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  • Report: Rubio set to return to action Monday News
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Ricky Rubio is one game away from returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Report: Ricky Rubio Cleared to Play Monday

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Minnesota fans, it’s almost time. Ricky Rubio is expected to make his return on Monday night in the Timberwolves’ road game against the Dallas Mavericks. Although just last week it seemed his recovery would be prolonged due to muscle and ligament damage, a new report says we’ll be seeing the young guard back in action very soon. Per the AP: “Rubio has been cleared to play on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not…
  • adidas Unveils Black History Month Collection

    Slam Dunk Central
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    adidas and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today unveiled a limited edition Black History Month Collection inspired by the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and one of the game’s most prominent philanthropists and ambassadors. Each basketball shoe model and specialty packaging features sepia tones, inspirational quotes and details that provide a vivid journey through the four most important eras of Kareem’s legendary and record-breaking career. “I was very fortunate to have African-American role models and pioneers I could identify with and learn from as I forged my career in basketball and my…
  • Oscar Robertson backs pot legalization in Ohio - NBA
    Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    A group that wants to legalize marijuana use in Ohio says its investors include NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.
  • Celtics' Evan Turner endured the world's worst possession

    Ball Don't Lie - NBA - Yahoo Sports
    Eric Freeman
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Basketball players have unfortunate moments in games all the time, if only because it's bound to happen when a bunch of super athletic guys trying really hard battle for 48 minutes in a high-pressure scenario. The good news is that the sport moves fast enough to allow these athletes to make up for their sins soon after their transgressions occur. For most of them, things balance out. [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball Based on that logic, Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner was karmically in line for a four-point play after one especially awful possession…
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  • Report: Ricky Rubio Cleared to Play Monday

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Minnesota fans, it’s almost time. Ricky Rubio is expected to make his return on Monday night in the Timberwolves’ road game against the Dallas Mavericks. Although just last week it seemed his recovery would be prolonged due to muscle and ligament damage, a new report says we’ll be seeing the young guard back in action very soon. Per the AP: “Rubio has been cleared to play on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not…
  • Unbeaten

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Forty-five years ago, on Saturday, January 31, 1970, Pete Maravich surpassed Oscar Robertson to become the most prolific scorer in men’s college basketball history. Since that time, thousands of DI basketball players have taken a shot at surpassing Maravich’s mark—all have fallen short. Of the many NCAA scoring records that “Pistol” Pete Maravich still holds today, it is his career average of 44.2 points per game that is most astonishing. Imagine a player scoring 40 points in a game and hurting his scoring average. The next highest career average is Austin Carr who…
  • Derrick Rose Connects with Jimmy Butler for the Slam (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    So this is a pretty sequence of events we have above. The Chicago Bulls win a jump ball down in Phoenix. Derrick Rose throws the half-court oop to All-Star reserve Jimmy Butler. Then Butler ever-so-gracefully rises to complete the slam. It’s true the Suns had the last laugh though—they sent the Bulls home with a 99-93 loss. The post Derrick Rose Connects with Jimmy Butler for the Slam (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.
  • Michael Carter-Williams Drops Triple-Double on Timberwolves (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    In a battle between two of the lowest-seeded teams in the NBA, Michael Carter-Williams showed out. He finished with 17 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists to lift the Philadelphia 76ers over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. Watch MCW earn his third triple-double of the season in the video up top. The post Michael Carter-Williams Drops Triple-Double on Timberwolves (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.
  • Rudy Gay Throws Down a Fancy Dunk (VIDEO)

    SLAM Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    The fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers came out on top in last night’s match-up against the Sacramento Kings in no way makes this Rudy Gay dunk at the Q any less awesome. Watch in awe as Rudy fancily scores two of his 20 total points in the video above. The post Rudy Gay Throws Down a Fancy Dunk (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.
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  • adidas Unveils Black History Month Collection

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    adidas and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today unveiled a limited edition Black History Month Collection inspired by the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and one of the game’s most prominent philanthropists and ambassadors. Each basketball shoe model and specialty packaging features sepia tones, inspirational quotes and details that provide a vivid journey through the four most important eras of Kareem’s legendary and record-breaking career. “I was very fortunate to have African-American role models and pioneers I could identify with and learn from as I forged my career in basketball and my…
  • Behold, The Air Jordan 11 Retro “Bred” Backpack

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    If you’re a huge Jordan fanatic, you’ve got to check out this backpack made in the likeness of the Air Jordan 11 “Bred”. Crazy, right? The overall design of the bag is reflective of the classic Jordan 11 shape, and even features the outsole of that shoe as the bottom of the bag. It’s a pretty bold backpack, with an equally bold price tag – $250 from New York’s Renarts. Personally, I couldn’t fathom paying $250 for a backpack, but I’m sure they’ll find some suckers willing to plunk down the cash for ‘em.
  • Reebok Announces New Partnership With Kendrick Lamar

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership. “Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their…
  • Sponsored Video: Rob Dyrdek & Lunchables Uploaded Present Fully Uploaded

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Professional skateboarder, actor, and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek has teamed up with Lunchables (you know, the yummy cracker/ham/cheese packets) to create a series of ten ‘Fully Uploaded’ webisodes. Now look, if you know Rob, you know that this won’t be your standard online show. No, they’re about to take things to the next level, giving you a never before seen look into the lives of ten Rob-approved game changers who are living the Uploaded life. So are you ready? Fully Uploaded guests include Dude Perfect (the trick shot pioneers), Wheelz (extreme wheelchair athlete…
  • Dave Chappelle Shares His Unpopular View of Donald Sterling in GQ

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    In his GQ Men of the Year cover interview, Dave Chappelle shares his unpopular view of Donald Sterling: “Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team. I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful.” Chappelle covers GQ’s annual Men of the Year issue, honoring the biggest superstars who have undeniably left their mark in 2014. He graces the cover along with Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, and Michael Sam. The December issue of GQ…
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  • Oscar Robertson backs pot legalization in Ohio

    Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    A group that wants to legalize marijuana use in Ohio says its investors include NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.
  • Report: Rubio plans to return vs. Mavericks

    Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Ricky Rubio is one game away from returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • Hawks' rally halts Blazers, extends streak

    Associated Press
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.
  • LeBron return sparks Cavs to 9th win in row news services
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points, and LeBron James scored 19 in his return from a one-game absence, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Sacramento Kings 101-90 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
  • Pelicans' Davis (groin) out, aims for Monday news services
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Pelicans forward Anthony Davis missed Friday night's 108-103 win against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a groin strain.
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  • Celtics' Evan Turner endured the world's worst possession

    Eric Freeman
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Basketball players have unfortunate moments in games all the time, if only because it's bound to happen when a bunch of super athletic guys trying really hard battle for 48 minutes in a high-pressure scenario. The good news is that the sport moves fast enough to allow these athletes to make up for their sins soon after their transgressions occur. For most of them, things balance out. [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball Based on that logic, Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner was karmically in line for a four-point play after one especially awful possession…
  • Hawks grab 18th straight win behind Jeff Teague's fancy moves

    Eric Freeman
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The Atlanta Hawks had a pretty good Thursday, with three of the team's starters — point guard Jeff Teague, forward Paul Millsap, and big man Al Horford — being announced as participants in February 15's NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Along with head coach Mike Budenholzer, that trio will give the Hawks the biggest presence of any team at the event. It's a deserved honor for a franchise that has vastly exceeded expectations to look like the favorite in the East. [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball Friday was arguably even better for…
  • The 10-man rotation, starring Tony Parker's troubling play

    Dan Devine
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Gothic Ginobili. Tony Parker hasn't looked very much like himself this season. What gives, and is this a "give it a minute, it'll be fine" kind of thing, or a "maybe TP's on the decline" kind of thing? Aaron McGuire investigates. PF: Nylon Calculus. An exhaustive, statistical-context-heavy and very good review of Kevin Garnett's career as he nears its end. SF: How…
  • Damian Lillard thanks everyone who didn't vote him into NBA All-Star Game

    Ben Rohrbach
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    When the league tallied coaches' votes and revealed the 2015 NBA All-Star Game reserves, Yahoo's own Marc J. Spears dubbed Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard the most notable snub, and it's hard to argue a guy who deserved his spot with slightly inferior numbers last year doesn't belong again. Given a night to sleep on the snub, Lillard didn't pull any punches when asked about it by The Oregonian and other media gathered for a morning shootaround at Philips Arena, where his Northwest Division-leading Blazers are scheduled to face the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Atlanta…
  • The Chicago Bulls are at the crossroads

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Nobody’s winning, here. The Chicago Bulls lost again on Thursday, two nights after they’d won again. This is the Jekyll and Hyde nature of a team caught in the midst of both a crisis of conscience and a crisis of confidence. The team fell to the lowly and tanking Los Angeles Lakers, working without Kobe Bryant, 48 hours after downing the mighty Golden State Warriors on GSW’s home floor. That win was far from encouraging, though, and it came on the heels of a loss to Miami that followed two impressive wins over San Antonio and Dallas. The Spurs and Mavericks conquests almost felt like…
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  • Westbrook’s Affect on Kevin Durant’s Game

    Josh Ahlstrom
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    I just finished reading an article over at about what Kevin Durant’s shooting chart looks like without Westbrook in the lineup and then with him in the lineup. I quoted the summary below but you really need to read the whole thing to appreciate and fully understand the differences. I’ll give you my thoughts on the matter when you get back… go ahead… I’ll wait. Original Summary Simply put: during the past 1.5 seasons, when Kevin Durant is on the court with Russell Westbrook, he is scoring from only a fraction of his preferred shot locations. As I…
  • Too Much Snow – Too Much Passing?

