Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, January 1, 2013

NBA_TV_logoNotes from NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by Sprint

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers (78) @ Denver Nuggets (92)

Voting is open on NBA.com, the NBA Facebook Page, Yahoo.com, mobile web, mobile Game Time app and Twitter for next week’s Fan Night match-up that will air on Jan. 8

Fans can select between the following games:

Nets vs. 76ers

Heat vs. Pacers

Suns vs. Bucks

Lakers vs. Rockets

Hawks vs. Timberwolves

 

CLIP OF THE NIGHT

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NBA TV’s Fan Night Studio Crew Debate What’s More Important: Motor vs. Talent

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AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith

Anthony on the Clippers depth: “The Clippers don’t have to have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have monster games and you can still win. You can’t say that about a lot of the elite teams in the NBA.”

Smith on the importance of Clippers point guard Chris Paul: “[The Clippers] are built for back-to-back games. They can win those types of games because of Chris Paul. He understands pace, when to push the ball and who has the hot hand. He’ll call plays that feature mismatches.”

Smith on Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford: “The Clippers don’t have a lot of guys that can get their own shot. Jamal Crawford is a spark plug for them who can come off the bench and they don’t have to run a play for them. They don’t have to run plays for their second unit because of Jamal Crawford.”

Anthony on Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire returning from injury: “In order for the Knicks to win [a championship], Stoudemire has to be an impact player for them. But it’s going to take some time to get his rhythm, timing and confidence back.”

Anthony on how Amar’e Stoudemire’s return will allow the Knicks to rest their older players: “With [Rasheed] Wallace, [Marcus] Camby and [Kurt] Thomas…that’s about 280 years [combined]. You can’t necessarily count on having those guys for the whole season. They’ll need someone with more athleticism [Amar’e Stoudemire] that will allow those guys to get through the season and hope that they’re healthy for a playoff run.”

Anthony on the Boston Celtics lacking a team identity: “The Celtics need to find out what their identity is going to be. They have some new pieces and there isn’t any doubt that they’re more talented but they still don’t know who they are as a basketball team. This is supposed to be [Rajon] Rondo’s team and he’s having a better year statistically and his numbers have improved but the team has not. A lot of these new pieces haven’t figured it out.”

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Sprint Halftime Report

Johnson, Anthony and Smith

Smith on Nuggets guard Danilo Gallinari: “He’s a hit-or-miss [player]. His biggest hiccup is his consistency. He has a hard time with certain match-ups. When you start to look at playoffs, there are going to be guys who can guard him, he’s going to have to find a way to post up more.”

Anthony on Gallinari: “He has to find a way to impact the game when he’s not scoring. If he’s not scoring, he’s not helping his basketball team.”

Anthony on players with talent vs. players with a motor [energy]: “I would rather have a guy with a motor that I know what I’m going to get every night than a guy with talent who only teases you with it. I want a basketball player…not a basketball talent.”

Smith on Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard: “I love his poise…he plays like an old vet.”

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NBA GameTime presented by Hyundai

Johnson, Anthony and Smith

Anthony on Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard: “Damian Lillard is as smooth and clutch as any rookie in the league.”

Smith on New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon: “He just has to stay healthy. The talent is there; he can score from the outside and get to the bucket.”

Smith on Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith: “He’s an All-Star this year…it’ll be a shame if he doesn’t make it.”

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