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Carmelo Anthony Trade Update

In case you haven’t heard, Carmelo Anthony is being talked about in some trade discussions. So I thought we’d take a look at where things supposedly stand right now…..although I’m fairly certain that by the time I’m finished writing this, eight more teams will be involved, and Carmelo will somehow end up with the New Mexico Thunderbirds.

For starters, what exactly are we waiting on? Well, it sounds like the fun contract of Al Harrington (four years, $28 million) is what is the main problem right now. Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/10/11

Basketball fans, it’s time for another edition of power rankings here on STS, and after a great week of action in the NBA (which concluded with a possible game of the year candidate in Portland last night), it’s time to see where the teams stand heading into this week.

So without any further ado, here’s a look at the rankings: Continue Reading

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Anderson Varejao Out for the Rest of the Season With Ankle Injury

Seriously, what else can you say here? If you read the headline above, and are a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, what do you really say?

Yes, it’s true. Anderson Varejao, one of Cleveland’s most valuable players (both on the floor and from a trade value standpoint), will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his ankle. Continue Reading

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Chauncey Billups to the Nets Probably Won’t Happen

In what has started to become a weekly thing, the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes has taken another turn. The discussed participants this time around are the New Jersey Nets, who have been trying to find a way to get Anthony for a while now, and the Detroit Pistons, who are clearly looking to change things up within their organization.

The whole deal would center around the Nets getting Anthony, and while that would be a huge land in and of itself, that wouldn’t be all that New Jersey would be getting. Continue Reading

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Celtics-Bulls, Magic-Mavs Highlight Saturday Schedule in the Association

We’ve got several great games on tap for tonight, with an Eastern Conference showdown between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics taking place, as well as a big matchup in Dallas between the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks. Let’s take a look at tonight’s schedule in the Association.

Indiana Pacers (14-19) at Atlanta Hawks (24-14) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

The Hawks have surprised me lately by actually shooting good shots. They won a big road game at Utah the other night, and are clearly the better team in this matchup. Indiana has struggled after starting well, and it’ll be another tough task for them here. Continue Reading

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Celtics-Bulls, Magic-Mavs Highlight Saturday Schedule in the Association

We’ve got several great games on tap for tonight, with an Eastern Conference showdown between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics taking place, as well as a big matchup in Dallas between the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks. Let’s take a look at tonight’s schedule in the Association.

Indiana Pacers (14-19) at Atlanta Hawks (24-14) – 7:00 PM ET, Regional

The Hawks have surprised me lately by actually shooting good shots. They won a big road game at Utah the other night, and are clearly the better team in this matchup. Indiana has struggled after starting well, and it’ll be another tough task for them here. Continue Reading

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D-League Report: 10 Day Contracts, Miles, Jeffers, Johnson, Adrien

Yesterday represented an important day in the D-League season, in that it was the first day that NBA teams were able to sign D-Leaguers to ten-day ‘call up’ contracts. This is the shot that many (if not all) D-leaguers are hoping to get a shot with the Association.

So the question is who will get their first taste of NBA action (which you may or may not know, is FANtastic).

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The Spurs Lose Again and Here’s Why They Should Be Concerned

With the way the San Antonio Spurs started the season, it’s almost felt like they would keep on rolling for a while regardless of who they were playing. After all, they were 29-4 a few nights ago, a record that most people didn’t see coming before the season started, and they are a team filled with veterans that just find ways to win.

But after a poor defensive showing last night at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks, the Spurs followed that up with a tough loss at Boston tonight against the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics. Manu Ginobili had a chance to tie or win the game for the Spurs in the final seconds, but chose to take a difficult shot at the three point line that was ultimately blocked by Paul Pierce. Continue Reading

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Poll: What’s Wrong With the Lakers?

In what will become a Tuesday staple here on Saving the Skyhook, we will pick a topic and then let you give your opinion on it. Simple enough, right?

The hottest topic in the league right now is undoubtedly the struggles of the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Lakers lose three home games by at least 16 points…..in a four game span. But that’s exactly what has happened in three of L.A.’s last four games, with Milwaukee, Miami, and Memphis (perhaps it’s just an “M” thing) all leaving the Staples Center with double-digit victories. On the bright side, the Lakers get the Pistons at home tonight, whose struggles I’ve talked about here recently. Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/3/11

Ladies and gentlemen, another week of NBA action is upon us, which means more power rankings! And now that the new year is here, it’s time for some teams to make their move if they want to be contenders come May, and it’s time for others to start rebuilding their roster and prepare for the future.

Let’s take a look at this week’s power rankings, and see which teams are in good shape…..and which teams are already searching for that Top 5 draft pick that will change the culture of their franchise. Continue Reading