Tag: Phoenix Suns

NBA: Celtics point guard Terry Rozier shuts down rumors about playing time

Celtics point guard Terry Rozier spoke out on Thursday about the rumors surrounding his unhappiness with his playing time,

“I woke up to news just like y’all woke up to news. I don’t know where it came from. I’m happy to be in this position I’m at, playing on a team that’s mentioned to have a chance to be in a championship. So I’m not worried about what’s being said,” said Rozier.

Over the summer Rozier was on ESPN’s “The Jump” saying he expected Kyrie Irving to be the starting point guard to begin the season. Rozier also stated that the team will make it work because they all have one goal and that’s to hang another banner at TD Garden.

Decrease in Minutes and Production

On Wednesday, Bill Simmons of The Ringer reported that Terry Rozier is unhappy with his playing time with the Celtics and may soon be traded. The 24-year-old point guard is currently playing 22 minutes off the bench with Kyrie Irving reinstated as the starting point guard.

This season off the bench Rozier is averaging 7.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists, as opposed to last season where he averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds during the playoffs with Irving out with a knee injury. Rozier was eight on the team in minutes played per game and it’s clear his production and role have diminished because of the return of both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Danny Angie Denies Rumors about Team Monitoring Rozier

Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported that seven teams are currently monitoring the situation occurring in Boston. Of the seven teams the Phoenix Suns, who are desperately in need of a point guard are aggressively pursuing Rozier.

Boston General Manager, Danny Angie, denied the rumors surrounding Rozier on The Sports Hub saying Rozier has not vented about playing time to him, saying he feels Rozier would “come to me and talk to me or Brad and that hasn’t happened.” Angie has also said that no teams have contacted him about Rozier since the start of the season and knows nothing about seven teams monitoring him.

Rozier agreed with Angie’s statement, “What Danny said makes sense, because he knows me. I know I would not say something like that,” said Rozier

The Celtics continue their west coast road time against the team who “monitoring” Rozier aggressively as they visit the Suns in Phoenix Thursday night.

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Free NBA Picks for February 10th, 2018

Last night we saw the Celts fall behind after coming back from 20+ failing to cover their spread taking the L. We saw 2 of our picks succeed as the Jazz beat the Hornets by 12. The Rockets did as they were supposed too and beat the Nuggets by 26.

6-3-1 over the past 3 days. 3 picks here tonight

Wizards -6.0 vs the Chicago Bulls

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The once red hot Wizards travel into Chicago on a 6-4 run the past 10. The Bulls are 2-8 the last ten, posting a 12-14 home record. The Wizards lost a close one to the East’s best team in OT. They could be tired tonight, but the Wizards have been playing better without the focus of John Wall. I think they could be gassed, but they are too talented to not cover against a young-injury riddled Chicago Bulls team. I see the Wizards winning by 6 or 7. Take the points if you can. I don’t think it will be a blowout, it should be a close one.

The Wizards won by 4 the last time they both played, under different circumstances of course.

Warriors -11.0 vs the San Antonio Spurs

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The Warriors are at home as they face the injury riddled San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors are 20-7 at home this year. The Spurs are 13-15 on the road. The last time these two met, the Warriors won by 22.

The Spurs will be missing Tony Parker and DeJounte Murray, going against the Warriors amazing starting lineup. Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs will be exposed to all sorts of  misery as I can see Dub Nation going 15+ over the Spurs. Roll with the best team in the NBA.

Lakers +2.0 vs the Dallas Mavericks

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The Lakers ride into Dallas on a 4 game winning streak. The Lakers are 8-2 the last 10 games. The Mavs are 2-8 the last 10. Despite the trades, I believe the Lakers should have enough fire power to beat a Dallas team which can be streaky at times. If the Mavs hit their shots early, they hit the shots throughout the game.

The Lakers should win this won by 5 or 6. If the Mavs play terrible it could be worse. The Lakers could also lose by 2 or 3. Which also covers the spread. Take the points here as well, it should be a close game.

 

good-luck

 

Free NBA Picks for January 29th, 2018

Pacers -3.0 vs. the Charlotte Hornets

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The Pacers find themselves at home against a Charlotte Hornets team that has been rocky on the road. The Hornets are 6-14 on the road this year.

