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Shawn Marion News
Trans. Feb 13 11:01 ET (Feb 13 11:01 ET ) If owner Mark Cuban has anything to do with, Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will make the NBA's all-defensive team this season. "It's not a question if he's first team," Cuban said before Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Shawn Marion was invisible during Tuesday's win in Cleveland, going scoreless with one rebound and one turnover in 16 minutes.
The Scoop:Marion continues to start and it's hard to envision a change since the Cavs have won eight straight games and counting. Veteran swingmen James Jones and Mike Miller (concussion) have also crept back into coach David Blatt's rotation recently, putting another obstacle between Marion and reliable fantasy value.
Shawn Marion played 27 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with five points, six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.
The Scoop:His former teams have used him as a perimeter and interior defender in the past, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise to see him do well in the role this season. Marion is also making 42 percent from 3-point range on the season and his 0.9 blocks per game are giving him some low-end value in deeper leagues.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers riding a four-game losing streak and sitting two games under .500 in an uneven start to a season many expected to result in a championship, LeBron James made headlines Monday by summing up his team's troubles in two words: "I stink." He then went about the business of righting the ship by proving himself a liar, much to the chagrin of the visiting Orlando Magic: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] James grabbed control of Monday's contest at Quicken Loans Arena, repeatedly attacking the basket and either scoring or notching the assist on the Cavs' first 17 points, pacing Cleveland to a 10-point lead after 12 minutes. After a rest on the bench that saw the Cavs' reserves extend the lead, James brought more of the same in the second quarter, setting up a pair of Kevin Love jumpers and a Shawn Marion 3-pointer that pushed the advantage to 19, and capping the first half's scoring with a foul-line fadeaway over a too-small Evan Fournier, giving him 22 points on 12 shots and seven assists by intermission. A pair of LeBron free throws following a clear path foul midway through the third put Cleveland up 20; Orlando never got closer, as the Cavs' second unit finished off a 106-74 rout that, for the moment, quieted talk of fragility , challenges and, of course, stench. Just as he instantly took responsibility for the game-sealing turnover that capped last week's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, James viewed Monday's meeting with the Magic as an opportunity to show a more vocal and proactive form of leadership amid turmoil than he modeled earlier this season , and the result was a comfortable victory. From The Associated Press : "I'm my biggest critic," James said. "I wasn't happy with my play the last week. No one puts any more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you just don't talk about it, you show it too." Cavaliers coach David Blatt wasn't surprised that James followed his self-criticism with a strong game. "His influence is widespread," Blatt said. "The things that he does and the way he plays the game and the impact he has on those around him is consequential in every respect. He can impact in every way. He did that and obviously everyone followed." James finished with 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting, 11 assists against just one turnover, four rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes of play through three quarters before resting for the entire final frame. Anderson Varejao (14 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks), Kevin Love (12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Kyrie Irving (12 points, four assists, four steals, no turnovers) offered plenty of support in a get-well win that saw the Cavs hold the 6-10 Magic to just 36.3 percent shooting and score 25 points off 18 Orlando turnovers. Blatt called the skid-snapping win "a good small step," but the still-getting-acclimated-to-his-new-gig coach knows that blowing out a likely lottery squad that's flirting with bottom-third-of-the-league rankings in offensive and defensive efficiency — and that was without injured second-leading scorer Tobias Harris — doesn't necessarily prove the Cavs are on the right track. Still, with the Cavs struggling to string together consistent performances at this early stage of their development, the component parts of Monday's win — better ball movement, more committed and active defense, and, perhaps more importantly than anything else, LeBron playing very hard from the opening tip with the expectation that his teammates would rise to his level — are the kinds of things James and company can build on, and the ingredients for a sweeter-smelling, more reliably excellent brand of ball. "A win always makes things feel better," James said after the game, according to Chris Fedor of Northeast Ohio Media Group . "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Well, it sure doesn't stink, at least. Video via Dawk Ins . More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
After the Memphis Grizzlies completed a 26-point comeback and shocked the Sacramento Kings on a "miracle" of a buzzer-beating layup by Courtney Lee last Thursday, many Kings fans believed their squad got robbed by an officiating crew and replay-review process that concluded Lee successfully caught a lob from Vince Carter and scooped it up off the backboard in the space of three-tenths of a second. Apparently, the fans weren't the only ones — check out how Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro's body reacted to the loss: In other Kings news, GM @Pdoro was so incensed by Grizzlies game that he blew a blood vessel in his eye right after the controversial finish — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 16, 2014 @sam_amick the truth is in the details... Lol pic.twitter.com/TDm4DxdQy7 — Pete D'Alessandro (@Pdoro) November 16, 2014 Well, now D'Alessandro and the Kings brass have decided to do something about it beyond just bursting blood vessels. As