Dan Devine

  • CP3's game-winning, series-ending shot pushes Clips past Spurs in Game 7 classic

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    It almost seemed impossible to imagine Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs actually living up to the hype. I mean, how do you write an ending worthy of six games that featured so much drama, such intensity and so much excellent play by both sides?

    Forty-eight minutes, 31 lead changes, 16 ties and one unforgettable performance later, I think it's safe to say we found a fitting conclusion.

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    The Clippers beat the Spurs, 111-109, at Staples Center on Saturday, with point guard Chris Paul hitting an absurdly tough game-winning runner over the outstretched arm of the great Tim Duncan with one second remaining:

    Paul made that drive, and that shot, on one leg.

    Hell, he played the last three quarters on one leg, after pulling up lame late in the first quarter with what the Clippers would call a strained left hamstring.

  • Chris Paul returns after leaving Clippers-Spurs Game 7 with left hamstring strain

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Los Angeles Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul left Game 7 of his team's opening-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs late in the first quarter after suffering a left hamstring injury.

    With L.A. trailing by one point in the do-or-die Game 7 and just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining, Paul stole the ball from Spurs big man Boris Diaw and began dribbling up the court. As he moved to his right, he reached back and grabbed the back of his left leg, but continued to push the ball. He stopped short at the 3-point arc to create space from San Antonio defender Patty Mills, pulled up and hit a 3-pointer to put the Clippers up 23-22.

    After DeAndre Jordan tied up Tim Duncan to force a jump ball on the ensuing possession, Paul left the game with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter. TNT's cameras showed him sitting with his head in his hands on the bench before heading back to the locker room with a trainer.

    He returned to the bench with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter, with the Clippers listing him as questionable to return with a left hamstring strain. He checked back into the game one minute later following a Clippers timeout.

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  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Previews: Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    How They Got Here

    • Atlanta : After rolling to the East's No. 1 seed, many of us (present company included) expected the Hawks to make short work of the Brooklyn Nets. Instead, they looked like a team that hadn't played many meaningful games over the season's final month and needed some time to rev up.

    • Washington: For the second straight spring, the Wizards began the playoffs on the road as the lower seed in the 4-vs.-5 matchup ... and kicked their hosts' teeth in.

    The only downside to the Wizards taking care of business so quickly is that they've had quite a layoff, with a full week passing between their last game and Sunday's series-opener. The week off likely helped vets like Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat, but it could leave what became a well-oiled machine looking a bit rusty come Sunday.

    Head-to-Head

    Likely Starting Lineups

    Matchups to Watch

    How Atlanta Could Win

    How Washington Could Win

    Prediction: Hawks in 6.

  • Bulls eliminate Bucks with historic 54-point beatdown, move on to face Cavs

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Coming off two straight losses that turned an expected sweep into a surprisingly tense affair, we wondered how the Chicago Bulls would respond in Thursday's Game 6. Would they continue to struggle with the Milwaukee Bucks' length, athleticism and grit? Or would they stop messing around and take Jason Kidd's young Bucks to school?

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    Our answer came quickly, as the Bulls made their first three shots to jump out to an 8-0 lead after just 68 seconds. It came decisively, as Chicago opened up an 11-point lead less than five minutes into the game, and led by 18 after the first quarter.

    It is the most lopsided loss the Bucks have ever suffered, topping a pair of 48-point defeats. Their 66 points were a franchise playoff low. And somehow, that's not even the worst of it:

    Oh, man. That just hurts your heart.

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  • Carmelo Anthony marches in Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, urges calm and patience

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Three days ago, Carmelo Anthony posted this photo to Instagram:

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    In the caption of the Instagram post, the New York Knicks All-Star forward — who was born in Brooklyn, but raised in West Baltimore — extended sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining a "significant spinal injury" while in the custody of Baltimore police after being apprehended on the morning of April 12 for reasons that remain unclear. He expressed frustration at how peaceful protests of the lack of answers from police as to how Gray sustained his spinal injury while in police custody boiled over into violence, looting and riots following Gray's funeral on Monday. He called for justice, for answers, for peace and for an end to the destruction of a community that had already suffered so much.

    On Thursday, 'Melo decided to send a different message.

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  • What to watch for in Thursday's NBA Playoffs Game 6s

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    We've got a pair of Game 6s on tap for Thursday, with one stumbling favorite looking to close out on the road and another trying to bounce back and force a Game 7 at home. Here's a look ahead at what to keep an eye on during this evening's action.

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    Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m. ET — Bulls lead, 3-2

    Can Michael Carter-Williams keep getting into the paint, and can Milwaukee keep stopping Chicago's guards when they do? The dual storylines in the Bucks' impressive Game 5 win were MCW finding consistent success attacking the Bulls off the bounce, and Milwaukee's array of impossibly long-armed defenders preventing Chicago's penetrating guards from converting looks at the tin. Both must continue on Thursday if Milwaukee's to take this thing the distance.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Jason Collins, what's changed and what hasn't

    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: Outsports. Jim Buzinski on the two-year anniversary of Jason Collins — now a colleague of ours at Yahoo Sports — coming out of the closet, and how little seems to have changed in the sporting landscape two years down the line.

    PG: SB Nation. Jon Bois uses "NBA 2K15" to present a dystopian futurescape in which all NBA players are immortal godlike beings. The results are predictably, wondrously bonkers.

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  • Horford, Teague, Carroll push Hawks to Game 5 win, take 3-2 lead on Nets

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks rolled up a franchise-record 60 wins behind a balanced attack, crisp ball movement, committed defense and widespread contributions to make up for the lack of a single dominant scorer. In desperate need of a win after dropping two straight games to the Brooklyn Nets, the Hawks got exactly that sort of everybody-chips-in performance, toppling the Nets 107-97 in Wednesday's Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series and move within one victory of advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

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    The Hawks outscored Brooklyn 17-8 after the Jack floater that made it 90-89, with the flip-side of the Jack coin — his struggles to hold up against quick guards on the defensive end — coming home to roost.

    ... and big drives ...

  • Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, out 4 to 6 months, officially done for season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers announced late Wednesday that power forward Kevin Love has undergone surgery to repair the dislocated left shoulder he suffered in a controversial tangle with the Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk during Game 4 of the two teams' opening-round playoff series on Sunday.

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    Love posted a photo to his Instagram account on Thursday morning to show fans that he's in good spirits after going under the knife:

    Tough break but I woke up feeling great this morning," Love wrote in the caption of his Instagram post. "Thank you everyone for the love and support. #GoCavs"

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  • Doc Rivers fined $25K after decrying 'brutal calls' against Clippers in Game 5 loss to Spurs

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    You can certainly understand the Los Angeles Clippers feeling frustrated after losing Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. It was their second loss in three games at Staples Center in this postseason, as they squandered the home-court advantage they worked so hard to gain during the regular season and regain in a Game 4 victory in Texas. It put them on the brink of elimination, staring down a do-or-die Game 6 at AT&T Center on Thursday.

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