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Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 16-2 
 2. Toronto R. 11-5 
 3. New York K. 9-7 
 4. Phi.76ers 9-7 
 5. Brooklyn N. 6-10 
Central Div.
 1. Detroit P. 11-6 
 2. Cleveland C. 10-7 
 3. Indiana P. 10-8 
 4. Milwaukee B. 8-8 
 5. Chicago B. 3-12 
Southeast Div.
 1. Washington W. 10-7 
 2. Orlando M. 8-9 
 3. Charlotte H. 7-9 
 4. Miami Heat 7-9 
 5. Atlanta H. 3-14 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Portland TB 10-7 
 2. Minnesota T. 10-7 
 3. Denver N. 10-7 
 4. Oklah.City T. 7-9 
 5. Utah Jazz 7-11 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 13-4 
 2. LA Lakers 8-10 
 3. Phoenix Suns 7-11 
 4. LA Clippers 5-11 
 5. Sacramento K. 4-13 
Southwest Div.
 1. Houston R. 13-4 
 2. San Antonio S. 11-6 
 3. N.Orleans P. 9-8 
 4. Memphis G. 7-9 
 5. Dallas M. 3-15 
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Points Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Harden, Houston R.31.6 
 2. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.29.7 
 3. James, Clevelan.28.3 
 4. Porzingis, New Y.27.6 
 5. Cousins, N.Orlean.26.6 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.25.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.25.6 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.25.2 
 9. Durant, Golden S.24.9 
 10. Lillard, Portland.24.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre DRUMMOND
  Detro.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Drummond, Detro.15.4 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 3. Whiteside, Miami Heat13.5 
 4. Howard, Charlott.12.9 
 5. Cousins, N.Orlean.12.9 
 6. Capela, Houston R.11.5 
 7. Jokic, Denver N.11.4 
 8. Towns, Minnesot.11.4 
 9. Davis, N.Orleans P.11.4 
 10. Embiid, Phi.76ers10.9 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Harden, Houston R.9.8 
 2. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.9.6 
 3. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 4. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 5. Simmons, Phi.76ers7.6 
 6. Teague, Minnesot.7.3 
 7. Schroeder, Atlan.7.1 
 8. Lowry, Toronto R.7.1 
 9. Ball, LA Lakers6.9 
 10. Collison, Indiana P.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Paul GEORGE
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. George, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 2. Dunn, Chicago B.2.0 
 3. Simmons, Phi.76ers2.0 
 4. Butler, Minnesot.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golden S.1.9 
 6. Bazemore, Atlan.1.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.9 
 8. Porter, Washingt.1.8 
 9. Teague, Minnesot.1.8 
 10. Cousins, N.Orlean.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Myles TURNER
  Indiana P.
  (211-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Indiana P.2.7 
 2. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 3. Porzingis, New Y.2.3 
 4. Durant, Golden S.2.2 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.0 
 6. Embiid, Phi.76ers1.9 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 9. Whiteside, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Lopez, LA Lakers1.8 
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Day 37 (Regular Season)

Memphis G. 52% Nov.22 Dallas M.
Miami Heat Nov.22 Boston C. 82%
Minn.T. 57% Nov.22 Orlando M.
N.Orleans P Nov.22 S.Antonio S 52%
New York K. Nov.22 Toronto R. 56%
Oklah.City T Nov.22 Golden St.W 77%
Phi.76ers 50% Nov.22 Portland TB
Phoenix Suns 67% Nov.22 Milwaukee B
Sacramento K Nov.22 LA Lakers 66%
Utah Jazz 74% Nov.22 Chicago B.
Atlanta H. Nov.22 LA Clippers 52%
Charlotte H 53% Nov.22 Wash.W.
Cleveland C 70% Nov.22 Brooklyn N.
Houston R. 65% Nov.22 Denver N.
Jordan Crawford Teams Up With Eurobasket - Jan 26, 2012


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Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tells Eurobasket he wasn't surprised Flip Saunders was fired, expects his team to make the playoffs, is certain Kobe Bryant's the best player in the world, and talks about his older brother Joe's, career in Israel.

