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DeMarcus Cousins is a beast in his first game back from viral meningitis

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After sitting out ten games with viral meningitis, DeMarcus Cousins was back on the court last night and didn’t miss a beat. Cousins had 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Kings’ 108-107 loss to the Bucks. Boogie missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer for the chance to win, which explains that sad picture of him on the court above.

Regardless, it was good to see Boogie back in form after his health scare. Here are the highlights:

http://youtu.be/xNhRbK50JXM


Rajon Rondo will be traded to the Mavericks

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After years of speculation, it looks like Rajon Rondo is finally being traded. According to ESPN, the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and Jameer Nelson, along with a future first-and second-round draft pick.

Rondo and Dirk on the same team???

[ESPN]


Anthony Davis hugging a giant teddy bear will give you all the feels

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Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Jeff Withey took children in New Orleans on a shopping spree yesterday. Click here to see more pictures, or just get all your “awwwww”s out with the one above.


Yet another big night for the NBA Cats

In what is becoming a familiar refrain, it was another big night for our NBA Cats. John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Enes Kanter all had monster performances. Let’s break them down.

John Wall

21 points, 17 assists, 4 rebounds in Washington’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

On the heels of being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Wall put in another big game, with 21 points and 17 assists. More impressively, 10 of those points and 6 of those assists came in the first quarter. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Wall now has two games this season with 20 points and 17 assists. The rest of the NBA? Zero. Afterwards, Wall told reporters “This is the best basketball of my life.”

Anthony Davis

31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks in New Orleans’ win over the Utah Jazz

This was Davis’ first game back from the mysterious chest injury that held him out of games over the weekend. The injury is being described as a chest contusion, and kept Davis in the hospital overnight for tests. “I couldn’t really breathe and I had a sharp pain in my chest, so I was trying to see what was going on,” Davis told reporters. “It was an unusual pain I never had before and it was very uncomfortable.”

In his first game back, he rebounded pretty well, putting up 31 points and 9 boards. Just another Tuesday night in Davis’ book.

Enes Kanter

29 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals in Utah’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans

Kanter’s been on a tear lately, averaging 17.6 points on 52% shooting, 9.5 rebound, 1 assist and 1 block per game in the month of December. Last night, he put up a career-high 29 points in the Jazz’s loss to the Pelicans. After a slow start and some injuries in the league, Kanter is finally rolling.


The Top UK Players in the NBA, Week 7

The former Cats continue to get things done around the NBA. Nerlens posted 19 and 8 against his hometown Celtics. Rondo continues to be a hot topic in trade scenarios. Tayshaun and the Grizzles have won four straight. Were those outputs good enough to make the top 5? Read on and find out:

5. Jodie Meeks

Jodie Meeks played his first games of the season and the Pistons won back-to-back road games in Phoenix and Sacramento. Coincidence? I think not. Jodie put up 20 last night against the Clippers in a losing effort which should have him taking over the starting shooting guard position before the first of the year. Welcome back Jodie.

4. Anthony Davis 

Davis’ amazing year hit a slight snag this past week after suffering a chest injury early in a win over the Cavaliers last Friday. That injury kept him out of action Sunday against the Warriors but the Browed one will return to action tonight in Utah. Ant posted a line of 43 and 14 when the Pelicans took on the Jazz earlier this season and I wouldn’t be surprised so see a similar performance in his return to the game.

3. Patrick Patterson

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Over the past week Patrick has caught fire from beyond the arc as he shot 8-13 and the Raptors won three of four. Toronto has led the East for the past month but the Wizards, Hawks, and Cavs are closing fast. Can former Cat Dwayne Casey keep his team in the top spot with the all-star break two months away? Or have the Raptors bolted out of the gate only to fade into the pack as the season progresses?

2. Brandon Knight

Knight and the Bucks had a solid week, going 2-1 with wins over the Suns and Clippers. In the two wins BK poured in 22 and 20 with a combined  11 rebounds and 9 assists. Milwaukee is currently 1 game above .500 but it looks like Jabari Parker could miss a few games with a knee injury. That means Knight will need to shoulder even more of the scoring load. So far this season he’s proven he can do just that.

1. John Wall

Wall has the Wizards just one game back from the East’s top seed and on a 4 game win streak which has launched him to the top spot for the first time this season. Over the past week Wall posted 2 double-doubles and got close to a triple double against the Jazz. Look for Wall and the Wizards to keep the win-streak going tonight against the Timberwolves.


