Dan Devine

  • Amar'e rips guardian 'angel' refs for giving Harden calls

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    With Dwight Howard still shelved by a strained right knee, Terrence Jones entering his third week sidelined by a peroneal nerve contusion and Patrick Beverley out nursing a strained left hamstring, the New York Knicks entered Monday's road game against the Houston Rockets thinking that, despite the wide disparity in the two teams' records and early-season statistical profiles, they had a real chance at pulling the upset. Those chances seemed to take a sizable hit when top dog Carmelo Anthony began experiencing back spasms that would keep him out for the entire second half and leave him in considerable pain after the game, but the Knicks hung around, taking a six-point lead and forcing a Houston timeout after a Tim Hardaway Jr. 3-pointer with 8:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.

  • LeBron James proves he doesn't stink in win over Magic

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    With the Cleveland Cavaliers riding a four-game losing streak and sitting two games under .500 in an uneven start to a season many expected to result in a championship, LeBron James made headlines Monday by summing up his team's troubles in two words: "I stink." He then went about the business of righting the ship by proving himself a liar, much to the chagrin of the visiting Orlando Magic:

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    Well, it sure doesn't stink, at least.

    Video via Dawk Ins.

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  • Warriors' Speights on OKC's Perkins: 'His game is terrible'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Golden State Warriors continued to roll on Sunday, posting a 91-86 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to improve to 10-2 on the season. In one sense, the win went according to a familiar script for this Warriors team, as Steve Kerr's bunch relied on its meat-grinder defense — allowing 94.4 points per 100 possessions, tops in the NBA — to clamp down on the struggling Thunder, holding them to 35.6 percent shooting and just 13 assists on 32 made baskets.

    Golden State's offense was a far cry from Kerr's blueprint, though, with the starry backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining to score 35 points — 10 below their combined season average — on dismal 11-for-35 shooting. With forwards Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes also misfiring, going just 3-for-16 combined, the Warriors needed someone else to carry the offensive load. The answer, obviously: Marreese Speights.

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  • Chris Bosh hits game-winning J as Heat hold off Hornets

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After a strong start to the season that made the Miami Heat's decision to give him a massive five-year maximum contract extension look prescient, Chris Bosh hit a pretty rough patch. The 30-year-old big man slumped hard during a four-game stretch, averaging just 13.5 points and six rebounds per game on 28.3 percent shooting as the Heat went 1-3 against the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. While those performances were owed in part to Heat opponents ratcheting up the pressure on Bosh due to the absence of Miami's other stars — Dwyane Wade missed three of the four, while Luol Deng sat out one — you'd still forgive Heat fans nervous that Bosh's early-season surge as Miami's No. 1 option was more fiction than fact.

  • Wes Johnson posterizes Danilo Gallinari, but Lakers lose

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Danilo Gallinari might not have been the most explosive leaper the NBA's ever seen, but during his first few years in the league, he could get up a little bit.

    “I used to go to the paint and have a couple of dunks,” the Denver Nuggets forward recently told Harvey Araton of the New York Times. “I’m not doing that right now.”

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    Johnson's fast-break posterization wasn't his only impressive athletic showing in Sunday's game. Earlier in the contest, he put his springs and wingspan on display in pinning an Arron Afflalo drive to the glass:

    Lin — who finished with 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 35 1/2 minutes — admitted frustration at L.A.'s inability to close out games.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the 'new' DeMarcus Cousins

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 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: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on the question of whether DeMarcus Cousins, no-kidding early season MVP candidate and leader of the resurgent Sacramento Kings, has really "grown up" and "put it all together" or whether changes (and, apparently, improvements) in virtually every other variable around him have simply forced us all to see the greatness that's been there all along.

    PF: Magic Basketball. Joe Atmonavage on how Nikola Vucevic's advancing low-post game is giving the Orlando Magic's offense something to hang its hat on.

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  • Kevin Martin scored 37 points vs. Knicks with broken right wrist, now out indefinitely

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    With Kevin Love now plying his trade in Cleveland and the next generation of Minnesota Timberwolves stars still very much in the gestation stage, Kevin Martin entered this season as Flip Saunders' top scoring option. The veteran shooting guard has relished the role, scoring a team-leading 20.4 points in just 29.8 minutes per game, a per-minute mark that ranks as the second-best of his 11-year career, thanks to sterling early-season shooting percentages — a career-best 48.3 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from 3-point land, plus 87.5 percent from the foul line on 5.3 attempts per game. For the next few weeks, though, the Wolves will have to look elsewhere for scoring punch.

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  • K.J. McDaniels' mom not thrilled with 76ers' rebuilding plan

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Philadelphia 76ers are bad. Like, "change your 'when-we-win' pizza promotion" bad. This, as we (and roughly 17 million other people) have written before, is by design, as a Sixers club led by analytically inclined general manager Sam Hinkie, with the full support of ownership, undertakes a tip-to-tail rebuilding effort, punting on short-term gains (like, say, using your scads of cap space or having your lottery picks actually play in the season you draft them) in pursuit of sustained long-term competition. Hinkie and company probably weren't aiming for an 0-11 start to the 2014-15 season, but hey, any path that leads to the bottom of the standings and the top of the unchanged draft lottery works just fine for Philly's purposes. (Besides, it's not like losing a bunch of games in a row is uncharted territory for these Sixers.)

  • Mavs' new 'freeD' video tech could have big replay, analytics possibilities

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks have long been at the forefront of technological advances in the NBA, and the billionaire owner consistently ranks among the league's loudest voices in pushing for game-operations advancements that make watching a game in the arena at least as fun as checking it out in HD from the comfort of your couch. Cuban's latest big-time investment seems aimed at adding another checkmark in both areas.

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    The replays will be available on the arena's monstrous overhead scoreboard and, eventually, integrated into the Mavs' television broadcasts, allowing production teams to show viewers any angle of any play that takes place during the game.

    Here's a preview of what it'll look like:

    Pretty slick stuff, right?

    If freeD looks and sounds familiar to you, you might be remembering its use during TNT's broadcast of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans:

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  • LeBron's late turnover costs Cavs as Spurs score win in Cleveland

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Before welcoming the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James said the experience of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers' young stars, of teaching them about professionalism and how to win, is the greatest challenge he's faced in his Hall of Fame career. After Wednesday's contest, he'll be able to impart a particularly important lesson — how to accept responsibility for a pivotal late-game miscue.

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    James has long since sloughed off the ill-fitting late-game choker mantle some commentators saddled him with early in his career — four MVPs, a monstrous statistical record in Game 7s and a pair of championship rings will do that for you — but this note really puts into perspective just how rare such late-game missteps have been for LeBron over the years:

    Another look at Manu's cut and lay-in: