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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
If you want to pile on the Portland Trail Blazers, to call them out as a defense-less band of prissy jump shooters, now is the time. The team has lost four straight games for the first time all season, with the latest coming in a borderline-embarrassing nationally televised turn against the West-leading San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. It’s safe to assume that the team will not have home court advantage in the first round of next month’s opening round of the playoffs, as the fifth-seeded squad is currently two and a half games behind the ascending Houston Rockets for the fourth spot, and injuries to both LaMarcus Aldridge (back) and Mo Williams (hip) could linger well into spring.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
There's been bad blood brewing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors all season long, beginning with a shoving match between centers Andrew Bogut and DeAndre Jordan and a weird sideline incident between Blake Griffin and Warriors coach Mark Jackson on opening night, the curious choice not to share pregame chapel services and some Christmas squabbling that resulted in a Griffin ejection that the NBA later deemed unjust. It seemed a good bet, then, that sparks might fly when the two physical Western Conference contenders renewed their unpleasantries on Wednesday, and while nothing particularly explosive popped off, there were a couple of moments when something might have; in what will probably come as unsurprising news, both involved Griffin.
- Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
After a dismal start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets have been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference since the calendar flipped to 2014, climbing up the standings thanks to a long-limbed, opportunistic defense that's been creating turnovers at an absurd rate. And with the game on the line in the closing seconds against the two-time-defending NBA champion Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday, Jason Kidd's team once again disrupted their opponents' flow, thanks in large part to the active hands of resurgent guard Shaun Livingston.
- Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
The Memphis Grizzlies have a longstanding and deserved reputation as one of the toughest teams in the NBA. They're currently proving it once again as they attempt to work their way into the Western Conference playoffs. Entering Wednesday night's game at the New Orleans Pelicans, the Grizzlies had won 10 of their last 13 to push their record to 37-26, or one game ahead of the Phoenix Suns for the West's final postseason spot.
In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies showed why the West's top seeds won't want to draw them in the first round. Down 74-67 after three quarters, Memphis limited New Orleans to just 14 points to find themselves tied at 88-88 and holding the ball with 14.3 seconds on the clock. That's when point guard Mike Conley, the team's late-game playmaker, took control to give his team the 90-88 win.
- Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
When the Washington Wizards signed John Wall to a max-level extension this past summer, the popular opinion said that he had been overpaid. With a year left on Wall's rookie contract, the Wizards had decided to reward the first-overall pick in the 2010 draft for what he might become, not what he had done up until that point. Instead of waiting to gauge his value as a restricted free agent, the Wizards gambled that paying Wall early would compel him to play like a star. That reasoning runs counter to common beliefs of how to pay players (or any employee, really), but it made decent sense for a franchise in need of some stability.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTWashington at OrlandoPreview Game
Anonymous sources are predicting doom for embattled Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, as Kobe Bryant vents about managementBall Don't Lie18 hrs ago
After weeks of hedging, the Los Angeles Lakers made things official on Wednesday afternoon: Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season due to the lingering effects from his left tibial fracture. This leaves the injury-ravaged Lakers to finish off the course that has been well in hand since both Bryant and guard Steve Nash went down earlier this season – spiraling toward the bottom of the Western Conference for just the second time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.Thu, Mar 136:30 PM PDTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Phil Jackson, dating back years, has never had a problem lording over someone’s current coaching job. He wasn’t exactly thought to be a surefire replacement for Doug Collins in Chicago during the late 1980s, but towards the end of Collins’ tenure with the Bulls the ex-Chicago coach was notoriously distrustful of the lead assistant in Jackson that he didn’t even hire. Jackson then dealt with former Bulls general manager infamously courting then-Iowa State coach Tim Floyd while Jackson was still on the Bulls bench, which was followed up by Krause and the Bulls embarrassingly hiring Floyd to a nonsense front office position in the summer of 1998, while publicly begging Phil Jackson to come back as coach in a transparent and pathetic public relations move.
- Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
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.
Former 76ers president Pat Croce recalls mediating a foul-mouthed spat between Allen Iverson and Larry BrownBall Don't Lie19 hrs ago
Former Philadelphia 76ers President Pat Croce is a known self-promoter and provocateur, so we debated as to whether or not to pass along this anecdote, but even if it’s only full of half-truths his interview with Jared Zwerling at Bleacher Report is worth sharing.
Croce, who basically ran the Sixers from 1996 to 2001 before moving on from the team, worked through both the pain and pleasure of having to act as the voice of reason in the ever-embroilin’ Allen Iverson and Larry Brown era. Brown was hired by Croce to coach the Sixers in 1997 after Iverson basically walked all over former head man Johnny Davis in his rookie season, and though the two butted heads incessantly until Brown walked away in 2003, the team did make the playoffs in all but one of their years spent together, ascending to the NBA Finals in 2001.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTIndiana at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced Wednesday that star shooting guard Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season. From the team's press release:
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report first reported Tuesday that the Lakers were "expected to declare Bryant out for the rest of the 2013-14 season" this week. USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick confirmed those reports later Tuesday. ESPN.com's Chris Broussard confirmed the confirmation on Wednesday morning.