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March 16, 2015 Updates
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There's a simple explanation for Stotts' lack of familiarity with Blake's statistical output. It's never happened before. Ever. The Blazers veteran point guard recorded seven assists and no other statistics in a 118-99 win over Detroit. Blake finished with seven assists, no points, no rebounds, no steals, no blocks, no turnovers and didn't attempt a shot or a free throw in 15:25 off the bench. Oregonian

Since 1985, only Jose Calderon has approached a stat line similar to Blake's. Calderon had scoreless game in which he didn't attempt a shot, grab a rebound or come away with a steal or block with the Raptors in 2005. But even Calderon managed to turn the ball over twice in 17:29. Blake's night was historically strange, but he insists it wasn't by design. "If I'd gotten an open shot I would've taken it," Blake said. "But I always looking to pass first though." Oregonian

But Jordan drained a shot from behind the three-point line on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. With the shot clock running down in the first quarter, Jordan realized he had space, so he stepped into a three-pointer and nailed it. According to Dwain Price of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, it was the first three-pointer of Jordan's career. Bleacher Report

He had just been told that the NBA took away two offensive rebounds from his 27-rebound performance in Wednesday night's 105-98 loss at Golden State. The word had just come down about an hour earlier, and he was told the NBA reviews stats after games. He looked to Pistons director of public relations Cletus Lewis, who explained that the NBA didn't give him credit for "two tips." Detroit Free Press

Drummond's response was priceless. "(Bleep) that," the young center said to laughter. Drummond, 22, will have to settle for a 25-rebound (10 offensive) performance, and he was officially 11-for-23 from the field. It still was a good night on the glass for Drummond, who was second in the NBA with an average of 13.3 rebounds entering tonight. But he wasn't having any of it. "That (bleep) ain't cool, man," a smiling Drummond said as he shook his head. Detroit Free Press

March 13, 2015 Updates

For example, why is New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, who entered this season as a career 36.8 percent three-point shooter, connecting on a sizzling 46.1 percent of his attempts this season, the second-best rate in the NBA? According to Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson, a former NBA guard who works extensively with the team’s backcourt players, it’s almost entirely been a matter of Gordon’s improved health. Gordon has battled injuries since coming to New Orleans in 2011, most often related to his right knee, causing him to miss 100-plus games over four seasons. He’s rarely entered a Pelicans training camp at 100 percent. The fall of 2014 was finally different, however, with the seven-year NBA veteran able to go through training camp and preseason without any limitations. NBA.com

“He’s a sticker. He can shoot,” said point guard Norris Cole, who made his Pelicans debut in that game, facing his ex-team. “Everyone in the league knows the scouting report: Close out on him. And even if you close out on him, he can still make it. He’s a prolific shooter. Obviously he works on it a lot.” That too has been critical to Gordon’s improvement. Though he suffered more bad luck Nov. 22 when a right shoulder injury at Utah caused him to miss 21 games, his lower body has been fine all season, providing the basis for a career shooting year. “What helps is he’s getting the reps up, because he’s healthy now,” Vinson said. “He’s more apt to be in the gym getting up extra shots, as opposed to being in the training room, trying to protect his body and prepare himself to be able to play. Now that he’s healthy, he can get out on the court early before shootaround, or get extra shots in after practice. He’s able to say, ‘OK, I feel good, I can get those extra shots up.’ His health has been huge.” NBA.com

So yes, he'll tell you, he badly wants to win the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award and considers himself deserving. And yes, with the next challenge coming Friday against the Dallas Mavericks and an ABC game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday against the Houston Rockets, he would love to keep hitting his shots at such a ridiculous rate that he tops the great Wilt Chamberlain and sets a new mark for single-season field-goal percentage (Chamberlain set the mark of 72.7% in the 1972-73 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Jordan is currently at 71.5%). But Jordan, a man of Christian faith who has scripture tattooed across his chest and a smile typically on his face, isn't about to lose sight of what truly matters. Not with the lesson he learned by losing a friend he'll never forget. USA Today Sports

"I feel like the positive in (Griffin's absence) was for everybody to learn how to play without certain guys," Jordan said. "Our second unit is going to definitely benefit from this the most … Everybody has had to step up a lot. That's why it's a team. "I don't think there was any panic (when Griffin went down). I feel like there may have been guys who were a little worried, but like I've said before, when Chris went down last year (with a shoulder injury and missed more than a month) it was kind of like the same thing. We were used to it. We were used to one of our MVPs going down and everybody having to step up a little bit to pick up the slack … There wasn't a sense of a panic, just more of a focus on guys having to be ready." USA Today Sports

March 11, 2015 Updates

LeBron James' legacy with the Cleveland Cavaliers will always be complicated because of his decision to go to Miami but his statistical impact on the franchise is unmistakable. James stamped his name in the Cavs' record books once again on Tuesday, passing Mark Price for the franchise lead in assists, dishing out his 4,207th while wearing a Cleveland uniform. ESPN.com

March 9, 2015 Updates

Duncan failed to score a basket for the first time in 1,310 career games. Popovich was jokingly asked if he would talk to Duncan so it didn't happen again. "I don't talk to Timmy too much anymore," Popovich said. "So, if you want to tell him, go ahead. Say, 'What the hell was that all about? What are you doing?' " ESPN.com

March 8, 2015 Updates

James tied Mark Price at 4,206 in the third quarter with the last of his eight assists and scored 17 points as the Cavaliers finished a rugged stretch of four games in five nights. "It's a pretty cool feat anytime time I get an opportunity to move into the record books," James said. "Having assists means my teammates are making shots. Credit goes to my teammates." USA Today Sports

March 5, 2015 Updates

Now, a 49-point-triple-double performance is rare. How rare? It hasn’t been done since Larry Bird was still playing. You wanna know what’s even rarer? The fact that it was Westbrook’s fourth straight triple-double– a feat that hasn’t been completed since Michael Jordan in 1989. For The Win

Jason Thompson will pass Peja Stojakovic on Friday night as the all-time leader in games played by a King in the Sacramento era. It’s a feat that many would celebrate. 519 games with one franchise is rare in today’s game. The Kings intend to do something special for their starting power forward when the team returns to Sacramento later this month, but Thompson would just assume they didn’t. Cowbell Kingdom

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