Found January 15, 2013 on
Buzz On Broad:
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The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the New Orleans Hornets
111-99. The Hornets came out on fire, shooting 76% in the first quarter and 53%
for the game. The Hornets lead by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter. Despite
a jump-shooting clinic put on by Nick Young in the fourth quarter, the Hornets
made enough plays down the stretch to drop the Sixers to 16-23.
If anyone still believes that the plus-minus stat is
directly correlated to a player’s effectiveness on the court, here you are:
The Good - Jrue Holiday's All-Star Game Chances
No one deserves their first all-star appearance more than
Jrue Holiday. Holiday had 29 points, 11 assists, and four steals. He played
some solid defense on Grievis Vasquez. He even scored eight points in the final
four minutes. However, the Sixers were already in too far behind.
Nick Young provided a much needed spark off the bench.
Swaggy P scored 14 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. He
had the crowd on its feet. They begged Dorell Wright to pass up an open shot to
get the ball to Young so he could take a contested jumper. Seriously!
The Bad - “Sixers Don’t Defend Anymore”
I didn’t say it. NBA TV Analyst Greg Anthony said it. The
Philadelphia Sixers backed him up.
The Hornets made their open shots, they crashed the glass,
and they cashed in on the Sixers’ turnovers. Vasquez and Gordon got hot early
thanks to some lax defense by the Sixers. The Hornets also beat the Sixers in
I looked forward to tonight’s game between the Sixers and
Hornets. Having never watched the New Orleans during the first two and half
months of the season, I was surprised when the league announced that Greivis
Vasquez was named Western Conference player of the week two weeks ago. He
may not have the athleticism of Russell Westbook or the quickness of Rajon
Rondo, but Vasquez made all of the plays for the Hornets. He finished with 23
points and nine assists, including the three-pointer with 2:44 left to put the
Sixers away for good. It’s far too soon to put him in the upper echelon of
point guards. If he plays like this for a long period of time, he belongs in
The Ugly - Same Script for Holiday
We've seen this type of game before: Holiday making plays left and right while his teammates enjoy the best seats in the house.
It was somewhat
disheartening to watch Holiday out on the floor, creating the majority of
the offensive through the first three quarters. It reminded me of what Derrick
Rose went through in Chicago a few years ago: a young scoring guard surrounded by
guys who should be able to shoot (Wright and Richardson), some undersized bangers
(Allen and Young), and an underappreciated/underperforming swingman (Turner).
That Chicago Bulls team was marginally more talented at each position compared
to this Sixers team. Look how that team has improved since 2010. It's not that crazy to see this Sixers team follow in their footsteps.
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Tweet Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has been around the NBA as a player and coach for 27 years. He’s seen most everything. However, on Wednesday night Doc will have to do something he’s never had to do in the NBA—coach against his son, Austin Rivers. Austin is a rookie guard for the Hornets, whom [...]
New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers has struggled lately. His father will offer some advice.
That is, after Wednesdays game in Boston.
I will let him know at dinner after the game, Doc Rivers said with a laugh.
Rivers is the Celtics coach. And hes about to face his son in a game for the first time.
It will mark just the fourth time a coaching father has met his playing...
BOSTON — On the surface, Anthony Davis seems to have a lot in common with a young Kevin Garnett. The lithe rookie for the New Orleans Hornets is just as freakishly athletic at 6-foot-10 as Garnett was as a 19-year-old for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1995. Just like a young Garnett, Davis’ potential is clear despite a mostly up-and-down rookie campaign.
Playing against Davis...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 -- including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
Jrue Holiday led the...
Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 - including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points...
On Wednesday night the Celtics faced the New Orleans Hornets looking to extend their win streak to seven games. This also marked the first match-up between the Rivers father and son. Austin Rivers was drafted fifth this past year to the Hornets yet has struggled to find his game in the NBA. The Hornets came into the night on their second of back to back games coming off a strong...
Fathers playing ball with their sons is as old as sports itself, and many great athletes have passed on their love of the game to a child coming behind.
Doc Rivers was certainly the proud dad on NBA Draft night this year, hugging his son, Austin, after he was picked by the New Orleans Hornets. Austin’s dream has long been to play in the NBA (as his father also did), and Doc was...
The Hornets beat the Celtics by a final score of 90-78, with Austin Rivers scoring eight points in 23 minutes.
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With his team’s confidence maybe overflowing a bit too much amidst a season-high six-game winning streak, Rivers wrote, ‘Guard down,’ after Tuesday’s practice session. With that in mind, he blamed himself...
BOSTON - The New Orleans Hornets, a young team starting to find its way, put an end to the Celtics' six-game winning streak with an impressive 90-78 win over Boston Wednesday night. The Hornets, who have suddenly won six of their last seven games, won for the second straight night on the road and also won the battle within the Rivers family, with rookie guard Austin Rivers...
BOSTON -- Austin Rivers had a stop to make after Wednesday night's game at TD Garden. The rookie guard had to go see his father, and ... well, rub it in just a little. "Oh yeah, that's what I'm about to do right now. I'm about to get changed and go not to the locker room but to his office; be like 'What's up?'," the younger Rivers said after...
It can't be easy for Doc Rivers to see his son struggle as a 20-year-old rookie in the NBA, but Austin Rivers' recent woes may make Wednesday night a bit less confusing for the Boston Celtics coach.
The New Orleans Hornets guard has been seeing limited minutes heading into his first matchup with his father's team, which is going for its seventh consecutive victory.
7:49: The 20-17 Celtics will host the 12-26 Hornets tonight at the TD Garden. Austin Rivers will be playing against his dad tonight in a highly publicized matchup. The Celtics will probably get a good test tonight, but I think they'll win. The Hornets just aren't good enough. Tip-off is at 8:00 pm ET. Keep checking here after each quarter for updates.
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Jrue Holiday believes the Philadelphia 76ers' main issues lie in their defensive performance rather than their ability to score, though they struggled on both ends during last week's loss to the Toronto Raptors.
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