John Wall isn’t afraid of Liam Neeson in this Taken 3 parody

The Wizards host the Knicks on Christmas Day and Liam Neeson has a message for John Wall.

Wall is not worried about Neeson’s threats.


DeMarcus Cousins played Santa again last night

(Photo: News10/KXTV)

DeMarcus Cousins is still recovering from viral meningitis, but that didn’t stop him from holding his annual Christmas shopping spree for under privileged children in the Sacramento area last night. For the third consecutive, year, Boogie took 100 kids on a shopping spree at WalMart, giving each a $215 gift card.

(Photo: News10/KXTV)

The children even presented Boogie with a “Get Well Soon” poster. Because of his recovery, he didn’t don the Santa suit as in years past, and he told News10/KXTV that he lost 10-15 pounds from the illness. Fortunately, he’s on the mend, and is expected to be back on Thursday for the Kings’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Late last night, the Kings fired head coach Mike Malone, news Boogie said he heard on Twitter.

Big guy, even bigger heart. To see a video and read more of Cousins’ comments, head over to News10.net.


John Wall named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

John Wall named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

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Congrats to John Wall, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week today. Last week, Wall averaged 18.3 points, 11.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in the Wizards’ four wins. It was an emotional week for Wall, who lost his 6-year-old friend Miyah to cancer. Wall dedicated his 26-point, 17-assist performance last Monday night to Miyah and her family. As Wall goes, the Wizards go, and right now, they’re in first place in the Southeast division.

Wall’s not the only former Cat on fire. Right now, he’s one of three Cats on the NBA stats leaderboard:

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I expect DeMarcus Cousins will return to the leaderboard when he returns to the court Thursday after battling viral meningitis.


LeBron James says Anthony Davis is Elite

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New Orleans won 119-114 against Cleveland last night, however they had to do it without Davis, who only played seven minutes before complaining about chest pain after a free throw.After the game the Pelicans called the unjury a chest contusion from a collision with another player’s elbow.

Head coach Monty Williams said he watched Davis on the bench as he was ‘wincing as if he couldn’t breathe’ and decided to not put him in the game.

However, before the game, LeBron James spoke up about Davis and had a lot to say about the young player. He are his quotes:

“For him to be as young as he is, he plays above his age and that’s part of the reason he can continue and probably be one of the greats to play this game. He’s been spectacular in every facet of the game this year and whatever you ask of him to do — for this franchise, for this team — I’ve seen him soak up everything. Being around a bunch of veterans on our Olympic team, he was just like a sponge around myself, Kobe (Bryant), CP (Chris Paul), Melo (Carmelo Anthony) and everybody. He was just soaking up all the information he could from (Kevin) Durant and everybody.”

James had much more to say including what he thinks about Davis’ family. You can read the rest here.

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ESPN names Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall the top three NBA players under age 25

ESPN Insider just released their Top 25 players under the age of 25 in the NBA, and the top three are pretty darn familiar: 1) Anthony Davis, 2) DeMarcus Cousins, and 3) John Wall. Here are a few of David Thorpe and Amin Elhassan’s comments about each:

Anthony Davis

David Thorpe: Simply put, he’s currently the best player on Earth and is still getting better. He is a huge impact guy in three phases of the game, offense, defense and the boards. All that is left is to grow into a great leader.

Boogie

Elhassan: I’ve reluctantly been pulled onto the Cousins bandwagon. I never doubted his talent, it was just that I always had questions about his approach. But so far this season he seems to have turned that corner. Might be the most dominant inside force in the NBA.

Wall

Thorpe: Wall is the best of the elite point guards at passing, and he is now managing the game while looking to be the difference-maker as an assertive scorer. If he ever develops a 3-point shot he could be the league’s best guard.

Other NBA Cats on the list: 20. Brandon Knight, 22. Julius Randle

As a bonus, here’s footage of Anthony Davis mic’d up in the Pelicans’ win over the Knicks last night:

 


Bomani Jones calls out Colin Cowherd for irrational John Wall hate

Colin Cowherd is a notorious John Wall hater. Cowherd has disliked Wall for years, going back to his first game as a professional, when he came out and did the Dougie, which Cowherd called “arrogant.” Cowherd has always said that Wall’s “problems” are due to not having a strong father figure in his life, which is particularly cruel because Wall’s dad died when he was 8.