    Josh Ahlstrom
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The NBA postponed two games (kings /knicks and blazers / nets) tonight due to a crippling and potentially historic blizzard that should go continue into Tuesday. A blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight EST Tuesday night, and there are expectations of up to three (3) feet of snow. I live in the south and the concept of that much snow is simply mind blowing. About the only snow we’ve seen around here is this guy – and we haven’t seen him in quite a while. Kobe Bryant is out for what will probably be the remainder of the season due to surgery for a torn rotator…
  • LeBron James Talks About Becoming The Best Ever In March Issue Of GQ

    18 Feb 2014 | 10:49 am
    LeBron James, the most stylish empire-builder in sports, covers GQ’s March issue. GQ’s Jeanne Marie Laskas catches up with James to hear how he feels about winning, change, fatherhood, his responsibility on and off the court, and what he has his sights on to conquer next. “Winning is my drug,” James tells GQ. Ten years into his career, he strives to be the best. “My drive to be the greatest basketball player ever is very high,” says James. His response to people wanting more points out of him: “Like, I could average thirty-five points a game if I really…
  • Fables of Fandom – Memphis Grizzlies

    Matt Loede
    2 Apr 2012 | 1:57 pm
    Hilarious, right? The “State of Fandom” allows you to declare your team allegiance through customized Facebook cover photos, watch some funny team mascot vidoes (like the one above), and do a slew of other things.. You can also generate your NBA fan graph to see where your Facebook friends’ loyalties lie, and watch how things play out as we move into the NBA Playoffs!
  • No Bull and a lot of Heat in the Eastern Conference

    13 Feb 2012 | 7:17 am
    The Chicago Bulls may not have been the prohibitive preseason favorite to win the Eastern Conference in NBA probabilities but let there be no doubt that they are for real and last year’s breakout season has proven to be no fluke as they have led the Eastern Conference since the season began. The Miami Heat is a huge favorite to win the Eastern Conference in NBA future odds after they took the crown last year following a disappointing and inconsistent regular season.  The Heat has been right behind Chicago for Eastern Conference supremacy and look to be a prime candidate to take the title…
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  • Brandon Jennings Out for the Season

    Natalie Sitto
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Just when things were looking up for Detroit #Pistons, they took a big blow when Brandon Jennings injured himself in the Pistons loss to the Bucks Saturday night. Jennings will miss the remainder of the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The injury, which will require surgery, was confirmed following an MRI conducted on Sunday by team medical personnel. Team medical personnel will work with Brandon and his representatives in determining the next course of action and treatment for the injury. No timetable is being placed on Jennings’ return at this time. Via Pistons…
  • Andre Drummond for the Win with .03

    Natalie Sitto
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    It truly is getting fun again for the #pistons. Erasing their sub-par performance against the Pelicans Wednesday night, Detroit snuck out of Indiana with another last second win. This time courtesy of Andre Drummond. I’m pretty sure long time Pistons fans are reveling in watching and ready the news about their team that is positive. It’s been a while! The post Andre Drummond for the Win with .03 appeared first on
  • It’s Fun Again – Pistons top Spurs

    Natalie Sitto
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Wake up hibernating #Pistons fans, it’s time to get yourself on the bandwagon again. Detroit has won a surprising six games in a row, none more exciting than the 105-104 last second win against the Championship Spurs. What’s not surprising is the fact that this team did a 180 as soon as Josh Smith was handed his pink slip. I’m not going to take away from how the Pistons have played since Smith was gone. Detroit is playing like Supermen and it seems as though Josh was truly their Kryptonite. This team looks like a team for the first time in a very long time. Brandon Jennings…
  • Josh Smith Waived – Christmas Miracles Do Come True

    Natalie Sitto
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Detroit Pistons just made a move I never thought they would, they just waived Josh Smith! For those of you who have followed this blog or follow me on twitter you know that I’m not a fan of Mr. Smith, so today’s news comes as a huge surprise and an early Christmas present to many Pistons fans (and a Happy Hanukkah to those who don’t celebrate Santa!). God bless you Mr. Van Gundy, you’re a bad ass in my eyes. Via Detroit Pistons press release. “Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to…
  • Things I’d rahther do instead of watch The Detroit Pistons

    Natalie Sitto
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Any #Pistons fan can tell you that this so-called “Season of Hope” has turned into a demoralizing joke. The straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back for me happened Saturday night when Detroit couldn’t muster enough strength to beat a team that is OPENLY TANKING. After the Sixers loss I’ve decided there are so many things I’d rather do than watch The Detroit Pistons play basketball. So I jotted down a few notes. – Vacation in North Korea. – Get stuck on an airplane in the middle seat, with 12 crying babies and the people next to me take…
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  • Pistons vs. Rockets preview: Expect the 'full-fledged Josh Smith experience'

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Josh Smith returns to The Palace. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Josh Smith back to The Palace. He will be motivated to chuck and representing the opposing team, so it should be a joyous occasion. Smith's return to Detroit will be his first since being waived Dec. 22 after a year plus of too many long twos, threes, defensive miscues and losses. Saturday night at The Palace should be a celebration. Welcome back, Josh Smith! Take all the shots you want. Game Vitals Where:Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI When:7:30PM EST, Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 Watch:Fox Sports Detroit Josh Smithalysis…
  • 2015 NBA free agents: Decisions looming for Jonas Jerebko

    Vincent Diringer
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    After several years of inconsistent minutes and benchings, will one successful year under Stan Van Gundy convince the energetic Swede to stay in Pistons red, blue and white? Six years into his NBA career, Jonas Jerebko has gone through more roster changes and coaches on the same team than most players experience in their whole career. He shined his rookie year under Kuester, earning All Rookie Second-Team honors, but was lost to an Achilles tear during the pre-season of what should have been his sophomore year. JJ returned in 2011-2012, when Lawrence Frank was appointed the Pistons' new head…
  • Caron Butler, Greg Monroe open up about Philadelphia beatdown

    Vincent Diringer
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    The Pistons' shooting struggles culminated in a 89-69 blowout in Philadelphia. Will the team bounce back? Stan Van Gundy took a full timeout with 5:22 left in the fourth quarter. The Pistons looked up at the scoreboard, they were down 77-63 to a lowly Sixers squad that had dominated them all game. Their coach gave them an earful, calling their play "embarrassing" and "humiliating" amongst other things. The Pistons' effort was poor during the game, only two players shot consistently the entire game, Jonas Jerebko and Greg Monroe combined for 30 points on 21 shots, their teammates combining…
  • Pistons news roundup: Greg Monroe's defense, Tom Gores' vision and a rumor mill update

    Vincent Diringer
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    This fifth edition of Pistons News Roundup looks into Greg Monroe's defense, Gores' vision for the Pistons and another update from the rumor mill. Greg Monroe an underrated defender Slow-footed. Not athletic enough. Poor defensive awareness. Below-average shot blocker. Greg Monroe has heard it all before. Even when he was playing college hoops, the New Orleans native was already well aware of what was being said of his defensive ability. Since his arrival in the NBA, the soft spoken center has shed a few of the negative tags that followed him into the League, and built upon his tantalizing…
  • 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend: Greg Monroe is a notable omission from All-Star roster

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    The Pistons will not be represented in the NBA All-Star game for the sixth straight year. The curse of Allen Iverson lives on, as the Detroit Pistons will not be represented in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The rest of the rosters were announced on Jan. 29. Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings (pre-injury) got most of the marketing attention before the voting ended, but Greg Monroe deserved a look, too. In fact, he drew consideration from Zach Lowe at Grantland and he was a notable "Not On Team" name in SB Nation's breakdown of the All-Star weekend rosters. See below: All-Star Starters WEST…
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  • Ryan Anderson and Shooting Risk

    Michael Pellissier
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Last night, Mac sent out these 2 tweets that explained a lot of what has been going on this season. People say this team is hard to figure out. No its not. I told you during Denver game, they are a jump shooting team. When they make, they — Michael McNamara (@McNamara247) January 31, 2015 can beat anyone. When they miss, they can lose to anyone. Consistency will come with a guard who gets to the line & a post threat. — Michael McNamara (@McNamara247) January 31, 2015 A lack of shooting has been a problem for the Pelicans all year.  And while there are ways to run an effective offense…
  • Eric Gordon Leads Short-Handed Pelicans to Impressive 108-103 Win over Clippers

    Mason Ginsberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The Los Angeles Clippers arrived in New Orleans riding a 6-game winning streak to go along with their 32-14 record. Heading into tonight’s game against the Pelicans, they had outscored their opponents by 7.5 points per 100 possessions this season, an average only surpassed by the 36-7 Warriors and 38-8 Hawks. Los Angeles would face a Pelicans team missing its best two players, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday; without them, New Orleans lost to both the 76ers and Knicks just two weeks ago. In early December, the Pelicans faced this same Clippers team in Los Angeles and lost by…
  • Game On: Clippers at Pelicans

    Mason Ginsberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Tonight, the Pelicans (24-22) continue their homestand against the Clippers (32-14), owners of the longest active winning streak in the Western Conference (6). According to Hollinger’s power rankings formula on (which takes into account factors such as strength of schedule and number of home and road games), the Clippers are the third best team in the NBA, behind just the Warriors and Hawks. Efficiency statistics back this up, as they rank 3rd in the NBA in Net Rating as well, outscoring opponents by 7.5 points per 100 possessions. Apart from talent, the one thing that the…
  • On the Fly, Episode 10: Seth Partnow Takes the Wheel

    Michael Pellissier
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Jake and I are privileged to welcome Seth Partnow of Nylon Calculus and Hardwood Paroxysm for the 10th podcast.  This podcast is a bit different, as Seth delves into some general NBA trends, stats, players, and gives us his thoughts on the Pelicans’ present and future.  Please excuse some minor sound hiccups in the beginning (we are working on this!).  If you aren’t already, make sure you go follow Seth! Follow @SethPartnow Seth’s Work: Passing Fancy: Examining Assist Location On Basketball Fundamentalism  
  • Pelicans Playoff Hunt – Not Quite There

    James Grayson
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Life can often be a battle of good versus bad, but often this is very much a perception of our own realities. In the New Orleans Pelicans’ case their reality is very much a battle of inconsistencies. We spoke a while ago of the importance of gaining ground in the Western Conference playoff hunt with their road-trip. Instead of any progress being made they struggled. We all remember it: Knicks loss, ‘6ers too and don’t forget that Boston debacle. Yeah, okay they did beat the Raptors on the road, but ehh, contrasting that against the poor losses it doesn’t really put a skip in a fans…
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  • Gani Lawal signs in Athens, Greece

    Inside Hoops
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:41 am
    Gani Lawal signs in Athens, Greece Here’s EurocupBasketball with an update on Gani Lawal: Panathinaikos Athens added size and intimidation to its front court with the signing of big man Gani Lawal on Saturday. Lawal (2.05 metres, 26 years old) arrives from the Turkish side Trabzonspor where so far this season he averaged 9.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 [...]
  • Vince Carter out with foot injury

    Inside Hoops
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Memphis, Tenn. – Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Vince Carter underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) today, which revealed a left foot tendon injury. Carter will be re-evaluated within the next week at which time an update will be provided.
  • Derrick Favors playing great season for Jazz

    Inside Hoops
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Derrick Favors playing great season for Jazz Scan the top 20 in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and you’ll find a host of perennial All-Stars and MVP candidates. Also in the mix is a fifth-year big man who keeps progressing and has helped stabilize a young, developing team. Derrick Favors, 23, is enjoying his best season yet [...]
  • Clippers set to begin tough road trip

    Inside Hoops
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Clippers set to begin tough road trip Los Angeles has won eight of 10, including Wednesday’s victory at Utah, its 13th straight against the Jazz. The Clippers play their next seven games on the road, including stops in San Antonio, Cleveland, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Dallas. During the 8-2 stretch, DeAndre Jordan is averaging 12.8 points [...]
  • Zach Randolph a big key to Grizzlies success

    Inside Hoops
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Zach Randolph a big key to Grizzlies success When you consider how well the Grizzlies have played this season — they started 21-4 — losing three of five to begin the new year was a modest slump. Then came the trade for Jeff Green on Jan. 12, which has helped stabilize the small forward position. Green [...]
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  • Kings vs. Pacers Preview: Will this losing streak ever end?

