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  • Rockets' Beverley to have season-ending wrist surgery News
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season, the team said.
  • Guy Makes Hoop Mixtape vs. His Girlfriend Inside Target (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    It’s March Madness, and one man took the madness to new heights—by posterizing his girlfriend over and over during a shopping trip to Target. There’s really no way to explain this other than for you to watch it yourself. The synced up audio of NBA announcers calling the action really made us cry laughing. He even called a timeout a la C-Webb’s Michigan days. THIS. IS. MARCH. H/T: Bleacher Report The post Guy Makes Hoop Mixtape vs. His Girlfriend Inside Target (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.
  • Hunter leaving Ga. State, dad for NBA draft - NBA
    Jeff Goodman
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA, he confirmed to ESPN.
  • Joe Dumars' replacements in Detroit have really nice things to say about Joe Dumars

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    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Joe Dumars is the guy that put together a championship team. He sustained a winner in Detroit that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. He worked as an executive for 14 years, and as the head honcho for 14. [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit] He’s also the man that drafted Darko Milicic. He extended Rip Hamilton, twice, crippling the Pistons’ salary cap potential. He spent gobs of money on Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Josh Smith – all major free agents signings, and three guys the Pistons had to pay to get rid of.
  • 76ers Favored Twice This Week, So What Happened to Tanking?

    NYT > Pro Basketball
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:52 pm
    They have the look of such favorites that Las Vegas likes them twice this week, once while on a back-to-back and the other time on the road.
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  • Guy Makes Hoop Mixtape vs. His Girlfriend Inside Target (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    It’s March Madness, and one man took the madness to new heights—by posterizing his girlfriend over and over during a shopping trip to Target. There’s really no way to explain this other than for you to watch it yourself. The synced up audio of NBA announcers calling the action really made us cry laughing. He even called a timeout a la C-Webb’s Michigan days. THIS. IS. MARCH. H/T: Bleacher Report The post Guy Makes Hoop Mixtape vs. His Girlfriend Inside Target (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.
  • Dar Tucker Ties D-League Single-Game Scoring Record With 58 Points (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Former DePaul star Dar Tucker has bounced around overseas and in the D-League since going undrafted in 2009. Over the weekend, Tucker exploded for 58 points in the Reno Bighorns’ win vs. Texas. His 58-spot—including 11 threes, plus 12 rebounds and 3 assists—tied the D-League single-game scoring record (set by Pierre Jackson). You may remember Tucker, 27, from his D-League Dunk Contest titles in 2010 and 2011. Peep his monster night in the highlight reel above. H/T: Ballislife The post Dar Tucker Ties D-League Single-Game Scoring Record With 58 Points (VIDEO) appeared first on…
  • Frank Kaminsky, Jahlil Okafor Headline 2014-15 AP All-American Team

    Bill DiFilippo
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The Associated Press honored the five best players in college basketball with its All-American Team earlier today. Here is the squad: Duke C Jahlil Okafor Wisconsin F/C Frank Kaminsky Kentucky F/C Willie Cauley-Stein Notre Dame G Jerian Grant Ohio State G D’Angelo Russell Kaminsky was the only unanimous first-team selection. He is arguably the best college basketball player in America, as he has carried the Badgers’ offense—which is the most efficient offense in the country—all year. The senior is averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, and is…
  • Draymond Green Stops Selling Shirts Mocking Doc Rivers

    Marcel Mutoni
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The highly-amusing war of words between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Doc Rivers (and members of Doc’s family) recently took an entrepreneurial turn. Green reports that he’s no longer hawking shirts emblazoned with his infamous “Cool Story, Glenn” quote. Green, who has “utmost respect” for the LA Clippers head coach, refrained from getting into it with Doc’s son Jeremiah. Per the Bay Area News Group: “I took the shirts down because I know at the end of the day it’s all fun and games,” Green said. “With doing the T-shirt…
  • 2015 Metro Challenge 60 Recap

    SLAM Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    by Martinis Jackson / Hardwood Insiders  As the high school season officially comes to a close this weekend following the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship, the summer circuit is already in full gear for players around the country. The time between now and August may be the most critical period for prep hoopsters looking to land scholarships to fulfill their dreams of playing on the next level. This weekend, Separation Sports Management hosted its first annual Metro Challenge showcase at Dematha High School. The event displayed approximately 60 of the area’s most highly touted…
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  • Joe Dumars' replacements in Detroit have really nice things to say about Joe Dumars

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Joe Dumars is the guy that put together a championship team. He sustained a winner in Detroit that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. He worked as an executive for 14 years, and as the head honcho for 14. [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit] He’s also the man that drafted Darko Milicic. He extended Rip Hamilton, twice, crippling the Pistons’ salary cap potential. He spent gobs of money on Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Josh Smith – all major free agents signings, and three guys the Pistons had to pay to get rid of.
  • Byron Scott swears opposing players have approached him about becoming Lakers

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Byron Scott has had to talk himself into quite a bit this season, working with a Los Angeles Lakers team that was built to lose, but his particular brand of delusion may have hit its peak over the weekend. [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit] The Laker coach, working with a 19-53 record in the months following a misspent 2014 offseason, claimed on Sunday that player have openly approached Scott during games to express their interest in moving to Los Angeles in order to take advantage of the Lakers’ significant 2015 salary cap space. He’s…
  • Patrick Beverley's done for the season, which will test the Rockets' defense and depth

    Dan Devine
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    We've been waiting for the other shoe to drop since last Wednesday, when Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley had suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist that could require season-ending surgery. Well, the dreaded footfall came Monday afternoon, courtesy of Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit] Rockets guard Pat Beverley has opted for surgery to repair ligaments in left wrist, source said. Will miss the remaining of season, playoffs —…
  • Michael Jordan plays basketball with Tom Brady, talks trash, does his thing (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    You guys have the YouTube? No? [DraftKings: FREE entry to huge cash Fantasy Basketball Contest with first deposit] OK, how about the Instagram? Yes, that’s Michael Jordan nailing a step-back jumper in low-tops in the Bahamas while working on the same pickup team as Tom Brady – talking trash, calling for the foul, demanding that his defender look up “Michael Jordan career” on the internet dot com. [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball Brady, thankfully for New England Patriots fans, is taking a less frightening approach to his extended holiday, while…
  • The night Drazen Petrovic 'danced' with Reggie Miller

    Ball Don't Lie Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    The following is an excerpt from "DRAZEN: The Remarkable Life & Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball," by Australian author Todd Spehr, a new book about the late, great former Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic that hits bookshelves today, Monday, March 30. It's available for order here and here. What set Petrovic apart, besides his phenomenal shooting stroke and scoring prowess, was his ruthlessness as a competitor. In particular, he relished going against a player of remarkably similar qualities — Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller. Please note: The following…
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  • Final countdown commences for Pistons’ pursuit of postseason play

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Winners of five of their last six games, the men from Motown have ten chances left to catch their competitors for an Eastern Conference playoff berth Detroit fans may need extensive physical therapy for whiplash as their team races toward the finish line of the 2014-15 NBA season. First they went from being a huge disappointment (5-23) to the hottest team in the league (17-26 due to a 12-3 streak). When Brandon Jennings went down, they stumbled to a 6-7 record (23-33), before commencing a 10-game slide in the “Reggie Jackson Era” (23-43). Now, as a result of their latest turnaround, the…
  • Pistons News Roundup: Reggie Jackson explains his gloves, veteran leadership helping Pistons close games & Austin Daye still looking to make his mark

    Vincent Diringer
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Amidst a hot streak, Reggie Jackson explains the reason behind the gloves he wears on the bench; SVG's focus on veteran leadership helping Pistons and an update on NBA Champion Austin Daye. Reggie Jackson opens up on use of gloves Whats with Reggie's gloves? (image via CBSSports) A question many have asked during the course of a game when the new Pistons floor-general takes a seat on the bench, almost immediately burying his hands in a pair of battery-operated hunting gloves. Is the Palace too cold? Injury concerns? Increased blood flow? Tentative answers for the guard's odd choice of…
  • Pistons vs. Magic final score: Detroit claims 4th straight win in 111-97 victory in Orlando

    Ben Quagliata
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Reggie Jackson had another triple double in the Pistons' 28th win of the season. The Pistons continue climbing up the food chain with a 14-point victory in central Florida.  It started as a happy occasion for the Orlando natives, with Shaquille O'Neal being inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame before tip off.  After that, however, it went downhill for them, with Reggie Jackson and Tayshaun Prince...wait Tayshaun Prince?...yes, Tayshaun Prince, dominating. Reggie Jackson became the first Piston since Grant Hill to have multiple triple doubles in a season, which is impressive…
  • NBA Power Rankings: Coaches, Executives, and Front Office

    Jason Brunskowski
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Stan Van Gundy took over as both head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons in the summer of 2014. On Thursday of last week, revealed their Head Coach Rankings for the season (though it is not over yet). They then revealed their Executives Rankings on Friday (General Manager, President of Basketball Operations, etc.). And then finally today, they revealed their overall Front Office Rankings. Here's how the Pistons did. Ranking Basis Score Head Coach 17 Stan Van Gundy 6.17 Executives 19 President: Stan Van Gundy | GM: Jeff Bower 5.22 Front Office 19 Head Coach,…
  • Quincy Miller to rejoin Pistons after stellar Grand Rapids performance

    Jason Brunskowski
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    After posting 26 points and 15 rebounds on Wednesday for the Grand Rapids Drive, Quincy Miller will rejoin the Pistons. As expressed by the following tweet, Quincy Miller will rejoin the Pistons after a stellar performance with the Grand Rapids Drive on Wednesday. Quincy Miller back with #Pistons after 26 & 15 for @grdleague last night. SVG says most of his minutes came at the 3. — Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) March 26, 2015 Miller did not start for the Drive but still finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds and a block in 36 minutes. However, this was not an efficient game for Miller. He…
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  • Toronto Raptors Chat On The Fan 590

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    I joined Roger Lajoie on The Fan 590 to talk about the issues the Toronto Raptors are having on the defensive end, if Dwane Casey's could get fired after this season, why James Johnson needs more playing time and how important a strong end to the season is.
  • What You Need To Know About Karl-Anthony Towns
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Here's what you need to know about Karl-Anthony Towns who is on the verge of leading Kentucky to a national championship before he jumps to the NBA in this year's draft:
  • Game Notes: Raptors Survive A Rough First Half Against Lakers

    Ryan McNeill
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Here are some notes, quotes and stats from Toronto’s 94-83 win over the Lakers.
  • Podcast: Atlantic Claimed

    Ryan McNeill
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Here's audio from Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson after the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Lakers to claim the Atlantic Division.
  • Isiah Thomas Shares Stories About His Time With The Toronto Raptors