The Pacers have been surprise this season posting a 27-23 record after losing PG13 in the offseason. Expect Victor Oladipo, Lane Stephenson, and Myles Turner to have a great game tonight. I think the Pacers will run Charlotte out the building tonight.

Suns +8.0 vs the Memphis Grizzlies

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The Phoenix Suns have dropped the last 4 of past 5 games. The Suns however, are looking for the third win against the Grizzlies this season, tonight.

I expect the Suns to have a minor bounce back in attempt to stop the losing skid. I don’t see the Grizzlies blowing out the Suns considering they also have been team with constant indecision.

The Suns are 9-16 on the road, compared to the Grizzlies 12-15. You never have to ride the wave, but ride this one. The Suns +8 is too good to not take, if you can also take more points.I expect it to be a close one

Boston +1.5 vs the Denver Nuggets

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The Celtics have been brutal the past 5 games, losing 4 out of 5 including one defining loss against the Warriors.

I expect the Celtcs to bounce back tonight. Marcus Smart out of the lineup certainly changes things a little. But I don’t think the Nuggets are good enough to take down a team like the Celtics, especially since the Celtics will be looking to bounce back after a string of losses.

The Nuggets are on a 3 game winning streak, but I expect that to crash down to tonight with Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum having big games. If the Celtics do end up losing majority of the game, I can see the Celts rallying back. The Nuggets tend to give up leads to teams down the stretch.

 

Eric Bledsoe Traded to Milwaukee

After being sent home for two weeks over a tweet expressing his disinterest with playing with the team, reports say Eric Bledsoe has been traded from the Phoenix Suns.

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The Phoenix Suns have reportedly sent guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward Greg Monroe and a first round pick. This trade comes after Eric Bledsoe posted a tweet that reportedly was about Eric Bledsoe’s dissatisfaction with the Phoenix Suns’ firing of head coach Earl Watson.

It was reported on Monday that Eric Bledsoe had received a $10,000 fine for the tweet stating “I don’t wanna be here”. Bledsoe originally contested that the tweet was the subject of his time that he was spending at a salon.

Eric Bledsoe was traded to the Phoenix Suns in the summer of 2013 from the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade that also involved the Milwaukee Bucks, who most notably sent guard J.J Redick to the Clippers. In his 4 plus seasons with the team, Bledsoe averaged 18.8 points per game with the Suns.

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Greg Monroe signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in the summer of 2015. In his 2 plus seasons with the team, Monroe averaged 13.3 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game.

This deal works out well for both teams. For the Phoenix Suns, getting rid of a discontent Eric Bledsoe removes a huge distraction to a team that is on track to be the worst in the league this season. The addition of Greg Monroe contributes to the frontcourt led by center Tyson Chandler and rookie forward Josh Jackson. Greg Monroe may not add much success for the Phoenix Suns team, but depending on how the Milwaukee Bucks do this season, the first round pick Phoenix will receive can become a key piece in the rebuilding process for this youthful team.

For the Milwaukee Bucks, this trade provides the team with an important piece to making a deep playoff run. Bledsoe’s defense helps the Bucks matchup against elite guards, something the Eastern Conference has in abundance. Bledsoe’s adequate scoring ability also adds to the effectiveness of forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who as of right now has been virtually carrying Milwaukee’s offense so far this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 4-5 this season, and are currently on a three game losing streak. Tuesday, the Bucks will be taking on a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers team, with both squads having high hopes to end their respective losing streaks.

The Suns are 4-7 this season, and are currently on a three game losing streak of their own. Phoenix will be taking on the Miami Heat, a team coming off a loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, on Wednesday night.

Mike James: The Best Player You Don’t Know

On October 22 2017, Phoenix Suns star Point Guard, Eric Bledsoe, tweeted “I Dont wanna be here.” Instantly, this tweet sent twitter on fire. Many people began to analyze his tweet, coming up with all different solutions to what it actually meant. The tweet however, seemed pretty self explanatory. Eric Bledsoe doesn’t want to play basketball for the Phoenix Suns anymore. As harsh as it sounds, can you really blame the guy? Throughout his 5 years on the team he did not make the playoffs once and instead wound up sitting through one of the biggest messes ever. Basically, the Phoenix Suns wasted the prime of one of the more talented point guards of this generation and they owe it to him to allow him to go compete for a ring while he still can. At 27 years old, many people believe Bledsoe may still have better days ahead of him. These days however, will not come as long as he’s with the Phoenix Suns, which is why he needs to be traded A.S.A.P.fullsizeoutput_96

