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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
The Toronto Raptors' Wednesday night matchup with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will also serve as the latest edition of the club's ongoing "Drake Night" series, in which Canada's lone NBA franchise celebrates its official partnership with the Toronto-born megastar/6 God. Previous iterations have seen Drake and Future give out OVO Air Jordan Xs at halftime and Drizzy-freestyled player nicknames, leading us to wonder what the Raps had in store in terms of Aubrey-fied entertainment options for Wednesday evening.Wed, Nov 254:30 PM PSTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
When you're honoring a player and personality as outsized as Dikembe Mutombo — excuse me: Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo — you've got to break out the big guns. The Atlanta Hawks did just that Tuesday, not only retiring the No. 55 that Mutombo wore during his four-plus-year stint in Georgia, but also unveiling a brand new, evening-specific 3D court projection — complete with a 50-foot-wide holographic finger-wag — celebrating the Hall of Fame center's career as a fun extra-mile addition to the typical pageantry associated with a jersey retirement.
The Hawks also gave out pretty great Deke-themed foam-wagging-fingers to the fans in attendance at Philips Arena, another slight tweak on the familiar formula:Wed, Nov 255:00 PM PSTAtlanta at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
During Byron Scott’s last NBA season, all the way back in the Truman Administration 1996-97, the NBA had a rule that each of its seven 29 teams had to appear on national TV at least one time per year. This is back when the only options included TBS, TNT, and NBC, so it actually was a bit of a treat to take in the single time per season you could see Shareef Abdur-Rahim or Mitch Richmond, or some winsome rookie you hadn’t heard much of since last June’s draft.Tue, Nov 24LA Lakers77 - 111Golden StateGame Recap
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
For this, or any generation, Blake Griffin is the NBA’s ultimate alley-oop finisher. Blessed with superior hops, he developed his expert timing and pitch-perfect footwork through rigorous practice, and as a result he remains one of the great finishers in NBA history. So much so, in fact, that you wonder if his oop endings should be awarded with more than just a measly two points.
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OK, so Blake didn’t exactly get rim on that one, but that’s not the point. He’s now hitting these from 25 feet away, and the rest of the NBA should cower at the thought of this newfound wrinkle in Clipper coach Doc Rivers’ game plan.Wed, Nov 257:30 PM PSTUtah at LA ClippersPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Stranger things, as it turns out, have not happened.
A raucous crowd at Oracle Arena eager to witness something nobody's ever seen before wound up watching something that's now become very familiar — the Golden State Warriors utterly dominating from the opening tip against a woefully overmatched and outgunned opponent. The Warriors pulverized the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, scoring a 111-77 victory that improved them to 16-0, displacing the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets to take sole possession of the record for the best start to a season in NBA history.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
When the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards squared off in the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals, it was a matchup of two defense-first teams that played at plodding paces, preferring to their grind their opponents into the dust with interior play from their supersized frontcourts. What a difference two years — and a couple of playoff exits as the hands of teams that ran faster, more free-flowing, 3-point-oriented offenses — can make.
Both the Pacers and Warriors set about overhauling their offenses this summer. Washington doubled-down on splitting up bigs Marcin Gortat and Nene by deploying stretchier power forwards like Kris Humphries and Jared Dudley, aiming to recapture the magic of last season's playoff run, which saw the Wiz incinerate the Toronto Raptors and put a real scare into the Atlanta Hawks by paying Paul Pierce at the four.Wed, Nov 254:00 PM PSTWashington at CharlottePreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
If, like me, you tend to focus more on the NBA game than it college counterpart, you might not have been especially familiar with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson before June, when the Portland Trail Blazers took him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft before flipping him to the Brooklyn Nets in a draft-night deal. The 6-foot-7 small forward has been an early bright spot for Lionel Hollins' Nets, impressing with his larcenous work on the defensive end (fourth in the NBA in steal percentage, averaging an impressive 2.6 thefts per 36 minutes of floor time), his rebounding acumen (pulling down 21.1 percent of available defensive rebounds, a very strong mark for a wing) and his willingness to try to make plays for his teammates.Wed, Nov 255:00 PM PSTBrooklyn at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
It must be hard to be Brett Brown. The head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers is now in his third season of trying to turn general manager Sam Hinkie's combination tanking-art project into a functional basketball team. The results have been very, very bad — Brown has only 37 wins to his name and is currently overseeing an 0-15 campaign.
Through it all, he has to preach the importance of "learning how to win" and vague notions of progress despite the fact that the Sixers have, to quote one scout, "two big men who don't really fit together and the rest is a D-League roster." Brown must have known these results were a possibility when he signed up for the job and can't be cast as an innocent here, but he also came from the San Antonio Spurs and presumably doesn't much enjoy all this losing.Wed, Nov 254:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at BostonPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Was it Jon Koncak’s six-year, $13.2 million deal that helped shift Shaquille O’Neal away from the dangers of football, with its Dan Patrick-sized free safeties, and influence him to fully commit to basketball? To hear Shaq tell it, it was Koncak’s “15 million for three years” (actually, again, $13.2 million for six years) deal that pushed the big fella over the edge as a youth.
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Even though, as you’ll read … probably not.
Koncak (who ironically ended his playing career starting alongside Shaq in the final three games of the 1996 Eastern Conference finals) was widely derided for the deal he agreed to with the Atlanta Hawks, but he was a solid enough player and the largesse of the contract had more to do with market elements than it did the Hawks wildly overrating their backup center.
Listen to Shaq tell it, on the Dan Patrick Show, via Business Insider:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
We're nearing the end of November, which means we're nearing the end of Movember, an annual monthlong charitable effort in which men cease grooming their upper lips to raise awareness of and money for research into/treatment of men's health issues like prostate cancer and testicular cancer. LeBron James got his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to commit to the mustache-growing bit as a team-building exercise — though he probably didn't have to twist Kevin Love's arm too hard — and, evidently, he plans to push the limits of his own 'stache as the month comes to a close: