Seems like there might be a major trade going down in the NBA. The details can be found at the links below, but the general gist seems to be
Cleveland Cavaliers Get: JR Smith (SG), Iman Shumpert (SG/SF), 1st round pick
OKC Thunder Get: Dion Waiters (SG)
New York Knicks Get: Lance Thomas (SG), Alex Kirk (C), Lou Amundsen (C/PF), 2019 2nd round pick
For the Michigan connection, this probably opens up more playing time for Hardaway Jr. who was already playing and scoring a lot more with Carmelo out with an injury.
OKC gets more offense, Knicks get some Cap flexibility this off-season. I don't know what Cleveland gets as they lose one SG who wants more shots for another SG who wants all of the shots.
The Pistons destroyed the Kings 114-95 today at the Palace to run their win streak to 5. Looks like the Josh Smith release worked out nicely.
[Ed-Alex: changed the title / post to reflect that the Pistons' winning streak is at five, not six]
Just ended on BTN.
Michigan knocks off #24 MSU at Crisler Center for their 17th win ever against MSU.
Great bounce back by Michigan after dropping their B1G opener. Michigan has beaten both of the defending B1G Champions, back to back. Demolished Penn State 89-53 on NYD and just upset MSU 74-65.
Freshman Katelynn Flaherty hit five 3-pointers and Cyesha Goree proves to be the best big in all of Michigan Basketball--men's or women's--with another dominating performance. She played the final 8 minutes of the game with 4 fouls....
Michigan is now 10-4, 2-1 in the B1G. Michigan's next two games will be at a ranked Rutgers team on Wednesday (who just lost at home to Iowa) and Ohio State at Crisler Center a week from today.
MSU falls to 0-3 in the B1G.
Looking for some positive hoops news after yesterday afternoon. WBB is on BTN against STAEE. We're up 25-13 with 7:41 left in the first half. Go Blue!!
Huge game tommorrow at Purdue. I think this game could really propel our confidence if we could find a way to snag it. Taking our last game into consideration, here is what I'm thinking lineup wise....
Walton- Levert- Irvin- Chatman- Doyle
Spike and Aubrey essentially eat up all the backup minutes for positions 1-3.
Spike is very reliable and can play the 2 in certain situations.
Aubrey is long and athletic and can play 2-4 if need be albeit a super small 4.
Donnal can split time with the 5.
Beifeldt will be a stop-gap big. Neither him or Donnal look to be very effective in B1G play.
In summary, your bench is really only 4 deep with Beifeldt being the 4th.
Just looking at this we really seem to be one player away and either MAAR or DJ Wilson will have to contribute. DJ is a shirt candidate but it's hard to imagine getting through this B1G season with no injuries to our bigs. DJ Wilson looks like he can help us and if he can, I say we play him. To hell with the shirt, we never seen these kids for four years anyway.
If I'm ranking our top 8 as players...heres how I'd have it:
1. Caris Levert- B1G POY candidate.
2. Zak Irvin- streaky shooter. Can really light it up when on.
3. Derrick Walton- inconsistent point but terrific upside with pace and tenacity.
4. Spike Albreicht- heady veteran that helps in many ways.
5. Ricky Doyle- beast in the making.
6. Cam Chatman- versatile upside guy. Steep learning curve.
7. Aubrey Dawkins- shooter with brass [email protected].
8. Mark Donnal- stretch 4 potentially. NOT physical.
9. Max. B- program guy. Lunch Pale guy.
I think you will see Aubrey off of the bench to spell any wing position first. Spike will share time nearly 40/60 with Derrick. Spike can also spell the 2 if situation allows for a small lineup. Donnal is your first big option but he lacks tenacity and phsyicality. Beifeldt is tougher but smaller so its a tough situation. DJ Wilson could really steal some minutes here if he could stay healthy. MAAR will be hard-pressed to find time plain and simple.
Full game of the comeback against Illinois. Dawkins played the best game of his career. Lets keep the winning streak going against Purdue. Enjoy Go blue. Who has it better than us????