    Ryan McNeill
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Isiah Thomas shared stories about the Raptors first season, why the NBA survived in Toronto but not Vancouver, growing basketball in Canada and why Damon Stoudamire was so important to the franchise.
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  • How To Re-Insert Jrue Holiday Into the Pelicans Rotation

    Michael McNamara
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    First things first, Jrue Holiday potentially coming back this season is great news. You can argue that it is hard to re-insert a major piece back into a rotation, and that if doing so costs the Pelicans even one game, that could be it for their playoff hopes. And while that is possibly true, the fact is that whether the Pelicans make the playoffs or not this season pales in comparison to the importance of whether or not Jrue Holiday will get over this injury that has plagued him the last two years. If Holiday is 100% and ready to go, then we all should be on cloud nine, and he needs to get as…
  • Pels Beat Timberwolves, Close Gap on Thunder

    Michael Pellissier
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The Pelicans were given an awesome opportunity tonight — though the Timberwolves have some pieces that anyone should be happy to build around, their active roster is missing so many of their key players and certainly lacks offensive punch.  And though points/game is certainly not the only stat that matters, you have to have players who can fill it up. Given who suited up tonight, the Timberwolves were always going to struggle with points, so the Pelicans winning was just a matter of running solid offense and not giving Minny extra possessions. And that’s surely how it looked…
  • Game On: Pelicans Host Timberwolves

    Michael Pellissier
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    The Timberwolves come into town to face a Pelicans team that has an excellent chance to make up ground on the Thunder.  The Timberwolves have been largely hapless (by design) this season, particularly without their floor general, Ricky Rubio.  Rubio is currently doubtful for today’s game and the Pelicans should roll over a Timberwolves team that is building for tomorrow, not today. That is not to say that they don’t have talent. Andrew Wiggins is going to be a star in the NBA for years to come, and there really isn’t anyone on the Pelicans that matches up well with him.
  • Pelicans finish off Kings

    Ryan Schwan
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Like all monarchies, the Kings were too entirely dependent on one guy tonight.  So, despite that guy being absolutely amazing, the Pelicans shrugged off a slow start and punished the rest of the Kings, dropping 28 points in each of the final three quarters.  The silly part about this is I thought Asik was playing Cousins pretty well.  He contested a bunch of shots Cousins sank early from long range, and then fought him tough all night long, making him take tough shots over outstretched arms.  Of course, Cousins put together a 39 and 20 on 28 shots, so maybe the idea of what Asik was…
  • Game On: Kings @ Pelicans

    Ryan Schwan
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    The playoffs are a longshot now, but if the race is to even remain interesting, the Pelicans have to string some wins together over this soft part of their schedule. Which means taking down Sacramento, on a 4-game win streak of their own, tonight in New Orleans. Sacramento isn’t a total joke this year, as Rudy Gay has found a way to draw fouls at a career high rate, and DeMarcus Cousins continues to be an offensive beast.   The result is an offense that is good enough – if their opponent doesn’t execute and take advantage of the horrendeous Sacramento defense – to win…
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  • D-League: Westchester Knicks fire head coach

    Inside Hoops
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    D-League: Westchester Knicks fire head coach Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Westchester Knicks, who are the New York Knicks’ D-League team: Kevin Whitted is out as head coach of the D-League affiliate Westchester Knicks, and assistant coach Craig Hodges will take over for the final few games of the season. There was tension between the two coaches [...]
  • Nets beat short-handed Lakers 107-99

    Inside Hoops
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm Postgame Notes BROOKLYN — Behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from center Brook Lopez, 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from small forward Joe Johnson, and 17 points from guard Markel Brown, the Nets beat a badly short-handed Lakers squad 107-99 Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant (out for season) and [...]
  • Knicks sign Ricky Ledo to second 10-day contract

    Inside Hoops
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Knicks sign Ricky Ledo to second 10-day contract New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Ricky Ledo to a second consecutive 10-day contract. Ledo, 6-7, 195-pounds, is averaging 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds over 18.5 minutes in five games with the Knicks, and 3.7 points over 10.4 minutes in 10 [...]
  • Monta Ellis to miss his first NBA game in a long time

    Inside Hoops
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Monta Ellis to miss his first NBA game in a long time Here’s ESPN Dallas with an update on Mavs SG Monta Ellis, who is hurt but fortunately should return very soon: Shooting guard Monta Ellis will miss a game for the first time during his two-season tenure with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs’ leading scorer has been ruled out [...]
  • Clippers sign Lester Hudson to 10-day contract

    Inside Hoops
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Clippers sign Lester Hudson to 10-day contract The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract. Hudson comes to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP (2014, 2015) and three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015). Most recently, Hudson played for Liaoning where he averaged 31.2 [...]
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  • The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 74: Bryant West talks Kings and March Madness

    Greg Wissinger
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    We talk all things Kings, and scout players from March Madness. The Sactown Royalty Show is back! For this episode I'm joined by StR's own Bryant West. We talk about the current state of the team, and briefly discuss the rise of Sauce Castillo. We also spent a lot of time talking about the March Madness tournament, and which players would look nice in a Kings uniform. It was a fun show, be sure to check it out! This episode was recorded on Thursday, March 26th. Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Sactown Royalty Show on BlogTalkRadio Like the show? Subscribe to us on iTunes…
  • Chris Mullin reportedly taking St. John's coaching job

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Chris Mullin's time advising Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings front office appear to be numbered.  Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports is reporting that St. John's has offered their head coaching position to Mullin, one of their most famous alumni and that Mullin is very close to accepting. From CBS Sports: St. John's has offered Chris Mullin the opportunity to be its next head basketball coach and he is expected to accept, multiple sources say. The two sides were hammering out final details on a contract Sunday that would make Mullin the successor to Steve Lavin,…
  • Kings, Pistons and Nuggets in a race of their own

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    There's now only 10 games left in the season and it seems all but assured that the Kings will end up keeping their draft pick, which needs to be in the top-10 to avoid it going to Chicago.  At 26-46, the Kings are currently sitting with the 6th worst record in the NBA (and only like 3 games out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference, but hey, whatever). The two closest teams to Sacramento in the standings are the Detroit Pistons (28-44) and Denver Nuggets (28-45).  Between these three teams, these final 10 games will likely decide the lottery order from 6-8, which seems to be the…
  • Kings 88, New Orleans 102: Tyreke Strikes Back

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The Sacramento Kings quest for a fifth win in a row ended in New Orleans on Friday night, falling to the Pelicans 102-88.  DeMarcus Cousins was an absolute monster, totaling 39 points, 20 rebounds and 3 blocks but it wasn't enough to overcome New Orleans' more balanced attack. The Kings started out well, taking a two point lead into the second quarter before falling behind as the bench played more in the second.  Cousins was unstoppable, both inside and out, stroking jumpers like they were layup.  As if to show that he wasn't the only one that could hit jumpers, Tyreke Evans…
  • Sauce Castillo Goes Hard In The Paint

    Kevin Fippin
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Nik Stauskas is dead... LONG LOVE SAUCE CASTILLO!! Here's another look: And the Vine:
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  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns Preview

    Chris Lucia
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    The Blazers host the Phoenix Suns tonight in the second matchup between the two teams in four days. Thanks to the generosity of Blazer's Edge readers, 1,151 kids and their chaperones have had their tickets provided and will be on hand for Blazer's Edge Night 2015. Phoenix Suns (38-36, No. 10 in the West) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (47-25, No. 4 in the West)Monday, March 30Moda Center; Portland, OR | 7:00 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: CSNNWHD, NBATV; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Wesley Matthews | Out for the Suns: Kendal Marshall, Marcus Thornton (day-to-day), Brandon Knight (questionable)SBN…
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: Aldridge, Afflalo Bury Nuggets

    Dave Deckard
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    This game wasn't a defensive gem but it's hard to argue with 120 points and 57% shooting. The Portland Trail Blazers took a step closer to their preliminary goal of making the 2015 NBA Playoffs tonight, defeating the Denver Nuggets 120-114. The victory puts the Blazers on the verge of securing their ticket to the post-season. They will earn a spot in the bracket tomorrow night if the New Orleans Pelicans lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves, or Monday night if the Blazers defeat the Phoenix Suns. Since the Oklahoma City Thunder also lost tonight, Portland's magic number to clinch the Northwest…
  • Blazers vs. Nuggets Final Score: 120-114; Portland Blows Past Denver Behind Aldridge's 32.

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    LaMarcus Aldridge continued his rampage this season versus Denver, scoring 32 points in a Portland win. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum had 15 points and 7 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers won their third straight game, battling past the Denver Nuggets, 120-114 Saturday night at Moda Center. With this win, the Blazers inch closer to a playoff berth. Combined with Oklahoma City's loss to Utah, the Blazers' magic number to clinch the Northwest Division is now three wins or OKC losses. To clinch a playoff berth, they simply need to win one more game, or for…
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets Preview

    Chris Lucia
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    The Blazers host Will Barton and the Denver Nuggets tonight at the Moda Center. Both teams are on the second halves of back-to-backs after winning last night. Denver Nuggets (28-45, No. 12 in the West) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (45-25, No. 4 in the West)Saturday, March 28Moda Center; Portland, OR | 7:00 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: KGWHD; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Wesley Matthews | Out for the Nuggets: Darrell Arthur (day-to-day)SBN Affiliate: Denver Stiffs | Timmay's Viewing Guide | Blazer's Edge Night The Blazers return home tonight after a 2-0 Southwestern road trip to host the Denver…
  • Blazers vs. Suns Final Score: 87-81; Portland Snaps Losing Streak in Phoenix

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    A brilliant fourth quarter shooting display by LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points) gave Portland a win in Phoenix. [There will be no full recap and analysis tonight, as Blazer's Edge's own Dave Deckard is currently traveling to Portland in preparation for our annual Blazer's Edge Kids Night at the Moda Center Monday. Hang out here to discuss tonight's game, and we'll have more coverage soon.] LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 9 rebounds, Robin Lopez had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped their losing streak in Phoenix, winning an ugly game, 87-81 over the Phoenix…
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  • Draymond Green Jokes He’s Sitting Out Tuesday’s Game Versus Clippers With ‘Blake-Itis’

    Jack Winter
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Getty Image Blake Griffin is a pain in the ass. A key aspect of what makes the Los Angeles Clippers superstar such an effective player is his comfort getting physical. Griffin throws his chiseled 6’10, 250-pound frame around with aplomb, unconcerned with fouling or toeing the line of sportsmanship in the process. He just wants to win. Draymond Green knows that strategy well, and not just because the Golden State Warriors are the Clippers’ division foes or met Los Angeles last postseason, either. The Defensive Player of the Year candidate is cut from the same cloth of hustle,…
  • Stan Van Gundy On Whether Magic Will Honor Him: ‘Absolutely No Chance’

    Jamie Cooper
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    USA TODAY Sports A few years ago, Stan Van Gundy was part of one of the best and most uncomfortable video-bombs in the history of sports when, while in the midst of telling a media scrum that his star big man Dwight Howard was trying to get him fired, lo-and-behold, here comes Dwight to put his arm around SVG like everything’s cool and in the process make the entire sports world recoil in disgust. Sure enough, Van Gundy was dismissed from his coaching duties following the 2012 season, and Howard’s departure followed soon after. Fast-forward a few years, and Van Gundy now helms…
  • Derrick Rose Takes ‘Next Step’ To Return By Participating In Full Contact Practice

    Jack Winter
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Getty Image He’s getting closer. Just over four weeks after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus, Derrick Rose participated in the contact portion of Chicago Bulls practice today for the first time since the procedure. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says the 2011 MVP performed well during Wednesday’s session, confirming that this is a crucial step in his road back to game action. Here’s K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “He was aggressive,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He was a little winded, but we expected that. But overall, I thought it was good. He said he feels…
  • Rodney Hood Talks About His Injury, Duke’s March Madness, The Young Jazz Nucleus And More

    Spencer Lund
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    USA TODAY Sports If you’ve never had plantar fasciitis, I sincerely hope you never do. If you’ve had it, you know what I know from experience: It’s one of the absolute worst injuries you can get. An irritation of the tissue underneath your heel and arch, plantar fasciitis feels like your foot is being ripped in half, and frustratingly, there’s no specific remedy. You can only rest, rehab and hope it gets better at some point. For a rookie trying to carve out a spot in the NBA, such an injury makes things that much more challenging. “It was very tough dealing with that, because you…
  • Texas Freshman Myles Turner Declares For NBA Draft

    Jack Winter
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Getty Image That was fast. The Final Four is upon us and the playoffs loom, which can only mean one thing for the thousands of us obsessed with the “next big things” in basketball – draft declarations. Texas freshman Myles Turner is the first marquee prospect to state his intentions, publicly announcing today that he has decided to enter June’s NBA draft. Already brand conscious, the 19 year-old released the following video on Monday morning. Turner, a lithe 6’11 240-pounder, averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in just 22.2 minutes per game for the…
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  • Bucks vs. Hawks preview: Milwaukee follows one conference champ with another

    Dan Sinclair
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The be the best you've gotta beat the best, and to beat the best you've gotta play the best. The Milwaukee Bucks have got that second part down cold. Two days after getting shellacked by the now-Western-Conference-Champion Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee heads to Atlanta to take on another conference champion. The Hawks clinched the East's best record last Friday with a 99-86 win over the Miami Heat, and celebrated by giving their entire starting lineup the night off (Jeff Teague was previously ruled out with a sprained ankle) on Saturday. The Charlotte Hornets took advantage, getting a…
  • Bucks vs. Warriors: Milwaukee goes cold in 108-95 loss to Golden State

    Aron Yohannes
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    When you shoot below 35 percent from the field through the first three quarters and under 40 at the end of the game against the top-scoring team in the league, you can't expect the final outcome to be very positive. Milwaukee endured a rough night shooting, hitting just 37.9 percent of their shots as Golden State won its 60th game and extended its winning streak to nine games. The Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference after defeating the Bucks, 108-95, and swept the season-series against Milwaukee in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
  • Warriors vs. Bucks Final Score: Half-speed Warriors cruise past bricklaying Bucks 108-95

    Frank Madden
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Not even the presence of Naughty by Nature could save the Bucks on '90s night. Steve Kerr didn't think he needed Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. He was right. Despite resting two key rotation players, the Warriors showed why they're the league's best team on Saturday night, dominating the Bucks on both ends en route to a not-as-close-as-it-looks 108-95 win. Steph Curry (8/13 fg, 6/9 threes, 25 points, 6 ast, 6 turnovers) and Klay Thompson (8/17 fg, 3/8 threes, 21 pts) weren't as consistently sharp as usual, but Golden State still shot 51% from…
  • Bucks vs. Warriors preview: Milwaukee can get back above .500 with win vs. NBA's best team

    Dan Sinclair
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    The season's home stretch begins tonight with a visit from MVP candidate Stephen Curry. And just like that, there are only 10 games remaining in the 2014-2015 NBA regular season. It's been a season full of surprises for Milwaukee, some good, others awful. Expectations have been thoroughly blown to bits, but with nearly 90% of the season in the books, the Bucks are right back where they've always been most comfortable: playing .500 basketball. Just keeping their heads above water has been a battle lately for the Bucks. Now, with their sights on a winning record and a secure spot in the…
  • featured fantasy basketball tournament info for NBA Friday

    Dan Sinclair
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hope you started Ersan Ilyasova last night! With their eyes on another key win versus an Eastern Conference playoff contender, the Bucks earned another much-needed victory thanks to Ilyasova's career-high 34 points. It's fair to call it a breakout game, but in reality Ersan has been playing well for quite a while. The Bucks have to be hoping he can keep it up. If Ersan is scoring, rebounding, and shooting well from deep, he provides a ton of value to a starting lineup that can find itself starved for efficient scoring at times. We won't see Ilyasova again until Saturday when the Bucks take on…
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    Golden State Of Mind - All Posts

  • How well do you know your Golden State Warriors?

    Basketball Jonez
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Think you know your team? Let's have a little fun! Who better to have a Warriors trivia challenge with than the most knowledgeable fans on the internet? There is a lot of knowledge on Golden State of Mind. It never ceases to amaze me how in depth the conversations get around here, regardless of the topic. However, this is a basketball site, and specifically dedicated to the Golden State Warriors. For this challenge, all of the conversation will be about our favorite basketball team. HERE'S HOW IT WORKS - It's basically playground rules trivia, sort of like HORSE - First person to answer the…
  • GSoM Weekend Roundup: Warriors and Knicks both hit 60

    Bram Kincheloe
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    We take a look at all the things happening around the NBA this weekend. In other news, Steve Kerr made the right choice. On Friday night, The Warriors played the Memphis Grizzlies. In Memphis. In the fabled Grindhouse. One team was grinded, the other floated away from the scrum like a chorus of weightless angels. (I'll give you a hint. Memphis lost. Bad.) Things like this happened: Did you know that only two teams in the East have a better home record than the Warriors' road record? So sayeth Ziller: Only 2 teams in the East have a better home record than Golden State's road record. — Tom…
  • Game Links #73: Golden State Warriors 108 @ Milwaukee Bucks 95 - Warriors reach the big SIX-OH in win total

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
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  • Recap: Warriors handle Bucks 108-95, set franchise record 60 wins

    Conrad Chow
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The Bucks put up a fight, but the Warriors defense was too much. Another day, another W for the Dubs If you were watching the Notre Dame - Kentucky game instead,  it was just another typical day at the office for our Golden State Warriors. After claiming the Pacific Division title, the Warriors set a franchise record of 60 wins and clinched the best record in the Western Conference, something they haven't done since 1975-76 according to GSWStats. On a night in which the Warriors committed 22 turnovers and played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala (both rested), it felt…
  • Preview: Fear the Letdown Game

    Jeff Cheal
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    The Warriors head to Milwaukee tonight to face the playoff-bound Bucks. Can they get up for the road matchup on the second game of a back-to-back? Golden State Warriors (59-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (13-25) BMO Harris Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI 5:30 p.m. PST TV: CSN BA (local) | Radio: KNBR 680 Buddy blog:  Brew Hoop The Warriors continue their three-game road trip out to the frozen tundra that is Milwaukee. Spring you say? Compared to California Milwaukee might as well be Iceland. Coming off a playoff-like test passed with flying colors in Memphis on Friday night, the Warriors did…
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    Blog a Bull - All Posts

  • Five Observations From a Bulls destruction of the Knicks

    Chris Terzic
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    In this edition of Second Chance Points, Niko continues to be a boss and apparently the Bulls think they're Lob City. To be honest, Saturday night's 111-80 beat down of the New York Knicks was pretty straight forward. The Bulls played good. The Knicks are a dumpster fire. Your standard stuff. But, as always, Second Chance Points is here to glean a few observations. Fortunately, we're keeping it short and sweet. And we're mostly sticking to things the Bulls did because I can only say 'holy crap, the Knicks are positively awful' so many different ways. So, without further ado, here are five…
  • Bulls breeze past Knicks 111-80, Mirotic leads all scorers with 24

    Chris Terzic
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    It wasn't even close. The Bulls completely dominated the Knicks tonight, as they should have. On the 20-year anniversary of Michael Jordan's 'Double Nickel' game against the New York Knicks, the Knicks kindly honored His Airness by failing to score 55 points as an entire team after three quarters of play tonight. Eventually, the Knicks broke 55, but they wound up losing 111-80. Simply put, the Knicks did not challenge the Bulls at all. It was a D-League team versus a playoff team. A walk in the park. No contest, whatsoever. The domination started pretty early with Chicago jumping out to a…
  • What's Tom Thibodeau to do with the frontcourt rotation?

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    still a good problem to have, but... Saw this before the Raptors game, and: INDEED All four bigs healthy and playing tonight. Will be interesting to see how minutes get distributed. — Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) March 25, 2015 This was a 'concern' even before the season, though I think it was pretty obvious that between Noah, Gasol, Gibson, and Mirotic there'd be enough injuries to where eventually some would get playing time. And that's pretty much what happened, especially in March where Nikola Mirotic has (to put it lightly) stepped up in correlation with increased playing time. But…
  • Second Chance Points: Bring on the North, and four other observations

    Chris Terzic
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The Bulls own the Raptors. The Chicago Bulls own the Toronto Raptors. Last night's 116-103 drubbing solidified as much. From match-ups to schemes to player ability, the Bulls are simply the better basketball team between the two. The Raptors -- truly a darling bunch -- have hit what I like to call the 82-game threshold. Well, they actually hit it back in January of this season. See it all started when they traded away Rudy Gay in December of 2013. The aftermath of that trade saw the Raptors go on the best 82-game stretch of basketball that the franchise has ever seen. From January of 2014 to…
  • Bulls Cook Raptors in Toronto

    Kevin Ferrigan
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The Bulls, yes those Bulls, shot 61% (!) from the field on the way to topping the Raptors for the fourth time this year. This was a pretty frustrating game for a lot of it. The Bulls had a really good offensive game going through 3 quarters, thanks in large part to some awful Raptors defense, but they couldn't seem to get stops against Toronto. It didn't feel like the Bulls were playing bad defense, per se, the Raptors just seemed to be making some tough looks. The thing about relying on making insane shots, though, is that those shots usually stop falling at some point. Unfortunately for the…
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  • NBA Power Rankings: The Pacers are Confusing

