Marc J. Spears

  • Sources: Darren Collison's surgery expected to end his season with Kings

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury that is expected to end his season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Collison suffered a strained hip flexor on Feb. 5 against the Dallas Mavericks and has not played since. He will meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday, a day before the surgery. Collison will be re-evaluated three to six weeks after the surgery and there is no timetable for his return.

    Collison has averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 assists in 45 games this season with the Kings. The Kings are expected to continue to start young point guard Ray McCallum in Collison's absence while backing him up with veteran Andre Miller, who was acquired from the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline.

    New Kings coach George Karl, who was hired during the All-Star break, did not get a chance to coach Collision this season.

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  • NBA Power Rankings: Injuries taking toll on some playoff contenders

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    1. Golden State Warriors (Record: 43-10; last week: 1): Stephen Curry missed his first game of the season Sunday because of ankle soreness in a loss at Indiana, but it’s not deemed serious.

    2. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 40-14; last week: 2) So when do the Grizzlies finally play the Warriors again? There are two meetings left: March 27 in Memphis and April 13 in Oakland.

    3. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 44-12; last week: 3): The Hawks have dropped three of their last five and four of eight, including a 25-point home loss to Toronto on Friday.

    4. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 35-22; last week: 5): David Griffin may have further helped his candidacy for NBA Executive of the Year by signing free-agent veteran center Kendrick Perkins.

    5. Toronto Raptors (Record: 37-18; last week: 4): Despite rumors about forward Terrence Ross being dangled and interest in Indiana’s David West, Toronto stayed pat at the trade deadline.

    6. Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 37-19; last week: 11): Keep an eye on Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, who scored a career-high 28 points in a win over Sacramento on Saturday.

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  • Kevin Durant has another surgical procedure on his right foot

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure to replace a screw in the right foot he broke earlier this season and will be sidelined at least a week, the team announced Sunday.

    Durant initially had surgery to repair a fracture in his foot on Oct. 16, forcing him to miss the first month of the season. The screw inserted in his foot in that operation was causing him discomfort, so doctors replaced it with a different type of screw this weekend, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.

    Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. The Thunder did not give a specific timeline for the reigning MVP's return, but expect him back during the regular season. Including Sunday's game against the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder play five games over the next eight days.

    Durant experienced the soreness during Thursday's victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He sat out Saturday's victory over the Charlotte Hornets while Kyle Singler started in his place.

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  • 2015 NBA trade deadline's winners and losers

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    After a frenetic trade deadline, Kevin Garnett stood out as one of the day's biggest winners.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Garnett with the fifth overall pick in 1995. The 15-time All-Star became the franchise's all-time leader in scoring and many other categories while leading them to eight straight playoff appearances. The struggling T'wolves convinced Garnett to waive his no-trade clause to return in a trade that sent Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets.

    Garnett is 38 years old and is averaging 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in the final stretch of his career. Still, the Timberwolves are expected to give him a contract extension. Garnett is making $12 million in the final year of his deal.

    Moreover, Garnett told Yahoo Sports last November that he was interested in owning the T'wolves when he retires. A Wolves source also previously said Garnett would likely become a minority owner before eventually getting help from investors to buy the team. His return will likely ease the road to an eventual ownership move.

    Another cool thing is the possible sight of Grammy-winning record producer Jimmy Jam, Garnett's brother-in-law, sitting courtside at games again.


  • NBA Power Rankings: Plenty of teams looking to make moves

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    1. Golden State Warriors (Record: 42-9; last week: 2): The Warriors have not been receiving a lot of trade calls because of their success this season, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    2. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 39-14; last week: 3) The surging Grizzlies appear to be the only team that poses a real threat to the Warriors for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

    3. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 43-11; last week: 1): Keep an eye on Atlanta, which is 3-3 in February, regarding free agent Ray Allen. The Hawks have the East’s top record and nearly $5 million in cap space.

    4. Toronto Raptors (Record: 36-17; last week: 6): Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has long been infatuated with power forward David West, but it’s hard to see Indiana dealing him with Paul George trying to return.

    5. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 33-22; last week: 5): The Cavaliers are interested in acquiring a big man, but former Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire doesn’t appear to be on their list.

    6. Houston Rockets (Record: 36-17; last week: 4): It is a little odd that Houston is often interested in re-acquiring former players. This time it’s Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic.

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  • Wilt Chamberlain's NBA All-Star scoring record survives Russell Westbrook's challenge

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    NEW YORK – Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 42 points in the 1962 NBA All-Star Game. Fifty-three years later, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook came one point shy of tying that mark when he scored 41 while winning 2015 All-Star Game MVP honors after leading the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

    "You have on the court here the greatest players in the world, and everyone wants the ball," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "There is a lot of offense out there. So to be able to score 42 points, especially in the old days when there were lower-scoring games, it may be one of those records that may never be broken."

