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Bryant, who’s averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists , has to stop to play because of  an Achilles tendon tear.

Lakers edged Warriors 118-116 after injured Kobe Bryant exited game because he was tired and in pain with his body of 34-year-old. He is not eternal. Young talents are in NBA to outduel him. Stephen Curry with 47 units was here to say : ” Hey Bryant, I’m here, and I want to display my basketball skills to win games ”

Even if, that night , Curry did not manage to top Lakers, he truly showed who he was. I love watching Curry playing behind the arc  with big screens to have good vision to sink triple. His long distance weapon is deadly for opponent !

The fact of the game : 

Kobe suffers ‘probable’ Achilles tendon tear. It’s not a good news for NBA fans and Lakers lovers as Kobe Bryant has so much impact this year to help Lakers to rally the post season. I love watching Kobe Bryant but Mike D’Antoni needs to take care of this leader player.

Now, Kobe Bryant needs to stop to play to recover.  It’s official. Nobody can save Kobe Bryant.

Don’t you think the same way ? 

Bryant’s Achilles tendon apparently is badly torn. His season likely is over and the hope to lift the NBA Champion trophy is over too.

And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they’ll have to continue their playoff chase without their  symbolic leader.

Bryant posted a solid game with 34 units while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, eventually leaving with 3:06 to play in the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Warriors on Friday night. The spanish big man, P. Gasol posted a triple-double  26 Pts , 11 Reb and 10 Ast, he was essential this night.

“I made a move that I’ve made a million times, and it just popped,” he said solemnly while leaning on crutches in the Lakers’ locker room.

“I can’t walk,” Bryant said. “I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there.”

Immediately after the game, the Lakers reported Bryant probably had a torn tendon. He will have an MRI exam Saturday, but Bryant knows the injury is likely to end his season. What a terrific news for the champion he is !

Bryant called it the most disappointing and rare injury of his career “by far.”

“We worked so hard to put ourselves in position and control our fate,” he said. “I certainly have done a lot of work to prepare myself. It’s just bad luck.”

Kobe Bryant had spent all season trying to push the Lakers into the playoffs, so he won’t back down from that new challenge of recovering from a likely season-ending injury, Arash Markazi writes

Achilles tendon injuries needs months of rehabilitation and recovery, depending on their severity, and the 34-year-old Bryant has  mileage on his legs after 17 big NBA seasons. The NBA’s No. 3 scorer this season has played more than 38 minutes per contest this season, more than any teammate. The important minutes he played in previous games must have cut his body.

When asked what the injury meant for his career, Bryant is cash and honest.

“I know I can do this,” said Bryant, who’s averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists. “It’s fueling me. It’s fueling me. I can feel it already.”

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history has been ferociously competitive down the stretch of the Lakers’ tumultuous season. While Pau Gasol and Steve Nash have missed long stretches of play with injuries, and while Dwight Howard struggled to get to full strength after last year’s back surgery. Bryant is the soul of Lakers but he ‘s not god, he has weaknesses and sometimes he has to give up. That time it’s  really finished for Kobe Bryant, so far this season. The post season would probably see Los Angeles Lakers but not Kobe.

The main fact of that night to remember is that Lakers stay at 8th spot in the epic Western Conference. 

Los Angeles (43-37) stay one game ahead of  strong-willed and young Utah (42-38) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games to go. Nevertheless,  The Jazz hold the tiebreaker. Utah and Los Angeles are the last teams to  be able to clinch a playoff berth, the other 15 tickets are already given.

