Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring John Wall's ascent

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 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: Prada's Pictures. Wonderful work from Mike Prada on how John Wall has shredded the Toronto Raptors and, now, Atlanta Hawks by not only taking what their defenses give him, but making sure they give him something good: "The reason The Old John Wall Scouting Report doesn't work anymore is because Wall has learned how to avoid worst-case scenarios."

    PF: ESPN.com. After watching the Hawks cede home-court advantage to the road-warrior Wizards on Sunday, Kevin Arnovitz wonders why Mike Budenholzer won't unleash his dominant starting five, even now that we've reached May.

  • Mike Conley upgraded to questionable for Warriors-Grizzlies Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    After missing his team's loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has been upgraded from "doubtful" to "questionable" for Tuesday's Game 2, increasing his chances of suiting up for the Grizz a week and a half after suffering a facial fracture that required surgical repair and left his face badly bruised and swollen.

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  • Isiah Thomas is taking over the WNBA's New York Liberty, which is stunning

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago

    As of Tuesday morning, the WNBA's New York Liberty didn't have a president of basketball operations, with senior VP Kristin Bernert acting as the team's top-ranking decision-maker. The Liberty are owned by the Madison Square Garden Corporation, chaired by one James L. Dolan, who has in the past shown a very defined preference when hiring basketball executives. So Tuesday's news shouldn't come as a shock, even though it remains absolutely stunning:

    Sources: Isiah Thomas has been named President of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas will also have part ownership of the team.

    I mean ... he's just never going away, is he?

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    "To me, basketball is basketball," Thomas said in the team's statement. "These women are outstanding athletes who want to compete for a championship in New York. I look forward to this challenge — not just to win a title, but also to help broaden the team’s fanbase.”

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  • Bulls take fight to Cavs, take Game 1 on the road behind Rose, Gasol, Butler

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    After giving the underdog Milwaukee Bucks some life with lacking late-game defense and a failure to finish through a forest of limbs, the Chicago Bulls decided to quit messing around in their Game 6 destruction of their younger counterparts. Facing another Central Division foe in a second-round matchup that they've been waiting for since July, the Bulls clearly didn't feel much like messing around Monday, either.

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  • Chris Paul out for Rockets-Clippers Game 1 with strained left hamstring

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Monday night, Clippers coach Doc Rivers announced during his pre-game media availability about an hour and a half before tipoff.

    Paul suffered a strained left hamstring during the first quarter of Game 7 in the Clippers' first-round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night:

    Paul joked after the game that he would "be living with" the Clippers' training staff between the final buzzer Saturday and Monday night's tipoff in Houston, but evidently, his hamstring hasn't progressed enough for Rivers to feel comfortable plugging him back into the lineup on such short rest:

    Chris Paul is not playing, per Doc Rivers "I just don't think he's healthy enough to play," Rivers said

    "I don't think the risk is worth it. ...They were going to have change my mind." - Doc Rivers

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 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 5 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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