    C. Cooper
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Winning while donning the Flo-Jo's (5-0) is the only thing predictable about the 2014-15 Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have been predictably unpredictable this season. Sometimes they earn burgeoning road wins against perennial playoff teams (Nov. 12 at Miami, Nov. 15 at Chicago and Nov. 24 at Dallas) with, at best, only one returning starter from last season available. And other times, during the dog days of January, they drop winnable games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Twice they've been on 6-game losing streaks and once, while on a 7-game win…
  • Pacers get lift from C.J. Miles for late win over Mavericks

    Nathan S.
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    C.J. Miles had 28 points, including five three pointers, to help push Indiana past Dallas 104-99. Indiana is a 1/2 game out of the playoffs with nine games remaining. In search of wins heading into the final 10 games of the regular season, the Indiana Pacers were faced with a difficult Western Conference task against the Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers opened up on a tear, hitting all six of their first quarter threes, four from C.J. Miles and two from Damjan Rudez to lift Indiana to a 33-27 first quarter lead. The second quarter proved a tall task for the Pacers, who struggled to withstand a…
  • Pacers final score: Pacers top Mavericks 104-99

    Nathan S.
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    C.J. Miles had 27 to lead Indiana to a come from behind win over Dallas, putting them 1/2 game out of the playoffs with nine games remaining. The Indiana Pacers allowed 34 second quarter points to the Dallas Mavericks, but locked in defensively to allow just 38 points in the second half. The Pacers shot 50% on the night, including 10-17 from three point range to help lead them to the win, keeping Indiana right in the thick of the Eastern Conference Playoff race. C.J. Miles had 27 points to lead Indiana, including five three pointers, drawing a key charge late on Chandler Parsons. George Hill…
  • Pacers need Rodney Stuckey back more than Paul George

    Tom Lewis
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    The return of Paul George is a nice story but the Pacers really need a healthy Rodney Stuckey to return if they want to make the playoffs this season. The Pacers continually answer the questions about when Paul George may return and while the team's star appears ready to make an appearance, Frank Vogel and Co. likely are more concerned about getting Rodney Stuckey back in the mix. No disrespect to the Pacers' max star, but the team is still playing for this season and unbelievably still only one game out of the playoffs. To make that post-season goal, Stuckey's healthy return is far more…
  • Pacers, Fever issue statement on Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Tom Lewis
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    The NBA, Herb Simon and the Pacers organization made their feelings clear on the RFRA controversy in Indiana. The political quagmire surrounding the recent PR disaster for the State of Indiana that is the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has forced businesses to react to the perception that the law could cause discrimination for the LGBT community by short-sighted business owners. The Simon family and the Pacers/Fever organization made it clear they have no such intentions after sliding out a release on Saturday evening. NEW YORK, March 28, 2015 - The following joint…
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    Bright Side Of The Sun - All Posts

  • The Madhouse - Week of 3/30/2015

    Mike Lisboa
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    It was fun while it lasted. The Suns' playoff hopes took a big hit with the recent losses to, um, everyone. Fortunately, it's a big wide world out there and as the season winds down, there are plenty of distractions top keep your mind off the Suns' dwindling playoff hopes (there is after all mathematical hope). What's keep you occupied?  What are your hopes for the off-season?  This is the Madhouse, your forum for sharing all thoughts, both Suns-related and not!
  • Game Preview: Phoenix Suns visit the Portland Trailblazers

    Garrett Benson
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Phoenix Suns take on the Portland Trailblazers for the second time in four days. What: Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trailblazers Where: Moda Center (Portland) When: 7PM (AZ) Watch: FSAZ Listen: AZ Sports 98.7 FM Probable Starting Lineups: Suns: Eric Bledsoe, PJ Tucker, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Alex Len (I am assuming Brandon Knight will not be playing tonight) Trailblazers: Damian Lillard, Arron Afflalo, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez The Suns Well folks, it was fun while it lasted. Last night, the Suns playoff hopes were dashed when they blew a 20 point lead to the…
  • Locker Room Report: Phoenix Suns lament yet another loss, now must play out string

    Dave King
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Phoenix Suns had a 20 point lead. And then they didn't. "The tale of two halves," coach Hornacek said after the game. "We were good in the first half, we really moved the ball. Then for whatever reason, it looked like we ran out of gas. We weren't getting up and down the court. We had turnovers and they were getting easy baskets." And what was obvious to the fans was obvious to the players as well. "Once we got down, we just folded," P.J. Tucker said. "I don't know if the guys felt demoralized when that happened," Hornacek said of the third quarter turnovers. "But you‘ve got to keep…
  • Final Score: Thunder come back from 20 down, roll Phoenix Suns, 109-97

    Dave King
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    The Phoenix Suns came roaring out of the gate in a game they HAD to win to stay in the playoff race. They got up 54-34 on the Thunder by halfway through the second quarter, and the rout was on. The offense looked fluid, and the defense was focused. The rout was on all right. Just not in the Suns favor. The Thunder, behind Russell Westbrook, came back to tie up the game late in the third period and then an onslaught of broken-play threes and fast break layups by the Thunder's second unit stole the show. The Thunder's second unit made five threes in the opening minutes of the fourth to lay the…
  • Suns vs Thunder: A Season on the Brink

    Alex Daniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    The Thunder have pushed the Suns all-in, and it is win or go home for Phoenix. If the Suns pull out a win tonight, they remain right in the thick of the playoff race. A loss and you can call it quits, the Suns will be fighting for nothing more than a winning record in the history books. Let’s get one thing good and straight before tonight’s game: If the Suns lose this game they will not make the playoffs. A loss tonight to Oklahoma City puts the Phoenix Suns 4 GB the Western Conference 8th seed and with an OKC win giving them a 3-1 head-to-head tie breaker it would functionally be a five…
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    TWolves Blog

  • WWE Night Against Suns is Cheapest Ticket For TWolves This Week

    Dan Pizzuta
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Minnesota Timberwolves had a brief spark of well-played basketball in the beginning of February, but after playing against some of the better competition in the league and the Kevin Garnett homecoming wearing off, the Timberwolves find themselves struggling again. The Timberwolves won three straight from February 4th to February 8th against the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons, and won five of their eight games during the stretch following those three games. But after their win against the Washington Wizards on February 25th—which was their final win in the…
  • TWolves most expensive game in March will feature Wiggins and Garnett in OKC

    Dan Pizzuta
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Although the Minnesota Timberwolves are in last place of their division, they are the last place team with the most positive energy around it. They’ve been far better defensively over the past month and have gone 5-5 in their past 10 games. Minnesota has wins against Memphis, Phoenix and Washington at home and is playing well in losses to some contenders. The Timberwolves beat the Wizards 97-77 in Kevin Garnett’s return to Minnesota on Wednesday, which has renewed the energy inside the Target Center for their remaining home games. Andrew Wiggins is playing well, averaging 21.6 points…
  • Garnett’s return sparks carnival atmosphere

    Keith Allison
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm One thing is for sure, Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota and the Timberwolves fans are happy about it. Almost eight years after leaving Minnesota and moving to the Boston Celtics, Garnett took his career full circle by re-signing with the Timberwolves from the Brooklyn Nets on trade deadline day. If there had been any doubt of how the prodigal son’s return would be greeted by the Minnesota fans, those doubts were well and truly dismissed as the future Hall of Famer stepped back onto the court for his second debut at the Target Center. While this is a very…
  • Garnett Offers Wolves Youth a Chance at Similar Legacy

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Back in the late 90’s, before I was legally allowed to drive an automobile, I would await a ride home from a small house in East Bloomington where I studied drums with an old man who was just shy of 5 feet tall. There, we would spend about an hour per week studying and writing jazz fills, learning odd time signatures, sight-reading snare drum solos, mastering rudiments and building technique. And of course, there were the obligatory things you learned from a non-relative who was five times your age that went beyond repetitions of flam drags and swiss triplets. The advice. The politics.
  • The Return of KG Brings Mixed Emotions

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    You are well aware. Kevin Garnett is back. While the trade has not yet been reported by the Wolves in official capacity, the afternoon and morning have brought about a ton of chatter and debate on whether this is good move or a bad one. Trade deadline day is always a blast, and results in thousands of hours of lost professional productivity. Today was easily one of the most active ever. The way I see it, there are two ways to approach this, and both have been speaking loudly today and have caused this move to remain highly polarizing. The rational response will accurately state something…
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    Bullets Forever - All Posts

  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis bemoans Wizards' energy after loss to Rockets

    Jake Whitacre
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    After the Wizards' fifth loss in six games, the Wizards' owner took to his blog to voice his concerns with the team's recent performance. There's any number of signs you can point to that things haven't been going well for the Wizards. You can point to how they're 12-20 since January 20th, the 23rd-best record in that span. Or, you can point to how the Wizards have the 27th best offensive rating since the All Star break. Or, you can just point to Michael Lee's piece for the Washington Post about the team's struggles. But as clear as those signs are, it goes to a new level when Ted Leonsis…
  • Why it's time for the Washington Wizards to free Otto Porter

    Jake Whitacre
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Otto Porter's 15 point, 6 rebound performance against the Rockets on Sunday was the latest reminder that the Wizards need to trust the third overall pick with more playing time. Otto Porter's sophomore season has been marred by three blunders that people hold against him. Everyone remembers when he lost track of Tony Snell on a late possession against the Bulls. Blame it on zoning out, a defensive miscommunication or whatever else you want, bottom line he messed up, and looked silly doing so. You may also remember how he bothced an alley-oop against the Grizzlies, but honestly, look at the…
  • NBA Standings: Wizards magic number still at one

    Jake Whitacre
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    In today's Wake-Up Call we take a look at what the Wizards need to do to clinch a playoff berth, the most Wizards possession of the season, and a couple of looks at how bad things have gotten for the team. 1. Wizards only one win away from clinching playoff spot Even though the Wizards lost on Sunday afternoon to the Rockets, Washington is still right on the doorstep for clinching a playoff berth. Their magic number to clinch is one, which they should hopefully be able to accomplish with ease, but stranger things have happened: John Wall brought up a fair point when he was asked if…
  • Wizards vs. Rockets final score: Wiz can't complete fourth quarter comeback, fall 99-91

    Jon Munshaw
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Washington outscored Houston 24-23 in the fourth quarter of Sunday afternoon's game, but it wasn't enough to overcome a halftime deficit as the Wiz dropped their fifth game in six outings. I've probably used the phrase "it just wasn't enough" more this season than any other string of words when discussing the Wizards. That was the name of the game, literally, against the Rockets Sunday afternoon. Washington simply couldn't put together enough offense to keep up with James Harden and Dwight Howard, who made his return and had a double-double. The high point of the game was, once again, John…
  • Wizards vs. Rockets travel alert: TheAlumRun will affect your arrival to Verizon Center

