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February 23, 2011
The Shootaround
Deadline Week at BBP

by Bradford Doolittle

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HEADLINER

It's one of our favorite times of the season--Deadline Week. We'll keep you up to date with all angles of every move, from Kevin Pelton's Transaction Analysis, to instant reactions on Unfiltered and Sebastian Pruiti's Clipboard. I'll be peppering in a couple of related features. Also, be sure to stop by tomorrow, when the professional wing of the Basketball Prospectus staff will be conducting a live chat starting in the morning and extending past the 3 p.m. EST deadline. Come early and bring your questions and your own reactions to all the breaking news. After a slow start to the proceedings thanks to the drawn-out negotiations surrounding Carmelo Anthony, all hell appears to breaking out across the league. It's an exciting time.

Also, college hoops fans don't forget that our John Gasaway will be conducting a Live Chat at noon EST on Thursday at our sister site, Baseball Prospectus. Scroll down for that link and submit your question now.

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LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

By the Numbers: Rating Trade Value (by Kevin Pelton): Bill Simmons' annual trade value column ranks the league's best assets. What happens when we try to do the same thing using only the numbers? (premium)

Transaction Analysis: Anthony to the Big Apple (by Kevin Pelton): After seemingly endless months of rumors, Carmelo Anthony has finally landed with the New York Knicks. Was the price too high? How did the Nuggets do in return? Transaction Analysis explores in detail. (free)

Big Apple Crystal Ball: SCHOENE on the Knicks (by Kevin Pelton): Having revamped their lineup by adding both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups and trading two starters on Monday, the SCHOENE Projection System takes a stab at what the Knicks will look like the rest of this season. (premium)

The Clipboard: Augustin Owns the Pick-and-Roll (by Sebastian Pruiti): Raymond Felton got the headlines early, but his replacement with the Charlotte Bobcats has come on strong recently thanks to his ability to beat opponents multiple ways off the pick-and-roll. (premium)

On the Beat: Noah Close to Return (by John Perrotto): After missing more than two months following surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament, Joakim Noah will return to the Chicago Bulls' lineup. That means adjustments for a surging team. (premium)

Tuesday Truths: Dig-the-Chaos Edition (by John Gasaway): Over the past eight days Pitt, Ohio State, Texas, and Kansas all lost. Then again teams like Purdue, Duke (remember them?), and George Mason (ditto) are looking pretty robust. It's chaos, which must mean it's almost March. (free)

The List: Ohio State's Still Tops (by John Perrotto): A weekend of upheaval for the top teams results in Ohio State remaining No. 1 despite a loss at Purdue on Sunday. (premium)

Trend Watch: Paul, Bulls, All-Star Game (by Kevin Pelton): Heading into the All-Star break, Chris Paul suffered through his roughest stretch of the season. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls are rolling without Joakim Noah. And just what does the outcome of the All-Star Game mean, if anything? (premium)

The Season is the Tournament: The Ivy League (by Asher Fusco): Without a conference tournament to sort things out, the Ivy League relies on its regular season to determine who will go dancing. And, with March just a week away, Asher says Harvard and Princeton are looking good. (free)

The Clipboard: Jazz Lack Pizzazz on the Boards (by Sebastian Pruiti): A big part of Utah's decline this season has been a poor showing on the defensive glass. Sebastian uses video, images and good, old-fashioned text to explain why this has happened. (premium)

Around the Rim: Selection Committee's Criteria (by John Perrotto): Gene Smith, the new chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, discusses the process by which the new 68-team field for this year's tourney will be chosen. (premium)

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)      GR (02/22/11)          WP82 -- ALL         WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 63.1 love,kevin, 36.8       james,lebron, 26.6  griffin,blake, 13.9
Boston Celtics, 59.0    jennings,brandon, 31.4 rose,derrick, 20.4  wall,john, 4.8
Miami Heat, 58.0        lawson,ty, 30.2        paul,chris, 19.8    neal,gary, 4.4
Chicago Bulls, 56.8     dalembert,samuel, 29.7 gasol,pau, 19.1     fields,landry, 4.3
Dallas Mavericks, 55.4  durant,kevin, 28.7     howard,dwight, 18.5 turner,evan, 3.3
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

