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Friday, February 8, 2013

Hoopshysteria: Hobbling Towards the All-Star Break

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Hoopshysteria: Hobbling Towards the All-Star Break
By Wild on Sports Basketball Analyst Talyon Perry
February 8, 2012

This is the last weekend before the all-star break, and a much needed break if you are the LA Lakers. The Lakers are broken left and right and to add insult to injury, now Gasol is out for at least 6 weeks with torn plantar fascia. Compound that with the media brawl between teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard over Howard's injury. Is this a basketball team or the Desperate Housewives? On the other hand, even with out starters Blake Griffin and Chris Paul the Clippers have still managed to do well behind the amazing play of Eric Bledsoe.

Lineups for the last few All-star events were announced recently including:
3pt Competition: Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner, Stephen Curry, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Steve Novak.

Slam Dunk: Gerald Green, Kenneth Faried, Jeremy Evans, Eric Bledsoe, James White, and Terence Ross.

Rising stars: Team Shaq: Damian Lillard,Kyrie Irving, Andre Drummond, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons, Dion Waiters, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tyler Zeller, and Kemba Walkerversus Team Chuck: Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Ricky Rubio, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic,Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas, and Alexey Shved.

This will be an exciting weekend no matter what competition you watch. Now lets preview the last weekend of basketball before the temporary break:

Although there are matchups that would normally be great, injuries will cause these games to be less amusing. For example Friday's matchup between the Clippers and Heat. Don't worry because the Warrioirs and Grizzlies expect to carry the night's entertainment, Curry's recent play and the inside presence of Gasol and Randolph will keep this game interesting. If you choose to watch the Trailblazers and the Rockets on Friday be warned: there will be less defense than the NBA All-Star game.  Saturday night we will see a similar outside vs inside matchup when the Buck's Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis face the Piston's Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. We will cap off the weekend with the retooled Nets versus the age-old Spurs. Watch for Tony Parker and Deron Williams to do battle with each other, with Williams coming out on top.


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