    Albert Lee
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    A 5 and 10K race held in Downtown D.C. this morning may hamper your arrival to watch the Wizards play the Rockets on national television. TheAlumRun is an event held nationwide for college and university alumni and others to run on scenic courses in major cities. On Sunday morning, they will run in D.C. This will affect your travel to Washington this morning if you travel by car or bus. From an email sent to Wizards season ticket holders on Saturday night, here are the streets that will be closed: form on Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th Street, NW east on Pennsylvania Avenue to 3rd…
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    Los Angeles Clippers

  • Top Five Plays Of The Week - 03/30/15

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    DeAndre Jordan took his highlight-reel dunks to a new level last week. Jordan put his own touch on each of the Clippers’ three victories during the East Coast road trip against the Knicks, 76ers and Celtics, throwing down acrobatic dunks in each location.
  • Clippers Sweep Road Trip With 119-106 Win In Boston

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    The Clippers swept the three-game road trip, even though the finale got interesting at the end. A comfortable 35-point lead late in the third quarter against the Celtics (32-41) went down to 14 in the fourth, but the Clippers (49-25) kept the lead at double digits the rest of the way to cap off the East Coast trip with a 119-106 win, getting at least 15 points from all five starters for their seventh straight victory.
  • Lester Hudson Traveled Far For Another NBA Chance

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract.
  • Clippers Sign Lester Hudson To 10-Day Contract

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The Los Angeles Clippers announced today they have signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract.
  • Rivers, Clippers Head Back To Boston Sunday

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    After coaching there for nine seasons, stepping on the court in Boston will always hold meaning to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
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    The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks

  • Chandler Parsons, Rajon Rondo step up in Mavs’ 1st test without Monta Ellis

    Earl K. Sneed
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    DALLAS — Albeit in a loss, the Dallas Mavericks now know that their offensive attack figures to be in good hands while leading scorer Monta Ellis nurses his way back to 100 percent. Exiting in the third quarter of Friday’s 94-76 loss at San Antonio with a lower right leg injury, Ellis saw his streak of 237 consecutive games played come to an end two nights later as the Mavericks (45-29) traveled to Indiana for a second meeting of the season against the Pacers (32-41). And although the Mavs would limp away with a 104-99 loss, they’d also leave the court encouraged by the play of…
  • Game 74: Mavs at Pacers

    Earl K. Sneed
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    Highlights: Mavs vs. Pacers – 3/29/15The Mavs fall to the Pacers despite 27 points and 10 rebounds from Chandler Parsons. Rajon Rondo recorded 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. The post Game 74: Mavs at Pacers appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Game 73: Mavs at Spurs

    Earl K. Sneed
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Up and Over the DefenseChandler Parsons gives the fake, drives and finishes with the slam over the defense. The post Game 73: Mavs at Spurs appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Mavs look to build on Tuesday’s win over Spurs entering road-heavy stretch

    Earl K. Sneed
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    DALLAS — Despite getting off to a slow start Tuesday night against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks would respond to back-to-back losses with a timely win on their home floor. Falling behind by as many as 14 in the first quarter before sprinting to a 101-94 win, the Mavericks (45-27) kept pace with the Spurs (45-26) in the heated Western Conference playoff race. But, with the scene set to shift to San Antonio for the season series finale on Friday, the Mavs know they’ll face a far more daunting task while beginning a stretch of three straight road…
  • Mavs respond with best win of season

    Bobby Karalla
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Through The Lens: Spurs vs. MavericksTake a look at the intense interstate matchup between the Spurs and the Mavericks through the slow motion lens of the phantom cam! The stakes were high and the pressure was palpable, and the Mavericks responded to a rough loss with perhaps their best win of the season last night against San Antonio. The offense sizzled after the first quarter to the tune of 110.1 points per 100 possessions, an elite mark. Monta Ellis spearheaded the attack, scoring a season-high-tying 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting from the field. But, as has been the case ever since the…
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    Houston Rockets

  • Patrick Beverley Medical Update

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The Houston Rockets announced that guard Patrick Beverley will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist
  • 赛事回顾:火箭对森林狼 03/27/2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    火箭命中20个三分创赛季新高,主场120-110击败森林狼,从而锁定季后赛资格。 火箭全场出手了44次三分,创造了一项NBA赛季三分出手数纪录,并以52场打破尼克斯创造的单赛季三分出手命中10+场次纪录(之前为2012-13赛季尼克斯创造的51场)。
  • 赛事回顾:火箭对奇才 03/29/2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    火箭客场99-91击败奇才,获得本赛季第50胜。 火箭的开局走势不顺,首节就有8个失误,但奇才却屡投不中。首节奇才的命中率只有29%,史密斯砍下12分,帮助火箭领先8分。
  • Recap: Rockets at Wizards 03/29/2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The Rockets got their 50th win of the season with a 99-91 victory in Washington.
  • Recap: Rockets vs. Timberwolves 03/27/2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    The Rockets hit a season-high 20 three-pointers to beat the Timberwolves 120-110 and clinch a playoff spot.
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    Knicks Defense| New York Knicks

  • Shved!

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    His last five games are fantasy league numbers!
  • Ricky Ledo, the newest New York Knick

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    6’7″ 201lb, d-leaguer, age 22. (note former Knick Renaldo Balkman is in the highlights above) I like our backcourt right now of Langston Galloway and Alexy Shved. We can’t get any worse so the Knicks should play loose and play hard and let the chips fall where they may. Interesting to note that Phil Jackson’s girl Buss is in charge of the other team, LA Lakers, looking to win the Carl Towns / Jhalil Okafor sweepstakes. Iowa State has gone fishing. Enjoy the tournament, somewhere there is a future Knick out there to be scouted.
  • the best looking box score all season

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    note the missing players: melo, tim hardaway jr, and jose calderon. word around town is bargnani could be resigned. i don’t like the move, i don’t think the chap has any real heart to play the game. he’s a skinny eddy curry. over-rewarding potential is what cost the nba players in the last few negotiations.
  • Prigioni Out, Alexy Shved (6’6″ 180) in

    19 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    26 years old. Don’t know the terms of his contract but I would be surprised if it costs more than Pablo Prigioni’s.
  • We all knew it was coming: Amar’e Stoudemire has been bought out

    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    He has a list of possible teams he could go to next, but I am more concerned with what this means for the Knicks going forward. We have gotten little value back for three guys’ departure thus far: Iman Shumpert, JR Smith (notice how well he’s playing now) and now Stoudemire is out and we couldn’t get anything back for him either. I remember when expiring large contracts used to be more desireable for other teams looking to get out from over the cap but how many teams these days are actually over the cap? So maybe Thanasis will be called up from Westchester now. I heard he…
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers are Bookmakers Favorites to Win the Title

    Luke Ross
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    After a 21-5 run, Cleveland become the favorites to win 2015 NBA title, at least that’s what the people in all major sportsbooks think. Full report on Top 10 according to Bovada: Cleveland Cavaliers 9/4 Golden State Warriors  15/4 Oklahoma City Thunder 7/1 Atlanta Hawks 8/1 Memphis Grizzlies 9/1 San Antonio Spurs 9/1 Chicago Bulls 12/1 Los Angeles Clippers 18/1 Houston Rockets 25/1 Portland Trailblazers 25/1  
  • Cavs and David Blatt are getting ready for Playoffs

    Luke Ross
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Blatt can sense that the Eastern Conference is not threatening enough, but teams in construction period, such as Cleveland, are more vulnerable because they find it difficult to cope with the absence of one of their stars. In view of the expected load, the decision to LeBron , even if the price is a loss serves the ultimate goal which is to bring all stars healthy into the playoffs. The Cavs had almost forgotten what it’s like to lose two games in a row. As in the previous losses in a row, a major reason for this is the absence of one or more of the stars of the team. In a week full of…
  • NBA Betting Odds 2015

    Luke Ross
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Bovada bookmaker, the biggest USA gambling site, made another update to it’s 2015 NBA Championship odds. As you might have guessed, Cavs odds continue to decrease. During the summer, after LeBron and Love arrival, they were marked as the favorites with 4-1. After a slow 5W-7L start they went to 5-1. Then 6-1 in the end of year after and after the recent 6 in-a-row loosing streak they are standing at 7-1. Surprisingly, they are still rated as #4, however it won’t last, unless they manage to become a team vs. a group of All-Star players. NBA Championship Betting Odds Chicago Bulls…
  • Cleveland Cavaliers go All In

    Luke Ross
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    It’s a testament to how much a player truly means to a team’s culture when his mere presence causes a front office to scramble around and generally do whatever it takes in order to satisfy said player’s needs. For all the talks about change and title-chasing, it’s actually pretty rare for all that effort to pay off in the end: Carmelo Anthony barely managed to get his long-suffering Knicks to the second round of the playoffs for one season before tumbling back into mediocrity, to name just one recent example. However, when said player is LeBron James, a four time…
  • Cavs Winning Odds 2015

    Luke Ross
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    In August, Cavs were marked as the favorites to win the league with 4-1 odds. Quite strange considering the fact that it was a completely new team with a rookie NBA coach. Cavs recent poor results haven’t gone unnoticed by major sports books. Bovada ranks Cavaliers on the 4th spot with 6-1 odds. First spots feature Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors with 5-1 odds and the Spurs with 11-2. Sportsbook still list Cavs as the overall favorites with 5/1, followed by Golden State, Chicago and San Antonio. Meanwhile, Atlanta, despite their amazing half season results and 9 successive wins…
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  • Suns Preview: Slumping Suns Take On Trail Blazers

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Phoenix Suns’ season has been many things. Disappointing, exciting, emotionally exhausting, inconsistent, heart-stopping etc. Well now, the season can be effectively summarized in one more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Phoenix Suns: 5 Expectations For Rest Of 2014-15 Season

    Gerald Bourguet
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Phoenix Suns’ playoff hopes are over. Last night’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder was the final nail in the coffin, dropping Phoenix to four games out of the eighth seed in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog

  • Toronto Raptors Power Rankings Round-Up – Weak East Helping

    Zarar Siddiqi
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    This week’s power rankings round-up sees and ESPN treat the Raptors harshly, but reviews remain generally positive in context of a weak East. Publication Overall Rank Eastern Rank Overall Change Comment 15 6 Pace: 95.6 (20) OffRtg: 108.0 (3) DefRtg: 105.0 (25) NetRtg: +3.1 (10) Games against the Knicks and Lakers in the last eight days have allowed the Raptors to clinch the Atlantic Division for the second straight year, but not climb out of the bottom two in defensive efficiency in the month of March. They’re on the road for most of the next two weeks, but…
  • Toronto Raptors Game Day: Houston Rockets Blast Into TDot

    Tamberlyn Richardson
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    For most of the season Houston resided in either the third or fourth seed in the  Western Conference. By virtue of winning in Washington coupled with Memphis losing to San Antonio they swapped positions. Now the Rockets sit atop the Southwest Division and are second in the Western Conference. What makes the second seed so appealing is the reigning Champion Spurs currently sit sixth and are finally at full strength. Avoiding the Spurs in the first round is the goal of almost every Western team. If the Toronto Raptors belong to the easiest division in the East there is no question the Rockets…
  • Raptors Weekly Podcast, March 30 – Thanks for Participating