Check out the thrilling  NBA Standings – 2012-13

Eastern Conference
EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 z – Miami 63 16 .797 35-4 28-12 14-1 38-11 102.9 95.1 +7.8 Won 5 8-2
2 y – New York 52 27 .658 11 29-10 23-17 10-6 35-14 100.2 95.8 +4.3 Won 1 9-1
3 y – Indiana 49 30 .620 14 30-10 19-20 13-3 31-18 94.9 90.5 +4.4 Lost 1 6-4
4 x – Brooklyn 47 32 .595 16 24-15 23-17 11-4 34-15 96.8 95.0 +1.8 Won 4 7-3
5 x – Atlanta 44 36 .550 19 ½ 25-15 19-21 11-5 29-21 98.1 97.4 +0.7 Won 2 5-5
6 x – Chicago 43 36 .544 20 23-17 20-19 9-7 32-17 93.1 92.8 +0.2 Lost 1 5-5
7 x – Boston 40 39 .506 23 27-13 13-26 7-8 26-23 96.3 96.6 -0.3 Lost 2 4-6
8 x – Milwaukee 37 42 .468 26 21-19 16-23 7-9 24-27 98.9 100.4 -1.5 Lost 3 3-7
Philadelphia 32 47 .405 31 22-18 10-29 7-9 20-29 92.9 96.6 -3.7 Won 1 5-5
Toronto 31 48 .392 32 19-20 12-28 3-11 19-30 96.8 99.0 -2.1 Won 2 5-5
Washington 29 51 .363 34 ½ 22-19 7-32 5-11 15-35 93.1 95.6 -2.5 Lost 4 3-7
Detroit 28 52 .350 35 ½ 17-23 11-29 8-8 24-26 94.6 98.8 -4.1 Won 3 5-5
Cleveland 24 55 .304 39 14-26 10-29 3-13 18-31 96.7 101.3 -4.6 Lost 3 2-8
Orlando 20 59 .253 43 12-27 8-32 3-12 10-39 94.3 100.8 -6.5 Won 1 2-8
Charlotte 18 61 .228 45 12-26 6-35 6-10 15-34 93.1 103.0 -9.9 Lost 4 2-8
Western Conference
WESTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 y – Oklahoma City 59 21 .738 33-6 26-15 10-6 38-13 106.0 96.6 +9.4 Won 3 8-2
2 y – San Antonio 58 21 .734  ½ 35-5 23-16 12-4 33-16 103.3 96.3 +7.0 Won 1 5-5
3 x – Denver 54 25 .684 4 ½ 36-3 18-22 10-5 36-14 105.8 100.9 +4.9 Lost 1 7-3
4 y – LA Clippers 53 26 .671 5 ½ 31-9 22-17 10-5 32-17 101.2 94.8 +6.4 Won 4 6-4
5 x – Memphis 54 25 .684 4 ½ 31-8 23-17 9-6 32-17 93.5 89.4 +4.1 Won 3 7-3
6 x – Golden State 45 35 .563 14 27-13 18-22 9-7 26-24 101.0 100.4 +0.7 Lost 2 6-4
7 x – Houston 44 35 .557 14 ½ 28-12 16-23 6-10 23-26 105.8 102.3 +3.5 Lost 1 6-4
8 LA Lakers 43 37 .538 16 27-12 16-25 8-8 26-24 102.4 101.3 +1.1 Won 3 7-3
  Utah 42 38 .525 17 30-11 12-27 8-7 25-25 98.4 98.5 -0.1 Won 1 8-2
Dallas 39 40 .494 19 ½ 23-16 16-24 5-8 22-27 101.1 102.1 -0.9 Won 1 6-4
Portland 33 46 .418 25 ½ 22-18 11-28 6-9 18-31 97.7 100.6 -2.8 Lost 10 0-10
Minnesota 29 50 .367 29 ½ 19-20 10-30 4-11 15-34 95.7 98.2 -2.6 Lost 3 4-6
Sacramento 28 51 .354 30 ½ 20-20 8-31 7-8 14-35 100.2 104.8 -4.6 Lost 1 3-7
New Orleans 27 53 .338 32 16-24 11-29 5-9 15-35 94.2 97.8 -3.6 Lost 3 3-7
Phoenix 24 55 .304 34 ½ 16-24 8-31 5-11 16-33 94.9 101.3 -6.4 Won 1 1-9

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Oscar Robertson (1) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Arena. Robertson was one of best player in NBA to play in three dimensions : points, assists, rebounds.

Sources : http://www.spokeo.com/Oscar+Robertson+1/Jan+09+1972+Milwaukee+Wi

An Important Date Today in NBA occurred 53 years ago on Monday April 11,1960

On Monday, April 11, 1960 in New York , The Cincinnati Royals selected Oscar Robertson with the first overall pick in the 1960 NBA draft.

The 1960 NBA draft includes special players who have changed the face of NBA, firstly we have Robertson Mister Big O, secondly we have Jerry West , and last but not least L. Wilkens who has coached 2487 games during his career after a correct pro player career with 1077 games.