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Sacramento's riding an 8 game losing streak into tonight's action against the Indiana Pacers.  This is the final game of the road trip and hopefully Sacramento can end it and the month of January with a rare win.  Today's action tips off at 4:00 pm on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. The Pacers don't have much offense without star Paul George, but their defense is still very good, ranking 8th in the NBA.  Hibbert and George Hill do a great job of protecting the paint and perimeter respectively, but the whole team is very solid in their fundamentals. 2.
  • Kings vs. Pacers Fan Predictions

    Kevin Fippin
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Predict things with us! Link to the Leaderboard. Below are a series of prediction questions for today's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after…
  • Where's the accountability, Vivek?

    Greg Wissinger
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Kings continue to flounder, but there's no accountability. The Sacramento Kings extended their losing streak to an eighth game on Friday, losing behing yet another lackluster effort from the team. DeMarcus Cousins, er, excuse me, All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, played well. So did Rudy Gay. But once again, they lacked the support they needed. The second unit was once again an embarrassment. In fact, the whole team is an embarrassment. So where is the accountability? Before the season, Vivek Ranadivé told the Sacramento Bee: "[T]his year, let's be clear, it is about wins and losses." Well,…
  • DeMarcus Cousins and his 'cousins' star in car dealership commercial

    Blake Ellington
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Earlier this week, we mentioned how the old man outfit DeMarcus Cousins was sporting on Instagram was for a local car dealership commercial. Well, it appears Boogie, the now NBA All-Star, is the spokesperson for Chase Chevrolet. A commercial featuring Cousins showed up on the company's YouTube channel Friday. It looks like all of the big man's "cousins" work at the car dealership.
  • Kings something, Cavaliers something higher: Meh

    Omer Khan
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    I mean, really. Who cares. There was a basketball game going on tonight, but given how much effort was collectively put in by the Sacramento Kings, you wouldn't know it. The Cleveland Cavaliers were red-hot coming into the game, but didn't even play particularly well and still slowly ran away from the Kings by a final score of 101-90. The Kings were led by their All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who was again inefficient offensively. In Tyrone Corbin's new "offense", Cousins has been operating more and more in the high post, which has resulted in a precipitous drop in his shooting…
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  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview

    Chris Lucia
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The Blazers wrap up an Eastern Conference road trip tonight in Milwaukee against the Bucks in the second half of a back-to-back. Portland Trail Blazers (32-15, No. 4 in the West) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (24-22, No. 6 in the East)Saturday, January 31BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee, WI | 5:30 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: CSNNWHD; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Robin Lopez, Joel Freeland, Nicolas Batum (game-time decision) | Out for the Bucks: Larry Sanders, Kendall Marshall, Jabari Parker, Damien Inglis, Ersan Ilyasova (day-to-day), Zaza PachuliaSBN Affiliate: Brew Hoop | Timmay's Viewing Guide |…
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks: PDX Wastes Another Brilliant Aldridge Performance

    Willy Raedy
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It's tough to feel bad about losing a close game to the hottest team in the league. Then again, it's easy to feel bad when the win was there for the taking and the game followed the same frustrating script of the past few weeks. It's one of the biggest fairy tales in sports. A star player comes back to play amid difficult physical circumstances and finds the mental strength to perform like a champion. It's one of the biggest story lines in sports. A player is disrespected by someone or something and is on mission to prove everyone wrong. Tonight, the fairy tale came through but the story line…
  • Blazers vs. Hawks Final Score: 105-99; Portland Becomes Atlanta's Eighteeneth Victim

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points, but Portland blew a five point lead in the fourth quarter in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks beat Portland in Portland earlier in their 17 game winning streak.  The Blazers fared no better on their home turf. LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 11 rebounds, his 22nd double-double of the season, but the Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 105-99, Friday night at Philips Arena. The Blazers started off the game with a distinct mixture of hot and cold.  Shooting wise, they seemed to hit every shot they had missed over the past ten…
  • Gameday Thread: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Tip-off: 4:30 pmWatch: CSN NW | NBA League PassListen: NBA Audio League Pass 620am Links: Media Notes Viewing Guide Welcome to the Gameday Open Thread at Blazer’s Edge! This is a place to hang out and enjoy tonight’s festivities with your fellow fans. Treat it as if you’re watching a game at the local watering hole, but hopefully without the language. Expect some disagreements, and a fair amount of changing emotions. But we'll get through it together. Injury update: - Robin Lopez (fractured hand) is out for at least a week or two more. - Joel Freeland (shoulder sprain) is also out for…
  • NBA Chooses DeMarcus Cousins Over Damian Lillard For 2015 All-Star Game

    Dan Graves
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    NBA Commissioner snubs the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, picks DeMarcus Cousins to play in 2015 All-Star Game. The NBA announced this morning that they chose DeMarcus Cousins to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the 2015 All-Star Game. Damian Lillard, an All-Star last season, was passed over by the fans, coaches and now NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Despite leading a 32-14 team in the deep Western Conference, Lillard was passed over for three players (Cousins, Russell Westbrook, and the oft-injured Kevin Durant) on teams ranked 10th and 12th in the conference. Lillard responded via…
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  • Nike Officially Unveils The Kobe X (Photos)

    Spencer Lund
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today Nike officially announced the tenth signature sneaker in Kobe Bryant‘s line. The Kobe X comes at a time when Bryant is facing perhaps the final and greatest test of his professional career. The Kobe X shows of a minimalist design with transparent rubber casing on the midsole and outsole signifying Bryant’s recent willingness to […] The post Nike Officially Unveils The Kobe X (Photos) appeared first on Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • GIF: LeBron James Goes By Ramon Sessions With Slick Around-The-Back Move

    Dime Magazine
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    LeBron James is approximately 6-8, 250 pounds. Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone was listed as one inch taller and that exact weight. Can you imagine The Mailman pulling off this move? Us neither. Watch The King exhibit his surreal blend of quickness, power, and dexterity by losing Ramon Sessions with a slick wraparound move en […] The post GIF: LeBron James Goes By Ramon Sessions With Slick Around-The-Back Move appeared first on Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • Watch Jeff Teague Get Two Blazers Airborne With Fake Before Hitting Layup

    Dime Magazine
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We’re not sure who the Atlanta Hawks’ best player is, and it frankly doesn’t matter. Mike Budenholzer’s team is the rare one that contains multiple All-Stars but possesses a whole far bigger than the sum of its parts. But it’s safe to say the Hawks wouldn’t be where they are without the development of point […] The post Watch Jeff Teague Get Two Blazers Airborne With Fake Before Hitting Layup appeared first on Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • GIF: Rudy Gay Goes Backdoor On LeBron James For Beautiful 360 Slam

    Dime Magazine
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    It’s hard to believe nine-year veteran Rudy Gay is still on the low side of his 30th birthday. That definitely explains how he’s still able to throw down dunks like this, though. Watch the Sacramento Kings swingman take advantage of a napping LeBron James and go backdoor for a powerful 360-degree slam in his team’s […] The post GIF: Rudy Gay Goes Backdoor On LeBron James For Beautiful 360 Slam appeared first on Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • Video: Steve Blake Goes Glass For One-Footed Corner 3 At 1Q Buzzer

    Dime Magazine
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Is this what it will take to break the Atlanta Hawks’ 17-game winning streak? Watch Portland Trail Blazers reserve Steve Blake beat the first quarter buzzer by banking-in a corner three-pointer – off one foot! – in his team’s game against the Eastern Conference leaders. Luck always helps in basketball – especially when playing a team […] The post Video: Steve Blake Goes Glass For One-Footed Corner 3 At 1Q Buzzer appeared first on Dime Magazine ( : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
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  • Blazers vs. Bucks Preview: Depth gets home test against Aldridge, Lillard and Co.

    Frank Madden
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A great team that's been struggling on the road against a good team that's underwhelmed at home. So I guess this qualifies as a "something's gotta give" game, eh? Though they remain an impressive 32-15 overall, the Portland Trail Blazers have lost five straight on the road and both games on their current Eastern road trip, including a 105-99 decision against the indomitable Hawks coming just last night. Fortunately for Terry Stotts' club, the Bucks have yet to find much of a groove at home; they're 2-6 in their last eight at BMO Harris Bradley Center and could be missing Zaza Pachulia and…
  • Bucks vs. Blazers fantasy basketball notes and tournament info

    Dan Sinclair
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The Milwaukee Bucks host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, and that's just one of a full schedule of NBA action. While taking in the game, why not try your luck at a one-day fantasy basketball tournament from SB Nation fantasy partner and maybe even win some cash? FanDuel offers members the chance to compete with thousands of other managers in salary-cap fantasy basketball tournaments every night of the NBA season. Members can play in both free and paid entry tournaments, with paid contests offering immediate cash prizes for thousands of winners every night. Brew Hoop readers…
  • Bucks at Magic Final Score: Stellar shooting sends Bucks to easy 115-100 win in Orlando

    Corey Gloor
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    After a decade of futility in Central Florida, the Bucks snap a 17-game losing streak in Orlando in convincing fashion. Convincing.  Dominant.  Precise.  And the streak is done. The Milwaukee Bucks grabbed hold of the Orlando Magic from the get-go on Thursday night, and coasted to a 115-100 win at the Amway Center.  It's the Bucks' first win in Orlando since 2004, ending a seventeen-game losing streak. Faced with a size problem down low with Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia out with injuries, Milwaukee (24-22) got another hot shooting night from the backcourt, particularly in the third…
  • Bucks at Magic Preview: Who's down low?

    Corey Gloor
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    If the Bucks plan on snagging an elusive win at the House of Mouse, they'll have to do it thin up front. The last time the Milwaukee Bucks won in Orlando, this was the number one song in the land, according to Billboard: Usher's "Yeah!" (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) was causing high schoolers and middle-aged housewives around the country to pop and lock in ways we hadn't seen since The Jackson Five.  Ironically, this song is still prominently featured at most Bucks home games. March 3rd, 2004 was the last time the Bucks won in Orlando.  Seventeen straight losses since.  But the stars…
  • Synergy Insight: What advanced play-by-play data says about the Milwaukee Bucks

    Frank Madden
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Basketball bloggers everywhere mourned when Synergy Sports Technology discontinued its public data service last summer, but thankfully Synergy's pro service is alive and well -- and now SB Nation has access to it. As a sampler of all that Synergy has to provide, we took a cruise through the endless well of Milwaukee Bucks data and picked out some highlights below. As always, we remind you that no individual stat is a be-all, end-all, and in Synergy's case the data is limited to situations where a player finishes a "play" with a shot, turnover or foul drawn. That tells us plenty about what a…
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  • Warriors vs. Suns preview: Golden State hosts Phoenix, looks to get back on track

    Jeff Cheal
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Warriors come home, staring a two-game losing streak in the rear view mirror. Can they get back on track against a tough Suns team? Warriors vs Jazz coverageWarriors vs Jazz coverageGolden State Warriors (36-8) vs Phoenix Suns (28-20) Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m. PST Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area Buddy Blog: Bright Side of the Sun So sometimes you get punched in the face... and the Warriors definitely did on Friday night in Utah Maybe a team that had ridden on such a high so far this season needed a nice gut check in the form of a trash defense performance with no energy…
  • Game Links #44: Golden State Warriors 100 @ Utah Jazz 110 - Clank - that haunting sound of a Warriors jump shot tonight

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Poll I will have nightmares with nothing but the sound of clanks. Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Harrison Barnes Draymond Green Andrew Bogut David Lee Andre Iguodala Shaun Livingston Marreese Speights Leandro Barbosa Justin Holiday Steve Kerr Please, stop the clanks! My ears hurt!!! Fatigue is hitting the team. We're just distracted by All-Star weekend. Warriors wire to wire loss. Did I tune in to the wrong game? We're no longer the best team in the NBA! Nooooooooo! Next game please   58 votes | Results
  • Warriors vs. Jazz final score: Golden State drops a 110-100 dud in Utah

    Nate Parham
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Steph Curry's ninth 30+ point game was the lone bright spot in the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Utah Jazz. It's hard to even know what to say about the Golden State Warriors' 110-100 loss to the Utah Jazz, which makes two losses in a row for the team that entered the week with the league's best record and ended it behind the Atlanta Hawks.(which means that Dwight Howard might be clairvoyant rather than simply an aversion to counting?). Despite a 31-point performance from All-Star guard Stephen Curry, this was another bizarre and almost shockingly poor loss in which the…
  • Post game disgust: You just tasted bad Warriors basketball tonight

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
  • Preview: Warriors searching for win against young Jazz squad

    Conrad Chow
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    Golden State travels to Salt Lake City to try and get back to its winning ways after an OT heartbreaker against Chicago at home. Golden State Warriors (36-7) @ Utah Jazz (16-30) EnergySolutions Arena - Salt Lake City, Utah 6:00 p.m. PST Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area Buddy Blog: SLC Dunk The overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls still stings as the Warriors 19-game home winning streak was snapped. Nevertheless, Klay Thompson was rewarded with his first All-Star selection and Dub Nation will be represented by both Splash Brothers in New York. Embarking on a quick one-game road…
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  • Signing Pau Gasol Was a Mistake

    Kevin Ferrigan
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The Bulls All-Star is one in name only and the Bulls would have been better if they'd not signed him. Pau Gasol was selected as an All Star starter by the fans. This is, honestly, a joke. Pau Gasol is the Bulls fourth best big man. Yes, fourth best. Behind Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and even rookie Nikola Mirotic. The idea that Gasol was somehow one of the best big men in the entire Eastern Conference is ridiculous. At first glance, it's easy to see why Pau has received this recognition. Pau is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds, nearly 3 assists, and over 2 blocks in his roughly 35 minutes per…
  • Bulls vs. Suns final score: Phoenix gives Chicago its third loss in the last four games

    Ricky O'Donnell
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    The Bulls are now 7-8 without Mike Dunleavy Jr. This looked like a schedule loss for the Bulls before the ball was ever tipped. A game in Phoenix is just about the worst matchup possible for a tired Chicago team playing its third game in four nights on the West Coast. If the Suns could get the game going up and down, it sure seemed like the Bulls would have a tough time keeping up. That's more a less what happened in a 99-93 Suns win on Friday night at U.S. Airways Center. Give the Bulls credit for hanging tough. An Aaron Brooks three-pointer 1:19 left made it a four-point game; a layup by…
  • Bulls vs. Suns game preview, injury report, lineups

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    [Thanks to BLee for today's game preview -yfbb] Well, that sucked. If you stayed awake for the end of the second overtime of last night's game against the Lakers you probably went to sleep some combination of frustrated, confused, angry, BOOOOZZZZZERRRRRRRR, etc. The Bulls had a big win against the Warriors on Monday, then they came back and followed it up with a stinker against the Lakers. Sounds familiar - they had a big win against the Rockets on January 5 before dropping their next one to the Jazz on the 7th. Oh, look, after those two big wins against San Antonio and Dallas? Yup, dropped…
  • Bulls vs. Lakers final score: Chicago hilariously loses to Los Angeles in double overtime, 123-116

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Too predictable. The Bulls ended the Warriors' 19-game home winning streak on Tuesday. The Bulls ended the Lakers' nine-game losing streak on Thursday. This was probably too predictable, but still shocking to watch play out. And as Charles Barkley put it on the TNT postgame show, "This was the worst double-overtime game I've ever seen." The Bulls came out and played like absolute garbage against the tanking Lakers, but they still almost pulled a win out of their ass because the Lakers are tanking. Los Angeles led by nine points late in regulation before wilting under Chicago's full court…
  • Jimmy Butler selected to the All-Star Game

    Ricky O'Donnell
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Butler bet on himself this summer, and it's paying off in a big way. The Chicago Bulls will have multiple All-Stars for the third time in the last four years. Jimmy Butler has been tabbed as a reserve for the Eastern Conference after Pau Gasol was voted in by the fans as a starter in the front court. ESPN sources say Jimmy Butler has been selected as a Eastern Conference All-Star reserve — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 29, 2015 Butler has put together an incredible campaign in his fourth season in the league. He's leading the Bulls in scoring at 20.1 points per game while adding six…
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  • Shayne Whittington rejoins Pacers after one game with Mad Ants

    Tom Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    The Pacers rookie big man is needed back in the big leagues after Lavoy Allen hurt his knee while Whittington was playing in Fort Wayne on Thursday. Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington took the court with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Thursday to play the first of what was supposed to be two games in the D-League. But after Lavoy Allen suffered a knee injury as the Pacers were putting it on the Knicks, Whittington was called back to Indy to bolster the team's front-court depth. According to Curt Cavin, Allen had an MRI on Friday and may not be available to play on Saturday when the Pacers host the…
  • Join the Friday fantasy basketball tournament

    Tom Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The Pacers are off on Friday night but there are plenty of NBA games which are always more interesting while playing a fantasy basketball tournament on FanDuel. Come test your NBA GM skills in FanDuel's most popular tournament with a chance to win thousands of dollars. SB Nation's partner FanDuel is running a $150,000 one-night fantasy basketball league tonight. It's $2 to enter and the top prize is $10,000. Click here to join Friday's tournament. Who will be your key fantasy players in games on Friday? Will All-Star Jeff Teague continue to give good value for point guard production? Or will…
  • Pacers Links: Luis Scola sits out against Knicks to end active game streak

    Tom Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Frank Vogel rested Luis Scola on Thursday night to free up some minutes for Lavoy Allen. Scola's DNP-CD ended an active playing streak for the veteran forward. Frank Vogel finally has a healthy front court to work with but after appreciating the effort reserve big man Lavoy Allen gave while David West, Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi missed time with injuries, the Pacers coach had to find a way to keep Allen in the mix. On Thursday, that meant giving Luis Scola the night off which ended his streak of appearing in regular-season games at 277. "It was more about Lavoy, than Luis," Vogel said.
  • Pacers put Knicks in rear view for rare one-sided win

    Nathan S.
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    A 67-32 advantage in the second and third quarters pushed Indiana to a 103-82 victory over New York, including 22 points from Rodney Stuckey and an 18 & 10 double double from Roy Hibbert. Given the struggles for the Indiana Pacers this season, the rare (mostly) feel good win has to come as a relief. For just the third time this season, the Pacers enjoyed a 20-point win (give or take a point anyway), putting the New York Knicks in the rear view for a 103-82 victory. The game was noted for big second and third quarters from the Pacers, but the Pacers had to fight back from a double digit first…
  • Pacers final score: Pacers roll Knicks 103-82

    Nathan S.
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Indiana used big second and third quarters to blow out New York. Rodney Stuckey scored 22, Roy Hibbert had 18 & 10. After a rocky first quarter, Lavoy Allen stepped in to help the Indiana Pacers overcome a second quarter deficit, helping to key a dominating stretch by the Pacers in which they outscored the New York Knicks 67-32 across the middle two quarters. The play of Allen did come at a cost though, with him leaving in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Allen was 4-5 on the night with eight points and five rebounds in nine minutes. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 22 points with…
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  • Suns vs. Warriors Preview

    Kellan Olson
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Phoenix Suns finished 6-2 on their homestand, but the real road to the playoffs starts tonight against the Golden State Warriors. 25 of the last 34 games on the Suns schedule will be against teams fighting for playoff position. It doesn't get much more difficult than the top dog in the West. The Warriors To put it simply, the Warriors are the last team anyone wants to play out West. They are 31-8, 21-2 at home, and are riding a recent hot streak of Klay Thompson. Besides his record setting 37 points in the 3rd quarter against the Kings, Thompson has scored at least 27 points in 4 of his…
  • Phoenix Suns Locker Room Report: What the coach, players said of win over Chicago Bulls

    Dave King
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    This young Phoenix Suns team (28-20) has played great on national television over the last couple of years, now rising to 5-0 in such settings after beating the Chicago Bulls (30-19) at home on Friday night. The arena was full for only the second time all season, aided by a large host of Bulls fans who cheered as loudly on Bulls makes as the Suns fans cheered on great home team plays. Even the opening lineup announcements were met with loud ovations for each team. But this phenomenon is (a) not uncommon for a transient city everyone wants to move to and (b) no surprise given that it's a…
  • Final Score: Phoenix Suns beat Chicago Bulls, 99-93, to finish 6-2 home stand

    Dave King
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Stop me if you've read this script before. The Phoenix Suns jumped out to a 15-point first half lead, allowed the opponent (Chicago Bulls) to come all the way back, and then closed out the win with a strong fourth quarter finish mostly behind Markieff Morris' shotmaking and P.J. Tuckers rebounds. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. The Suns overcame a Bulls comeback in the third quarter to post a big win to finish their home stand at 6-2 with one game left in a 10-4 month of January. The whole game was guarded affair. The three guards of Chicago - Aaron Brooks, Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler - combined for…
  • Suns vs. Bulls Game Preview: The test continues

    Dave King
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Phoenix Suns head into another gauntlet of games, starting with a showdown in Phoenix against the Chicago Bulls followed immediately by the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Bulls (30-18) just lost in double overtime on Thursday night to the Los Angeles Lakers in what Suns fans might call the best night of the week. Not only did the Lakers solidify their hold on the 4th-worst record with their 13th win (their pick is only Top-5 Protected), they did so against the Bulls who played four of their top players 42+ minutes each in the losing effort. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim…
  • BS of the Sun Podcast: The Phoenix Suns are still besieged by technical fouls and buzzer beaters

    Jim Coughenour
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    The eyes of the sports world are on the Phoenix metro area, but not on the Suns... who might get shut out of All-Star weekend. Plus, another week goes by and buzzer beaters and technical fouls continue to plague the Phoenix Suns. Dave king joins the show as the Super Bowl descends upon the city of Phoenix (Glendale). The Suns had a fairly rough week and a mind-boggling third buzzer beater loss in a 23 game stretch. The Suns have been struggling against the top heavy Western Conference (2-9 in their last 11 against the top 10 teams), while coach Hornacek has been struggling to implement…
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  • Timberwolves travel to take on surging Thunder

    Dan Pizzuta
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Oklahoma City Thunder will undoubtedly be happy to see the Minnesota Timberwolves when they arrive home Monday night for a brief two-game home stand. Still desperate to salvage their season in the form of securing a Western Conference playoff berth, OKC (22-22) will be looking to snap a two game losing streak while adding to a run of nine straight wins at home over the lowly Wolves. With reigning league MVP Kevin Durant set to duel hotshot rookie Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves vs. OKC Thunder tickets are an average of $89 with a get-in price of $19, according to Totally Tickets. Durant and…
  • Historic Williams Shocks the World

    TWolves Blog Staff
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    It’s fair to say not many Minnesota Timberwolves fans expected too much before their team’s clash against the Indiana Pacers. On the back of a 15-game losing streak, it wasn’t just many of the basketball odds that believed the Pacers would make it 16 games without a win. But that was before Mo Williams turned into Michael Jordan for the night to help the Timberwolves end their skid with a 110-101 victory. However, the victory wasn’t enough to convince punters the Timberwolves are back in form. The basketball odds with the likes of 32Red were also unconvincing as they…
  • An Airing of Grievances

    Michael C. Boosalis II
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    In accordance to the traditions of last month’s “festivus for the rest of us” I have written an airing of grievances against my beloved Timberwolves. Let’s just say that I’m breaking into new territory into the land of a frustrated critic. I’ve endured, and managed to enjoy too much bad Timberwolves basketball. For years they’ve been stuck deep in the basement of the western conference, and for too many of those year’s my optimism has lead me to be unreasonably hopeful.  As they say, hind sight is 20/20. To give an honest example, I rejoiced…
  • Painful Reality: Tanking is Probably Best Move For Wolves

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have been defeated in 19 of their last 20 games. For math wizards, this is pretty close to losing 25% of the season in one fell swoop. Other than a terrific and exciting game on Wednesday vs. the Phoenix Suns, the Wolves have been exceedingly difficult to watch for a myriad of reasons that you are well aware of: Thaddeus Young has been a massive disappointment, Zach LaVine can barely function as an NBA point guard, the Wolves’ league-worst defense is a haphazard disaster, Anthony Bennett has shown a pulse in two games in the last month….and so on. If you…
  • Flip Saunders’ Illness A Blessing In Disguise

    TWolves Blog Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    It was the same sombre tune for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they lost to the Denver Nuggets but the mournful conductor was missing for the team’s 12th successive defeat. Timberwolves manager Flip Saunders, who was apparently struck down by a fever, was not present and it was instead Minnesota legend Sam Mitchell who stepped in. Sadly, Mitchell’s presence did little to charge the listless team. The Chips Are Down The famous Treasure Island Resort and Casino traditionally offers its VIP members complimentary tickets to all of Minnesota Timberwolves’ home games. However, VIPs might…
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  • Wake-Up Call: Pick-and-roll needs perfecting

    Ryan Gracia
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at how the pick-and-roll game will be key to the Wizards' success. We also dive into John Wall's status for tonight's affair against the Raptors, and how the Wizards got to where they are today. 1. Wizards need consistency in pick-and-roll game When John Wall and Marcin Gortat run the pick-and-roll, they can cause serious havoc. But the consistency hasn't been there this season. It's something that both Wall and Gortat, along with coach Randy Wittman, understand needs to be fixed if this team wants to be lethal in their offense. 2. Wall's status for tonight…
  • Wizards' Defense Thrives With Pierce, Despite Losing Ariza

    Jon Munshaw
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Paul Pierce and tremendous team defense have allowed Washington to be one of the top units in the league, despite losing their top defender from last season. The minute I heard that Trevor Ariza was a part of a sign-and-trade that would have him leaving Washington and heading to the Houston Rockets, there were two things that went through my head: 1. "At least the Wiz don't have to overpay to keep him now." 2. "Who is going to be the primary defender?" The funny part is, I actually said both of those things out-loud to my roommate when that news came across. Last season, when Ariza was likely…
  • Bradley Beal likely omitted from the Three Point Contest

    Albert Lee
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    NBA fans got a taste of Bealin' last year, but it looks like that won't be the case this time. Bradley Beal put on a show during the 2014 NBA Three Point Shooting Contest and was ultimately the contest's runner up. But it looks it won't be enough to get him a repeat appearance. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the NBA has confirmed that Golden State Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson; Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver; Portland Trail Blazers swingman Wesley Matthews, and Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick are slated to participate. San Antonio Spurs forward…
  • More Kris Humphries, please

    Ryan Gracia
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    In today's Wake-Up Call, we take a look at why Kris Humphries should see more minutes, who the Wizards should look at come draft time, and why Marcin Gortat deserved to be an All-Star. 1. Washington need more Hump in its life Kris Humphries has been steady this season. Whether or not his midrange jumper is falling, you'll always find him crashing the boards, trying to keep plays alive for the Wizards in any way, shape, or form. He's averaging eight points and seven rebounds per game, but a solid 14 and 11 per 36 minutes. This needs to translate into more minutes for Kim Kardashian's…
  • Is it time for the Wizards to give John Wall some rest?

    Bobby Steele
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    John Wall has been suffering from migraines and leg injuries over the past week, yet continues to put in big minutes. Is it time to give him a night or two off? No one can question John Wall's dedication to the Wizards. It has become abundantly obvious that Wall carries Washington, and this week has been a case study in that. Last Sunday, he had one of his grittiest performances of the season against the Denver Nuggets. He played a whopping 42 minutes, notched 16 assists and 19 points to lead Washington to a narrow 2 point OT victory. After a day off, Wall became listed as questionable…
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    The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks

  • Game 49: Mavs at Magic

    Earl K. Sneed
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    The post Game 49: Mavs at Magic appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Al-Farouq Aminu answering the bell for the Mavs

    Bobby Karalla
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Aminu Steal and SlamAl-Farouq Aminu picks off the pass and takes it the other way for the flush. One of the final pieces the Mavericks added during the busy summer of 2014 was one of the most unassuming players on the team. The signing of forward Al-Farouq Aminu didn’t draw much fanfare, as everyone was still swooning over the additions of Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons. Aminu’s first claim to fame came early in his tenure with the Mavericks when a fan asked him at the introductory press conference if he liked the nickname “Matrix Reloaded” to describe his play.
  • Game 48: Mavs at Heat

    Earl K. Sneed
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Highlights: Mavs vs. Heat – 1/30/15The Mavs went on a 39-3 run in the second half to beat the Heat and hand Rick Carlisle his 600th win. The post Game 48: Mavs at Heat appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Mavs hope to collectively stick together through difficult stretch

    Earl K. Sneed
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    HOUSTON — Despite facing their first true adversity of the season, the Dallas Mavericks know they can change their recent misfortunate simply by sticking together through a trying time. Dropping four straight games for the first time since January 2-9, 2013, the Mavericks (30-17) will try to get back on track Friday night while beginning a back-to-back in Miami. And with hopes that their recent struggles will serve as a galvanizing experience, the Mavs will try to make the necessary adjustments on the fly while continuing their three-game road trip. “There’s no one answer, but…
  • Mavs Trivia!

    Bobby Karalla
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Get Started! Your Score:   Your Ranking:   The post Mavs Trivia! appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.
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    Denver Nuggets

  • Hornets vs. Nuggets Preview

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    The Nuggets host the Hornets in Saturday night basketball from Pepsi Center.
  • Nuggets at Grizzlies Recap

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13 points and the Memphis Grizzlies built an early lead en route to a 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
  • Nuggets at Grizzlies Infographic

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Nuggets lose in Memphis.
  • Nuggets at Grizzlies Preview

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The Nuggets play in the second half of their back-to-back in Memphis tonight.
  • Nuggets at Pelicans Recap

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and the Denver Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak, 93-85 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
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  • 赛事回顾: 火箭对凯尔特人 - 1/30/2015

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    莫泰拿下职业生涯新高26分,帮助火箭渡过下半场的困境以93-87胜凯尔特人。 首节莫泰4中4拿到了火箭前11分中的9分。第二节他持续火热半场拿下全场最高的16分。 上半场史密斯和琼斯也很火爆,前者拿到11分5板3助攻,后者5分3帽。
  • Recap: Rockets at Celtics - 1/30/2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    A career-high from Donatas Motiejunas helped the Rockets overcome a rocky second half and secure a 93-87 win in Boston.
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    29 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
  • James Harden Named to West All-Star Team

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
  • 赛事回顾: 火箭对小牛 - 01/28/2014

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    火箭迫使小牛出现赛季最多的24个失误,再加上火箭替补得分以47-18远胜对手,火箭最终以99-94取胜。 史密斯引领了火箭替补席的进攻,3分5中4平生涯纪录,得到全队最高的18分,还有6篮板2助攻3封盖,其中两个封盖给了钱德勒。
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  • Knicks Game Cancelled Due to Blizzard

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    In other news, the Knicks are talking to Galloway about a longer than 10-day contract. Hopefully, they can come to a happy agreement because Langston Galloway has been one of the bright spots for the Knicks this season. He’s had at least three spectacular dunks in just a few games, he rebounds well for a guard, can steal the ball and shows a competitive spirit on the court. I hope Phil Jackson doesn’t spurn him the way James Dolan spurned Jeremy Lin. Lin, by the way, isn’t playing much in LA these days, even with Kobe Bryant out for the season. So yeah, tonight we’re…
  • Two wins in a row brings us to… well, nevermind the record…

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Carmelo Anthony was quoted after what I’ll call win two as standing against the tanking mentality. This as the weekend approaches with Duke coming into the building to play Saint John’s in the Garden in what could be coach K’s (I might never try to spell it) 1,000 career victory. Oh yeah, and this guy will be here: He’s available to any team that secures the top pick in the draft, assuming he doesn’t go play in China or anything crazy happens. But to talk of next year’s Knick rookie candidates completely undermines this year’s current crop of new…
  • New New York Knick: Langston Galloway

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Obviously the Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA. I would be the first to tell you that J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were not perfect as Knicks. Yet they have value as they both can contribute as starters on most teams. You don’t give up something for nothing. I don’t know about Phil Jackson as a GM. He seems like an asshole, just like I thought he was an asshole when he coached the Bulls and the Lakers. So here we go calling up d-league players, here is Langston Galloway:
  • Cavs Trade: Shump And JR Have Been Shipped Out… But For Who?

