I’m not sure who this new guy is, but I like him a lot more than his predecessor: “As with the rare jump shot he made Saturday, Joakim Noah is taking his reduced playing time in stride. Since the Bulls traded for center Brad Miller on Feb.19, Noah has been more likely to clock 28 to 32 minutes than the 38 to 42 he often got before Miller arrived from Sacramento. ‘I’m feeling comfortable out there playing,’ Noah said after practice Monday.
Jax is getting T’ed up at almost twice the rate as he was ‘06-’07, his previous high season in technical fouls. How’s that for a fancy little stat? Jackson’s two-tech ejection in yesterday’s loss to the Suns put him over the 16-technical limit, tying him with Rasheed Wallace for this season’s complainer crown.
Doc Rivers is one happy man: “Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before this afternoon’s game with the Bucks that there is a better than 50 percent chance that Kevin Garnett (sprained right knee) and Glen Davis (sprained right ankle) could return for Friday’s game at San Antonio. Neither player will practice with the Celtics in Chicago tomorrow since they didn’t make the trip.
As if losing to the Clippers at the buzzer wasn’t bad enough: “They lost another game — in the most excruciating manner possible, against the second-worst team in the hemisphere — and now they’ve lost their best player until further notice. Just another night at the office for the Nets, whose season is now officially careening out of control…’Well, the X-rays are negative so I guess that’s the good news,” Harris said.
Remember him?: “Thomas was in Las Vegas to tape a television appearance with Bob Knight, his former coach at Indiana, and sportscaster Billy Packer. Thomas said that everything has been going well for him personally, and that he hasn’t missed any significant time in his work for the Knicks.
Due to too many techs, Jackson is in danger of sitting out B Diddy’s return to Oakland tomorrow night: “If his two technical fouls from Sunday night hold, Stephen Jackson won’t even be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday when Baron Davis finally makes his return to Oakland. Jackson, who was tossed in the third quarter, will be serving a one-game suspension after surpassing the NBA season limit for technical fouls in the game against the Suns.”
I knew money was tight in the NBA, but damn: “Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard took it to the next level in this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk competition by changing in a phone booth to become Superman. Now you have a chance to own that phone booth and an autographed Dwight Howard jersey. Beginning Monday, March 16 at 4 p.m. ET the auction for the actual phone booth from the 2009 Sprite Slam Dunk competition will begin online at auctions.nba.com. The phone booth stands 94″ high and weighs 170 pounds.
After the rook’s stunt, Bobby’s revenge might include a missile launcher: “This mixture of dog food, soy sauce, ketchup, and mustard left an awful stench on the vet’s ride. There was chocolate on the car, too, with one ingredient being added by Jackson after the damage was done: hot water.
Dude is basically ignoring everyone in the organization, and won’t be on hand for the Spectrum’s final game: “Maurice Cheeks is not scheduled to be at the Wachovia Spectrum tonight. He will not stand with Julius Erving, Bobby Jones and Moses Malone, his teammates on the 76ers’ 1982-83 NBA championship team, for the final game played at the arena where they raised a banner.