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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago
When the Atlanta Hawks get back to work on Friday night, kicking off the home stretch of their push to a 10th straight playoff berth by taking on the Miami Heat, they will do so without their starting point guard. From the Hawks’ Friday announcement:
Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder has been suspended by the organization for one game without pay for failure to report to the team on time after the all-star break. He will serve his one-game suspension tonight when the Hawks host the Miami Heat.
“Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season,” President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him.”
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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago
Philadelphia 76ers fans displeased that the team shipped center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday’s trade deadline, while failing to find a new home for big man Jahlil Okafor despite months and months of rumors, got served another cup of cold coffee on Friday morning.
General manager Bryan Colangelo announced that Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will not suit up for the Sixers this season, and will be shut down due to continued complications in his ongoing recovery from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot:
Colangelo: Simmons' bone not fully healed, will sit out the remainder of the season.
That scan came Thursday, and the early reports suggested Sixers fans brace for bad news …
Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago
DeMarcus Cousins slipped on his first step toward forming one of the NBA’s truly great big man tandemsalongside Anthony Davis, losing to the Houston Rockets by 30 in his Pelicans debut, but he’s still “all in” on New Orleans as a longterm option and very much not all in on the Sacramento Kings.
In a candid interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears after Thursday’s loss, Cousins called the trade “a coward move” by Kings general manager Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive, who went back on their word after publicly and privately stating their intentions to keep him in Sacramento.
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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago
After the Golden State Warriors came back from a first-half deficit to once again dismantle the Los Angeles Clippers in the nightcap of TNT’s Thursday night doubleheader, you might have expected the evening’s “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segment to focus on Warriors firebrand Draymond Green, who returned from the All-Star break with a command performance that saw him rip into future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce and throw yet another questionable kick in the direction of an opponent. Alas, that’s not how things shook out.
With “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” and Shaquille O’Neal, and the Warriors, it’s always going to be about JaVale McGee. Always, always about JaVale.
Aight y'all I'm done responding… I think????????????
Spoiler alert: he was not done responding.
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago
NBA fans know Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green as an excitable character. The do-everything star’s penchant for talking trash and, yes, kicking out at opponents is sometimes indistinguishable from the fire that makes him such a force at both ends. Those extracurriculars are now expected parts of his game, if not always accepted ones.
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Draymond had an eventful Thursday night during the Warriors’ 10th win in a row against the rival Los Angeles Clippers. That wasn’t the case in the box score, where Green put up seven points, six rebounds, four assists, six turnovers, and five fouls in only 23 minutes.
But Draymond did plenty to get on the Clippers’ nerves. It started within the first minute of the game, when he told Paul Pierce exactly what he thinks of his final season:
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Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago
No matter how a game between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers goes, the result is the same — the Warriors win, often via blowout, and leave a demoralized Clippers team in their wake.
Golden State came into Thursday night’s contest at Oracle Arena with nine straight victories over their fiercest divisional rivals, a run that belied the bad blood between the sides but which has also added to it. Simply put, the Warriors sometimes appear to toy with the Clippers, letting them take sight of victory only to crush their dreams with little warning. It’s like if the boulder not only hit Sisyphus on its way back down the hill, but also married his ex-wife.
No. Of course not.
Third-quarter only box score from the Warriors' 50-point frame: pic.twitter.com/oHxhFzGTLE
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 24, 2017
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Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs ago
The New Orleans Pelicans’ trade for DeMarcus Cousins this week changed the face of the franchise, bringing in another star to join Anthony Davis and immediately raising the ceiling on a team that previously looked to have only an outside chance of grabbing the West’s final playoff spot this season. The success might not come immediately for New Orleans, but a franchise that previously had to consider trading Davis before he becomes a free agent can now focus on proving to Cousins that he can be part of an all-time great big man tandem. It’s a possibility worth getting excited about.
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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago
We went into the All-Star break with concerns about LeBron James’ workload, especially after Kevin Love hit the shelf for six weeks with arthroscopic knee surgery. He’s already averaging 37.5 minutes per game, second-most in the league, and it’s Year 14 — at some point, this is going to start to sap his legs, right?
Well, if so, the sapping didn’t start on Thursday night. Just ask Courtney Lee.
With just over five minutes remaining in the now utterly predictable and customary Cleveland Cavaliers blowout of the New York Knicks, James tried to throw a cross-court pass to Kyle Korver. Lee jumped the route, poking the ball away into the frontcourt, which is the kind of thing that typically results in a fast-break layup going the other way … if you’re not playing against LeBron James.
GET THAT WEAK STUFF OUTTA HERE pic.twitter.com/SKDrbjsGci
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 24, 2017
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago
The NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday was largely defined by the deals that weren’t made. Whether due to an unwillingness to include certain pieces around the margins, the vagaries of long-term decisions, or a seeming lack of interest in making a trade to begin with, some moves just don’t come to fruition. Even more, like the reported deal between the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves to swap Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio, seem to involve all of the above.
Simple enough, right? Well, no, because discussions became more complicated pretty much immediately. Marc Berman of the New York Post explains where it went wrong:
According to NBA sources, some members of the Timberwolves organization were against dealing for Rose because his playing style could hurt the growth of young studs Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
There absolutely were talks with the Knicks. Did it ever get close? I don't believe it did.
Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago
It took a little while, but David Griffin might have just found LeBron James his “f*****g playmaker.”
After the NBA’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, word came down that the Dallas Mavericks were open to parting ways with veteran point guard Deron Williams, after having chosen to throw their support behind rookie playmaker Yogi Ferrell:
Vertical Sources: Deron Williams, Dallas have started discussions toward contract buyout. Cleveland, Utah, Atlanta expressed trade interest.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2017
The Mavs have told Deron Williams they will pay off the full remaining amount of his deal if he wants to be a free agent, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
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