Eric Freeman

  • Celtics' Evan Turner endured the world's worst possession

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    Basketball players have unfortunate moments in games all the time, if only because it's bound to happen when a bunch of super athletic guys trying really hard battle for 48 minutes in a high-pressure scenario. The good news is that the sport moves fast enough to allow these athletes to make up for their sins soon after their transgressions occur. For most of them, things balance out.

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    Based on that logic, Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner was karmically in line for a four-point play after one especially awful possession in the second quarter of his team's game against the Houston Rockets on Friday night. After grabbing a rebound at the other end, Turner stormed up the court hoping to score in transition. He ended up with three misses and a foul:

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  • Hawks grab 18th straight win behind Jeff Teague's fancy moves

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    The Atlanta Hawks had a pretty good Thursday, with three of the team's starters — point guard Jeff Teague, forward Paul Millsap, and big man Al Horford — being announced as participants in February 15's NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Along with head coach Mike Budenholzer, that trio will give the Hawks the biggest presence of any team at the event. It's a deserved honor for a franchise that has vastly exceeded expectations to look like the favorite in the East.

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    The second came just outside of the final minute when Teague confused Chris Kaman with this gorgeous cut dribble:

    Despite these fantastic plays, Teague was far from the most productive Hawk throughout the game. He finished with 13 points on just 6-of-17 shooting (plus eight assists). The other All-Stars, Millsap (21 points, eight rebounds three steals) and Horford (17 points, eight rebounds, three steals) were better.

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  • Lakers outlast Bulls in wild 2OT finish

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Chicago Bulls came away with a thrilling, bizarre, and goofy overtime win against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Their next time out found them on the other end of a similar contest.

    The Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Bulls 123-118 in double overtime on Thursday night at Staples Center, weathering a furious Chicago comeback at the end of regulation and coming up with big plays in both extra periods to snap a nine-game losing streak.

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    Jordan Hill missed a potential winner on the next possession, but he made up for it with a huge tying shot of his own. With 16 seconds left in OT and the Lakers down 106-104, Hill nailed this 20-footer to tie it up:

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  • Three Atlanta Hawks lead 2015 NBA All-Star reserves

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Get ready to voice your opinions of the deserving and snubbed. The squads for the 2015 All-Star Game in New York City have been set.

    The 14 All-Star reserves from the Western and Eastern Conference were announced Thursday night in a pregame special on TNT. This list of players follows the 10 starters revealed last week. Coaches from each conference voted for the players, following the fan vote for the starting lineups.

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    Take a look at the full list of reserves below:

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Guard: James Harden, Houston Rockets, 3rd selection

    Guard: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 1st selection

    Guard: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, 4th selection

    Guard: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 8th selection

    Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 6th selection

    Frontcourt: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, 4th selection

    Frontcourt: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 15th selection

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

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  • Thaddeus Young shows Andrew Wiggins how rookie hazing is done

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Rookie hazing is an established part of NBA life, but it's hard not to think that everyone is going about it all wrong. While most teams go with fairly complicated schemes like making guys wear pink backpacks and take care of little baby dolls, it's so expected that it's hard to imagine anyone gets too embarrassed by it. Wouldn't it make more sense if veterans actually went out of their way to annoy rookies? There has to be a better way!

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    Thank goodness for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young, who proves that the smallest actions can pack the most punch. After the Wolves' 110-98 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, reporters assembled at the locker of rookie Andrew Wiggins to discuss the game. That's when Young struck (via The Cauldron):

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  • George Gervin wants an asterisk on Klay Thompson's single-quarter scoring mark

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Nearly a week later, Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson's insane, record-breaking 37-point third quarter in Friday's game vs. the Sacramento Kings is still one of the most talked about stories in the NBA. Thompson's performance was mind-boggling, reconfiguring many ideas of what a player can accomplish over just 12 minutes.

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    One of the men whose record he broke believes that Thompson had a serious advantage in achieving his record. Hall of Famer George Gervin, who scored 33 points in a quarter for the San Antonio Spurs in 1978, spoke to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck about Thompson's achievement and what might have helped him best the Iceman:

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  • Kobe Bryant undergoes shoulder surgery, likely ready for next season

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    When Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant announced that he would undergo surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the question wasn't if he would miss the rest of this season — that was a given — but whether he would return in time for opening night of the 2015-16 campaign that tips off next fall. We now have an estimate on that return, if not a definitive answer.

    Bryant underwent successful surgery on Wednesday morning, roughly a week after he sustained the injury (and continued to play) in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers announced the news and set a hopeful return date in a press release:

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  • Derrick Rose's tough OT winner salvages a rough game vs. Warriors

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had a sloppy night on Tuesday vs. the NBA-best Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Before his final shot of the game, Rose had gone 12-of-32 from the field for 28 points to go along with a career-high 11 turnovers against just one assist. While Rose was not without his usual number of highlights, the overall impression of his game was not a positive one.

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    I'm pretty sure most Bulls fans don't care a whole lot, though, because Rose's last jumper ended up deciding the game. With only a few seconds left in overtime and the score tied 111-111, Rose drained a very difficult jumper with Klay Thompson draped all over him. Take a look:

    Curry's mistake was a shocker from the current MVP favorite, who finished with 21 points (9-of-23 shooting) and nine assists. He also had one of the most creative and confounding passes you'll ever see to set up David Lee for an easy bucket:

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  • Grizzlies thump Mavs on road, think this is their year

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies entered this season as an established Western Conference playoff team, albeit one that perhaps had reached its ceiling. There are worse fates than winning 50-plus games and maybe a playoff series every year, but there is also something unfortunate about succeeding in so many ways and failing to reach the ultimate prize. If the Grizzlies were lucky enough to be able to depend on their grit-and-grind identity, then they also sometimes appeared hemmed in by it.

    The 2014-15 team is a different squad. With a healthy Marc Gasol leading the way, Memphis has emerged as a bona fide offensive force, with a points-per-possession ranking that's actually better at that end of the floor (10th) than on defense (11th). At second in the loaded West, they are a legitimate championship contender.

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    Gasol added 15 points and six assists while serving more as a facilitator in Conley's absence.

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  • Old Man Paul Pierce blames 'computers' for less NBA trash talk

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    At 37 years old, Washington Wizards wing Paul Pierce is one of the oldest and most experienced players in the NBA. He has seen several eras of the league over his career, from the end of Michael Jordan's dominance to the peak of the Kobe-Shaq Lakers to his own Celtics' period of contention and beyond. It's safe to say that he's learned a lot over his 17 seasons and can supply the wisdom to prove it.

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    Pierce's reason why next generation of players don't trash talk like he and Kobe: "Computers. They play NBA2K instead of going to the park"

    We're pretty sure Pierce then left the interview area to play dominoes in the park with teammate Andre Miller.

    They were amazing, of course, and we should respect and honor them for their accomplishments. (Pierce, to his credit, is still contributing for one of the East's few genuinely impressive teams.) But that doesn't have to mean we have to agree with them. They're just as capable of being wrong as weaklings like me who haven't played since ninth grade.

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