Ben Rohrbach

  • BDL’s 2014-15 Playoff Previews: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    How They Got Here

    • Houston : There’s no explanation for the Rockets’ No. 2 seed beyond James Harden.

    In a virtuoso offensive performance, his 647 made baskets and 565 assists produced precisely 40 percent of Houston’s successful field goals this season. Playing 36.8 minutes a night, he shot 37.5 percent on 555 3-point attempts (top-25 in history) and 86.8 percent on 824 free throw attempts (top-50 in history), leading the league in total points by more than 300, and he still managed to rank sixth in total assists. Harden even upgraded his defense from zero to meh, plucking the NBA’s third-most steals this season, and the end result of it all was a league-high 16.4 win shares

    • Dallas : With just six wins separating the second seed from the seventh out West, the Mavericks are no less title-worthy than the Rockets, but the roads these Texas teams traveled to arrive at this playoff duel require two vastly different narratives.

    Head to Head

    Gauntlet. Thrown.

     

  • BDL’s 2014-15 Playoff Previews: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    How They Got Here

    • Toronto : The way the Raptors (49-33) sped out of the station fueled by the fiery Kyle Lowry, logging the Eastern Conference’s best record by Christmas, and then sputtered into their fourth-place destination, it was as if Casey Jones high on cocaine — and not a more sobering Dwane Casey — was driving Toronto’s train this season. 

    With the vast majority of a core that won 48 games together in 2013-14 back to wade through the East’s shallow pool, Toronto seemed poised to emerge matured from a disappointing early exit in their first playoff appearance of the post-Chris Bosh era. Not even a torn tendon in DeMar DeRozan’s left leg, which cost the 2014 All-Star guard a quarter of his season, could derail Lowry, who submitted the first All-Star campaign of his own career and kept the Raptors on track with a 22-7 start.

    Meanwhile, the addition of Sixth Man of the Year contender Lou Williams to a roster already featuring stalwart reserves Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez bolstered a bench that outscored opponents by a league-high 10.4 points per 100 possessions.

    Head to Head

    Likely Starting Lineups

    Matchups to Watch

    How Toronto Could Win

    How Washington Could Win

     

  • Lakers season-ticket holders have a choice to make before the lottery

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    The Lakers announced a curious renewal deadline for season-ticket holders that has some conspiracy theorists wondering whether the team is trying to get Los Angelenos to pony up big bucks before knowing just what kind of product they'll all be watching at the Staples Center in 2015-16.

    According to The Los Angeles Times, the Lakers issued their annual renewal request to season-ticket holders with a due date of May 18 — the day before the NBA lottery. What's the big deal, you say?

    Well, the Lakers currently own the NBA's fourth-worst record with four games to play, meaning they will likely have an 81 percent chance of landing a top-five pick in the lottery. Of course, there's also a 19 percent chance of selecting sixth or seventh, in which case the pick transfers to the Philadelphia 76ers, since L.A. previously only ascribed top-five protection to the lottery pick in a deal for Steve Nash (the Phoenix Suns later dealt the pick to Philly in a three-team trade for Brandon Knight).

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  • As is his custom, Draymond Green disses 'cocky arrogance' of Clippers

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 9 days ago

    If the basketball gods are the trash-talking sort I imagine them to be, they will treat us to a Western Conference playoff rematch between the Warriors and Clippers.

    There is no love lost between California rivals Golden State and Los Angeles, if only because the Warriors' ultimate weapon, Draymond Green, manages to twist the knife at every turn, despite having lost a seven-game series to the Clippers just last season.

    So, when Green outright admitted the Clippers are a team “I strongly dislike” in a fantastic feature penned by by Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams on the Michigan State product’s surprising rise to stardom, it didn’t come as a surprise. But his more detailed assessment of the Clips did, even by Green’s trash-talking standards. 

    “They have a cocky arrogance, like they’ve won something, and they haven’t done nothing,” Green said. “They pretty much been to the same spot in the playoffs we’ve been to. But they have this cockiness like you’re supposed to bow down to them. They ain’t proved nothing. They ain’t earned nothing. What respect have you earned?” 

  • Report: Phoenix Suns' Morris twins deny felony assault accusation

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 9 days ago

    Suns twins Markieff and Marcus Morris are a loyal pair, but Phoenix police believe their family bond may have gotten them into trouble.

    Cops suspect the Morris twins of felony aggravated assault, although the district attorney’s office has yet to issue any arrest warrants or file any charges against the Suns forwards, according to The Arizona Republic.