WARP LEADERS
PLAYER (WP82 rank), WARP 
 1. LeBron James (1), 14.0           16. Amare Stoudemire (31), 8.2
 2. Dwight Howard (5), 13.7          17. LaMarcus Aldridge (9), 8.1
 3. Chris Paul (3), 12.6             18. Tim Duncan (38), 7.9
 4. Kevin Love (42), 12.6            19. Zach Randolph (18), 7.9
 5. Pau Gasol (4), 11.3              20. Josh Smith (32), 7.9
 6. Dwyane Wade (7), 11.2            21. Lamar Odom (14), 7.8
 7. Derrick Rose (2), 10.3           22. Paul Pierce (13), 7.3
 8. Russell Westbrook (20), 9.7      23. Jason Kidd (27), 7.2
 9. Manu Ginobili (11), 9.7          24. Kevin Martin (36), 6.9
10. Deron Williams (10), 9.5         25. Ray Allen (12), 6.7
11. Kevin Durant (8), 9.3            26. Dirk Nowitzki (17), 6.6
12. Blake Griffin (19), 8.8          27. Chauncey Billups (55), 6.3
13. Kobe Bryant (6), 8.7             28. David West (25), 6.2
14. Steve Nash (23), 8.7             29. Nene Hilario (173), 6.1
15. Al Horford (21), 8.3             30. Elton Brand (46), 6.1
NOTES: (League rank in WP82 in parenthesis.) Wins Above Replacement Player. 
WARP is based on performance and playing time, the wins a player has created
as compared to a replacement-level player seeing the same minutes.

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TUESDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

BOBCATS 114, RAPTORS 101 (box): D.J. Augustin had 23 points and eight assists as the Bobcats stayed one game behind Indiana for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

TOR (15-42).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHA (25-32).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bargnani,andrea......68%  27%  0.85  -15 17.2  diaw,boris...........78%  15%  1.78  +24 25.1
bayless,jerryd.......45%  28%  1.23  + 1 15.9  augustin,d.j.........74%  21%  1.60  +12 24.6
weems,sonny..........78%  20%  1.05  - 6 15.7  hendersonjr,gerald...57%  29%  0.77  + 4 18.8
derozan,demar........73%  22%  0.73  -12 12.4  jackson,stephen......55%  23%  1.20  +19 17.3
davis,ed.............55%  13%  1.08  - 4 12.2  wallace,gerald.......72%  17%  1.48  +16 13.9
calderon,jose........60%  13%  1.59  -13 10.7  brown,kwame..........44%  17%  0.95  - 2  7.4
ajinca,alexis........29%  26%  1.05  - 2  9.4  mohammed,nazr........50%  18%  1.10  +19  6.6
wright,julian........ 6%  39%  1.64  + 1  7.2  mcguire,dominic...... 6%  31%  1.51  - 4  4.2
johnson,amir.........47%   8%  1.65  - 6  5.3  livingston,shaun.....26%  29%  0.73  + 1  3.4
barbosa,leandro......37%  14%  0.52  -10  2.5  najera,eduardo.......16%   9%  0.78  - 7  1.1
dorsey,joey.......... 2%  61%  0.00  + 1  0.0  brown,derrick........15%   4%  0.18  -11  0.1
alabi,soloman........(DNP)                     carroll,matt......... 8%  22%  0.00  - 6  0.0
PACE: 93.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 93.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Raptors..........  108.5 .513  .211 .161 .123  Bobcats..........  122.5 .494  .250 .097 .199

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PACERS 113, WIZARDS 96 (box): The Pacers went 34-of-45 from the line, offsetting a 3-of-16 performance from three-point range as Indiana attempted more free throws than it had in any game in four years.

IND (25-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  WAS (15-40).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
george,paul..........53%  22%  0.93  + 3 19.0  blatche,andray.......66%  25%  1.20  - 4 23.1
hibbert,roy..........61%  19%  1.09  +11 17.0  young,nick...........68%  24%  0.88  - 7 18.5
hansbrough,tyler.....46%  28%  1.05  - 4 14.4  wall,john............80%  24%  0.90  -29 15.4
granger,danny........64%  32%  0.95  +17 14.2  howard,josh..........60%  24%  0.88  -13 10.9
collison,darren......50%  18%  1.40  +11 12.8  thornton,al..........24%  29%  0.61  + 7  6.3
price,a.j............50%  14%  0.71  + 6  8.5  mcgee,javale.........47%  11%  1.10  -22  5.7
dunleavy jr.,mike....47%  10%  1.40  +14  7.1  martin,cartier.......26%   8%  1.33  - 6  4.4
mcroberts,josh.......60%   7%  1.96  + 6  6.5  seraphin,kevin.......32%  18%  0.89  + 7  3.5
foster,jeff..........20%  16%  1.62  +10  3.8  booker,trevor........34%  10%  1.31  -13  3.1
jones,dahntay........24%  32%  0.47  + 1  3.2  jianlian,yi..........20%  20%  0.42  - 6  2.6
rush,brandon.........12%  11%  0.96  - 1  2.3  armstrong,hilton..... 2%  47%  0.27  + 4  0.3
posey,james..........13%  27%  0.52  +11  1.6  lewis,rashard........42%   8%  0.00  - 3  0.0
PACE: 102.4         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 102.4         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pacers...........  110.4 .449  .250 .147 .193  Wizards..........   93.8 .409  .208 .088 .112

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ROCKETS 108, PISTONS 100 (box): Patrick Patterson enjoyed a career night in his young career with 20 points and five rebounds in 21:31 off the Rockets' bench.

HOU (27-31).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DET (21-37).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
patterson,patrick....45%  28%  1.50  +11 17.7  bynum,will...........47%  31%  1.50  - 5 22.9
battier,shane........64%   8%  2.03  + 5 16.8  monroe,greg..........57%  21%  1.19  - 1 21.2
martin,kevin.........48%  30%  1.10  - 1 13.1  stuckey,rodney.......59%  30%  0.99  -14 16.8
hayes,chuck..........32%  20%  1.83    0 12.9  gordon,ben...........58%  20%  1.13  + 2 12.3
budinger,chase.......36%  32%  0.94  + 3 11.3  mcgrady,tracy........46%  29%  0.91  - 8 11.2
miller,brad..........43%   8%  2.93  + 7 11.2  villanueva,charlie...28%  19%  0.84    0  7.2
brooks,aaron.........58%  22%  1.07  + 3  9.1  daye,austin..........54%  18%  1.01  - 9  7.2
lowry,kyle...........48%  13%  1.74  + 9  9.0  wilcox,chris.........43%   9%  1.75  - 7  5.9
lee,courtney.........45%  15%  1.33  + 5  8.9  wallace,ben..........46%   1%  9.64  + 1  3.1
scola,luis...........57%  30%  0.57  + 1  6.6  prince,tayshaun......61%  15%  0.33  + 1  3.1
hill,jordan..........23%   5%  1.68  - 3  3.2  maxiell,jason........(DNP)  
smith,ishmael........(DNP)                     summers,dajuan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 90.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Rockets..........  119.7 .482  .381 .166 .137  Pistons..........  110.9 .462  .333 .100 .073

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HEAT 117, KINGS 97 (box): LeBron James had 14 of his 31 points in the first quarter as Miami jumped to a 44-19 lead and never looked back.

