Which is more gruesome?
1. Another Guard Goes Down
Thanks to a nagging bruise in his right calf, Joe Johnson is going to be benched for at least the next three to four weeks and its possible that Johnson could be done for the year. So, if you thought that the Hawks were pitiful before, just wait til you get a load of this lineup. Atlanta was the leagues worst offense (92.9 ppg) before losing Johnsons 25 points per game which equals to missing 27 percent of their total offense. But so far, its worked out all right for Atlanta. The Hawks hit the century mark in a win over the Wizards in Hotlanta on Wednesday in the first game without their superstar, and they have a series of creampuffs waiting for them. Games against Memphis, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Boston should help ease the transition.
2. Going Under The Knife
Its been a week and a half since Shaun Livingston suffered one of the ugliest injuries that has ever occurred on the pro hardwood, now hell have to wait four days until he will undergo major reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Tuesday. Then the fun starts; Livingston will have between nine months and years worth of rehab before he can even hope of suiting up with the Clips. If its not bad enough that LA has lost their future at the point guard position, theyre also going it without their point guard of the present. Sam Cassell, a.k.a. Gollum, a.k.a. ET, a.k.a. the ugliest man alive, has missed the last three games with a groin injury. The situation has gotten so dire that the Clippers are forced to play Dukie Daniel Ewing at the point as they quickly slide out of the playoff picture. Probably a good thing; the world would most likely implode should the Clippers make the postseason in consecutive seasons.
3. Do Not Adjust Your Television
OK, the league could be getting carried away with this one. With St. Patricks Day approaching, the Sonics will honor the drunken holiday by wearing their green road uniform at home while the Celtics will also be in green, as always. But two other teams will also be donning alternate green uniforms for the occasion: Chicago and New York. Yup, the Bulls and Knicks are going to be wearing green! How strange is that going to look? Why not just have the Spurs were neon-orange uniforms on Halloween? And the Magic can were camouflage on Memorial Day. The NBA will do anything for a buck; theyll even desecrate two of the most traditional uniforms in the history of the game. At least go and screw up some ugly uniforms like Atlantas or Memphis.
Thursdays Player of the Day: Manu Ginobili @ Sacramento 29 min, 31 pts (FG: 9-16, 3FG: 5-9, FT: 8-10), 5 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl
Fridays Game to Watch: New Jersey (28-33) @ Houston (37-24) Its going to be a family reunion in Houston as cousins Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady get together for what could be a highlight filled affair. New Jersey has lost three straight but still remains just behind the eighth place Magic in the East, but if they could ever could get their act together they could make a run at the division leading Raptors and grab one of the top four seeds. Houston, on the other hand, wont be able to improve on their fifth seed so they are simply looking to finish the season strong and remain healthy for the post season. The teams biggest concern at the moment is simply implementing Yao Ming back into the game plan.
Buzzer Beater: Stephon Marbury is already planning for his life after basketball and the first step toward his post retirement career begins today. Thats because his show, Stars on Stars will debut today at 4:30 on Fox SportsNet. His first guest will be Kobe Bryant, but dont expect Marbury to bring up Bryants recent suspension for whacking Marko Jaric in the head because the show was actually taped before training camp. This should be interesting; Marbury is the only active NBA player to have his own TV show. But as long as he can form complete sentences and not fall off the set, he will have already hurdled the bar set by Magic Johnson.