Dan Devine

  • 'Stop talking s***': Oakley rips Barkley after Cavs-Hawks Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    Well, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks wasn't exactly competitive, but NBA fans eager for something a bit spicier than 3-point dominance and social media self-deprecation got some bonus beef broiling on Wednesday evening — and this particular cut was aged to perfection.

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    It begins with Charles Barkley's assertion on TNT's "Inside the NBA" broadcast that the Hawks, at some point during their absolute pasting in a record-setting long-distance performance by the Cavs, should have gotten much more physical and nastier:

    "I've got to vent," Barkley said to host Ernie Johnson. "The Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out, Ernie."

    "Touch 'em up or take 'em out?" Johnson asked.

    "Take 'em out ," Barkley answered.

    "Come on, man, you can't say that on national TV," Shaquille O'Neal added. "You can't hurt nobody, Chuck."

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  • Stephen Curry had platelet-rich plasma treatment on his right knee

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In an attempt to speed up his return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment on the right knee he sprained during the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:

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    Warriors general manager Bob Myers declined to comment on whether or not Curry had undergone PRP therapy during a Tuesday interview on 95.7 The Game.

    "Did you ask him? Did you guys ask him? I'm not answering your question," he joked. "You've got to ask him, man. I know the answer to your question, but it's not my body and it's not me."

    Curry, however, confirmed it himself on Tuesday, before the Warriors' come-from-behind Game 2 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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  • Kyle Lowry's prayer forces OT, but Heat recover to take Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The first game of the second round of the playoffs had been yet another miserable evening for Kyle Lowry. Just 2-for-11 from the field against the Miami Heat, looking dispirited by his continuing inability — whether due to the elbow injury that's plagued him since late March, the looming menace of Hassan Whiteside in the paint, creeping doubt between his ears, or all of the above — to knock down shots like the All-NBA-caliber offense-generator who led the Toronto Raptors to the best season in franchise history. Worse than not making shots, he was turning them down, seeming invisible on both ends as counterpart and former teammate Goran Dragic ran roughshod on Toronto to help put Miami in line to steal home-court advantage.

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    Ross made his first free throw but missed his second, and Toronto fouled Heat center Hassan Whiteside to send him to the line. He missed his first and made the second, giving the Heat a three-point lead with three seconds remaining, giving Toronto one more chance to get level ... and giving Lowry one more chance to make something happen.

  • NBA cops to 5 missed calls in crazy finish to Spurs-Thunder Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    So, that finish to Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder was totally insane, huh? In case you somehow missed it, let's revisit the madness one more time:

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    After Dion Waiters' forearm shiver to the chest of Manu Ginobili created enough space to inbound the basketball, allowing one of the most ridiculous and crazy sequences in recent NBA memory to unfold, a great many of us tried to figure out what the hell we had just watched, what the hell was and wasn't called, and what the hell should and shouldn't have been called.

    "I don't know what it is, to tell you the truth, what type of violation that is," Ginobili said after the game. "It's got to be something."

    The end of game inbound foul in #OKCvsSAS was one we've never seen before & we missed it. We'll incorporate this in training moving forward.

    Let 'er rip:

    So, five incorrect no-calls in 13.5 seconds. Not great, Bob!

    That seems weird:

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  • Report: Chris Bosh, Heat 'at a crossroads' over his health, return

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Chris Bosh hasn't suited up for the Miami Heat since early February, missing the last 37 games after pulling out of the All-Star Game amid concerns related to another round of the frightening blood-clotting problems that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season. But while the Heat continue to list him as out indefinitely, the 32-year-old All-Star hasn't given up hope of returning at some point during Miami's playoff run ... and it sounds like the difference of opinion between the two parties about a prospective return to the court might be getting messy.

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    That's not where Bosh wants to be. He's continued to travel with the team, continued to work out, posting Snapchat videos about how much he misses the game and how he's "still got it":

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  • Hawks push Cavaliers late, but LeBron pushes back to take Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

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    LeBron James capped his postgame interview with TNT's Lewis Johnson with seven simple words: "All right, I'm going to lay down." He'd earned the rest, but that he'd needed to expend so much energy late despite his team holding an 18-point third-quarter lead suggests that these Atlanta Hawks aren't interested in a second straight meek postseason exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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    The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player checked just about every box on Monday, finishing with 25 points on 11-for-21 shooting, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals in 40 1/2 minutes to lead the Cavs to a 104-93 win that gives Cleveland a 1-0 lead over visiting Atlanta in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    The Cavs needed those looks, because Atlanta fought back from an awful offensive start to push Cleveland late.

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  • Chandler Parsons and DeAndre Jordan are totally friends again

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It feels like it's been roughly 100 million years since the biggest, weirdest and most ridiculous story of the NBA's 2015 offseason — the Dallas Mavericks' courtship and ensnaring of prized free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, followed by the change of heart that led Jordan back to the Los Ageles Clippers — exploded in a panoply of emojis. Evidently, I'm not the only one who feels that way — after all the smirks, slights, sorries and so whats, Jordan and Mavericks lead recruiter Chandler Parsons have apparently buried the hatchet:

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    Because, y'know, there were wounds:

    Like, for real:

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  • 'Space Jam 2,' starring LeBron James, might really be on the way

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Turn on your nostalgia faucets and get set to drink deep, Children Of The 1990s: The long-rumored sequel to "Space Jam" might finally be taking off. Like, for real, this time.

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    Maverick Carter, James' longtime friend and business partner, who serves as CEO of SpringHill Entertainment, told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com back in March that a James-led "Space Jam" project had not "been discussed in detail with Warner," that LeBron "couldn't even entertain that discussion until he's finished with the Cavs this season at the earliest," and that starting production on such a project "in James' limited time this summer would seem virtually impossible." All the same, SpringHill president Jamal Henderson said the project was "super on the radar," even if there was no news to report.

    Despite a report LeBron will star in Space Jam 2, no deal is in place sources say. Maybe at some point but not as of yet.

  • Steph Curry: 'Pretty good' chance of return for Game 3 vs. Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Golden State Warriors sure seem to be doing just fine without Stephen Curry these days, but the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player remains eager to return to the court from his right knee sprain as soon as possible.

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    The most important words Curry said, of course, are "to me." The Warriors' medical team and coaching staff will have to be confident that his knee has responded well to treatment and rehabilitation, and that a potential early reinsertion into the lineup won't carry unnecessary additional risk of reinjury, before signing off on getting No. 30 back in uniform.

    When exactly everyone will be comfortable enough to pull that trigger remains to be seen, as Kerr said this weekend, according to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press:

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  • Klay, Draymond lead Curry-less Warriors to 1-0 lead over Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Before tipoff at Oracle Arena on Sunday, Stephen Curry got in some light stand-still shooting work, part of an intensive rehabilitation regimen aimed at getting him past the Grade 1 sprain of the medial collaterial ligament in his right knee and back on the court sooner than anticipated. Asked by ABC's Lisa Salters about the chances that he makes his return in next Saturday's Game 3, Curry sounded an optimistic note:

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    As exciting as the prospect of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player returning is for Bay Area sports fans, though, his Golden State Warriors teammates seem intent on doing whatever's in their power to convince him not to rush back on their account.

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