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  • Sparks win WNBA title in one of the wildest finishes you'll ever see

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    Plenty of basketball fans are waiting in anticipation of the start of the NBA season next Tuesday. But the WNBA Finals offered a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx that rivaled any game in any league for excitement and drama.

    A back-and-forth series culminated in a thrilling final two minutes between the two Western Conference powers. (The WNBA reseeds playoff teams after each round regardless of conference affiliation.) The biggest stars on the court took over and came through with plenty of big-time highlights, though not without legitimate controversy.

    The result came down to the final few possessions. A Candace Parker lay-up with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put the Sparks up 75-74 and forced the Lynx into calling their final timeout. Minnesota quickly got the ball to star Maya Moore, who buried a jumper to grab the lead right back.

    This back-and-forth game brought on plenty of excitement from other basketball stars, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant:

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  • BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Indiana Pacers

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    An outsider would be forgiven for seeing the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-16 season as something of a return to normalcy. After narrowly missing out on a postseason berth the previous season as Paul George played only a handful of games, Indiana rebounded with 45 wins, the No. 7 seed in the East, and a top-three ranking in points allowed per 100 possessions. A seven-game elimination at the hands of the Toronto Raptors suggested that the Pacers were not terribly far off from rising back to their former position as top challengers to Whichever Team LeBron James Plays For, albeit with clear needs to become more consistent and add new offensive wrinkles.

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    2015-16 season in 140 characters or less:

    Did the summer help at all?

    Potential breakout stud:

  • BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Detroit Pistons

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    In their second season under Stan Van Gundy, the Detroit Pistons improved from a 32-win also-ran to a respectable-as-heck 44-38 squad. They scrapped, and made opponents miserable with a steady diet of high pick-and-rolls run by smooth-scoring point guard Reggie Jackson and rim-rocking monster center Andre Drummond. They got better by prioritizing little fundamental things and repeatedly hammering them home, a brick-by-brick build-up in the image of their coach, who knows a thing or two about bleepin’ masonry.

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    They tried really hard not to beat themselves, and forced opponents to prove they could do the job. As it turns out, you can win a few more games that way.

    Best-case scenario:

  • Elton Brand retires after 17 NBA seasons

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    Elton Brand retired from the NBA on Thursday. The two-time All-Star and 1999-00 co-Rookie of the Year was set to begin his 18th season as a pro with the Philadelphia 76ers this fall when he apparently decided that enough was enough. He will end his career with averages of 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

    CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato was the first to break the news:

    Elton Brand has announced his retirement.

    — Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) October 20, 2016

    The Sixers gathered together to watch Brand announce his retirement.

    — Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) October 20, 2016

    Brand had been part of a rebuilding 76ers core both during this season’s training camp, and the struggle that was the 2015-16 season – a campaign that saw the team win just 10 out of 82 games while leaning heavily on Brand as the only veteran in the team’s locker room to accrue double-digit seasons as an NBA pro.

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  • Rick Carlisle shamefully likens Mavs loss to 'a Donald Trump debate performance'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    The Dallas Mavericks opened up Wednesday evening’s exhibition game with the Houston Rockets by working themselves into a 21-4 hole to start the contest. Young swingman Justin Anderson entered the game soon after, taking part in a run that made things competitive yet again, but the Rockets hung on to down Dallas by a 106-91 score.

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    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was one of the few that did watch that night’s Mavericks/Rockets blast – it is his job after all – and following the loss he took a calculated anticipation in comparing his team’s work to that of the Republican nominee for president:

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  • Here's how to live-stream NBA games in virtual reality this season

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    If you have ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a referee’s view of reigning unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry throwing his mouthguard into the stands during the Golden State Warriors’ 3-1 meltdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, then you’re in luck.

    The league has teamed with California-based company NextVR to live-stream broadcast one game each week in virtual reality this season, according to multiple reports in the technology news space.

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  • BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Utah Jazz

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Utah’s 2015-16 turn was hamstrung from the outset.

    Lead guard Dante Exum looked as skittish and ill-prepared as any teenaged point guard prospect with limited low-end international experience would during his 2014-15 rookie season, but his offseason ACL tear cast a bit of a pall on a Jazz team that was hoping to turn a corner and make the playoffs for just the second time since Jerry Sloan left the franchise.

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    2015-16 season in 140 characters or less:

    Did the summer help at all?

  • BDL's 2016-17 Season Previews: Milwaukee Bucks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    [Note: Ball Don’t Lie’s Dan Devine recorded this video prior to Milwaukee’s trade for Tony Snell.]

    The Milwaukee Bucks are entering the 2016-17 NBA season with a potentially still-growing 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo playing point guard, and the basketball world is pretty excited about it.

    They’re also entering this year without a traditional point guard on the roster to back him up, their best two-way player injured for what could be the entire season, a $17 million center who they’ve been trying to trade for eight months, and Michael Beasley, so those jets might need cooling a bit.

    But let’s focus on the exciting stuff for now.

    So, yeah, the excitement is real. Now for those jets cooling.

    Still, there’s always #PointGiannis to be excited about.

  • Derrick Rose cleared on all charges in civil rape trial

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A Los Angeles jury ruled Wednesday that New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and his two friends should not be held liable on any charges in a high-stakes, hotly contested civil trial in which the three men were accused of drugging Rose’s ex-girlfriend, breaking into her apartment and gang-raping her while she was unconscious in August of 2013.

    Derrick Rose and codefendants are cleared of all charges in rape case #Doevrose @nypost

    — Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 19, 2016

    Rose kept his eyes down & hugged attorney after the verdict was read. The accuser kept her head buried in her hands in a prayer position.

    — Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 19, 2016

    We talked to two jurors. They didn't find Jane Doe credible and didn't feel there was enough evidence to support her claim.

    Or these two:

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  • Why Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook changed everything and nothing

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After hinting at it last week, Kevin Durant has now made it clear: he “damn sure” wouldn’t have chosen to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency had the Dubs held on to win the 2016 NBA championship rather than blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the greatest collapse in NBA Finals history.

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    So, have they talked much since?

    “Uhh, not much, no.” […]

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