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FIVE QUICK HOOPS THOUGHTS: 1. CHRIS ANDERSON (Heat): He played big last night with 12 rebounds. One of those unsung players with a cast of stars that does the dirty work and plays with incredible energy. When you play the Pacers you need one of your big guys to stand his ground and match their physicality and paint dominance. The Bird-Man has not backed down in his game whatsoever. Miami had lots of concerns with their ability to match Indy in the paint. If Anderson plays like he did last night it will go a long way towards winning this series. 2. PACERS BENCH: Nine points? Gotta get a whole lot more from this unit. I know that Evan Turner was sick, but when you reflect on his contributions since coming over from Philly for Danny Granger, it hasnt worked out the way theyd like. When Rasual Butler - at this stage of his career - is your top scorer off the bench youve got some challenges to overcome. Ive always been a fan of Luis Scola, but if the Pacers could rewind things back a year, theyd be more than happy to have Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee back from the Phoenix Suns. Cant do anything about that now. Simply put - more production needed. 3. TONY PARKER (Spurs): In Game 1, he was brilliant with 14 points, 12 assists and only one turnover. He was masterful at getting into the lane and breaking the defence down. He changes speeds as well as anyone in the game today and is so crafty getting his shot off in traffic. Good to see that the nagging hamstring issue wasnt a problem. A major impact guy when hes right - and was he ever right! 4. KEVIN DURANT AND RUSSELL WESTBROOK (Thunder): Played 41 and 36 minutes respectively in Game 1. I know Westbrook has had knee issues, but whatever extra few minutes he can play - hes gotta play. And if Im Scott Brooks, I dont ever substitute KD out of the game. With no Serge Ibaka they need their best players to play every possible minute. Will be a significant chore to overcome that challenge. 5. OKCS OTHER STARTERS (Nick Collison/Kendrick Perkins/Thabo Sefolosha): A combined five points on 2-10 shooting in Game 1? Seriously? Man I feel for Scott Brooks - hes searching for answers and more importantly if these guys continue to be ineffective it allows the Spurs to leave them and Gang up defensively on Westbrook and Durant, making them take even more difficult shots. You must have shot makers and guys who you have to guard who space the floor out. If not, the court gets very congested and your stars are limited in the types of quality possessions they have. Cant win this series with this type drag on your offense from three struggling players. They pick it up and they give The Big Two a fighting chance - thats all you ask for. . According to a release sent by the league, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were the only team to exceed the cap. Their total salary expenditure of $4,417,975 was $17,975 over the salary cap of $4. . Striker Dario Mandzukic scored the opener in the 22nd minute but was given a red card nine minutes later for a reckless tackle and left Croatia with 10 men for the remainder of the match. http://www.authenticbillsfanatic.com/c- ... ersey.aspx. Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. .C. United have acquired midfielder Alex Caskey from the Seattle Sounders for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS draft.(SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Smith will make his return to The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night when his new team, the Houston Rockets, take on his old team, the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons shocked the NBA when they released the forward on Dec. 22. Smith had two years and almost $26 million left on his contract when the Pistons let him walk. After Smiths release, the Pistons won seven in a row to creep back in the conversation in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Since that streak, Detroit crashed back to Earth a bit with a 5-7 mark, which includes a four- game losing streak. Smith played his first game with the Rockets on Dec. 26 and the team is 12-7 since his acquisition. Im excited, Smith said. Its another opportunity to come out and get another win, especially against an old team. Theyre just friends. I dont have anything to prove. I think Ive proven everything in a body of work of me being in this league. This is my 11th year so I dont really have anything to prove. His old team isnt sure what to expect. I dont know Joshs mindset, said Stan Van Gundy, the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Pistons. Im sure hell want to come back and play well. I think almost everybody does when they come back and play against their old teams. Smiths current team is in much better shape than his old one. The Rockets won their fourth straight Friday night in a 93-87 road victory over the Boston Celtics. In the absence of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas had a career night to keep the Rockets winning streak alive.dddddddddddd. Motiejunas scored a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Rockets. Howard missed his third straight game with a knee injury. The team revealed earlier in the week that Howard is suffering from edema in the knee caused by fluid build-up in body tissues. Smith deposited 15 points and James Harden added 14 with seven assists and six rebounds for Houston. Detroits postseason chances were hurt when point guard Brandon Jennings went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. During this slide, the Pistons lost three of four on the road. On Wednesday, the Pistons fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 89-69, which represented a season-low in points by 10. The 79-point display came on opening night. Holding a 6-4 lead, the Sixers went on a 22-4 run to take control. The Pistons missed 12 straight shots during the stretch that resulted in a 28-8 margin. Obviously, it was very difficult. We werent ready to play. I dont think Ive ever coached a game where one teams effort was that much better than my teams effort, Van Gundy said of his teams start. Greg Monroe ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons. Jodie Meeks had 19 points on 4-of-16 shooting against his former team, while Jonas Jerebko was the only other Detroit player in double figures with 10. The Rockets have won seven in a row against the Pistons and three straight in Motown. ' ' '
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