    Zarar Siddiqi
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Puzzling over timeout calls, Twitter questions, Dwight Howard grabbing crotches, James Johnson and Dwane Casey’s private conversations, and that’s just a part of this week’s podder agenda. Part 1 Dwane Casey / Lou Williams disconnect Bulls loss, 4th quarter defense Ross resurgence Lakers resting players Atlantic division title celebrations Part 2 Bruno Caboclo’s development What will happen to James Johnson in the playoffs? Should team force JV to skip EuroBasket? What’s salvageable of the defense before the playoff starts? Jose Calderon vs Greivis Vasquez…
  • Morning Coffee – Mon, Mar 30

    Zarar Siddiqi
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Behind the scenes with Detroit Pistons dancer from Windsor – Windsor – CBC News A Windsor dancer beat out more than 200 women to become of 18 women on the Detroit Pistons Dance Team.  Nathalie Couvillion is the only Canadian on the squad.  The 18-year-old said her parents take turns driving her back and forth to the Palace of Auburn Hills, which can mean crossing the border up to 14 days in a row. “My parents both have full-time jobs, so they come home from work at tow or three, and they gotta drive me to practice pretty much right away,” said Couvillion. “So…
  • Dwane Casey Calls out James Johnson as Defensive Culprit; Peace Talks Underway

    Zarar Siddiqi
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:22 pm
    There was a clearing of the air between Dwane Casey and James Johnson where they finally settled on which Pokemon character holds the greatest power, their stance on global warming, and what the ending of Lost in Translation really meant. See, the story begins with Dwane Casey bastardizing James Johnson’s playing time despite the man having a really good season, and basically doing everything really well on the court.  In fact, he might just be the Raptors best player this season, which surprisingly didn’t mean more, but less, playing time for him, and somehow earned him a…
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  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 03-29-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Yesterday's results || Today's Elite 8 games || Interactive Bracket -> Today's #WNIT quarterfinals #ncaaw -> Tie game early on #1 South Carolina vs. #2 Florida State, 4 all, 15:50 #ncaaw ESPN/ESPN3 -> FSU's Brittany Brown and Leticia Romero causing problems for South Carolina, Seminoles lead 26-19, 5:53 #ncaaw -> Halftime: Florida State 41, South Carolina 38 #ncaaw -> RT…
  • 2015 Elite Eight field set

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Results of the Sweet 16 afters games Friday and Saturday: #1 South Carolina 67, #4 North Carolina 65 #2 Baylor 81, #3 Iowa 66 #1 Notre Dame 81, #4 Stanford 60 #2 Florida State 66, #3 Arizona State 65 #1 Connecticut 105, #5 Texas 54 #7 Dayton 82, #3 Louisville 66 #1 Maryland 65, #4 Duke 55 #2 Tennessee 73, #11 Gonzaga 69 Elite Eight Schedule   Date Time  Sun, Mar 29 Noon DI Regional Final (Greensboro, N.C.) Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, LaChina Robinson (2) Florida State vs. (1) South Carolina ESPN / WatchESPN 8:30 p.m. DI Regional Final (Oklahoma City, Okla.) Beth Mowins, Stephanie White,…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 03-28-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:44 am
    Yesterday's results || Today's Sweet 16 games || Interactive Bracket -> Catch up on yesterday's news: Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 03-27-2015 #ncaaw #wnba -> RT @TexasWBB: With 12 minutes left in the first half, UConn leads, 19-12. Texas with 6 offensive rebounds to the Huskies' 1. #HookEm -> RT @womhoopsguru: Two for Texas. and then Tuck. Three pointer Horns. 26-19. -> Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with a trey and UConn up 33-19 over Texas, 8:12…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 03-27-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Texas turnaround fueled by “fortitude” and work ethic of players who want the program to succeed (Hoopfeed) #ncaaw -> Catch up on yesterday's news: Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 03-26-2015 #ncaaw #wnit #wnba -> A sweet journey: Leticia Romero boosts Florida State to new heights #ncaaw -> East Tennessee: Brittney Ezell agrees to contract extension through 2018-19 season. #ncaaw -> N.C. Central: Associate coach Ronnie Enoch put on paid administrative leave (Herald-Sun)…
  • Sports notables react to Indiana “religious freedom” law that allows anti-gay discrimination, NCAA issues statement

    Cheryl Coward
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Posted by Tully Bevilaqua on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Update: March 28, 2015 The following joint statement was issued Saturday, March 28 by the NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever in regard to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently signed into law in Indiana: “The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere.” Additionally, Pacers and Fever owner Herb Simon stated: “The Indiana Pacers, Indiana…
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    Sheridan Hoops

  • Bernucca: Scoreboard Watching, Lottery Style

    Chris Bernucca
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Teams in the NBA playoff races aren’t the only ones watching scoreboards this time of year. Take the Philadelphia 76ers, for example. The Sixers lost their first 17 games, were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race nearly a month ago and almost certainly will lose 60-plus games for the second straight season. But GM Sam Hinkie and the rest of the Sixers’ front office are tracking the results of other games almost as closely as their own. That’s because Philadelphia could have as many as four of the top 19 picks in the NBA draft. Or as few as one. Right now, the…
  • PODCAST: Bobby Gonzalez on the NCAA Final Four

    Chris Sheridan
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    After going 7-1 on his Sweet 16 picks and 3-1 on his Elite Eight picks, Bobby Gonzalez has only added to his aura of being a basketball savant. He knows more about hoops than just about any columnist in the country. In this interview on WFAN in New York, Gonzo takes a look at the Final Four matchups of Kentucky-Wisconsin and Michigan State-Duke. You will love it.  Check Out Basketball Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Sheridan Hoops Radio on BlogTalkRadio
  • Fantasy Spin: $100,000 Top Prize Tonight At DraftKings

    Kent Williams
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Yesterday, James Harden $11500 led the Rockets to a road win with help from vintage Josh Smith $6500 — 14 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST. 2 BLK, 2 3PTM — and both are essential again tonight, as Dwight Howard $7200 (back-to-back) will be rested. Donatas Motiejunas (back) and Terrence Jones (ribs) are also out, making Trevor Ariza $6500 and Corey Brewer $5100 more valuable. If you like the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan $7800 is the safest choice, Greivis Vasquez $4600 will start at PG until Kyle Lowry (back) returns and Lou Williams $4900 will get more touches. Plays of the Day Still not playing at…
  • LeBron Book: Redemption of the King; Exclusive Excerpts Here

    Vince McKee
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    LeBron James is back in Cleveland’s court, and a new book The Redemption of the King just hit the shelves. Author Vince McKee covers James’s entire journey in every detail both on and off the court — from the start of his career with the Cavaliers in Cleveland to his departure to Miami, his time with the Heat, and finally, the highly anticipated return of the “King.” The Redemption of the King is a story that revolves more around hometown pride and character than money or celebrity. Over the next five days exclusively will bring you excerpts of the new book,…
  • 10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Dwyane Wade Has Throwback Performance with 40 Points

    Maxwell Ogden
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The 2014-15 NBA regular season continued on Sunday, March 29. Superstars were in action, postseason hopefuls took part in crucial games and a number of teams made statements as the final month of the regular season nears and the postseason steadily approaches. This is how it all transpired. 1. James Harden put up 24 points and six assists to help the Houston Rockets pick up a 99-91 victory over the Washington Wizards. John Wall had 25 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and four steals, but the Wizards continued on their downward spiral. Houston improves to 43-12 when Harden scores at least…
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    Peachtree Hoops - All Posts

  • CawCast - Episode 12 (Jessica Taylor)

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hawks reporter Jessica Taylor joins the CawCast crew for this week's episode! CawCast Episode 12 (recorded Sunday, March 29) is ready for your listening pleasure! This week we had James Braswell, Josh Lane and Tony Papadopoulos from CawCast. Hawks reporter Jessica Taylor joined the CawCast crew for this week's episode: (Update: We have changed our iTunes address so subscribers will need to switch over to our new one. We have also added a Stitcher channel as well!) Be sure to subscribe to our iTunes and our Stitcher channels as well! We are all on Twitter, so be sure to follow the CawCast…
  • NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still on top, Clippers climbing

    J. Lane
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Golden State Warriors are still the cream of the crop but the Los Angeles Clippers are surging at the most appropriate time. 1.       Golden State Warriors: The Warriors have got to be the favorites in the West.  They just continue to blow teams out. 2.      Los Angeles Clippers:  Watching Big Baby run is still fascinating to me.  Oh yeah and the Clippers are looking good in time for the playoffs. 3.      San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are looking like the Spurs in time for playoffs. Yay Spurs.
  • March 30: Bucks vs Hawks

    Kris Willis
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    The Atlanta Hawks continue a four games, in five nights stretch on Monday with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena. The Atlanta Hawks return home to Philips Arena on Monday for a match up against a MIlwaukee Bucks team that is struggling down the stretch. For the Hawks these days, their biggest concern is figuring out who to play and who to rest with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference already in hand. Mike Budenholzer elected to rest his entire starting five on Saturday and with the Hawks in a four games in five nights stretch, there is a possibility that trend…
  • Bucks vs Hawks preview: Atlanta returns home to face Milwaukee

    Kris Willis
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Atlanta Hawks continue a four games, in five nights stretch on Monday with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena. The Atlanta Hawks return home to Philips Arena on Monday for a match up against a MIlwaukee Bucks team that is struggling down the stretch. For the Hawks these days, their biggest concern is figuring out who to play and who to rest with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference already in hand. Mike Budenholzer elected to rest his entire starting five on Saturday and with the Hawks in a four games in five nights stretch, there is a possibility that trend…
  • Peachtree Hoops Podcast: Where does Mike Budenholzer rank among NBA coaches

    Kris Willis
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Jason Walker from Peachtree Hoops and Phil Naessens from the Phil Naessens Show talk Atlanta Hawks basketball on this week's episode of the Peachtree Hoops Podcast. Topics include: 1). Coach Mike Budenhozer; Is he really the second best coach in the NBA? 2). Lessons learned about the Atlanta Hawks from losses to Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. 3). Brooklyn must not make the playoffs so the Hawks get their lottery pick 4). What the fans want might be different then what's good for the Atlanta Hawks. 5). The week to come 6). If the playoffs began today who would the Hawks face?
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    Pounding The Rock - All Posts

  • Tim Duncan's three-point shooting and ... gambling?

