- Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Lakers held a seven-point advantage over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, leading 20-13 after a Jodie Meeks jumpshot with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. From there, though, Doc Rivers' club went on a little run.
Well, I guess you could call it kind of a big run.
OK, they outscored the Lakers 129-74 for the rest of the game. And it kind of didn't feel that close.
The Clippers destroyed the Lakers on Thursday by a score of 142-94. This wasn't just worse than the 39-point spanking the Clips laid on the Lakers back in January, and it wasn't just worse than the beating the Clips handed the Philadelphia 76ers last month. This was a 48-point annihilation that stands alone as the largest margin of victory in the history of the Clippers franchise, going all the way back to the Buffalo Braves days.
- Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Before the Phoenix Suns' Thursday night matchup with the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic spoke with multiple members of Jeff Hornacek's remarkable team about the individual and collective improvements that have propelled the Suns, who were picked by many to contend for the league's worst record, into the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. Shooting guard Gerald Green downplayed his own leap forward.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to prove," he told Coro. "I still have so much that could get better.”
He took the next step toward proving it Thursday, turning in a career-best performance that breathed life into a reeling Suns team, totally turned the game around and helped Phoenix earn perhaps its best win of the season.
- Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
This has felt nearly inevitable for a little while now, what with new global ambassador Drake turning up to the Air Canada Centre with a Vinsanity dino-throwback sewn into the lining of his suit jacket and the team's new 20th anniversary logo bringing back the long-ago-jettisoned purple, font and jagged pinstripe elements, but the Toronto Raptors made it official Thursday: They're bringing back their purple dinosaur jerseys for "select home games" as part of their 2014-15 celebration of 20 years as an NBA franchise.
Here's Raptors power forward Amir Johnson modeling the new old threads:
And here's a promotional video aimed at getting you very excited about the Raptors' past, present and purple future:Fri, Mar 74:00 PM PSTSacramento at TorontoPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
It's been two weeks since LeBron James suffered a broken nose at the hand (well, the arm, really) of Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka during a nationally televised Thursday night Miami Heat road win. After sitting out a victory over the Chicago Bulls, James returned for a second nationally televised Thursday night matchup with the New York Knicks clad in a fearsome black mask, and promptly dropped 31 points in 36 1/2 minutes as Miami crushed the Knicks. He switched to a clear-plastic mask at the league's request, and responded by pouring in a career-high 61 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. He's been pretty darn good in the mask, averaging 33.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals over four face-covered games, shooting 63.4 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from 3-point land.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs 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: The Sporting News. Sean Deveney chats with former National Basketball Players Association executive director Charles Grantham about the very good chances of the NBA's owners again locking out the players at the earliest possible opportunity — after the 2016-17 season — to extract even more concessions from the rudderless, still-leaderless union, the conditions that make it likely and the reasons why owners would push for another stoppage ("Because they can").
- Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
If you've been wondering what you could get Shaquille O'Neal for his 42nd birthday, you might be in luck. Forget about the Bonobos gift card and belay that man candle; instead, just kick in a few bucks to help the Diesel make a video game.
The 15-time All-Star-turned-TNT broadcaster's not looking to make just any ol' video game, of course — he wants to make a sequel to "Shaq Fu," one of the more hated-on video games of all time. (I guess Shaq didn't consider last year's mobile-device spiritual successor, "ShaqDown," a true follow-up.) According to the trailer for the project, tentatively titled "Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn," O'Neal and the game's makers promise "not to 'FU' it up" this time (classic Shaq comedy):
- Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
A pair of ankle surgeries and the persistent injuries that followed prevented Alex Len from hitting the ground running in his first NBA season. The surprising success of the Phoenix Suns — sparked in part by guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe making beautiful music in concert with bigs Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee, and twins Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris — has made it difficult for the 20-year-old 7-footer to crack first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation. When Len has found the floor of late, though, he's been supplementing his attempt to make a statement with his play by making one with his footwear:
New Zealand boy who's going blind meets Celtics, watches game, crosses item off 'visual bucket list'Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Last month, we shared with you the story of young Louis Corbett, a 12-year-old New Zealand boy with a degenerative eye disease who will one day (perhaps sooner rather than later) render him legally blind, whose parents have been trying to expose him to as many experiences as possible to help him build a "visual database" of as "as many environments, colours and graphics as possible before he goes blind," and whose "biggest wish" before losing his sight was to watch the Boston Celtics play basketball, live and in person, one time. Louis' wish came true on Wednesday night.Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTBrooklyn at BostonPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Here's my friend Jason "@netw3rk" Concepcion, at Grantland, describing the soul-crushing process of rooting for this year's version of the New York Knicks, who are very awful and who now sit at 21-40, 6 1/2 games out of a playoff berth with 21 games to go:
And yet here is Elie Wiesel, the legendary Nobel Peace Prize-winning professor, activist and author, from his 1986 Nobel lecture:
Ergo, here is Marc Berman of the New York Post:Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTUtah at New YorkPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Throughout the 2013-14 campaign, the Orlando Magic have aired brief video tributes to former Magic players and coaches who have returned as part of visiting teams, in keeping with the organization's year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary as an NBA franchise. It's a nice, relatively innocuous way to recognize those who have played a role, however small or large, in helping build the Magic into a viable NBA franchise over the past two and a half decades; as Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel notes, the Amway Center faithful mostly "have greeted the returnees with little more than polite applause."