SAC (13-41).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIA (42-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
dalembert,samuel.....65%  18%  1.56  -10 29.7  james,lebron.........63%  48%  0.98  +18 27.6
thompson,jason.......66%  16%  1.00  -26 14.6  bosh,chris...........73%  23%  1.26  +24 27.0
head,luther..........38%  22%  1.05  + 8 11.5  wade,dwyane..........74%  27%  1.28  +22 21.2
taylor,jermaine......49%  27%  0.86  -20 10.5  chalmers,mario.......59%  14%  1.80  +18 18.0
jeter,pooh...........43%  12%  1.99  - 9  9.3  jones,james..........54%   9%  1.86  + 4 14.9
cousins,demarcus.....59%  29%  0.61  -10  8.4  house,eddie..........58%  18%  0.84  + 6  6.8
casspi,omri..........53%  21%  0.90  -17  7.6  anthony,joel.........42%   8%  1.68  + 6  5.1
udrih,beno...........63%  14%  1.09  -18  6.6  dampier,erick........50%   0% 15.58  +18  3.2
greene,donte.........53%  15%  0.61  - 4  4.5  arroyo,carlos........ 9%  20%  0.82  - 6  1.1
jackson,darnell...... 9%  31%  0.54  + 6  1.1  howard,juwan......... 9%   9%  0.40  - 6  0.2
garcia,francisco.....(DNP)                     magloire,jamaal...... 8%  11%  0.00  - 4  0.0
landry,carl..........(DNP)                     ilgauskas,zydrunas...(DNP)  
PACE: 93.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 93.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Kings............  103.8 .500  .205 .161 .094  Heat.............  125.2 .606  .242 .096 .052

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BUCKS 94, TIMBERWOLVES 88 (box): Brandon Jennings had 27 points and seven assists and posted his season-best GR as the Bucks stayed on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

MIN (13-44).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIL (22-34).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
love,kevin...........69%  17%  2.25  - 5 36.8  jennings,brandon.....94%  23%  1.34  + 5 31.4
johnson,wesley.......79%  19%  1.06  + 2 14.9  maggette,corey.......55%  43%  0.77  + 3 19.6
beasley,michael......63%  33%  0.81  - 5 14.6  delfino,carlos.......78%  14%  1.50  + 6 13.4
ridnour,luke.........70%  23%  0.77    0  8.9  bogut,andrew.........48%  15%  1.15  - 1 11.1
tolliver,anthony.....41%  10%  1.14  + 1  6.0  salmons,john.........80%  19%  0.98  - 3 10.8
milicic,darko........45%  18%  0.62  - 2  5.1  dooling,keyon........43%   7%  1.61  +11  7.6
webster,martell......34%  18%  0.85  - 3  3.5  brockman,jon.........51%   7%  1.73  + 7  5.4
pekovic,nikola.......30%  12%  1.26  - 1  3.4  ilyasova,ersan.......26%  26%  0.50  - 6  4.0
telfair,sebastian....30%  23%  0.33  - 6  3.1  mbahamoute,luc.......25%  18%  0.22  + 8  0.6
ellington,wayne......40%  11%  0.14  -11  0.9  boykins,earl......... 1%   -%  0.00    0  0.0
flynn,jonny..........(DNP)                     douglas-roberts,chris(DNP)  
hayward,lazar........(DNP)                     sanders,larry........(DNP)  
PACE: 90.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Timberwolves.....   97.4 .405  .321 .166 .151  Bucks............  104.0 .424  .200 .100 .151

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THUNDER 111, CLIPPERS 88 (box): The Thunder went on a 15-2 run to finish the first half after Blake Griffin went to the bench with his third foul in his return to his native Oklahoma.

