Sunday, November 26, 2006

RAPTORS BEAT THE PACERS 92-83!
The Toronto Raptors have recently been playing poorly, but pulled off a much needed win over the Pacers 92-83. It was really a game of runs for both teams, and the Raptors got off to a great start in the first two quarters. Quickly out of the second half the Pacers went on a huge run to cut what was as big as a 27 points lead to four. The attack that kept the Raptors up was the bench which was led by Jose Calderon, Joey Graham and Bargnani who really surprised me. Andrea Bargnani had 14 points and shot two of five from the three points line in 22 minutes off the bench. He was hot in the second quarter. He hit two threes and showed he can put the ball on the floor and make some really nice moves. Check out www.nba.com and see Bargnani make the highlight reel in the NBA TV broadband. Jose Calderon got 13 points and 5 assists in 25 minutes. He is a growing player who looks like he can really develop into some player. Chris Bosh got 17 points and 11 boards in 28 minutes. Bosh took the ball and went at Jermaine O'Neal a few times and looked like he wasn't intimidated by a few of his shots getting blocked. Jorge Garbajosa got 13 points and 6 boards in 29 minutes. Garbajosa got his points early in the first quarter, but was still effective throughout the game with his passing. Stephen Jackson got 18 points and 3 assists in 35 minutes off the bench. I think Jackson responded to coming off the bench. Maybe like Ben Gordon in the past he will play better not starting permanently. Jermaine O'Neal got 15 points and 11 boards and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. I like the way O'Neal is approaching this season. He looks more confident down low.

Monday, November 20, 2006

JACKSONVILLE JAM PRESS RELEASE! From the opening tip-off the Jacksonville Jam controlled the game on court during a special night, which saw Artis Gilmore start the game at center for the Jam. Gilmore was greeted by a standing ovation at UNF Arena as his name was called to start for the Jam against the South Alabama Bounce. The 7'2-280 Gilmore did not disappoint as he controlled the opening tip-off and tipped the ball to a streaking TheAnthony Haymon, who took Gilmore's tip to open the game up to the basket with a high flying slam dunk that delighted all the fans in attendance. After three minutes of live action, Gilmore raised his fist to Jam head coach, Steve Tucker signaling it was time to call it a night. Gilmore stayed on the bench with the Jam during the first half and cheered on his Jam teammates, who totally controlled the play on court. Jacksonville opened up a 10 point lead in the first quarter and led 28-22 at the end of the first period of play.
In the second quarter Jam point guard, Anthony Lumpkin paced the way as the Jam's running game got going to streak the Jam out in front by 16 points at half-time as the Jam led 56-40 at the break. At half-time, the Jacksonville Jam organization retired Gilmore's #53 that he wore on the collegiate level at Jacksonville University and as a professional both in the NBA and ABA. The retirement ceremony was truly moving and the crowd once again gave the A-Train a standing ovation as he held the framed Jam #53 jersey over his head. Gilmore thanked the Jam ownership and organization for this honor. He also thanked the fans, who have supported his basketball efforts here in Jacksonville over the years. Gilmore especially thanked his family, who were in attendance in the crowd at the game. You could tell this truly meant a great deal to a basketball legend!
In the second half Jacksonville continued their sterling play on the night, which saw the Jam's defense hold the talented Bounce (3-3) to a 31% shooting percentage. The Jam also got outstanding play from forward, Jerry Williams, center, TheAnthony Haymon, and Lumpkin as they built a 29 point lead halfway through the fourth quarter and cruised on to a 113-87 victory, which pushes the Jam's record to 4-0 to start the ABA season.
Jacksonville had 7 players in double figures, led my Haymon's 21 point and 9 rebound effort and Williams 16 point and 10 rebound performance. Lumpkin also tossed in 17 points and dished out 5 assist. Myron Anthony contributed 14 points, Lorenzo Lawrence 13 points, Donald Harris 12 points, and Michael McCowan 10 points respectively.
The Jam will travel back to South Florida to face Palm Beach (1-1) on Tuesday night and will then host Palm Beach back here in Jacksonville on Friday night, November 24th at UNF Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05pm. Come join the FRIDAY NIGHT JAM!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ARTIS GILMORE BACK TO PLAY IN THE ABA!
The A Train Artis Gilmore will play basketball once again! Back to where he started in the ABA with the Jacksonville Jam! As a Jacksonville resident this is a smart place to play for him. "Artis has had an outstanding career and we felt we should honor that career by bringing him out of retirement for a game," said Felix Krupczynski, a past interview on Basketball Notes by Alex and Owner of the Jacksonville Jam. "At half time, we will pay tribute to his many contributions on and off the court and then retire his #53 jersey in honor of his legacy," Krupczynski added. This will bring a retro feel to the Jams play. Other news on the Jam, they beat the Miami Tropics 103-100 to keep up the nice start to their first season.
GO JAM!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

RECAP OF HEAT BEATING THE NETS! The Miami Heat beat New Jersey Nets 113-106. If you're a Nets fan you had to be scared during this game. In the third quarter RJ Richard Jefferson left the game with a sprained ankle. He tried to come back and play but didn't feel right so RJ stayed in the locker room for the rest of the game. In the fourth quarter Vince Carter cut his hand, but luckly he was able to comeback and play. Dwyane Wade got 34 points and 10 assists in 41 minutes. Wade was an imminent factor to the Heat surge in the second half. I was really impressed by how he hung in the air on a reverse layup. Udonis Haslem got 28 points and 9 boards in 39 minutes. Haslem was playing terrific ball, and I like his defense. Antoine Walker got 15 points and 10 boards in 38 minutes. Walker has to be consistent if he wants to start every game. Vince Carter got hot and scored 33 points and 4 assists in 36 minutes. Carter got too many open shots in the first half. The Heat stopped him and got control of the game. Jason Kidd got 12 points, 9 boards and 9 assists in 37 minutes. Kidd was outstanding. He had one crazy layup that was totally insane. GO HEAT!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

SIXERS BEAT MAGIC!
I want to talk about the Sixers beating the Magic 105-103. Great game, it was really close and I saw the awesome ending to it. First, Grant Hill was having a fantastic game so they went to him, down 101-103. The shot he made was a shot I didn't think he could pull off. Then, the Sixers called a 20 second timeout and all eyes were on Allen Iverson, of course. He got the ball on the in bounds and got a high pick at the key from Rodney Carney for an incredible shot over two Magic defenders. Allen Iverson had a monsterous night with 39 points and 10 assists in 46 minutes. It's great that Iverson can put up these numbers. The bad thing is they need more scoring from others. I want to see Rodney Carney come in and maybe get 10 to 15 points a night. Kyle Korver got 28 points and shot 4-4 from the three point line in 30 minutes. Korver was the only one scoring wise to help AI. Grant Hill got 25 points and 4 assists in 37 minutes. Nice to see Hill back again. I really hope I don't need to keep saying that about him. Hedo Turkoglu got 15 points and 9 boards in 37 minutes. He is there to make big three's. He made one that was big late, but you will see more of his clutch play later.
GO SIXERS!