Score Strip

  1. League: NBA
  2. Dallas vs. Memphis
    :01.1 OT
    105 DAL
    106 MEM
  3. Golden State vs. Denver
    5:24 1st
    18 GS
    10 DEN
  4. LA Clippers vs. Portland
    6:39 1st
    8 LAC
    19 POR
  5. Phoenix vs. Sacramento
    1:55 1st
    17 PHO
    20 SAC
  6. Indiana vs. Orlando
    101 IND
    86 ORL
  7. Chicago vs. Charlotte
    Final OT
    86 CHI
    91 CHA
  8. Washington vs. Boston
    118 WAS
    102 BOS
  9. Houston vs. New Orleans
    100 HOU
    105 NO
  10. Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
    85 BKN
    114 CLE
  11. Philadelphia vs. Miami
    100 PHI
    87 MIA
  12. Atlanta vs. Milwaukee
    111 ATL
    103 MIL
  13. Utah vs. Minnesota
    Final 2OT
    136 UTA
    130 MIN
  14. Toronto vs. New York
    92 TOR
    95 NY
  15. LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
    113 LAL
    100 SA
  16. Detroit vs. Oklahoma City
    111 DET
    112 OKC
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Ball Don't Lie

The 10-man rotation, starring many rappers name-checking Alonzo Mourning

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

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This one's strictly 4 Zo's Jeeps. Word to Action Bronson. (Kris Connor/WireImage)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: Young Braised's SoundCloud. This appears to be nearly four months old, but it's new to me, via my associate Eric Freeman and our pal Bethlehem Shoals — a rock-solid 2 1/2 minutes of hip-hop references to former Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning. There's NSFW language in there, so listener beware, but for those of listening age, this is simply glorious. Bless you, Young Braised.

PF: For the Win. Charting the expansion of Manu Ginobili's bald spot. Soon, it will encompass the Earth.

SF: Grantland and HoopSpeak. Smart and kind gentlemen Zach Lowe and Brett Koremenos review Matt Bonner's four-3-pointer performance in the San Antonio Spurs' blowout Game 1 win and try to figure out whether the reserve big man's breakout was the result of dynamite San Antonio execution or porous Memphis Grizzlies defense. The answer, it seems, is "Yes."

SG: SB Nation. Picking up on that great offensive execution/poor defensive reaction theme, Mike Prada looks at how some trickery in the Spurs' bigs' screen-setting sent the Grizzlies spinning time and again.

PG: DraftExpress. With days of measurements and testing at the 2013 NBA draft combine now in the books, Matt Kamalsky looks at the results and tries to figure out which prospects' prospects were hurt and helped most by all that running and jumping.

6th: Forum Blue and Gold. With Dwight Howard's impending free agency already — already — a topic of conversation, Darius Soriano considers the inevitability of the 27-year-old center receiving a full-length maximum contract offer from multiple teams and wonders whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers — who can outspend fellow suitors by about $30 million for Howard's services, thanks to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement — should be one of them.

7th: Posting and Toasting. With the 2012-13 New York Knicks season now complete, Seth Rosenthal looks back at the team's somewhat surprising small-ball identity — Carmelo Anthony at the four, two-point-guard starting lineups, all that ball movement, all those shooters — and wonders, success aside, if Woodson ever really wanted it in the first place.

8th: Sports Illustrated. A fantastic read from Chris Ballard about the rise of "Floor Spacers" — the knockdown 3-point shooters who tilt defenses, stretch the floor to create space for their star scoring teammates and, to some extent, are the NBA's answer to field-goal kickers.

9th: on YouTube. It's cool to watch LeBron James and Chris Paul tell college players at a camp what it means to not only get to the NBA, but to be successful in the league and become a star. It's even cooler when you realize that two of the people they're talking to are undergraduates Stephen Curry and James Harden. It's the coolest when you realize another is Hasheem Thabeet.

10th: Hardwood Paroxysm. Some Hamed Haddadi-themed poetry, prose and best wishes in honor of the inimitable Iranian center's 28th birthday.

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