LAC (21-36).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (36-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
griffin,blake........69%  36%  1.22  + 3 24.9  durant,kevin.........67%  38%  0.83  +11 28.7
bledsoe,eric.........48%  33%  0.95  - 4 13.4  harden,james.........51%  27%  1.44  +16 26.7
kaman,chris..........41%  26%  0.59  -15 12.2  westbrook,russell....58%  29%  0.97  +10 22.3
jordan,deandre.......46%   9%  1.38  + 5 12.2  green,jeff...........59%  28%  1.15  +24 11.0
foye,randy...........74%  15%  1.20  -20 11.0  ibaka,serge..........52%   4%  2.61  + 5  8.7
aminu,alfarouq.......51%  12%  1.80  -18  9.1  maynor,eric..........42%  17%  1.47  +13  6.2
davis,baron..........54%  19%  0.35  -19  4.9  sefolosha,thabo......32%  12%  1.47  - 9  5.2
gomes,ryan...........56%  10%  0.67  - 7  4.7  aldrich,cole.........24%   7%  1.32  + 3  3.2
diogu,ike............29%  11%  0.63  -24  3.3  cook,daequan.........14%  14%  2.12  +15  2.9
warren,willie........ 7%  28%  0.72  - 2  1.2  krstic,nenad.........45%  14%  0.53  + 3  2.7
cook,brian...........15%  26%  0.06  -15  0.2  collison,nick........47%   2%  1.76  +25  2.5
butler,rasual........10%  10%  0.00  + 1  0.0  ivey,royal...........10%   9%  3.68  - 1  2.4
PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Clippers.........   97.1 .493  .152 .165 .141  Thunder..........  122.5 .532  .200 .099 .155

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NUGGETS 120, GRIZZLIES 107 (box): J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson all went over 20 points as Denver seemed to adjust to the absence of Carmelo Anthony much better than the listless Grizzlies did to the absence of Rudy Gay.

MEM (31-27).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DEN (32-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
mayo,o.j.............62%  27%  1.14  - 9 23.9  lawson,ty............81%  23%  1.30  +16 30.2
allen,tony...........65%  32%  1.10  - 5 20.2  smith,j.r............88%  25%  1.36  +12 21.6
randolph,zach........59%  24%  0.83  -23 14.6  afflalo,arron........84%  16%  1.71  +10 20.9
gasol,marc...........53%  20%  0.90  -18 11.1  andersen,chris.......42%  22%  1.48  - 9 17.7
conley,mike..........62%  13%  1.41  -20 10.9  hilario,nene.........59%  21%  1.16  +26 15.2
young,sam............62%  20%  0.93  -16 10.2  martin,kenyon........52%  13%  1.21  + 3 11.0
williams,jason.......35%   3%  5.28  + 4  7.3  forbes,gary..........47%  25%  0.77  + 1  7.8
arthur,darrell.......45%  16%  0.88  + 1  5.8  harrington,al........48%   8%  1.91  + 6  5.4
henry,xavier.........17%  20%  0.91  + 2  5.5  anthony,carmelo......(DNP)  
carroll,demarre......15%  10%  1.42  +14  2.7  balkman,renaldo......(DNP)  
thabeet,hasheem......18%   3%  2.94  + 5  2.0  billups,chauncey.....(DNP)  
vasquez,greivis...... 8%  12%  1.26    0  1.5  ely,melvin...........(DNP)  
PACE: 92.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Grizzlies........  115.8 .564  .316 .162 .148  Nuggets..........  129.9 .566  .294 .097 .171

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CELTICS 115, WARRIORS 93 (box): The Celtics shot over 55 percent from the floor, but they've actually bested the .594 eFG% the put up against Golden State 10 times so far this season.

BOS (41-14).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  GSW (26-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rondo,rajon..........74%  21%  1.77  +24 27.9  ellis,monta..........76%  28%  0.76  -23 17.0
allen,ray............75%  20%  1.26  +18 23.8  wright,dorell........72%  21%  1.23  -16 16.7
garnett,kevin........74%  22%  1.67  +24 23.7  udoh,epke............54%  10%  1.36  -17 13.6
pierce,paul..........73%  20%  1.57  +28 18.8  curry,stephen........63%  25%  1.02  -15 12.5
davis,glen...........54%  20%  1.07  +15  9.5  lee,david............70%  24%  0.96  -22 12.3
robinson,nate........36%  23%  0.85  - 3  5.4  law,acie.............49%  19%  0.92  - 2 10.2
perkins,kendrick.....26%  24%  0.86  + 4  5.4  williams,reggie......44%   9%  1.27  - 6  9.2
bradley,avery........ 4%  54%  1.83  + 4  3.8  radmanovic,vladimir..24%  18%  1.10  - 1  4.5
wafer,von............15%  11%  0.94  - 3  2.3  biedrins,andris......45%  11%  1.09  - 4  4.2
west,delonte.........26%  17%  0.22  - 1  1.4  bell,charlie......... 5%  22%  0.00  - 4  0.0
erden,semih..........36%   3%  1.59  - 3  1.4  gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
harangody,luke....... 9%  20%  0.35  + 3  0.6  wright,brandan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 92.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Celtics..........  124.0 .594  .314 .162 .052  Warriors.........  100.3 .423  .212 .097 .133

