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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
Atlanta Hawks wing Kyle Korver has been one of the NBA's top three-point specialists since entering the league in 2003, thriving in the role for four teams and setting a record for highest single-season percentage at 53.6 percent in 2009-10. Korver has improved other aspects of his game over his career, but shooting from the perimeter is what he does and why he continues to get minutes.
On Friday night, Korver added another very impressive record to his resume. Just over halfway into the first quarter of the Hawks' home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, forward Paul Millsap found Korver open on the right wing for an open triple. Korver nailed it, marking the 90th consecutive game in which he had hit a three-pointer. That mark breaks Dana Barros's record of 89 straight games, set during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics from 1994 to 1996.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Pretty much anyone who's paid attention to the NBA over the past two seasons knows that Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry currently stands as the sport's best outside shooter. Armed with a lightning-quick release and seemingly limitless range, Curry set the mark for most three-pointers in a single season in 2012-13 and is currently hitting 44.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 2013-14. It's entirely possible that he'll finish his career acknowledged as the best shooter the sport has ever seen.
No matter how much we acknowledge Curry's greatness from long range, demonstrations of that prowess still can boggle the mind. At Thursday's Warriors practice, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group captured this video of Curry hitting 14 straight three-point attempts from the right wing:
But that's not all. In Thompson's second clip, Curry hits nine straight threes from the top of the arc before finally missing the 10th try:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 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.
C: Roundball Mining Company. Joel Rush looks at the developing chemistry between second-tier-MVP-candidate Ty Lawson and offseason addition Randy Foye, which has given the Denver Nuggets a spark of long-range shooting that many figured would be sorely lacking with Danilo Gallinari sidelined due to injury.
PF: 48 Minutes of Hell. Trevor Zickgraf makes the argument that latter-day Manu Ginobili has become something like latter-day Jason Kidd. Cue San Antonio Spurs fans praying Manu doesn't miss the final 18 shots of his career.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant will return to play for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, and while Derrick Rose has hinted that he might be in good enough shape to contribute to his Chicago Bulls in the playoffs this spring, that’s still a pipe dream at this point.
Both Rose and Bryant have had promotional shoe campaigns based on their long recoveries from both ACL and Achilles tears, taking advantage of a big story, an evocative narrative, and clout of two of the NBA’s biggest stars playing in two of the NBA’s biggest cities. DeMarcus Cousins, though he is a very good player, has no such national recognition – partly because of his up and down start to his NBA career, partially because he’s a pivotman (at his best, at least), and partly because he plays in one of the NBA’s smallest markets.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
The Indiana Pacers have been the NBA’s best team from the outset of the regular season, running up 17 wins in 19 tries as the team attempts to rest up in time for its showdown with the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
That game will be played in Texas, which means scores of local Indiana fans will have to line up in front of their television sets to check the action. And with both high definition receivers and large TVs becoming cheaper and cheaper, most will be treated to a fantastic experience in 1080i from FOX Sports Indiana, one that in a few ways rivals or even betters the live experience of taking the games in.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
After raising the possibility earlier this week, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers made it official on Friday afternoon — Bryant will return to the L.A. lineup this Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. ET against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, just under eight months after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon.
(Bonus points for subtlety, gang.)
- Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Bad news, Carmelo Anthony. I know you thought you were the only prominent Eastern Conference frontcourt player with a painted portrait of yourself hanging over the fireplace in your living room, but it appears that Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has prevented you from owning that distinction. Oh, well. At least you have some experience with Hibbert blocking you and keeping you from stuff you want.
Hibbert shared his home decor choice via social media on Thursday:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Marcin Gortat is rightfully looked upon as a season-saver for the 2013-14 Washington Wizards. With Emeka Okafor going down for an indefinite amount of time during training camp with a herniated disc, the Wizards badly needed someone to plug the middle for a team that was hoping to go all in for a playoff berth. For the price of a first round pick, the team was able to send Okafor’s expiring contract to a rebuilding Phoenix Suns squad for Gortat’s services.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
Sure, you've already heard Victor Oladipo belt out Bill Withers' 1971 hit "Ain't No Sunshine" as part of a duet recorded during the 2013 Spirit of Indiana Showcase at Indiana University. But before Thursday, you probably hadn't heard him sing it with an affable and well-regarded former host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" — unless, of course, you were at Meredith Vieira's hella exclusive 2013 NBA draft afterparty (drafterparty). And you weren't. Because I totally would have seen you there.
Thankfully, the folks at Fox Sports 1's "Crowd Goes Wild" filled in that gap in our Oladipo-crooning lives on Thursday, when the Orlando Magic rookie punctuated his appearance on the talk show by grabbing a stool, gripping a mic and getting into the groove with the one and only Regis Philbin:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
If you are going to propose to your significant other at a live sporting event — and if you are, I salute your bravery, because the potential for stuff to go wrong (what if he/she misses the whole thing? what if he/she says no and it's not a hoax? what if it all oes up in flames in, like, the second quarter — do you up and leave, or do you stew in your own juices because you want to catch the rest of the game?) would prevent me from ever even thinking about it — then it's a good idea to endeavor to be creative about it.