Dan Devine

  • Paul George is ready to go 48 minutes to keep the Pacers alive

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago

    Through five games, the Indiana Pacers have outscored the Toronto Raptors by 26 points in 189 minutes with Paul George on the floor. They have been outscored by 29 points in 51 minutes with George sitting. Other factors have helped determine success or failure in their first-round playoff series — stuff like Kyle Lowry's iffy shot-making (and possibly balky elbow) and random acts of Ian Mahinmi — but for the most part, it's been that simple: the seventh-seeded Pacers' chances of upsetting the deeper and better (if somewhat scrambled and not-quite-world-beating) No. 2 Raptors go away when George goes to the bench.

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    "He looked pretty gassed at the end of the third," Vogel said. "We had a decent lead that I thought we could hold up. That lead stayed around 11, I think, until around the nine-minute mark, and then we were ready to get him back in."

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  • BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Spurs vs. Thunder

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    How They Got Here

    • San Antonio : Kelly Dwyer gave you the Spurs' story heading into the postseason — offense reorganized around Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, far and away the league's best defense, the persistent presence of future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, etc. They kept rolling in Round 1, manhandling the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies in a four-game sweep with an average margin of victory of 22 points.

    Despite that inevitable outcome, though, San Antonio didn't always look quite as dominant as expected. The Spurs dished assists less frequently and turned the ball over more frequently than they did during the regular season; grabbed a lower share of available rebounds on both ends; and allowed more points off turnovers, on second-chance opportunities and on the fast break. Leonard looked tremendous, averaging 21.5 points and nearly six combined blocks/steals per game, and Aldridge was typically tough to stop, but by and large, the Spurs looked more "significantly better than Memphis" than "abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

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  • Courtney Lee keeps the faith, stuns Heat to give Hornets 3-2 lead

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    You know, for a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Courtney Lee sure seems to be a pretty important offensive rebounder.

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    Two nights after grabbing a crucial carom of a Kemba Walker miss with four seconds left to help ice the Charlotte Hornets' Game 4 win to even their first-round playoff series with the Miami Heat at two games apiece, Lee once again found himself in the right place at the right time. This time, though, he didn't just hold the Heat off; he put them down himself.

    Miami still had a chance to even things up or take the lead, but Charlotte proved equal to the task on the final Heat possession:

    Wade caught the deflected ball, took a dribble, and tried to go right back up with it, only to go smack into the chest of Zeller, lose the ball on the way up, and hit the deck in a heap. No whistles blew. The ball landed in Walker's hands, and Dragic had to foul, stopping the clock with 2.6 seconds left.

    And limber. Grateful, and limber.

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  • The Kings really are paying for fans' tattoos of their new logos

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings received widespread praise on Tuesday for unveiling a sharp new set of logos as part of a franchise rebrand that will include new uniforms for the Kings to wear when they begin playing in their brand new arena this fall. But do you like the new logos, or do you, like, like-like the new logos?

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    For fans who fall in the latter camp, the Kings made a special and fairly off-beat offer on Tuesday: get one of our new logos tattooed on your body, and we'll pay for it.

    There are restrictions, of course — the deal's being extended on a first-come, first-served basis for a limited time period on Wednesday, and only at five participating tattoo parlors — but there were plenty of fans eager to take the Kings up on the offer:

    Fans lined up early for new logo tattoos! #NewEraOfProud pic.twitter.com/EkuzRYn6e1

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  • Jordan on HB2: Hornets 'opposed to discrimination in any form'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    One week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver clarified the league's willingness to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if North Carolina legislators do not overturn a controversial new state law that reverses a Charlotte ordinance that had expanded rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan said Tuesday that his franchise remains "opposed to discrimination in any form."

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    From Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer:

    If Jordan's statement sounds familiar, it's probably because it's the same one the Hornets organization tendered last month after the passing of House Bill 2:

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  • Drake takes, deletes Instagram shot at Paul George after Game 5

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Sometimes, after a big win, you can get a little too charged up.