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LAKERS 104, HAWKS 80 (box): The Lakers broke out of a pre-break slump against a Hawks squad that seemed to be just going through the motions, particularly star forward Josh Smith.

ATL (34-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAL (39-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,marvin......57%  22%  0.91  -14 18.6  bryant,kobe..........55%  28%  1.42  +28 21.4
horford,al...........55%  17%  1.45  -18 15.8  fisher,derek.........51%  16%  1.34  +23 15.5
johnson,joe..........56%  30%  0.83  -23 14.1  gasol,pau............70%  21%  1.23  +16 14.9
crawford,jamal.......58%  18%  1.09  - 9 11.2  artest,ron...........49%  19%  1.06  +20 13.7
smith,josh...........57%  22%  0.74  -11  8.0  brown,shannon........57%  21%  1.11  + 7 12.9
powell,josh..........31%  36%  0.54  - 2  7.0  bynum,andrew.........53%  11%  1.52  +26 12.7
evans,maurice........49%  20%  0.57  - 6  6.1  blake,steve..........50%   9%  1.69    0  8.8
teague,jeff..........27%   9%  2.49  + 1  4.9  odom,lamar...........44%  14%  1.57  +10  7.3
pachulia,zaza........27%  24%  0.60    0  4.2  ebanks,devin.........18%  40%  1.03  - 3  5.2
wilkins,damien.......18%  10%  1.23  + 3  1.8  smith,joe............12%  33%  0.66  - 1  2.2
collins,jason........32%   1%  0.00  -20  0.0  caracter,derrick.....15%  34%  0.52  - 1  2.2
wilkins,damien.......(DNP)                     walton,luke..........25%  19%  0.58  - 5  2.1
PACE: 87.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hawks............   91.6 .372  .160 .172 .141  Lakers...........  119.1 .530  .333 .103 .202

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NEWS & MOVES

Confirmed deadline deals and other minutiae from press releases around the league

BUCKS: The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned rookie forward Larry Sanders to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana) of the NBA Development League (D-League), General Manager John Hammond announced today. Fort Wayne is led by Head Coach Joey Meyer, who previously coached the Bucks D-League affiliate in Tulsa. Sanders will meet with the team today in Fort Wayne and his first game with the Mad Ants will be Tuesday against Springfield.

BULLS: The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has assigned the contract of forward James Johnson to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Miami's 2011 regular first-round draft choice held by Toronto.

GRIZZLIES: The Memphis Grizzlies have signed swingman Rodney Carney to a 10-day contract, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

JAZZ: Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team has acquired guard Devin Harris and forward Derrick Favors along with two future first round draft picks (New Jersey's 2011 pick and Golden State's 2012 pick) from New Jersey in exchange for guard Deron Williams.

KINGS: Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans will miss the next three weeks of action after being re-examined this morning by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Evans underwent the first of three extra corporeal shockwave treatments on his left foot and will be placed in a walking boot. He will be re-evaluated upon concluding the treatment regimen.

KNICKS: New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh announced today that the team has acquired four-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was signed to a contract extension prior to the trade, and five-time All-Star guard Chauncey Billups in a three-team, 13-player trade with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves. The trade also sent guard Anthony Carter and forwards Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams from Denver and swingman Corey Brewer from Minnesota to New York. New York has traded forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton, center Timofey Mozgov, a future first-round draft selection and two future second-round draft selections (originally acquired from Golden State on Jul. 9, 2010) and cash and future draft considerations to Denver, and has sent center Eddy Curry, forward Anthony Randolph and cash considerations to Minnesota. Minnesota acquired a future second round draft selection from Denver and Denver acquired Kosta Koufos from Minnesota.

