Halfdog of the Day – Yao Ming

17 12 2010

Today’s Halfdog award goes to Yao Ming.  Ming didn’t win the award today because he is out indefinitely with yet another foot injury, but rather his response to it.  When asked about the injury, Ming responded by saying: “I haven’t died,” he said. “Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. What were you expecting, a funeral?”  Can anybody picture Yao eating chicken or drinking beer? If you are like me, I can only picture sushi and sake.  What an incredible response like that lands Yao Ming our Halfdog award of the day.

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Halfman of the Day – New York Knicks

15 12 2010

I never thought that I would give a Halfman Award to the Knicks.  But with Amare Stoudemire on board and an 8-game winning streak, its hard to look past the Knicks and their 16-8 record.  Yes they will most likely to lose tonight to the Boston Celtics, but until they do, enjoy the winning streak, enjoy being relevant again, and enjoy being the Halfman of the day.

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Up to Speed With the Jazz

15 12 2010

This current three-day break seems a perfect time to give an update of the Utah Jazz season.  The Jazz, as of yesterday, were tied with the Miami Heat for playing the most games in the league, 26. Of those 26 games, 14 games were against teams with a .500 record or better including the aforementioned Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Orlando Magic twice.  The Jazz currently hold a slim lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder by a half game in the Northwest Division with a record of 18-8, and are due for a few days off. No Boozer? No problem! We all knew that Carlos Boozer was not going to stick around in Utah.

Do we all miss his All-Star play? Of course.  Do we miss the person? Of course not.   The addition of Al Jefferson has definitely helped most of us forget the Boozer days.  It took some time for “Big Al” to start playing.  Showing up out of shape, learning the Jerry Sloan system, and clearly pressing early on slowly dissolved over the first few weeks.  Along with Jefferson, filling the void is Paul Millsap.  Millsap, in a starting role, has come up big in key wins this season including a career high 46 points against the Heat in that most epic comeback. So far the duo is averaging around 34 points and 17 rebounds a game.

Without a doubt, C.J. Miles has been the most impressive player of the Jazz team so far.  Finally they found a perfect role for him, coming off the bench as the 6th man.  Miles is averaging a career high 12 points per game, and has 5 games of over 20 points.  Almost as much as impressive is Deron Williams.  Williams, who wont the October/November player of the month, is averaging a career high 23 points per game and currently is sitting on three straight games of over 30.  D-Will was voted before the season as the best point guard in the league, and has been clearly living up to that.

The least impressive player is Gordon Hayward.  Yes he is a rookie, but I’ve never seen a player so timid to pull the trigger.  One game, yes he did throw down a dunk, but while Raja Bell has been out three games with an abductor injury, Hayward has tallied an astronomical amount of one single point as the fill in starter.

The Jazz do have a better team this year than last, and they may just make some noise this year.  Mehmet Okur is on the trail of coming back from his torn achilles tendon, which will offer depth to a bench that is already pretty solid.  Once all the pieces fall into place and the Jazz have a few more months to gel, it may be a special season.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
HMHD team




Youtube Video of the Day

15 12 2010

Old School NBA Fights. Be Advised, turn the Sound Off!





Jazz Cruise to 7th Straight

4 02 2010

Just when we thought Utah Jazz basketball was already at it’s best, we get fooled.  Last night’s 118-105 victory over the Portland Trailblazers was a thing of pure ecstasy and beauty. The Jazz had six players score double digit points, shot just under 63% from the field, and assisted on 32 of 42 field goals.  Unselfish, Jazz basketball at it’s best gave them their seventh straight.

The Jazz were lead by Mehmet Okur, finally, who had a season high 28 points to go along with eight rebounds.  Andrei Kirilenko continued his hot streak while starting by putting in 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two blocked shots.  Deron Williams didn’t need to have a big night, but still put in 13 points and assists.  Wesley Matthews shot 6-6 from the field and scored 16 points.

Williams was right when he called last night an “easy night”.  There wasn’t too much stress of last night’s game.  In the fourth quarter, the Blazers managed to cut the lead to seven, but the Jazz went on a 8-1 run to clinch the game.  Deron Williams leads the charge for the Jazz who are leading the league in assists per game (26.1) and field goal percentage (.492).  With a combination of tough defense, and an extremely unselfish team, the Jazz are poised to make a run at a higher seed and winning in the playoffs.

Next up for the Jazz is a big division matchup against the division rival Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were the last team to beat the Jazz before this winning streak.  The Jazz lost that game 119-112 clear back on January 16th in Denver.  The Jazz will host the Nuggets on Saturday, and should have leading scorer Carlos Boozer back in the lineup after missing a few games with a calf strain.  With a Jazz win, they would move within a game and a half of the Northwest Division lead.  Saturday’s game could set the tone for the rest of the Jazz season.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
hmhd team





Today’s halfman – Kobe Bryant

2 02 2010

Last night, while playing the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe Bryant passed Laker great Jerry West as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers.   Bryant who now has scored a career 25,208 points, posted 44 last night in the Lakers loss to the Grizzlies.  When asked about his new record, Bryant said “It’s a great honor to say the least [because] of the great players that have played here and the tradition we have”.  Even though the Lakers lost, Bryant set a pretty good record last night, and earns himself the halfman of the day.

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Jazz Pull Away Late for 6th Straight

2 02 2010

The Utah Jazz continued their winning ways last night beating the Dallas Mavericks 104-92.  The win was the sixth straight for the Jazz who moved within a half game of the Mavericks for the third spot in the west.  The Jazz have won 10 of out their last 11 games, and seven straight at home. For game highlights, click here.

For most of last night’s game, the Jazz and Mavs went back and forth including ten lead changes and eight ties in the first half alone.  The Jazz held a 53-46 lead at half, but could only manage to take a 77-76 lead into the fourth quarter.  The Jazz pulled down seven offensive rebounds in the fourth to match the Mavericks total fourth quarter rebounds, and slowly crept away for the 12 point victory.

Paul Millsap lead the Jazz with 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks, while filling in for Boozer for the second straight game.  Deron Williams added 18 points, 15 assists, and seven rebounds.  Player off the bench last night was C.J. Miles who scored 17.  Andrei Kirilenko, who has come up huge since taking back the starting power forward spot, had another great all-around game scoring 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals.  Kirilenko’s defense in the fourth quarter was huge, getting two big steals down the stretch and holding all-star Dirk Nowitzki to no field goal attempts, and only two of his 28 points.

The Jazz were tough on defense yet again, flying after loose balls and actively going after rebounds especially in the fourth.  When asked about their defense, Nowitzki said “They just stepped up their pressure in the fourth. I couldn’t get any looks, I barely had the ball in my hands.”  Great defense is the key to Jazz victories, and over the past 11 games, it has been tough.

Carlos Boozer, who is recovering from a calf strain, says he hopes to be back on Saturday when the Jazz play host to the Denver Nuggets.  If that is the case, the Jazz will only miss him for one more game, Wednesday night against the Portland Trailblazers.  Both opponents are in the Northwest Division, and the game on Saturday could potentially, with a win, bring the Jazz within two and a half games of the division lead.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
hmhd team