Kelly Dwyer

  • Stephen Curry and LeBron James headline the 2015-16 All-NBA Team

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Golden State guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, will headline the NBA’s 2015-16 All-NBA Team.

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    The reigning two-time NBA MVP, in yet another unanimous vote, and the two-time NBA champion join Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard at their respective guard and forward slots, alongside the lone surprise in the starting five: Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

    Detroit center Andre Drummond took in 13 first-place votes, most on the Third Team, and San Antonio Spurs power forward and fellow Third Team member LaMarcus Aldridge also received three top-tier votes. They’ll join Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, and Indiana’s comeback kid in Paul George in rounding out the final crew.

    The lone bit of intrigue has to do with DeAndre Jordan’s placement.

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  • Three Things to Watch: Golden State vs. Oklahoma City, Game 5

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, in a shocker rightfully unseen some 25 days ago, is on the verge of downing both the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors in consecutive rounds.

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    The Thunder need a Game 5 win on Thursday night, in Oakland against the famed 73-win Warriors, to make the NBA Finals. Fighting for its legacy, the Warriors will attempt to pull together for one last round. Scratch that, “two more chances at making it to the next round.”

    It won’t be easy. Here are three things to anticipate:

    Steve, Looking Out for Stephen

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, doing his job, followed with this:

    “Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70% to me,” he said. “Our training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of our team’s thinking — nobody has told me he’s 70%, so apparently they told the media but they haven’t told me.”

  • Report: Two Raptors seen at a casino prior to Game 5 loss

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Even relative to the standards of Toronto’s embarrassing showing in its Game 5 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night, the statlines of Raptors DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph stood out. The starting small forward and reserve hybrid guard combined to shoot 3-12 from the floor with four turnovers between them in the Cavaliers’ 116-78 win.

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    Those numbers wouldn’t usually look too egregious in a blowout loss – their teammates shot 42 percent and turned the ball over 14 times themselves – but a report from the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons can’t help but send a crooked eye the pair’s way. Simmons placed both players at a Cleveland casino in the early hours of Wednesday morning:

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  • Frank Vogel: 'Inaccurate' to say he begged Larry Bird for his job

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Larry Bird’s role in the Scott Skiles-for-Frank Vogel switch out in Orlando just got a little less weirder. And, thankfully, a little more tactful.

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    The Magic hired Vogel last week in a move that was confirmed with his press conference on Monday. He replaced Skiles, who shockingly quit as Magic coach earlier in the month with several years remaining on his contract.

    That move wasn’t nearly as shocking as Indiana’s decision not to offer Vogel a new contract (read: fire him on a technicality) after the Pacers’ impressive but ultimately losing effort in its first round series against Toronto.

    And the subsequent tweets …

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  • Three things to watch in Cleveland and Toronto's Game 5

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Most pegged a slim possibility for the Cleveland Cavaliers to drop a game to the Toronto Raptors in their Eastern Conference finals pairing. The Cavs entered Game 3 undefeated on the postseason, but sometimes focus has a way of waning, and the Raptors are a darn-good, 56-win team. It was possible for the two to mix in Toronto at some point.

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    To take two from Cleveland, however, was a shocker. Toronto needed the maximum amount of games just to make it to this round, while the Cavs had looked like world-beaters throughout. Toss in the fact that the Raptors held off the sort of furious Cavalier comeback that had proven disastrous to Raptors of postseasons past in Game 4’s win, and you’ve finally got a bit of intrigue in the East.

    Of course, things are back in Cleveland now. Here are your Three:

    LeBron James’ tongue

    Not will he mind it, but will it drag?

    The question is, in an every-other-day scenario and even at home, are LeBron James’ legs up for it?

    Toronto’s sustainability

    The storylines are so rote that you almost want to roll your eyes should they show up in real life.

  • Did Dikembe Mutombo give Bismack Biyombo permission to finger wag?

