Kelly Dwyer

  • Chicago rides Jimmy Butler's 31 points to a 2-0 series lead over Milwaukee

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    CHICAGO – It came two days late and just as many dollars short, but the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks finally came through with the sort of hash mark-heavy, ugly basketball we anticipated before their first round series even began. The Bulls prevailed by a 91-82 score in Game 2 of its first round series, but not before Milwaukee reminded them that this was supposed to be a defensive-minded run reminiscent of the chilly Central Division.

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    The Bucks relented in a crucial second quarter, however, utilizing spacing as Milwaukee lost its edge. By the time Rose’s touch returned in the second half, Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler was ready to dominate – he topped off an eight-point second quarter with seven more in the third, while Rose managed 12 points.

    This was Jimmy Butler’s game, however.

    “I think I took a lot of bad shots that happened to go in,” Butler offered, “All because of [Rose] and Pau and Joakim I feel like I have a pretty easy job.”

    Joakim Noah, however, wasn’t having any of it:

  • Milwaukee needs to figure out how to make a series of it in Game 2

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t supposed to be here. We need to remember that, and they need to get past it.

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    The Bucks had the worst record in the league last season, and though most concluded that what should have been a middling 2013-14 Milwaukee team underachieved, nobody thought that entering this campaign a combination of competent coaching and execution would result in a playoff berth. Had prognosticators known prior to 2014-15 that rookie Jabari Parker would tear his ACL after only 25 games and that Larry Sanders would walk away from the team after just a few contests more, they would have completely written Milwaukee’s postseason hopes off.

    Now comes the tricky bit.

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  • A healthy Derrick Rose drops 23 in Chicago's Game 1 win over Milwaukee

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls are not the defensive team they once were. They’re also not the offensive team they once were. The Bulls can shoot now.

    Chicago downed the defensive-minded Milwaukee Bucks 103-91 in Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, in what was a surprisingly potent offensive affair. The Bulls, who ranked second in defensive efficiency last season, managed 60 first half points while this year’s No. 2 defensive outfit from Milwaukee added 51 of its own. The Bulls prevailed in the second half, however, behind a surprisingly potent three-point touch from Derrick Rose, who finished with 23 points and seven assists despite playing just 27 minutes.

    Returning four minutes into the second quarter to rapturous applause, Rose managed to assuage all fears with a killer performance. Playing his first postseason game since tearing his left ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference’s opening round in 2012, Rose nailed all five of his shots in just six and a half second quarter minutes, scoring 10 points as Chicago pulled away to enter the half with an eight-point lead.

    The killer here is building upon this outburst.

    Took them long enough.

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  • Brian Shaw really did rap a scouting report to his former Denver Nuggets (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Brian Shaw tried, he really tried, to get through to the Denver Nuggets last year. The team started out well enough, moving toward an 18-20 record midway through January, but he also failed to establish an identity, he assumed “millenials” was to be used as a pejorative, and he reportedly rapped at his young Nuggets in an attempt to get through to his crew.

    “Reportedly” is no more. On Saturday, seemingly bored with the nationally televised playoff action, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson released a video clip of Shaw spitting hot fire:

    (Clip via ‘net hotness pointer-outer, Becca Laurie.)

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    At least Brian Shaw had those sick rhymes to offer.

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoes quadruple coronary bypass surgery, is expected to recover

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday. The longtime Laker and all-time NBA leading scorer is expected to fully recover from the operation.

    Abdul-Jabbar underwent the surgery after being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the week. From a UCLA spokesman:

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this week with cardiovascular disease, and he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on April 16. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery.

    Shemin said the surgery was successful and he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery.

    At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.

    He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest.

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  • Mark Cuban on his beloved Rockets, save James Harden: 'That’s not a very good team'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    As it always is with Mark Cuban, there is a little bit of truth here, there’s a bit of bluster and there’s a righteous, knowing dig.

    Just in time for the 2015 playoffs, with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks set to take on the James Harden-led Houston Rockets, Cuban was asked to give his personal scouting report on Harden and his teammates by Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry:

    “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.”

    Also, Mark Cuban hates the Houston Rockets. And the feeling is mutual, pal.

    For once.

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  • BDL’s 2014-15 Playoff Previews: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    How They Got Here

    Los Angeles : Unburned from having to be known as the team that works for the NBA’s most onerous executive, the Clippers overcame depth and injury issues per usual to wrest the three seed out of the wicked Western Conference. Lumped in with several other Western championship contenders to start the year, the Clippers managed to overcome Blake Griffin’s rather frightening staph infection in his right elbow, one that forced him to undergo surgery and leave the Clipper lineup for 15 games.

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    We’ve also made it this far without mentioning Tim Duncan, who turned in a superior defensive season while providing All-Star level per-minute production at age 38. The man is an absolute marvel, and he has as good a chance as any NBA superstar in leading his team to a title this year.

    Head to Head

    Likely Starting Lineups

    Key Matchups

    Kawhi Leonard vs. Chris Paul

    DeAndre Jordan vs. Gregg Popovich

    Time vs. Time

  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Previews: Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    How They Got Here

    • Atlanta : Well, in 2012, the Atlanta Hawks traded Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for …

    If you think that’s a bit of snark, you’re right, but Atlanta’s startling turnaround began then. It needed a season in purgatory under Larry Drew in 2012-13 to expire a few contracts and a meet-and-greet session with then-rookie coach Mike Budenholzer in 2013-14 to iron out the kinks. Then the franchise had to withstand the (ongoing) controversy regarding current general manager Danny Ferry’s pointless relaying of insensitive comments about potential Hawk Luol Deng over the 2014 offseason.

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    Likely Starting Lineups

    Matchups to Watch

    How Atlanta Can Win


  • Chauncey Billups could have been the Timberwolves' coach, and declined

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Around the time Chauncey Billups led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, because he was a heady point guard and because this is the NBA, he was unofficially anointed as The NBA’s Next Great Coach. Billups, who was the lead guard on a Pistons team that would make the next four Eastern Conference finals following that championship, parlayed his knack for getting everything right into a lasting NBA career that ended last season at age 37.

    Chauncey’s lain low since then, but according to a report from the Denver Post, the 2004 Finals MVP could have had a choice seat on the Minnesota Timberwolves bench this season, with the assurance that he’d be able to lead those same Timberwolves as head coach starting in 2015-16.


    The Timberwolves are 16-65 heading into the last night of the regular season, and in spite of the team’s potential to add the third consecutive top overall NBA draft pick this June, they most certainly will figure to be another lottery participant in 2016. This is what happens with young, rebuilding rosters.

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  • The awful 2014-15 New York Knicks, set to 'One Shining Moment' (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The 2014-15 New York Knicks, thankfully, play their last game of the season on Wednesday night. In tribute, a Twitter user by the handle of “World_Wide_Wob” has decided to cobble together a series of Knick highlights from this season, set to the tune of “One Shining Moment.”

    It is both very sad and very funny. This video is not hi-definition. As no 2014-15 Knick highlight video should be:


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    And they may not even finish with the worst record in the NBA. Bloody hell.

    (Hat-tip to Matt Moore at CBS Sports for making us giggle.)

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