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  • Dunk Contest Still Missing Big Stars

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    CJ
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    Zach LaVine put on an outstanding show this year at the NBA dunk contest during All-Star weekend. The rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a few dunks that have never been seen in an NBA contest. While he was extremely entertaining, there were still plenty of fans a little bit frustrated that they were forced to watch a bench player on a bad team entertain them. Everyone would enjoy seeing the stars of the game put on a show in a dunk contest, but the biggest stars no longer tend to participate. Why has that started to be the norm? Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant and…
  • Nowitzki working with Mavs in trouble vs. Rockets

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    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    As usual, Dirk Nowitzki stayed on the practice court long after the rest of the Dallas players, shooting jumper after jumper on a day between first-round playoff games against Houston.
  • Duke Lands Five-Star Wing Brandon Ingram

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    27 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Just six days after receiving a commitment from five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, the Duke Blue Devils got a pledge from another top-ranked recruit on Monday night when 6-8 swingman Brandon Ingram announced during a press conference that he’d also be taking his talents to Durham in the fall. He also considered UNC and Kansas. More the Fayetteville Observer:  When the time came for Kinston High School basketball star Brandon Ingram to announce his college decision in a crowded gym Monday evening, he wasted little time.   “It’s been a long process,” Ingram said after…
  • Pepsi Nabs NBA Sponsorship Rights From Coca-Cola

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    CJ
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    It will be all change in the NBA next season after it was confirmed that Pepsi will replace Coke as the league’s food and beverage sponsor, ending an association between two of America’s most iconic brands that has lasted 28 years. Pepsi, who had an existing deal with the NBA through Gatorade, will now be able to promote the likes of Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Brisk, Doritos and Ruffles in association with the league. Pepsi now holds sponsorship deals with all four of the U.S. major sports organisations, meaning next season the National Football League, Major League…
  • Butler says Bulls must refocus defensive energy

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    27 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Butler says Bulls must refocus defensive energy
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  • Nowitzki working with Mavs in trouble vs. Rockets

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    As usual, Dirk Nowitzki stayed on the practice court long after the rest of the Dallas players, shooting jumper after jumper on a day between first-round playoff games against Houston.
  • NBA suspends Cavs' Smith, Celtics' Olynyk

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game.
  • Smith, Olynyk suspended; Perkins fined

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games without pay and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in separate incidents during Cleveland's 101-93 victory over Boston on April 26 at TD Garden, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. In addition, Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins' second quarter Flagrant Foul 1 has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 and he has been fined $15,000.
  • NBA suspends Smith 2 games, Olynyk 1 game

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games without pay and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in separate incidents during Cleveland's 101-93 victory over Boston on April 26 at TD Garden, it was announced Monday by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. In addition, Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins's second quarter Flagrant Foul 1 has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 and he has been fined $15,000.
  • Kerr wins writers' Rudy Tomjanovich award

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Golden State's Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to a coach who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation with fans and media.
 
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  • Duke Lands Five-Star Wing Brandon Ingram

    SLAM Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Just six days after receiving a commitment from five-star point guard Derryck Thornton, the Duke Blue Devils got a pledge from another top-ranked recruit on Monday night when 6-8 swingman Brandon Ingram announced during a press conference that he’d also be taking his talents to Durham in the fall. He also considered UNC and Kansas. More the Fayetteville Observer:  When the time came for Kinston High School basketball star Brandon Ingram to announce his college decision in a crowded gym Monday evening, he wasted little time.   “It’s been a long process,” Ingram said after…
  • J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games for Smacking Jae Crowder in the Face

    Marcel Mutoni
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    It’s been a rough day for the Cleveland Cavaliers. J.R. Smith had reason to be “nervous as hell“—the NBA announced Monday night that he’s been suspended for a pair of games following his brutal smack of Jae Crowder’s grill in the Cavs’ series-closing Game 4 Sunday afternoon vs the Boston Celtics. J.R. Smith has been suspended two games for incident during Game 4 vs. Boston. pic.twitter.com/q6CIjmLz49 — NBA.com (@NBAcom) April 27, 2015 Kendrick Perkins has been fined $15K for his own hit on Crowder, and Kelly Olynyk is suspended one game for his…
  • Report: College Basketball ‘Likely’ Heading to 30-Second Shot Clock

    Bill DiFilippo
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    If you think men’s college basketball games are slow and boring, we have some good news. According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, college hoops is reportedly “likely” moving towards adopting a 30-second shot clock. The sport has had a 35-second shot clock since the 1993-94 season, and this year, the NCAA experimented with a truncated shot clock during the NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments for the men’s game. The NCAA rules committee will vote on the matter when it convenes in May. From ESPN: Men’s basketball is likely heading toward reducing its shot clock…
  • Cavs Announce Kevin Love is Out for Conference Semifinals

    SLAM Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Kevin Love won’t play in the Cavaliers’ second-round series, which most expect to come against the Chicago Bulls. Love, of course, injured his shoulder on Sunday in Cleveland’s series-clinching Game 4 win against the Boston Celtics. From ESPN’s Dave McMenamin via Twitter: The Cavs have ruled out Kevin Love for the conference semifinals. — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 27, 2015 And from the Cavs, officially: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder dislocation during the first quarter of yesterday’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. His shoulder was…
  • JHBK Presents Flight School: SLAM EIC Ben Osborne (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Our friends at Jordan Heads: Brooklyn not only have one of the best consignment boutiques in New York, but they also host some of the best private events, too. SLAM Editor-in-Chief Ben Osborne was the special guest for the most recent such event in a series that JHBK calls “Flight School.” You can watch the video above, as Ben talks about the origins of his own career in the magazine world, SLAM’s unique place in basketball and how the role of sneakers—specifically, Air Jordans—has grown since our mag’s inception. The post JHBK Presents Flight School: SLAM EIC Ben…
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  • Pepsi Nabs NBA Sponsorship Rights From Coca-Cola

    CJ
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    It will be all change in the NBA next season after it was confirmed that Pepsi will replace Coke as the league’s food and beverage sponsor, ending an association between two of America’s most iconic brands that has lasted 28 years. Pepsi, who had an existing deal with the NBA through Gatorade, will now be able to promote the likes of Mountain Dew, Aquafina, Brisk, Doritos and Ruffles in association with the league. Pepsi now holds sponsorship deals with all four of the U.S. major sports organisations, meaning next season the National Football League, Major League…
  • Dunk Contest Still Missing Big Stars

    CJ
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    Zach LaVine put on an outstanding show this year at the NBA dunk contest during All-Star weekend. The rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a few dunks that have never been seen in an NBA contest. While he was extremely entertaining, there were still plenty of fans a little bit frustrated that they were forced to watch a bench player on a bad team entertain them. Everyone would enjoy seeing the stars of the game put on a show in a dunk contest, but the biggest stars no longer tend to participate. Why has that started to be the norm? Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant and…
  • Jordan Brand Unveils Player-Exclusive Footwear For All-Star Game

    CJ
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    This Sunday, the game’s biggest names in basketball will go head-to-head in the annual showcase of the best players in the league. To celebrate the occasion, Jordan Brand will provide its participating athletes exclusive shoes. A group of Jordan Brand family members will appear in the All-Star game as Carmelo Anthony makes his eighth appearance, Chris Paul his eighth, Russell Westbrook his fourth, and LaMarcus Aldridge his fourth. One of the newest members of the Jordan Brand family, Jimmy Butler, will make his first arrival under the bright lights this year. This year’s player-exclusive…
  • Jordan Brand Commemorates Franchise’s 30th Anniversary

    CJ
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    In 1985, NBA newcomer Michael Jordan turned heads. In addition to leading his team to the playoffs, Jordan finished the season with a scoring average of 28.2 points per game; set Chicago single-season records for points, field goals, free throws and steals; and received the prestigious NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Jordan’s performance that year set the tone for the next 30 years, forever changing the game of basketball and sports around the world. In the ensuing years, he also came to lead a global brand that revolutionized on- and off-court footwear and apparel – through the Jordan…
  • adidas Unveils D Rose Boost “Brenda” Edition

    CJ
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    As if we haven’t had enough D Rose Boost colorways already, adidas has unveiled yet another one. This latest colorway of the D Rose 5 Boost signature basketball shoe will be worn by Derrick Rose in his on-court rotation this season. The D Rose 5 Boost is the first basketball shoe to offer full length Boost cushioning technology designed for heightened energy return and step-in comfort to ensure maximum performance. In tradition with previous “Brenda” editions, this shoe pays tribute to Derrick’s mother with a red based shoe to celebrate her favorite color. It features a rich red…
 
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  • Milwaukee's long arms overcome long odds to take Game 5 against Chicago

    Kelly Dwyer
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    CHICAGO – The Milwaukee Bucks would seem to be playing with figurative house money, leaping from the worst record in the NBA to a playoff berth within a year, working with what used to a be a 3-0 playoff deficit in the team’s first round series against the Bulls, free and easy and bereft of complication. Not so, according to Bucks coach Jason Kidd. Milwaukee pulled closer to Chicago with a 94-88 win on Monday evening, setting the series at 3-2 as it heads back to Milwaukee. According to the first-year Bucks coach, his team is hardly playing as if little matters in its showdown with…
  • Deron Williams comes back to life with 35, Nets even series with Hawks

    Eric Freeman
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams came into Game 4 of his team's first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks as one of the great disappoinments of the 2015 postseason. Once considered one of the three best point guards in the NBA, Willliams scuffled to two points (and and several game-deciding mistakes) in a Game 2 loss and just three points (plus a benching over the game-deciding final 16 minutes) in Brooklyn's otherwise impressive Game 3 victory. Monday's contest at the Barclays Center loomed as not just a chance for the Nets to even the series at 2-2, but a pivotal game in the…
  • Love to miss Round 2, J.R. and Olynyk suspended in Cavs-Celtics aftermath

    Dan Devine
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Now that the dust's settled, we can start picking through the fallout from Sunday's wild Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, which sent the C's home for the summer and will send the Cavs into the second round without two-fifths of the starting lineup that torched the league over the last three months of the regular season. [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] The Cavaliers announced Monday that power forward Kevin Love "will be unavailable for" the entire Eastern Conference semifinals after suffering a dislocated left shoulder…
  • Kelly Olynyk on Kevin Love's 'bush league' accusation: 'That's ridiculous'

    Ben Rohrbach
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    When Kelly Olynyk grabbed Kevin Love's left arm and yanked the All-Star's shoulder from its socket on Sunday, it most certainly wasn't a clean play for the loose ball, resulting in a foul on the Celtics center. But was it a dirty play? That has been the subject of much debate in NBA circles since the Cavaliers finished off their first-round sweep, especially once Love suggested Olynyk purposefully injured him. Kevin Love: "I thought it was a bush-league play ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 26, 2015 More Kevin Love: "That's just not a…
  • Paul Pierce celebrated sweeping the Raptors with so many Internet jokes

