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  • Jimmy Butler hopes the Bulls don't trade him, but he's not losing sleep over it

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago

    NEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler logged just under 20 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring six points for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in their 192-182 defeat at the hands of the Anthony Davis-led West. But despite shouldering a much lighter load than he typically does when he steps onto the court, the Chicago Bulls star was looking forward to some R and R after All-Star Weekend.

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    “Now I get to go lay down,” he told reporters Sunday. “Me and the guys are going to go traveling to some places, then lay down, go to a beach somewhere. I’m gonna be in the gym somewhere, though. But it will not be in Chicago. It’ll be somewhere nice and weather-y, where the sun’s out.”

    The Celtics and Bulls have “engaged on the potential of this trade,” as Woj told Chris Mannix, and while they haven’t gotten too far down the road on it, the two sides “have exactly what the other wants”:

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  • Anthony Davis breaks NBA All-Star Game scoring record to claim MVP

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    Any player representing the host team at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend must suffer through a busy few days. The hosting star must attend various parties, do more than the usual round of interviews, and generally keep social at all times. In a way, the game is a break from all the trouble, a chance to have some fun and maybe even rest on the bench for the majority of its 48 minutes.

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis most definitely did not take it easy in Sunday’s main event, a 192-182 win for the West over the East. The 23-year-old star looked to thrill in his third All-Star Game as an active player, scoring a ridiculous 52 points (26-of-39 FG) in a game-high 32 minutes of action. In the process, Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 55-year-old single-game All-Star scoring record of 42 points, set for the East in a 20-point loss to the West in 1962. Davis’s record-setting bucket came on this alley-oop from Russell Westbrook in the final few minutes:

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  • Stephen Curry could not avoid Giannis Antetokounmpo's ruthless dunks forever

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    NEW ORLEANS — I mean … was it something Stephen Curry said?

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    With just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the Golden State Warriors superstar found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Namely, under the rim as Milwaukee Bucks demigod Giannis Antetokounmpo finished an alley-oop tossed by Eastern Conference teammate Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, after which the ball clonked him right on the cruller:

    The Greek Freak throws DOWN in New Orleans!! #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/mw0Gf8yMBQ

    — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 20, 2017

    Alas, Steph’s clever means of avoiding a Hellenic hammering could only last so long. Soon after, as Curry went for a defensive rebound, nobody informed him that Giannis was lurking until it was far, far too late:

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  • Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant briefly renew their friendship with an alley-oop

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    The drama between former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant built throughout All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, with the NBA pitting them on opposite ends of the Western Conference locker room during Friday’s media availability and Westbrook strictly answering questions about potential awkwardness between the two with commentary about fashion week.

    The spotlight shone brighter during pregame, when Westbrook and Durant warmed up on opposite ends of the court for a period and then shared an awkward exchange when they passed each other.

    Closest Russ and KD will be together tonight? ???? #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/nGWIQwC3nt

    — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 20, 2017

    Westbrook: Oh, that was the question?

  • Paul Millsap, the no-sizzle All-Star, wants to get weird for one day

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    NEW ORLEANS — When the Eastern Conference All-Stars took the floor for Saturday’s practice session at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the first player introduced was Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks. The atmosphere was electric :

    Paul Millsap is very excited about All-Star Practice pic.twitter.com/yRsJ0LwgrP

    — Hawks Reddit (@ATLHawks_Reddit) February 18, 2017

    That’s just about perfect, isn’t it? Music blaring, public address announcer yawping, dancers gyrating … and Paul Millsap, stone-faced, walks through it at an unhurried pace as fans offer a polite, respectful, muted pop.

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    The approach has served him well. It also makes him kind of a weird All-Star.

    the nba all star game always starts off fun then it gets to the point where paul millsap is subbed in and i just fall asleep

    — rob (@dmxbark) February 18, 2017

    Or, y’know, maybe not.

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  • Pacers' Glenn Robinson III wins a 2017 Slam Dunk Contest that just kind of happened

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NEW ORLEANS — The lesson, friends: It isn’t easy to author an encore to near-perfection.

