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Pro Update 12-11

Posted by Josh on December 11, 2006

It’s Monday again! Time to waste some time at work.

NBA

Hakim Warrick had his best game as a pro Friday night, with career highs in points (31) and rebounds (13) shooting 11-19 from the floor and 9-9 from the line. But the Grizzlies lost to the Bucks, and Warrick was ejected towards the end after picking up a second technical foul. The next night, the Clippers were able to shut Hak down, holding him to just 8 points and 4 rebounds, and the Grizz lost again. I’m still not certain whether Hak is a true young star or just a decent player on a terrible team — I mean, somebody has to take the shots. Jake Tsakalidis? Chucky Atkins? Come on. But Grizz All-Star Pau Gasol will be back by the end of this week, at which point Warrick’s role will have to change significantly, since he has been playing in Gasol’s spot (power forward). This will tell us something. Does Hakim start playing more at the small forward spot? Does Grizz Coach Mike “Czar of the Telestrator” Fratello go with Gasol at center and Hak at the 4? If he does, will there be room in the post for both guys? Cuse Country will keep you in the know. Meanwhile, SI.com has tabbed Warrick as one of the early candidates for Most Improved Player.
Friday, Carmelo matched up against Dwyane Wade for the 2nd time this year and had 32 points, 9 rebs, and 5 assists as the Nuggets swept the season series from Miami (albeit both games without Shaq). But the next night Melo struggled against Dallas, scoring only 18 points (ten points below his previous lowest output of the season, other than the game in which he got ejected) on 8-26 shooting in the loss.

Etan Thomas had 9 pts and 6 rebs in a win over the 76ers Friday, then 3 points, 5 rebs, and 3 blocks vs. the Rockets Saturday.

Jason Hart has been rescued from the edge of oblivion, and is getting a few minutes these days. He only played 5 seconds vs. Miami on Thursday, but had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes Sunday night vs. the Hawks.

JAPAN

Ryan Blackwell is still dominating his competition. He had 22 points and 14 rebounds Saturday, then followed that up with 31 and 15 on Sunday, though the 89ers lost both games to the Niigata Albirex.

EUROPE

Continuing the recent trend of SU players having trouble in Europe, Preston Shumpert was yanked from the starting lineup for Climamio Bologna this week after several subpar games. He had 7 points and 3 rebounds in the Euroleague matchup and then contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds in 22 minutes in the Italian League game, his best showing in the past several games.

Otis Hill did not play in his Polish team’s game on Friday. The team also participates in the European Cup (same international tournament as Elvir Ovcina’s Belgian squad) but it is unclear whether he is eligible for those games, as his name is not listed in their most recent boxscore (not even as a DNP).

Speaking of Elvir, he had 12 & 11 on Wednesday in European Cup play, then 8 & 3 on Saturday.

Josh Pace has still not landed with a new team; neither has Gerry McNamara.

BAHRAIN

The Bahraini league is on hiatus while the best domestic players (i.e. Bahraini nationals) compete in the Asia Games — the same tournament for which Damone Brown’s league is on break. No word on how Ethan Cole fared during the first half of the season.

ABA

Z Sims had a triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists on Thursday as the Razorsharks beat Detroit. Rochester also beat Buffalo on Saturday — no word on Duany or Sims’ contributions in the game. Rochester is going to have some games televised by Time Warner 26 in 2007 so those of you in Central/Western New York should keep an eye out.

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2 Responses to “Pro Update 12-11”

  1. agerard said

    Did Josh Pace get cut or did he decide he was wanted something else? Because it sounded like he was doing well!

  2. Josh said

    I’m as baffled as you are…. the press releases are all in Finnish, which is badly translated by the internet. So I can’t figure out why precisely they let him go but the gist I got was that the team was dissatisfied with his play. I just have no idea why that would be since he was one of their top playmakers. Perhaps they had another American player on their radar, and there is a roster limit for foreigners or something.

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