    Dan Devine
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    There are plenty of reasons why the Washington Wizards swept the Toronto Raptors out of the 2015 postseason. Some of them have to do with the Raptors' own failings, especially on the defensive end, as they plummeted from the top of the East to a dispiriting four-game defeat and into a summer that could feature franchise-shaking change. Some of them have to do with John Wall being damn near unguardable, Bradley Beal getting back to making shots he'd struggled to at times this season and Otto Porter becoming a nightmarish defender for Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan to deal with. [Follow…
 
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  • 2015 NBA season review: The Jackson-Drummond connection

    Steve Hinson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Despite developing their on-court relationship on the fly, Jackson and Drummond formed an elite pick-and-roll duo. At the time of the Reggie Jackson trade for Pistons starters D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler, there was a fair amount of confusion among the team's fanbase. Moving a pair of proven starters for a high upside guy, was Stan Van Gundy throwing in the towel on the playoff race? How would he coexist with two other players who also thrive in the paint in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe? Was Van Gundy just being lured in by name recognition? Well, even with the benefit of hindsight, all…
  • 2014-15 Pistons player reviews: Spencer Dinwiddie

    Vincent Diringer
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dinwiddie was a revelation during his rookie season, but just how good was he? This time last year, most Piston fans anxiously awaited the draft lottery results to find out whether or not Detroit would retain its eighth overall pick or have to send it to Charlotte as part of the 2012 Ben Gordon trade. As the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped to the top spot, the Pistons dropped to ninth and saw any chance of securing a first round talent vanish before their eyes, but little did we know that a tall, lanky guard by the name of Spencer Dinwiddie out of the University of Colorado would slip out of the…
  • 2014-15 Pistons player reviews: Luigi Datome

    Jason Brunskowski
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Luigi Datome, the Italian sharpshooter, saw spare minutes this year for the Pistons before being traded. How did he do? Following the 2012-13 season, it was evident that the Pistons may need more spacing on the floor. Andre Drummond beasted off the bench for most of the year, but during the times he did play with Monroe, the lane was clogged. Joe Dumars used his scouting department to nab the Italian sharpshooter Luigi Datome who was a career 40-percent shooter from distance in the Italian league. Unfortunately, that never translated to Datome's time with the Pistons. Datome's averages for…
  • Darko Miličić chugging beer, pouring it on mouths of tattoos

    Packey
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The Human Victory Cigar is still doing human-victory-cigar things. This was once a lottery pick, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft a little over a decade ago, and now he's shirtless somewhere in the world, chugging beer and pouring beer onto the ink mouths on his abdominals. Whatttt? Notice the two guys waving off another beer for Darko before the 7-footer reaches out and grabs it for his homies painted on his stomach? Dan Devine at Yahoo! gives a little more context to the shirtless Darko Milicic pounding/spilling beer and sharing some with his tattoos: Yep, that's a shirtless…
  • Pistons news roundup: Anthony Tolliver & Cartier Martin's options and the Pistons' slowly improving defense

    Vincent Diringer
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    The second offseason installment of the Roundup looks into two more Pistons' contract situations and how SVG has helped the Pistons rediscover defense. Anthony Tolliver hoping to make Detroit home Over the span of his professional career, Anthony Tolliver played for 15 different teams in three different countries before finding himself playing for Stan Van Gundy's Pistons. A true journeyman, the sharpshooting forward is hoping to make Detroit home for the upcoming years. Per The Detroit News' Terry Foster "It was a challenge, especially early in my career when I switched teams so much in one…
 
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  • In the NO Podcast EP 217: The Wrap

    Ryan Schwan
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Michael and I talk Game 3 and Game 4. Well, mostly Game 3 and who was to blame. Was it Monty? Then we talk about who should come back, who the Pelicans could and should target. We talk Eric Gordon and his option, Davis and his extension, and Monty Williams and whether he should return. We also wonder what would happen if the NBA got into cloning dudes. Sorta. Thank you for listening, everyone. Hope you have an excellent off-season. Enjoy the Podcast! Want it on Itunes? Direct download?  RSS Feed? Like the Show or the Blog? Follow @BourbonStShots
  • Why the MLE Will Have Little to No Value Moving Forward

    Michael McNamara
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Last season we at Bourbon Street Shots had the First Annual MLE Tournament. There might not be a second. And it’s not because the Pelicans won’t have access to the MLE; In fact, after all our hard work they didn’t even use the MLE last year. This year, it is far more likely that the Pelicans go into the offseason as a cap team and the MLE will be pretty much the only way they could add a new player in free agency. But moving forward, starting this summer, the value of the MLE will plummet drastically. One thing that we must address first is that the MLE is not tied to the…
  • The New Orleans Pelicans’ 2014-2015 Season Is Over

    Jason Calmes
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:17 pm
    After the downs and ups and downs, the 2014-2015 Season of the New Orleans Pelicans is over. The 109-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors completes the sweep by the exceptional Warriors. I could dissect the game ad infinitum, but Chris has given a good feel of the game anyway, and there’s just not too much to take from it at this point. Davis and Gordon played well, but Curry, Thompson, and Green played better. Pieces will come flowing forth over the next few days about all our players, more will look back at the season, still more will look forward to the offseason and Davis’…
  • Moleskin Moments: Warriors v. Pelicans Game 4

    Chris Romaguera
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Will be interesting to see how Monty matches up w/ @warriors smaller lineups. Referenced that maybe sitting Asik was a mistake in Gm 3. @Jrue_Holiday11 is a go for tonight. @PelicansNBA were +17 with @ryananderson33 on the floor in Game 3. @ryananderson33 went 10/14 shooting last game for 26 points, after going only 2/11 the prior two games combined. 1Q Two fantastic defensive plays by Asik to start the game. Could be a good sign. 10:22 4-2 Pels So it @TheofficialEG10 making his first jumpshot off the bounce. 9:40 @AsikOmer playing the long con? Nice post-up, and-1 (made the free throw. )…
  • A Test for the Pelicans

    Chris Romaguera
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You’ll see what the New Orleans Pelicans team has today. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the New Orleans had a 38% chance of being swept by the Golden State Warriors if they lost on Thursday night. Well the Pelicans lost, so now we’ll see what happens. Not only did they lost, but they lost in one of the most heartbreaking ways one can lose. Many will wonder if Thursday was the knockout punch, if the Pels will have anything left for tonight. In many ways, this may be the biggest test of the season for the team. When there is nothing left to play for but pride against the best…
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  • Kevin Love injury update: Out for second round, perhaps longer

    editor2
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Kevin Love injury update: Out for second round, perhaps longer Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder dislocation during the first quarter of yesterday’s game in Boston vs. the Celtics. His shoulder was assessed, reduced in the locker room, immobilized and he did not return to the game. X-rays and a MRI have been performed, [...]
  • J.R. Smith and Kelly Olynyk suspended, Kendrick Perkins fined

    Inside Hoops
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    J.R. Smith and Kelly Olynyk suspended, Kendrick Perkins fined Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games without pay and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game without pay for their roles in separate incidents during Cleveland’s 101-93 victory over Boston on April 26 at TD Garden, it was announced today [...]
  • After sweeping Pelicans, Warriors get rest time

    Inside Hoops
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    After sweeping Pelicans, Warriors get time to rest One really nice thing about tossing an opponent out of the playoffs as quickly as possible is that the winning team gets to relax and heal up before the next round begins. After sweeping the New Orleans Pelicans, the Golden State Warriors get to recover physically and study [...]
  • Cavs-Celtics: Kevin Love thinks Kelly Olynyk meant to hurt him

    Inside Hoops
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Kevin Love thinks Kelly Olynyk injured him on purpose Here’s the Boston.com blog reporting on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who suffered a dislocated shoulder at the hands of Celtics big-man Kelly Olynyk during a play that looked like pro wrestling just as much as it looked like basketball: Kevin Love was not in a celebratory mood after the [...]
  • Warriors sweep Pelicans in first round

    editor2
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Warriors sweep Pelicans in first round The Golden State Warriors have quickly escorted the New Orleans Pelicans out of the the playoffs and into the offseason. Which is either rude or polite, depending on how you look at it. Rude, because nobody wants to be swept from the playoffs. But polite, because the Warriors ended the [...]
 
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  • Ranking the Sacramento Kings offseason needs

    Aykis16
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    The Kings need a lot of help.  This likely isn't a revelation to you or anyone who realizes that a 29 win season, the team's best in five years, is hardly something to celebrate. This offseason in particular is set up to be a very important one for the Kings.  They have a decent amount of cap space, although not enough to sign the biggest names (which would have been unlikely even if the Kings did have that type of space).  The Kings will be playing their last season at the old arena before moving into their new downtown arena in the fall of 2016, and management wants this team…
  • Point/Counterpoint: Was it ok for George Maloof to be at the premier of Down In The Valley?

    Greg Wissinger
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Kevin and I have a serious debate about a difficult topic. With the recent premier of Down In The Valley, many Kings fans were alarmed to see George Maloof at the premier, and featured on the discussion panel. Q&A panel starting with @KJ_MayorJohnson, George Maloof, and director Jason Hehir. pic.twitter.com/1f7hmNKj5M — Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) April 25, 2015 Here to discuss this with me is noted Maloof apologist Kevin Fippin. Kevin, why shouldn't we be upset about George being at the premier event? Kevin: Let me first start by thanking StR's resident rabble rouser for extending…
  • 2014-15 End of Season Roundtable Discussion

    Aykis16
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Sactown Royalty crew has come together to discuss the season that was, in all its misery and suffering.  We discuss the highlights, lowlights and much more. Best Moment of the Season (On-Court): This is a tough one given how disappointing this season was.  But for me that early season five-game winning streak was probably the best thing.  I remember when we were 4-1 heading into Phoenix I felt more invested in the team than I had in years.  The games felt like they mattered once more.  I saw Interstellar that night, and yet there I was, that guy in the movie…
  • Top 5 Sacramento Kings stories of the week

    Aykis16
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Ben McLemore was named a finalist for the NBA's season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his ongoing charitable work.  Fan votes will play a role in selecting the winner so if you want to vote for Ben, check out this link for instructions on how to do so. Ben also talked to Cowbell Kingdom about his plans for the offseason.  Ben's work last season saw him improve a lot over just one summer, but he's still got a lot of work ahead of him if he ever hopes to become a star. Cowbell Kingdom conducted another exit interview, this time with rookie Nik…
  • Watch the best dunks from the 2014-15 Sacramento Kings season

    Aykis16
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The Kings are putting together some awesome season round-up highlights on YouTube lately, with their latest feature being the Top 10 dunks of the 2014-15 season.  There's a lot of goodies in there, and I'm particularly fond of Rudy Gay's throwdown on Serge Ibaka. What's your favorite dunk from the season?
 