NETS: The New Jersey Nets have acquired two-time All-Star guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, two first round draft picks (Nets 2011, Golden State 2012) and cash considerations, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

NUGGETS: The Denver Nuggets today acquired F Wilson Chandler, G Raymond Felton, F Danilo Gallinari, C Kosta Koufos and C Timofey Mozgov as part of a three-team trade with the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Nuggets also received New York's first-round draft pick in 2014, second-round picks in 2012 and 2013 and cash considerations. The second-round picks were acquired by the Knicks from Golden State last summer. In exchange, the Nuggets sent F Carmelo Anthony, G Chauncey Billups, G Anthony Carter, F Renaldo Balkman and F Shelden Williams to New York, which traded F Eddy Curry and F Anthony Randolph to Minnesota and will get F Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves. Minnesota also received Denver's 2015 second-round pick.

SPURS: Please be reminded that the media lot will be closed tonight do to the rodeo cleanup ... the media lot is scheduled to be open for Friday's game.
Yikes. If I was covering a game there, I might wear a HazMat suit.

RAPTORS: The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have acquired forward James Johnson from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick. The Raptors received the pick from the Miami Heat this past July (Bosh sign and trade).

SPURS: The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled rookie James Anderson from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. He will be available to play in San Antonio's game tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

SPURS: The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Steve Novak to a second 10-day contract. Novak signed his first 10-day contract with the Spurs on February 8 becoming the eighth call-up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.

TIMBERWOLVES: The Minnesota Timberwolves today acquired forward Anthony Randolph, center Eddy Curry and cash considerations from the New York Knicks, as well a 2015 second-round draft pick from the Denver Nuggets, in a three-team deal. As part of the trade, the Wolves sent guard Corey Brewer to New York and center Kosta Koufos to Denver.

WARRIORS: Dr. Robert Albo, the longtime Team Physician and Director of Medicine for the Golden State Warriors, passed away earlier today in the Bay Area at the age of 78.

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WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+17  okc @ sas,  8:00 PM EST [ sas by  8 ]   J.Phillips, M.Boland, M.Lindsay
+ 9  lal @ por, 10:30 PM EST [ lal by  3 ]   R.Garretson, M.Kogut, L.Wood
+ 9  atl @ phx,  9:00 PM EST [ phx by  4 ]   J.Crawford, D.Richardson, S.Wright
+ 7  uta @ dal,  8:30 PM EST [ dal by  9 ]   D.Stafford, N.Buchert, G.Zielinski
+ 5  mil @ nyk,  7:30 PM EST [ nyk by  6 ]   G.Willard, O.Poole, S.Wall
- 1  mem @ min,  8:00 PM EST [ mem by  0 ]   D.Bavetta, D.Collins, J.Williams
- 1  lac @ nwo,  8:00 PM EST [ nwo by 10 ]   B.Kennedy, K.Fehr, E.Roe
- 3  det @ ind,  7:00 PM EST [ ind by  9 ]   T.Brothers, M.Ayotte, K.Cutler
- 3  sac @ orl,  7:00 PM EST [ orl by 16 ]   B.Salvatore, C.Kirkland, L.Richardson
- 6  chi @ tor,  7:00 PM EST [ chi by 11 ]   B.Spooner, B.Barnaky, E.Lewis
- 7  was @ phi,  7:00 PM EST [ phi by 12 ]   M.McCutchen, P.Fraher, T.Nunez
-15  hou @ cle,  7:00 PM EST [ hou by  7 ]   K.Mauer, T.Brown, J.Tiven
Notes: WTC is a junk stat rating the "watchability" of a game, taking into
account the quality of the opponents and the likelihood of a close game.
Referee assignments not available until 8 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Through Tuesday, 844 of 1,230 games (68.6 percent) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) Reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Estimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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