Date: February 8, 2008

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

SPAGNUOLO STAYS WITH THE GIANTS

Steve Spagnuolo decided to stay with the Giants on Thursday after interviewing for the Redskins head coaching position earlier this week. As the Giants rookie defensive coordinator in 2007, he oversaw a unit that led the league with 53 sacks during the regular season and then dropped Tom Brady five times in the Super Bowl. New York became only the third team to lead the NFL in sacks and win a Super Bowl in the same season, joining the 1974 Steelers and 1999 Rams.

New York Giants

NBA

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James

LEBRON SCORES 32 OF CLEVELAND'S 77 POINTS

LeBron James scored 32 of Cleveland's 77 points, the highest scoring total by any player in any NBA game in the last two seasons in which his team scored fewer than 80 points.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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James

ONLY TWO CAVS GO TO THE FOUL LINE

Only two Cavaliers went to the foul line in the team's 92-77 loss at Houston: LeBron James was 6-for-11 and Larry Hughes was 1-for-2. It was the second game this season in which no more than two Cleveland players attempted free throws (James and Daniel Gibson on December 29 at New Orleans). No other team has had more than one game of that kind in 2007-08.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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Evans

EVANS GRABS 14 REBOUNDS OFF THE BENCH

Reggie Evans came off the bench to grab 14 rebounds in 26 minutes for the 76ers. It was the second-highest rebound total by a Philadelphia substitute in the last four seasons. Joe Smith had 17 rebounds as a reserve on March 20, 2007 in a loss at Detroit.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Wade

ANOTHER OFF NIGHT FOR D-WADE

Dwyane Wade was 5-for-17 (.294) from the field and committed six turnovers in the loss. It's the third time this season that Wade made fewer than 30 percent of his shots, while turning the ball over more than five times. He had no games of that type all of last season.

Miami Heat

MIAMI HAS LOST 16 OF LAST 17 WITHOUT SHAQ

Philadelphia beat Miami, 101-84, on Thursday night. The Heat has now lost 16 of the last 17 games it's played without Shaquille O'Neal.

Miami Heat

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Wallace

WALLACE MISSES ALL 7 OF HIS FOUL SHOTS

Ben Wallace was 0-for-7 from the foul line in Chicago's win over Golden State, the worst oh-fer from the free-throw line in an NBA game since Memphis's Lawrence Roberts was 0-for-7 on November 9, 2005 at Boston.

Chicago Bulls

WEBBER RETURNS TO THE WARRIORS

Chris Webber won the NBA Rookie of the Year award for Golden State in 1993-94, but never again played a game for the Warriors until Thursday night. Webber's span of 13 years and 289 days between games played for one franchise is the third-longest in NBA history. James Edwards had a gap of 14 years and 331 days with the Lakers (December 1977 to November 1992) and Bernard King had a span of 13 years and 308 days for the Nets (April 1979 to February 1993).

Golden State Warriors

SHAQ JOINS THE SUNS

Shaquille O'Neal might have a current scoring average (14.2) lower than John Salmons (15.0) and a lower rebound average (7.8) than Jason Kidd (8.0). But as a big-time veteran center, O'Neal could lend a stature to the Phoenix Suns that they have never had.

No starting center for the Suns has ever ranked among the NBA's top 50 in career points at the time. The highest such mark was recorded by Alvan Adams, who ranked 63rd in NBA history with a total of 13,827 points coming into his final start in 1988.

No starting center for the Suns has ever ranked among the NBA's top 40 in career rebounds at the time. The highest such mark was recorded by Adams, who ranked 46th in NBA history with a total of 6898 rebounds coming into his final start in 1988.

Shaquille O'Neal currently ranks 11th in points (25,908) and 21st in rebounds (11,630).

Phoenix Suns

MLB

SCHILLING'S SHOULDER INJURY PUTS 2008 SEASON IN JEOPARDY

Multiple reports on Thursday indicated that Curt Schilling has a shoulder injury that could put his 2008 season in jeopardy. It's been more than 50 years since a pitcher who started and won a World Series game missed the entire next season. Brooklyn's Johnny Podres beat the Yankees in Games Three and Seven of the 1955 World Series and then missed the 1956 season while serving in the military.

Boston Red Sox


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