Dan Devine

  • LeBron's missed free throws help Harden win MVP duel as Rockets edge Cavs in OT

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    For the second time in four days, LeBron James went head-to-head with a fellow MVP candidate leading a Western Conference contender. But while he dominated Thursday's matchup with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, on Sunday, Houston Rockets star James Harden matched him step-for-step in a rough-and-tumble contest that featured 13 ties and 11 lead changes, and came down to the final seconds of overtime.

    And on this particular occasion, the most gifted player in the game found himself bedeviled at the worst time by an uncontested 15-footer.

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    But James, who had struggled from the line all day, found no charity at the stripe, missing them both — making him just 3-for-11 from the foul line on the day — and prompting ABC play-by-play man Mike Tirico to exclaim, "Are you kidding me?" as Harden corralled the miss.

    Way to trick it off today Bron!

    "I'm a warrior," he said, smiling.

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  • Markieff Morris laments lack of 'home-court advantage' after Suns' blowout loss

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    The Phoenix Suns missed out on a chance to make up some ground in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference on Saturday, failing to capitalize on Friday's loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder — an especially costly one, as it featured an injury to Russell Westbrook that will keep the star point guard sidelined for a week — in particularly dismal fashion, finding themselves on the business end of a 101-74 stomping by the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

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    Bryan Gibberman of ArizonaSports.com has the full four-minute audio clip of Morris' postgame comments:

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  • Derrick Rose starts post-surgery rehab, confident in return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose began rehabilitation work Saturday, just one day after undergoing surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, and is reportedly fully on-board with the Bulls' stated timeline of a four-to-six-week recovery period that would allow the former NBA Most Valuable Player to return to the court before the end of the regular season.

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    Something would have to go very unexpectedly wrong during Rose's rehab for him not to play for Bulls this season.

    Here's hoping that, this time around, the other shoe never actually drops.

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  • Former NBA standout Anthony Mason dies at 48

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Anthony Mason, the rugged forward whose toughness and relentlessness fueled his journey from afterthought to NBA All-Star, died early Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack and being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. He was 48.

    Eddie Mata, who interviewed Mason as part of his "Where Are They Now In Sports" video series, reported that Mason passed away at 2:36 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News and ESPN New York's Ian Begley subsequently confirmed the 13-year NBA veteran's passing. 

    With the likes of Caldwell Jones, Jerome Kersey and Mark Bryant entrenched up front in Portland, there wasn't much room for Mason to crack the Blazers' rotation, so he spent his first pro overseas, playing for Turkish club Efes Pilsen.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring what it's been like to be Larry Sanders

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 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: ESPN.com. A fascinating read from Kevin Arnovitz on what's been going on with Larry Sanders — what precipitated his December departure from the Milwaukee Bucks, how his substance abuse suspension short-circuited a grand statement the young big man aimed to make, how he pushed for a buyout against his representatives' advice, what led him to his first-person explanation, and so much more.

    9th: RealGM. Brett Koremenos goes deep on the nature of play-calling in the NBA, and we get smarter as a result. Coaching!

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  • Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving out vs. Pacers after MRI reveals left shoulder strain

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out of Friday's meeting with the Indiana Pacers after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a left shoulder strain.

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    UPDATE: The Cavs also announced that LeBron James will be held out of Friday's game for rest. Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com first reported the news. Cleveland has gone 2-8 in the 10 previous games James missed this season.

    It's not clear precisely when Irving suffered the injury, but he did begin favoring his shoulder after this drive with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter of Thursday night's nationally televised matchup with the Golden State Warriors:

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  • NBA to publish 'last two minutes' reports grading refs' late calls, non-calls

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Back in January 2014, after the NBA acknowledged that Monta Ellis got away with a closing-seconds foul on Austin Rivers that helped cost the New Orleans Pelicans a victory, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he loved that the league office was copping to missed calls, and not just because that particular one wound up working out in his favor.

    "I love the transparency," Cuban said. "Now if I could just get them to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes and 55 seconds, I'd really be making progress."

    Well, we're not quite there yet, but starting Monday, the range will be down to a scant 46 minutes. (Progress!)

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    From the league's Friday statement announcing the new initiative:

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  • Derrick Rose out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery; return this season expected

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Derrick Rose had successful surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters Friday morning. Forman termed the surgery "minor" — Rose reportedly walked out of the hospital bearing his full weight on his own following the outpatient meniscectomy — and estimated the star point guard's recovery timeline at four to six weeks.

    "We expect Derrick to be playing this season," Forman said.

    Rose will begin "aggressive" rehabilitation on Saturday.

    Where Rose goes from there, of course, stands as an open, fascinating question.

    Forman downplayed the likelihood of immediate pain issues related to the meniscectomy:

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  • Earl Lloyd, first African-American to play in NBA game, dies at 86

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, the first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, died Thursday. He was 86 years old.

    Lloyd was one of three African-American pioneers to break into the NBA in 1950. Chuck Cooper became the first black player drafted by an NBA team, selected in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, seven rounds before the Washington Capitols picked Lloyd. Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, a former Harlem Globetrotter, became the first African-American player to sign a full NBA contract, joining the New York Knicks on May 24.

    But on Oct. 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, suiting up for Washington against the Rochester Royals, scoring six points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in a 78-70 loss. Both Cooper and Clifton would see their first NBA game action less than a week later.

    "It's amazing how a scheduling quirk can change your whole life," Lloyd once said.

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  • Derrick Rose to undergo surgery Friday, Bulls optimistic for return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday morning to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday. While the club won't lay out a timetable for the injured point guard's recovery until after team physician Dr. Brian Cole actually performs the procedure, Bulls brass sure sounded optimistic Thursday about the possibility that we haven't seen the last of the former MVP this season.

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    From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

    John Paxson on possibility of Rose coming back this year: "The hope is that he will."

    Bulls President Michael Reinsdorf refused to speculate on timetable but did say: "We’re hoping this is just a minor setback."

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