His biggest accomplishment is prehaps this facts : he was  inducted as Player in 1989 and Coach in 1998 in the Hall of Fame. What a unique basketball life !

Check Out this 1960 NBA draft

Round 1 Totals Shooting Per Game
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1 CIN Oscar Robertson University of Cincinnati 1040 43886 26710 7804 9887 .485 .838 42.2 25.7 7.5 9.5
2 LAL Jerry West West Virginia University 932 36571 25192 5366 6238 .474 .814 39.2 27.0 5.8 6.7
3 NYK Darrall Imhoff University of California 801 17874 5759 6099 1405 .458 .594 22.3 7.2 7.6 1.8
4 DET Jackie Moreland Louisiana Tech University 348 6250 2684 1779 432 .413 .709 18.0 7.7 5.1 1.2
5 SYR Lee Shaffer University of North Carolina 196 5488 3291 1240 232 .420 .776 28.0 16.8 6.3 1.2
6 STL Lenny Wilkens Providence College 1077 38064 17772 5030 7211 .432 .774 35.3 16.5 4.7 6.7
7 PHW Al Bunge University of Maryland
8 BOS Tom Sanders New York University 916 22164 8766 5798 1026 .428 .767 24.2 9.6 6.3 1.1
Round 2 Totals Shooting Per Game
Pk Tm Player College G MP PTS TRB AST FG% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
9 CIN Jay Arnette University of Texas at Austin 114 1177 424 116 139 .365 .760 10.3 3.7 1.0 1.2
10 NYK Dave Budd Wake Forest University 353 6389 2505 1623 337 .460 .682 18.1 7.1 4.6 1.0

From BasketBall Reference

After a digression check out Big O who is the embodiment of triple doubles :

A Triple-Double is recorded when a player records 10 or more in three of the following categories: points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots. Prior to the 1973-74 season, the NBA did not record steals and blocked shots. Today numbers are very important in NBA to compare players and write good articles. Figures never lie !

An amazing stat involving NBA Triple Doubles is that in 1961-62, Oscar Robertson, while playing for the Cincinnati Royals averaged a triple-doubles over the entire season and he was a sophomore. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. Robertson is the only player to ever accomplish this. During that season, he also set the mark for most triple-doubles in one season with 41 (played in 79 games). Those are two records that will probably never be broken.

The ’62 season rolled around and the following things happened:

1. Wilt averaged 50 points. He finished with 4029 points.

2. Oscar averaged a triple double production over his sophomore season.

3. Walt Bellamy averaged a 32-19 in his rookie season with Chicago Packers

4. Russell averaged 23.6 boards and fell two behind Wilt for the rebound title

Wilt Chamberlain recorded the only NBA Double-Triple-Double; 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 21 assists. Also in 1968, Chamberlain had an impressive streak of nine consecutive games in which he recorded a triple-double. He was the best center and has such an impact in games.

The second longest streak is held by Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan, both of whom recorded a triple-double in seven consecutive games. Robertson’s streak occurred in the 1961–62 season,while Jordan’s streak went from March 25 to April 6 of 1989.

Kyle Korver continues his streak

Posted: 2013/04/11 in News
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Korver hit at least one 3-pointer for the 71st consecutive game, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78).

Kyle Korver, in 18 minutes produced 6 pts, he connected his trademark one pointer and made a technical free throw and one 2 points shoot.

The Atlanta Small Forward is pretty good this season with 11.0 point per game in 30.8 minutes per game. He has played 72 games this season.

In the game against Philadelphia, Kyle Korver finally took fire in the last corner to connect the survival 3 pointer to push his streak to 71 games.

He reminds hot for my pleasure as I like  the fancy shooter he is.

