Ben Rohrbach

  • Wizards now selling 'I called game' t-shirts in honor of Paul Pierce

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 12 days ago

    In the moments after he banked home a game-winning jumper in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards veteran forward Paul Pierce responded to a question about whether he called glass on the shot with the now famous quip: "I called game." 

    The Internet exploded, and another chapter chapter in the legend of The Truth was written.

    Apparently, Pierce's mouth is also putting money in his team's pockets, as the Wizards have begun selling "I CALLED GAME" t-shirts in their pro shop, per intrepid Washington Post reporter Michael Lee.

    Check out the new T-shirts being sold at #wizards team store. Might as well pic.twitter.com/zhoyYoiTLE

    After Paul Pierce hit go-ahead 3-pointer, he looked at Hawks bench and said "Series."

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  • Kyrie Irving playing through injuries, and tough gets tougher for Cleveland

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 16 days ago

    Perhaps no team's title hopes have been hindered by injury more than the Cavaliers, who lost Kevin Love in their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics, so the news that Kyrie Irving is playing through yet another lower-body injury has to have Cleveland fans wondering whether this isn't their year — again.

    On Monday, the Cavaliers confirmed their All-Star point guard is suffering from right knee tendinitis in addition to the strained right foot he suffered in Game 2 against the Celtics. In the final week of the regular season, Irving missed two games and left another early with soreness in his right hip.

    Kyrie Irving had an MRI this morning that confirmed a right foot strain and tendinitis in his left knee. Amazing he can run at all.

    Likewise, Cavs coach David Blatt showed no indication of resting Irving in the conference semifinals.

    David Blatt says there has been no discussion on sitting Kyrie Irving for healing purposes. He's going to play through.

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  • Chris Paul tells Clippers teammates he plans to return for Game 3

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    It seems Blake Griffin won't have to shoulder the load for the Los Angeles Clippers by himself any longer.

    Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who has missed the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series with a left hamstring injury, alerted teammates he plans to play when Game 3 against the Houston Rockets tips off on Friday night, according to The Orange County Register's Dan Woike.

    "Chris is a warrior, which scares all of us," Matt Barnes said. "... He said he's playing tonight. You just hope that he's ready because his game is so much stop and go and he's such an integral part of our team."

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    "I told him tonight I expect to see the CP that I'm going to see at 50 at the YMCA," Barnes said. "You know, like an older Mark Jackson out there controlling the sets, running the team, coming off pick and rolls, making plays but still picking and choosing his spots.

    "... We'll have to see what he has in store for us tonight."

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  • In battle of the Pauls, Pierce claims Millsap as his latest trolling victim

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 22 days ago

    The Paul Pierce troll tour continues in Atlanta.

    A week removed from celebrating a sweep of the Toronto Raptors with a series of Internet memes, the Washington Wizards veteran wasted little time setting his "cold-blooded" sights on the Atlanta Hawks. 

    Pierce's latest punchline requires a bit of a setup, courtesy of Hawks forward Paul Millsap during a post-practice interview with CSNWashington.com's J. Michael following Washington's Game 1 comeback win.

    When told of Millsap's take on the loss, Pierce had the same reaction most folks did — utter confusion.

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  • Tony Allen on Stephen Curry: 'Ain't nothing I ain't never seen before'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 22 days ago

    Tony Allen may recognize Stephen Curry's MVP status, but that doesn't mean the self-proclaimed "Grindfather" will concede defeat in a Western Conference semifinal showdown between the NBA's most dynamic point guard offensively and arguably the game's best backcourt defender.

    In an interview with CSNBayArea.com's Nate Stuhlbarg, Allen seemed less than impressed with the Golden State Warriors star, even after Curry torched his Memphis Grizzlies for 22 points in a Game 1 win.

    "I don't get a vote, but I acknowledge his MVP status," Tony Allen said after practice on Monday. "It's well deserved, I wasn't surprised."

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  • Twitter jab at Mavericks costs Rockets' social media manager his job

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 28 days ago

    As the Rockets were putting the finishing touches on a five-game series victory against the rival Mavericks, Houston's social media coordinator posted a controversial Twitter message featuring emojis of a pistol aimed at a horse's end with the caption, "Shhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon."