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  • Grizzlies vs. Blazers, 2015 NBA Playoffs Game 4: Time, TV Schedule and Live Streaming

    Timmay!
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the Portland Trail Blazers falling to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night, their chances of a series victory are now negligible. No NBA team down 3-0 has ever recovered to win a best-of-seven series. But Portland will start their attempt tonight. Arron Afflalo and Chris Kaman are expected to play for the Blazers tonight. Mike Conley will not play after getting surgery due to a facial fracture suffered in Game 3. Beno Udrih is likely to return for Memphis. How To Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Location: Moda Center, Portland OR Time: 7:30 pm, PDT TV: TNT | KGW (in…
  • Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Preview

    Chris Lucia
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    Facing playoff elimination, the Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Moda Center in Game 4 of their best-of-seven, first-round series. Memphis Grizzlies (3-0) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (0-3)Monday, April 27Moda Center | 7:30 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: KGWHD, TNT; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Wesley Matthews, Dorell Wright| Out for the Grizzlies: Mike ConleySBN Affiliate: Grizzly Bear Blues | Timmay's Viewing Guide Facing playoff elimination, the Blazers host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Moda Center in Game 4 of their best-of-seven, first-round series. Portland…
  • What Do You Want to See Out of Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies Game 4?

    Dave Deckard
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    The Blazers hopes of winning the series are fading. What else can be gleaned from this experience? Even the most passionate Portland Trail Blazers fans are starting to admit that the chances of the Blazers winning their first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies have grown slim. With Portland down 0-3, not having put up a sustained fight in any of the games, a 4-game winning streak seems about as likely as riding a bike to the moon. Series are never over until one team wins the fourth game, but this one is as close as you can get. Acknowledging there's a 0.00001% of the Blazers advancing…
  • Mike Conley Will Not Play in Game 4 of the Blazers-Grizzlies Series

    Dave Deckard
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The Memphis point guard will return home for further evaluation. The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that point guard Mike Conley will not play in Game 4 versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. . @MConley11 will return to #Memphis for further evaluation of a facial injury sustained in Game3 vs #Blazers. He's out tmrw for Game4. — Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 26, 2015 Conley's face was injured during this tangle with Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum in Game 3 of the Blazers-Grizzlies series. The Grizzlies lead Portland 3-0 in the best-of-seven matchup. Though wrapping…
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 52 Fouls Called, Moda Crowd Frustrated

    Chris Lucia
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    Peter Sampson delivers our In-Arena Report from the Moda Center during the Blazers' 115-109 Game 3 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Peter Sampson delivers our In-Arena Report from the Moda Center during the Blazers' 115-109 Game 3 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Well, it was fun before it wasn't. I hadn't been to a Blazer's playoff game in a few years and I was HYPED. I know that they were down 2-0 in the series, and that the Grizzlies swept the regular season series as well. But this is the PLAYOFFS, where anything can, and does happen! I just had a good feeling about tonight. I got to the Rose…
 
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  • Damian Lillard Capped Off The Blazers’ Scorching First Half With This Silly Spin Move

    mrothstein914
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The Portland Trail Blazers may be down 3-0 to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, but with Mike Conley out for at least this game (and probably more), Damian Lillard’s boys are playing with a new lease on life. As of halftime, they were up 55-48 on Memphis, and Dame had 16 points, 5 assists and this absolutely vicious spin-move-to-reverse layup. First, he made Beno Udrih remember that he was cut by the New York Knicks in February, then he made Marc Gasol forget that he was the Defensive Player of the Year a season ago. Seriously, the Blazers…
  • Jason Kidd Looks Like A Toddler While Begging Refs For A Timeout In Bucks’ Win

    Jack Winter
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Ever seen a toddler get really, really excited on Christmas day? Or stomp their feet in frustration when mom and dad take away a toy? If you haven’t, Jason Kidd begging referee Joey Crawford for a timeout on Monday basically amounts to the same thing. Not that we’d have been any more poised than the Milwaukee Bucks coach, of course. His young team had just secured a crucial loose ball up 92-88 on the Chicago Bulls with only 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and seemed poised to take a rushed shot in semi-transition. Given the circumstances, it’s actually a minor…
  • Nets Beat Hawks Behind Throwback Game From Deron Williams To Even Series At 2-2

    Jack Winter
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    USA TODAY Sports So much for that imminent showdown between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. But it’s not only Kevin Love’s injury and J.R. Smith’s suspension that could keep everyone’s Eastern Conference favorites from meeting next month. Shockingly and suddenly, Atlanta is in an even more precarious position than their counterparts from Northeast Ohio. Led by a throwback performance from Deron Williams, the eight-seeded Brooklyn Nets evened their first round series against the one-seeded Hawks at 2-2 with a 120-115 overtime victory at Barclays Center. Just…
  • Stance Becomes Official On-Court Socks Provider Of The NBA And Its Players

    austinngaruiya
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The NBA does a remarkable job pushing their apparel to new markets. The sneaker industry has been incredibly beneficial for the league and its players. No other professional sport can match the NBA’s influence when it comes to gear and clothing, and that dominance stems from its monopoly of the sneaker market. Within the last few years, socks have become the new wave. The league has experimented with some unique socks for All-Star weekend in the past, and has made a new commitment to the growing sock game by signing an official provider for them beginning next season. ESPN’s Darren…
  • J.R. Smith Will Receive A Two-Game Suspension For Clobbering Jae Crowder’s Face

    Spencer Lund
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:40 pm
    VINE The hits keep on coming for the Cavs. The Game 4 slugfest that saw the Cavs eliminate the Celtics in a 4-0 sweep, also saw a number of non-basketball plays, and now come the resulting suspensions. Kevin Love has reportedly been ruled out for the entirety of Cleveland’s Conference Semifinal series — likely against Bulls, who lead the Bucks 3-1 with Game 5 in Chicago tonight — and now word comes today J.R. Smith will not be playing in the first two home games when the next round tips off: The NBA has suspended J.R. Smith for two games and Kelly Olynyk for one — Marc…
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  • Bucks vs. Bulls: Carter-Williams, Middleton combine for 43 in 94-88 Game 5 victory

    Aron Yohannes
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Khris Middleton and Michael Carter-Williams combined for 43 points in Game 5. Milwaukee hasn't gotten enough production from their starters in their opening playoff series with Chicago, but Khris Middleton and Michael Carter-Williams proved to be vital for Milwaukee in their Game 5 victory. The combo combined for 43 points and helped the Bucks snap a five-game losing streak to the Bulls in their 94-88 win on the road. Carter-Williams put together a great all-around game, scoring a team-high 22 points while also dishing out nine assists and grabbing eight rebounds. He scored eight points…
  • Bucks vs. Bulls final score: Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton lead Bucks to road win, send series back to Milwaukee

    Dan Sinclair
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Two of Milwaukee's young guys came up big to send the series back home for Game 6. Staving off elimination in Game 4 was a pleasant surprise for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it came in exciting fashion. Stealing another do-or-die game, this time on the road, would be a much tougher task. Thankfully for the Bucks, Michael Carter-Williams and Khris Middleton were up to the challenge. Now the Young Bucks get another shot at the Bulls in front of their (hopefully swollen) home crowd, and nobody is going to be underestimating them this time. After struggling through the first four games of the series,…
  • Bucks vs. Bulls Game 5 Preview: After dramatic win, Bucks look to stay alive in Chicago

    Frank Madden
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do or die...again. Two days after a thrilling finish kept their playoff hopes alive, the Bucks return to Chicago on Monday hoping to prove they're not just a one win wonder. The odds are of course stacked against them, but the same was also true on Saturday night, when legions of Bulls fans trekked to the BMO Harris Bradley Center expecting to see their team roll over the Bucks and complete a series sweep. It didn't happen. But while Chicago couldn't pull it out on Saturday, the Bucks will certainly have their work cut out for them against a Bulls team that should be plenty motivated to…
  • Bucks vs. Bulls: Milwaukee's bench shines with elimination on the line in Game 4

    Aron Yohannes
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Jared Dudley scored 13 points for the Bucks off the bench in Game 4. Down to their last bullet, the Bucks got the scoring and defensive effort they needed from their second gang of players in Game 4 to stay alive in their series against the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee's bench unit scored 47 points and aided them in piling up 39 points off a season-high 28 Chicago turnovers. Those efforts were a catalyst for Jason Kidd's club as they snapped a nine-game postseason skid that dated back to 2010. In the locker room after the game, buzzer-beating hero Jerryd Bayless said ball pressure critical. "Our…
  • Bucks vs. Bulls Final Score: Bayless beats the buzzer in thrilling 92-90 win

    EricBuenning
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    They're not dead yet. What to write about, what to write about... The Bucks aren't dead yet. Tonight they pulled out a thrilling last-second 92-90 victory and avoided being swept by the Chicago Bulls. It was the Bucks' first win in a Game 4 when trailing 3-0 since 1984, and it has to feel good for a team that has fought exceptionally hard in the first three games of the series. Milwaukee again saw themselves up by double digits in the first half behind stifling defense and strong contributions from their bench. O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley combined for 19 points in the first half on 5-7…
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  • Grizzlies vs. Blazers, NBA Playoffs 2015: Mike Conley out for Memphis in Game 4

    Nate Parham
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Will Mike Conley's absence delay the Grizzlies' trip to Oracle for the second round at all? The Memphis Grizzlies will almost certainly be the Golden State Warriors' second round playoff opponent. NBA teams simply don't lose after taking 3-0 leads in a series and the Portland Trail Blazers have looked woefully ill-equipped at competing with the Grizzlies for three straight games, much less four — the outcome of the series has pretty much been determined and it is only a question of how soon it will be over. But complicating matters will be the absence of Mike Conley, who suffered a blow to…
  • Warriors vs. Pelicans poll: Who's Golden State's series MVP?

    Nate Parham
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We bring together each of your post-game Warrior Wonder votes to come up with a series MVP for the first round. After each game for the season, IQ has not only put in amazing work to compile all the links you could possibly want about the Warriors but also offers you the opportunity to vote for the top player of the game in a poll. Today, we look back on each of the voting results of each of those games as a means by which to take stock of the top performers in the playoffs. By the end of the Warriors' (hopefully-extended) playoff run, we'll have an easy way to determine a playoff MVP. I've…
  • The Santa Cruz Warriors are your 2014-15 NBA D-League Champions!

