Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring Tony Parker's troubling play

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 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: Gothic Ginobili. Tony Parker hasn't looked very much like himself this season. What gives, and is this a "give it a minute, it'll be fine" kind of thing, or a "maybe TP's on the decline" kind of thing? Aaron McGuire investigates.

    PF: Nylon Calculus. An exhaustive, statistical-context-heavy and very good review of Kevin Garnett's career as he nears its end.

    SF: NBA.com/Stats. How much are this year's Atlanta Hawks like last year's San Antonio Spurs?

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  • Kings' DeMarcus Cousins to replace injured Kobe on West All-Star team

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Well, this is turning out to be quite a day for DeMarcus Cousins.

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    This is the second straight season in which Silver has had to appoint an injury replacement for Bryant on the Western team. Last year, he tabbed New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who was having a monster sophomore season on his way to emerging as a potential MVP candidate, over several other worthy candidates ... including, of course, Cousins. Boogie didn't much appreciate that selection; we're guessing he's much more on-board this time around, as he joins Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague and Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson as first-time All-Stars this season.

  • DeMarcus Cousins delivers Twitter burn 5 years in the making

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    You'd forgive DeMarcus Cousins if he woke up Friday feeling a little salty. The Sacramento Kings center once again found himself on the outside looking in when the roster of coach-selected reserves for the 2014-15 NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday, joining Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard as the most notable omissions from the midseason exhibition — notable even among NBA stars — despite ranking sixth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game), third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game) and sixth in Player Efficiency Rating (25.2, miles above the league average of 15) to go with markedly improved defensive work and standing as pretty much the sole bulwark against the Kings once again being one of the very worst teams in the NBA. (Cousins' snub was erased later Friday, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver named him as the injury replacement for Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team.)

  • Are the Knicks really 'in play' for Kevin Durant?

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The New York Knicks are terrible this year, as we've covered quite a bit. Recent surprising and perhaps ill-advised winning ways aside, the 'Bockers will spend the balance of this campaign continuing their slide to the bottom of the standings with hopes of rising to the top of the 2015 draft lottery, where Phil Jackson and company hope to land a franchise-changing future star to pair with a hopefully healthy Carmelo Anthony and whichever free agents they land with their boatlods of salary cap space to form the next competitive iteration of the boys in orange and blue.There's a lot of hoping going on, as tends to be the way of things when you're 9-37.

  • Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are haircuts now

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    All-Star starting nods, universal praise for record-setting quarters, repeated acknowledgement as the sweet-shooting sparks behind the best team in the NBA ... these are all fine enough indicators of the degree to which Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have become household names and ascendant NBA stars. The truest signpost of the Splash Brothers' rise, though? They're inspiring fans to shave their likenesses into the backs of their heads now:

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    Hat-tip to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group.

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  • Kyrie Irving scores career-, NBA-season-high 55 points to lead LeBron-less Cavs past Blazers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    You know that old saying, "It's not how you start, but how you finish that matters?" Well, Kyrie Irving started by missing his first seven shots on Wednesday night, contributing one lonely technical free throw through the first 10-plus minutes of the Cleveland Cavaliers' meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers. He then proceeded to score 11 points in the final 1:39 of the opening frame. (See? How you finish.)

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    It's fair to say that he finished the game as a whole quite a bit stronger than that.

    Nothing too fancy, as it turns out. Just pulling up from 25 feet away with five seconds left on the shot clock and firing over the outstretched left hand of Blazers swingman Nicolas Batum to drain his 11th — yes, 11th — 3-pointer of the night and give the Cavs a three-point lead with 6.4 seconds left.

    And this is where I cop to burying the lede, because those free throws gave Kyrie a total of 55 points.

    That is, y'know, quite a lot of points.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the need to let Bradley Beal bomb away

    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: Truth About It. Good stuff from Adam Rubin on Bradley Beal, "a deadly 3-point specialist who does not shoot 3-pointers," and why it would behoove Flip Saunders Randy Wittman (whoops!) to do what he can to push the Washington Wizards marksman into more long-distance attempts.

    PF: Nuggets Ink. Brian Shaw really wasn't happy that Danilo Gallinari didn't get a shooting foul call that would've sent him to the free-throw line with a chance to tie things up in the closing seconds of the Denver Nuggets' Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Teammates on Grizzlies' D-League affiliate brawl on bench during timeout

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Sure, longtime theoretical opponents Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao chatting at Tuesday's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game is a pretty big deal, I guess. But if you really want to see a fight, you should've been watching the D-League contest between the Iowa Energy and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. That's where the real scrapping went down — between two members of the same team.

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    Here's a from-the-opposing-sideline view of Jarnell Stokes and Kalin Lucas — teammates on the Energy, the Memphis Grizzlies' D-League affiliate — going after one another on the bench during a timeout on Tuesday night:

    And here's a closer look, which offers a better indication of just how heated things got than a vantage point that had me focusing more on the late-reacting officials and the meandering mascot:

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  • Paul George revisits leg injury: 'The second I saw my bone ... I lost it'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The horrific right leg injury that Paul George suffered during a pre-FIBA World Cup Team USA exhibition on Aug. 1 seemed to change so much — the way NBA players and observers viewed international competitions; the short- and long-term outlook for the Indiana Pacers, the franchise with whom George became an All-Star and that has staked its future on the belief that he will be a maximum-salary-worthy, MVP-caliber cornerstone through at least the end of this decade; etc.

  • LeBron in full, J.R.'s gunning, Mozgov's size have Cavs soaring

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    It's one of the particularly disjointing quirks of the 24-hour news cycle and oversaturated sports media landscape that it feels like it was both just yesterday and 100 years ago that the Cleveland Cavaliers were careening off the rails, sitting sub-.500 after six straight losses with headlines about shoves and shrugged shoulders carrying the day. An awful lot has changed in just two weeks' time.

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    Well, for starters, there's been LeBron himself.

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