    J.R. Wilco
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Tim Duncan's long-distance shooting (technically) and betting on same. Also, it sure felt good watching the Spurs blow out the Thunder! In my weekly appearance on the Phil Naessens' show, the subject of Tim Duncan's bet with his best friend from college came up. Phil doesn't think Tim did anything wrong, but wanted to discuss some of the accusations being made about him. We also talked about how good it felt to watch the Spurs blow out the Thunder. I'm the Phil's last guest on the show, preceded by Kris Willis talking Atlanta Hawks basketball, Alex Rikleen talking Fantasy…
  • NBA Power Rankings Week 22: The Spurs Megazord is wreaking havoc on the NBA

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    There's a half month of basketball left in the regular season and San Antonio's return to form has occurred just in time -- was there ever any doubt? A 4-for-17 showing from three-point range would have doomed various iterations of the San Antonio Spurs earlier this year, especially when facing off against one of the better teams in the NBA. But last night it was a footnote in what was an otherwise-impressive dismantling of the then-second-place Grizzlies. With every piece in place, the Spurs Megazord is looking as strong as ever, taking on various forms depending on the opponent. It dropped…
  • Watch Kawhi Leonard score 15-straight 4th quarter points against the Grizzlies

    Chris Itz
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    The young star-in-the-making just keeps getting better. How many times have you had to raise the ceiling you put up for Kawhi? The Grizzlies refused to go away during Sunday night's contest against the Spurs. After falling behind by 13 early in the third quarter, Memphis quietly hung around and clawed their way back in to the game to trail the Spurs by just four points heading into the final period. Then Kawhi Leonard took the game over. In the Spurs' first possession of the quarter, the team went to Leonard on the left block against the physically out-matched Nick Calathes and Kawhi was able…
  • Welcome to the New Age of Spurs basketball

    Tyler Remmert
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The Big Three had a sub-par night, but it didn't matter. Maybe you've seen it. Maybe you were privy to a few of the articles that correctly pointed out its arrival. Or maybe you are one of the people just now realizing that the New Age of Spurs Basketball, the Post-Big Three Era, is upon us already. If any fans still have doubts about Kawhi Leonard's impending max contract, or his future as the face of a franchise he already wears on his face every game (stoic, workmanlike, brutal, calculating and dominant) they should watch the first five minutes of the fourth quarter of Sunday night's…
  • Spurs out-grind Grizzlies to finish off perfect homestand

    Michael Erler
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Nick Calathes should probably cancel that order of the "Kawhi-stopper" business cards. Game 73: Vs. Memphis: Spurs 103, Grizzlies 89   Rec: 47-26   3rd in Southwest, 6th in West  Streak: W-3 So, before the game I asked Gregg Popovich if he found the Memphis Grizzlies refreshing. More specifically, my question was something like, "In a league where so many teams --including the Spurs-- have taken some elements of Mike D'Antoni's free-wheeling, pace-and-space, pick-and-roll heavy motion offense, do you find the Grizzlies style of old-school post-centric style of play refreshing?"…
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    Pro Bball Report

  • Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier Struggles For Answers To Knicks Woes

    Stephen Brotherston
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    So what do the Knicks need to get better? That question was posed to legendary New York Knicks player and broadcaster Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier in this exclusive one-on-one interview while he was in Toronto and Frazier said, “Everything.” He couldn’t find any answers to the Knicks woes.
  • Raptors Coach Casey Says Terrence Ross Has His Focus Back

    Stephen Brotherston
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    It would be polite to suggest the Toronto Raptors third year wing Terrence Ross had regressed this season. Expectations were high that Ross would take the next step in becoming an effective ‘three-and-D’ player. Objectively Ross has played better lately, but it was somewhat surprising to hear the level of praise coming from his head coach.
  • Pro Bball Report Week in Review 03/23/15

    Stephen Brotherston
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    On Pro Bball Report recently: March Madness, Wildcats defense, Kyle Lowry triple-double, James Johnson 60 percent shooting, DeMar DeRozan, Kiara and Diar, Lucas Nogueira doing damage, Andrew Wiggins, Team Turmoil Bulls and more.
  • Patrick Patterson: Kentucky Wildcats Advantage Is Defense

    Stephen Brotherston
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The bragging among NBA players about their former University teams is intense at this time of year and there is no one more vocal in the Toronto Raptors locker room than University of Kentucky alumni Patrick Patterson. Patterson still credits Wildcats head coach John Calipari for developing his offensive skills, but this season he sees Kentucky winning with defense.
  • Raptors Amir Johnson Says Lucas Nogueira Will Do Damage

    Stephen Brotherston
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    The Toronto Raptors rookie center Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira hasn’t seen much time in the NBA, but with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League recently, the 22-year-old from Brazil has been showing off his natural abilities and the results have been impressive. Amir Johnson has been watching and practicing with Nogueira all season and sees a lot of potential in the seven-footer.
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    Basketball Bicker

  • Top Five NBA MVP Candidates For 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors MVP candidates Last year’s NBA MVP went to forward Kevin Garnett of the Oklahoma City Thunders. Who will be the NBA Most Valuable Player for 2015? As reported by Kofi Bofah of Sports Cheatsheets, here are the top five NBA MVP candidates of 2015: 5. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers Long a member of the Michael Jordan zone, LeBron has reached that echelon where a strong case may be made for him to claim the MVP award every single year. At this point, it’s almost reductive: King James has packaged…
  • Freshman Myles Turner Will Enter NBA Draft

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Texas Freshman Myles Turner center for Texas Longhorns College freshman Myles Turner who plays center for the Texas Longhorns will enter the NBA Draft. As reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the 19-year-old announced Monday he will leave for the NBA on Twitter, and his father confirmed to ESPN that he will send the paperwork to the NBA sometime this week. “We have not sent in the letter to the NBA yet,” David Turner told ESPN. “But he’s not coming back to Texas. He’s going to declare for the NBA draft.” Myles Turner was one of the most highly rated recruits…
  • NBA Games of the Week: March 30th-April 3rd, 2015

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Each and every week, we’ll look at the top NBA games of the week breaking them down. The best game happening on each week night will be selected with reasoning as to why you should keep an eye on it. Monday: Utah Jazz @ Minnesota Timberwolves (8PM EST) Utah Jazz @ Minnesota Timberwolves We start off the week with a very perplexing choice as neither team is anywhere near the playoff race. The Utah Jazz have been very good since trading Enes Kanter opening up the starting minutes for young rising star Rudy Gobert. In March, the center has averaged 10.7 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks as…
  • Stephen Curry Named Player of the Week

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors Point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors along with Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets have been named Players of the Week. As reported by, The Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 23, through Sunday, March 29. Stephen Curry helped the Golden State Warriors to a 4-0 week, with all four wins coming against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season…
  • LeBron James, Yao Ming, Adam Silver Named in Fortune’s Greatest Leaders List

    Julia Rivera
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    NBA personalities LeBron James, Yao Ming and Adam Silver were listed in Fortune magazine’s 50 greatest leaders on Thursday. The three men represent the NBA, which is the only United States professional sports league with representation on the list. Yao was ranked the highest out of the trio, sitting in the 26th spot, with James and Silver in 31st and 47th, respectively. Yao was recognized for his social advocacy in China, his homeland, particularly his fights against animal abuse. The magazine said: “The impact of his efforts has been far bigger than the headlines he generates.
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    Hoops Junction

  • Turnover Brothers What Everyone Ignores

    Vladimir Dessources
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:15 am
    Everyone knows about the Splash Brothers, but everyone is ignoring the “Turnover Brothers”. Who are the Turnover Brothers you ask? None other than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The two Warriors players have been having an amazing season leading their team to 60 wins.  They have Clinched the best record in the West and clinched the division  for the first time since 1975.Everything is rolling for the Golden State Warriors with their two studs playing at top form. There is one thing that no one wants to address and it is  how the Splash Brothers can morph into the Turnover…
  • Coach Dean Smith Message to Coaches

    Vladimir Dessources
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Coach Dean Smith did something never seen before by his actions after his death. Not only did Coach Dean Smith leave a lasting imprint on the game of college basketball, but he left one humanity. It was incredible to see that even after his death Coach Smith was still thinking of all the people he affected in his life. Dean  Smith did something unprecedented by a high profile coach by willing $200 dollars  to each of the players he has ever coached at the University of North Carolina. He insisted with the money each player received  they go enjoy a night out on the town for dinner. This…
  • The Lost Art of Trash Talk

    Vladimir Dessources
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    Michael Jordan  and Gary Payton experts at trash talk Trash talk has always been a major staple of the game. At one point or another you have heard someone talking a lot of trash on the court. Sometimes trash talk has been taken a little too far while other times it is right on cue.  Trash talk has led to some of your favorite stars rising to the occasion. With the same token trash talk has caused many superstars to crumble under pressure. Trash talk has really become a lost art in all levels of basketball. When people talk trash it is frowned upon by the highest ranks of basketball. They…
  • Streetball Legend who missed ticket to NBA

    Vladimir Dessources
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Streetball has come a long way from the days of the Rucker Park and commentators saying “oh baby!!!” AND-1 was the first company I could remember to really bring street ball to the forefront. They had players like Skip To My Lou , Half man Half Amazing and Headache. Then there was the EBC Rucker official league which began televising games. The most memorable player was bone collector and the most memorable team was Fat Joe’s Terror Squad. The Rucker was always around, but you had to go there to see what the hype was about. When the EBC began creating tapes along with…
  • Watching the Game Within the Game

    Vladimir Dessources
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When watching a good  game of basketball we tend to pay attention to the flash and flare being displayed. When a player is hot we often look at his totals rather than how he is getting his points. It is understandable because for most people watching basketball is strictly for entertainment. The problem  occurs when the same people  have to defend their points of views on basketball based on what they watch.  Everyone feels that they are watching the same game as everyone else. In which case they are wrong on so many levels. Watching professional basketball comes with a great deal of…
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    NBA Basketball | Showtime

  • Do not count Dwyane Wade out yet!