Fast forward to Monday night, when Wall gave an emotional postgame interview about his 6-year-old friend Miyah, who lost her battle with cancer. After watching Wall break down in tears over Miyah, it’s pretty freaking hard to question his character. In fact, on “Highly Questionable,” Bomani Jones called out his ESPN colleague over his remarks about Wall:

Bomani was right. Cowherd backtracked on some of his criticism of Wall on his show yesterday, but still refused to apologize:

“Was I too harsh on him? Eh, I host a radio show, I do basically 30 columns a day. But if you’re looking for apologies, you’re fishing off the wrong pier. I say what I mean, I mean what I say, and you begging to try to get attention’s never going to happen. Ever. John Wall has grown. Hopefully, over five, six years, so have I.”

Keep fighting the good fight, Bomani.

[FTW]


The Top UK Players in the NBA, Week 6

It’s been a big week for former Cats around the NBA. Nerlens Noel and the Sixers picked up their first two wins of the season. Tayshaun turned back the clock for a 20 point game against San Antonio. Still, those guys weren’t able to crack this week’s top five. Who was? Let’s find out:

5. Rajon Rondo

Rondo’s 9th year in the league has got to tough on the lone leftover of the Big 4 era Celtics. The Celts are 7-12 with a young roster that looks to Rondo to set them up with easy baskets. To that extent Rondo has shined with a NBA leading  10.8 assists per game, including a triple double this past Sunday against the Wizards. Rondo’s third triple double of the season.  But his scoring output is at his lowest mark since his rookie year and last night he was benched in the fourth quarter as Marcus Smart led a Celtics comeback. Every game seems to indicate Rondo could be on a new team by the end of the season.

4. Patrick Patterson

Who had the Raptors leading the east a quarter of the way through the season? Anyone? Just Drake. Gotcha. Patterson had himself an extremely productive week with a season high 19 points last night against the Nuggets. P-Pat was 5-7 from beyond the arc while also playing a season high 39 minutes. One year ago Patrick was dealt to Toronto and since then he’s found a home among the feisty Raptors. A team that will continue to be a factor as they vie for the top spot in the East, watch them back in action tonight against King James and the Cavs.

3. John Wall

Who doesn’t love John Wall? Last night the Wizards held off the Celtics in double-overtime and Wall got emotional when dedicating the game to Miyah Telemaque-Nelson. Hard not to root for someone who is able to stay so humble and outward focused even when he’s accomplishing such amazing feats on the court. That’s why Wall is one of the most beloved Cats of all time.

2. Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe posted his first triple double of his career last night with an output of  27 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Clippers. Since last Tuesday, Bled has averaged 24 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. That seems worthy of the big bucks they’re paying him to me. Phoenix has quietly climbed into the 8th seed in the West and could continue their ascent tonight with a win over Miami.

1. Anthony Davis

Can anyone unseat AD from the top spot? Not looking very likely 1/4 of the way through this season. Last week commenter KYSZN pointed out Davis is on pace to set the single season player efficiency rating held by Wilt Chamberlin at 31.82. Ant is at 33.28 right now. The Pelicans may do well to break .500 this season but with Anthony on the roster their future looks extremely bright. New Orleans and Ant are currently hosting the Knicks.


John Wall Becomes Emotional After 6 Year Old Friend Passes Away Due to Cancer

John Wall Becomes Emotional After 6 Year Old Friend Passes Away Due to Cancer

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The story of John Wall and his friend Miyah was a great one from the past year. She came down with cancer and Wall as her favorite player, took it upon himself to meet her. A friendship was born that was chronicled in this great story in the Washington Post. Unfortunately she passed away today and tonight Wall played with a heavy heart. He had an amazing game, scoring 26 points and dishing 17 Assists in a Double Overtime win. But Wall was very emotional after the game and began crying when talking about his friend:

John Wall is a great young man and this is just another example. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the young girl and her family


Boogie’s Illness Revealed

Boogie’s Illness Revealed

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DeMarcus Cousins has had a great NBA season so far, averaging a career-high 23.5 points and an NBA-leading 12.6 rebounds per game, but an undetermined illness has sidelined Boogie for the last 5 games.  Today USA Today reported that Cousins has viral meningitis and is expected to miss at least another 7-10 days.  According to WebMD, meningitis is a disease affecting the meninges membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.  Luckily the viral form is easily treatable, whereas the bacterial version can be life-threatening.

From all of the BBN, get to feeling better Boogie.


KD Thought He Could Dunk On Nerlens Noel

And boy was he wrong.