Dan Devine

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 9 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 14 hrs 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 โ€” 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 16 hrs 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 18 hrs 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 โ€” and perhaps longer โ€” 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 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ

    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 1 day 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

  • Wolves owner on prez/coach Flip Saunders: 'I think eventually I want a different coach'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After winning Tuesday's 2015 NBA draft lottery, the Minnesota Timberwolves will enter June's draft with the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to add another top-flight talent to a young core that already includes reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, high-flying guard Zach LaVine and passing wizard Ricky Rubio. But with the first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history on the way โ€” well, the first one the Wolves themselves will actually pick, having added 2014 top choice Wiggins and 2013 No. 1 Anthony Bennett in last summer's trade sending Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers โ€” could the new-look Wolves soon find themselves led by a new head coach?

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  • Minnesota Timberwolves win 2015 NBA draft lottery, Lakers leapfrog Knicks to No. 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Minnesota Timberwolves won the 2015 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night, earning the right to make the first overall selection in the NBA draft for the first time in franchise history.

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    The Timberwolves, who finished last season with a league-worst 16-66 record, entered the lottery with a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick, the best odds among any of the 14 teams in the running. But actually coming away with the top spot is something of an upset โ€” only three times in the previous 21 lotteries had the team that entered with the highest likelihood of taking the No. 1 spot actually come away with the first pick, and it hadn't happened since the Orlando Magic won the opportunity to select Dwight Howard back in 2004.

    Taylor demurred when asked which hole on the Minnesota roster he believed the No. 1 pick might fill.

    "We just want a young man that's got a great heart and a great mind," he said.

  • Carmelo Anthony is afraid of 'a cat,' and potentially multiple cats

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Carmelo Anthony took a brief break from DECLARING HIS COMMITMENT and having his leadership questioned by former teammates on Monday to visit Facebook's New York offices and participate in a rapid-fire question-and-answer session. 'Melo got through 18 fan questions in a minute, and while he hedged his bets on "Jay Z or Nas?" โ€” he went with "both," like someone who's still not sure if he thinks "Ether" was better than "Takeover" โ€” he was unequivocal on one major issue.

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    "What animal are you most afraid of?" Anthony asked himself. "... A cat."

    I think there's only one reasonable answer:

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