Dan Devine

  • Goran Dragic has really got to stop fouling dudes with his face

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    At this point, I think we can safely say that Goran Dragic's face is an elbow magnet.

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    Late in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Dragic found himself tasked with trying to slow down a Raptor break. He chose to do so by stepping in the path of Toronto All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, who tried to steer around him with a Euro-step that ... well, didn't quite get clear of the stationary defender:

    Most amazing: despite the primary contact on the play being DeRozan's right elbow smashing Dragic in the face, it was the Heat player who was called for a blocking foul, his third of the opening half. Talk about adding insult to the very evident injury of bleeding from the mouth as you walk off the court.

    Actually, that's not the most amazing part. Really, it's that this is the third time this season that Dragic has found himself on the business end of some inadvertent, but still quite painful, chop-bustin'.

    Gaaaaaaaaaaahhhh.

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  • Kyle Lowry's got no time for dap, Air Canada Centre security guard

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    After a miserable Game 1 that led to him shooting at the Air Canada Centre for hours after the Toronto Raptors' loss in pursuit of whatever it is that he's lost, how locked in was All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry before Thursday's Game 2 against the Miami Heat? "Leave your man the security guard hanging" locked in:

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    If Lowry carries that kind of focus and blow-by-ability into his matchup with the Heat defense, the Raptors could be in really good shape to get even in the best-of-seven series. It's like my grandfather always said: Sometimes, in order to get back to 1-1, you've got to hurt a security guard's feelings.

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  • The 5 most fun matchups left in the 2016 NBA playoffs (Video)

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    After an opening round of the 2016 playoffs that was bloated with blowouts, we're on to the conference semifinals, drawing us ever closer to the marquee matchups that make the postseason the most wonderful time of the year. Here are the five matchups still on the board that would make Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine oh so happy to see over the next few weeks.

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    Which conference finals and NBA Finals matchups would you most like to see? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below.

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  • 'Class' dismissed: Cavs owe no apology for hunting 3-point record

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago

    You're not going to believe this, but it seems like the Atlanta Hawks did not particularly enjoy getting absolutely strafed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Sure, the Hawks' wonderful Twitter account was able to find the gallows humor in being on the receiving end of an NBA-record 25 3-pointers, but apparently, the players on the court and on the receiving end of the bombs-away beatdown didn't find Cleveland's pursuit of net-scorching history quite so amusing.

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    In the locker room after the loss, Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap said he was "speechless" over the Cavaliers' unbelievable shooting effort. Apparently, that didn't extend to a conversation with Cavs beat writer Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group:

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  • 'Stop talking s***': Oakley rips Barkley after Cavs-Hawks Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    Well, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks wasn't exactly competitive, but NBA fans eager for something a bit spicier than 3-point dominance and social media self-deprecation got some bonus beef broiling on Wednesday evening — and this particular cut was aged to perfection.

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    It begins with Charles Barkley's assertion on TNT's "Inside the NBA" broadcast that the Hawks, at some point during their absolute pasting in a record-setting long-distance performance by the Cavs, should have gotten much more physical and nastier:

    "I've got to vent," Barkley said to host Ernie Johnson. "The Atlanta Hawks got to take somebody out, Ernie."

    "Touch 'em up or take 'em out?" Johnson asked.

    "Take 'em out ," Barkley answered.

    "Come on, man, you can't say that on national TV," Shaquille O'Neal added. "You can't hurt nobody, Chuck."

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  • Stephen Curry had platelet-rich plasma treatment on his right knee

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In an attempt to speed up his return to the Golden State Warriors' lineup, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment on the right knee he sprained during the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:

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    Warriors general manager Bob Myers declined to comment on whether or not Curry had undergone PRP therapy during a Tuesday interview on 95.7 The Game.

    "Did you ask him? Did you guys ask him? I'm not answering your question," he joked. "You've got to ask him, man. I know the answer to your question, but it's not my body and it's not me."

    Curry, however, confirmed it himself on Tuesday, before the Warriors' come-from-behind Game 2 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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  • Kyle Lowry's prayer forces OT, but Heat recover to take Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The first game of the second round of the playoffs had been yet another miserable evening for Kyle Lowry. Just 2-for-11 from the field against the Miami Heat, looking dispirited by his continuing inability — whether due to the elbow injury that's plagued him since late March, the looming menace of Hassan Whiteside in the paint, creeping doubt between his ears, or all of the above — to knock down shots like the All-NBA-caliber offense-generator who led the Toronto Raptors to the best season in franchise history. Worse than not making shots, he was turning them down, seeming invisible on both ends as counterpart and former teammate Goran Dragic ran roughshod on Toronto to help put Miami in line to steal home-court advantage.

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    Ross made his first free throw but missed his second, and Toronto fouled Heat center Hassan Whiteside to send him to the line. He missed his first and made the second, giving the Heat a three-point lead with three seconds remaining, giving Toronto one more chance to get level ... and giving Lowry one more chance to make something happen.

  • NBA cops to 5 missed calls in crazy finish to Spurs-Thunder Game 2

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    So, that finish to Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder was totally insane, huh? In case you somehow missed it, let's revisit the madness one more time:

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    After Dion Waiters' forearm shiver to the chest of Manu Ginobili created enough space to inbound the basketball, allowing one of the most ridiculous and crazy sequences in recent NBA memory to unfold, a great many of us tried to figure out what the hell we had just watched, what the hell was and wasn't called, and what the hell should and shouldn't have been called.

    "I don't know what it is, to tell you the truth, what type of violation that is," Ginobili said after the game. "It's got to be something."

    The end of game inbound foul in #OKCvsSAS was one we've never seen before & we missed it. We'll incorporate this in training moving forward.

    Let 'er rip:

    So, five incorrect no-calls in 13.5 seconds. Not great, Bob!

    That seems weird:

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  • Report: Chris Bosh, Heat 'at a crossroads' over his health, return

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Chris Bosh hasn't suited up for the Miami Heat since early February, missing the last 37 games after pulling out of the All-Star Game amid concerns related to another round of the frightening blood-clotting problems that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season. But while the Heat continue to list him as out indefinitely, the 32-year-old All-Star hasn't given up hope of returning at some point during Miami's playoff run ... and it sounds like the difference of opinion between the two parties about a prospective return to the court might be getting messy.

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    That's not where Bosh wants to be. He's continued to travel with the team, continued to work out, posting Snapchat videos about how much he misses the game and how he's "still got it":

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  • Hawks push Cavaliers late, but LeBron pushes back to take Game 1

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

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    LeBron James capped his postgame interview with TNT's Lewis Johnson with seven simple words: "All right, I'm going to lay down." He'd earned the rest, but that he'd needed to expend so much energy late despite his team holding an 18-point third-quarter lead suggests that these Atlanta Hawks aren't interested in a second straight meek postseason exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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    The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player checked just about every box on Monday, finishing with 25 points on 11-for-21 shooting, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals in 40 1/2 minutes to lead the Cavs to a 104-93 win that gives Cleveland a 1-0 lead over visiting Atlanta in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    The Cavs needed those looks, because Atlanta fought back from an awful offensive start to push Cleveland late.

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