Kelly Dwyer

  • The Toronto Raptors? Gone till November.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    Since the NBA’s All-Star break, the Toronto Raptors blew out the returning Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta following an extended holiday that saw four Hawks contribute in the league’s midseason classic. Also, two weeks before the 2014-15 regular season ended, the Raps did well to down the Dwight Howard-less Houston Rockets in Toronto by three points. It was a solid performance worthy of recognition.

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    Those were the only two Raptors wins over winning teams following that All-Star break, it should be noted. Toronto topped a couple of so-so teams during its 12-16 finish to the season, but only two squads during that 28-game span came out on the wrong end of things with the Raps while owning a winning record at the time.

    The Raptors should be embarrassed. The team’s long-suffering fans, after years of dealing with this nonsense, should be livid.

    The turn was understandable, though, if you remain a cynic. Because this is not Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri’s team.

    Such play was rather symptomatic of this year’s Raptor outfit.

    That doesn’t mean this is a clean start for Ujiri.

  • Milwaukee's Jerryd Bayless nails game-winner, keeping the Bucks' season alive

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Derrick Rose’s off-the-ball defense has been a source of consternation for Chicago for several years now. On Saturday, his inattention to defensive detail was showcased in inglorious fashion.

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    Take a look:

    That’s Rose, Chicago’s late-game offensive hero during the team’s Game 4 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, giving up the game-winning layup to Bucks veteran Jerryd Bayless at the final buzzer. Rose lost Bayless as Chicago’s eyes were drawn elsewhere (mostly as Rose spied lights-out MKE shooter Khris Middleton), and Milwaukee extended its season with a 92-90 win. Chicago still owns the 3-1 series advantage, but the group is no doubt exasperated at its inability to run a consistent, series-clinching formation on either end.

    Of course, this loss wasn’t the fault of the Chicago Bulls’ coaching staff.

    The Bayless layup was also Milwaukee's 39th point off Bulls turnovers. They had 53 points on 73 possessions after the Bulls took a shot.

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  • Kris Humphries clumsily attempted to ‘clarify’ his Twitter thoughts about Bruce Jenner

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Most of the eyes in the non-sporting world were focused on ABC on Friday night, as former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner confirmed that he is transitioning into a woman. Jenner received scads of deserved support and praise for his bravery and honesty over social media, with one notable fringe ex-member of the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians” clan deciding to weigh in somewhat vaguely in 140 characters or less.

    Man, I'm glad I got out when I did. #Gottadoyou

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    You’ll recall that Humphries enjoyed a 72-day sham of a marriage to we still don’t know what she does Kim Kardashian in 2011, prior to asking for an annulment. Kim Kardashian is the step-daughter of Bruce Jenner.

    Predictably, the backlash to the Washington Wizards forward was severe. We rather enjoyed this response from comedian Nikki Glaser:

    Just as predictably, Humphries’ lack of tact, self-awareness, and compassion forced Kris into a bit of a whitewash on Saturday morning:

    OK, pal.

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  • Dwight Howard joins LeBron James in hitting full-court practice shots (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Not content with letting LeBron James act as the king of practice heaves from all the way across the court, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard decided to toss in his own 94-footer following Rox practice on Saturday.

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    With the way James’ video quickly made its way across the internet, it’s safe to conclude that this has become a trend of sorts. We’d say we’re eagerly awaiting Derrick Rose’s response at Chicago Bulls practice, but you get the feeling that an unsmiling Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau have more sober-minded pursuits following a shootaround.

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  • LeBron James is now hitting 94-foot shots in practice (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Through three playoff games, LeBron James is averaging a fantastic 27 points, six assists and 8.7 rebounds a contest, as his Cleveland Cavaliers have taken a 3-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics.

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    LeBron has also missed 10 of 13 three-pointers, though, and he decided to take advantage of Saturday’s team shootaround to correct his faulty stroke:

    Game 4 is slated for Sunday at 1 PM Eastern, and the Celtics have precious little time to prepare their 94-foot defensive rotations. Good luck, Boston.

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  • Derrick Rose ascends to previous form as Chicago takes a 3-0 series lead

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Away from the glare, away from the attention and away from his hometown, Derrick Rose went back to playing like Derrick Rose on Thursday.

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    The Bulls guard notched his highest-scoring total in three years and his highest playoff scoring total in four years in Chicago’s Game 3 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Sloughed off to the relative anonymity of an NBA TV contest, working in front of a Milwaukee crowd that seemed nearly half made up of Chicago Bulls fans, Rose attacked early and then often on his way toward 34 points in Chicago’s 113-106 double overtime win. The victory pushed Chicago to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 in the team’s first-round series over the Bucks.

    Little of this showed in Game 3, as Rose managed 34 points on just 23 shots, playing just over 48 minutes (a season-high) in the win while adding eight assists and five rebounds. His five made 3-pointers (including one banked-in make, if that counts, in nine tries) represented a career playoff high.

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  • Pau Gasol wins the 2015 Magic Johnson Award for graciousness with the media

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    In a world full of fussin’ and fightin’, we call can agree on the fact that Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol is a really swell sort of guy.

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    Gasol was recognized as such on Wednesday, winning the Pro Basketball Writers’ Association’s Magic Johnson award for acting as the “player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with media and fans.”

    Pau, who made the 2015 All-Star team in his first year with Chicago, was characteristically gracious upon receiving the trophy. From his meeting with the press, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

    "It's easy to be friendly. It's easy to be kind," Gasol said. "It rubs off on people, so you want to balance out the negatives in the world with some positives. So that's what I try to do."

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  • The Timberwolves hope Kevin Garnett holds off retirement for one more year

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Due to injury and illness, Minnesota Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett played in only five games with the Wolves this season, following the February trade that dealt him back to the Twin Cities. Garnett, who played with Minnesota from 1995 to 2007, surprised many by not signing off on announcing that 2014-15 would be the final season of his career, as many assumed that the (almost) 39-year old free agent to-be would decide to hang it up following two rough and injury-plagued seasons.

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    Instead, Garnett remains non-committal. And, as is usually the case in his dealings with the media, rather silent on the matter. This is why it was left to Flip Saunders, the Wolves president and coach, to offer an invitation and a bit of hope.

    From Phil Ervin at FOX Sports Minnesota:


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  • Nikola Mirotic is questionable for Chicago's next game, as the Bulls consider options

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Nikola Mirotic hasn’t exactly made waves in his first NBA playoff turn. Mostly stuck playing out of position at small forward in two games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Mirotic combined for 13 points (missing nine of 14 shots) and nine rebounds in 36 total minutes before this happened:

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    Mirotic left the court, limping, directly after that scrum. On Tuesday, Mirotic missed Bulls practice with what the team called a strained left quadriceps injury, with various onlookers also relaying that his knee was also pained in the altercation with Milwaukee’s (not-suspended) Zaza Pachulia. On Wednesday, Mirotic also skipped practice, choosing to fling a few set-shot jumpers instead. We don't know how long he'll be out for, but he is most definitely out.

    Which is fine, even if Mirotic will be joining a long list of Bulls to miss time this season.

    Mirotic was the only Bull to play 82 games, providing depth where the team needed it most – its stacked frontcourt. Missing the next few games against Milwaukee is more than passable for the former Spanish League Finals MVP.

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  • Brooklyn, Portland, San Antonio: Who has the best odds to tie it up in Game 2?

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The NBA’s initial playoff weekend made a loser out of outfits from Brooklyn, Portland, and San Antonio. What odds should we give these spiraling crews as they attempt to even things up in Game 2 on Wednesday?

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    Brooklyn vs. Atlanta

    The Downfall

    Brooklyn tried! They really did! Game 1 didn’t work out, but the Nets showed uncharacteristic mettle and pride on their way toward denying Atlanta’s attempts at a one-sided win.

    For stretches during the team’s several mini-comebacks, Deron Williams genuinely looked like a star again. He only finished with 13 points and two assists in 33 minutes, numbers we’d be upset at his counterpart Jeff Teague for contributing even in a blowout, but the flashes were there. Both Thaddeus Young (15 points) and Brook Lopez (17 points on 6-8 shooting with 15 rebounds) scored off what appeared to be broken plays, and Lionel Hollins’ defense worked well to string stops together.

    The Redemption

    Eh, no.

    Saying Kyle Korver is no Stephen Curry is like reminding the media that Dennis Rodman was no John Stockton. It’s pointless, and please box Rodman out.