    Conrad Chow
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In a two-game series sweep, the Warriors clinched their 1st D-League title after three consecutive trips to the finals. The Golden State Warriors' D-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors were crowned the 2014-15 NBA D-League Champions after sweeping the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in a best-of-three series. Elliot Williams of the Warriors was named the D-League Finals MVP. Santa Cruz had lost two consecutive times in the D-League Championship. However, this season they were tied with the best record of 35-15 in the D-League and much like their parent club, Santa Cruz ranked first in defensive…
  • GSoM Weekend Roundup: The Dubs look ahead

    Bram Kincheloe
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The Warriors sweep the Pelicans. We discuss the Dubs' potential second round opponent while also thinking about what draws us to this game. Last night I somehow found myself working the door at the Red Hook Crit afterparty, where a couple hundred fixed-gear bike enthusiasts had shown up post-race to drink alcoholic beverages and kick off the steam of the competition. My wife and I had been recruited to run the door. It basically involved telling a bunch of people who claimed to know the main promoter that they could not, in fact, get in for free if their name wasn't on the list. We got…
  • Game 4: Another Hard-Fought Battle Goes to Golden State

    Sam Sorkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson played crucial roles in the Warriors' Game 4 win. Golden State earned this sweep. This sweep was not easy. 4-0 with three double-digit wins looks simple. But Anthony Davis and the Pelicans made the Warriors earn these four wins. Game 4 was the epitome of the series: The Warriors cruised to a sizable lead, then, behind Davis, the Pelicans came back, and the Warriors held off the charge to emerge victorious. Stephen Curry was absolutely incredible once again. The box score line -- 39 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds -- doesn't give justice to his…
 
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  • Bucks simply will not die

    Alex Sonty
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    The Bulls lost their second straight to the Bucks, who extended the series to Game 6 with a 94-88 win in Chicago. The Bulls failed to knock the Bucks out of the 2015 NBA Playoffs once again. After winning the first three games of this first round series, they lost 92-90 in Game 4 on the road; then, followed that up with a 94-88 loss at the United Center. Chicago still leads the series 3-2, but the icepack for this pain in the ass needs re-cooling. There was not much that went very well for the Bulls. Officiating was definitely in their favor. 29 trips to the free throw line and a sub-par…
  • Bulls vs. Bucks final score: Chicago lays egg and loses Game 5, 94-88

    JayPatt
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Rat farts. The Bulls came out flat, were outplayed most of the game and didn't deserve to win Game 5. Sure enough, this series is inexplicably going back to Milwaukee after the Bucks pulled out a 94-88 victory. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler were awful offensively, combining to shoot 10-of-41 from the field. Rose had six more turnovers after eight last game and shot 0-of-7 from three, and Michael Carter-Williams roasted him all night to the tune of 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. At least Butler had 10 boards, six assists and four steals to somewhat make up for his awful shooting.
  • Bulls vs. Bucks: Game Five Second Half Open Thread

    Alex Sonty
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Bucks beating the Bulls 52-49 at the half. Milwaukee is actually shooting over 40% and have hit four threes. Best shooting performance of the series for them. On the other end, the Bulls are cold from the floor. Only a .477 eFG%, 3-for-11 on threes (excluding Derrick Rose's heave at the end of the half). Jimmy Butler has ten points, but 3-of-9 shooting; Rose with four turnovers to go with only seven points. Michael Carter-Williams has 14 points on 6-for-8 from the floor, so the Bucks shooting performance is obviously unsustainable. Butler and O.J. Mayo gettin' chippy. LOL Mayo. LET US SECOND…
  • Bulls look to end the Bucks in Game 5

    Alex Sonty
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Can the Bulls finally put the limping deer out of its misery at home, so we can "LET US CAVS"? There are series' that make fans erupt with cries of never wanting it to end. That we can watch these two teams play forever. The Bulls-Bucks first round series of the 2015 NBA Playoffs is not one of them. The Bulls lost Game 4 in Milwaukee, largely due to: 28 team turnovers, including eight by Derrick Rose; Joakim Noah's play creating 5-on-4 deficits; O.J. Mayo cashing in a nearly expiring cheat card; Nikola Mirotic clearly in a funk after missing Game 3; and Pau Gasol remaining a…
  • Second Chance Points: Joakim Noah is killing the Bulls

    Chris Terzic
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Joakim Noah is playing at Kirk Hinrich levels of bad this series. Maybe it'd be better to say Joakim Noah is hurting -- and leave it at that. Because Jo's clearly not right. Something is bothering him, something is holding him back. Smart money says it's probably something in his lower body, likely his surgically repaired left knee. Whatever the case may be, this much is obvious: the Bulls are better without Joakim Noah on the floor right now, in every imaginable way. Yes, there are other areas of concern, too. And we'll get to them. But first, let's just take a closer look at the real…
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  • Pacers draft prospects: A closer look at Frank Kaminsky

    Andy Erk
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Larry Bird sees value in four-year college players who can contribute immediately and that describes Frank Kaminsky. The big man's ability to stretch the floor with his perimeter shot improves his NBA potential as the league continues to evolve to smaller lineups that make use of the three-point shot. Frank the Tank, an outstanding college player, whose final two years with Wisconsin elevated him to a lottery pick in the draft. With the Pacers need for a big man, here is a look at three of his strengths and three of his weaknesses: Strengths Mobility- Taking a look at big men for the Pacers,…
  • Draft Talk: Should the Pacers Trade Up? It's Complicated

    Matt Andreason
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    An investigation, spanning two decades, into what the Pacers should expect from their draft pick, and whether or not they should make other plans. The last time the Pacers had a first-round pick was 2013. I'm guessing you remember the night well, probably for the wrong reasons. Or maybe--with the right amount of therapy--you've managed to expunge it from your memory. If option No. 2 sounds like you, then I suggest you exit the screen immediately. For re-visitation is about to commence. We were only one year removed from the controversial selection of Miles "You're not Jeff Foster"…
  • Pacers draft prospects: A closer look at Myles Turner of Texas

    Andy Erk
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The Pacers offseason out of the playoffs ramps up the attention on the NBA draft and adding a player late in the lottery who can help put the Pacers back in the playoffs. Texas big man, Myles Turner is an intriguing talent with the upside of youth. Myles Turner is one of the leading candidates for the Pacers 11th pick in the draft. However, several questions still remain about his overall quality as a player and future asset to the Pacers organization. Here are three things that I see as questions and three things I see as strengths for the 6'11 big man who turned 19 last month. Questions…
  • Indiana Paces top five stories this week

    Tom Lewis
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Pacers early offseason is off to an intriguing start. Shayne Whittington joined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the end of the season and is now playing in the NBDL playoffs, where he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in his team's Game 1 loss to Santa Cruz. George Hill, C.J. Miles, Damo Rudez, Lavoy Allen and a big group from the Pacers organization made the trek to Fort Wayne to support Whittington. Tech High School coach Jason Delaney has discussed Trey Lyles with a number of NBA teams including the Pacers Larry Bird and Frank Vogel spoke about playing a little smaller and…
  • So...Roy Hibbert is not joining Robert Mathis for charity softball game this year

    Tom Lewis
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Over the past few years, Roy Hibbert and Robert Mathis have teamed up to host a charity softball game, but Hibbert is missing from the announcement Mathis made for the game in June. Instead Paul George and George Hill join the host list. When Robert Mathis shows up courtside at Pacers games, he's usually sporting a No. 55 jersey, supporting his friend Roy Hibbert. For his part, Hibbert sports the No. 98 jersey at Lucas Oil Stadium when watching the Colts. The bond the pair share has developed over the past few years as they've teamed up for a softball challenge to support the Indiana…
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  • Phoenix Suns Free Agency: How likely is a LaMarcus Aldridge bid?

    Dave King
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Money is going to start flying around in a couple months. Should the Suns throw some at LaMarcus Aldridge? The Portland Trailblazers are on the verge of beginning their summer vacation earlier than they had planned, and LaMarcus Aldridge has already begun backtracking on his lifetime commitment to the team as he approaches free agency. Sauces "I talked to him before the game," ESPN's Chris Broussard said. "I asked him, 'Look, is Portland going to be your first choice?' And he just smiled and said, 'We'll see.' It's not a ringing endorsement for the Blazers." Just as with any player about…
  • Phoenix Suns 2014-15 Report Cards: It's not easy being Green

    Ray Hrovat
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When things appear too good to be true, they often are. Case in point: The rise and fall of Gerald Green in Phoenix. Last season featured several happy surprises as the Suns won about twice the number of games forecast for them at the beginning of the year. One of the best was Gerald Green, a career journeyman gifted to the Suns from the Pacers in the Luis Scola trade (along with Miles Plumlee and the draft pick used for Bogdan Bogdanovic). Green proved to be a revelation in 2013-14: an electrifying athlete, explosive scorer and occasional superstar. Indeed, Green played like a superstar at…
  • Bakersfield Jam Disappointingly End Solid Season

    Geoff Allen
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Jam lost their first round playoff series to the Austin Spurs after a strong Game 1. During their season they showed promising growth. Here's a look back at the chief developments of the season The season ended for the Bakersfield Jam last week in disappointing fashion. After an impressive Game 1 victory over the Austin Spurs, the team dropped the next two games and were quickly eliminated from the D-League playoffs. Despite the early exit, the Jam had a strong first season as a solo affiliate of the Suns. There were a number of bright spots on the season: 1.) Player Achievements One way…
  • Assault charges for Morris twins

    Dave King
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    While many fans would like to see the Suns cut ties with the Morris twins as quickly as possible, the most likely scenario is that the Morris twins are here to stay as the legal process plays out. The Phoenix Suns have more to worry about than the NBA draft, free agency and trade season this summer as they try to improve next year and swallow this bad-tasting season. All while the team is trying to flesh out some more permanence on the roster and slow the roster churn, it's quite possible that two of their top eight rotation players - including one starter - will miss at least some of the…
  • Phoenix Suns have very few options with the Morris twins

    Dave King
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    While many fans would like to see the Suns cut ties with the Morris twins as quickly as possible, the most likely scenario is that the Morris twins are here to stay as the legal process plays out. The Phoenix Suns have more to worry about than the NBA draft, free agency and trade season this summer as they try to improve next year and swallow this bad-tasting season. All while the team is trying to flesh out some more permanence on the roster and slow the roster churn, it's quite possible that two of their top eight rotation players - including one starter - will miss at least some of the…
 
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  • ’14-’15 Review Part 2: Return of Flip a Test of Patience for Wolves Faithful

    wallyworld
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Yesterday we went through part 1 of our season recap which discussed players individually and future concerns surrounding player health. Today we will go broader and discuss the front-office and coaching-related events of this last season and how it might impact the Wolves moving forward. Please be aware that this piece is not going to be overly, um, rosy. Continuing from where we left off yesterday, aside from Rubio, Wiggins, potentially a small group of others, and whatever player the Wolves select in the draft, big questions remain in terms of who will be a part of the future moving…
  • ’14-’15 Wolves Review Part 1: Wiggins Shines, But Injured Wolves Disappoint Again

    wallyworld
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Note: Two brief comments before diving into this. First, I am pumping out a pair of season review posts a few games early as I will be on vacation next week. The first will focus on the players and injuries; the second will be on front office/Flip dynamics and big picture team coaching with as good of an attempt as I can make to keep those parts separate, though that will ultimately be impossible. If something major is missing from this piece, apologies from the Yucatan. Second, a disclaimer to those who embrace the tank with unbridled optimism: what will follow in two parts is an honest…
  • Visit From Thunder Propping Up Ticket Prices For April Date at Target Center