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It seemed like a quaint throwback, perfectly aligned alongside the 1990s nostalgia that seems to drive just about every website these days

    Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo, a Congo native, had recently taken to emulating Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo’s famous finger wave after blocking a shot. Biyombo and several media outlets always make a point to report that Mutombo (a fellow Congo native) gave the young Raptor center his blessing:

    “Once [Mutombo] gave me permission to use his finger wag, I just want to leave his legacy,” Biyombo said.

    Now Dikembe, according to TMZ at least, claims that things aren’t exactly that cut and dry:

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  • Revisiting the most important playoff suspensions in NBA history

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Since the NBA started rewarding physical altercations with harsher penalties in the early 1990s, we’ve thankfully seen the league’s players tone down the actual fisticuffs. Whereas former NBA players like Maurice Lucas, Kevin McHale and just about every late 1980s Detroit Pistons big man you can think of once got away with relatively slim fines for their actions, resulting generations have been asked to sit out games.

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    Even playoff games.

    In the wake of Draymond Green’s Suspension That Wasn’t, we thought it interesting to take a look at some of the more notable and eventually important NBA player postseason suspensions:

    1,643. Dahntay Jones, 2016

    Jones, celebrating his 62nd total minute as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday evening, found glass-clearing Toronto center Bismack Biyombo with a shot to the groin in Cleveland’s Game 3 loss.

    Well, Bismack might have.

    8. J.R. Smith, 2015

    7. Jason Terry, 2006

    6. Derek Harper, 1994

  • Three things to watch in Oklahoma City vs. Golden State's Game 4

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    It isn’t an elimination game, and it isn’t if the Golden State Warriors haven’t been here before. Things are slightly different, though, this time around.

    The defending champs stared down 2-1 series deficits twice in the postseason last year, prior to winning it all, and needed a playoff win on the road to tie things up. However, those eventual wins came against a lacking Memphis Grizzlies team and an injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers outfit.

    Not an Oklahoma City club that has taken six of nine games against two teams that won a 140 combined games during the regular season, a Thunder outfit that downed the venerable (and eventually vulnerable) San Antonio Spurs, a squad that looks far more athletic and composed than these Warriors.

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    And yet, for all the plaudits this OKC team should be taking in, all eyes are elsewhere. Here are three things to watch during Tuesday’s Game 4:

    Draymond’s station

    It doesn’t matter what angle you’re taking, as you view the Draymond Green situation.

    And if even that doesn’t win you over? Go back to those old Bird tapes.

    Thunder sinking the small

  • Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4, following kick

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Following his altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams on Sunday night, Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 of his team’s Western Conference finals contest with the Thunder.

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    The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news:

    The NBA will not suspend Golden State's Draymond Green for Game 4, league sources tell @TheVertical.

    Green’s flagrant foul will be upgraded to a ‘Flagrant 2’ foul, upon review.

    The decision will leave many league observers curious as to why Cleveland’s Dahntay Jones was suspended for a similar (some would say, “identical”) infraction on Sunday, while a clear star and series-shifter in Green was allowed to play another day.

    Toss in Green’s continued protestations of innocence and, well, this tweet …

     

    … and you may have a player that presented a solid enough defense.

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  • Oklahoma City dominates Golden State in OKC, takes 2-1 series lead

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are formidable, potent and rife with potential. And in the span of six days they’ve taken two games over the course of six days from a team that needed 64 days to register its second regular-season loss.

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    OKC downed Golden State, a team that finished the regular season with a 73-9 record, 133-105 on Sunday evening. The Thunder took Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, earning a 2-1 series lead and pushing the Warriors to its third 2-1 postseason deficit in two years. The Thunder rallied from Draymond Green’s latest incident with Oklahoma City center Steven Adams to finish the second half on a 22-5 run and 67-38 splurge spread out over 18 minutes to send Golden State back to the drawing board for the second time in a week.

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