Eric Freeman

  • Deron Williams comes back to life with 35, Nets even series with Hawks

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams came into Game 4 of his team's first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks as one of the great disappoinments of the 2015 postseason. Once considered one of the three best point guards in the NBA, Willliams scuffled to two points (and and several game-deciding mistakes) in a Game 2 loss and just three points (plus a benching over the game-deciding final 16 minutes) in Brooklyn's otherwise impressive Game 3 victory. Monday's contest at the Barclays Center loomed as not just a chance for the Nets to even the series at 2-2, but a pivotal game in the three-time All-Star and max-contract player's career.

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  • Mike Conley leaves with apparent face injury as Grizzlies take 3-0 lead

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies achieved a great deal on Saturday night with a 115-109 win at the Portland Trail Blazers, opening up a 3-0 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series with a chance to complete the sweep on Tuesday. But it might have come at a cost.

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    Already nursing a limiting foot injury, star point guard Mike Conley left Game 3 with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter, shortly after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from Blazers guard C.J. McCollum. You can take a look at the play here:

    Conley went back to the locker room for attention and tests before being taken to a local medical center for further evaluation. ESPN cameras caught Conley holding a bloody towel to his face after his removal from the game:

    Mike Conley Jr. went into the locker room after taking an unintentional shot to the face. pic.twitter.com/92UuhTgCGZ

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  • Stephen Curry puts up 39 to lead Warriors sweep of Pelicans

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The best team of the NBA's regular season has moved on to the next round. After a thrilling and improbable comeback victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 3 on Thursday, the Golden State Warriors opened Saturday's Game 4 with arguably their finest stretch of the postseason. A sizable halftime lead turned into a blowout before the Pelicans made a slight fourth-quarter comeback in the hope of keeping their season alive, but the Warriors made enough plays late to finish off the sweep with a 109-98 win.

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  • Kawhi, Spurs throttle Clippers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The first-round matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs is still the only series in the NBA playoffs in which both teams have wins. But it looked a whole lot less competitive in Friday night's Game 3 at the AT&T Center.

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    The game started well for the Spurs, who scored 25 points in the opening 10 minutes behind a strong start from Leonard. However, that stretch was rare for a relatively low-scoring first half in which both teams struggled to make shots against defensive pressure. The Clippers had trouble scoring nearly across the board throughout the night, but the Spurs went for just 10 points from the 2:00 mark of the first quarter to the 3:30 mark of the second, turning a 25-13 advantage into a mere 35-31 lead at a time when they theoretically should have opened up a dominant first-half margin. The typical Spurs execution was not there, perhaps due to Tony Parker dealing with a litany of leg injuries that limited his movement to intermittent bursts.

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  • Paul Pierce buries Raptors again, Wizards hold on for 3-0 lead

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Toronto Raptors entered Friday's Game 3 of their first-round series with the Washington Wizards down 2-0 and in clear desperation mode. For much of the game, they looked like the team that wanted it more. But that's often not enough when the opponent has nearly every playmaker on the floor.

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    After a relatively quiet Game 2, Pierce returned to his efficient Game 1 scoring with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to give the Wizards an extra offensive weapon. With John Wall dominating proceedings for the second straight game, the Wizards were able to make enough plays in a tight game to grab a win at home and put themselves in fantastic position to close out this series very soon.

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  • Warriors finish late 20-point comeback with tying Curry 3, win shocker in OT

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Never count out the Golden State Warriors. Down 20 points at the start of the fourth quarter and 17 with 6:00 remaining in regulation, the Warriors fought back to tie the New Orleans Pelicans in the final seconds to send Game 3 of their first-round series to overtime. Golden State continued its strong play in the opening minutes of the extra period and held on during a late New Orleans push to come away with a shocking 123-119 win at the Smoothie King Center, opening up a 3-0 lead in the series. Given the form of this loss, it's an open question as to how much energy or will the Pelicans can muster when they face elimination in Saturday's Game 4.

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    The marquee moment of the game took place on the Warriors' final possession of regulation. Anthony Davis split a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to give the Pelicans a 108-105 lead, or small enough to give the Warriors a chance at the tie.

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  • Warriors storm back from 20 down, tie game on Curry 3, win shocker in OT

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Never count out the Golden State Warriors. Down 20 points at the start of the fourth quarter and 17 with 6:00 remaining in regulation, the Warriors stormed back to tie the New Orleans Pelicans in the final seconds to send Game 3 of their first-round series to overtime. Golden State continued their strong play in the opening minutes of the extra period and held on during a late New Orleans push come away with a shocking 123-119 win at the Smoothie King Center, opening up a 3-0 lead in the series. Given the form of this loss, it's an open question as to how much energy or will the Pelicans can muster when they face elimination in Saturday's Game 4.

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    The marquee moment of the game took place on the Warriors' final possession of regulation. Anthony Davis split a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to give the Pelicans a 108-105 lead, or small enough to give the Warriors a chance at the tie.

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  • Cavs hold Celtics at bay again, move within a win of first-round sweep

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The young Boston Celtics have held their own as massive underdogs against the contending Cleveland Cavaliers in their first-round playoff series. Unfortunately, that succession of moral victories still has the Celtics one loss from being swept out of the postseason.

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    Strong games from LeBron James and Kevin Love helped the Cavs withstand a rough outing from star point guard Kyrie Irving and come away with a 103-95 victory in Game 3 at TD Garden. The Celtics stayed close to the heavily favored Cavs for the third straight game and were within one but once again could not make enough plays late to come away with an upset victory. Cleveland now leads 3-0 and can close out the series in Sunday's Game 4 in Boston.

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    Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

  • Spurs outlast Clippers in very intense Game 2, even series at 1-1

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    When the first-round series of the 2015 NBA playoffs were set last week, everyone pointed to the matchup between the West's No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers and No. 6 San Antonio Spurs as the marquee event of the postseason's first few weeks. After only two games, it has not disappointed.

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    The Spurs bounced back from a rough Game 1 to defeat the Clippers 111-107 in overtime in Wednesday night's Game 2 at Staples Center. The Tim Duncan-era Spurs are now 8-0 in Game 2 of the first round after losing Game 1 in the same the series. This particular Game 2 was a terrific, very intense contest that speaks to the high level of play in this series and which only built up our anticipation for the rest of it, starting with Friday's Game 3 in San Antonio.

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  • Grizzlies stifle Blazers again, take entirely deserved 2-0 lead

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The Portland Trail Blazers were left without any clear answers after a 100-86 loss in Game 1 of their first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies. Game 2 appeared to offer no clarity in another dominant win for the hosts.

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    For the second consecutive game, the Grizzlies controlled the game at both ends and cruised to a 97-82 victory at FedEx Forum. Memphis has now taken a 2-0 lead in the series that seems more commanding than a mere numerical advantage. The Grizzlies have dictated the terms of both games, taken away what the Blazers do best, and created a scenario in which it is very hard to imagine them losing this series. Portland will have to hope a return home to the Moda Center brings improvement, because as of now they look to be heading for a quick exit from the postseason.

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