    Dan Pizzuta
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone through a quirky stretch of overtime games as the regular season is winding down. After an overtime win against the New York Knicks on March 19th, the Timberwolves won in overtime against the Utah Jazz two games later on March 23rd. The following game on March 25th, the Timberwolves lost an overtime game to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Timberwolves had three overtime games in four contests and had a different leading scorer in each victory. Minnesota is two games ahead of the Knicks avoiding the worst record in the NBA. They’re still in line for the No. 1…
  • 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…
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  • Wizards and Capitals make Round 2 of the playoffs in the same season for the first time ever

    Albert Lee
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Get ready for #MonumentalMay, because we'll #RockTheRed with the #dcRising movement starting to heat up around the nation's capital! Since Ted Leonsis bought the remaining stakes in the Washington Wizards in 2010 from the Pollin family, he made it clear his goal was to see that all the teams he owned, including the Wizards, win a championship for the nation's capital. We are now finally starting to see that two of the teams he owns have made some significant progress toward that goal. On Sunday, the Wizards swept the Raptors in a four-game series to advance to the second round of…
  • Watch John Wall carve up the Raptors, set to Tenacious D music

    Jake Whitacre
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Wizards revived an old Jimmy Kimmel sketch to show off John Wall's best highlights against Toronto. You may remember John Wall made an appearance in a Jimmy Kimmel sketch two years ago where he teamed up with John C. McGinley in a 2-on-2 tournament against Tenacious D. Well, the Wizards brought that bit back to introduce Wall's highlights from his performance against the Raptors during Game 4 at the arena.
  • Paul Pierce and Gilbert Arenas trolled the Raptors on social media after sweep

    Jake Whitacre
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Two Wizard legends had things to say on Instagram after the Wizards completed their sweep of the Raptors. You wouldn't think two guys in their mid-thirties would know how to effectively troll people, but Gilbert Arenas and Paul Pierce have a way of defying people's expectations. After the Wizards completed their first round sweep over the Raptors, Gilbert Arenas hopped on Instagram, as he's done all series long, to celebrate the success of his former team in a way only he can: RAPTORS entered the playoffs and got smacked with that #Hadoukin..4 games of str8 ass kicking...heres…
  • Wizards vs. Raptors Game 4: The key numbers in Sunday's win

    Albert Lee
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Wizards won big time over the Raptors on Sunday, and the numbers also support it. The series is over! The Wizards are now in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs after a huge 125-94 win over the Toronto Raptors. Let's take a look at the numbers from Sunday's game: Four Factors numbers WIZARDS FOUR FACTORS PERIOD RAPTORS FOUR FACTORS eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA 82.14% 19.53% 40.00% 92.86% 1st Quarter 40.38% 13.14% 23.08% 3.85% 50.00% 0.00% 21.43% 20.00% 2nd Quarter 54.76% 11.26% 27.27% 23.81% 85.29% 19.26% 42.86% 41.18% 3rd Quarter 50.00% 20.94% 11.11% 11.11%…
  • Wizards vs. Raptors Game 4: The BF Community Roll Call

    Albert Lee
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Who made the most comments when the Wizards did some spring cleaning on Sunday? Find out here! On Sunday, the Wizards sent the Raptors home with a 125-94 win. And for one last time -- at least for this round -- we share you our Community Roll Call. Previous Roll Calls: Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 How many comments and commenters did we get for Game 4? We had more commenters and more comments than last game! But we still didn't break the 2,000 mark. :( Maybe many of us were at the game. Or perhaps others were spring cleaning. :) Roll Call Info Total comments 1,636 Total commenters 105 Commenter list…
 
 
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    Los Angeles Clippers

  • Game 5 Preview

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
  • Top Five Plays Of The Week – 04/27/15

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Some spectacular plays contributed to the Clippers triumphing over the Spurs on Sunday in San Antonio to even the series back up. The gems, however, weren’t just limited to one game. While the majority of last week’s top plays have to come from a Game 4 win in San Antonio, a couple Blake Griffin dunks from a tough loss earlier in the week were too special to go unnoticed.
  • Long Film Session Helped Turn Page For Game 4

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Clippers didn’t run from a blowout Game 3 loss. They meticulously watched the entire performance, spending more than two hours in a film session prior to a bounce back Game 4 performance which couldn’t have gone much better. What they learned was as bad as Friday went, it wasn’t time to make an overhaul.
  • Livestream Video: Clippers vs. Spurs - Game 5 | 4/28/15

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
  • Starters Say Austin Rivers Changed The Game Sunday

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    It all started with a bucket and a foul for Austin Rivers. Then came another basket, and another, as Rivers’ seven straight points early in the second quarter gave the Clippers the lead and were part of a series-high 16 points for the backup guard Sunday, who’s playing in the NBA playoffs for the first time in his career.
 
 
 
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    The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks

  • Monta and the Mavs too much for Houston in Game 4

    Bobby Karalla
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Rockets vs. Mavericks: Game 4Monta Ellis scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds to help the Mavericks win Game 4, 121-109. Down 3-0 and with their backs against the wall, it was going to take an energetic, complete performance for the Mavs to extend the series and push it back to Houston. That’s exactly the type of game Dallas played in Game 4, putting together one of their best games of the season, and just in time. The Mavericks will now turn their attention to Game 5, as the club won’t have much time to think about how they extended their season. Game 5 is tomorrow night at…
  • Insertion of J.J. Barea, Al-Farouq Aminu into starting lineup sparks Mavs in Game 4 win

    Earl K. Sneed
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    One-on-one with JJ BareaLonnie Franklin III goes one-on-one with JJ Barea after Sunday's win over Houston. DALLAS — Although they may have never found themselves in the starting lineup had it not been for injuries to two veterans, guard J.J. Barea and high-energy forward Al-Farouq Aminu both left their mark on the Dallas Mavericks’ much-needed Game 4 win Sunday night to stave off elimination. In a 0-3 hole entering Sunday’s fourth matchup against the second-seeded Houston Rockets, the shorthanded Mavericks (1-3) looked to extend their season at least one more game with a…
  • 2015 First Round Game 4: Mavs vs. Rockets

    Earl K. Sneed
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Rockets vs. Mavericks: Game 4Monta Ellis scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds to help the Mavericks win Game 4, 121-109. The post 2015 First Round Game 4: Mavs vs. Rockets appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • 2015 First Round Game 3: Mavs vs. Rockets

    Earl K. Sneed
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    Dirk Drops 34Watch as Dirk Nowitzki has a huge Game 3, scoring 34 points in Friday's game against the Rockets. The post 2015 First Round Game 3: Mavs vs. Rockets appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Mavs begin moving forward minus Chandler Parsons, Rajon Rondo

    Earl K. Sneed
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    DALLAS — If the Dallas Mavericks are going to work themselves out of a 0-2 hole and upset the second-seeded Houston Rockets in their first-round playoff series, they’ll have to do it without two starters. Re-aggrevating a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final six games of the regular season, prized offseason signee Chandler Parsons was forced to sit out the Mavericks’ 111-99 Game 2 loss Tuesday night in Houston. Parsons was then reevaluated by team physician Dr. T.O. Souryal when the Mavs returned to Dallas, leading to the announcement that their third-leading…
 
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  • Nuggets at Warriors Recap

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Klay Thompson scored 25 points before resting in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up the best the regular season in franchise history with a 133-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
  • Nuggets at Warriors Infographic

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Nuggets can't hold on in final game of the season.
  • Nuggets at Warriors Preview

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    It's the final game of the 2014-15 season for the Denver Nuggets at Golden State.
  • Nuggets at Clippers Recap

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 32 points and Kenneth Faried added 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Nuggets
  • Nuggets at Clippers Infographic

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Nuggets can't find a way to win on the road against the Clippers
 
 
 
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    Phoenix Suns

  • Suns Player Reviews: Gerald Green

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster hea
  • Suns Player Reviews: Eric Bledsoe

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster hea
  • Suns Player Reviews: Danny Granger

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster hea
  • Suns Player Reviews: Archie Goodwin

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster hea
  • Suns Player Reviews: Reggie Bullock

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    With the 2014-15 campaign written and closed, Suns.com’s Matt Petersen takes an end-season look at each member of Phoenix’s roster hea
 
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  • Cavs Way to Eastern Conference Championship

    Luke Ross
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    With the regular season over and postseason matches set, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to play against Boston on Sunday. Despite ranking second behind the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavaliers are a favorite this season, having won 34 out of their final 43 games. Last Tuesday, the Cavaliers already beat the Celtics, armed with power players Kyrie Irving, Timothy Mozgov, and LeBron James. Their 99-91 victory, though close, led Cleveland to a 2-0 series lead, attributed by many experts to the skills of some of Cleveland’s best players. Although the Celtics were able to rally in the third quarter,…
  • 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 Realgamblingonline.org 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…
 
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    ValleyoftheSuns.com

  • P.J. Tucker: 2014-15 Phoenix Suns Player Grades

    Gerald Bourguet
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Overview: The 2014-15 season came with high expectations for the Phoenix Suns, a young team on the rise that had won 48 games the year prior. But with the trade deadline departures of Goran... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Phoenix Suns: Improvement May Take Some Tough Moves

    Gerald Bourguet
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Phoenix Suns may have a bright future, but they’re still in rebuild mode. They have talented young players, they have draft picks and they have the assets to improve on the trade market.... [[ 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

  • Dwane Casey Returning?

    Tim W.
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
    A lot of you may not like this very much, but….
  • Notes and Quotes: Kyle Lowry Hints at Internal Issues; Everybody Wants Everybody Back; James Johnson Most Talented Player

    Zarar Siddiqi
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    I’m stuck at work with meetings all day (you know how it goes), but I’ve got some select Tweets from the locker-room clean out thing, which you can enjoy. My favorite line is James Johnson being the most talented player but not getting any minutes. Kyle Lowry: "There's a lot of things you can say (publicly), but there's a lot of things internally that probably need to be fixed." #RTZ — Dave Feschuk (@dfeschuk) April 27, 2015 Oooh…Locker-room issues? What happened to that chemistry we had last year? What internal issues is he referring to? Let the…
  • Raptors’ season ends in disappointment amid high expectations

    Blake Murphy
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Well, that sucked. With their season on the line, down three games to nothing on the road against the Washington Wizards, with the validity of everything they’ve accomplished over the last 16 months on the line, the Toronto Raptors failed to show up. They didn’t just lose, they got embarrassed, to the point that 37-year-old dudes were out here dropping memes on the Raptors after the game. Lowry: “I respect Casey as a man. He’s a hell of a guy. At the end of the day, like I said, it’s not my choice, it’s not my decision.” — James Herbert (@outsidethenba) April…
  • Raptors Having a Fire…Sale??

