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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Corey Brewer has been fined $5,000 for a second violation of the NBA's anti-flopping policy, the NBA announced Monday. The simulation in question took place with 2:51 left in the first quarter of the Wolves' 103-82 home loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, as Brewer elected to embellish the contact he received from Heat star LeBron James while the two vied for a rebound of a missed Ray Allen 3-pointer:
Brewer had previously been warned for this explosive fall during a Wolves win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 3:
... meaning that going all dead-weight/flailing-arms after being bumped by LeBron will cost him $5,000, per the NBA's flop penalty schedule:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
Violation 6: Subject to discipline reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension
Former Memphis assistant Barry Hecker details his odd firing, the Grizzlies’ fractured ex-coaching staffKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Rare is the assistant coach dismissal that makes actual headlines, because in NBA circles assistants are usually only let go when a head coach gets the axe. On top of that, assistants usually aren’t allowed by teams, in an informal fashion, to speak on record with the media – so you rarely get a glimpse into behind the scenes machinations, even if there is fire beneath that smoke.
Even rarer is watching as an assistant coach is dismissed midseason, and pretty much unprecedented is what happened to former Memphis Grizzlies assistant Barry Hecker last spring. In between Games 2 and 3 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder, Hecker was fired by Memphis. At the time, then-Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said the reasons for the separation were “nothing for public consumption.”
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Memphis Grizzlies swingman Quincy Pondexter suffered a "tarsal narvicular stress fracture in his right foot" during a Saturday night loss to the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Monday. Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 25-year-old guard/forward was expected to miss the remainder of the season, which was confirmed Monday afternoon by Pondexter himself via Twitter:
Sad to tweet but the news is true. Still can't believe it myself. But I GUARANTEE l will be back next season BETTER THAN EVER!! Joshua 1:9
To Pondexter's credit, though, he seems to have adopted a positive and opportunistic outlook on his newfound bout with adversity:
On the bright side, I will be taking applications aka IG profiles for nurses ASAP!
Let it never be said that Quincy's asleep at the wheel when it comes to social media mackin'.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Paul George and his Indiana Pacers will play the Miami Heat on Tuesday. They’ll play the Heat four times this season, with all signs pointing to an eventual Eastern Conference finals rematch this spring that should last six or seven games. The Pacers played the Heat 11 times last season, counting that seven-game Conference finals run that Miami prevailed in, and Indiana took on Miami ten times the year before – ultimately bowing out in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
That’s a potential 32 games between the two teams between the winter of 2011 and spring of 2014, with George having to toil against LeBron James defensively the entire time. Including, as we referenced earlier, a matchup in mere hours as the two are set to link up again on Tuesday night.
This ongoing rivalry, alongside Kevin Durant’s brilliant 36-point night in OKC’s thrashing of Indiana on Sunday evening, may have been why George went with Kevin Durant over LeBron James as the NBA’s toughest player to cover. From Scott Agness at the Pacers’ website:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
After a pair of blowout wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic late last week, the New York Knicks suffered their worst defeat of the season on Sunday, a 114-73 drubbing at the hands of the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Celtics that stands as the most lopsided result in the NBA this season (eclipsing a 38-point Los Angeles Clippers win over the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls) and the third-worst loss at Madison Square Garden in franchise history (trailing a 50-point beating by the Dallas Mavericks in 2010 and a 43-point defeat by the Charlotte Hornets back in 2002. The visiting Celtics dominated the Knicks from the opening tip of the Sunday afternoon matinee, scoring the first 12 points of the game, leading by 17 points midway through the first quarter and needing just over 11 minutes to open up a 25-point cushion that was never seriously threatened.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
There was quite a bit of cackling to be heard when the Los Angeles Lakers signed shooting guard Nick Young during the offseason, as the former Wizards, Clippers and 76ers gunner has a quite the reputation as a mercurial chucker, and those sorts of players don't often tend to get along with someone like Kobe Bryant.
(Even though Kobe, if we're honest, has had his bouts with mercurial chucking.)
The pressing question, even if the Lakers are far from championship contenders, was whether or not Bryant and Young could co-exist either in the same Laker backcourt, or merely on the same bench once Bryant returned from his Achilles tear. Bryant did return on Sunday, but luckily for Nick, Kobe was on the Los Angeles pine when he attempted whatever the hell this was:
Young finished with 19 points on 16 shots, in a game that was actually far more efficient than Kobe's first contest back, and Bryant didn't appear to have any reaction to that shot, um, "attempt."
Kobe Bryant returns to the court, hears the cheers, dishes the dimes, scores at last, Lakers lose (Videos)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
Savvy, sluggish and potentially successful at times – you wouldn’t expect anything less from Kobe Bryant in his return to the court. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, nearly eight months removed from an Achilles tear that cost him the end of the ill-fated 2012-13 season and first 19 games of this campaign, returned as a starter in the Lakers’ 106-94 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, immediately making an impact on the game on both ends – in ways both bad and good, fitting a 35-year old that had been away from the court for so long.
Kobe struggled with both his personal timing and chemistry with his teammates in the loss, finishing with nine points on 2-9 shooting with eight turnovers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was given a sound chance to act the hero down the stretch, returning to the game to replace the Lakers’ leading scorer Xavier Henry (who was white hot before the benching in scoring 17 points on only eight shots, and did not return to the game) with the Lakers down six in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers could not overcome a spirited Raptors club on either end.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
For the second time in 11 months, an NBA team is taking a chance on Rudy Gay as some sort of franchise-tilting scorer. The Sacramento Kings, flush with permanence in California’s capital and the end of the Maloof/Petrie era, have responded to its disappointing 5-13 start by trading for Gay in the hopes that he’ll resuscitate their middling offense as a stretch four power forward. The problem with this line of thinking is that Gay was the leading shooter and go-to guy for the league’s 19th-ranked offense in Toronto, though this doesn’t seem to bother new Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Despite a series of ailments that would have failed many a lesser man, Kobe Bryant seemed just about indestructible until the moment he went down with a torn Achilles tendon nearly eight months ago. Because of the shock of the injury and his ascension into his mid-30s, the NBA was forced to try and comprehend a life without Kobe Bean Bryant making things perpetually interesting for his Los Angeles Lakers.
And after about a moment's thought, the NBA concluded that this was something they weren't quite ready for. Which is why Bryant's return, televised on NBA TV against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening, is going to be a celebrated occasion.
Mindful of such, the NBA decided to put together a video trumpeting Bryant's return, while documenting just how much things have changed since we first met him in the summer of 1996. Watch:
We'll have all manner of Kobe Koverage here at BDL tonight.
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Fan wearing ‘KYRIE DON’T LEAVE’ T-shirt walks onto court, touches Kyrie Irving during Cavs-Clippers (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
On Saturday night, for the second time in less than nine months, a young fan made his way from the stands at Quicken Loans Arena onto the basketball court during live game action to personally deliver a message, hand-scrawled on a white T-shirt, imploring an NBA star to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And with security like this, what star wouldn't?
It took place with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Cavs' Saturday night game with the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. After rebounding a missed 3-pointer by Jared Dudley, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving pushed the ball up the court and passed to center Andrew Bynum in the post. As Bynum worked for a shot against the defense of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, the young fan stepped onto the floor, walked past half-court toward Irving, tapped him on the shoulder, and then got in his field of vision and showed off a T-shirt reading, "KYRIE DON'T LEAVE."