    The police report alleged Hood sent an “inappropriate” text message to the Morrises’ mother, according to the Republic, although he claimed to have simply texted he would “always be there” for Thomasine Morris.

    In the meantime, Markieff and Morris are expected to continue vying for a playoff spot out West until the Suns are mathematically eliminated.

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  • Pacers forward Chris Copeland stabbed outside New York nightclub

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 9 days ago

    In a shocking scene outside a New York nightclub, one NBA player was stabbed and two more arrested during a dispute early Wednesday morning, according to several local media reports.

    Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, 31, a former member of the Knicks, was stabbed in the abdomen around 4 a.m., the New York Daily News reported. Katrine Saltara, 28, who was with Copeland, and another woman were also slashed during the argument. All three were rushed to area hospitals and are expected to recover.

    Shevoy Bleary-Murdock, 22, was arrested for allegedly striking Copeland, Saltara and 23-year-old Catherine Somani with a knife outside celebrity nightclub 1 OAK. Bleary and Somani were reportedly acquaintances.

    Bloody scene on sidewalk and car where Chris Copeland of Pacers stabbed this morning #1010wins pic.twitter.com/ufaCauULRg

    1 Oak released a statement saying the altercation did not start in the club.

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  • Hawks sign 8-year-old boy with leukemia, awesomeness ensues

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 10 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks (57-19) are on the verge of setting a franchise record for victories, but they're not done retooling their roster for the playoff run, as they landed a priceless free agent on Tuesday.

    Hours before shooting for win No. 58 against the Phoenix Suns, the Hawks signed 8-year-old Kennesaw, Ga., native Lake Bozman, who suffers from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, to a one-day deal.

    It's official: Lake Bozeman is a Hawk! pic.twitter.com/ivpTymQewz

    As one of 14 children selected by nationally syndicated radio program The Bert Show, Bozman and his family were originally slated to visit Walt Disney World this week on an all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of Bert's Big Adventure to benefit children with chronic and terminal illnesses, but the boy fell ill.

    Bravo, Hawks. In a season full of fantastic moves, this is just the best.

    (h/t SI.com)

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  • Frank Kaminsky, John Calipari receive AP's player, coach of the year awards

    Ben Rohrbach at The Dagger 14 days ago

    For the first time since the Associated Press began handing out college basketball awards in the 1960s, a Final Four game will pit the AP's Player of the Year opposite its Coach of the Year.

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    Of course, Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky and Kentucky coach John Calipari have met in the Final Four before, as Calipari's Wildcats upset Kaminsky's Badgers in the national semifinals last season, but not with such impressive individual hardware in their trophy cases. Within hours of each other on Friday, Kaminsky was named AP Player of the Year and Calipari accepted the organization's Coach of the Year award.

    Calipari puts a 38-0 record and a shot at a third national championship game in four years on the line against Kaminsky this Saturday. The last time the AP Player of the Year and Coach of the Year appeared in such a high-profile game together was the 1979 title tilt, when POY Larry Bird and COY Bill Hodges were on the same Indiana State sideline. The Sycamores entered that game with a perfect record, too.

  • Turner Sports makes 'Team Streams' so simple even a child can understand

    Ben Rohrbach at The Dagger 14 days ago

    During the Final Four last year, CBS and Turner Sports introduced "Teamcasts," televising biased broadcasts for each team on TNT and truTV while the objective national broadcast aired on TBS.

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    Needless to say, it led to serious confusion when scores of college basketball fans took their grievances to social media upon hearing the one-sided perspective of longtime Kentucky color commentator Rob Bromley and former UK guard Rex Chapman call the Wildcats win over Wisconsin in 2014.

    Chapman, who surprisingly is calling Kentucky-Wisconsin again this season, also shared his frustration.

  • Add 'best hider in paintball' to list of Tim Duncan's greatest accomplishments

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 15 days ago

    For someone who will retire as one of the 10 greatest players in NBA history, we know little of Tim Duncan's life off the basketball court, but we are aware he loves paintball. And that too he dominates.

    We first learned of the legend of Duncan's paintball prowess in a Sports Illustrated piece penned by Chris Ballard from 2012, when we discovered the San Antonio Spurs is all about that Bob Lee Swagger.

    Ferry may have been the first to feel Duncan's wrath, but he most certainly wasn't the last. In an article on the five-time NBA champion's relationship with future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich, ESPN.com's Marc Stein informed us of Duncan's custom-made paintball gun collection and a posse he named "Team Wolfpack," which for a time included former Spurs guard Michael Finley — he of four different 40 percent seasons from 3-point range — who was once schooled in sharpshooting by his erstwhile teammate.

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