Kudos to Andray Blatche for getting the rebound, outletting the ball to Deron Williams, then running the floor so Williams could find him for the sweet layup. Beautiful creation by D-Will.
Joe Johnson's not known as a superstar across the NBA landscape. He's not in the elite class of shooting guards reserved for Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, nor does he have the star power of a Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Johnson rarely pushes jerseys and is known far more for his quiet demeanor than his sponsorships.
So why has Johnson received the undying adulation of 24-year-old Yonsan Johnson from China, who has never met him?... MORE →
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With Game 6 looming in Chicago, some incredibly important injury news has broken for the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose has been officially “ruled out” (obviously). Kirk Hinrich, still ailing from an injury sustained in the Game 4 Triple OT thriller, is out as well.
In addition, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and Nate Robinson are all battling illness, and are all game-time decisions. This news comes after Nets center Andray Blatche said after Wednesday's practice that he’s still hurting and hovering around 90%. Nets guard Johnson also admitted that he wouldn’t be playing if it were the regular season due to a lingering heel injury. Both are expected to play tonight.
If both Hinrich and Robinson are out, Marquis Teague may get significant minutes as the Bulls' fourth-string point guard. Deng and Gibson will likely both take the floor tonight for the Bulls, but the injury report shows that the long, brutal games have taken a toll on everybody.
Game 6 tips off tonight at 8 P.M. EST at United Center in Chicago.
Hinrich out. Deng, Gibson still sick. Didn't do shootaround. Gametime decisions. #Bulls
— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 2, 2013
Hinrich said "I'd have to improve some definitely" for a chance to play in Game 6.
Hinrich has been a key cover on Williams in this series, and the team's defense is staggeringly better with him on the court: the Bulls have surrendered 20 fewer points per 100 possessions in this series when he's on the floor.
Game 6 starts in Chicago at United Center at 8 P.M. EST.
BY JOHN HOOD
At the beginning of this season, a Brooklyn Nets-Chicago Bulls playoff matchup would have a duel of elite point guards written all over it. But through five games of the Nets-Bulls first round matchup, no one could have expected that the talk of the series would still be the Bulls point guard play with Derrick Rose still sidelined with a torn ACL, as Nate Robinson and Kirk Hinrich have made their presence known through all five games.
Robinson single-handedly stole Game 4 with an offensive explosion that erased a 14-point lead with less than three minutes left in the game. As for Hinrich, he has been a pest on defense, hassling Deron Williams on nearly every possession.
But with Hinrich doubtful for tonight’s Game 6, is having Robinson out there playing defense on Williams all that bad for the Bulls?... MORE →
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Former New Jersey Nets forward (1997-99) and Elizabeth, N.J. native Chris Gatling faces several criminal charges after police said he squatted in a Paradise Valley, AZ home for over a year and then tried to list the house for rent on Craigslist.
According to the Arizona Republic:... MORE →
Johnson says he's been severely limited by his plantar fasciitis, an injury he incurred in February and never fully healed.
"It's like i'm out there on one leg, honestly," Johnson said to reporters after Nets practice Wednesday. "I can't push the basketball if I get a rebound. I can't really run pick-and-rolls. I'm basically just a decoy spot-up shooter, I can't really do a whole lot. I told Deron (Williams) and Brook (Lopez), 'I'll be the bailout guy: you get in a sticky situation, just try to find me.'
Johnson also said that the only reason he's playing is because it's the playoffs, and that he probably wouldn't play if this was the regular season.
"When it first came about in February, we tried to rest it as much as possible, but obviously there wasn't enough time. So I'm just giving everything I got at this point."
Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo said that playing minutes won't affect Johnson any further. "It's injured. He's done the damage."
Islander star John Tavares and several of his teammates made their first visit to their new home, Barclays Center, Monday night, watching the Nets beat the Bulls in Brooklyn. The Nets made the most of it by showing the group waving "Blackout in Brooklyn" rally towels on the big Daktronics screen late in the game. Tavares and Matt Moulson were also featured in a public service announcement about arena policy. Arena officials were also quick to note that the players arrived at Barclays via the LIRR ... and that it's possible the Islanders could be in Brooklyn by 2014, not 2015.
Expect a lot more of that cross-marketing soon: the Nets/Barclays Center management, led by Brett Yormark, is taking over Islander business operations. An official announcement is expected soon. The takeover will include marketing and ticket sales. Yormark and Islanders owner Charles Wang hinted at the arrangement last week during a Sports Business Journal event at Barclays.
The post goes on to note that the Islanders likely won't change their name, nor their colors to black-and-white, but they may have a black-and-white alternate uniform.