Dan Devine

  • Rudy Gobert slams, salutes as surging Jazz take out Grizzlies

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    Listen, I'm not trying to say I told you so, but ... I mean ... when it comes to the Utah Jazz being one of the out-of-contention teams most worth watching down the stretch, I literally did tell you so.

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    That right there is Jazz center Rudy Gobert flashing to the foul line to receive a feed from Utah swingman Gordon Hayward, taking one dribble past Western Conference All-Star starter Marc Gasol, heading into the teeth of the Memphis Grizzlies' vaunted defense, elevating and throwing down an all-arms-and-legs left-handed jam to give Utah a 13-point lead with 41.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

    What's even better, though, is what came afterward. Did you catch that?

    After finishing his flush and beginning to backpedal on defense, Gobert looked over to the Utah bench and gave a sharp salute, which was returned by teammates Rodney Hood and Elijah Millsap, who couldn't contain their smiles. And why should they? They've got plenty to smile about.

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  • Grizzlies' Tony Allen out vs. Jazz, suspended 1 game for violating team policy

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger made a surprising announcement during his pregame media session on Tuesday. Perimeter stopper Tony Allen won't play against in Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz at FedEx Forum, as he'll be serving a one-game suspension for "violating team policy," according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

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    (Well, I'm glad we've established that this is an isolated incident.)

    Allen won't be the only Grizzly sidelined on Tuesday. Star power forward Zach Randolph and backup point guard Beno Udrih will both miss the game due to illness, meaning Joerger will have to shuffle up his rotations a fair amount to help the Grizzlies stave off an upset and draw within 3 1/2 games of the idle Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the Western Conference.

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  • Markieff Morris, Whiteside, Len all ejected, fined as Heat top Suns

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Tempers flared when the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns clashed at AmericanAirlines Arena, with an evening of physical play resulting in a handful of technical fouls and a trio of third-quarter ejections.

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    Suns forward Markieff Morris, who's been a bit salty of late, hustled back to snuff out Dragic's layup attempt, and he did so with extreme prejudice and physicality:

    Morris met Dragic in the air, missing his right-handed swipe at the ball but body-bumping his former teammate off-course, sending him tumbling to the deck under the basket and rolling back past the photographers' area along the baseline. After reviewing the play, the referees assessed Morris a flagrant foul-2 for "unnecessary and excessive" contact, earning him an automatic ejection at the 8:43 mark of the third quarter.

    Your man Rod Steiger-at-SeaWorld was pretty amped up about the fracas:

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the setting Suns

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 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 Arizona Republic. Strong words from Paul Coro ("It is difficult for the Suns to even look at the standings any longer when they have to take such a long, hard look at themselves") and head coach Jeff Hornacek ("We have to find out who on this team is going to be tough") after the Phoenix Suns got blown out again on Monday, this time by the Miami Heat in a physical affair that Erik Spoelstra's club won going away.

    7th: GQ. A handful of your favorite hoops writers wax poetic about the ABCs of NBA style.

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  • Steve Francis got his chain snatched at a Houston rap show

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    Well, this is depressing. Former Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks guard Steve Francis got dragged to the floor, stepped on and choked by his own chain, which was later stolen, during an altercation at a hip-hop show in Houston over the weekend.

    Naturally, TMZ has the video, which — again — is something of a bummer, and also contains some NSFW language:

    Francis, 38, was one of many people on stage during a concert by Houston rap duo the Sauce Twinz. For one reason or another, beef began to broil, and before long, Francis found a hand around the gold chain around his neck, then found himself on the floor. Sources told TMZ that the as-yet-unidentified man who grabbed the chain ended up making off with it, and that police were not called to the scene in connection with the fight or the theft. (The Sauce Twinz apparently regret the incident.)

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  • Kevin Garnett bought 1,000 tickets to Wolves-Clippers to give away to fans

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Kevin Garnett's stunning return to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA's February trade deadline brought with it a fresh injection of excitement for a franchise in the midst of a youth-movement-led rebuilding effort. The reintroduction of the greatest player in franchise history after eight years in the East carried with it a powerful nostalgia, a sense of a career come full circle and, as we saw during Garnett's first game back in Minneapolis, a significant surge of energy that showed Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and the rest of the young Wolves just how electric the Target Center can become during big moments.

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  • Michael Jordan is now officially a billionaire, according to Forbes

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Somebody prep LeBron James' Mirror of Somber Introspection — as it turns out, he won't accomplish his long-since-established goal of becoming the first billionaire athlete. He's been beaten to the top of that particular mountain of cash by — who else? — Michael Jordan.

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    As a matter of fact, as ProBasketballTalk's Dan Feldman notes, a whopping 18 NBA owners — a majority of the 30-team league — pop up on Forbes' list — 19 if you include James L. Dolan of the New York Knicks, whose individual net worth falls shy of 10 figures, but whose family fortune exceeds $4 billion.

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  • Rockets-Cavs: LeBron starts with the man in the mirror, Harden crowned 'new King James'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime on Sunday in a physical, hotly contested potential NBA Finals matchup highlighted by excellent play from James Harden and LeBron James, two members of the lead pack in the race for the 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. With the contest in the balance late in overtime, LeBron missed a pair of free throws that could have tied the game or given Cleveland the lead, helping the Rockets hold on for their 41st win of the season and making the Cavs losers of two straight for the first time since before head coach David Blatt took the whole gang bowling.

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  • LeBron's missed free throws help Harden win MVP duel as Rockets edge Cavs in OT

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    For the second time in four days, LeBron James went head-to-head with a fellow MVP candidate leading a Western Conference contender. But while he dominated Thursday's matchup with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, on Sunday, Houston Rockets star James Harden matched him step-for-step in a rough-and-tumble contest that featured 13 ties and 11 lead changes, and came down to the final seconds of overtime.

    And on this particular occasion, the most gifted player in the game found himself bedeviled at the worst time by an uncontested 15-footer.

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    But James, who had struggled from the line all day, found no charity at the stripe, missing them both — making him just 3-for-11 from the foul line on the day — and prompting ABC play-by-play man Mike Tirico to exclaim, "Are you kidding me?" as Harden corralled the miss.

    Way to trick it off today Bron!

    "I'm a warrior," he said, smiling.

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  • Markieff Morris laments lack of 'home-court advantage' after Suns' blowout loss

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Phoenix Suns missed out on a chance to make up some ground in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference on Saturday, failing to capitalize on Friday's loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder — an especially costly one, as it featured an injury to Russell Westbrook that will keep the star point guard sidelined for a week — in particularly dismal fashion, finding themselves on the business end of a 101-74 stomping by the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

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    Bryan Gibberman of ArizonaSports.com has the full four-minute audio clip of Morris' postgame comments:

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