Dan Devine

  • Dominant LeBron's near-triple-double leads Kyrie-less Cavs to 2-0 lead over Hawks

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    Most players would be really, really happy after scoring 31 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing six assists in a series-opening road win that stole home-court advantage in the conference finals. But LeBron James, as you might have heard, is not most players.

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    “In the fourth quarter, I played way too much isolation basketball, one-on-one basketball [with] a lot of the defenses set, and I was letting the clock run down way too much," James said after Game 1, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. "[...] “I’ll be more conscious about that in Game 2 if that opportunity presents itself."

    And we mean, like, really commanding:

    Of the 30 teams to begin an NBA best-of-seven series on the road and go up 2-0: 27 won the series, including 12 by sweep.

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  • Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (left knee sprain) to start Game 2 vs. Cavaliers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    DeMarre Carroll will occupy his normal slot at small forward in the Atlanta Hawks' starting lineup on Friday night for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, just two nights after suffering a left knee injury that had many fans fearing for the worst.

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    Carroll went down in apparent agony midway through the fourth quarter of the Hawks' Game 1 loss to the visiting Cavaliers:

    Carroll, Coach Bud and company will hope for a different outcome than the one the Rockets got at Oracle Arena. If nothing else, they'll be heading into battle with their full starting five intact, which has tended to be very good news for the Hawks throughout this franchise-record dream season.

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  • Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) out for Hawks-Cavaliers Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers announced point guard Kyrie Irving will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. The All-Star and newly minted All-NBA Third Teamer skipped Friday morning's shootaround and was examined by Dr. James Andrews as he continues to struggle with the left knee tendinitis that has plagued him for the past couple of weeks.

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    This will be only the eighth game that Irving has missed this season. Cleveland went 1-6 without him during the regular season.

    Irving seemed to tweak the knee while attacking the basket midway through the third quarter of Game 1:

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Stephen Curry getting on a roll

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 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: Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins on how Stephen Curry gets cranked up, and how hard it can be to slow him down once he does.

    PF: USA TODAY Sports. The backlash to Stephen Curry's daughter Riley being wonderful at a post-Game 1 press conference was dumb, as were debates surrounding whether there should have been some backlash were dumb, and none of it, from my perspective, deserved much actual thoughtful consideration. Sam Amick provided some anyway, and it resulted in a good column.

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  • Lakers GM: Kobe Bryant could retire after next season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    It's been a topic of conversation for years now. With so many accolades, championships and miles on his now twice-surgically-repaired legs — and a surgically repaired shoulder thrown in — when will Kobe Bryant decide to hang up his high tops and begin the long and well-deserved walk to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? According to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, the Mamba himself has said he expects to begin that journey after this coming season.

    (Always be selling, kids.)

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  • Rockets' Dwight Howard (left knee sprain) will play in Game 2 vs. Warriors

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will play in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Yahoo Sports NBA writer Marc J. Spears and subsequently confirmed by the Rockets. He had been listed as questionable after sustaining a sprained left knee during the Warriors' 110-106 win in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

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    Howard suffered the injury just past the midway point of the first quarter of Game 1 after a scary collision with teammate Josh Smith while pursuing a rebound:

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  • J.R. Smith thinks taking open shots is boring, which is perfect

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    There were plenty of reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference finals series against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, from LeBron James controlling the action to the tune of 31 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one emphatic game-sealing drive-and-dunk to the Hawks' long-range struggles (just 4-for-23 from 3-point land) and All-Star Atlanta forward Paul Millsap's tough night (13 points on 3-for-11 shooting).

    But for all intents and purposes, in the way we tend to remember these things, Cleveland won The J.R. Smith Game — the impossible to forecast but not altogether shocking night where the undeniably talented but roundly unpredictable swingman catches fire and reduces the opposition to ash with the flaming sword of his jumper.

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    Here's the thing, though: That is a shot J.R. takes. In fact, it's one he prefers taking.

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  • Curry, LeBron headline 2015 All-NBA First Team, featuring 3 first-timers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA announced its 2014-15 All-NBA teams on Thursday, with newly minted Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James ranking as the lone unanimous selections to this year's top squad, receiving First Team bids on all 129 ballots cast by sportswriters and broadcasters this season.

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    The Beard and the 'Brow were both very popular selections, as Harden received First Team votes on 125 of 129 ballots, while Davis appeared in the first five on 119 of the 129. Gasol, the Memphis All-Star who took a step forward on the offensive end early in the season before receding a bit as the campaign stretched on, received 65 of a possible 129 First Team votes to slot in at center and give the Grizzlies their first First Teamer in franchise history.

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  • DeMarre Carroll questionable for Game 2, MRI shows no structural damage to left knee

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    As they returned to work after conceding home-court advantage to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Atlanta Hawks got some good news on Thursday morning. The non-contact knee injury that starting small forward DeMarre Carroll suffered during the fourth quarter isn't as bad as many feared:

    Multiple sources tell me #Hawks feel there is no structural damage to DeMarre Carroll's knee. MRI today

    Good news on the DeMarre Carroll front: I'm told the Hawks SF has nothing structurally wrong with the left knee and is day to day.

    Good news on DeMarre Carroll: MRI reveals no structural damage, will be treated around the clock, per source. Should be listed as day to day

    DeMarre Carroll's MRI revealed bone bruise and no structural damage, league source tells @CBSSports. He's day -to-day.

    DeMarre Carroll has been diagnosed with a hyperextension of the left knee. No structural/ligament damage. Bone bruise. Questionable for G2.

    DeMarre Carroll is at Philips Arena and walking without crutches.

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  • DeMarre Carroll leaves Hawks-Cavs Game 1 after suffering left leg injury

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    DeMarre Carroll was the only member of the Atlanta Hawks starting five not to participate in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, but through the opening two rounds of the postseason, he's been the Hawks' leading scorer, best perimeter defender and, arguably, their best overall player. He entered the Eastern Conference finals expected to play a major role as Mike Budenholzer's primary defensive option against Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

    But Atlanta lost his services for the remainder of Game 1 — and perhaps longer — after he suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee with 4:59 remaining in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night:

    As Carroll drove to the basket in transition midway through the fourth quarter, he attempted to make a move and step past the defense of Cleveland swingman Iman Shumpert. He appeared to suffer the injury as soon as he stepped down and planted on his left leg, crumpling to the ground in evident pain.

    Get up

    Hope Carroll is ok.....

    Prayers up for the big bro Demarre Carroll 🙏🏿

    Hate to see that for Demarre

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