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Jackson? I hear Dalembert is also being shopped aggressively.
  • Carmelo Anthony is Starting to Sound Like a Leader

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Many Knick fans have argued that although Melo scores quite a bit, he isn’t a true franchise player, well his words read well here.
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  • NBA Betting Odds 2015

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

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

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

    Luke Ross
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin was recently the catalyst in one of the biggest trades of the progressing NBA season. For two future first round picks, the Cavs got the center Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets. Critics call it an expensive transaction for an average rim protector who doesn’t average double-digit rebounds on a nightly basis. But there is a reason insiders have reported that the Cavaliers coveted Mozgov. He is no all-star, but like the majority of the players, finding the right system and environment can enable them to thrive. Here are three reasons why Mozgov…
  • Cavs net J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert

    Luke Ross
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Finally, the Cavs managed to get to the winter. These pale days of the mid-season. That means that you have few teams finished this season, looking at the draft and placed the “yard sale, everything must go!” signs. Dallas took Rondo, Houston picked up the Trojan horse Josh Smith, and Cleveland offered a humanitarian shelter to two Knicks refugees, Iman Amfert and JR Smith. There are 2 possible gainers from this trade, Cavs are one them. They might just get the boost they needed to save their season, or at least to give David Blatt more time to see if he can turn this ship around.
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  • Suns Preview: Dreaming On An Outlier

    Gavin Schall
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Recent history is against the Phoenix Suns coming out of Oakland with a win on Saturday. After falling to the Chicago Bulls in dramatic fashion and inexplicably losing to the Utah Jazz, Golden State... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suns Recap: Phoenix Survives Another Late Scare Against Bulls

    Gerald Bourguet
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The good news? Phoenix Suns fans will have nerves of steel by the end of this season. The bad news? They might not make it there after the latest Suns-induced heart-attack. After watching the Helter... [[ 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

  • Game Day: The Fight For Second (Raptors @ Wizards)

    Tim W.
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    While it appears that the Raptors have been able to put their mid-season slump behind them, winning their last five after going 3-8 in their previous eleven games, you have to always look at context. Of the previous five opponents, not one is a playoff team (although the Nets might slip in because of the rule that says eight teams in the East must make the playoffs) and they have an average winning percentage of just .320. Over and 82 game season, that would be a 26 win team. In other words, their last five opponents have been awful, and three of those games went down to the wire, including…
  • Raptors Survive a Furious Comeback in Brooklyn

    Greg Mason
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    The Raptors withstood a furious comeback to hold on to a 127-122 win in Brooklyn. Toronto used a balanced attack – four Raptors scored five or more points in the quarter — to jump out to a 16-3 lead to start the game. Defensively, the Raps did a nice job of staying active in the passing lanes and forcing Brooklyn into a number of long twos by double teaming their big guards in the post. The Nets settled into rhythm after a time out at the 6:38 mark and ended the quarter on a 14-4 run of their own. Lou Williams did what he does best for the Raptors in the second quarter. He got to…
  • Video – DeMar DeRozan Assists vs Nets; Dwane Casey Impressed

    Zarar Siddiqi
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    DeMar DeRozan had 26 points on 9-17 shooting, including 8-9 from the stripe. However, it was his assists that caught the coach’s eye.
  • Reaction: Raptors 127, Nets 122

    Scott Hastie
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    It should never have been that close. Toronto has us feeling some kind of way after that nail-biter. Jarrett Jack revenge game, Brook Lopez back from the dead … Man, I hate the Nets. On to the grades! Toronto Raptors 127 Final Recap | Box Score 122 Brooklyn Nets Amir Johnson, PF 35 MIN | 10-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +16 +/- Loved everything from him tonight. Amir’s soft touch around the basket is also a welcome sight. His play has been a huge factor in Toronto’s return to form and tonight’s another example of that. Jonas Valanciunas, C 33 MIN…
  • Gameday: Raptors at Nets

    William Lou
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Toronto rolls into New York to take on Brooklyn’s finest. The Brooklyn Nets make me sad. It’s a sad team of aging to aged veterans that deserve better. It’s sad to see a near 40-year-old Kevin Garnett headbutting Dwight Howard. It’s sad to see ankle-less Deron Williams come off the bench (he won’t play due to a rib injury). It’s sad to see Joe Johnson toiling away as the no. 1 guy on yet another mediocre team. It’s sad to see a capped out team with no prospects of getting better in the short term, with no rising stars (save for Mason Plumlee) and no…
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  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 01-28-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Yesterday's results || Today's games: || Today on TV: #ncaaw -> The fraud of the student-athlete claim (NYTimes) #ncaa -> Middle Tennessee's Cheyenne Parker shoots her way into NCAA's "Starting Five" #ncaaw -> Former ODU guard Galaisha Goodhope lands at VCU (Ladyswish) suspended from ODU in Oct. #ncaaw -> Georgia: Jr. G/F Shacobia Barbee has surgery to repair fractured fibula, will miss rest…
  • 2015 McDonald’s All American Games final rosters announced

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    McDonald’s announced the list of high school seniors who will play in the 2015 McDonald’s All American Games taking place on April 1 at Chicago’s United Center. Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. EAST TEAM  Name Pos Hgt High School (Location) College De’Janae Boykin F 6-2 Charles H. Flowers High School (Springdale, MD) Connecticut Taja Cole PG 5-7 Lloyd C. Bird High School (Chesterfield, VA) Louisville Asia Durr PG 5-10 St. Pius X Catholic High School (Atlanta, GA)…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 01-27-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Yesterday's results || Today's games: || Today on TV: #ncaaw -> Oregon: Jr. guard Chloe Stiles dismissed from team after failed random drug test (Emerald Media) #ncaaw -> ACC announces 2015 Women’s Basketball Legends #ncaaw -> Video: Texas' Nneka Enemkpali recaps her collegiate career #ncaaw -> Initial crash investigation finds speed, no seat belts as factors in crash that killed EMU player (MLive)…
  • Naismith Awards Girls’ High School Player of the Year Mid-season Team

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    Presented annually to the high school basketball player who achieves great success on the court. Key announcement dates: Semifinalists – Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Finalists – Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Winner – Friday, March 6, 2015 Voters  Name Hometown High School  Class  Position College Kristine Anigwe Phoenix, AZ Desert Vista H.S. Sr. P California De’Janae Boykin Springdale, MD C.H. Flowers H.S. Sr. F Connecticut Kalani Brown Slidell, LA Salmen  H.S. Sr. P Baylor Napheesa Collier Saint Louis, MO Incarnate Word Academy Sr. W Connecticut Te’a Cooper…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 01-26-2015

    Cheryl Coward
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Yesterday's results || Today's games: || Today on TV: #ncaaw -> Oregon State's Jamie Weisner is espnW's player of the week #ncaaw -> AP Poll: South Carolina still #1, Notre Dame & Maryland move up, Oklahoma & Chattanooga enter #ncaaw -> Skylar Diggins brings her game to Bayonne, NJ high school (NJ|com) #ncaaw -> Frustration continues for St. Bonaventure (Olean Times Herald) #ncaaw ->…
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  • All-Star: With Wade injured, Silver has choice between Korver and Knight

    Jacob Eisenberg
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Well, it happened. The Eastern Conference coaches left Kyle Korver off the All Star team. The boss vented on Twitter. However, if things proceed as they should, Adam Silver can right the wrong and send four Hawks to represent the Eastern Conference in New York. On Thursday, Dwyane Wade told the media that he was “going to be out for a little while.” That will include the All Star game. So now Adam Silver gets to choose Wade’s replacement. Korver and Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight are expected to be the two strongest candidates to replace Wade for the East. — Adrian…
  • Fantasy Spin: Late Games Featured On Super Saturday

    Kent Williams
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    There are 11 games on this busy NBA Saturday, in advance of a quiet (and early) two-game slate tomorrow. Three excellent Western Conference tilts will not only be exciting to watch, they could be profitable. The most lucrative DraftKings contests close at 7:00 Eastern, then there’s Late action at 8:00 spanning just six games, plus Later offerings at 9:00. Though it’s a back-to-back for both teams, the Warriors and Suns should still be fast-paced. Golden State got ambushed by the Jazz last night as Stephen Curry $10100 got very little help. Phoenix beat the Bulls behind Eric…
  • Eisenberg: Andre Roberson is Oklahoma City’s X-Factor. Yes, Really

    Jacob Eisenberg
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    How do you measure the value of a bad shot that wasn’t taken? In the NBA, where flash outweighs substance to the common fan, it’s proven to be an exceedingly difficult proposition. And that’s the easiest way to explain why Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder has struggled to find consistent minutes on the most star-studded team in the NBA. Glutted into a rotation with three other offensive-minded wings – Dion Waiters, Reggie Jackson and Anthony Morrow — Roberson has consistently sat on the end of the bench in the fourth quarter due to his perceived…
  • 10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Hassan Whiteside Stays Hot, Atlanta Hawks Grab Best Record in the NBA

    Max Ogden
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The 2014-15 NBA regular season continues on Friday, January 30 with a slate of nine games featuring 18 hungry teams. There were shocking upsets, a number of career-best performances and the continuation of the association’s latest player craze. Here’s how it all transpired. 1. Paul Millsap scored 21 points and Jeff Teague dished out eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 37 points and 11 rebounds, and Damian Lillard had 11 assists, but it wasn’t enough for Portland to overcome the red-hot…
  • Tweet of the Night: Enes Kanter not shy about the comments he made about Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut

    James Park
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    A few weeks ago, James Harden learned the hard way that talking negatively about the Golden State Warriors doesn’t do any good for his team on the court. Apparently, Enes Kanter of the Utah Jazz wasn’t paying attention because he had some interesting things to say about the Warriors on Friday prior to their final meeting of the season, from CSN Bay Area (keep in mind that the Jazz had lost the previous two games by an average of 12 points and were essentially blown out by the fourth quarter in both contests): “They’re pretty good,” Kanter said Friday morning,…
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  • Jan 31: 76ers vs Hawks

    Kris Willis
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    The Atlanta Hawks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, and the prize at the end of the evening could be a 19th consecutive victory. The Atlanta Hawks did it again on Friday night, outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers for the team's 18th straight victory. On Saturday, the Hawks will battling letdown possibilities and high expectations, as Mike Budenholzer and company welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Philips Arena. As they enter Saturday night, the Sixers are actually playing some of their best basketball of the season. Philadelphia has won back-to-back games, including a home win…
  • 76ers vs Hawks preview: Atlanta faces Philadelphia seeking 19th straight win

    Brad Rowland
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Atlanta Hawks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, and the prize at the end of the evening could be a 19th consecutive victory. The Atlanta Hawks did it again on Friday night, outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers for the team's 18th straight victory. On Saturday, the Hawks will battling letdown possibilities and high expectations, as Mike Budenholzer and company welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Philips Arena. As they enter Saturday night, the Sixers are actually playing some of their best basketball of the season. Philadelphia has won back-to-back games, including a home win…
  • Kent Bazemore keys deep, balanced effort in Hawks win over Blazers

    Brad Rowland
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kent Bazemore did not expect to play 40 minutes on Friday evening, but he took full advantage in a win over the Blazers, and the Atlanta Hawks improved to 39-8 with their 18th consecutive victory. Resilient. The Atlanta Hawks have been called many things in the midst of a historic run to 18 consecutive victories, but perhaps no word better personified their effort on Friday night at Philips Arena than resilient. "We're a resilient group. We just kept fighting, got stops when we needed to and really got into a good rhythm offensively." Those are the words of Al Horford in the aftermath of a…
  • Hawks vs Blazers final score: Atlanta keeps streak alive with 105-99 win over Portland