    Toni George
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    After having fluid removed from the left knee, Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade came back with a bang on the NBA floor and scored 40 against the Detroit Pistons. 19 of his total points were scored in the fourth quarter. “Just being strong-willed. We didn’t have that many guys coming into the game, we lost two coming out of halftime…but you have to do what you have to do,” D-Wade said after the game, according to the Associated Press. Miami is currently in seventh place with 34 wins and 39 losses, one and a half game in front of the eighth seed Brooklyn Nets. If they…
  • Stephen Curry’s Pregame Routine

    Toni George
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    Warriors guard Stephen Curry has a detailed pregame warm-up routine that includes several dribbling and shooting drills. Is this his secret behind his MVP numbers? Could be…
  • James Harden’s Fan Voted Top 10 of the Season

    Toni George
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    The Fans have voted and the results are in. Check out Houston Rockets’ James Harden Top 10 plays of the 2014-2015 season. Will he prevail in the MVP race against the likes of Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook?
  • Steve Nash: Retirement Press Conference

    Toni George
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    “I simply want people to remember me as a competitor and a great teammate. That’s it. Those are the two most important things, to compete every day, to show up for your team and for your teammates and show up in big games and show up in big moments and to be a great teammate. That’s all I can ever ask for,” Steve Nash said at the press conference that announced his retirement from basketball.
  • A Look Back At the Career of Steve Nash

    Toni George
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    Eight-time All-Star Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA on March 21, 2015 after 10 seasons played at the highest level. He finished his professional career with 17,387 total points scored in the league, 10,335 assists dished for his teammates and 3,642 big rebounds. He is third in the all-time assists list after John Stockton and Jason Kidd and is the only player shorter than 6’6” to win multiples MVPs – he won two of those in 2005 and 2006. He had also four seasons in which he shot 50 percent from the field, 40% from beyond the arc and 90% from the free-throw…
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  • 2015 MLB Preview: NL WEST

    Dustin Brown
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    As the saying goes, “The best coast is the West Coast.” The World Series champion San Francisco Giants would have to agree, as would the rest of the NL West. The division has started to become very competitive, and the Dodgers/Giants rivalry is starting […] The post 2015 MLB Preview: NL WEST appeared first on MFST.
  • Patrick Beverly out for season

    Dan Schalk
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    The Houston Rockets championship hopes just took a hit today, as starting point guard Patrick Beverly has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury that requires surgery. Beverly and the Rockets were hoping to delay the surgery until […] The post Patrick Beverly out for season appeared first on MFST.
  • RJ Hunter enters the NBA draft

    Dan Schalk
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    RJ Hunter the junior guard from Georgia State, has entered his name into the 2015 NBA draft. Hunter played for his father, Ron, and helped lead the 14th seeded Panthers to an upset over third-seeded Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament. […] The post RJ Hunter enters the NBA draft appeared first on MFST.
  • Top five sleepers in the NFL draft

    Dan Schalk
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
        Dan Schalk is the head writer for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk The post Top five sleepers in the NFL draft appeared first on MFST.
  • Yordano Ventura gets the opening day nod

    Dan Schalk
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Kansas City Royals had a great run to close-out last season that ended in a World Series berth, and eventual loss to the San Francisco Giants. With staff ace “Big Game” James Shields signing with his hometown San Diego Padres during the offseason, the […] The post Yordano Ventura gets the opening day nod appeared first on MFST.
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  • Who's Winning the NBA MVP Award? The Top 10 Contenders

    Nick Robinson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    There’s no greater legitimiser of NBA superstardom than winning an MVP award. Only the very best can say they’ve claimed one, and even then there are some legends forced to go without. Call it bad timing.This year, however, the race was wide open from the start. Only seven current players have won one. One of those players was Kobe Bryant, shut down a few months into the season. Kevin Durant missed the first 17 games of the season and has been in and out of the OKC side ever since with little niggles. Derrick Rose, the youngest man to ever win the MVP, was coming back from years of injury…
  • The Dugout – Birthdays, Bad Blood and So Long Steve Nash

    Nick Robinson
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Adios, Steve NashOne of the worst kept secrets in basketball has been confirmed with Steve Nash retiring from the NBA. Now immediately we can forget the dramas of the busted era that’s ruined the Lakers, of the torturous injuries and the massive salary he was unable to prove that he deserved or not. Steve Nash has retired, and now we’re free to dwell on moments like these. Nash made the announcement in an essay for Derek Jeter’s Player’s Tribune (which has some good stuff now and then). The post began simply enough: “I’m retiring”.If you’ve seen the videos he’s done for…
  • The Dugout – NFL Musical Chairs, Anchorman & Mascot Torture

    Nick Robinson
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    NFL Free-For-All AgencyFor the first time in the Super Bowl era, the leading rusher in an NFL season will start the following season on a new team. DeMarco Murray has signed a 5-year, $42m contract with Dallas’ arch-rivals… the Philadelphia Eagles. Suddenly the flurry of trades out of Philly don’t seem so crazy. Fans can even stomach the potential signing of Tim Tebow (the one and only) as their third string quarterback, though that depends on whether they can get any takers for Matt Barkley. Which they should, surely Jacksonville or Tampa Bay or somewhere would take a punt on him. Of…
  • The Dugout - NFL Players For Sale, Any Takers?

    Nick Robinson
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    What Is Even Happening In The NFL!?Did someone spike the waters of 32 separate NFL headquarters? Free Agency is open, and that should have provided enough boardroom madness for most teams on its own, but we’ve also seen a bunch of wild trades sweeping through headlines and twitter feeds alike. Huge names getting flipped.Like, where do we even start? Ooh, how about here:Flee Like An EagleLast week we saw LeSean McCoy traded out of nowhere. Turns out that was just the beginning. The Eagles were straight back into the steaming volcano of NFL trades, this time swapping quarterback Nick Foles…
  • Funaki Returns: What’s Changed For Steven Adams While He’s Been Injured?

    Nick Robinson
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    Four weeks ago Steven Adams fractured his right hand. It happened in a win over the Clippers, competing for an offensive board, and you knew it was bad when the stoic OKC big fella darted straight for the locker room. Except that an instant later he was back – he had free throws to shoot, the injury could wait. Adams had been told that if he didn’t take his free throws then he’d be ineligible to return to the game. It turns out that wasn’t gonna be an option anyway, a day later he was in surgery. Pulled from the Rising Stars Challenge at All Star Weekend, out of the lineup for the…
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  • SDZ: All-Florida Team

    Chris Priczak
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The All-State teams continue, as the next stop heads down to the Sunshine State, Florida. Point Guard : Brandon Knight Florida is not known for producing any of the great point guards, but having a point guard, like Brandon Knight, that can distribute the ball and find the open shooter is what this team needs. While the Miami born player is an average shooter ,41% from the field and 36% from downtown, Knight has averaged 4.5 assists in his four-year career. Since Knight won’t be relied on the shoot the ball much, it is important to have good shooters on this team to make the…
  • Atlanta Hawks: Falling Apart?

    Mark Plotkin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The Atlanta Hawks are guaranteed first seed in the Eastern Conference and many people chose them to make the NBA finals, if not win the championship. Now, people aren’t that sure anymore. Throughout December, January, and February, the Atlanta Hawks lost just six games and won 38 games(86%), they even had a few good winning streaks. This team was thought to be historic, one of the best Hawks teams ever.  The last time the Hawks even won a championship was in 1958, back when Bob Pettit was dubbed the greatest power forward ever. That was back when the Hawks were in St.Louis, and the…
  • SDZ: All-Delaware Team

    Nicholas Tozier
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    In the eighth part of our ongoing “SDZ: All-State” series, we have come to the smallest state in the series to date–the New England state of Delaware. While Delaware has not produced the amount of NBA talent that you have read about from states like Alabama or California, the state has produced a few college greats who later went on to play in the NBA and overseas. Without further a due, Delaware’s starting 3-guard lineup: G: Terence Stansbury Born in Newark, Delaware, the 6’5″ guard enjoyed a successful college career at Temple University before his brief…
  • FanDay NBA DFS Picks: 3/29/2015

    Nick Misa
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    Note: You can use these hot tips to play the Daily Fantasy NBA games on! Use the code “SlamDunkZone” when you start your account and Fanday will give you a 250% deposit bonus on your account–the biggest deposit bonus in all of Daily Fantasy Sports! Good luck and win big! Although Picks are not numbered, they are listed in preferred order. Point Guard: Cash Game Plays: Russell Westbrook ($10,400): I plan on spending on Russ tonight as there is a lack of expensive options today, and he possesses the biggest upside potential out of any player in the NBA. His price is…
  • SDZ: All-Connecticut Team

    Efrain Ramos
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Connecticut is rich in basketball history, and a team made up of only players who were born and raised in Connecticut would make a fierce, well-rounded squadron of height, skill, speed, defense, and potent scoring from multiple positions. In an all out tournament of all 50 states, Connecticut in the final four is a safe bet. At Point Guard, Michael Adams Michael Adams was born in Hartford, Connecticut and attended Hartford Public High School. Adams later attended Boston College where he gained modest notoriety, leading him to be drafted in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft. A small,…
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  • Basketball Ball Review

    Ryan Rainman
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    Intro My family and I came to Chicago from India on Jan 21, 1995. In the 20 years since, I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on all types of Basketball basketballs. And using them all taught me some interesting things. This guide breaks down unique makes and models of basketballs by their similarities and differences in: Size and skill level – Who they’re made for Setting – Where you use them Brands – Companies that sell them Material – What they’re made of Affordability – What they price at User experience – How they look…
  • Kobe Bryant Jump Shot

    Ryan Rainman
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    How Kobe Bean Bryant’s Jump Shot Works Although not classified as a shooter, Kobe Jellybean Bryant is one of the toughest shot makers in the game. Having made over 10,000 jumpers in his NBA career, many of them contested by some of the most elite defenders such as Ruben Patterson, Ron Artest, Scottie Pippen, Tony Allen, Shane Battier and his favorite nemesis Bruce Bowen, Kobe has mastered the jump shot in a different way than jump shooters like Ray Allen. With his scoring and killer mentality, Kobe like Jordan and Durant, puts the ball through the bucket more through will than a…
  • Ray Allen Jump Shot

    Ryan Rainman
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    How Ray Allen’s Jump Shot works Ray Allen’s fluid jump shot is the model form for basketball instructors and talking heads to exemplify marksman shooting. He has the coveted 90 degree angle with his elbows and arms on his shot, which he releases at the height of his jump. He also always fully extends his arms for the complete follow through. This is the jump shot that has helped Ray Ray nail big time 3s in clutch moments. Like the Celtics’ comebacks in the 2008 playoffs. His 50 point performances in the 2009 1st round legendary playoffs against the Bulls. And of course, the…
  • Steph Curry Jump Shot

    Ryan Rainman
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    The #1 Lesson from Steph Curry’s Jump Shot We all know about Steph Curry’s ridiculous jumper, but did you know that in high school, he had to change his form altogether? Like many small(er) guards who have difficulty getting a clean shot off against tighter, taller defenders because they shoot from the hip, literally, Steph Curry came to a crossroads. To take his chances and keep the form he grew up to or alter it altogether and give himself the best chance to compete at the high school, college and pro levels. Y’already know he took the route that most of us wouldn’t…
  • 7 Traits of Remarkably Productive Basketball Shooting Workouts

    Ryan Rainman
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Shooting is the thing that everyone loves to practices and the time most practice workouts center around. Productive shooting practices, like practice of any endeavors, aren’t counted by the time spent in the gym or the number of shots taken and made, but by the quality of the workout, as gauged by the simulation of in-game situations. [Related: Drills & Workouts to learn how to shoot a basketball perfectly] Keys to quality basketball shooting workouts 1) Incorporate catch-and-shoot spot up shots Focus on drills that capture spot up shots for players of any position and role. 2)…
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