 

Many people saw this as just a classic Sun’s problem and assumed that in Bledsoe’s absence, the winless Sun’s would continue to struggle. This however didn’t happen, because on October 23rd, with Bledsoe suspended by the team, the Phoenix Suns secured their first win of the season with a 117-115 win against the Sacramento Kings. This win was overall a great team effort, however one player did stand out. This player surprisingly, was not one of the Sun’s big name young players, but instead was 27 year old rookie Mike James. Currently signed on the NBA’s newest type of a contract, a two-way contract, James started and led the Suns in place of Bledsoe. In 27 minutes of action, James scored 18 points while shooting a whopping 80% from the floor. James also dished out 7 assists and hit a game clinching layup over De’Aaron Fox as time wound down in the fourth quarter. Before this game, James was basically unknown, but after the game he had become a cult hero. Which basically raises the question, Who is Mike James?

 

Born in 1990, Mike James grew up in Portland, Oregon. He played basketball for Grant High School, where he averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals per game. These stats helped him get ranked as the 3rd best player in Portland and the 184th best player overall. This however, was not enough for James to get scouted by division 1 colleges, as he was seen as undersized and his reputation of being a trash talker didn’t help. In fact, his opportunity to attend Eastern Arizona College only came after the head coach coincidentally watched him play at an open gym.OSAA Class 6A boys basketball playoff game: Redmond at Grant

 

Supposedly, James already had a friend going to Eastern Arizona and he was playing basketball against that friend when the Eastern Arizona coach saw him. Immediately after he finished, the coach walked up to James and offered him a full scholarship, which James accepted. In his two years with the junior college, James completely dominated the competition. In his freshman season, James averaged 20 points per game and according to rivals.com, he was the 40th best junior college player that year. The next year James was the 4th leading scorer in the NJCAA, averaging 26 points per game. These stats however, were not enough to be recruited by any big name schools and when his two years were up at Eastern Arizona, he decided to carry his basketball career over to Lamar University, a small D-1 school located in Texas.

Lamar University participates in the Southland conference, which is located in the South Central United States. In his first year with Lamar, James only started 2 games, but James still led the team in scoring averaging 12.5 points and roughly 18 minutes per game. HIs best game came against Louisiana College, in which James set the single game scoring record for Lamar University with 52 points. The next year, James averaged 17 points per game and led his team to the NCAA tournament. Although it was a short run, the fact that James made it to the tournament is a great accomplishment that should not be taken lightly. As his college career closed James looked for a career in the NBA, but could not find one, thus starting his long and tedious European journey.mike-james-lamar-ftr-080917jpg_1v82tzhogwbhn1xc51b4al940o-1

 

From 2012 all the way up to this summer, James played for 6 different teams in Europe. He found much success there, winning a championship and a most spectacular player award. This year, he even had the opportunity to make millions, but he turned it all down just for a chance to fulfill his dream.

 

On July 3rd of this past summer, the Phoenix Suns decided to give James the chance of a lifetime and add him to their summer league roster. This was James’ second stint with the Sun’s summer league team and he made the most of his opportunity. James dominated, averaging 20.5 points, 5 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. These stats allowed James to be the first player to sign a two-way contract in Sun’s history. This means that James has 45 days to play for the Sun’s until his contract is up. Throughout the 45 games, James will earn roughly $204,000, which is severely less than what James would have made in Europe, but if James plays well in the NBA, he will receive a contract that is more lucrative than anything he can ever make in Europe.

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So far this season, James has received minutes in every game. With Brandon Knight out for the season and Tyler Ulis starting the season hurt, the Suns had no other option, but to give James some playing time. James made the most of his minutes, making his season debut on October 18th and putting up 12 points. He then put up 13 and 10 points in his next two games, which helped him draw the start mentioned above against the Kings in his fourth game of the season. In this game, James became the first player in NBA history, to start a game while also being signed to a two-way contract. 

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Now, with Bledsoe on his way out, James looks to show the world he belongs in the NBA. Already an established scorer, one should bet on James to make a name for himself and find vast success in the league. He’s taken the long hard road from JUCO athlete to Europe, but he’s held a strong work ethic and mentality. Getting to the NBA was the hard part, now it’s time for Mike James to shine.