    Brad Rowland
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The Atlanta Hawks didn't make it easy, but the streak is alive at 18 games after a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Good times create wins in substandard circumstances, and that was the story of the night for the Atlanta Hawks. The home team scrapped and clawed for 48 minutes, and in the end, it was enough to emerge with a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hawks entered the night short-handed, and things quickly got even more shallow with the rotation. DeMarre Carroll was a late scratch with an Achilles injury, and within the first five minutes of game action,…
  • Thabo Sefolosha injury: Hawks forward leaves game with calf strain

    Kris Willis
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha left Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first quarter due to a right calf strain. The Atlanta Hawks lost another small forward early on when Thabo Sefolosha left in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a right calf strain. Thabo will NOT return, per @CVivlamoreAJC. — Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) January 31, 2015 Calf strain is the reported diagnosis. — Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) January 31, 2015 Sefolosha's injury is problematic given that the Hawks were already without DeMarre…
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  • Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Ian Dougherty
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Spurs will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the third time this season. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center, San Antonio, TexasJanuary 31, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Spurs TimeTV: FSSW- RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI After a two day rest since their last game, the San Antonio Spurs will take n the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. This will be the third time the Spurs and Clippers play each other this year, with San Antonio going 2-0 in previous matchups. In those matchups, the one constant for the Spurs was Tim Duncan. Both times he's faced Los Angeles, he's gone over 20…
  • 2015 NBA All-Star game: Tim Duncan selected as a reserve

    Jesus Gomez
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The coaches voted Duncan in and he will participate on his 15th All-Star game. The votes are in and Tim Duncan has been selected as a reserve representing the Western Conference in the upcoming All-Star game. Duncan edged out other deserving candidates like DeMarcus Cousins and will be a part of the All-Star game for the 15th time in his 18-year career. Duncan is averaging 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, one steal and two blocks a game. He has played in 42 of the Spurs' 47 games and is averaging 30.3 minutes a game. It looked like a long shot for Duncan to make the team simply…
  • Tony Parker and Danny Green help the Spurs swat the Hornets

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Spurs survived another anemic 3rd quarter to beat the Hornets at the AT&T Center. Solid play from Tony Parker and the second string ensured the win. Spurs 95, Hornets 86 - Jan 28, '15 The Spurs played great, then suffered an 8 minute stretch in the 3rd quarter without a field goal before coming back to life to hold on for a solid win over the Hornets. Just look how flat that black line above is in the 2nd half of the 3rd quarter. If it weren't for 5 straight free throws by Joseph and Mills, the Spurs would've gone into the 4th tied after holding an early 18-point lead. Four Factors (def.)…
  • Spurs Blow out the Hornets and Pop's birthday candles

    Kyle Carpenter
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Thankfully for Pop, the Spurs gave him 3 "birthday" quarters, and 1 quarter to scream about in the 95-86 victory. This was a game that the Spurs simply couldn’t lose. Not only because it was college night and the Longhorn Band was playing "The Eyes of Texas" at timeouts (must’ve been a brain-trip for Cory Joseph). Not only because the Hornets were without a player to initiate their offense (Al Jefferson can’t pass the ball to himself in the low block, now can he?) or protect the rim. Not only because the Spurs were starting Matt Bonner. Not only because the Spurs came in 9.5 games ahead…
  • Spurs best Hornets despite sleepy third quarter

    Michael Erler
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Of all the Spurs games I've ever seen, this was definitely one of them. Game 47 Vs. Charlotte: Spurs 95, Hornets 86   Rec: 30-17   3rd in Southwest, 6th in West  Streak: W-3 None of the Spurs will ever admit it, on the record or off, but it's pretty obvious when an NBA team is bored. After a murderous December schedule that saw the Spurs not only play the best the rest of the league had to throw at them but also staggered the games so that many of them came on consecutive nights, January has by and large been the antithesis of that, a series of match-ups against low-wattage, starless…
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    Pro Bball Report

  • A New Rotation Is Helping The Raptors Find Their Identity Again

    Stephen Brotherston
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Greivis Vasquez is starting, Terrence Ross is coming off the bench and James Johnson has seen a big decline in minutes, but Head Coach Dwane Casey’s new rotation is helping the Toronto Raptors re-establish their identity and win games. “We are more engaged, more focused, finding our real identity – getting it back,” Vasquez said.
  • Your 2015 NBA All-Star Reserves

    Stephen Brotherston
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Your NBA All-Star Reserves are: West: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul East: Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh
  • Raptors Valanciunas Posterized Kings Cousins In 119-102 Win

    Stephen Brotherston
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas ripped the ball away from the Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins and powered up through his opponent’s arms to slam the ball home and tie the game. The referee called the contract leaving the earth-bound Cousins frustrated and posterized. Valanciunas completed the three-point play, Cousins went to the bench with his fourth personal foul and the Raptors outscored the Kings 26-10 over the rest of the quarter to blow this game wide open.
  • Raptors Terrence Ross Isn’t Trade Bait

    Stephen Brotherston
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Since Head Coach Dwane Casey dropped third year wing Terrence Ross from the starting lineup, the Toronto Raptors have four wins, just one loss and are holding opponents to 93.6 points per game, however, that doesn't mean the organization has given up on the soon-to-be 24-year-old.
  • Raptors Bench Crushes The Pacers In Indiana

    Stephen Brotherston
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    It appears things are getting back to normal for the Toronto Raptors. DeMar DeRozan got to the free throw line 13 times and scored 24 points on 7-15 shooting. Freshly minted 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The Raptors bench turned an 11 point Pacers lead into a 9 point Raptors advantage in just 4 minutes early in the second quarter to crush Indiana’s hopes of defeating the Atlantic Division leaders.
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    Basketball Bicker

  • Dwayne Wade Out Indefinitely, Could Return In 2-3 Weeks

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade left Tuesday’s night game against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a hamstring injury. Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports reports, Dwayne Wade left Tuesday night’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks with a hamstring injury, and was unable to return. His absence meant a winnable game turned into a loss, which only furthered to make Miami’s postseason chances even more precarious. Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports: Calling a sudden news conference on Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade told reporters, “I…
  • Tim Duncan Files Lawsuit Against Financial Adviser

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan is suing his personal and financial adviser for millions of dollars in damages. ESPN reports: Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit contending that a series of investments enriched his financial adviser but were losing propositions for the NBA star, including $7.5 million in an entertainment company run by the adviser. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Antonio, seeks more than $1 million in damages against Charles Banks of Atlanta. It claims Banks secretly withheld 20 percent of the return on Duncan’s loan to…
  • DeMarcus Cousins Will Replace Kobe Bryant In All-Star Game

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacrament Kings will be replacing Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. As reported by Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, the fans voted in Kobe Bryant but due to him being out for the rest of the season DeMarcus Cousins was chosen as a replacement. NBA reports: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Western Conference All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York City. The NBA picked the…
  • NBA Rookie Rankings: Edition 6

    Bobby Del Rio
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Basketball Bicker 2014-15 NBA Rookie Rankings 10. Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers (Previous Position: NA) Grant Jerami, Philadelphia 76ers Stats: 4.7 PPG, 0.5 AST, 2.7 REB, 0.7 STL, 35.3 FG%, 34.2 3PT%, 60.0 FT% (PER: 9.8) Team record: 8-33 Vulnerable ranking, but I like his upside. Lots of athleticism. Intriguing 2nd rounder. The post NBA Rookie Rankings: Edition 6 appeared first on Basketball Bicker by Bobby Del Rio.
  • NBA MVP Rankings: Edition 6

    Bobby Del Rio
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Basketball Bicker 2014-15 NBA MVP Rankings 10. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Previous Position: NA) Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Stats: 26.0 PPG, 7.4 AST, 5.5 REB, 1.4 STL, 49.3 FG%, 36.0 3PT%, 72.3 FT% (PER: 25.4) Team record: 22-20 The King returns, the Cavs go on a winning streak. LeBron’s about to shoot up these rankings… The post NBA MVP Rankings: Edition 6 appeared first on Basketball Bicker by Bobby Del Rio.
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  • Kobe Bryant Should Retire?

    Vladimir Dessources
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Recently Kobe Bryant has undergone successful rotator cuff surgery after injuring his shoulder versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Kobe Bryant seems to have been bitten by the injury bug coming back from a torn Achilles tendon now a bad shoulder. Kobe Bryant is a trooper he insisted that he would rehab the shoulder and return  to form for the following season. The Doctor informed Kobe that it would take about 9 months for him to make a healthy return. Yet the question remains should Kobe Bryant try to make a return? Kobe Bryant Myriad of Issues   A hefty lists of Kobe Bryant’s…
  • All-Star Snubs Examined

    Vladimir Dessources
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    All-Star snubs have been a major topic of conversation with the recent unveiling of the 2015 NBA All-Star reserves. It was no surprise to see certain All-Star snubs due to the fact the NBA Voting system is flawed. Some of the coaches’ picks and reserves did not make sense seeing the way players have been playing this year. There are many All-Star snubs because players are getting chosen primarily on their name’s sake instead of how they performed this season. One of biggest All-Star snubs has to be Demarcus Cousins who originally was not even chosen as an All-Star reserve.  After all the…
  • Kyle Korver Best Shooter of all time?

    Vladimir Dessources
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Kyle Korver  has been having a great season  with the East leading Atlanta Hawks. Kyle Korver is only averaging 13 points per game, but that comes as a function of how the Atlanta Hawks play. The Atlanta Hawks   have no one scorer averaging more than 20 points per game.  So you would say kyle Korver is a product of his environment except for one detail that separates him from the rest. Kyle Korver is in a boat all by himself when it comes to shooting. The way that Kyle Korver shoots the basketball is almost an art form. The release, the way that he uses the turn, dip and the sweep and…
  • Dunk Contest You shouldn’t Miss

    Vladimir Dessources
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    The 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest will be taking place on February 14th at the Barclays Center. I must say this is one dunk contest that you will definitely want to watch live or record on your DVR.  The participants include Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee and Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo. Although there are no big names in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest there are big athletes. That has always been the major gripe of mine regarding the dunk contest they never can get the best athletes in the mix. Rarely, will…
  • Best Duos of All Time Goes Awry

    Vladimir Dessources
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Best duos has been coming up a lot around in the NBA especially on NBA TV where they had a recent battle between the duos of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar versus Shaquille O’neal and Kobe Bryant. When a basketball historian makes the comparison of the two it seems to be a no brainer. Yet, due to fan voting there tends to be confusion and a lack of respect for the old school. I myself am not an old timer, but I realize the great contributions from players I was too young to remember or not alive to watch. The question of best duos has taken a turn for the worse where Shaq and Kobe…
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  • Dunks of the Week: The Demolition of Pau Gasol

    Toni George
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    Check out the top ten NBA dunks of the week: James Harden goes at his former teammates, Kyle Lowry finds Terrence Ross above the rim, Victor Oladipo goes 360, Gerald Henderson finishes the play with a vicious one-hander, Mason Plumlee goes under the rim only to stuff the ball above the rim, Wilson Chandler posterizes seven-footer Tyson Chandler, KJ McDaniels elevates and pump-fakes in mid-air, LeBron James is back, Damian Lillard flies above Lakers’ defense and Nikola Vucevic hammers Pau Gasol.
  • Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James

