- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that point guard Steve Blake has been "diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow," and is "expected to be out a minimum of six weeks," dealing a major blow to a Lakers team already struggling with backcourt injuries and working to reintegrate recently returned shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
While there's some discrepancy in reports of when exactly Blake sustained his injury — the team statement says that it happened "in the second half of the Lakers vs. [the Sacramento Kings] game on November 24," but Blake himself said Thursday it took place "on the road against [the Washington Wizards," according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin — we've known that Blake's not 100 percent for nearly two weeks now. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported on Dec. 2 that the point guard had been dealing with a hyperextended right elbow.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
LeBron, Durant lead 1st round of 2014 All-Star Game vote; Kobe leads West guards despite 2 games playedDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
The NBA released the first returns in fan voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, with LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leading the pack as the top vote-getters to represent their respective conferences in New Orleans.
James, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP, leads all vote-getters with 609,336 votes. Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champion (and if you go by overall points scored rather than points per game, he's been the game's top scorer four years straight) and its current leading scorer, is second with 607,407 votes.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
We told you back in September that the Nikes worn by Michael Jordan during his legendary "Flu Game" — Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals, in which an applesauce-fueled Jordan fought off a 103-degree fever en route to 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a game-clinching 3-pointer to push his Chicago Bulls past the Utah Jazz — were about to hit the auction block. Well, the bidding concluded early Thursday morning, and former Jazz ball boy Preston Truman — the applesauce-provider and post-game recipient of the autographed kicks, which he kept under lock and key all these years — finds himself quite a bit better-heeled this Thursday afternoon as a result.Fri, Dec 135:30 PM PSTChicago at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Maybe you don't think the Utah Jazz welcoming Marvin Williams back to the lineup after he'd missed four games with right foot inflammation is quite as big a story as the Los Angeles Lakers activating Kobe Bryant after nearly eight months on the shelf due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Allow the crew at Jazz Game Night to change your mind with a brief video presentation:Fri, Dec 136:00 PM PSTUtah at DenverPreview Game
Zach Randolph gives lucky young fan the shirt off his back during Grizzlies’ loss to Thunder (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
There wasn't much for Memphis Grizzlies fans to cheer for on Wednesday night. They watched the hometown team get smoked like brisket by the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 116-100, behind a huge night from Russell Westbrook (27 points on 12 shots, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals in 27 1/2 minutes). They knew the boys in white and blue were just about powerless to stop it, thanks to injuries keeping the likes of Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis out of the lineup. All that OKC talent and all those missing Memphis pieces combined for what Marv Albert might call "extensive gar- bajj time" and the Grizzlies dipping back below .500.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTMemphis at New OrleansPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Here's the thing about Stephen Curry: Even when you've spent three quarters shadowing him with a variety of on-ball defenders and showing him multiple schematic looks, enticing him to set up comparatively low-risk post-ups to David Lee or feed misfiring teammates like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes (a combined 7 for 26 through 36 minutes), and flustering him into eight turnovers in the process, you've still got to put him far enough in your rear-view mirror that one shot, taken at the game's most pivotal moment, won't matter. Because Stephen Curry will hit that shot, if you give him the opportunity to do so.
The Dallas Mavericks, for all the fine work they did on Wednesday, gave him that opportunity, and it burned them.
Kyrie Irving loses Pablo Prigioni on the crossover-and-3, drops 37 + 11 in Cavs’ win over Knicks (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
A great many New York Knicks fans (this one included) have spent at least some time over the past two seasons pleading with head coach Mike Woodson to give more playing time to Pablo Prigioni. The backup point guard is arguably the lone unselfish/pass-first player on the Knicks' roster and, when he has seen the floor, has seemed the team's sole tether to the two point guards/Carmelo Anthony at power forward/space the floor, share the ball and bomb 3-pointers identity that propelled the Knicks to 54 wins and the second round of the playoffs last season, but has been in very short supply through New York's miserable start to the 2013-14 campaign.Fri, Dec 134:30 PM PSTNew York at BostonPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Back in March, Turner Sports analyst Chris Webber had a bit of fun during NBA TV's weekly "Fan Night" broadcast — they tend to get loose on Fan Night — by highlighting an Indiana Pacers fan who didn't seem too keen on sharing his ice cream with the young lady to his right. Lest we forget:Fri, Dec 134:00 PM PSTCharlotte at IndianaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Kobe Bryant's still working his way back into form, shape and rhythm after nearly eight months on the shelf following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. But while the 35-year-old Mamba very clearly has a long way to go before he resembles the All-Star offensive performer he was before his injury, he showed during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' Tuesday matchup with the Phoenix Suns that he's still capable of taking you baseline off the bounce if you crowd him too much.
Head's up, P.J. Tucker:
Bryant bodies Tucker up, gives him a little shoulder shove to create separation, then makes his move, seals Tucker off, gets up and shows us that throwing down isn't just reserved for practice. Sure, it's only two points, but Kobe stuffing one is still a sight for sore eyes ... and after all that time away, you'd have to imagine that it felt pretty good.Fri, Dec 136:00 PM PSTSacramento at PhoenixPreview Game
The 10-man rotation, starring Spencer Hawes becoming ‘one of the top perimeter threats in basketball’Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 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: Hoop76. This is not a drill, people: "Spencer Hawes is attempting more 3-pointers per game than Ray Allen, and he’s hitting them at a higher rate." Tom Sunnergren explores how the Philadelphia 76ers center has become an honest-to-goodness offensive weapon, whether Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie should flip Hawes while his value is (or at least figures to be) at an all-time high or hang onto a surprisingly intriguing modern-NBA player, and more.