Dan Devine

  • Marc Gasol hits game-winner to send Grizzlies past Rockets in controversial finish

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies needed a win. They'd lost three of their past four games, they were coming off a dispiriting home defeat to the Utah Jazz and they were dealing with some intra-squad static surrounding a reported practice altercation between guards Tony Allen and Nick Calathes that led to a one-game suspension for "The Grindfather."

    More than that, though, Dave Joerger's club had also dropped two of its first three games this season against its Wednesday night opponents, the Houston Rockets, and the Grizz certainly didn't want to cede the head-to-head tiebreaker to James Harden and company, who entered Wednesday's action sitting just 1 1/2 games behind Memphis for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.

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    In this case, two out of three wasn't good:

    Z-Bo on the no-call drive: "I don’t remember. He gets so many fouls, Which one? He gets every one. That boy gets every call." Well, almost.

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  • Tyler Zeller's game-winning buzzer-beating layup pushes Celtics past Jazz

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    Wednesday night's matchup between the Boston Celtics and surging Utah Jazz featured 47-plus minutes of so-ugly-only-a-mother-could-love-it offense, but man, did those last few seconds make up for it.

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    Boston held an eight-point lead after an Isaiah Thomas jumper with 2:17 to go, but the Jazz stormed back, ripping off a 9-2 run to draw within one at 83-82 in the final minute. Celtics swingman Jae Crowder saw a potential cushion-providing layup swatted at the tin by Utah monster Rudy Gobert, but Jazz point man Trey Burke couldn't convert a short runner that would have given Utah the lead with 9.6 seconds remaining. But Utah retained control after the ball went out of bounds, giving Quin Snyder's crew another chance to take the lead.

    The first-year head coach put the ball in the hands of his max-money forward, and Gordon Hayward made a play:

    There was just one problem: the Celtics, led by Hayward's former college coach at Butler, Brad Stevens, had 1.7 seconds and a timeout left.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Kevin Garnett making an on-court impact

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 14 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: 1500ESPN.com. Steve McPherson breaks down the defensive impact that Kevin Garnett has had on the Minnesota Timberwolves since returning at the trade deadline, showcasing some of the subtle things that the future Hall of Famer can still do defensively at elite levels, even at 38 years of age.

    PF: Bucksketball. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last seven games and looked particularly dismal offensively since swapping Brandon Knight for Michael Carter-Williams. What exactly has been going on in Wisconsin since the All-Star break? Jeremy Schmidt takes a deep breath, holds his nose and dives in.

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  • Report: Grizzlies suspended Tony Allen for practice altercation with Nick Calathes

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    Dave Joerger's announcement prior to the Memphis Grizzlies' Tuesday meeting with the Utah Jazz that shooting guard Tony Allen would miss the game while serving a one-game suspension for "violating team policy" came as something of a surprise, engendering plenty of speculative conversation as to what sort of transgression led to Allen's benching. The answer came Wednesday morning, after the short-handed Grizzlies' 93-82 loss to the visiting Jazz, from Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

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    ESPN.com's Marc Stein later soft-pedaled the nature of the skirmish:

    ESPN sources say practice confrontation between Grizz teammates Tony Allen and Nick Calathes, while heated, did not rise to "physical" level

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  • Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (kind of) performs 'Billie Jean' at karaoke

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    Sure, Shane Battier might have retired after the 2013-14 season to become a broadcaster, but that doesn't mean he's stopped pursuing his true passion — hosting karaoke events to raise money for charity. Nor does it mean that his former Miami Heat teammates — or, notably in this case, his head coach — will stop getting their vocalization on for a good cause.

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    He may , however, need to adapt his process when it comes to non-marching-in-place-related dance moves:

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    Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

  • Wizards on Ted Leonsis/Martin Luther King Jr. tribute: 'We may have missed the mark'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    The Washington Wizards raised some eyebrows last weekend when they capped their "Inspire" social media campaign — the team's chosen method of celebrating Black History Month — by posting a somewhat offputting split-screen image of owner Ted Leonsis alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on their official Facebook page:

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    More a "look over the whole body of work"/"sorry, not sorry" sort of thing than an actual apology — and the Wiz have left up the King/Leonsis joint quote image — but the issue's been addressed, I guess. Okey-doke.

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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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