    Matt Shantz
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    It all started so well, and then it suddenly turned for the worse. The Raptors began 2014 at the top of the Eastern Conference, and ended it with a record of 24-8.  It all seemed so certain moving forward.  The Raptors were well on their way to 50 wins, an Atlantic Division Championship, a top seed in the Eastern Conference (perhaps even the top seed), and an overmatched first round opponent in a historically weak conference. Then the calendar turned to 2015.  The Raptors would finish 2015 with a .500 record (25-25), fail to secure the first 50 win season in franchise history, fall to the…
  • Raptors’ Season Comes To a Bitter End, The Fat Wizard Has Sung

    Michael Holian
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even though the Raptors were still alive (or better yet, gasping for their last breath), it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest the majority of this fan-base simply wanted to be put out of their misery. Well, the Wizards were accommodating hosts, handing out an embarrassing Game 4 defeat, while ending Toronto’s season with an excruciating-to-watch series sweep. There is something to be said about pride, though, from the players to fans alike. Deep down all of us kept a little bit of hope that a Game 5 would take place. It’s just a shame the feeling wasn’t mutual. At…
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    Hoopfeed.com

  • Getting to the know the WNBA draftees: Q&A with Jewell Loyd

    David Siegel
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Click to view slideshow. You and Amanda, one-two in the draft, this is a rare year in the WNBA draft, two underclassmen going into the draft and then being the top two. It’s what was best for me.  For her, maybe it’s the best thing for her. I think we’re both just so humbled and honored to be here, it’s just a great opportunity. You think of the possibilities (when you decide to enter the draft), you just want a chance, an opportunity, a door to open. I just one door to open and everything else will fall into place. When did you know it was time to go? My brother and I, we plan…
  • Hoopfeed Weekly Twitter Digest for 04-20-2015 to 04-26-2015

    C. Coward
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 04-20-2015 Kansas to name SFA’s Brandon Schneider next head coach Tuedsay (KUsports)http://t.co/8Kd2NORAbR #ncaaw -> Jody Adams withdrew from Kansas head coach search, decided to stay at Wichita State (KWCH) http://t.co/CahB2n4gIl #ncaaw -> Katie Douglas considering her #WNBA future (JC) http://t.co/v5SszrluAw -> Blake Dietrick preparing for Washington Mystics training camp (Daily Princetonian)http://t.co/FMO67MXYPg #wnba -> Chicago Sky’s top pick Cheyenne Parker puts troubles behind her (DailyHerald)http://t.co/xO3Vw5dYIc #wnba…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 04-26-2015

    Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Wichita St.'s Jody Adams facing scrutiny after history-making season, allies come forward to support her (HF) http://t.co/7hecO2XNOb #ncaaw -> Dawn Staley eyes bigger roles for 'youngsters' A'ja Wilson, Alaina Coates and Bianca Cuevas (TheTandD) http://t.co/5CqZIAQJfq #ncaaw -> Tattoo will remind Dayton’s Jim Jabir of triumphant season (Columbus Dispatch) http://t.co/ykMoBB9DHt #ncaaw -> Academics helped draw transfer Ariana Freeman to Colorado (Boulder Daily Camera) http://t.co/GVN7tYe3sA #ncaaw -> Boo Williams tournamet: Texas prospects Holmes, Mulkey…
  • Jody Adams facing scrutiny after a history-making season, allies come forward to support coach

    C. Coward
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
      Click to view slideshow. Letters of support from former players: Kaci Bailey | Marisah Henderson | Chynna Turner | Jazimen Gordon | Carlai Moore When Jody Adams took over as head coach of Wichita State in the spring of 2008, the program was a perennial cellar dweller in the Missouri Valley Conference with years of dismal records. After a 9-20 season with just three wins in conference play, the school fired Jane Albright who left the program at 48-95 in five seasons. Now with Adams at the helm, WSU is an MVC power with three conference tournament titles and five…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 04-25-2015

    C. Coward
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:44 am
    Catch up on yesterday's news: Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 04-24-2015 http://t.co/222kP2qBZB #ncaaw #wnba -> Meet Napheesa Collier, granddaughter to a Sierra Leone revolutionary and top UConn recruit (SportzEdge) http://t.co/D1gXpMRcZd #ncaaw -> Boo Williams tourney: Richmond's Anna Wilson continues family athletic tradition (Daily Press) http://t.co/MH1aL8F0YS #aau #ncaaw -> Ex-Wichita State player comes forward on her time playing for Jody Adams (KSN-TV) http://t.co/E5T992i6Cp #ncaaw -> Former Texas player Lilley Vander Zee transfers to West Texas A&M…
 
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    Sheridan Hoops

  • Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes reacts to NBA’s punishment for what J.R. Smith did to Jae Crowder

    James Park
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith inexplicably threw a spinning back fist against Jae Crowder while trying to box him out in Game 4, causing the forward to fall and sprain his knee in the process. If you missed it, here’s the clip: Smith claimed that the hit was unintentional after the game, but that’s pretty hard to believe, given that he swung as hard as he could backwards with a closed fist. What did he think was going to happen when he did what he did with Crowder draped all over him from the back in an attempt to grab an offensive rebound? The league reviewed the…
  • Fantasy Spin: Backs To Wall, Blazers Best Bet

    Kent Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    Of the three teams that faced elimination on Sunday, only the Mavericks survived. Emergency starters J..J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu were outstanding. Tonight we expect the Bulls to wrap up their series and Atlanta to regain command of theirs. The late game is Portland’s Last Stand. Down 3-0 after Saturday’s 115-109 loss at home, the Blazers have an excellent chance because Mike Conley (face) is out and Beno Udrih $3000 (ankle) is not 100%. Nick Calathes $2600 is actually a good play, along with Courtney Lee $4400 and Marc Gasol $8400. Without Conley’s defense, Damian…
  • PODCAST: Scotto on Hack-a-Shaq, NBA Playoffs, Scott Brooks and NBA Draft

    Michael Scotto
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    The playoffs have been defined by lopsided first-round series and calls to abolish the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from NBA fans across Twitter to this point. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder – who failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009 – made news recently by firing head coach Scott Brooks. The move was made with a long-term view to hopefully retain franchise cornerstones Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both players were taken selected in the draft, which is only two months away. The lottery is less than a month away with the winner likely choosing between…
  • Scotto: Brook Lopez Shines with Free Agency Decision Looming

    Michael Scotto
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    BROOKLYN – You can’t spell Brooklyn without “Brook,” and the Nets couldn’t win Game 3 without Lopez. The big question after this big game: What will the big man do this summer when he has a chance to become an unrestricted free agent? It remains an open question. The 7-footer led the Nets with 22 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes with the season essentially on the line. By getting the win, Brooklyn avoided the daunting task of attempting to become the first NBA playoff team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit. “He’s a top tier dude,” Nets guard Jarrett Jack…
  • Fantasy Spin: Mavericks, Celtics, Raptors On The Brink

    Kent Williams
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Last night the Bucks staved off elimination but the Pelicans were swept. Three more teams face the same fate on Sunday. Although Boston is at home and desperate, Cleveland is too good. LeBron James $11100 was tremendous in Game 3 (31 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 2 BLK) and Kevin Love $7600 added 23 including six 3-pointers, as the Celtics focused on Kyrie Irving $8300, who had torched them in the first two games. Evan Turner $6700 and Jae Crowder $4800 played well on Thursday. If you want to use anyone from this game, All-Day contests close at 1:00 Eastern. DraftKings matches your…
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  • Hawks vs Nets Game 4 final score: Series knotted at 2-2 after 120-115 overtime loss

    Brad Rowland
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    The Hawks and Nets are knotted at 2-2 after Brooklyn outlasts Atlanta in overtime by a final of 120-115. The Atlanta Hawks will not cruise into the second round. After a 53-minute battle on Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets emerged victorious in Game 4, and as a result, the series is knotted at 2-2 with the setting shifting to Atlanta for Wednesday night's Game 5. In a welcome change from Game 3, the offense was cooking in the early stages of the game. The Hawks zoomed to an 8-0 run to take a 21-14 lead in the first quarter, and the club started 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc. On the…
  • CawCast - Episode 16 (J.E. Skeets)

    JamesGSTV
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The Starters co-host J.E. Skeets joins the CawCast crew for this week's episode! CawCast Episode 16 (recorded Sunday, April 26) is ready for your listening pleasure! This week we had James Braswell,Tony Papadopoulos, Josh Lane and Benjamin Mason from CawCast. The Starters co-host J.E. Skeets joined the CawCast crew for this week's episode: 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 Crew: Ben Mason: Follow @benji812 Tony Papadopoulos: Follow @Whos_Your_Papa James Braswell: Follow @JamesGSTV…
  • April 27, Game 4: Nets 120, Hawks 115 OT

    Kris Willis
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Deron Williams turns back the clock and helps deliver a crushing loss to the Atlanta Hawks 120-115 in overtime. It is probably safe to assume that the Atlanta Hawks were less than pleased with their Game 3 performance. The Hawks saw any notion of a sweep fly out the window with an offensively challenged performance against the Brooklyn Nets, and in the aftermath of the loss, Mike Budenholzer simply stated that his team would be "ready to go" for Game 4. Now, Game 4 is upon us. With credit to Brooklyn's defensive intensity, Atlanta simply fell flat on the offensive end on Saturday…
  • Hawks vs Nets Game 4 preview: Atlanta seeks improvement and a 3-1 series lead

    Brad Rowland
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Hawks will aim for a 3-1 series lead against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 on Monday evening. It is probably safe to assume that the Atlanta Hawks were less than pleased with their Game 3 performance. The Hawks saw any notion of a sweep fly out the window with an offensively challenged performance against the Brooklyn Nets, and in the aftermath of the loss, Mike Budenholzer simply stated that his team would be "ready to go" for Game 4. Now, Game 4 is upon us. With credit to Brooklyn's defensive intensity, Atlanta simply fell flat on the offensive end on Saturday afternoon.
  • Peachtree Hoops Podcast: Talking Hawks-Nets, playoffs and more

    Kris Willis
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    On this week's episode of the Peachtree Hoops Podcast, Phil Naessens and I discuss Atlanta's first round playoff series and spotlight some of the things that went wrong for Atlanta in the Game 3 loss to Brooklyn. We take a look at Game 4 as well as what is going on in the rest of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Download Link
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  • Game 5 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers

    BrunoPassos
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the series even at two apiece, the Spurs will have to steal another game on the road if they're to advance. The decisive Game 5 is tonight. San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center, Los Angeles, CAApril 28, 2015, 9:30 PM Spurs TimeTV: TNT - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI For all you hear that good basketball boils down to the basics -- the idea that if you do the little things right, everything else will fall into place -- it can be damn complicated, too. The Spurs went into Game 4 with a proven gameplan and did a lot of things right: they gave up just six offensive boards, got…
  • Cold shooting cost the Spurs Game 4