    The Dallas logo features a horse, and the imagery was obvious — the 2014-15 Mavs had met their demise. Naturally, once the Mavericks' social media team responded, "Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round," the Rockets deleted the original message and issued an apology.

    Our Tweet earlier was in very poor taste & not indicative of the respect we have for the @dallasmavs & their fans. We sincerely apologize.

    A day later, it appears the man responsible for the original tweet, digital communications manager Chad Shanks, has been removed from his duties. Of course, Shanks addressed his firing on social media.

    I did my best to make the account the best in the NBA by pushing the envelope, but pushed too far for some and for that I apologize.

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  • Mavericks erase Rajon Rondo from memory, withhold playoff share

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 28 days ago

    The last time Rajon Rondo appeared in a playoff series, he averaged 20.9 points, 11.3 assists and 6.9 boards in a seven-game conference finals loss to the Miami Heat during which he submitted a 44-10-8 performance and was inarguably the best player on the court for stretches opposite LeBron James.

    It was another chapter in the chronicles of Playoff Rondo, a wonderfully unique basketball player who evolved from an unknown second-year point guard overshadowed by future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen on the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics to the most important member of a team that featured the same three aging stars and nearly won another title in 2010.

    So, when Rondo watched from the sidelines as Dallas Mavericks teammate J.J. Barea ran the offense for the final three games of an early first-round exit at the hands of the Houston Rockets, it was a remarkable juxtaposition, illustrating just how far the former All-Star had fallen since tearing his ACL on Jan. 25, 2013.

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  • Kelly Olynyk on Kevin Love's 'bush league' accusation: 'That's ridiculous'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    When Kelly Olynyk grabbed Kevin Love's left arm and yanked the All-Star's shoulder from its socket on Sunday, it most certainly wasn't a clean play for the loose ball, resulting in a foul on the Celtics center.

    But was it a dirty play? That has been the subject of much debate in NBA circles since the Cavaliers finished off their first-round sweep, especially once Love suggested Olynyk purposefully injured him.

    Kevin Love: "I thought it was a bush-league play ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose"

    More Kevin Love: "That's just not a basketball play ... The league will take a look at it and it better be swift and just"

    Olynyk definitely does not agree with that theory, telling the Boston Herald as much on Sunday night.

    “I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs,” Olynyk said.

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  • Rajon Rondo, Chandler Parsons and the demise of the 2014-15 Dallas Mavericks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    After months of disappointment, this was the moment the Dallas Mavericks had waited for ever since trading for Rajon Rondo on Dec. 19 — finally unveiling Playoff Rondo at American Airlines Center — and now it appears that version of the four-time former All-Star point guard won't show up, either.

    Not 24 hours removed from his benching 34 seconds into the second half of a Game 2 loss to the rival Houston Rockets, the most mercurial of Mavericks is sidelined "indefinitely" with a back injury, according to the team. The news comes in coordination with the announcement that Dallas wing Chandler Parsons — the team's max contract signing this past summer — will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

    Mavs say Rajon Rondo suffered a back injury in last night’s game at Houston & is out indefinitely while seeking additional medical opinions.

    The Mavericks say Chandler Parsons is out for the remainder of the season and is exploring right knee surgery options.

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  • Markieff and Marcus Morris officially charged with felony aggravated assault

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    Almost two weeks after Phoenix police went public with suspicions that twins Markieff and Marcus Morris committed felony aggravated assault, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office officially filed charges against the Suns forwards on Tuesday, according to intrepid ESPN.com reporter Ramona Shelburne.

    The Morris twins stand — rather sizably at 6-foot-10 apiece — accused of punching and kicking a man who reportedly contends he once mentored them during their rise to basketball stardom at Philadelphia's Prep Charter High and the University of Kansas. Three other men, including USC safety and potential NFL draft pick Gerald Bowman, also face charges for the alleged beating outside a youth basketball game.

    When approached by The Republic, Markieff and Marcus Morris denied assaulting Hood and claimed not to even know the 36-year-old man, but a police spokesman's statement to ESPN tells a different story.