Dan Devine

  • Here's a shirtless Darko Milicic singing and giving beer to his tattoos

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 mins ago

    When last we checked in with Darko Milicic, the former No. 2 overall pick had decided to pursue an invigorating and rewarding second career as a professional kickboxer. While that new venture got off to something of a rocky start. the 7-footer sure seems to be enjoying himself in the great post-basketball hereafter:

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    LeBron James is the only member of the top five of the vaunted 2003 draft class participating in this postseason. I'm not saying that Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh aren't enjoying the early end to their seasons as much as Darko is, but I am saying that I'm going to need to see the folk-singing beer-crushing videos to prove they are.

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  • J.R. Smith ejected after flagrant foul on Jae Crowder in wild Cavs-Celtics Game 4

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 44 mins ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Boston Celtics after hitting the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face early in the third quarter.

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    With Cleveland holding a 21-point lead coming out of intermission, Boston's Brandon Bass attempted to work in the post against the defense of the Cavs' Tristan Thompson. As Bass backed Thompson down, Crowder barreled down the paint, looking to establish rebounding position. He crashed into Smith, who looked to anchor down and box out. Crowder responding by leaning on Smith's shoulder blades with his right forearm.

    Smith responded by rearing back and swinging his right arm backward, clocking Crowder right on the jaw. Crowder crumpled to the floor following the punch, with his left knee trapped underneath him; as he lay on the hardwood, he reached for his left leg in pain.

    Instead, relatively little came of the scuffle:

    Explanation (1/3): 1:44/Q2: Following offensive foul on Perkins, an altercation ensued...

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  • Kevin Love exits Cavs-Celtics Game 4 early with left shoulder injury

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love will miss the remainder of Game 4 of his team's first-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics on Sunday after injuring his shoulder in a battle for a loose ball with Boston's Kelly Olynyk:

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    With just under 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening quarter, Love and Olynyk were scrapping for rebounding position after a missed 3-pointer by Boston's Jae Crowder. Olynyk latched onto Love's left arm as they ran away from the basket; after a couple of seconds of tangling, Love yelped in pain and instantly grabbed for his left shoulder. The referees whistled Olynyk for a loose-ball foul and Love sprinted straight off the court, back to the Cavaliers locker room.

    Soon after Love exited the game, ABC's Heather Cox reported that the Cavaliers said he will not return to action. Team physician Dr. Richard Parker was examining the arm, which had already been iced and wrapped. At this point, Cleveland's just calling it a "left shoulder injury," pending further examination.

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  • Harden's playoff-career-high 42 leads Rockets past Mavs to 3-0 lead

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Dallas Mavericks emptied both barrels on Friday night, throwing every ounce of offensive firepower they had at the Houston Rockets in an attempt to overwhelm Kevin McHale's favored crew and fight their way back into their opening-round series. Unfortunately for Rick Carlisle and company, in this matchup, Houston's got the deadliest weapon.

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    James Harden set a new career playoff high with 42 points (15-for-24 shooting, 5-for-7 from 3-point range, 7-for-7 from the foul line) to lead Houston to a 130-128 win over the Mavericks in Game 3 on Friday. The MVP candidate delivered the final two in the form of this step-back dagger from the left elbow over the outstretched arm of Dallas center Tyson Chandler to give Houston a three-point lead with 12 seconds left in a furious offensive affair:

    Mavs season came down to a Monta midrange jumper.

    It's a testament to just how potent Ellis and Nowitzki were, though, that it even came down to one shot at the end.

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  • What to watch for in Friday's NBA Playoffs Game 3s

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    We've got a trio of Game 3s on tap for Friday night, with two series teetering on the brink of the point of no return and one that could absolutely still go either way. Here's a look ahead at what to keep an eye on during this evening's three-game playoff slate.

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    Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m. ET — Rockets lead, 2-0

    The unit of Jefferson, Barea, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis (a lineup that hadn't logged a single minute together during the regular season) offered a real offensive spark in Game 2, torching Houston for 27 points in 11 minutes of floor time. It literally gave it all back on the other end, though, allowing 29 points (-2) with the small Ellis-Barea backcourt providing little resistance to Houston's ball-handlers and the steps-slow tandem of Jefferson and Nowitzki creating too many messes for Chandler to credibly clean up.

    Much, much better.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Rondo, Carlisle and scenes from failed marriages

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days 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: ESPNDallas. Tim MacMahon offers a great look at the similarities and differences between Rick Carlisle's relationships with Jason Kidd and Rajon Rondo, how the former flourished and how the latter fell apart.

    PF: RealGM. Jonathan Tjarks looks at the Rondo affair as another in a perhaps troublingly long line of bad-news breakups for the Mavericks: "The problem for Dallas is they are becoming like the husband with four ex-wives — who is the common denominator in all these failed relationships?"

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  • Chris 'Birdman' Andersen's new skull tattoos are pretty heavy, even for him

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    If there's one thing we've all been thinking every time we've looked at Chris Andersen recently, it's that he's really been slacking when it comes to finding new and interesting ways to decorate the ever declining share of his body that isn't already covered in tattoos. It's been an impressive evolution over the years, but it seems to have stagnated of late. Surely there must exist additional opportunities for the illustrated man to express his colorful persona and individual style, right?

  • Kawhi Leonard edges Draymond Green in close Defensive Player of the Year vote

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Fitting, isn't it? Draymond Green spends all season establishing himself as the brash, score-stifling wing who can take any assignment on any possession, teaming with rim-protecting mauler Andrew Bogut to lead the Golden State Warriors to the league's best defense from the very start of the season ... and then, with a late surge somehow both hellacious and matter-of-fact, Kawhi Leonard just swoops in and steals his glory.

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    The 23-year-old Leonard was named the NBA's 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, becoming the first non-big-man to win the award since Ron Artest took it home in 2004 and squeaking past the Warriors' Green in the closest DPoY race since 1998, when the Atlanta Hawks' Dikembe Mutombo received just two more first-place votes than Gary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics.

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  • Deron Williams, Nets come up just short as Hawks escape, take 2-0 lead

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Against all odds, once again, the Brooklyn Nets found themselves right there, within hailing distance of the Atlanta Hawks late in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The opportunity to seize a shocking split on the road and wrest home-court advantage away from the East's scuffling No. 1 seed in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series sat right in front of them. All they had to do was seize it.

    Instead, once again, they fell just short. Instead, once again, point guard Deron Williams comes away wearing goat horns.

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    After trailing by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 2, the Nets found themselves down just one following a corner 3-pointer by reserve point guard Jarrett Jack with 1:55 remaining. Al Horford missed an 18-footer on the other end, giving Brooklyn a chance to take the lead, but Johnson missed a runner that returned possession to the Hawks as we neared the one-minute mark of the game.

    He wouldn't.

    Budenholzer says plan on last play was to run Deron Williams off 3-point line, and just hope he misses.

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  • Kevin Durant bids fond farewell to Scott Brooks, but supports coach's firing '100 percent'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    After Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder had fired Scott Brooks, many fans found themselves wondering what the Thunder's stars would have to say about the loss of the head coach who had led the team to three Western Conference Finals and the 2012 NBA Finals before missing the playoffs this injury-plagued season.

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    In his statement on the firing, OKC general manager Sam Presti said the decision to "part ways" with Brooks wasn't based on this year's performance.

    "We determined that, in order to stimulate progress and put ourselves in the best position next season and we looked to the future, a transition of this kind was necessary for the program."

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