    Toni George
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    On Thursday night, Staples Center was the stage for one epic battle between two of the best basketball players on the planet: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Both put on a show on the floor with LeBron getting the W after scoring 36 points and dishing out 5 assists. Kobe wasn’t his old self scoring only 19 points and having only 14 shot attempts; however he dished out a career-high 17 assists. “It’s always fun, a pleasure. It’s two of the best competitors this game has probably ever seen, and to be on the same floor with him, somebody I looked up when I was a child…
  • 17 Dimes for Kobe Bryant

    Toni George
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:29 am
    Future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had a career night on Thursday, on his own turf against LeBron James: he made 17 assists in 32 minutes of play, a new personal record for him. Nevertheless, his Lakers lost their 29th game of the season, 109 – 102. “If we were contending for a championship, I’d be my same moody self. But right now, I tend to have a little more perspective, knowing I really won’t get a chance to play against him for much longer. So you want to enjoy it,” Bryant said, after the game, according to the Associated Press.
  • Best Moments: Steve Ballmer’s Dance Moves

    Toni George
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    Watch the top five moments from week 11 in the NBA, Starters style: no smoothies in Minnesota, Paul Pierce wears some ridiculous large glasses, nobody is interested in hustling the ball any more, Steve Ballmer has a lot of fun during one Clippers game and Trevor Booker throws the no looker in the nick of time.
  • Dunks of the Week: the Lithuanian Poster

    Toni George
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    Countdown the best rim-rocking dunks from the NBA’s high fliers from the first week of the New Year: Devin Harris can still dunk, Andre Drummond throws down the hammer in San Antonio, James Johnson spins his way to the basket, Jeremy Butler soars for the spectacular aley-oop, Langston Galloway introduces himself in Madison Square Garden, Taj Gibson and Harrison Barnes bring the house down, Russell Westbrook shows why he is considered the most athletic point guard in the league, Quincy Acy goes berserk on the fast break and Archie Goodwin posterizes Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas.
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  • Draft Profile: Garrett Grayson

    Dan Schalk
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Garrett Grayson- Quarterback- Colorado State Size: 6’2 220lbs 2012 Stats: 78/138 946 yards 7 TDs 3 INTs 2013 Stats: 297/478 3,696 yards 23 TDs 11 INTs 2014 Stats: 270/420 4,006 yards 32 TDs 7 INTs Strengths: Decent accuracy Good footwork- proper weight transfer Toughness Confident Mobility- can escape pressure Improved every year Analysis: Grayson started 2014 not even in the NFL draft conversation.  Game after game, Grayson continued to improve and now we are talking about him not if he will be drafted, but when.  Grayson can throw an accurate deep ball that gives his receivers a…
  • Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Shortstop

    James Kiblin Jr.
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
      SS 1. Troy Tulowitzki- Health is the key to my number one ranked shortstop.  If Tulowitzki stays healthy, he is one of the best hitters in baseball.  Troy is a tall athletic shortstop with great range, and a cannon for an arm. Negatives: Health is my main concern.  Playing 81 games a year in the Rocky Mountain air isn’t hurting him either, but the chance he gets traded to a pitcher friendly ballpark would potentially knock him out of the top spot. 2. Ian Desmond- Ian is a big body, great range, and a strong arm for the shortstop position.  He packs the power to drive the…
  • Draft Profile: Jamison Crowder

    Dan Schalk
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Jamison Crowder- Wide Receiver- Duke Size: 5’9 175lbs 2011 Stats: 14 receptions 163 yards 1 TD 2012 Stats: 76 receptions 1,074 yards 8 TDs 2013 Stats: 108 receptions 1,360 yards 8 TDs 2014 Stats: 85 receptions 1,044 yards 6 TDs Strengths: Good route runner Can play in the slot or outside Acceleration Decent run blocker High motor- constant effort Returner- Can be a starting returner immediately Analysis: Crowder will be a fan favorite wherever he lands.  Giving all out effort, Crowder is willing to risk his body for any catch, and will not give up on any play.  Versatile, Crowder can…
  • Draft Profile: Hau’oli Kikaha

    Dan Schalk
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Hau’oli Kikaha- Outside Linebacker- Washington Size: 6’3 246lbs 2013 Stats: 70 tackles 13 sacks 15.5 tackles for loss 2014 Stats: 72 tackles 19 sacks 25 tackles for loss Photo Credit: ESPN Strengths: Versatile- 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE Good leverage coming off the ball Great use of hands Dominating speed rush Non-stop motor Led Nation in sacks in 2014 with 19 Analysis: Kikaha is on of the best pass rushers in this years draft class.  He can play with his hand in the dirt, but I believe he projects as a better 3-4 outside linebacker standing up.  Watching tape on Kikaha it is obvious he…
  • Draft Profile: Todd Gurley

    Dan Schalk
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    4. Todd Gurley- Running Back- Georgia Size: 6’1 226lbs 2012 Stats: 222 carries 1,385 yards 17 TDs 2013 Stats: 165 carries 989 yards 10 TDs 2014 Stats: 123 carries 911 yards 9 TDs Strengths: Good speed Powerful- breaks tackles, 60%+ of yards after initial contact in 2014 Good size Great cut back runner Soft hands Doesn’t fumble- 3 career fumbles in 510 carries Analysis: If Gurley did not tear his ACL in 2014, he would be hands down a 1st round pick in this years draft–even in today’s NFL.  Gurley has a rare combination of size, speed, and power.  When he runs through…
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  • Fast Break Report #24: Back On the Winning Trail

    Nick Robinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    NZ Breakers 90-79 Perth WildcatsAfter dropping one at home last week to the might of Josh Childress and the will of the Sydney Kings, the Breakers bounced back in impressive fashion to deal one out to the third placed Perth Wildcats at Vector.This was the fourth game in eight days for Perth, and they finish that stretch with just a single win. The Breakers were without Alex Pledger, which meant a start for Uncle Kenny Ibekwe. Just as is usually the case with this team on a good night, they got helping hands from all around. Five different players scored in double figures, and four different…
  • The Wildcard Picks His NBA All Stars

    Nick Robinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    This may be the only NBA All Star article you read that doesn’t slam the fan vote. It’s actually nice to have a majority say in who the best players in the league are. It’s not all about stats, there are players that carry an aura. Kobe Bryant is one of them. Sure, his shooting was even worse than Harry at the end of Dumb and Dumber… …but he achieved something that few other players could have: he made a pathetic team relevant. People tuned in to watch the Lakers just to see him play. I know because I was one of them. And anyway, he’s injured so a replacement will be called in…
  • A Super Bowl XLIX Drinking Game

    Nick Robinson
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Look, you really don’t need to do anything drastic to make the Super Bowl more interesting. It’s the freakin’ Super Bowl after all. But in consideration to all those out there (and Lord knows there are plenty of you) who don’t exactly care for the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots, here’s a little drinking game to pass the day and help you get over the fact that another season has passed and your team once again didn’t make the final. Ah well. Drink up!Drink Once…If Russell Wilson cries on camera.If there’s any mention of ‘Deflategate’.If Marshawn Lynch gets in…
  • The Dugout - January 28

    Nick Robinson
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Stuff We Learned From the Super Bowl Media DayThe big game itself is on Monday, and with the week’s break for Pro Bowl trivialities finally over, we can get back to caring about it. It’s the most anti-climactic week in American sports, especially after some absolute madness in the best possible way from the last couple games. We find out our Super Bowl XLIX contenders and then have to put up with two weeks of Deflategate. Gimme a friggin’ break and let’s talk about actual football!Or if not actual football, then the weird and wonderful from the Super Bowl Media Day.Marshawn Lynch is…
  • Weekly NBA Wrap With The Mid Range Jumpers

    The Niche Cache
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    MVP Watch Fresh PrinceTop 5 Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors, 23.2ppg, 8.1apg, 4.8rpg) James Harden (Houston Rockets, 27.2ppg, 6.7apg, 5.5rpg)Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies 19.3ppg, 8.2rpg)LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers 26.0ppg, 7.4apg, 5.5rpg)John Wall (Washington Wizards, 17.0ppg, 10.0apg, 4.3rpg)Notable MentionsDamian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks)Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)The past few weeks for me have answered a few questions in regards to the MVP award. Steph Curry and James Harden are the clearcut front runners for me.
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  • Trade Deadline: Who Will be Traded

    Jared Kungle
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    There have already been a couple big trades in the NBA this season. From the deal that sent Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to Cleveland, to the deal that sent Jeff Green packing to Memphis. There are still players out there that could end up on a new team, and there are certainly still teams out there looking to add one more piece to compete for a title. With the trade deadline near, these are a few players you can expect to be traded. Brook Lopez: Brook Lopez would make any contender happy, the 26-year-old big man has averaged 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks over seven year NBA…
  • Ricky Rubio Will Return Monday; Brighter Days Ahead

    Chris Kirby
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Minnesota Timberwolves point-guard Ricky Rubio’s season ended before it really began. Rubio sustained an ankle sprain on November 11th and it has kept him out for the last 41 contests. The Wolves have struggled during his absence as they have scratched and clawed their way to a measly 8-38 record behind the play of a roster that would have to show identification to get into a bar. It has been a season of disappointments for the team as they have dealt with one injury after another. Center Nikola Pekovic and guard Kevin Martin, two of the established veterans on Minnesota’s roster, have…
  • Orlando Magic On Verge Of Coaching Change

    Chris Kirby
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Jacque Vaughn has had a rough first stint as an NBA Head Coach. He was hired in 2012 after being an assistant under Gregg Popovich for the San Antonio Spurs. He was given the assignment of turning the Orlando Magic around post-Dwight Howard but so far, there have been little results. There has been no noticeable change in the win-loss column despite drafting high lottery picks such as Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon. The Magic have a 13-34 overall record and they have lost 13 of their past 15 games. According to ESPN, the Magic are expected to make a coaching change any day…
  • All-NBA Football Team

    Chris Kirby
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    SuperBowl XLIX is only two days away which signals the end to another National Football League season. The defending NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks will match up against the New England Patriots. The annual game between the AFC and NFC is an event of its own with millions of people watching across the globe. The lead-up to this game made me think of players such as Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez who were once stars on the hardwood before making the transition to the NFL. Some of the current National Basketball Association players could probably make a similar transition if they chose to do so.
  • T-Wolves Shopping Mo Williams And Chase Budinger

    Connor Renfro
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly made point-guard Mo Williams and small-forward Chase Budinger available on the trade market. Williams has been starting in place of the injured Ricky Rubio for much of the 2014-15 campaign and he is currently averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 assists per-game. That is an improvement over last season, during which he averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 assists per-game for the Portland Trailblazers. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat have been reported as potential suitors for Williams, all of which could benefit from adding a veteran…
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