Monday, April 9, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/9/2012

2012 Indiana All-Star Team Announced--SB Nation Indiana

Kellen Dunham - Pendleton Heights - Butler Bulldogs
Nick Osbourne - Muncie Central - Loyola of Chicago Ramblers

Utah Jazz-San Antonio Spurs: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: With less points (two, on 1-of-8 shooting) than turnovers (three), Paul Mlilsap certainly had one of his worst games of the season. While Millsap's run of 21 straight games in double figures ended, Gordon Hayward reached a seventh consecutive game in the same category, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Derrick Favors saw more floor time than the cold Millsap (30 minutes to 21) and responded, scoring 14 points with 12 rebounds. However, Tim Duncan still did his work with 13 points and 16 rebounds in 31 effective minutes. GRADE: C

Utah Jazz notebook: Injury, flu bugs plaguing Jazz--Deseret News

TIME MANAGEMENT: Al Jefferson played almost 38 minutes, Gordon Hayward logged just under 35 and Devin Harris saw 33 minutes of action in Sunday's game..

But Corbin isn't too concerned with anybody running out of gas in tonight's San Antonio Sequel.

"We'll figure it out," he said.

Butler move to Atlantic 10 far from certain, trustee says--The Indy Star
Strong Finish Caps Butler’s 2011-12

Heat coach Erik Spoeltra rests Dwyane Wade despite previous comments--Miami Herald

Tweaks are coming

Before the game, Spoelstra hinted toward minor “tweaks” in his rotation over the next few weeks. It didn’t take long to figure out just what those changes were on Sunday.

Rookie Norris Cole only played the final 4:32 and scored 10 points with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter while rookie Terrel Harris played 12:32 and was the first player off the bench in the first quarter.

“I’m actually cautiously optimistic about a couple of the tweaks that I’m going to make,” Spoelstra said. “Some of them I have been able to see and some of them I have not.”

Other adjustments to the rotation included James Jones receiving playing time in the second quarter.

He made three three-pointers in the period. Also, center Joel Anthony played a larger role off the bench against the Pistons after missing the first half against the Grizzlies.

“I think the majority of the guys are very comfortable with their roles,” Spoelstra said. “The small tweaks that I’ll make are to put in motion some other tweaks that I will make.”

The decision to bench Cole, who had played in a team-high 54 games before Sunday, wasn’t exactly a difficult one.

Before Sunday, he was 2 for 21 in his past four games and previously hadn’t made a field goal since last week’s embarrassing loss to the Celtics.

“I feel pretty comfortable about a few things going forward, even if I have not pulled the trigger,” Spoelstra said.

Easy win for Miami Heat a tuneup for brutal stretch--Miami Herald

In addition to those two changes, Heat rookie Norris Cole lost his spot in the rotation to rookie Terrel Harris. Harris played more than 12 minutes but failed to score. Cole came off the bench in trash time and scored 10 points.

Miami Heat's James Jones nets season-high 18 points--South Florida Sun Sentinel

More Harris, less Cole

Rookie Norris Cole has apparently fell out of the playing rotation, playing just four minutes Sunday.

Terrel Harris, who has come on strong of late, came off the bench ahead of Cole. It was Harris' third straight appearance after playing seldom earlier this season.

"He has earned these minutes," Spoelstra said. "He gives us another dynamic of speed and quickness. One of the positive things, I have been encouraged by his minutes lately."

Despite Harris' production, the reason for the switch has been more about Cole's struggles. He had made just 2 of 21 shots from the field the previous four games but was 2 of 3 while playing in garbage time.

Panthers must run transition game--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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