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What a day for DeMarcus Cousins. First he broke the internet with his call-out of Clay Travis. Now he’s an NBA All-Star.
Boogie will replace the injured Kobe Bryant for the West squad in New York City.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 10:30am
A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on
UPDATE: Clay Travis has responded in a surprisingly impressive manner, pledging $5,000 to Demarcus’ charity of choice:
@boogiecousins Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015
That may be the only decent thing he’s ever done.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 9:30am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 6:12pm
Throughout the evening, ESPN’s Marc Stein has been leaking out which players will be named NBA All-Star reserves. Unfortunately, Stein says it appears that DeMarcus Cousins didn’t make the cut:
ESPN sources say LaMarcus Aldridge has made the Western Conference All-Star team … but DeMarcus Cousins appears to have missed out
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 29, 2015
UPDATE: It’s official: Demarcus is NOT an All-Star. Despite being 5th in the league in points per game, 3rd in rebounds per game, and 4th in double-doubles. Total BS.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 28th, 2015 @ 9:55pm
*** UPDATE ***
He walked back out and checked in the game minutes later.
As you were.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 28th, 2015 @ 3:45pm
Congrats to Nerlens Noel, who has been selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on February 13 as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. So far this season, Noel is averaging 8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. It will air at 9 p.m. on TNT.
Last Thursday, John Wall and Anthony Davis were named All-Star Game starters, and DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Knight still have a chance at making the reserves, which will be announced tomorrow night. John Wall will also face off against Stephen Curry in a game of H-O-R-S-E on February 14. That means you’ll be able to watch former Cats play Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night of All-Star Weekend.
Keep making us proud, boys.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 28th, 2015 @ 10:30am
By now, you probably know that EKU lineman Colton Scurry was hospitalized over the weekend with major facial injuries after an alleged brawl with UK football players Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose. No arrests have been made, nor any official details released, but the rumor mill is churning, with both sides pointing fingers at the other over who started it.
Two witnesses who said they came to the bar with the UK players told The Courier-Journal that Scurry instigated the fight, while the girlfriend of the bar’s bouncer told LEX18 that Barker, Baker, and Dubose jumped Scurry, breaking a bottle over his face. Scurry locked down his Twitter account yesterday, but this screencap of a tweet he sent nearly two years ago is making the rounds. Scurry tweeted that he threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car back in June 2013. That may suggest that Scurry has a history of antagonizing UK players, or it may suggest he was just a dumb kid doing dumb kid things. Regardless, this is a really unfortunate story and I’m incredibly disappointed UK players are involved.
With all these Tuesday night games it’s been a while since we checked in with our former Cats around the association. Time to remedy that. Tonight’s post couldn’t just honor five guys, we had to turn it up to seven. Here are the top UK players in the NBA for Week 13:
7. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
MKG continues to make an impact in the month of January. The Hornets are 9-3 with the Kidd averaging 10.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. After being an afterthought for much of the start of the season the Hornets have now slid into the 8th seed of the Eastern standings. MKG’s return from injury is the biggest factor in that.
6. Enes Kanter
Enes has struggled to find consistency during his short NBA career but this past week he turned in four solid performances for the Jazz. Thus, the big Turk is making his first appearance of the season on the former Cats in the NBA list. Kanter poured in 24 & 17 against the Cavs and then followed up with 23 and 16 against the Bucks. At only 22, Kanter’s game should continue to develop and reach the potential worthy of the number 3 pick.
5. Brandon Knight
I can’t make the case for BK as an All-Star any better than Marc Stein did in his weekly NBA power rankings:
Brandon Knight is generating zero All-Star buzz. Even in the East. But maybe he should be: Knight is one of only eight players averaging 18+ PPG, 5+ APG and 2+ RPG; four of the other seven are All-Star starters … with James Harden, Damian Lillard and Russ Westbrook all likely All-Star reserves.
That’s some elite company. Coaches’ votes for the all-star reserves were due today at noon and hopefully Knight will get his name called next Thursday.
4. DeMarcus Cousins
Consensus around the talking heads of the world wide interwebs seems to be that Cousins will not be named a reserve for the all-star game this season. It would a real shame as the NBA’s best true Center is having stellar year. Big Cuz is averaging 24.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.9 steals during the new year but the Kings have been sliding into the Western abyss. Sacramento has lost six in a row and will probably start looking at which player they will pick up in the lottery.
3. Eric Bledsoe
Bledsoe continues to earn that big contract he signed in the offseason by helping the Suns cling to the 8th seed in the Western conference. For January Bledsoe has averaged 17.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. The amount of talent on that 2010 team was ridiculous.
2. John Wall
After being named a starter for the Eastern All-Stars, Wall posted two more double-doubles to push his season total to 24. The Wizards are taking on the Lakers tonight but Wall is likely to miss his first game of the season. The star point guard is dealing with a sore Achilles and the Lakers are awful, get the man some rest before the All-Star game.
1. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is a freak of nature. He’s averaging 25.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 2015 while still posting an amazing PER of 31.91. The newly minted All-Star should rack up a few MVP votes if he continues at this pace.
By Courtney Sealey on ©January 27th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
As posted in the News and Views post last night, Anthony Davis had a pretty good game against Philly. In just 31 minutes, Davis tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. He also went 12 of 19 from the pant and hit all eight from the line.
Sounds pretty good on paper, right? Well, its even more exciting when you watch the over six minutes of highlights he racked up. Here is a look at the actual highlights from the matchup.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 27th, 2015 @ 5:30pm
The NBA announced a new All-Star weekend competition today, pitting John Wall and Steph Curry against one another in a game of H-O-R-S-E. The All-Star game’s two starting point guards will go shot-for-shot in what they’re calling the ‘Degree Battle of the Game Changers.’
“Curry is having a phenomenal season, and is a great shooter, but there’s more to being a ‘Game Changer’ than throwing up three pointers,” John Wall said in today’s press release. “My skills reign supreme, not only in the east, but across the league and I’m looking forward to seeing what Curry brings to the court.”
For Wall, the entire competition will come down to whether or not dunks are allowed. If it’s just throwing up halfcourt shots, Curry wins this one easily. However, I’m sure the NBA kept that in mind when establishing the rules so Wall should be allowed to utilize his athleticism.
This has potential.
By Ryan Clark on ©January 25th, 2015 @ 3:15pm
Somewhat lost in the career years being had by UK’s starting All-Star players is the fact that many other Wildcats have greatly improved their pro games, too.
1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.
And he now has his own burger.
It’s the appropriately named Motor Keeps Going burger, sold at The Cowfish restaurant in Charlotte.
From the company Facebook page:
“When you order Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Motor Keeps Going (a half-pound turkey burger, on a sesame bun, made with raclette, spinach and fried leek with hot pepper jelly with a half a vegetarian sushi roll and sweet potato fries) through the end of April, The Cowfish will donate $5 from every sale to A Child’s Place, one of Kidd-Gilchrist’s favorite charities.”
2. Nerlens Noel is averaging 8.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 assists per game.
Former All-Star Grant Hill sat down with Nerlens to see how his year was going.
Remember – G. Hill used to sport the high-top fade, too.
3. Patrick Patterson is averaging 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and is shooting nearly 42 percent from three-point range. And while his team is in a slide, Patterson has taken it on himself to shoulder more of the rebounding load.
The Raptors are 2-1 in the last three games, and Patterson has upped his average to 11 rebounds per game.
Hello out there to all the KSR and Big Blue Nation fans! Here are your Sunday links:
Remember all that talk about some sort of jinx in South Carolina? You know – epic losses featuring Devan Downey dropping outrageous jumpers, or Coach Cal getting tossed? Worry no more. Isn’t it a wonder what a whole lot of suffocating defense can do?
Yes, Andrew Harrison can be hard on himself. Yes, the point guard can be a challenge to coach for that reason. Coach Cal knows this – because he’s seen it before with Derrick Rose.
Let’s give a hand for Tubby Smith, whose Texas Tech team was off to a woeful start but got a big win yesterday over ninth-ranked Iowa State. The win was their first over a top 10 team since March 2009 when they beat ninth-ranked Kansas.
So Randall Cobb doesn’t get to play in the Super Bowl. At least he still gets to go to the Pro Bowl.
The UK Hoops squad has had a bit if a break, and they hope to get things back on track today at Mizzou.
John wall goes for 25 and 9 but forgets to foul in the closing seconds of a close loss to the Blazers.
Wisconsin and Michigan played the best game of the day Saturday, and Bo Ryan followed it up by talking about the Internet, and “how popular that thing’s become.” Doesn’t that just sound SO Bo Ryan? Hat tip to Nick Baumgardner for the quote.
Blake Shelton was on SNL last night, and he did, um, well – not-so-bad.
UK gymnastics dropped a top-15 matchup at Georgia.
Kentucky Swimming notches nine individual wins vs. Louisville.
And in case you weren’t worried enough about huge asteroids, a really big one will pass by Earth tomorrow.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 22nd, 2015 @ 7:28pm
Congratulations to Anthony Davis and John Wall, who have been named starters for the NBA All-Star game. Davis and Wall earned the third and sixth most votes, respectively:
Don’t worry, there’s still a chance DeMarcus Cousins or Rajon Rondo will make the squads. Reserves will be announced next Thursday night, January 29th, on TNT. The All-Star game will be held February 15 in New York City.
Cousins finished seventh in the Western Conference Frontcourt voting, with 465,334 total votes, while Rondo finished eighth in the Western Conference guard voting, with 219,506 votes.