    Jesus Gomez
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The Spurs had the edge on most categories but their struggles from the three-point and free throw lines cost them the game. Spurs 105, Clippers 114 - Apr 26, '15 Just like the Spurs' loss in Game 1, there were some factors that made Sunday's look like an anomaly. The Clippers showed why they finished the regular season with the best offense in the league, Chris Paul reminded everyone why he's in the short list for MVP and Blake Griffin was a force of nature. That's not surprising. Austin Rivers going 7-8 from the field and Glen Davis giving Doc Rivers a very solid 19 minutes of the bench is.
  • The best plays from Spurs/Clippers Game Four

    Chris Itz
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    There were some bright spots for the Spurs in their loss to the Clippers on Sunday night. Let's check them out. The GIF Breakdown is a celebration of what the Spurs do well. Even in losses. Tony Parker looks like Tony Parker which is a nice development. Let's hope this continues for the rest of the series. I can't remember the last time OMFB Tony showed his face. This was great to see. One more from the Wee Frenchman. Boris Diaw read Jesus Gomez' piece on how he has a problem matching up against the Clippers, downed a couple espressos and went to work against LA. In games two…
  • After loss to Clippers, Spurs enter charted territory

    D. P. Jones
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    After saving an otherwise dull first round of the playoffs, the Spurs are tied 2-2, facing a Game 5 on the road against Chris Paul. For San Antonio, it's a bit like Peja Vu. Let's start with a quick look at the first round of the 2015 Western Conference Playoffs Warriors and Pelicans: Sweep. Grizzlies and Blazers: All but over. Mavs and Rockets: Meh. Spurs and Clippers: Cecil B. DeMille chariot race (except for Blake Griffin) Whether it's The Little General, Captain Jack, or Danny Green, the Spurs have always been about reclamation projects. If they could find a way to put Homer Simpson in…
  • Spurs cold in Game 4 loss to Clippers; series tied 2-2

    Michael Erler
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Game 7 could be going on simultaneously with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, you know. First Round Game 4 Vs. Los Angeles: Clippers 114, Spurs 105    Series Tied: 2-2 The Spurs simply cannot handle prosperity. We've seen it all season long. Just when you think they've got the world by the tail, they wind up walking off defeated, with their tails between their legs. They'd make spirited comebacks late in fourth quarters at Brooklyn, or against the Lakers, or against the Blazers, only to give the games away in overtime. They won eleven straight games in March and April to get a…
 
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    Pro Bball Report

  • Admitted or Not, The Raptors Kyle Lowry Is Hurting

    Stephen Brotherston
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    The toughest player on the Toronto Raptors is Kyle Lowry and he might still be their toughest player even though he obviously hasn't felt up to that label since the middle of March.
  • Is Hope All That’s Left For The Raptors?

    Frank McLean
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    After Tuesday night's second game 117-106 loss to the Washington Wizards all that seems to be left is hope. Hope that something will turn in the Raptors favor.
  • Toronto Raptors Must Find ‘The Will To Win’ In Washington

    Stephen Brotherston
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Throw out all the excuses, the injuries, the poor shooting, the suspect defense, if the Toronto Raptors really want to escape the first round of the playoffs they must find the will to win. “It’s the will to win,” veteran Raptors center Chuck Hayes said. “That’s all it is. It’s the will to win.”
  • Tyler Hansbrough Starts Again For The Raptors

    Stephen Brotherston
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Head coach Dwane Casey is sticking with what has been working for the Toronto Raptors at the start of games and has Tyler Hansbrough back in the starting unit versus Washington in game two at the Air Canada Centre.
  • Wizards Need To Win Ugly, Raptors Need To Run

    Stephen Brotherston
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    The Washington Wizards won game one of their first round match in Toronto against the Raptors by playing ugly and taking advantage of their size on the glass and in hindsight Head coach Randy Wittman let slip the offensively challenged Wizards best strategy for handling the high scoring Raptors. "You have to play to your strength defensively,” Wittman said before game one. "We don't want to win ugly," said Coach Casey right before game two.
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    Basketball Bicker

  • We said CLIFF!!!! Not CHRIS!!!!

    bostonbobby22
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Cliff and Chris Paul….By now, we all know the fictional TV story that blazes across our screens almost every day at some point or another of the two identical twin brothers who dominate their respective fields. One is Superman and the other is really Clark Kent….Not to take anything away from Cliff and how super it can be to be the Sherlock “Homes” of the home and auto insurance industry by constantly lowering somebody’s claim, but he is nooooo Chris. The spectacled one can dot his Is and cross his Ts better than anybody in his field…but…his field…
  • Grizzlies Win Game 3 But Lose Mike Conley With Eye Injury

    Joey
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Memphis won a big game but lost a big player. The Memphis Grizzlies won Game 3 over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead with a 115-109 win despite losing Mike Conley. SB Nation reports the Grizzlies point guard left the game in the third quarter after an unintentional elbow to the face when going for a loose ball. Conley has already been playing with wrist and foot injuries. Memphis was led by Marc Gasol’s 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. One more win would send the Grizzlies into the second round in a match-up with the 1 seed Golden State Warriors. Game 4 will be…
  • Jerryd Bayless Buzzer Beater Saves Bucks For Time Being

    Joey
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Milwaukee lives! For now. A Jerryd Bayless buzzer beater was what it took for the Milwaukee Bucks to live another day and defeat the Chicago Bulls 92-90. The Bulls made a big comeback in the final minutes and had a chance to win the game before Derrick Rose turned it over with 1.6 seconds left. On the final play, Jerryd Bayless scored the game winning basket on a wide open lay-up under the basket after losing Derrick Rose. O.J Mayo was the Bucks high scorer off the bench with 18 points. Chicago leads the series 3-1. Game 5 will be back in Chicago on Monday night. Here’s a video of the…
  • Golden State Warriors Sweep Pelicans To Advance Into Next Round

    Joey
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Golden State wins and wins and wins and wins The Golden State Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 109-98 to sweep their opening round playoff series 4-0 and advance into the second round. MVP candidate Stephen Curry led the way with a near triple double of 39 points hitting 6 of 8 three pointers, along with 9 assists and 8 rebounds. Curry’s fellow “Splash brother” Klay Thompson added 25 points. Anthony Davis delivered 36 points on 14 of 20 shooting and 11 rebounds. Davis is the fourth player in NBA history to average 30 points and 10 rebounds in his first four playoff…
  • The 6th Man: Six Players In The Playoffs I Want Taking The Game Winning Shot

    Joey
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Welcome to The 6th Man – not to be confused with the classic movie starring Marlon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison. Every week, I will write a top 6 list consisting of a topic that piques my interest in the world of basketball. This week, I’m looking at the six players in the postseason that I would want taking a shot with the game on the line. Just missed: LeBron James Dirk Nowitzki Tim Duncan James Harden Chris Paul 6. Kyle Korver Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)   Why am I taking Kyle Korver over an all-time great like LeBron James, a Hall of Famer like Tim Duncan and an MVP candidate…
 
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    The League News

  • Durant to the Heat in the Offseason?

    Pablo Nudenberg
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Everything’s possible to happen next summer since a lot of talented players will be available to sign with any team in free-agency. Promising players, role players, veterans, all-star and even superstars will be looking for a new contract this offseason. One of them is past season MVP, Kevin Durant, who only played 27 games this season due to different injuries on his right foot that forced him to undergone bone graft surgery some weeks ago. Journalist Bill Simmons wrote for Grantland (a webpage owned by ESPN) past Friday that Miami should be Kevin Durant’ “stealth”…
  • Udonis Haslem’s Big Dunk Against the Hornets (VIDEO)

    Asmir Pekmic
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Dwyane Wade sent a long lob pass to James Ennis but it was picked up by Udonis Haslem who dunked the ball down hard! Your browser does not support iframes.    The post Udonis Haslem’s Big Dunk Against the Hornets (VIDEO) appeared first on The League News.
  • Dwyane Wade to Hassan Whiteside Alleyoop Connection (VIDEO)

    Asmir Pekmic
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    As soon as Hassan Whiteside got back into the game, Dwyane Wade started feeding him in the post and this was one of their plays. Your browser does not support iframes.   The post Dwyane Wade to Hassan Whiteside Alleyoop Connection (VIDEO) appeared first on The League News.
  • Dwyane Wade’s Alleyoop to Tyler Johnson (VIDEO)

    Asmir Pekmic
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Miami Heat went on a big run during the second quarter against the Pacers, and Dwyane Wade performed this beautiful alleyoop with the backup guard, Tyler Johnson. The post Dwyane Wade’s Alleyoop to Tyler Johnson (VIDEO) appeared first on The League News.
  • Dwyane Wade Dunks on Joel Anthony (VIDEO)

    Asmir Pekmic
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Dwyane Wade played very well against the Pistons and he had 8 points in the third quarter, which included this incredible dunk on his former teammate, Joel Anthony. Your browser does not support iframes.    The post Dwyane Wade Dunks on Joel Anthony (VIDEO) appeared first on The League News.
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  • The Toughest Two GIVEAWAY

    Vladimir Dessources
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Toughest Two Giveaway  Is  now in full gear! Find out how  you can  enter to win an autographed photo and authentic signed copy of the book The Toughest Two Written by Author Johnnie Bird III. We told you about the excellent story about The Toughest Two in our book review. This book is flying off the shelves and was even sold out in it’s first week on Amazon. Johnnie Bird III was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule and sign his book for one lucky fan to win in The Toughest Two Giveaway during his book signing event. Author Johnnie Bird III signing an…
  • Warriors Sweep Pelicans Behind Curry’s 39

    Vladimir Dessources
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Warriors pull of the sweep against the New Orleans Pelicans in a surprising fashion. Stephen Curry was the main  Warrior contributing to the Sweep with 39 points , 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Right behind him was the other Splash Brother  Klay Thompson who added 25 points. The Warriors showed true tenacity and execution pulling off this sweep against the Pelicans. The Warriors  had something more besides splash and flare. They showed that they were willing to do all the little things like paying attention to the scouting report. They came out in a hostile environment and refused to play any…
  • Why Big Leads are Unsafe in the NBA

    Vladimir Dessources
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many big leads have been blown in this year’s playoffs which has been making for jaw dropping moments. One of the indicators of this truth are two games on the same night that went into over time where the home team had the lead.  The Pelicans had a 20 point fourth quarter lead that was erased by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Milwaukee Bucks had a 19 point lead on the Chicago Bulls that was overcome by Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Big leads are not safe in the NBA Playoffs. Believe it or not the NBA does not want big leads to be protected that is why they have…
  • Kawhi Leonard Defensive Player of The Year