Sacramento radio host Carmichael Dave reported they would, the Kings have officially protested the Nov. 13 loss , according to a league statement issued Monday: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The basis for the Kings’ protest is that Courtney Lee’s game-winning shot should have been disqualified as having been made after time expired. Under the protest procedures in the NBA Constitution, Memphis and Sacramento each will have an opportunity to submit evidence in support of its position and the protest will be decided by December 2. Here's how the league's constitution, which the NBA made public this past spring as part of Commissioner Adam Silver's push toward increased transparency, lays out the protest process: (a) In order for a Member to protest against or appeal from the result of a game, notice thereof must be given to the Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours after the conclusion of said game, by a Writing, stating therein the grounds for such protest. No protest may be filed in connection with any game played during the Regular Season after midnight of the day of the last game of the Regular Season. A protest in connection with a Playoff Game must be filed not later than midnight of the day of the game protested. A game may be protested only by a Governor, Alternate Governor, General Manager, or Head Coach. The right of protest shall inure not only to the allegedly aggrieved contestants, but to any other Member who can show an interest in the grounds of protest and the results that might be attained if the protest were allowed. No protest shall be valid unless the Written Notice to the Commissioner thereof is accompanied by a check in the sum of $10,000 (the “Protest Fee”) payable to the order of the Association. If the Member filing the protest prevails, the Protest Fee is to be refunded. If the Member does not prevail, the Protest Fee is to be forfeited and retained in the Association treasury. (b) Upon receipt of a protest, the Commissioner shall at once notify the Member operating the opposing Team in the game protested and require both of said Members within five (5) days to file with him such evidence as he may desire bearing upon the issue. The Commissioner shall decide the question raised within five (5) days after receipt of such evidence. According to James Ham of Kings blog Cowbell Kingdom , Sacramento's submitting evidence that Lee's layup took .377 seconds to complete, and that backup center Ryan Hollins definitely made contact with Vince Carter's inbounds pass, meaning the game clock should have started well before the ball ever got to Lee. "Definitive" evidence of that would seem to need to be something stronger than what we saw in the aftermath of the call: The Kings apparently feel "very confident" that their protest will be upheld. If they're right, as Brett Pollakoff of ProBasketballTalk notes , it'd mark the first time that the league has granted a game protest since January 2008 , when the Miami Heat raised a red flag over a critical error late in a game against the Atlanta Hawks: The Heat protested the game because, with 51.9 seconds remaining in overtime, the Hawks' scoring table personnel incorrectly disqualified the Heat's Shaquille O'Neal – asserting that a foul committed by O'Neal was his sixth foul of the game, when in fact it was only his fifth. The error occurred because the Hawks’ Official Scorer mistakenly attributed to O’Neal a foul at 3:24 remaining in the fourth period that was actually called against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem. NBA Commissioner David Stern found that the Hawks were grossly negligent in committing this scoring error, since they failed to follow league-mandated scoring procedures and failed to respond effectively when the members of the statisticians' crew noticed the mistake. Because of this conduct by Atlanta's personnel, Miami suffered a clear competitive disadvantage, as O’Neal – the Heat’s second leading scorer and rebounder that night – was removed from a one-point game with only 51.9 seconds remaining. Under this unprecedented set of circumstances, the Commissioner granted the Heat's protest, and fined the Hawks $50,000 for their violation of league rules. In that case, the league ruled that the Heat and Hawks would replay the final 51.9 seconds of overtime before their next meeting, which came on March 8, 2008 ... after Shaq had been traded to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. The Hawks held on for a 114-111 win . While that case involved replaying a portion of the game, though, this would require flat-out stripping a win from the West-leading 9-1 Grizzlies and adding one to the ledger for the now 6-4 Kings. That, combined with an apparent lack of "gross negligence" — a referee being seven hundredths of a second slow on starting the game clock and a handful of refs and review officials not seeing conclusive evidence that Hollins made contact with the ball wouldn't seem to quality — makes you think the league might not be likely to uphold this particular protest. Then again, if the Kings really do have indisputable evidence that Hollins tipped Carter's pass, changing the outcome of the game after the fact would not only be warranted, but the right thing to do. With the Grizzlies riding their meat-grinder defense to the top of the conference and the Kings ranking among the league's biggest surprises in the early going, flipping one win and one loss could wind up having major implications in the Western playoff race. It'll be fascinating to learn whether Silver and the league office saw enough merit in Sacramento's evidence to justify such a drastic measure. 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The Scoop:The writing was on the wall as soon as Waiters was moved to the bench last week. Waiters, the Cavs and fantasy owners are all better off with the Syracuse product accepting his sixth man role, and now he'll have to do just that. Waiters is saying all the right things about the move, and while Marion is now starting, he still has no fantasy appeal.
The Scoop:Marion saw just 10 minutes off the bench during his Cavs debut, and while Blatt feels he needs to get Marion more minutes, he's still not likely to earn enough consistent playing time for standard league consideration.
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