    Chamberlain made 17 of 23 shots and half of his 16 free throws while grabbing 24 rebounds in 37 minutes for Philadelphia during the 1962 All-Star Game in St. Louis. St. Louis Hawks All-Star Bob Pettit earned MVP honors after netting a double-double of 25 points and 27 rebounds during the West's 150-130 win over the East. Prior to Sunday night, the closest any All-Star got to Chamberlain's record was Michael Jordan, who scored 40 points in 1988.

  • Paul George eyeing mid-March return for Pacers

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    NEW YORK – Indiana Pacers guard Paul George told Yahoo Sports he is eyeing a mid-March return that could be as early as the team's March 14 game against the Boston Celtics.

    George hasn't played since sustaining a compound fracture in his right leg on Aug. 1 while playing in an exhibition game for USA Basketball. He says he expects to begin practicing in early March and hopes to be ready in the middle of that month. If all goes well, George mentioned the home game against the Celtics as a possible return.

    "March 1 isn't when I wanted to play my first game, but when I wanted to be full-out practicing, doing up-and-down full court without any restrictions or limitations," George told Yahoo Sports. "From there on, it's seeing how far I can progress to where I play my first game. My hope is it's an opponent where I feel comfortable coming back to where there isn't too much pressure to perform, where I can ease my way back in. But I want to say around mid-March, I could probably come back around that time."

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  • Origin of Stephen Curry's and Klay Thompson's 'Splash Brothers' nickname

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 17 days ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors' 115-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 21, 2012, isn't revered in franchise history. But it is notable for one thing: It was the night Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson received their "Splash Brothers" nickname.

    During the game, a writer for the Warriors website tweeted the nickname that has grown in popularity thanks to the play of the Warriors' All-Star guards.

    "It's my claim to fame," writer Brian Witt said. "It's something no one way can take away. It's proof I lived on this earth that I created 'The Splash Brothers.' "

    Curry and Thompson had combined for 25 points in that first half and made seven 3-pointers. Witt gave a quick intermission recap by tweeting out on the Warriors' handle:

    Halftime: Warriors 58 - Bobcats 49. @StephenCurry30 & Klay Thompson are a combined 7-of-11 from 3 point range #SplashBrothers

    "Any time you have a game like that you take a step up," Curry said.

  • Nothing exciting about Andrew Wiggins except his game

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 17 days ago

    Andrew Wiggins was speaking to the media recently when he noticed fellow Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine eavesdropping. One reporter took the opportunity to ask Wiggins what he thought about LaVine as a player.

    "I'm not sure about that kid," Wiggins said.

    It was a joke – actually a comedic outburst by Wiggins' standards. Wiggins typically prefers to keep his responses guarded, short and spoken quietly. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft and is the leading candidate to win this season's Rookie of the Year award, but keeps a small, close group of family, friends and teammates around him that he doesn't expect to expand anytime soon.

    "I just keep to myself," Wiggins said. "I matured at a young age. If someone wasn't in my life before, they don't need to be in my life now. …I am cool with people around me, but I am not open to new friends."

    "He told me [basketball] was a business, first hand," Andrew Wiggins said of his father. "…He just told me to work hard for people to respect me."

    "Until he really knows you, he is not going to really open up."

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  • NBA Power Rankings: Clippers facing rough patch

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    1. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 42-10; last week: 1): Ex-Pistons star Chauncey Billups said the Hawks remind him of Detroit’s 2004 NBA champions because of their unselfish play and tough defense.

    2. Golden State Warriors (Record: 40-9; last week: 2): All-Star guard Klay Thompson said it doesn’t matter to him whether he is the replacement starter for the injured Kobe Bryant.

    3. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 38-13; last week: 3) With Portland’s Damian Lillard being the All-Star replacement for the injured Blake Griffin, Memphis guard Mike Conley is now the biggest snub.

    4. Houston Rockets (Record: 35-16; last week: 5): It might be tough for Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who’s coaching the West All-Stars, to pass on NBA leading scorer James Harden as Bryant’s replacement in the starting lineup.

    5. Cleveland Cavaliers (Record: 32-21; last week: 6): Perhaps Kevin Love finally had a breakthrough game Sunday with a season-high 32 points against the Lakers.

    6. Toronto Raptors (Record: 35-17; last week: 7): Point guard Kyle Lowry is one of the NBA’s least-heralded stars, but a strong All-Star showing should boost his profile.

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