    Vladimir Dessources
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Kawhi Leonard was named the Defensive player of the year. Leonard is the first Spur to win the Award since David Robinson in 1991.Kawhi is the third youngest player to receive the award .  What a resume Kawhi Leonard has built for himself NBA Champion, Finals MVP and now Defensive player of the year.  This season Kawhi Leonard has had an almost perfect defensive game. When playing in the lineup the San Antonio Spurs have been solid defensively. Without Kawhi Leonard in the mix the Spurs have suffered mightily. Just to wrap your head around how good Kawhi Leonard has been defensively you…
  • Real Reason Why Scott Brooks Was Fired

    Vladimir Dessources
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all have received the news  that Scott Brooks has been fired as the Thunder head coach. Everyone seems to be outraged and forget the writing was on the wall. Everyone seems shocked about this move to get Scott Brooks  out of Oklahoma City, but we called it long time ago. The situation for Scott Brooks was dire in Oklahoma City and people were blinded by the perfume of winning. Scott Brooks has been to 3 Western Conference Finals and 1 NBA Finals appearance. All this winning has masked all the issues that the Thunder had with Scott Brooks as a head coach. Victory has truly defeated…
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  • Wainwright goes down swinging: Done for season

    Brandon Reid
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Photo: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was lost for the season on Saturday night, but not because of a throwing injury, because of a batting injury. The 33 year-old Wainwright tore his Achilles while popping out during the 5th inning in Milwaukee. […] The post Wainwright goes down swinging: Done for season appeared first on MyFantasySportsTalk.
  • Champions League Semifinal Predictions

    Hayden Fuller
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    The UEFA Champions League is finally down to the last four: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. Four of the most powerful and influential teams on this planet are set to square off in the greatest competition in soccer. Many A-list players, known […] The post Champions League Semifinal Predictions appeared first on MyFantasySportsTalk.
  • St.Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild recap

    Hayden Fuller
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    What a series this was! Granted, it only went six games, but we saw what great chemistry and playing for your goalie can do for a team. I would not consider this as an upset, considering the  Minnesota Wild  have been one of the […] The post St.Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild recap appeared first on MyFantasySportsTalk.
  • Best Draft Picks in NFL History: Round 1 (Picks 24-17)

    Jake Podger
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    This is part 2 of my four-part series. Let’s see who I chose for selections 24 through 17! – Tom Lynn/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 24.) Aaron Rodgers, QB (2005, Green Bay Packers): This pick was extremely difficult because there was another future Hall of Famer who was […] The post Best Draft Picks in NFL History: Round 1 (Picks 24-17) appeared first on MyFantasySportsTalk.
  • Russell Westbrook: Most Overrated Player in the NBA

    Landin Murphy
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    When it comes to athleticism and filling up the stat sheet, Russell Westbrook is one of the best in the game. This year he led the league in scoring and racked up 11 triple doubles, seven more than anyone else. People laud his playmaking […] The post Russell Westbrook: Most Overrated Player in the NBA appeared first on MyFantasySportsTalk.
 
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  • So… What Happened To Rajon Rondo In Dallas?

    Nick Robinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Less than five minutes into game two of the Houston-Dallas playoff series, Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo ambles forward with the ball at the start of a possession. Under no pressure at all, Rockets guard Jason Terry slowly moving backwards about two or three metres in front of him, repeatedly glancing up at the scoreboard like a nervous tick. A whistle blows, eight second violation. Houston rush the restart while Rondo yells at teammates, his coach on the sideline looking dumbstruck. Jason Terry slips free as Rondo and Monta Ellis mix up their coverages and he nails a wide open three…
  • The Dugout – Timmy's Back, Benches Clear & Popcorn, Lots of Popcorn

    Nick Robinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:25 am
    TEEEEEEBOOOOOW!He’s back. As teased a few weeks back, the Philadelphia Eagles offered an NFL lifeline to everybody’s favourite terrible quarterback. It’s a one year, minimum salary contract, and probably a final chance for the guy last seen getting cut by the Patriots a year ago.The Eagles had wanted to trade QB Matt Barkley to clear room for Tebow, but without getting value in return they chose to keep ‘em both around in a crowded quarterback quartet that also includes Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, plus the rumours of Marcus Mariota in the draft.Nobody expects the notoriously awful…
  • The Wildcard’s 2014/15 NBA Awards Ballot

    Nick Robinson
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    As the curtains are drawn on the regular season, thoughts turn towards the impending playoffs. But first, there’s paperwork to be filed. Award ballots, to be specific. All the top NBA writers are talking about theirs at the moment, so it’s only fair if I get my say too. Not sure why I haven’t received my nomination form from the league office yet, I can only assume it’s gotten lost in the mail (do they still send them by mail?), so consider this my official list of suggestions, Mr Silver. Cheers son.First Team All-NBAG – Steph CurryG – James HardenF – LeBron JamesF – Anthony…
  • The Dugout – Farewell Troy, Hello NBA Playoffs

    Nick Robinson
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    So Long Troy, In Hair and in FarewellThe NFL has slightly less character these days for the retirement of Steelers legend Troy Polamalu (and Ike Taylor). The always recognisable safety (of American Samoan descent) hung up the cleats after twelve years, eight Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl championships. Seeing Polamalu sprinting towards the ball carrier from his safety position was one of the most thrilling – and terrifying – sights in football. You could argue that he helped revolutionise his position and he’s sure to find his way into the Hall of Fame.“It actually hit me today in…
  • The Dugout – It's Good To Be Gronk (Or Kawhi)

    Nick Robinson
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    It’s Good To Be Gronk"If you want to be a chiseled six foot six inch All-Pro football player who makes big money to score touchdowns and win Super Bowls, and if you like to have just as much fun with your family and enjoying life, then this book is for you!"The words of the one and only Rob Gronkowski. Yes, Gronk is preparing to release a book through Derek Jeter’s publishing house. The book is written by Gronk (with a ghostwriter, surely) and will come out in July. It's titled: ‘It’s Good To Be Gronk’... because it is.The tome will purportedly "take the reader…
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  • Jared Dudley’s Three-Point Shooting is Paramount Against Chicago

    Declan Macaskill
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Jared Dudley went 3-4 in his three-point attempts on Saturday night, and 5-9 in field goals overall in his 28 minutes off the bench. He finished the game on Saturday night with 13 points for the Milwaukee Bucks, along with three rebounds and five assists including the inbound pass to Jerryd Bayless for the game winning layup. Dudley has scored two points in game one, and three-points in game two before heating up for 11 points in game three. He has gone 2-3 and 3-4 in three-point makes in games three and four and seems to be finding his shot heading into game five tonight in…
  • Kevin Love Officially Ruled Out

    John Goggin
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The Cavaliers announced this afternoon that power forward Kevin Love would miss the Eastern Conference semifinals with a dislocated shoulder he suffered during Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Kevin Love suffered this injury while fighting for a loose ball with Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk, as Olynyk pulled Love’s arm while trying to gain possession of the ball. It has been reported Love has torn ligaments and a torn labrum in his shoulder, which will probably require surgery. Tristan Thompson will be filling in Kevin Love’s role in the series that will probably be against the…
  • Kevin Love Expected to Miss Two Weeks

    Jared Kungle
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    During the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-93 win over the Boston Celtics, Kevin Love experienced a shoulder injury – where he ran directly to the Cavaliers locker room to get it checked out. Love was fighting for an offensive rebound, while Kelly Olynyk was tugging on his shoulder, which lead to Love’s shoulder coming out-of-place. Warning:  Video may be disturbing to some viewers.  According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, it is likely that Love could miss a minimum of two weeks, but nothing is official until Love has a MRI. Nothing will be known for sure until MRI…
  • The Tale Of Two Lopez: How Brook And Robin Lopez Got To The Playoffs

    Nicholas LeTourneau
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    When Brook and Robin Lopez entered the league in 2008 everyone figured it was only a matter of time before they were both in the playoffs. Coming out of Stanford it was clear who was the better player and it reflected in where they went in the draft. Brook Lopez was a third team All-American and All-Pac 10 first team while averaging 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 blocks per game his sophomore year when he declared for the draft while Robin, who was a defensive star, was not as developed offensively and was viewed as more of a project than Brook. They were both taken…
  • Mike Conley Suffers Head Injury

    John Goggin
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Last night in the Grizzlies’ win over the Blazers Mike Conley had a great game. Putting up 14 points and four assists, but he had a bad collision with Blazers guard C. J. McCollum. McCollum accidentally hit Conley in the head with his elbow. Conley left the game after laying in pain and was assisted to the locker room with a bloody nose. The star was tended to by Grizzlies medical staff and was reported as probable to return and wasn’t ruled out. Conley had a swollen eye but no clear damage to the nose. He was brought after the game to a Portland area hospital for evaluation. Already…
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  • Yoast test

    Angelia
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
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  • ShotTracker Basketball Drill: 5-Spot Catch – Right Hand Pullup

    Ryan Rainman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    This drill is called 5 Spot Catch – Right Hand. Start in the right corner. Stay low. Catch the ball. Give a game speed shot fake. Take two hard dribbles with your right hand. Rise up and take the shot then sprint back to your spot. You must make two shots before moving to the next spot on the floor. The five spots are the left corner, left wing, top of the key, right wing, and right corner. Always have confidence in your shot. Make sure that you hold the follow through every time, placing the emphasis on game speed. Transcription This drill is called 5 Spot Catch – Right Hand.
  • Shot Tracker Basketball Drill: Continuous Drift – Left Corner

    Ryan Rainman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This drill is called continuous drift, left corner. Start in the left wing and sprint to the left corner to catch a pass. Take your shot then jog back to the left wing and repeat. Now make sure to stay low and go game speed. You want to make sure to pivot off your inside foot or jump stop before going up to shoot. You will take 10 shots. Video Transcription This drill is called continuous drift, left corner. Start in the left wing and sprint to the left corner to catch a pass. Take your shot then jog back to the left wing and repeat. Now make sure to stay low and go game speed. You want to…
  • ShotTracker Review

    Ryan Rainman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Davyeon: When it comes to shooting, most kids are practicing without a purpose. How do you know you’re getting better, and how are you collecting the data to prove it? Just like in business, you have to have structure, focus, and metrics. And basketball is no different. Other sports have had devices to track their performance for years, but basketball hasn’t had anything until now. Bruce: The ShotTracker is going to tell the shooter how many shots they’ve attempted and how many shots they’ve made. That information gets uploaded. They can see exactly where on the court…
  • ShotTracker: How it Works

    Ryan Rainman
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bruce: Cyclists and runners for years have had devices that monitor their progress and track their improvement, but ballers have been ignored. Davyeon: When I was in college playing basketball, I shot about a thousand jumpers a day, and I couldn’t tell you how I did yesterday versus, you know, the day before versus the current day. Basketball is a relative sport so I didn’t want to really stop, track my shots, etc. Bruce: So I was in the backyard teaching my 11-year-old son how to shoot, and we were working on his jump shot going around the world, taking ten shots from each…
 
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