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Pro Update 11-27

Posted by Josh on November 27, 2006

Much was afoot over the past week.

Carmelo Anthony is currently leading the NBA in scoring at 31.1 ppg. Even more impressive is that he is doing it by shooting 51% from the floor (and 86% from the line). He has only three games of under 30 points this year. Once he had 28, and once he had 29; in the first game of the year he had only 15, but that was when he was ejected on technicals midway through the game. Last week Melo was named NBA Player of the Week for the Western Conference. He had 29 vs the Bulls on Tuesday, 33 vs the Warriors on Wednesday, 30 vs. those same Warriors on Friday, and 33 vs. the Clippers on Sunday (a game in which he also had 5 rebs, 6 assists, and 4 steals). Also, Denver won all four games and are now 8-4 after starting the season with 3 straight losses (all by 3 or fewer points).

Hakim Warrick continues to produce for the Grizzlies. He has 18 pts and 7 rebs in a win over Washington on Friday, and 12 pts and 6 rebs in a loss to the Rockets on Saturday. In both games he was Memphis’ leading scorer.

Etan Thomas had 10pts and 11 rebs on Friday vs Warrick & Co., then 9 pts and 7 rebs on Saturday. The Wizards lost both games and are only 4-9 on the season.

Jason Hart has been re-buried on the bench — after seeing his first action of the year last week, he did not play in any of the Kings’ three games this week.

In the ABA:

Kueth Duany’s Buffalo Silverbacks got off the schneid, defeating Z Sims’ Razorsharks 96-93 on Friday. It was Rochester’s first loss of the season. I couldn’t find a game story with details of Z’s stats, but Duany did play in his first game of the season. He had 16 points. I mean, 17 points. No wait, hold on, he had 21 points. Do I hear 23? Going once….
(This is ridiculous. I’m not sure I can keep including the ABA in something called the Pro Update.)

In Europe:

  • Preston Shumpert had 14 pts in a Euroleague loss on Wed, then7 pts in an Italian league win on Saturday. (By the way, a slient prayer of thanks that Shumpert predated the way-overused “first-initial-and-first-syllable-of-last-name” nickname trend. I can handle A-Rod, G-Mac and even D-Wade if I must, but not P-Shump.)
  • Speaking of Gerry McNamara, he once again did not play in his Greek team’s Euroleague game this week.
  • Josh Pace had 15 pts (including another 3) and 5 rebs in a win on Wednesday
  • Otis Hill did not play in his Croatian team’s most recent game. No indication why he missed the game. By the way, he is not playing in the intra-Croatian league, but rather in the Adriatic Basketball League featuring the top teams from Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, and Slovenia. And he is a top player in that league. So, props to Otis.
  • Elvir Ovcina had 18 pts and 12 rebs in a European Cup win Tuesday, then 13 & 11 in a Belgian-league win Saturday.

In Japan, Damone Brown’s team (and in fact the entire Superleague) appears to be off till January. Not sure if the season is over, or if they just have two totally separate seasons, or what. Meanwhile, Ryan Blackwell continues to rock the BJ-league. He had 20 pts, 13 rebs, and 5 assists on Saturday, and followed that up with 17 & 7 & 3 on Sunday as his team claimed a pair of 2-point victories on the road against the Oita Heat Devils. Here are a couple photos featuring Ryan (at least I think that’s him) from the Heat Devils’ site. Also, check out the in-game entertainment in Oita. I want that job at the Dome.


One Response to “Pro Update 11-27”

  1. syracusan said

    Which one is Ryan? The enormous black guy or one of the tiny, tiny asians?

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