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    During Tuesday's pivotal Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre, hip-hop megastar and Raptors team ambassador Drake got involved in the action from his courtside seats. With the Raps in the midst of a monster fourth-quarter comeback from a 17-point deficit and the Pacers self-destructing due to turnovers and missed shots, Indiana guard Rodney Stuckey just straight-up lost control of the basketball in front of Drake's seat, dove to try to corral it, and stepped out of bounds, giving the ball back to Toronto down by five with just over seven minutes remaining.

    Drake was, um, pretty excited about that.

    Y'know, turnovers just seem to have a way of happening around Drake.

    Drizzy also appeared to have some words for Pacers superstar Paul George after an Indiana miss:

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  • Solomon Hill's game-tying 3 comes late, gives Raps huge Game 5 win

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Once again, the Toronto Raptors seemed to have no answers for Paul George. Once again, Dwane Casey's club looked tight and tentative, facing a double-digit deficit entering the fourth quarter and looking to be in real danger of heading back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse needing a win over a confident and comfortable Indiana Pacers team to stave off elimination.

    But then, finally, the tide turned ... and in the closing seconds, this time, Toronto got the break for which its fans had been praying.

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    After a rampaging fourth-quarter comeback to erase what had been a 17-point Pacer advantage, Toronto held a three-point lead. Monta Ellis' drive for a layup got swallowed up by Raptors reserve Bismack Biyombo, but the Pacers retained possession with 2.7 seconds left, giving them a chance to tie with a 3-pointer ... and they very, very nearly did.

    The key word, of course, being "appeared."

    Could not be any closer pic.twitter.com/0kGfQq4MTq

    In this instance, though, there wouldn't be any hero.

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  • Draymond offers sharp reply to odd question about Houston flood

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    After helping lead the Golden State Warriors to a decisive Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets following the loss of reigning MVP Stephen Curry to a sprained right knee, forward Draymond Green faced an awkward question from a reporter attempting to conflate the Warriors' success against the Rockets with the dangerous flooding resulting from torrential downpours that has besieged Houston over the past week. Green did not appreciate the line of questioning.

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    "Draymond, here is an interesting question," the reporter began. "So, last year, you visit us. Game 3, there's no flood — you win. Game 4, there's flood — you lose. This year, you visit us. Game 3, there's a flood — you win. Game 3, there's no flood — you ... uh, no, Game 3, there's flood, you lose. Game 4, there's no flood, you win, so ..."

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  • Here are the Sacramento Kings' new, old-school-flavored logos

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Sacramento Kings on Tuesday became the latest NBA team to launch into a full-scale rebrand, unveiling brand new logos that will soon be joined by brand new uniforms in time for the team to move into its brand new home, the Golden 1 Center, for the start of the 2016-17 season this October.

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    Let's have a look at the logos, which offer a new spin on an old look:

    If the primary logo looks familiar to you, it's probably because you remember what the original Kings (and, before that, Cincinnati Royals) logo looked like:

    The new Kings logo ties back to the great old one. pic.twitter.com/5e6tARvssV

    Or maybe it's just that you're doing a headstand and like video games from the 1980s.

    (Those elements, it seems, are crowns, basketballs and Sacramento. Which, y'know: pretty good!)

  • Raptors GM writes 'leave work early' note for fans ahead of Game 5

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Game 5 of the first-round series between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers is a really important game because Indy tied the best-of-seven up at two games apiece on Saturday, and because NBA teams that win Game 5 have gone on to win the series 85 percent of the time (and nearly 89 percent of the time in the opening round of the postseason). Despite the significant stakes of the contest, though, Game 5 will tip off at the odd hour of 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers sweeping the Detroit Pistons, the presence of another Eastern time zone game — Game 5 between the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics — and the vicissitudes of the schedule:

    Raps-Pacers Game 5 is 6 pm Tues. With 2 games in East, it was 6 or 8:30. They got 6. Deal with it. Or don't

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