    One year after Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon captivated us all with one of the great mano a mano competitions in the history of All-Star Weekend, Gordon and three other players took the court at Smoothie King Center with their sights set on clearing the unbelievably high bar set by the two high-flyers in Toronto. Unfortunately, they came up short.

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    Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers outdueled Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns in the final round, receiving a perfect score of 50 from the judges for this admittedly killer two-handed reverse slam after clearing teammate Paul George, Pacers mascot Boomer and a Pacers team dancer …

    … to be crowned the champion of the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk contest.

    There's a new Big Dog in the Robinson family, as @pacers wing @glennrob3 wins the @nba #dunkcontest.

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  • NBA raises $500,000 for Craig Sager's SagerStrong Foundation with an All-Star 3-point shootout

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA made the first All-Star weekend since Craig Sager’s passing a memorable affair, expertly helmed as always by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter from Turner Sports who succumbed to cancer late in 2016, was the inspiration behind a slightly impromptu 3-point, half-court and eventual layup-shooting benefit at Saturday night’s All-Star festivities in  New Orleans. A layup hit by Sager’s son Ryan marked a $500,000 donation made from the league and its sponsorship partners to the Sager Strong charity.

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    After a cadre of NBA greats both past and present rang up $130,000 worth of contributions which a cool $10,000 added for each 3-point make …

    Harden and Parker (who ditched her shoes on her way onto the court) were noticeably impressive, hitting 3-pointers in civvies, while even D.J. Khaled got in a swoosh.

    This. Is. Why. We. Play.

  • Eric Gordon needed OT to flatten Kyrie Irving and win the 3-Point Shootout

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    One small step for Eric Gordon, one giant leap for mankind.

    Naturally, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who stole headlines this weekend with his flat-Earth theory and potential fake news commentary, made the championship round of the All-Star Weekend’s 3-Point Shootout. The NBA couldn’t have scripted it better if they were Alex Jones himself.

    But Gordon, the former New Orleans Pelicans turned Houston Rockets guard who heard boos from his former hometown crowd all night, pushed Irving to overtime of the final round, and then knocked him out before he even got to his final rack, ensuring all those “Kyrie’s shot looked flat” jokes still landed.

    Eric Gordon has to do this for Earth

    — Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) February 19, 2017

    (•_•) <) )╯Kyrie's /

    (•_•) ( (> Shot is /

    (•_•) <) )> Flat /

    Irving was feeling it, too:

  • Kristaps Porzingis takes the NBA's Skills Challenge, as the 'Bigs' rule again

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA has happened upon something interesting with its ‘Bigs’ vs. ‘Guards’ format to the league’s Skills Challenge. Kristaps Porzingis, who stands over 7-1, has taken the 2017 version of the competition, defending the Bigs’ honor after Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns won the event in 2016.

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    The contest features NBA notables dribbling the length of the court 2 3/4 times while battling through stationary objects, asking the participants to nail both a 15-foot bounce and chest pass, leading to a three-point finale.

    Porzingis, the 21-year old New York Knick phenom working on the New Orleans stage, did it all with aplomb. Watch:

    Hayward made his way into the final round after Thomas’ three-point stroke abandoned him …

    We should've told Isaiah Thomas that the Skills Challenge took place in the fourth quarter

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  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: The Earth is round, and Kyrie was just making a point

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NEW ORLEANS — When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver strode to the podium in the belly of Smoothie King Center on Saturday night to deliver his annual All-Star Weekend “state of the NBA” address, there was only one question that everybody in the room really wanted to hear him weigh in on:

    So, Mr. Commissioner, do you think the Earth is flat?

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    Adam Silver believes the Earth is round + thinks Kyrie was making some sort of statement on fake news with this flat-Earth theory. pic.twitter.com/YE8l1ePulS

    — Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) February 19, 2017

    “Kyrie and I went to the same college; he may have taken some different courses than I did,” Silver joked. “In all seriousness, though, as he made clear today, he was trying to be provocative, and I think it was effective. I think it was a larger comment on the so-called ‘fake news’ debate on what’s going on in our society right now, and what’s reported, and it led to an interesting discussion.