5:52 : Kyle Korver made 24-foot three point jumper (Al Horford assists)

3-point Field Goal Percentage Leaders –

PER GAME TOTAL ADJ
RK PLAYER TEAM GP PPG 3PM 3PA 3PM 3PA 3P% 2PM 2PA 2P% PPS FG%
1 Jose Calderon, PG DET/TOR 73 11.3 1.8 4 130 282 .461 182 353 .516 1.30 .594
2 Kyle Korver, SF ATL 72 11.0 2.6 6 184 405 .454 86 184 .467 1.34 .615
3 Stephen Curry, PG GS 74 22.5 3.4 8 249 555 .449 333 745 .447 1.28 .543
4 Steve Nash, PG LAL 50 12.7 1.1 3 57 130 .438 179 345 .519 1.34 .557
5 Danny Green, SG SA 76 10.6 2.3 5 173 396 .437 113 240 .471 1.27 .586
6 Ersan Ilyasova, SF MIL 70 13.0 1.2 3 87 200 .435 264 565 .467 1.19 .516
7 Mike Dunleavy, SF MIL 71 10.4 1.7 4 120 277 .433 138 304 .454 1.27 .547
8 Steve Novak, SF NY 76 6.7 1.8 4 140 325 .431 28 73 .384 1.27 .598
9 Willie Green, SG LAC 69 6.3 1.0 2 68 158 .430 103 212 .486 1.17 .554
Shane Battier, SF MIA 71 6.6 1.9 4 135 314 .430 16 45 .356 1.30 .609

 

Bryant’s season-high 47 points carried the Los Angeles Lakers closer to a playoff chance with an important 113-106 victory over the tenacious Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

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Los Angeles Lakers ( 42-37)  stay in playoff position with a big win. Bryant was essential with a rare performance

Kobe Bryant scored 47 points as Lakers stay in playoff position to have the last ticket. This night, Bryant played very well. In 48 minutes, the maximum allowed in a game without extra time, Black Mamba was able to help his team to win a crucial game.

Their playoff hopes survive, again, by a thread. Bryant believes in his playoff destiny. In this game, we have seen the best of Kobe Bryant.

Yeah I let you see Bryant’s figures during this key game against Blazers who play just for the pleasure, as they are unable to reach post season this year. Portland, missing the playoffs for the second straight season, has lost nine straight, the most since an 11-game skid in the 2005-06 season.This season , they were not enough efficient particularly with bench production.

Before the game, Bryant had never played all 48 minutes in a no extra time game on the road in his brilliant career. What a big accomplishment to help Lakers to survive ! Also, from Elias, Kobe’s performance is not ordinary. He is the first player in NBA history to finish a game with at least 47 points, 8 boards , 5 dimes, 4 blocks, and 3 steals.  (blocks and steals became official in 1973-74). Lakers need Bryant on the floor.

Bryant’s season-high 47 points carried the Los Angeles Lakers closer to a playoff chance with an important 113-106 victory over the  tenacious Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The best rookie this year called Lillard with a big game  was pretty good but not enough to overcome the player of the night. The rookie sensation led the Blazers with a career-high 38 units.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4jLwh4vfwE&feature=em-subs_digest-

Lakers’s goal is closer to come true after a very complicated season ruined by injuries of key players.

The Lakers moved a full game up on the tenacious Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the  thrilling Western Conference.

“We’ve got no breathing room at all. I’m still on edge. We’ve got to win three more games and we’re in. Bryant said after the game. His determination is an example for everyone this season.

Chemistry explained the story of the night, Dwight Howard was the first Laker to score a basket Pau Gasol assisted him very well.

Lakers’s Defense is not a bunker

At the End of the 1st Quarter, Blazers led 41 – 33. Mike D’Antoni found a way in order to change the story of the game. In the second half Lakers allowed Blazers to score only 37 units. In the first half Lakers were lost in defense, 69 units allowed , too much, too much to pretend to get a victory.

Los Angeles has also  his big three like South Beach to ruin opponents .This night, the trio was in good shape to move on together. Let’s the music play. It takes a little more to make a giant champion but Lakers unveiled a strong will to play together this night to get a win.

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard combined for 90 points, their highest combined scoring output of the season. This mark surpassed 79 points the trio scored on October 31, 2012 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now I let you behold the Hollinger’s NBA Playoff Odds

TEAM W L W L BEST WORST PLAYOFFS DIV NO.1 FINALS CHAMP LOTTERY
Oklahoma City 57 21 60 22 61-21 57-25 100.0 99.0 52.3 46.2 31.3 0.0
San Antonio 57 21 60 22 61-21 57-25 100.0 100.0 47.5 11.8 6.0 0.0
Denver 54 24 57 25 58-24 54-28 100.0 1.0 0.1 16.2 9.2 0.0
Memphis 53 25 55 27 57-25 53-29 100.0 0.0 0.0 5.9 2.9 0.0
LA Clippers 52 26 55 27 56-26 52-30 100.0 100.0 0.0 13.6 7.2 0.0
Golden State 45 33 47 35 49-33 45-37 100.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 0.3 0.0
Houston 44 34 47 35 48-34 44-38 100.0 0.0 0.0 3.9 1.7 0.0
LA Lakers 42 37 44 38 45-37 42-40 73.5 0.0 0.0 0.9 0.3 0.0*
Utah 41 38 42 40 44-38 41-41 26.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4
Dallas 38 40 40 42 42-40 38-44 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6

Dallas is officilay out to make a run in post season. 

