each game that he can do more on both ends of the floor.

"It's just a process he's continuing to grow through," Corbin said.

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward morphing into a star--Deseret News
Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap, Devin Harris to play tonight against Golden State--Deseret News

The Jazz starters will be the new usual: Harris, Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles, Millsap and Al Jefferson.

Utah Jazz shoot past Golden State Warriors in fourth quarter to win 104-98--Deseret News

Jefferson also had 11 rebounds for Utah, while Gordon Hayward added 14 points and Paul Millsap chipped in with 12 points — 10 of those coming in the second half — and seven rebounds. The reserve point guard tandem of Jamaal Tinsley (seven points) and Earl Watson (six rebounds, six assists) was also instrumental in Utah's victory.

Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors: Instant Analysis--Deseret News

Random thoughts:
While Gordon Hayward saw 37 minutes of game time, the other young players— Burks, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter — combined for just 30.

Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors: Report card--Deseret News

Guards: Devin Harris shot the lights out of the EnergySolutions Arena from 3-point range, draining five bombs for the Jazz. His hot shooting forced the Warriors out of their zone defense, Utah's nemesis, and opened up the rest of the offense. The Jazz didn't get Gordon Hayward involved enough early on, but he regrouped and contributed. For Golden State, Charles Jenkins went silent after a solid start. Klay Thompson was just the opposite, as he shot the Warriors back into the game late in the fourth quarter. He scored 21 of his 23 points after halftime.

Grade: A-

Jazz lack strength of a clear-cut closer--Salt Lake Tribune

While Millsap and Jefferson have been the Jazz’s primary closers this season, second-year man Gordon Hayward appears to be a possibility down the road.

"Gordon has the talent where you can put the ball in his hands and be able to make plays," Corbin said. "He can grow into it with experience.

"The top guys in this league have grown into it. They weren’t those guys when they first started out. It takes awhile to get to that point."

Wizards vs. Nets: Washington’s defensive lapses lead to fifth straight loss--Washington Post

Gilbert Arenas played his final game in a Wizards uniform when the team lost in its lone visit last season, and two weeks ago, Nene played his first game for the organization and led the team to a spirited victory. But the Wizards probably won’t have many memories, pleasant or otherwise, from their final visit.

After a deflating 110-98 loss to the Nets, they likely won’t want to look back on how Jordan Crawford struggled to make shots and had one of his potential baskets goaltended by teammate James Singleton. No way would they want to bring up Shelvin Mack’s failed lob pass, which sailed out of bounds because Kevin Seraphin didn’t make a cut to the basket. And they certainly won’t reminisce on how Chris Singleton stared toward the ceiling after missing a breakaway dunk, prompting injured Nets reserve Jordan Farmar to leave his seat to applaud.
“It’s a learning experience for us,” Mack said. “The great thing is, for the rest of our NBA careers, we’ll never have to go through anything like this again, because of the shortened season. You try to bring some energy every night, but it’s tough to do with all of this traveling. Coming off a back-to-back, then off a day, then three in a row, down a few guys, it’s definitely tough.”

And the Wizards can now look forward to facing the Nets in Brooklyn.

“Looking forward to seeing the new place,” Wittman said.

High school recruiting notebook: Final game still haunts Arabians' Kellen Dunham--The Indy Star
Butler in Top 25 discussion--Indy Star Butler Insider

Miami Heat’s Harris a must-see rookie--Miami Herald

Harris hasn’t had many practices to work his way into the rotation, but Spoelstra’s desire to pump a little energy into his team along with the bruise to Dwyane Wade’s knee and rookie Norris Cole’s struggles since the All-Star break have all contributed to Harris’ rise in minutes.

Miami Heat’s offense runs dry in home loss to Grizzlies--Miami Herald

The Heat trailed by at least 10 points for the entire second half and started the game with 11 turnovers in the first quarter, a season high. Led by the ineptitude of guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, who combined to go 0 for 9 from the floor, the Heat shot just 40.2 percent.

Terrel Harris works way into Heat's rotation--South Florida Sun Sentinel

It made Harris feel as if everything was worth it. He showed up for training camp on a whim, but now is pushing rookie guard Norris Cole for minutes in the rotation. Cole has struggled in recent weeks.

Memphis will always be special to Heat's Shane Battier--South Florida Sun Sentinel

More comfort with point guard

The Heat have had several moments where they played without a point guard on the court, allowing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to handle the responsibility.

Still, coach Erik Spoelstra said he's more at ease with Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole on the floor. He only goes to the other lineup to surprise the defense, but maintains the offense is more efficient with a true point guard out there.

"Everybody feels more comfortable when we have a point guard on the floor," Spoelstra said.

"When we need to go to a three- to four-minute burst to change the dynamic of the game, that is a very unique lineup for us. It sometimes can pose immediate challenges for our opponents where they have to make some tough decisions on the fly."

Heat fall flat vs. Grizzlies; home win streak ends at 17--South Florida Sun Sentinel

And by the third quarter former rookie sensation Norris Cole was again out of the rotation.
How little was there in support?

Cole, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem shot a combined 0 for 15 from the field.

Report: Ex-Loyola recruit Darrell Combs to visit Cleveland State next week--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State recruit: Bryn Forbes 2011-12 Highlight Tape--Cleveland State Hoops

2011-12 Season Recap: The 12 Most Iconic Moments of the Season--Rush The Court

Honorable Mention.
Dickie V Is Honored in Detroit.

Mid-major ceiling led Bollant to Illinois--Daily Herald

Video: UW-Green Bay announces Kevin Borseth as new women's basketball coach--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB women's basketball star Julie Wojta in Los Angeles for Wooden ceremony--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wojta watches Wooden award go to Griner--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kevin Borseth Introduced as Green Bay Head
Wooden Award Presentation to be Streamed

Fickiesen to leave YSU hoops team--Youngstown Vindicator
Women’s Basketball Team Active in Youngstown

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