Dan Devine

  • Stephen Curry fulfills his promise to Warriors fans, six years later

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    From his high school days through the pre-draft process — "... it is notable how far apart Curry’s role in the NCAA was from the role he is likely to play in the NBA" — there have been questions about just how big an impact Stephen Curry's likely to have. Seven games into his pro career, answers seemed tough to come by.

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    Promise to all the Warrior fans...we will figure this thing out...if it's the last thing we do we will figure it out

    And now, nearly six years later, they have.

    The Warriors have come an awful long way, in terms of both organizational evolution and their status in the NBA ecosystem, in the space of just a few years.

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  • President Barack Obama is bummed that the Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    Noted Chicago Bulls fan and governing enthusiast President Barack Obama took a break from a Thursday afternoon Twitter chat about climate change to offer his opinion on the Bulls' decision to fire head coach Tom Thibodeau after five successful but acrimony-filled years.

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    Back in 2010, when the Bulls snagged Thibodeau from the Boston Celtics, where he'd helped helm a defensive renaissance that resulted in two NBA Finals trips in three years and one championship, Obama praised the move:

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  • Chicago Bulls fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, bringing an end to years of palace intrigue within United Center and weeks of speculation that the increasingly contentious relationship between the Bulls' front office and the hard-charging and remarkably successful coach had run its course after five seasons.

    Thibodeau exits Chicago with a career regular-season record of 255-139, giving him the seventh-highest winning percentage among coaches who have spent at least three years on the bench. He led the Bulls to three 50-win seasons — including the best record in the NBA in each of his first two campaigns, winning Coach of the Year honors after the 2010-11 season — and five consecutive playoff berths.

    "Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”

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  • James Harden sets NBA playoff record for most turnovers in single game

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    In Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, James Harden turned in the playoff performance of his career to help his Houston Rockets stave off elimination. In Game 5, though, the Rockets' superstar made the wrong kind of history.

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    Harden, one of the sport's most talented ball-handlers and playmakers, committed an almost unthinkable 13 turnovers in Houston's season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. That sets a new NBA record for most cough-ups in a single playoff game. Former New Jersey Nets guard John Williamson held the previous high-water mark, giving it away 11 times in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in a first-round playoff game back in 1979.

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  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th technical foul of playoffs, faces Game 6 suspension

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    Dwight Howard has already gotten the benefit of the doubt from the league office once during these Western Conference finals. If the Houston Rockets are able to once again stave off elimination on Wednesday, he'll need the NBA's disciplinarians to smile upon him one more time to allow him to suit up for Friday's Game 6 back in Houston.

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    There doesn't seem like a whole lot of "there" there, but the repercussions could be massive. That was Howard's seventh technical foul of the postseason, which, by league rule, carries with it a one-game suspension (and a $5,000 fine).

    If the Rockets force a Game 6, then, Howard will be in line to miss it. Considering how well he's played in this series, and how exceptional he looked as a rim protector and board crasher early in Game 5, that would, of course, be a major blow to the Rockets' chances of becoming just the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after having lost the first three games of a playoff series.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Hawks, the Cavs, systems and stars

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    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: ESPN.com. Kevin Arnovitz on the state of the Atlanta Hawks' system-over-superstars experiment in the moments after having the best season in franchise history ended by the biggest superstar there is.

    PF: SB Nation and Bleacher Report. For more smart meditations on the "stars vs. structures" debate, we turn to Paul Flannery, Tom Ziller and Howard Beck.

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  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Warriors-Rockets Game 5

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Houston Rockets and their fans are breathing sighs of relief on Tuesday night. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced that Dwight Howard's flagrant foul-1 from Monday's Game 4 victory over the Golden State Warriors will stand as called, and will not be upgraded to a flagrant-2.

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    Howard's flagrant came with just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter of Game 4, with the Rockets holding an 11-point lead over the Warriors:

    The referees blew the play dead, and Joey Crawford headed to the courtside replay monitor to review the play. After looking it over multiple times, the officials decided to give Howard a flagrant-1, assessed for "unnecessary" contact, rather than a flagrant-2, the penalty for "unnecessary and excessive" contact, according to the league's rulebook.

    After the game, Howard claimed no malice and no intent to injure on the controversial play.

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  • Two Rockets fans struggle through an awful game of tic-tac-toe

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    No NBA franchise has been as closely aligned with the rise of advanced statistical analysis as the Houston Rockets, a thoroughly modern organization built on the precepts promoted by Sloan Sports Analytics Conference co-founder and general manager Daryl Morey, and embodied in the layup/free-throw/3-pointers-generating offensive exploits of MVP runner-up James Harden.

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    Nobody won the game of tic-tac-toe; everyone lost. Even the house MCs calling the action — whose "What is going on right now?!?" and "Wooooow" reactions were entirely appropriate — were diminished by their proximity to this mutually assured destruction, and their attempts to determine a winner despite the stultifying stalemate staring them in the face.

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  • Here's Slam Dunk champ Zach LaVine alley-oop-dunking footballs

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    We briefly break this Tuesday morning from thoroughly covering the Eastern and Western Conference finals to recommend that you spend one minute watching Zach LaVine, spring-heeled Minnesota Timberwolves guard and reigning Slam Dunk Contest champion, alley-oop-dunking footballs:

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  • Curry's MVP performance keys Game 3 blowout, puts Rockets on brink

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    They'd have preferred winning, of course, but after losing the first two games of the Western Conference finals on the road by a combined five points, the Houston Rockets headed back home feeling like they could hang with the big, bad Golden State Warriors.

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    "We had plenty of opportunities to win both of the games," said Rockets star James Harden after a brilliant Game 2 — 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block — that ended on a sour note with a final-play turnover that sealed a 99-98 Golden State win. "So we have all the confidence in the world."

    ... and with "Iceman"-evoking finger rolls:

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