Dirk Nowitzki knew the end of a 12-season playoff streak was coming. Phoenix Suns hastened the arrival.

Tucker scored 17 points, including two big baskets to stop a Dallas rally in the last minutes, and the Suns eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from postseason  with a 102-91 victory on Wednesday night.

Their happy run of making the playoffs officially ended, writes Tim MacMahon.

Dallas was officially out a couple of hours later when the Los Angeles Lakers topped Portland 113-106. It’s the first time the Mavericks (38-40) have finished outside the top eight in the Western Conference since 2000.

Nowitzki was a second-year pro the last time the Mavericks were home for the postseason. He was left to wait to see what happened later Wednesday with the Lakers’ game in Portland.

“I mean, it didn’t look good for two or three weeks,” said Nowitzki, who had 21 points but was just 6 of 18 from the field. “It’s not like we had unbelievable high hopes for it. It’s not like our hopes were crushed tonight.”

Kyle Korver is hot this season

Posted: 2013/04/02 in award, News
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Kyle Korver is not afraid to drop shoots after shoots.

Atlanta’s Kyle Korver was very good on three 3-pointers to tie Reggie Miller an NBA  legend  for the fourth-longest streak (68 games) in NBA history making at least one.

Kyle Korver, from Creigthon is one of the best shooter in the league. Look at the best players in 3-point Field Goal Percentage . He ranks 3rd in the NBA with 45.4%. He has made 176 triple. He did not manage to score at least one triple in only one game this season . It was during the season opener. What an elite player ! Kyle Korver is the only player to top 30 years old in that list ( total of 3 made top 10 ). The second oldest player is Randy Foye with 29. Korver is one of my favourite player in the NBA with his passion for the line.

The face of the Hawk’s threat from downtown is very hot with a straight of 68 games with at least one triple.

Kyle Korver

  • #26 SF
  • 6′ 7″, 212 lbs
  • Born Mar 17, 1981 in Lakewood, CA (Age: 32)
  • Drafted 2003: 2nd Rnd, 22nd by NJ
  • College Creighton
  • Experience 9 years

3-point Field Goal Percentage Leaders – Qualified ( from Elias )

PER GAME TOTAL ADJ
RK PLAYER TEAM GP PPG 3PM 3PA 3PM 3PA 3P% 2PM 2PA 2P% PPS FG%
1 Jose Calderon, PG DET/TOR 72 11.4 1.8 4 130 282 .461 179 348 .514 1.30 .594
2 Stephen Curry, PG GS 70 22.6 3.4 7 236 519 .455 317 712 .445 1.29 .545
3 Kyle Korver, SF ATL 69 10.8 2.6 6 176 388 .454 80 176 .455 1.32 .610
4 Ersan Ilyasova, SF MIL 66 13.1 1.3 3 83 187 .444 249 533 .467 1.20 .519
5 Danny Green, SG SA 72 10.6 2.3 5 166 378 .439 105 226 .465 1.27 .586
6 Steve Nash, PG LAL 50 12.7 1.1 3 57 130 .438 179 345 .519 1.34 .557
7 Dirk Nowitzki, PF DAL 44 17.4 1.3 3 55 127 .433 233 475 .491 1.27 .524
8 Shane Battier, SF MIA 66 6.5 1.9 4 126 292 .432 14 40 .350 1.30 .611
9 Martell Webster, SF WSH 70 11.6 1.9 4 133 309 .430 132 279 .473 1.38 .564
10 Mike Dunleavy, SF MIL 66 10.3 1.7 4 109 255 .427 130 288 .451 1.25 .54

Kyle Korver 8 second half 3-pointers vs Celtics (2013.01.25)