- Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
For 17 seasons, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has overseen one of the most efficient and effective systems in recent NBA history. It seems that no matter who plugs into various roles, the Spurs continue to chug along and succeed, weathering retirements, injuries, and self-imposed absences to stay relevant past most reasonable expectations. Furthermore, while Popovich's teams once held reputations as collections of role-specific automatons, recent Spurs outfits have proven the ability to adjust the system to their particular strengths. What Pop and his assistants have done is extremely impressive.
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love has many great qualities, including top-rate rebounding and outside shooting for his size. For the most part, though, it's agreed that Love is not a very good defender. He typically fails to protect the rim, struggles in defending the pick and roll, and gets scored on often. Effort isn't necessarily the issue — it's possible that Love's lateral quickness and other issues keep him from being a plus defender.
Nevertheless, it was still pretty surprising to hear New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler say that Love can't play defense in a halftime interview during Wednesday's game between the two teams at Madison Square Garden (via EOB):Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTUtah at New YorkPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Atlanta Hawks shooter Kyle Korver is widely regarded as one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history, someone who puts the "special" in "specialist." We know this in part because he holds several records, including highest three-point shooting percentage in a single season (53.6 percent with the Utah Jazz in 2009-10). On December 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Korver earned headlines by making a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game, breaking a record set by Dana Barros with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics from 1994 to 1996.
And then it kept going. For 37 more games, Korver made at least one three-pointer, because that's just what he does. It seemed as if the streak might go on forever.Fri, Mar 74:00 PM PSTCleveland at CharlottePreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
This season, NBA fans have been treated to the rare sight of a foundering Los Angeles Lakers. The most consistently successful franchise in the history of the league has only missed out on the playoffs five times (one of which happened when they still played in Minneapolis). With a 21-40 record, a sidelined Kobe Bryant, and a questionably talented roster, it figures that this season will mark the sixth such occurrence.
Yet there is hope that the team's lottery stay will be brief. Kobe, ever the competitor, has said that the turnaround will be a quick one. In more concrete terms, it's been argued that the Lakers will obtain one of this summer's high-profile free agents to remake their roster for the future. They believe that the future will be bright, in part because the Lakers remain a marquee franchise and attractive destination.Fri, Mar 76:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at DenverPreview Game
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Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly become one of the most likable, fascinating, and downright fun players in the NBA. While he's still a work in progress, the Greek Freak has displayed varied skills and a consistently high motor. While this season has been a horrific one for the NBA-worst 12-47 Bucks, the franchise at least knows that they found one player who should be a part of their plans for some time.
Antetokounmpo's success has been all the more remarkable for the fact that he had arguably the greatest adjustment to NBA life of any player in his rookie class. The 19-year-old Athens native had never played above the second-tier of Greek professional basketball, wasn't even on NBA radars until a few months before the draft, and isn't done growing.Fri, Mar 75:00 PM PSTMilwaukee at New OrleansPreview Game
Russell Westbrook logged the second-fastest triple-double in NBA history in Thunder blowout of Sixers (Video)Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
During Kevin Durant's month-long evisceration of the NBA earlier this season, many observers wondered how the MVP candidate would respond once Russell Westbrook returned to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup. As Durant thrived with Westbrook recovering from knee surgery, the idea was floated that OKC might even have been better without their second star in the lineup. This suggestion was more than a little crazy. At his best, Westbrook is one of the most explosive, best offensive players in the league.
- Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
One of the more impressive things about LeBron James is his ability to silence critics. Throughout his career, analysts and fans have noted things that James could not or would not be able to do, only for the reigning MVP to prove them wrong or make such statements look like an increasingly embarrassing attempt to grasp at straws. LeBron is just that good.
On Monday night, James set a career-high and Miami Heat franchise-high by scoring 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats. The game has been the source of much discussion already, reigniting the MVP race with Kevin Durant and raising more questions about LeBron's place in NBA history.
- Ball Don't Lie3 days ago
The Los Angeles Lakers have found many ways to lose this season, entering Monday's road game against the Portland Trail Blazers having gone 6-31 from December 21 through February 26. Even so, Monday night's road game against the Portland Trail Blazers threatened to be one of the worst of the bunch. Holding a 97-86 lead with a bit over 7:00 left in regulation, the Lakers conceded 20 points and failed to score a field goal over a six-minute stretch to fine themselves down 106-105 with only 7.1 seconds on the clock.Fri, Mar 75:30 PM PSTPortland at DallasPreview Game
The NBA will donate all proceeds from Jason Collins jersey sales to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and GLSENBall Don't Lie6 days ago
Although Jason Collins hasn't yet been a member of the Brooklyn Nets for a full week, his impact has already been felt around the world of sports and beyond. As the first openly gay player in one of North America's four biggest professional sports leagues, Collins is both breaking barriers and attempting to prove that he can be a member of a team without complicating the locker room or serving as a negative distraction. So far, so good — the Nets are 2-1 in their three road games since Collins's Sunday debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, and nothing he has done makes him look like an oddity or unwelcome presence. He's the same Jason Collins who became familiar to basketball fans many years ago.Fri, Mar 74:30 PM PSTBrooklyn at BostonPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie7 days ago
LeBron James is one of the most fearsome players in the NBA, a man with the build of a tank, the athleticism of a cheetah, and the intelligence of the owl from that Tootsie Pop ad. Sometimes, it seems as if there's no way to stop him. How are other teams to deal with someone who can be so scary on the court?
Well, it turns out that the easiest way to make LeBron look ridiculous is by breaking his nose. After suffering the injury last week, James sat out against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday and was fitted for a protective mask for Thursday's home game against the New York Knicks. He debuted that mask, and it looks a little silly (screengrab via SB Nation):Fri, Mar 74:00 PM PSTMemphis at ChicagoPreview Game