After a strong finish last year, the Washington Wizards sophomore guard Jordan Crawford, wasn't aware that playing in the NBA from the get-go, gets somewhat tiring. 'In terms of playing, this season has been a lot different,' Crawford exclusively told Eurobasket, enjoying his day off from the office.

'Around this time last year I wasn't playing at all. I only played 26 games when I really was a factor, so this season feels like it's been going on for a long time and we've only played less than a third of the games.' Crawford said.

Crawford also revealed he wasn't completely surprised when General Manager Ernie Grunfeld relieved Flip Saunders from his coaching position, 'It was kind of expected with the way things were going. You just got to deal with the situation and that's what we're doing right now.' When referring to the Wizards' future, Crawford didn't hesitate, setting high standers for him and his teammates. 'If everyone believes it's possible, we definitely have a chance to make the playoffs. The East isn't that strong, and as a team we're getting much closer and playing better.'

Surprisingly, while most basketball players look to mimic Michael Jordan, Crawford's older brother and childhood idol Joe, is undergoing his own hardwood battles in the Israeli league, 6,000 miles away.

After playing college hoops alongside Rajon Rondo, then excelling in the D-League, Joe was tabbed by the New York Knicks; however, with Chris Duhon, Larry Hughes, Nate Robinson and young draftee Toney Douglas on the roster, Crawford's aim was simply to prove he belonged. 'It's hard getting a real playing opportunity in the NBA,' said Washington's Crawford,
explaining why his brother didn't get a fair chance in the league. 'Sometimes, like in Joe's situation, you're in a tough position and you just never get your chance.'
Crawford continued, 'The NBA isn't really about how good you are. It's about opportunities, luck and basically if someone gives you a chance to play. There's some politics to it, but it all comes down to being in the right place at the right time.'

Meanwhile, in Israel, after losing Dwayne Mitchell (last season's MVP) to Ashkelon, Maccabi Rishon explored the free agent market earlier this summer inquest of a talent that will lead the organization to back-to-back domestic league final four appearances, and become the face of its new era.

Jordan's older brother Joe, a 25-year-old Wildcat alumnus appears to have developed into that person.

Nearly 5-monts after landing in Israel, Crawford's ranked fourth in league in scoring, averaging just below 20 points per game, earning this week's Israeli League Player of the Week honors after dropping 29 points on 3-6 shooting from deep, in addition to drawing 8 fouls from the league's second best defensive team, BC Habikaa. Rishon, currently standing fourth in the Israeli association, has already qualified for the State-Cup Final Four in February.

During the recent NBA lockout, Crawford (Jordan) was intrigued by the possibility of joining his older brother in Israel, 'I already began receiving offers to go abroad but I wanted to go to Israel to be with Joe, see the sites and experience the culture.' Yet, it was Joe who told his brother to stay home, develop his game and keep the no-days-off mindset that led him to last season's success. Behind closed doors, Crawford still 'plans to make a trip out there around May with my parents.'

Regarding the differences and similarities in each others' games the NBAer said, 'We kind of play a similar game but then again we do things differently. We're comparable in the way we get to the hole but Joe's stronger then I am. He also shoots better than I do now. I'm more of a crafty player and try to wiggle my way through people.'

Back to the U.S. - Crawford shed some light on his 'better then Michael Jordan' comment, 'What's the point of playing basketball for your career if you dont want to be better then who they call the greatest. Every time you're in a barber shop or anywhere people talk basketball, their talking about the greatest players. If you don't want to be mentioned in that conversation then you're doing it for nothing.'

When asked about the ongoing 'who's a better player, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James' debate, Crawford said, 'Kobe of course. From the players that don't play at all to the stars, everybody in the NBA is good. Everyone can compete with one another having a better night any time out, it just come downs to if you can do it every single night, and that's the
difference between them.

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