Dan Devine

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 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 3 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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  • Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) questionable for Hawks-Cavaliers Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers listed point guard Kyrie Irving as questionable for 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 as he continues to struggle with the left knee tendinitis that has plagued him for the past couple of weeks.

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

    There's a flip-side to that, though, as laid out by longtime friend of BDL Tas Melas of The Starters:

    Speaking of feelings ...

    Feeling in locker room is Kyrie Irving won't play

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs 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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    Third Team

  • 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 1 day 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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  • TNT crew pays tribute to Craig Sager with garish suits for Hawks-Cavs Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For the second straight year, the NBA playoffs have missed the inimitable splash of color provided by Craig Sager. The legendary sideline reporter's sartorial splendor and genteel demeanor were absent last spring, as he underwent treatment for acute leukemia, and have been gone this spring as well, as his return to work in March was cut short due to the return of his illness.

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  • Kawhi, Draymond, Allen, CP3, DeAndre make 2015 NBA All-Defensive First Team

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Hey, Tony Allen, where did you think you'd end up in the All-Defensive Team voting this year again?

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    Right you are, "Grindfather." Right you are.

    The score-stopping Memphis Grizzlies guard was named to the 2014-15 All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday, marking his third career appearance on the NBA's top defensive squad and his fourth All-Defensive nod overall, including a Second Team berth after the 2010-11 season.

    He's joined on the First Team by Defensive Player of the Year winner Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and DPoY runner-up Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors in the forward slots. Los Angeles Clippers bookends DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul round out the first five in the center and second guard spot.

    Congrats to the 10 Best defensive players in the league