- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, a springtime Thursday night matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers seemed like a pretty attractive primetime affair, with visions of league-leading scorer Kevin Durant leading another title-contending Thunder squad into a contest with a Lakers team perhaps scrapping for a playoff spot behind a version of Kobe Bryant rounding into form after knocking off nearly eight months of Achilles-rehab rust. That, of course, wasn't to be.Fri, Mar 145:30 PM PDTLA Lakers at San AntonioPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
The open enrollment period through which uninsured Americans can purchase private health insurance for 2014 through healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act closes on March 31. More than 4.2 million people have enrolled in what's often colloquially referred to as "Obamacare," a number that could increase to 6 million by the deadline date; while President Barack Obama said Friday that he's confident the current subscriber base is large enough to ensure that the "program will be stable," he's continuing his recent push to promote the marketplace to reach younger consumers and "break through" to the kind of audience that's less likely to watch an in-depth Sunday morning political talk-show interview on health care policy than, say, watch an episode of "Between Two Ferns."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
There are a pair of moments in "Summer Dreams," a documentary premiering Saturday on CBS that follows six people looking to make NBA names for themselves during the annual Summer League showcase, that offer a bit of insight into the margins of "making it."
We see 6-foot-5 shooting guard Dwayne Davis — a 23-year-old Philadelphia-born prospect who was homeless as a teenager and bounced around before shining in a lone season of Division I ball at Southern Miss — immediately slough off word that he hadn't been selected in the 2013 NBA draft and begin beaming at the no-promises news that the Golden State Warriors want to take a look at him in Vegas:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy exited Thursday's nationally televised primetime matchup with the Houston Rockets after taking an elbow to the face from Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons:
The contact came during a second-quarter fast break, with Dunleavy retreating to protect the rim and Chicago's five-point lead, and Parsons pushing the pace to get a layup. In the process, he rocked Dunleavy just above the right eye, sending Dunleavy to the deck and opening up a gash almost instantly.
The 33-year-old Duke product popped up and immediately ran off the court, and it's easy to understand why; TNT's cameras soon showed that the 12th-year pro was bleeding like a wrestler aggressively selling a chairshot.Sat, Mar 155:00 PM PDTSacramento at ChicagoPreview Game
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.Fri, Mar 144:30 PM PDTPhoenix at BostonPreview Game
The NBA announced Thursday afternoon that John Wall has been fined $15,000 for "directing inappropriate comments towards the officials" after the Washington Wizards' 98-85 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The "inappropriate comments" came after the game, when the All-Star point guard was asked about a foul called against him with 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter that sent Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker to the foul line for three free throws:
Neither Wall nor Wizards head coach Randy Wittman agreed with the call. Wittman's complaints earned him a technical foul, giving the Bobcats another try from the stripe, helping Walker extend Charlotte's lead from three points to a much more commanding seven. From Joseph White of The Associated Press:Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMinnesota at CharlottePreview Game
There's been bad blood brewing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors all season long, beginning with a shoving match between centers Andrew Bogut and DeAndre Jordan and a weird sideline incident between Blake Griffin and Warriors coach Mark Jackson on opening night, the curious choice not to share pregame chapel services and some Christmas squabbling that resulted in a Griffin ejection that the NBA later deemed unjust. It seemed a good bet, then, that sparks might fly when the two physical Western Conference contenders renewed their unpleasantries on Wednesday, and while nothing particularly explosive popped off, there were a couple of moments when something might have; in what will probably come as unsurprising news, both involved Griffin.Fri, Mar 147:30 PM PDTCleveland at Golden StatePreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
After a dismal start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets have been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference since the calendar flipped to 2014, climbing up the standings thanks to a long-limbed, opportunistic defense that's been creating turnovers at an absurd rate. And with the game on the line in the closing seconds against the two-time-defending NBA champion Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday, Jason Kidd's team once again disrupted their opponents' flow, thanks in large part to the active hands of resurgent guard Shaun Livingston.
- Ball Don't Lie2 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.
- Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced Wednesday that star shooting guard Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season. From the team's press release:
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report first reported Tuesday that the Lakers were "expected to declare Bryant out for the rest of the 2013-14 season" this week. USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick confirmed those reports later Tuesday. ESPN.com's Chris Broussard confirmed the confirmation on Wednesday morning.