Ball Don't Lie
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
This is just all so very perfectly the 2013-14 New York Knicks.
With just under 20 seconds remaining in overtime — the Knicks led by four with less than 90 seconds left, but you know what, whatever — and the lowly Knicks holding a two-point lead over the even-more-lowly Milwaukee Bucks, Carmelo Anthony isolated on the wing (naturally) and hoisted a late-shot-clock jumper over the outstretched arms of Bucks defenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight. The jumper missed, giving the Bucks a brief glimmer of hope of getting a chance to tie the game. But Knicks center Tyson Chandler — making his return Wednesday after 20 games on the shelf with a fractured right fibula — grabbed the offensive rebound of Anthony's miss and tossed it back out beyond the 3-point arc to the first blue jersey he saw.
That blue jersey belonged to Andrea Bargnani.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Kemba Walker's late failures Wednesday night nearly sent the Charlotte Bobcats and Toronto Raptors to a second overtime. On the last play of the period, though, he ensured that wouldn't be necessary.
With 11 seconds left in the extra period and the Bobcats up 102-101, Walker — an 80.2 percent shooter from the line coming into the game — missed two foul shots with the Raptors looking to extend the game. However, after DeMar DeRozan split two free throws following a Gerald Henderson foul on the subsequent possession, Walker had a chance to atone for his error. With 1.0 seconds on the clock, an Al Jefferson screen allowed Walker to get to the left corner, where he took an inbounds pass from Josh McRoberts and rose for an 18-footer at the buzzer. It hit nothing but net, giving the Bobcats a 104-102 victory.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Paul George may be the Indiana Pacers’ MVP candidate, but time and time again it has been proven that Pacer center Roy Hibbert is the team’s literal most valuable player. This was more than evident last week, when Hibbert was the dominant go-to force on both ends in Indiana’s comeback win over the Miami Heat, and it was certainly evident in Miami tonight. Hibbert was hampered by foul trouble all night, leading to diminished returns from Indiana as the defending champs came back from 15 points to win by a 97-94 score.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Ever since he first became a well known draft prospect, Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio has been a favorite of his basketball fans due to his flair for the dramatic. Seemingly every week, Rubio pulls out a fantastic highlight-ready play seemingly from thin air. He's special to watch.
On Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rubio turned fellow European Nicolas Batum into his latest victim. Roughly halfway into the first quarter, Rubio (also a very good defender) stole Batum's pass and started the fastbreak. Met by Batum a few feet later, Rubio threw a very simple, nutmegged the Blazers wing with a simple, nonchalant bounce pass to spring Kevin Martin for a dunk. Although the pass happened so far from the basket, Rubio was credited with an assist for creating the basket.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie8 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: Squeeze the Orange. Kevin Love's outlet passing has received its fair share of praise lately, but as Adrien Kaeslin sees it — and demonstrates — it's a notable advancement as a passer out of both the high and low post that has made the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward one of the game's most versatile and dangerous offensive players through the first quarter of the season.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
It’s been said that America and Great Britain are separated by a common language, and if you want proof of this, do take the time to mention wearing a fanny pack the next time you’re around someone from England. Actually, don’t; but do understand that the English have hundreds of charming idioms and phrases that typically leave most Americans cross-eyed while trying to determine the meaning.
The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will suit up at London’s O2 Arena this January for a regular season game, and in advance of that showdown (and in attempt to publicize the pairing) the Hawks have decided to give some of their players a little tutorial on some less-common English words that just aren’t heard here.
Via Trey Kerby at NBA.com’s Starters blog, here’s the first one:
They didn’t stop there:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
Despite pretty strong play over the past month since returning from an early-November illness — around 16 points, three rebounds and three assists per game on 45.5 percent shooting, a 39.5 percent mark from 3-point range and 4.4 free-throw attempts in 28.5 minutes of nightly burn — sophomore Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters continues to hear his name floated in trade talks. The most recent round of chatter, shared by Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling, connected the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft with the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, with Zwerling's anonymous sources suggesting the latter would be the Syracuse product's preferred choice because A) he's from Philly and B) "he thinks he'd be the best player on the team."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
Currently, Paul George is not your NBA MVP. LeBron James is playing one less minute per game than Paul, but he still has him licked in points (25.3 to 23.8), rebounds (6.8 to 5.8), assists (6.5 to 3.5) while shooting – holy cow – 59.8 percent from the floor. If LeBron James does not win every MVP from now until 2016 or so, then something will have gone very, very wrong for him.
The fact that we’re considering Paul George as a sound runner-up to the greatest player of his generation, though, speaks volumes. George won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last year while actually not improving all that much – his per-minute stats went up a bit, but basically he just played far more minutes in Danny Granger’s absence while watching his efficiency numbers suffer along the way. George may not have deserved that award, but the turn he’s taken in 2013-14 more than makes up for it.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
Apparently, even the Golden State Warriors' fans can light it up from downtown.
Check out this top-of-the-key connection from halftime of the Warriors' big Tuesday night win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena:
Step in, snap the wrist, bottoms, pop the jersey shirsey T-shirt. All in a day's work by the Bay, man.
A Warriors spokesperson told BDL Wednesday that our spotlighted shooter — season-ticket holder Chris Powell of Vallejo, Calif. — was "randomly selected at the game by the Warriors game operations staff," and walked away from the intermission triple with not only the adoration of the Oracle faithful, but also something a bit more tangible value: "Groceries for a Year, courtesy of Lucky Supermarkets."Thu, Dec 197:30 PM PSTSan Antonio at Golden StatePreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
One nice side benefit to NBA suspensions and/or fines is the fact that all the money collected from a player as a result of either a fine or being docked a game’s pay goes to league-chosen charities. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, notorious for over a decade’s worth of fines for various referee-related reasons, even matches his personal NBA levy each time out with his own charitable contribution. It’s a good give back than everyone can get behind, even if we’re a little uneasy with the way we got to this benevolent turn.
Memphis Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen, in his typically inimitable way, has created a unique turn on this sort of back and forth.
You’ll recall that in mid-November Allen inadvertently kicked Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during a game. It was an accident, to be sure, but Allen left himself prone to criticism for being out of control on the court on his way to bonking the NBA’s top point guard, one that has battled the Grizzlies in both the 2012 and 2013 playoffs. Watch:
Allen apologized via Twitter soon after: